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Spencer Pratt Thinks Heidi Would ‘Upstage’ the ‘Real Housewives’ Cast on September 16, 2023 at 3:01 am Us Weekly

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Spencer Pratt thinks Heidi Pratt’s reality TV background may be too much for the women of the Real Housewives. 

“She’d upstage. I know that’s my love for her, but I truly think she’d upstage all these basic ladies,” Spencer, 40, told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview published on Friday, September 15, adding that he’s “heard” people claim his wife is “too polarizing.”

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Heidi, for her part, agreed when she was asked if she thought Andy Cohen was the reason for not being asked to join the cast. “I think so. He made a statement a while ago that he would never want me on it and that I wasn’t for their franchise, but I think that he’s so wrong,” she claimed, noting that it would “make sense” for her to be part of a show like The Real Housewives of Orange County or The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills now that she’s a mom of two.

Referring to her longtime feud with former costar Lauren Conrad, she continued: “I don’t know if [Andy] is just a Lauren fan or what, because I would think that he would appreciate the reality star that I am.” 

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Following the end of The Hills – which ran on MTV from 2006 to 2010 — both Spencer and Heidi have made a name for themselves in the reality TV landscape. After appearing on shows like Celebrity Big Brother, Celebrity Wife Swap and Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars 2, the pair returned for The Hills’ short-lived spinoff, The Hills: New Beginnings in 2019. 

Now, in addition to parenting their two sons, Gunner, 5, and Ryker, 23 months, the couple have one of their “biggest dream team projects in the works.”

“It’s an idea Heidi and I’ve been saying, I can’t believe no one’s come to us for 10 years to do. And then this big heavy-hitter came with that idea,” Spencer teased to THR. “So the paperwork’s just getting signed and if it goes through it would all come together just like a vision.”

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While some reality TV stars are considering joining the ongoing Hollywood strikes, Spencer and Heidi have made it clear they aren’t on board. After Bethenny Frankel urged her fellow reality TV personalities to join her in fighting for fair pay alongside SAG-AFTRA and WGA earlier this summer, Spencer and Heidi clarified via social media that they will go “on any show” and networks can “treat us however you like.” 

Related: ‘The Hills’ Original Cast: Where Are They Now?

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When The Hills first debuted in May 2006, it looked a lot different than the revival, The Hills: New Beginnings. No matter what version they’re watching, fans are still hooked on the cast’s unwritten chapters. The MTV reality show, a spinoff of Laguna Beach, followed Lauren Conrad from Laguna to Los Angeles where she moved […]

Spencer clarified his thoughts on Friday, telling THR that he and Heidi “do support the WGA” but were “frustrated” when their name got “mixed up” with Frankel, 52.

“[She] made people think there really was a reality strike,” he explained. “I was clowning when I jokingly said, ‘I’ve been on strike. That’s why you haven’t seen me.’ No, I don’t have a TV show. That’s why you haven’t seen me. But Heidi and I have learned this so many times, the amount of pilots we’ve shot with big production companies and big producers, and how many times those pilots never get to air, once you’ve been in that game and know how hard it is to be a reality TV person on a television show, until you’ve been on the other side, you don’t get what a privilege it is.”

The WGA (Writer’s Guild of America) and SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists), who kicked off their strikes in May and July, respectively, are seeking similar new contracts with the AMPTP (Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers) in regards to wages, the use of artificial intelligence and streaming residuals. In July, Frankel weighed in on the situation and claimed she hasn’t seen “a single residual check” for reruns of her past reality TV appearances.

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Ever since reality TV began, one of the biggest draws has been the drama — specifically, the fighting that breaks out while the cameras are rolling. Through the years — from Laguna Beach and The Hills to the Real Housewives and beyond, the claws come out when action is called. Although Lauren Conrad butted heads […]

“I’m well aware that unscripted talent aka ‘reality stars’ should have a union or simply be treated fairly and valued,” the Real Housewives of New York City alum said via TikTok video at the time. “The mentality that we were nobodies and that these streamers and networks have given us platforms and that we can capitalize on them is also moronic.”

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Spencer Pratt thinks Heidi Pratt’s reality TV background may be too much for the women of the Real Housewives. 
“She’d upstage. I know that’s my love for her, but I truly think she’d upstage all these basic ladies,” Spencer, 40, told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview published on Friday, September 15, adding that he’s “heard” people claim his wife is “too polarizing.”
Heidi, for her part, agreed when she was asked if she thought Andy Cohen was the reason for not being asked to join the cast. “I think so. He made a statement a while ago that he would never want me on it and that I wasn’t for their franchise, but I think that he’s so wrong,” she claimed, noting that it would “make sense” for her to be part of a show like The Real Housewives of Orange County or The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills now that she’s a mom of two.
Referring to her longtime feud with former costar Lauren Conrad, she continued: “I don’t know if [Andy] is just a Lauren fan or what, because I would think that he would appreciate the reality star that I am.” 

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Just like us! Many stars have opened up in the past about ending their day with a nice Real Housewives binge watch. But over the years, some celebrities have managed to take their love for the Bravo hit shows to the next level. Nicki Minaj managed to potentially score herself an invite to host the

Following the end of The Hills – which ran on MTV from 2006 to 2010 — both Spencer and Heidi have made a name for themselves in the reality TV landscape. After appearing on shows like Celebrity Big Brother, Celebrity Wife Swap and Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars 2, the pair returned for The Hills’ short-lived spinoff, The Hills: New Beginnings in 2019. 
Now, in addition to parenting their two sons, Gunner, 5, and Ryker, 23 months, the couple have one of their “biggest dream team projects in the works.”
“It’s an idea Heidi and I’ve been saying, I can’t believe no one’s come to us for 10 years to do. And then this big heavy-hitter came with that idea,” Spencer teased to THR. “So the paperwork’s just getting signed and if it goes through it would all come together just like a vision.”
While some reality TV stars are considering joining the ongoing Hollywood strikes, Spencer and Heidi have made it clear they aren’t on board. After Bethenny Frankel urged her fellow reality TV personalities to join her in fighting for fair pay alongside SAG-AFTRA and WGA earlier this summer, Spencer and Heidi clarified via social media that they will go “on any show” and networks can “treat us however you like.” 

Related: ‘The Hills’ Original Cast: Where Are They Now?

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When The Hills first debuted in May 2006, it looked a lot different than the revival, The Hills: New Beginnings. No matter what version they’re watching, fans are still hooked on the cast’s unwritten chapters. The MTV reality show, a spinoff of Laguna Beach, followed Lauren Conrad from Laguna to Los Angeles where she moved

Spencer clarified his thoughts on Friday, telling THR that he and Heidi “do support the WGA” but were “frustrated” when their name got “mixed up” with Frankel, 52.
“[She] made people think there really was a reality strike,” he explained. “I was clowning when I jokingly said, ‘I’ve been on strike. That’s why you haven’t seen me.’ No, I don’t have a TV show. That’s why you haven’t seen me. But Heidi and I have learned this so many times, the amount of pilots we’ve shot with big production companies and big producers, and how many times those pilots never get to air, once you’ve been in that game and know how hard it is to be a reality TV person on a television show, until you’ve been on the other side, you don’t get what a privilege it is.”
The WGA (Writer’s Guild of America) and SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists), who kicked off their strikes in May and July, respectively, are seeking similar new contracts with the AMPTP (Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers) in regards to wages, the use of artificial intelligence and streaming residuals. In July, Frankel weighed in on the situation and claimed she hasn’t seen “a single residual check” for reruns of her past reality TV appearances.

Related: Relive the Biggest Reality TV Feuds

Ever since reality TV began, one of the biggest draws has been the drama — specifically, the fighting that breaks out while the cameras are rolling. Through the years — from Laguna Beach and The Hills to the Real Housewives and beyond, the claws come out when action is called. Although Lauren Conrad butted heads

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“I’m well aware that unscripted talent aka ‘reality stars’ should have a union or simply be treated fairly and valued,” the Real Housewives of New York City alum said via TikTok video at the time. “The mentality that we were nobodies and that these streamers and networks have given us platforms and that we can capitalize on them is also moronic.” 

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In the ever-evolving film industry, getting your film in front of audiences can be a daunting task. With the rise of streaming platforms and shifting consumer habits, traditional distribution and sales strategies are no longer the only game in town. In this article, we’ll explore the various pathways for film distribution and sales, including working with distributors, sales agents, and platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Traditional Distribution
Traditional distribution involves partnering with a distributor who will handle the release of your film in theaters, on DVD, and through broadcast television. This can include major studios like Warner Bros. or Sony Pictures, as well as independent distributors like A24 or Magnolia Pictures. Distributors will typically take a percentage of the revenue generated by the film in exchange for their services.
Sales Agents
Sales agents, also known as film sales companies, act as intermediaries between filmmakers and distributors. They will often attend film festivals and markets, like the American Film Market or Cannes, to pitch your film to potential buyers. Sales agents will typically take a commission on any sales they secure.
Streaming Platforms
Streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu have revolutionized the way audiences consume film content. These platforms are increasingly becoming major players in the distribution and sales landscape. They often acquire films outright, bypassing traditional distribution channels.
Self-Distribution
With the rise of digital platforms, self-distribution has become a viable option for filmmakers. This involves handling distribution and sales in-house, often through a filmmaker’s own production company. Self-distribution allows for greater creative control and potentially higher profit margins.
Strategies for Success
So, how can filmmakers navigate this complex landscape? Here are a few key strategies to keep in mind:
  • Know your audience: Understand who your target audience is and where they consume content.
  • Build a strong online presence: Develop a website and social media channels to showcase your film and connect with potential buyers.
  • Attend film festivals and markets: Network with industry professionals and showcase your film to potential buyers.
  • Consider hybrid distribution models: Combine traditional distribution with self-distribution or streaming platforms to maximize reach and revenue.
Film distribution and sales have evolved significantly in recent years. By understanding the various pathways available, filmmakers can make informed decisions about how to get their film in front of audiences. Whether through traditional distribution, sales agents, streaming platforms, or self-distribution, the key to success lies in knowing your audience, building a strong online presence, and being flexible in an ever-changing landscape.

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Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are hitting the road to promote their upcoming action-comedy flick, “Bad Boys: Ride or Die,” the fourth installment of the beloved “Bad Boys” franchise.

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Despite recent health concerns surrounding Lawrence, the duo’s chemistry remains intact as they embark on an extensive promotional tour across Europe. Smith has expressed gratitude for the unwavering support of fans and praised Sony Pictures for standing by him during challenging times.

The movie marks Smith’s return to the big screen after the infamous Oscars slap incident, and it centers around a quest to redeem the tarnished reputation of the duo’s late captain, Conrad Howard (Joe Pantoliano), who is posthumously accused of being an informant for a Mexican drug cartel.

While the response to “Ride or Die” will undoubtedly be seen as a commentary on Smith’s renewed box office appeal, Lawrence’s manic comic energy remains the driving force behind these films. His delivery of iconic lines during intense action sequences is unparalleled, and the movie understands the importance of crafting situations for him to shine.

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Smith, on the other hand, seems to be playing a more subdued role, allowing Lawrence to take center stage. If the slap incident led to a reevaluation of Smith as a leading man, “Ride or Die” offers a perfect vehicle to remind audiences of his exceptional talent.

As the summer release of “Beverly Hills Cop” with Eddie Murphy approaches, “Bad Boys: Ride or Die” serves as a reminder of the enduring appeal of breezily entertaining genre movies featuring movie stars. Will Smith isn’t going anywhere, and his collaboration with Martin Lawrence promises to be an entertaining ride for fans of the franchise.

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Michael Jackson’s Children Blocked from Trust Funds Over $700M Tax Dispute

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Michael Jackson’s three children – Prince, 27, Paris, 25, and Bigi, 22 – along with his mother Katherine, 94, have been barred from accessing funds from the late singer’s trust due to an ongoing legal battle between Jackson’s estate and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) over a $700 million tax bill.

The dispute arose when the IRS audited the estate’s federal estate tax return and claimed that it had “undervalued its assets,” resulting in an additional $700 million in taxes and penalties owed. While the estate initially won in court in 2021, it later filed a motion for reconsideration regarding the court’s valuation of Jackson’s music catalog, which is still pending.

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Until this case is resolved and the value of Jackson’s estate is determined, the IRS and the estate cannot agree on the deduction amount for the federal estate tax return. Consequently, the estate’s co-executors, John Branca and John McClain, have denied requests from the beneficiaries to release funds, citing the ongoing IRS audit.

Family Feud Over Legal Fees

The situation is further complicated by a separate legal feud between Katherine Jackson and her grandson Bigi. Katherine has been attempting to use funds from the estate to cover legal fees incurred while challenging the $600 million sale of Jackson’s music assets to Sony, a move supported by Bigi and approved by a judge.

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Katherine’s lawyer, Adam Pines, accused the executors of “trying to punish” her for contesting their actions and claimed they would have paid the legal fees if they were related to other litigation. Pines suggested the executors are intentionally withholding payments until Katherine passes away.

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Trust Distribution Requirements

According to the court filing, Jackson’s trust stipulates that 20% of his estate, as valued for federal estate tax purposes, should be donated to charity, with the remaining assets distributed to subtrusts. However, Katherine’s filing disputes the executors’ belief that charitable donations must be made before any distributions to beneficiaries, arguing that “nothing in the Trust requires those payments to be made before any preliminary distribution to other beneficiaries.”

Bigi, on the other hand, has requested the court deny Katherine’s request, stating that “a reversal on appeal would be an extreme longshot” and that her decision to appeal is “not for the benefit of the heirs.”

As the legal battle continues, the estate is providing for Jackson’s children and mother through a “family allowance,” but no funds from the trust itself will be distributed until the tax dispute is resolved and the estate’s value is finalized.

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