FULLER HOUSE'S JEFF FRANKLIN SPEAKS OUT ON FIRING: Netflix's Fuller House creator and showrunner (and the creator of the original Full House on ABC) Jeff Franklin is opening up after being fired from the show on Wednesday amid allegations of misconduct. "I'm heartbroken to be leaving Fuller House, Franklin wrote on Instagram. "Creating and running Full House and Fuller House has been the greatest joy. I wish the cast, my second family for over 30 years, continued success. I'm so proud of all we accomplished together, and beyond grateful to our loyal fans. Adios Tanneritos!" The allegations include Franklin being verbally abusive to staffers and making inappropriate sexual comments. The series stars Lori Loughlin, Andrea Barber, Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Bob Saget, among others.
HULU BUYS NAMING RIGHTS TO MSG: The streaming service Hulu signed a deal with Madison Square Garden, which includes naming rights for the arena's 5,600-seat theater, which will now be known as The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden. Signage is currently being installed, and includes directional and digital signage from Penn Station and new signage on Eighth Avenue. The deal also includes branding and content rights across the theater and MSG's digital and promotional platform.
KRISTIN WIIG IN TALKS FOR WONDER WOMAN 2: Saturday Night Live alum Kristen Wiig is in talks to play a villain in Wonder Woman 2. Patty Jenkins will return as director and Gal Gadot as the titular star. While few plot details have been revealed, it is said to be set in the 1980s against the backdrop of the Cold War. Wiig is rumored to be in talks to play the conniving villain Cheetah. The sequel is set to drop November 1, 2019.
JUDD APATOW TO LAUNCH ONLINE COMEDY CLASS: Judd Apatow is launching an online class for would-be comedians. Offered via MasterClass (and set to launch in the spring of this year), students can pony up $90 for the class, or pay $180 for a year of unlimited access to two-dozen current and upcoming celeb-led courses. Apatow's class will include 32 video lessons, which will explain how to write storylines, stand-up and direct. He will also offer pitching tips. Apatow is a producer, director and writer. His films include Knocked Up, This is 40, Funny People and The 40-Year-Old Virgin.
MARTIN SCORSESE TO NAB INAUGURAL ROBERT OSBORNE AWARD: The TCM Classic Film Festival is handing out its inaugural Robert Osborne Award to Martin Scorsese to honor "his work as a film preservationist and impassioned classic movie fan." Scorsese said of the honor: "I started the Film Foundation 28 years ago in order to preserve and share cinema's history with audiences of the present and the future. Bob and TCM have always been trusted allies in this mission. I always loved watching Bob's introductions and interviews on TCM because you could immediately feel that this was someone who knew movie history, who wanted to share that knowledge and pass it on, and - most importantly - who truly loved movies. Bob was a true believer in the cinema, so to receive this award in his name means a great deal to me." The late Osborne was the network's primetime host. It will be presented to Scorsese on April 26th, the opening night of 2018's festival at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
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