Why Michelob Ultra will be the real winner of Tiger and Phil’s The Match II

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Being the first U.S. live sports broadcast in months, the charity golf tournament At the emotional climax of Caddyshack— the Citizen Kane of golf cinema—young caddie Danny Noonan is lining up a final putt that could end a $40,000 wager between bitter rivals, real estate developer Al Czervik (Rodney Dangerfield) and Judge Smails (Ted Knight). As the tension heightens, Czervik blurts out, “Hey Judge, double or nothing he makes it, $80,000?” Smails aggressively mumbles his agreement, his scorching rage barely concealed, then aims eye daggers at Noonan, still lining up his shot, and hurls a red-faced, “WELL? WE’RE WAITING . . . .” Read Full Story

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These 9 interview questions will set dedicated remote workers apart

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Not everybody has what it takes to work from home full-time. Here are the questions to ask to find out who is succeeding. Among the storm clouds known as COVID-19, there are a few silver linings. One is that being forced to work from home all of a sudden is shaking up our calcified ideas about remote work. Although the current situation isn’t necessarily a fair yardstick to judge remote work, given that the whole transition was rather slapdash, people who thought it could never work for their teams are starting to reconsider. In fact, 74% of companies surveyed by Gartner this month say they’ll be keeping at least some roles remote permanently. Read Full Story

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He green-lighted Netflix hits “Love is Blind,” “Queer Eye,” and “Cheer.” Here’s how he picks reality TV concepts.

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For making Netflix a go-to platform for nonscripted shows including “Love is Blind,” “Queer Eye,” and “Cheer,” Brandon Riegg is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People of 2020. In the first months of 2020, streaming giant Netflix began dominating yet another realm of content: unscripted original programming. Love Is Blind , a reality show on which contestants dated and got engaged without ever meeting each other face-to-face, spawned a fervent subculture of viewers online; docuseries Cheer propelled a tiny junior college’s cheerleading squad to national fame; and social media competition The Circle revealed the ways people connect and deceive each other on the internet. All three shows were created under Brandon Riegg, who founded Netflix’s unscripted originals and acquisitions division in 2016. “Because we had no precedent of what worked and what didn’t [at Netflix], we felt emboldened to take risks,” says Riegg, who allowed his producers to try …

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How John Mulaney uses his relentless creativity to figure out what to do next

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The popular comedian put his mind to reinventing the children’s variety show—finding something new in a format whose moment came before he was born. Instead of following up his Emmy-winning 2018 Netflix special, Kid Gorgeous: Live at Radio City , with more stand-up, John Mulaney—the first person ever to have gone from Saturday Night Live writer to three-time host of the show in under a decade—returned last winter with a gonzo kids’ variety special called John Mulaney & the Sack Lunch Bunch . The Netflix event, which aired on Christmas Eve, combined self-aware comedy with moments of real poignancy and coaxed an unforgettable musical performance from a delightfully unhinged Jake Gyllenhaal, earning Mulaney a deal with Comedy Central for more specials. Read Full Story

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Pipeline companies are still trying to take people’s land—even during a pandemic

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Using eminent domain, pipeline firms have broad authority to build through private property. The coronavirus hasn’t slowed them down. Pipeline giant Kinder Morgan is cutting a 400-mile line across the middle of Texas, digging up vast swaths of private land for its planned Permian Highway Pipeline . The project is ceaseless, continuing through the coronavirus pandemic. Landowner Heath Frantzen says that dozens of workers have shown up to his ranch in Fredericksburg, even as public health officials urged people to stay at home. Read Full Story

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Here’s something about Rudy Giuliani’s ‘Borat 2’ scene that’s even more incriminating

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The former mayor crosses a red line by endorsing a despicable conspiracy theory about the coronavirus. By the time the original Borat hit theaters, America was already knee-deep in George W. Bush’s lame-duck period. Incredibly, that period began less than a year into Bush’s second term, when the president’s embarrassing failed effort to privatize social security was followed by his catastrophic mismanagement of Hurricane Katrina, and two ongoing wars in the Middle East that defied the promised easy resolution. Borat , with its warts-only depiction of Real America, was the ideal satire for a country that had lost its way and lost confidence in its leader, to the tune of a 33% approval rating . Read Full Story

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Harvey Weinstein sentenced to 23 years in prison

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The disgraced entertainment mogul will likely be spending the rest of his life behind bars. The Harvey Weinstein New York trial finally came to an end this morning when a judge sentenced him to 23 years in prison. The sentence came nearly two and a half years after a New York Times exposé made public multiple women’s claims of rape and sexual misconduct by him and helped to usher in the #MeToo era. Read Full Story

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Election Day needs to be a federal holiday because it’s good for business

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The CEO of Pipeline Equity was one of the early signatories of Time to Vote. She says, “Supporting a federal Election Day holiday presents one avenue for businesses to show up for their employees.” The only presidential election I didn’t vote in was in 1996. The poll lines stretched around the block, and I was stressed about being late for work. I carry the guilt of not voting in that election to this day. My father, a Hungarian refugee, had risked his life to ensure my existential right to vote. To use my voice to make a choice. Read Full Story

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