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‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’ staff are ‘freaking out’ as host may quit or be canceled over toxic workplace incidents

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‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ staff are reportedly “freaking out” after a series of allegations surrounding the show’s host and her executives. The staff reportedly now fear that the controversy surrounding Ellen could result in “the show shutting down, Ellen quitting or worse the show and the host getting canceled.” Sources familiar with the inside culture of the show have said that the team is concerned that allegations of a toxic work environment could force Ellen to quit. 

The concerns come at a time when dozens of former staff of the show made sexual assault allegations against its producers. A source, while talking to the US Weekly, said: “Staffers are texting and calling each other freaking out as they fear Ellen [DeGeneres] will quit or that the show will be canceled. The show feels done. It’s going to be very hard to turn this around.”

A Telepictures insider reportedly told the Daily Mail that Ellen is telling executives at Telepictures and Warner Bros that she has had enough of allegations of rude behavior made against her and that she wats to walk away from the show. “She feels she can’t go on and the only way to recover her personal brand from this is to shut down the show,” they said. “The truth is she knew what was going on, it’s her show. The buck stops with her. She can blame every executive under the sun – but Ellen is ultimately the one to blame.”

The speculation comes as staff at the show have hit back at the comedian for attempting to shift the blame to her executive producers in an apology memo released this week. One staffer told the outlet: “Don’t think for a minute anything she has said in that apology means anything. She created and then enabled this toxic culture to go on for so long. If anyone had come to her or those three vile [executive producers] to complain, they would’ve been fired.”

“Inside Telepictures we’ve had enough of her,” the source added. “She is a phony who does not practice what she preaches. The behavior of her show executives has been appalling, but (Ellen) is no better. In fact, she is the worst. It’s outrageous that she is trying to pretend that this is all a shock to her. The fish rots from the head, and Ellen is the head.”

The insider also told the Daily Mail that Ellen now “hates coming to work” and “‘struggles to be nice to people and has utter contempt for her audience.”

“She has been phoning it in for so long, and only staying for the money and celebrity it affords her,” they said. “We’ve dealt with her BS for so many years, she’s not innocent at all, she’s not nice and the show is not filled with happiness.”

Claims surrounding Ellen’s toxic work environment emerged earlier this month as one current and 10 former employees of the talk show accused the three executive producers, Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly, and Andy Lassner, of “bullying.” Hours after the claim, Ellen issued an apology earlier this week. The apology came after it was revealed that WarnerMedia was investigating the show and is set to look into “staff experiences on set.”

“At this point, there’s really no way to save the show from this PR nightmare, so Ellen leaving may be the only way for this entire mess to go away,” another source told the outlet. “While it is our most profitable show in the daytime, we no longer make the money we used to make from the show, as we have to pay her tens of millions of dollars per year to show up.”

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Focus Features Celebrates ‘Kajillionaire’ Filmmaker Miranda July With Virtual Retrospective

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Hollywood studios have become more innovative in recent months, hosting drive-in launch events and virtual screening parties to celebrate new projects in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. So, for the release of their latest film, Miranda July’s “Kajillionaire,” Focus Features planned something new.

The studio has launched a virtual retrospective of the award-winning filmmaker’s work, titled “Made Up: The Multiplicity of Miranda July.” For the special showcase, Focus Features partnered with the Brooklyn Academy of Music and American Cinematheque to host a three-day event for their members, as well as July’s fans. The virtual program is now live and will run through Sept. 26 at 10 a.m. PT.

“Whether it was 2020 or any other year, our team at Focus have always looked for ways to push the boundaries to celebrate the great filmmakers we work with,” Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski says. “Miranda’s vast artistry across so many mediums made her an ideal fit for this format and the virtual approach gave us the opportunity to showcase Miranda’s work far wider than any in-person retrospective ever has.”

The virtual retrospective, which is intended to “illuminate the multidimensionality and timeliness of [July’s] work,” consists of a custom-built website that boasts a chronological sampling of July’s entire career. The site includes samples from and insights into her early performance art work and other personal projects to her feature films, including her critically acclaimed debut “Me and You and Everyone We Know.” The film premiered at Sundance, earning a special Jury Prize and went on to earn the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

“Miranda has been such a tremendous partner in this unchartered territory and we couldn’t have pulled this together without her open mind and creative genius,” Kujawski explains.

“Kajillionaire,” July’s third feature length film, stars Evan Rachel Wood, Gina Rodriguez, Debra Winger and Richard Jenkins. As part of the virtual exhibit, the film will debut Sept. 24 at 5 p.m. PT, followed by a Q&A with July, Wood and Rodriguez moderated by Natasha Lyonne.

“Focus has been incredibly agile and thoughtful about the release of ‘Kajillionaire’ in this new world,” July says. “They have let go of or shifted some expectations and used their resources to double down in other areas — becoming more creative and more specific about inclusion and trying brand new experiments like the virtual retrospective/premiere.”

She adds: “This is the first time a distributor has taken care to present my work across all mediums and I think it’s the perfect time for it, as the audience itself is increasingly engaged in so many different forms of storytelling.”

“Kajillionaire” will be released in select theaters on Sept. 25. More information on the retrospective is available through BAM and the American Cinematheque.

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Three Takeaways As Tyler Herro’s Historic Game 4 Puts The Heat One Win Away From The NBA Finals

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The Boston Celtics have once again found themselves in a dark place in their Eastern Conference Finals series against the Heat. After going down 2-0 to Miami last week, a high-profile locker-room dust-up after Game 2 dominated the headlines and raised serious questions about team morale.

They bounced back in Game 3 and had an opportunity on Wednesday in Game 4 to even the series, but that was not to be, as Heat rookie Tyler Herro had the game of his life, leading his team to a 112-109 victory over the Celtics and bringing them just one win away from the NBA Finals.

Here’s what we learned from a hard-fought Game 4.

Tyler Herro Submitted An Instant Classic Performance

The NBA Playoffs are where superstars are born, but they’re also the place where young players can announce their arrival, and few rookies have done so in more spectacular fashion than Tyler Herro did on Wednesday in Game 4. The 20-year-old sensation was unstoppable against the Celtics, leading all scorers with 37 points on the night, giving him the most points by a rookie in a conference finals game in league history.

Herro got it going almost from the opening tip, scoring 15 points before halftime, and was one of the only players on either team to find any sort of rhythm to start the game. From there, he was lights out, knocking down threes and getting to the basket at will to lead the Heat to a tough victory and prevent Boston from evening the series at 2-2.

Down the stretch, Miami continued to put the ball in Herro’s hands, allowing the rookie to take them to the finish line, with some help from timely Jimmy Butler buckets as well. It was an impressive showing and one that put all of Herro’s offensive talents on display, and his on-ball skills just add another dimension to the Miami offense.

Boston’s Bricks & Turnovers

We live in the age of the long ball, and as such, teams sometimes live and die by the three. That’s a given, but in this one, both teams struggled dreadfully from behind the arc. The Celtics shot just 40 percent from the field overall in the first half and 5-of-19 from three, and Miami wasn’t any better, shooting 4-of-18 from three and just over 40 percent overall before halftime. Herro was just about the only one with any consistency from the outside, and while Jayson Tatum and the Boston offense woke up to charge back to a brief lead, they simply couldn’t execute well enough offensively to stay on the front foot.

The shooting woes were one part of the problem, but turnovers ended up being Boston’s Achilles heel all night long. They coughed the ball up 19 total times in the game, 11 of which came in the second half, with several coming down the stretch. Credit some of that to Heat’s zone defense, which pestered the Celtics all night into poor decision making and contested shots.

Miami, meanwhile, didn’t commit a turnover in the fourth quarter until under a minute remaining and had just two total turnovers in the second half and nine for the game overall. Turnovers and rebounds are often looked to as key stats for good reason, and Miami’s ability to force turnovers and avoid them themselves allowed them to overcome a poor shooting night to get a win.

Jayson Tatum, Sleeping Giant

Jayson Tatum was at the center of the Celtics shooting drought through the first two quarters, going scoreless before halftime on 0-of-6 shooting, four of those misses coming from behind the arc. It was the first time that’s happened to Tatum all season.

Yet, Boston somehow managed to trail by just six points at the break, 50-44. That gave Tatum the room he needed to wake up and remember that there was a playoff game going on. And that’s exactly what he did, scoring 16 points in the third quarter and helping cut the deficit to 77-76 going into the final period.

He kept it rolling in the fourth quarter, finishing with a team-high 28 points to go along with nine rebounds and four assists, but ultimately, it wasn’t enough. Jaylen Brown (21 points, nine rebounds) and Kemba Walker (20 points, five assists) did their best to keep the Celtics afloat, but a nightmarish game from Marcus Smart, who shot 3-of-12 and committed four turnovers, only compounded matters.

The Celtics will try to keep their season alive when Game 5 tips off on Friday at 8:30 ET on ESPN, while the Heat will have a chance to punch their ticket to the NBA Finals.

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Hear Emma Ruth Rundle and Thou’s Powerful New Ballad “The Valley”

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“Fragile yet powerful. Sad but fearless.” That’s how Thou guitarist Andy Gibbs describes “The Valley,” his band’s new collaborative song with singer-songwriter Emma Ruth Rundle. “It’s the feeling you get when you listen to a lot of Emma’s music,” he adds.

Indeed it is. And indeed it is that mix of emotions that emanates from the powerful ballad, the latest single off Rundle and sludge-punk experimentalists Thou’s forthcoming joint full-length, May Our Chambers Be Full, which is due out October 30th via Sacred Bones and available for pre-order now. The follow-up to August’s aggro doom crusher “Ancestral Recall,” the new song represents the more vulnerable and introspective side of the collaboration.

“‘The Valley is a place. A landscape that lacks vistas and perspectives,” Rundle comments of the cut. “An analogy for unrelenting, crushing mental illness, physical pain, addiction and the isolation that can arise as a result of these diseases. There is a choice one must make once initiated into The Valley’s fold; to press on living where no hope will ever show itself or to dissolve into its bleak grayness. On the journey, remains of those who came before us and succumbed are visible. Instead of hope, we turn to anger and defiance for fuel and with those we fortify ourselves. The ending doesn’t resolve, but successful escape from The Valley is unlikely.”

For more from Rundle, watch her appearance on Revolver’s ongoing “Vinyl to Die for” series in which artists show off their most prized records.

Video of Vinyl to Die for: Emma Ruth Rundle Shows Off Prized Jessika Kenney & Eyvind Kang LP

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