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Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 9:04PM EST
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux separate -- her "Friends fortune" should be safe
According to US magazine, Aniston and the former star of The Leftovers signed an "ironclad" prenup before Jimmy Kimmel officiated their wedding in August 2015, protecting her massive Friends fortune, in addition to her movie star earnings. Aniston also signed a lucrative deal with Apple a few months ago to co-star with Reese Witherspoon in a morning show TV series for Apple. “Jennifer has an ironclad prenup with Justin. It would be very hard for Justin to contest it," a source tells Us. "The prenup talks before the marriage were long and intense."
Posted Friday 2/02/18 at 6:18PM EST
Ellen scores a three-year ratings high with guest Michelle Obama
The first of two shows celebrating Ellen DeGeneres’ 60th birthday was the highest-rated episode in nearly three years. ALSO: Ellen gets Jennifer Aniston to breathe new life into Friends reunion hopes.
Posted Friday 2/02/18 at 3:15AM EST
Could Friends’ Central Perk become a coffee chain and board game?
Warner Bros. has secured documents to copyright the name Central Perk for “coffee shop and café services,” using the logo from the NBC comedy. Warner Bros. also intends to use the copyright on “toys, board games and slot machines.” Central Perk was last used as an authorized pop-up coffee shop in downtown Manhattan as part of the Friends' 20th anniversary in 2014.
Posted Monday 1/29/18 at 2:45PM EST
David Schwimmer on a possible Friends reunion: “The thing is, I just don’t know if I want to see all of us with crutches and, like, walkers”
“I doubt it, I really doubt it,” Schwimmer said on Megyn Kelly Today this morning when asked the Friends reunion question while promoting his Starz #ThatsHarassment PSAs. “But thank you for asking, and moving on!” he added. ALSO: Schwimmer made harassment films/PSAs because his mom was sexually harassed as an attorney her “whole career.”
Posted Thursday 1/25/18 at 9:04PM EST
Lisa Kudrow wasn't impressed with the fake Friends movie trailer that went viral
Kudrow tells Conan O'Brien that Courteney Cox alerted her to the viral video that recently surfaced on YouTube. "I don't know what to make of it," she says. "It's just like sort of these weird cilps from things that clearly have nothing to do with Friends, and it's called Friends: The Movie.
Posted Wednesday 1/24/18 at 4:39PM EST
Netflix “reveals” what the Friends are up to in 2018
“The One Where The Gang Realizes Their Privilege” and “Joey eats Tide pods, goes to hospital (guest star Ellen Pompeo)” are among the present-day Friends storylines that Netflix has created.
Posted Monday 1/22/18 at 1:40PM EST
A fan-made trailer for a fake Friends reunion movie has gone viral
The YouTube video edits together scenes of the former Friends reuniting on other TV shows.
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 5:54AM EST
British millennials who have recently been exposed to Friends are shocked at how problematic it is
Netflix only began showing Friends reruns late last year in the U.K. And some millennial viewers are feeling “uncomfortable” with storylines that are “transphobic,” “homophobic," “sexist,” and even "racist," according to The Independent. “There's also the controversial relationship between Monica and her father's best friend who's 20 years older than her,” writes Ilana Kaplan, “but it was perceived as even more uncomfortable in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and #MeToo stories.”
Posted Friday 1/05/18 at 11:08PM EST
Did millennials kill the hangout sitcom?
Shows like Friends and Cheers are hard to recreate nowadays because younger viewers are too distracted by technology.
Posted Wednesday 11/22/17 at 10:51PM EST
Presenting the most disastrous Thanksgiving sitcom episodes
Friends, Seinfeld and Full House all experienced Turkey Day-themed disasters.
Posted Monday 11/13/17 at 7:57AM EST
Why are poor and working-class people so rare on TV?
Shows like The Middle are the rarity these days, argues Joanna Weiss. “For many series, material comfort isn’t essential to the characters’ lives; it’s incidental,” she says. “Yes, Showtime’s Shameless romanticizes the Gallaghers’ on-the-edge existence, and CBS’ Mom gets the set design exactly right. But like the 20-something characters in Friends, who rented suspiciously spacious New York real estate on entry-level salaries, many television denizens enjoy interiors straight out of Houzz, regardless of their presumed income levels. In Kevin Can Wait, Kevin James’ retired Long Island cop has a beautiful kitchen. OK. But how many shows could, presumably, tell the same stories regardless of their characters’ economic status? Would ABC’s Modern Family play any differently without the conspicuous consumption? Could Amazon Prime’s Transparent be told without the glorious real estate? Could it even be told better?”
Posted Wednesday 10/25/17 at 7:48PM EDT
Seth Meyers apologizes to Cole Sprouse for not knowing who he was
"Okay, now, tell me something: Who is Cole Sprouse?" Meyers asked Sprouse's Riverdale co-stars earlier this year. Sprouse finally visited Late Night last night, where Meyers explained that he had missed out on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. (Meyers apparently was also unfamiliar with Sprouse’s work on Friends and the Adam Sandler film Big Daddy.) ALSO: Watch Cole and Dylan Sprouse’s first appearance on Live in 1999.
Posted Friday 10/13/17 at 11:28PM EDT
Asian-American actors talk about their breakthrough roles, and the difficulty of landing TV roles
For instance, Lauren Tom, who now stars on Disney Channel’s Andi Mack, says she landed her most well-known role as Ross Geller’s girlfriend on Friends thanks to her role on The Joy Luck Club. Producers cast her, she says, not because she was of Asian descent, but because she looked like she could portray the “nicest person on the planet." “Thank god they’re still playing it in repeats because it keeps me current with the younger crowd,” says Tom, who people still tell her how much it means to them to see an Asian face on a classic sitcom.
Posted Thursday 10/05/17 at 9:47PM EDT
Netflix shows proof that Ross Geller from Friends predicted Black Mirror’s San Junipero in 1999
The streaming service has released a “crossover ad,” titled "The One Where Ross Invents San Junipero.”
Posted Monday 9/18/17 at 1:40PM EDT
Friends is a hit among Latin American Major League Baseball players who use it to help learn English
New York Mets infielder Wilmer Flores, a 26-year-old from Venezuela, is so obsessed with Friends he’s watched each episode seven times and use the show’s theme song as his walkup music. “When I get up in the morning, I turn on the TV, and whatever episode is there I’ll watch and keep watching,” he says. “I stop it when I come to the stadium. When I come home from the stadium, I pick up where I left off.”