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Posted Saturday 1/12/19 at 7:05AM EST
The twins who played Ross and Rachel's Friends baby girl Emma are now grown up -- with roles in Jordan Peele's next movie
Source: E! Online
Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer welcomed their TV daughter Emma 17 years ago this May. And the twins who played Emma, Cali Sheldon and Noelle Sheldon, now age 16, are making their major motion picture debut in Jordan Peele's Us.
Posted Thursday 12/20/18 at 8:28PM EST
David Schwimmer's British lookalike is on the lam again after his arrest for allegedly stealing beer
Source: The Takeout
Abdulah Husseni, 36, failed to appear in court on Tuesday after he was charged with allegedly stealing a crate of beer while looking like Ross from Friends.
Posted Thursday 12/20/18 at 3:02PM EST
Study: Friends was the most binge-watched show of 2018, followed by Grey's Anatomy
TV Time says it based its analysis on the behavior of more than 10 million global users. It also found that 13 Reasons Why and Riverdale were among the Top 5 most binge-watched shows this year.
Posted Thursday 12/20/18 at 3:02PM EST
Courteney Cox's Facebook Watch pregnancy docuseries to premiere in January
The former Friends star provides commentary on 9 Months with Courteney Cox, a 20-part docuseries premiering Jan. 22 that follows women from all walks of life in their journey through pregnancy. ALSO: Cox recently had a brief Friends reunion with Tom Selleck.
Posted Thursday 12/13/18 at 8:23PM EST
How a YouTube star enlisted Courteney Cox to participate in a birthday surprise for his pal who's a diehard Friends fan
YouTube star David Dobrik was able to secure Cox's participation through her daughter, Coco Arquette.
Posted Monday 12/10/18 at 3:21PM EST
Study: Netflix's viewership of its original programming jumps from 24% to 37%; The Office is Netflix's most-watched show
A study by 7Park Data found that original content went up from 14% in January 2017 to 24% in October 2017 to 37% in October 2018. 7Park Data's analysis also found that The Office is the No. 1 most-streamed show on Netflix, while Friends is No. 3.
Posted Friday 12/07/18 at 1:25PM EST
Jennifer Aniston is still interested in rebooting Friends as The Golden Girls
Source: The Today Show
Aniston, who first brought up The Golden Girls idea over the summer in an InStyle magazine interview, tells James Corden: "The girls always say we would love to do it again. The boys are a little less excited about it for some reason." So she has a solution: "We've decided that we'll just do like — and I've said this before — a remake of The Golden Girls in 40 years."
Posted Wednesday 12/05/18 at 10:56PM EST
Netflix proves it's the Walmart of media with its hefty Friends deal
“I compared Netflix one time to Walmart, not derogatorily,” AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said Tuesday at the UBS media conference. “It was taken derogatorily. But when I’m shopping and I say I need something XYZ, I go to Walmart. Well, if you’re looking for video content regardless of what it is, people will go to Netflix because it’s just a warehouse, and it’s an impressive warehouse of content.” As Michael Schneider points out, "the perception that Netflix offers almost everything is what keeps subscribers willing to keep paying $10.99 a month, even if in actuality there’s plenty of TV that can’t be found (and never will be) on the service. Netflix has become shorthand for' 'all things TV' in less than a decade, thanks to little competition and a willingness by Hollywood studios to license popular off-net shows like Friends, Full House, and The Office for a handsome fee... And the amazing thing is, even as they finally wake up and scramble to create their own services to combat Netflix’s domination, the traditional Hollywood studios still can’t resist that sweet, sweet cash." ALSO: WarnerMedia may not want to keep Friends streaming rights all to itself because it would have to pay expensive streaming fees.
Posted Tuesday 12/04/18 at 8:48PM EST
Hulu and Apple were reportedly also interested in acquiring Friends -- Netflix deal could be a preview of The Office streaming rights
Recode reports Hulu and Apple helped push the push the value of Friends reruns to the "around" $100-million mark that Netflix was willing to pay (or $70 million to $80 milllion, according to The Hollywood Reporter). Recode's Peter Kafka explains AT&T's new deal that will give Netflix the rights to Friends for 2019, but gives WarnerMedia's upcoming streaming service the chance to stream the show afterwards. "In part that’s because there’s some chicken-and-egg going on here," says Kafka. "Friends is a valuable asset, so WarnerMedia would naturally want that asset in its own service instead of someone else’s... unless that WarnerMedia service ends up being a flop, in which case stashing Friends there means it is a wasted asset. So here’s the hedge WarnerMedia has ended up with: After 2019, WarnerMedia has the ability to pull Friends from Netflix altogether, and keep the show as an exclusive. Or it can let Netflix stream the show as well, at a discount of about 25 percent. Which means there’s a scenario where WarnerMedia can get another $75 million a year from Netflix and still use the show as a key part of its own streaming service." Kafka says this could be a preview of what happens to The Office rerun rights when they expire on Netflix because Comcast is considering its own streaming service.
Posted Tuesday 12/04/18 at 5:50PM EST
Netflix's new Friends deal is actually worth between $70 million to $80 million for 2019 streaming rights
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter says The New York Times report that the deal is worth "around $100 million" was exaggerated. Even by shelling out $70 million to $80 million for Friends streaming rights for 2019, Netflix is paying more than double what it has been paying for the past four years -- $30 million a year.
Posted Tuesday 12/04/18 at 1:01PM EST
Friends reruns will stream on Netflix and also likely on WarnerMedia's new streaming service
Source: The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal reports of Netflix's potential new non-exclusive deal for Friends streaming rights: "The multiyear pact is in the process of being finalized," but "unlike the usual Netflix content deals, streaming exclusivity for Friends isn’t guaranteed for the length of the deal....Netflix will continue to be the exclusive streaming home of Friends for 2019. After that, WarnerMedia has an option to put the show on its own streaming platforms either exclusively or in a shared window." The lack of streaming exclusivity will likely mean that Netflix will pay less for rights to Friends. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson confirmed a non-exclusive deal is in the works. “That’s a Warner Bros. property,” the AT&T Chairman and CEO said this morning. “Well, (Netflix) re-signed it on a non-exclusive basis. What does that mean? That means Friends could go on to our platform as well.” UPDATE: Netflix will pay "around $100 million" to continue streaming Friends in 2019, a big jump from the $30 million a year it was paying.
Posted Monday 12/03/18 at 5:56PM EST
Friends is staying on Netflix, at least for now
Fans of Friends reruns on Netflix series went into a tizzy after a message on Netflix's Friends page stated that the series was "Available Until 01/01/2019," which led to a petition to save Friends on Netflix. Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos told The Hollywood Reporter today the "departure is a rumor." The message has since been deleted from the Netflix Friends page. The message seemed believable because WarnerMedia is planning to launch its own streaming service, and it is believed that Friends will be major part of its package. But Entertainment Weekly and Variety are reporting that there may be talks between Netflix and Warner Bros. TV for the streaming service to retain the streaming rights. Friends, which debuted on Netflix on Jan. 1, 2019, has been one of its most popular shows. UPDATE: Netflix tweets Friends will be available "throughout 2019."
Posted Monday 12/03/18 at 1:18PM EST
Netflix viewers aren't happy that they're losing Friends
Source: TV Guide
Netflix's Friends page now features a troubling new warning: "Available Until 01/01/2019." Friends will be moving to WarnerMedia's new streaming service.
Posted Wednesday 11/21/18 at 6:26PM EST
Here are TV's best marathons for Thanksgiving weekend
Source: Entertainment Weekly
FX’s Thanksgiving Movie Marathon, FXX's Thanksgiving Day Comedy Movie Marathon and TBS' Friends' Thanksgiving marathon are among the best options, according to EW. Other marathons include CMT's Roseanne marathon and UpTV's "GilMore the Merrier" Gilmore Girls marathon.
Posted Tuesday 11/13/18 at 10:03AM EST
Police capture beer thief who looked like Ross from Friends
After nearly two months, police in Britain have arrested the David Schwimmer lookalike who was allegedly caught on camera stealing a case of beer nearly two months ago.