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    eSports Advertising and Sponsorships

    This is a preview of a research report from BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service. To learn more about BI Intelligence, click here.

    What is eSports? History & Rise of Video Game Tournaments

    Years ago, eSports was a community of video gamers who would gather at conventions to play Counter Strike, Call of Duty, or League of Legends.

    These multiplayer video game competitions would determine League of Legends champions, the greatest shooters in Call of Duty, the cream of the crop of Street Fighter players, the elite Dota 2 competitors, and more.

    But today, as the history of eSports continue to unfold, media giants such as ESPN and Turner are broadcasting eSports tournaments and competitions. And in 2014, Amazon acquired Twitch, the live streaming video platform that has been and continues to be the leader in online gaming broadcasts. And YouTube also wanted to jump on the live streaming gaming community with the creation of YouTube Gaming.

    eSports Market Growth Booming

    To put in perspective how big eSports is becoming, a Google search for "lol" does not produce "laughing out loud" as the top result. Instead, it points to League of Legends, one of the most popular competitive games in existence. The game has spawned a worldwide community called the League of Legends Championship Series, more commonly known as LCS or LOL eSports.

    What started as friends gathering in each other's homes to host LAN parties and play into the night has become an official network of pro gaming tournaments and leagues with legitimate teams, some of which are even sponsored and have international reach. Organizations such as Denial, AHQ, and MLG have multiple eSports leagues.

    And to really understand the scope of all this, consider that the prize pool for the latest Dota 2 tournament was more than $20 million.

    Websites even exist for eSports live scores to let people track the competitions in real time if they are unable to watch. There are even fantasy eSports leagues similar to fantasy football, along with the large and growing scene of eSports betting and gambling.

    So it's understandable why traditional media companies would want to capitalize on this growing trend just before it floods into the mainstream. Approximately 300 million people worldwide tune in to eSports today, and that number is growing rapidly. By 2020, that number will be closer to 500 million.

    eSports Industry Analysis - The Future of the Competitive Gaming Market

    Financial institutions are starting to take notice. Goldman Sachs valued eSports at $500 million in 2016 and expects the market will grow at 22% annually compounded over the next three years into a more than $1 billion opportunity.

    And industry statistics are already backing this valuation and demonstrating the potential for massive earnings. To illustrate the market value, market growth, and potential earnings for eSports, consider Swedish media company Modern Times Group's $87 million acquisition of Turtle Entertainment, the holding company for ESL. YouTube has made its biggest eSports investment to date by signing a multiyear broadcasting deal with Faceit to stream the latter's Esports Championship Series. And the NBA will launch its own eSports league in 2018.

    Of course, as with any growing phenomenon, the question becomes: How do advertisers capitalize? This is especially tricky for eSports because of its audience demographics, which is young, passionate, male-dominated, and digital-first. They live online and on social media, are avid ad-blockers, and don't watch traditional TV or respond to conventional advertising.

    So what will the future of eSports look like? How high can it climb? Could it reach the mainstream popularity of baseball or football? How will advertisers be able to reach an audience that does its best to shield itself from advertising?

    Robert Elder, research analyst for BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, has compiled an unparalleled report on the eSports ecosystem that dissects the growing market for competitive gaming. This comprehensive, industry-defining report contains more than 30 charts and figures that forecast audience growth, average revenue per user, and revenue growth.

    Companies and organizations mentioned in the report include: NFL, NBA, English Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, NHL, Paris Saint-Germain, Ligue 1, Ligue de Football, Twitch, Amazon, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, ESPN, Electronic Arts, EA Sports, Valve, Riot Games, Activision Blizzard, ESL, Turtle Entertainment, Dreamhack, Modern Times Group, Turner Broadcasting, TBS Network, Vivendi, Canal Plus, Dailymotion, Disney, BAMTech, Intel, Coca Cola, Red Bull, HTC, Mikonet

    Here are some eSports industry facts and statistics from the report:

    • eSports is a still nascent industry filled with commercial opportunity.
    • There are a variety of revenue streams that companies can tap into.
    • The market is presently undervalued and has significant room to grow.
    • The dynamism of this market distinguishes it from traditional sports.
    • The audience is high-value and global, and its numbers are rising.
    • Brands can prosper in eSports by following the appropriate game plan.
    • Game publishers approach their Esport ecosystems in different ways.  
    • Successful esport games are comprised of the same basic ingredients.
    • Digital streaming platforms are spearheading the popularity of eSports.
    • Legacy media are investing into eSports, and seeing encouraging results.
    • Traditional sports franchises have a clear opportunity to seize in eSports.
    • Virtual and augmented reality firms also stand to benefit from eSports.  

    In full, the report illuminates the business of eSports from four angles:

    • The gaming nucleus of eSports, including an overview of popular esport genres and games; the influence of game publishers, and the spectrum of strategies they adopt toward their respective esport scenes; the role of eSports event producers and the tournaments they operate.
    • The eSports audience profile, its size, global reach, and demographic, psychographic, and behavioral attributes; the underlying factors driving its growth; why they are an attractive target for brands and broadcasters; and the significant audience and commercial crossover with traditional sports.
    • eSports media broadcasters, including digital avant-garde like Twitch and YouTube, newer digital entrants like Facebook and traditional media outlets like Turner’s TBS Network, ESPN, and Canal Plus; their strategies and successes in this space; and the virtual reality opportunity.
    • eSports market economics, with a market sizing, growth forecasts, and regional analyses; an evaluation of the eSports spectacle and its revenue generators, some of which are idiosyncratic to this industry; strategic planning for brand marketers, with case studies; and an exploration of the infinite dynamism and immense potential of the eSports economy.

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    woody allen

    As the #MeToo movement gained momentum in Hollywood following the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations, Dylan Farrow asked pointedly in a Los Angeles Times op-ed in December, "Why has the #MeToo revolution spared Woody Allen?"

    In 1993, Allen faced accusations that he had sexually abused Farrow, his then-seven-year-old adoptive daughter. Allen, who has continually denied the accusations, was investigated but never prosecuted. 

    But Farrow has long maintained that Allen sexually assaulted her, after she first discussed the issue publicly in a New York Times op-ed in 2014. 

    In her 2017 op-ed, Farrow asked why A-list actors like Kate Winslet, Blake Lively, and Greta Gerwig have continued to work with and praise Allen.

    And in an interview with "CBS This Morning" on Thursday, Farrow described Allen's alleged sexual assault in disturbing detail. Allen again denied the allegations in a statement, saying the Farrow family was "cynically using the opportunity afforded by the Time's Up movement to repeat this discredited allegation."

    "He's lying and he's been lying for so long," Farrow said in the CBS interview.

    Despite his denials, Farrow's words over the last few months appear to have shifted to the tide against Allen, as a number of actors who played in Allen's movies (including Gerwig, Rebecca Hall, and Timothée Chalamet) have now either disavowed him or donated their salaries from his films to abuse victims charities in recent months.

    Here are all the actors who have disavowed Woody Allen after working in his movies:

    SEE ALSO: 19 Netflix original shows that both critics and audiences agree are amazing

    Griffin Newman

    In October, before the LA Times published Farrow's op-ed, actor Griffin Newman said on Twitter that he regretted his "one-scene role" in Woody Allen's upcoming film, "A Rainy Day in New York," and would donate his salary from the film to RAINN (the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network).

    "I need to get this off my chest: I worked on Woody Allen’s next movie. I believe he is guilty. I donated my entire salary to RAINN," Newman tweeted. 

    Newman said he "spent a month debating whether or not to quit" the movie, but decided to speak out following the "compounded" list of sexual misconduct allegations in the wake of Harvey Weinstein.



    Rebecca Hall

    Rebecca Hall, who starred in Allen's 2008 film "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," said in an Instagram post on Saturday that she regretted her brief role in Allen's "A Rainy Day in New York," and would donate her salary from the part to Time's Up, a movement in solidarity with victims of sexual misconduct.

    "After reading and re-reading Dylan Farrow’s statements of a few days ago and going back and reading the older ones — I see, not only how complicated this matter is, but that my actions have made another woman feel silenced and dismissed," Hall wrote in the post.

    "I regret this decision and wouldn’t make the same one today. It’s a small gesture and not one intended as close to compensation but I’ve donated my wage to @timesup," she continued. 



    Timothée Chalamet

    Timothée Chalamet, the breakout star of "Call Me by Your Name," said in an Instagram post on Monday that he would donate his salary from "A Rainy Day In New York" to Time's Up, The LGBT Center in New York, and RAINN.

    "I have been asked in a few recent interviews about my decision to work on a film with Woody Allen last summer. I am not able to answer the question directly because of contractual obligations," Chalamet wrote. "But what I can say is this: I don't want to profit from my work on the film, and to that end, I am going to donate my entire salary to three charities: TIME'S UP, The LGBT Center in New York, and RAINN."

    "I want to be worthy of standing shoulder to shoulder with the brave artists who are fighting for all people to be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve," he continued.

     



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    Kevin Bleyer

    • Kevin Bleyer, the head writer for NBC's "Megyn Kelly Today," was fired after accusing two executive producers of bullying and abusive behavior.
    • He reportedly wrote an email to his former colleagues which chronicled the alleged offenses.
    • Megyn Kelly did not appear to be directly implicated in Bleyer's emails.


    The head writer for NBC's "Megyn Kelly Today" was reportedly fired after complaining about "dysfunctional management" and "abusive treatment" from the show's co-executive producers, according to a Daily Mail report Thursday.

    A lengthy email written by head writer Kevin Bleyer painted the picture of a hostile work environment where "the show's management regularly scapegoated junior members of staff," and where co-executive producers Jackie Levin and Christine Cataldi created a "toxic and demeaning environment," the email claimed.

    Bleyer's message, which chronicled the alleged offenses day-by-day, was reportedly sent to his former colleagues. It further notes that he notified NBC News president Noah Oppenheim and the human-resources department about the alleged problems at work.

    "On Wednesday 1/3, when I offered politely that Megyn wouldn't have to wait for a rewrite if Jackie could review the affiliate promos prior to the show (as per the workflow), Jackie called me a 'f---ing whiner,'" Bleyer wrote. "It was not said as a joke. It was unwarranted, and unjustified, and abusive. And unacceptable."

    Bleyer recorded incidents spanning 24 days in total.

    A source familiar with the situation appeared to confirm to the Daily Mail some of the sentiments shared behind the scenes.

    "The working environment on Megyn Kelly Today is completely toxic," the source said in the report. "It is hypocritical that a show that has positioned itself as a safe place for those who are victims, has staff that feel like they are being harassed and abused."

    "Megyn harps on about people having a voice and shining a light in dark places, so that's what Kevin did," the source continued. "Here's the problem, Megyn's show doesn't practice what she preaches you do that on her show, you get fired! It's a joke."

    Megyn Kelly did not appear to be directly implicated in Bleyer's emails. 

    An NBC spokesperson reportedly denied the accusations according to the Daily Mail: "Jackie and Christine are being attacked unfairly. They are both excellent and experienced producers, and have the full support of everyone here," the spokesperson said.

    "They, and the team, are fully focused on continuing the show's momentum as it continues to climb in the ratings," the spokesperson added.

    The accusations come on the heels of the recent departure of Don Nash, the executive producer of NBC's "Today," and the firing of the show's longtime anchor Matt Lauer, who was sent packing after he was accused of sexual misconduct.

    Read the email in full below:

    SEE ALSO: Megyn Kelly responds to backlash for saying that fat-shaming women works, and says she was bullied herself

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    Big Little Lies

    HBO has given us the gift of some of the greatest TV shows of all time — like "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "The Wire," and "Game of Thrones" — throughout its history of original programming.

    But HBO has also released a lot of prestige shows that critics love, but normal people don't. And the other way around.

    When audiences and critics agree, however, you know the show is definitely worth your time. This is especially relevant now that old shows are available to binge-watch on HBO Now or HBO Go.

    So which shows do both groups agree on? There's "Game of Thrones," of course, but there are also 28 more that make the cut.

    We ranked these universally beloved HBO shows according to their scores on Rotten Tomatoes, which aggregates critic reviews and audience scores and assigns each show a score. We chose shows with a combined score average of over 80 percent, then ranked them by those averages (with audience score breaking any ties). 

    Here are all the HBO shows that critics and audiences agree on, according to their scores on Rotten Tomatoes:

    (Note: We left off animated, children's, documentary/reality, and foreign programming, as well as miniseries, with a few notable exceptions.)

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    29. "Big Love" (2006-11), five seasons

    Critic score: 85%

    Audience score: 77%

    Average: 81%

    "A very original, extremely well-acted and complexly written drama." — SFGate



    28. "The Young Pope" (2017), one-season miniseries

    Critic score: 78%

    Audience score: 85%

    Average: 81.5%

    "'The Young Pope' is TV's equivalent of a dorm-room poster of Bob Marley blowing smoke or the Lenny Bruce mugshot: a depleted symbol of a radical reaction to society that finally most clearly represents the status quo." — Collider



    27. "Vice Principals" (2016-2017), two seasons

    Critic score: 82%

    Audience score: 85%

    Average: 83.5%

    "The two leads remain horribly entertaining as small men with huge chips on their shoulders." — Entertainment Weekly



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    colin firth

    • Colin Firth joins the growing list of actors who have denounced Woody Allen over the sexual assault allegation from Allen's adoptive daughter, Dylan Farrow.
    • Firth told The Guardian, "I wouldn't work with him again," in response to an inquiry about Farrow's first televised interview on Thursday. 

     

    Colin Firth has joined the growing list of actors who have disavowed filmmaker Woody Allen after working in his films.

    Firth told The Guardian, "I wouldn't work with him again," in response to an inquiry on the first televised interview from Dylan Farrow, Allen's adoptive daughter who alleges that the filmmaker sexually assaulted her when she was seven years old.

    Firth, who starred alongside Emma Stone in Allen's 2014 film "Magic in the Moonlight," joins actors like Greta Gerwig, Rebecca Hall, and Timothée Chalamet in denouncing Allen over Farrow's accusation. 

    In her interview with CBS News on Thursday, Farrow called on actors to "acknowledge their complicity" in perpetuating Hollywood's "culture of silence."

    "I have been repeating my accusations unaltered for over 20 years and I have been systematically shut down, ignored or discredited," Farrow said. "If they can't acknowledge the accusations of one survivor's how are they going to stand for all of us?"

    SEE ALSO: 8 actors who have publicly disavowed Woody Allen or donated their salaries to charity after working on his movies

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    Paddington 2

    • "Paddington 2" broke the record for the best-reviewed movie on Rotten Tomatoes of all time, officially surpassing "Lady Bird."
    • It was supposed to be distributed by The Weinstein Company in the United States, but producers looked for another distributor following allegations of sexual misconduct against Harvey Weinstein.
    • The movie is adorable and enjoyable for kids and adults, and has received glowing reviews from critics. 


    "Paddington 2"  a movie about an adorable Peruvian bear who wears a blue raincoat and a red hat, and is obsessed with marmalade — just broke a record as the best-reviewed movie on Rotten Tomatoes, surpassing Golden Globe winner "Lady Bird."

    It has 164 "fresh" reviews and no "rotten" ones.

    The first movie in the franchise, "Paddington," which starred Nicole Kidman, was released in 2014 and is now on Netflix. Kidman plays an evil taxidermist and you should definitely watch it.

    In "Paddington 2," Paddington is adjusting to his new life in London with the Brown family. He gets framed for stealing a special pop-up book of London, gets sent to prison for the crime, and has to figure out how to prove he was framed. It's one of those rare sequels that's better than the original. And the original is still really good.

    "Paddington 2" stars an adorable computer-generated British bear voiced by Ben Whishaw and features Hugh Grant, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville, and Brendan Gleeson in live-action roles. 

    Responding to the news that his movie broke the record, director Paul King said, "The 'Paddington' films are a real labor of love. So many people pour their hearts and souls into them for months or even years, hand-crafting every last frame, and we are all incredibly grateful for the overwhelmingly positive response we’ve had so far. We hope it inspires people to go to the cinema to see for themselves if a talking animal film really can be any good, and whether Hugh Grant really can look devilishly handsome even while dressed as a nun. Clue: yes."

    "Paddington 2" was originally meant to be distributed in the United States by The Weinstein Company, but following the allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Harvey Weinstein, producers began looking for another American distributor. Producers believed that a pleasant, upbeat children's film should not be associated with the scandal. In November, Warner Bros. acquired the film's North American distribution rights for $32 million. 

    Here are the most breathless quotes from critics about "Paddington 2," along with adorable images of Paddington Bear:

    SEE ALSO: Amazon's 26 notable original TV shows, ranked from worst to best

    "'Paddington 2' is 'The Godfather Part II' of Peruvian bear movies, a sequel that surpasses the superb original."

    Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal. 



    "It's an exquisite reminder of the wondrous things that can happen when a storyteller of boundless imagination avails himself of some rigorous discipline."

    Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times. 



    "If you have kids, take them. If you have nieces and nephews, take them. If you don't have kids but just want to feel like one yourself, go see it. Paddington is a bear for all seasons."

    Adam Graham, Detroit News. 



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    Terry Crews Kevin WInter Getty final

    • Terry Crews said it's a "good thing" he went public with his allegation that he was groped by a Hollywood executive because it showed him who his real friends were in Hollywood.
    • The actor said if he had stayed quiet, "I would have gone for years thinking these people had my back."


    Since the sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein broke in October, many others have spoken out in Hollywood about being sexually harassed or assaulted, sparking the #MeToo and Time's Up movements.

    And though many of those who have spoken out are women, men have as well. The first prominent man in Hollywood to come forward was unexpected: Terry Crews.

    "I found out who my friends really were through this thing," Crews told Business Insider in a recent interview while reflecting on his experience.

    The 6'3", 245-pound former NFL player, who gained stardom for his memorable comedic work in movies like "White Chicks," "Idiocracy," and on Fox's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," said in a series of tweets last year that a Hollywood executive groped him at a party in 2016.

    In subsequent interviews, Crews revealed that the exec was Adam Venit, head of the motion picture department at the talent agency William Morris Endeavor, the same agency that represented Crews (the actor has since left WME). Crews also filed a report with the LAPD, alleging Venit sexually assaulted him. 

    Adam VenitAfter a one-month suspension, Venit returned to WME and was demoted.

    By coming forward, Crews showed the world that issues of Hollywood sexual misconduct could affect men as well, and when Time magazine revealed its Person of the Year issue would be the "Silence Breakers," Crews was one of the people highlighted.

    Looking back now on what he went through, Crews said it was "a good thing" because it revealed who was really in his corner.

    "There were a lot of people that I thought were behind me and weren't," Crews told Business Insider. "I didn't cry in my bed, 'Oh, I've been betrayed,' as a businessman the difficult times revealed who was there for me and who wasn't."

    Crews didn't just leave the agency he thought for years had his back (he's now with UTA), the actor also had to question those in the industry he looked up to.

    Entrepreneur/producer Russell Simmons contacted Crews asking that he give Venit a pass. Crews posted a screenshot of the email on Twitter and told Simmons (who has since been fighting numerous sexual misconduct allegations of his own) in the tweet, "No one gets a pass."

    "I'm thankful," Crews continued, "because I would have gone for years thinking these people had my back. I would have just kept going. Sometimes you don't see until something weird happens, and it doesn't get weirder than what happened to me."

    SEE ALSO: How Terry Crews went from sweeping floors after quitting the NFL to becoming a transcendent pitchman and huge TV star

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    Michelle Williams

    • According to The Hollywood Reporter, Michelle Williams was paid eight times less than costar Mark Wahlberg for "All the Money in the World."
    • Last week news surfaced that Williams was paid under $1,000 for the reshoots needed to replace Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer, while Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million.
    • The THR story also revealed that "Black-ish" star Tracee Ellis Ross gets paid significantly less than her costar Anthony Anderson.

     

    "All the Money in the World" has jump-started a conversation about equal pay in Hollywood, with an open discussion about the salaries of its stars, Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg. 

    After criticism for his hefty reshoot pay on "All the Money in the World" in the wake of the Kevin Spacey scandal,  Wahlberg donated his earnings ($1.5 million) to the Time's Up campaign. Williams was reportedly paid less than $1,000 for the reshoots.

    But the story continues.

    According to The Hollywood ReporterWilliams' original salary for the movie was $625,000, while Wahlberg's was $5 million, though the two essentially have equal screen time.

    Williams is a four-time Oscar nominee, and a contender for best actress at this year's ceremony (she was also nominated last year). Wahlberg has been nominated for two Oscars, and one of those nominations was for producing "The Fighter," not for acting.

    Williams' salary discrepancy was part of a THR story about the conversation women in Hollywood are having about their salaries in order to get equal pay. The story also addressed "Black-ish" star Tracee Ellis Ross, who is fighting for pay equal to her costar, Anthony Anderson.

    Tracee Ellis Ross

    At a Time's Up meeting, Ross reportedly said that if she does not get the pay she asks for, she will reduce her role on the show, appearing in fewer episodes. Ross has equal screen time to Anderson. She won a Golden Globe for her role in 2017, and like Anderson, has been nominated for multiple Emmys for her leading role.

    SEE ALSO: Amazon just canceled 3 shows at once: 'Jean-Claude Van Johnson,' 'One Mississippi,' and 'I Love Dick' — here are the others it has dropped

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    michael douglas

    • Michael Douglas was accused of sexual harassment by the writer Susan Braudy in interviews with The Hollywood Reporter and "Today" on Friday.
    • Braudy alleged that, during her employment under Douglas in the 1980s, the actor subjected her to profane comments and masturbated in front of her.
    • Douglas preemptively denied the allegations in a Deadline article on January 9.
    • He called the allegations "an unfortunate and complete fabrication" to THR.

     

    Actor Michael Douglas was accused of sexual harassment by the writer Susan Braudy in interviews with The Hollywood Reporter and "Today" on Friday, ten days after Douglas preemptively denied the allegations in a Deadline article

    Braudy alleged that, during her employment under Douglas in the 1980s, the actor subjected to her profane language, demeaning comments about her appearance, and masturbated in front of her while the two were working out of his Manhattan home.

    "He slid down the floor, unbuckled his belt and put his hand inside his trousers and I could see what he was doing. Then he began to sort of began to fondle himself. And I was very scared," Braudy said in an interview with "Today."

    "He thought he was the king of the world and that he could humiliate me without any repercussions," she continued.

    A rep for Douglas did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider. Douglas called Braudy's allegations "an unfortunate and complete fabrication" in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

    Braudy backed up her story to THR with notes and files she kept during her employment under Douglas, and with the testimony of three people she had told of her experiences.

    Watch Braudy discuss her allegations against Douglas with "Today" below:

     

    Douglas responded to THR's story with the following statement:

    "This individual is an industry veteran, a senior executive, a published novelist and an established member of the women's movement — someone with a strong voice now, as well as when she worked at my company more than three decades ago. At no time then did she express or display even the slightest feeling of discomfort working in our environment, or with me personally. That is because at no time, and under no circumstance, did I behave inappropriately toward her.

    Coarse language or overheard private conversations with my friends that may have troubled her are a far cry from harassment. Suggesting so does a true disservice to those who have actually endured sexual harassment and intimidation."

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    Michelle Williams

    There's no doubt about it: The Oscars are flawed.

    Sometimes deserving movies simply don't generate enough hype, and get nothing more than a nomination. Or no nomination at all. We'll see all of that at this year's Oscars, airing on March 4.

    Then there are the terrible movies and performances that somehow manage to snag the enviable trophy. 

    There's a long list of actors, directors, and more who you probably think have an Oscar, but don't. Some of them have been nominated dozens of times. Some a few times. And some, tragically, not at all. 

    Here we take a look at some of Hollywood's finest who somehow haven't won an Oscar already:

     

     

    SEE ALSO: Hollywood stars who rejected their Oscars

    Glenn Close

    Between 1983 and 2012, Close got six Oscar nominations. Her last nomination in 2012 was for “Albert Knobbs.”

     



    Sigourney Weaver

    Ripley herself got a best actress nomination for “Alien” but didn’t win. She also got a best actress nomination for “Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey” and a best supporting actress nod for "Working Girl." Weaver has said that awards shows give sci-fi films "no respect."

     



    Annette Bening

    Three nominations, yet she always gets beaten by another powerful performance. Her latest nomination was in 2011 for "The Kids Are Alright." She lost to Natalie Portman for her performance in "Black Swan." In 2017, she was snubbed with no nomination for her acclaimed work in "20th Century Women."



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    Nintendo Labo

    • Nintendo made a major announcement on Wednesday night when it introduced "Labo."
    • Nintendo Labo is a set of two dozen cardboard sheets that can be transformed into various do-it-yourself contraptions, like the miniature piano seen above.
    • Labo is a brilliant and logical move for Nintendo, a 128-year-old company with a long history of making toys.


    Nintendo surprised the world once again this week.

    The Japanese gaming powerhouse announced a new product with a strange name: "Nintendo Labo."

    Stranger than the name, however, is the product itself: a cardboard construction kit for building gaming peripherals. A what

    It's worth explaining up front what you actually do with Labo. It's not just a toy you buy, but a construction set for toys that are used with the Nintendo Switch console. The sets start at $70, and come with games.

    Nintendo Labo

    Here's how Labo works:

    1. After emptying the box, you take the game cartridge that it comes with and pop it into your Switch.
    2. A set of instructions guides you through the process — on your Switch screen — of assembling the various cardboard components into whatever you intend to make.
    3. Having created your cardboard device, you insert components of the Nintendo Switch game console into it and play the included game. 

    Here's an idea of what that might look like, care of Nintendo:

    Nintendo Labo

    The project may seem strange, but it's actually a perfect marriage of Nintendo's history as a toy maker and its recent history as a video game powerhouse. The word "Nintendo" is synonymous with "video games," and has been for nearly 40 years.

    But the company's actually far older than you may know — over 128 years old! — and much of its history had nothing to do with Italian plumbers fighting evil turtles.

    The bulk of Nintendo's history was spent as a playing-card manufacturer, up until the mid '60s when it began creating toys. That toy division eventually morphed into one that focused on a burgeoning format — video games — in the late '70s. 

    Nintendo toys

    All of which is to say one thing: Nintendo Labo makes a lot of sense given Nintendo's history.

    It's a toy. It's a game. It's something you build  — that you create — and then play with. It can be drawn on, or covered in stickers, or accidentally stepped on. Maybe you'll have to repair it with duct tape and, uh, an old soda carton. Maybe you use the box Labo came in!

    Isn't that kind of rad, actually? 

    On paper, Labo is a kind-of DIY, adaptable gaming peripheral, with custom games made specifically for the various permutations of that peripheral. In reality, it's a custom game controller that kids get to build, fix, and own.

    Here, Nintendo uses cardboard as a feature, not a flaw. Cardboard can be repaired easily! It also lends itself to modifications, which will assuredly result in some delightful, unexpected ways to play Labo games. 

    It also just looks cool. Can we just stop and marvel at this adorable little cardboard house?

    Nintendo Labo

    And yes, of course, Nintendo is selling decorations.

    They're $10, and you're gonna want some. There are stickers and stencils and tape in the customization sets, and they're exactly what you'd expect from Nintendo:

    Nintendo Labo

    It's in this way that Nintendo has casually surprised fans once again with a product that, at first, is confounding. 

    "Nintendo is selling a box full of cardboard for $70 with some basic software!" one might argue. What Nintendo is actually offering with Labo is a relatively inexpensive, Lego-like experience on its wildly popular Nintendo Switch console. Better yet: The entry-level set, the "Variety Kit," offers five different builds of varying complexities. Considering the cost of a Lego set nowadays, you're probably not doing too bad by comparison!

    Nintendo Labo is set to launch on April 20 — check out the introduction trailer right here for more:

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    Logan Paul

    • YouTube is setting up an "Intelligence Desk" to weed out dicey content before it spirals out of control and brands get involved.
    • The move is the latest in a series of efforts by the company to win back advertiser trust.
    • Earlier this week, for instance, YouTube upped the requirements for channels to be eligible to carry ads.


    YouTube is trying to get its act together in the wake of its brand safety crisis, setting up an "Intelligence Desk" to weed out dicey content before it spirals out of control raising alarm for marketers.

    The desk is intended to be a multi-pronged "early detection" initiative and was described in a briefing sent out to advertisers by the company, BuzzFeed News first reported. This is the latest step in a wider push by Google to address the brouhaha around digital advertising and 'brand safety.'

    YouTube’s Intelligence Desk will reportedly comb through Google data, user reports, and social media trends and rely on third party consultants to detect inappropriate content early. It is a measure that will either remove the problematic content or prevent brands' ads from appearing alongside it. 

    "As we outlined in a blog in December, we're expanding our work against bad actors trying to abuse our platform. This includes hiring more people working to address potentially violative content and increasing our use of machine learning technology. We can confirm that part of those efforts will include assembling new teams dedicated to protecting our platform against emerging trends and threats," a YouTube spokesperson told BuzzFeed News.

    Brand safety has emerged as a huge concern for the Google-owned video platform over the past year, with several big marketers finding their ads next to objectionable content including hate videos and child-exploitation clips on YouTube. Most recently, YouTube star Logan Paul came under fire for posting a video featuring a dead body.

    The move comes on the heels of YouTube trying to take the challenge head on in a bid to win back advertisers in recent weeks, who were far from satisfied with its response initially. Some, like JPMorgan Chase, even set up their own brand-safe algorithms to make sure their ads didn't end up next to unsavory videos on the platform. 

    Earlier this week, for instance, YouTube upped the requirements for channels to be eligible to carry ads, saying that creators on its platform would now need 4,000 hours of total watch time in the previous 12 months and 1,000 subscribers in order to get paid for ads. Further, it also said that Google Preferred videos would be vetted by humans before ads ran on them.

    The company is also planning to add 10,000 content moderators by the end of the year.

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    Blue Planet II

    • "Blue Planet II" premieres in the US on Saturday, January 20 at 9 pm ET.
    • For the series, producers spent more than 6,000 hours underwater over four years, visiting 39 countries on 125 expeditions.
    • The footage they captured is breathtaking, heartbreaking, and stunning.


    Earth's oceans make life possible. They're the reason that when the planet is viewed from space, we call it a "blue dot."

    "Blue Planet II," a BBC Natural History Unit production that premieres in the US on Saturday, offers the most breathtaking look at the oceans yet.

    The producers take viewers to the surprisingly full-of-life waters 3,280 feet deep in the Antarctic. The cameras show an octopus battling a shark in a struggle to stay alive. There's a journey to finally discover where whale sharks give birth, and a look at how orcas use their powerful tails to kill herring with shockwaves.

    At one point, the show's production team even filmed life in the deepest parts of the ocean, seven miles down, where scientists didn't know anything could live. Creatures there are under pressure equivalent to 50 jumbo jets stacked on top of each other.

    There are at least 12 scientific papers being published based on what the teams observed.

    "As filmmakers, it has been unbelievably exciting to make these films in collaboration and true unity with the scientists who can unlock the secrets to this magical world," Orla Doherty, the producer of the new series' second and seventh episodes, told Business Insider. "I feel like we've pushed the boundary of what we know about the ocean just that little bit more." 

    Blue Planet II

    Our blue planet

    The original "Blue Planet" series came out in 2001, and was one of the first nature documentaries narrated by David Attenborough. It captivated the world with the mystery and beauty of Earth's sees, and was followed by other stunning series like "Planet Earth" and "Life," which each showed how remarkable our planet is from other new perspectives.

    In "Blue Planet II," the producers take viewers further and deeper underwater to show how alien and otherworldly the ocean can be and remind humans of how connected we are to the sea.

    "This place isn’t just beautiful, it isn’t just full of extraordinary animals doing really really incredible things," Doherty said. "Once you then stop and think, actually it’s a healthy, thriving, vibrant ocean that’s full of life and full of all the ecosystems doing their function, performing the services they do, that is what makes it okay for us to be living on this planet." 

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    True natural history

    As huge and full of life as the ocean is, people have the ability to impact it. The many ways in which human activity is causing widespread harm to the ocean and the creatures in it are shown to heartbreaking effect in several episodes.

    "We didn’t go out there as an environmental series at all but we went out there to film natural history and the natural history is that [the oceans are] changing," Doherty. "I went out to film deep sea corals, ancient animals that have been growing in the darkness of the deep, and what I found was a rubble field because a trawler had been through and had razed the corals to the ground. We came across these scenes over and over again, so it just became our obligation to include some of them because to show our audience an ocean and not show some of the ways we are changing it would have just been so untrue."

    As hard to watch as some of those scenes are, they're powerful.

    The show airs simultaneously on January 20 at 9 pm ET/8 pm Central on BBC America, AMC, IFC, WE TV, and Sundance TV. Check out the trailer below.

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    The Nintendo Switch had a great run in 2017. The Japanese video game giant sold nearly 3 million Switches the month it launched, wiping out all of the company's stock. Nintendo has been doubling down on manufacturing ever since but is still struggling to keep up with demand. To date, the Switch is the fastest selling console ever in the US

    Not only has the Switch's popularity boosted Nintendo's sales, it's had a marked effect on the entire US video game business. As indicated by this chart from Statista, which is based on data from market research firm NPD Group, the Switch played a big role in boosting total US game console sales last year and helping push overall industry sales to a record high.

    Chart of the Day COTD for January 18, 2018 about Nintendo's comeback

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    Tom Petty

    • Singer Tom Petty died of an accidental drug overdose that included opioid painkiller Fentanyl, the medical examiner-coroner for the county of Los Angeles announced on Friday.
    • Petty passed away suddenly last October but the cause of his death had remained unclear until now.
    • The singer suffered from knee and hip problems and had been prescribed the medications for pain.

    Hall of Fame musician Tom Petty died of an accidental drug overdose that included opioid painkiller Fentanyl, the medical examiner-coroner for the county of Los Angeles announced on Friday.

    The musician had been prescribed pain medications for knee problems and a fractured hip, and was also taking a sleep aid and an antidepressant.

    In October, at age 66, Petty suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu, California, and passed away shortly after. His death certificate failed to list a cause of death at the time, however, and instead simply read "deferred," pending an autopsy.

    In a statement released Friday, coroner Jonathan Lucas said that Petty’s system showed signs of several opioid painkillers, including fentanyl and oxycodone.

    Fentanyl is roughly 35 times stronger than heroin and is available with a prescription. It is also sold illegally and swapped into fake pills sold as brand-name painkillers like Norco, Percocet, and Xanax.

    In a post shared to Petty's Facebook page on Friday evening, Petty's wife, Dana, and daughter, Adria, wrote that Petty had “many serious ailments including emphysema, knee problems and most significantly a fractured hip." Petty continued to tour despite these limitations, they said.

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    • "Blindspotting" is a powerful look at a race and class.
    • It stands out because of its well done use of comedy, drama, and rap.

    The Sundance Film Festival is where movies that challenge the audience get their fair shake, and "Blindspotting," the debut feature of director Carlos López Estrada, is exactly that.

    The movie is a racially-charged powder keg that uses comedy, drama, and rap to give the audience a journey through the complicated lives of two friends living in West Oakland.

    Colin (Daveed Diggs, who cowrote the screenplay with Estrada) is days away from completing his probation and is trying to stay on the straight-and-narrow. However, his lifelong friend Miles (Rafael Casal) is not the best influence on him as he walks around carrying a gun and always seems to get Colin involved in things that he doesn't want to do.

    The movie's foundation is built on contrasts. Colin is black and Miles is white. West Oakland has a fan base of rowdy Oakland Raiders fans and stylish Golden State Warrior fans. The city is growing more and more gentrified. Even on the marquee of the local theater it has a unique lineup coming soon: rapper Too Short and rock band Third Eye Blind.

    And it's through these differences that Estrada lays down the struggle Colin is going through in his life. He isn't just shackled by the label of "convicted felon," but also the fear of the police — after he witnesses a police officer shooting an unarmed black man running from him. Then there's his on-again-off-again girlfriend Val (Janina Gavankar), who he's trying to show he's changed since getting out of prison but can still see she can't let go why he was put there. The only comfort is with his best friend Miles, who sports a gold grill and tattoos.

    A lot of the movie is a fun buddy comedy with the two dealing with entertaining situations, like an Uber driver with lots of guns, trying to sell hot-irons at a beauty salon, as they navigate through Oakland.

    But there's an unspoken uneasiness about them as well, especially since Colin has gotten out of prison, that finally comes to ahead by the end of the movie. Whenever you think you've figured out this movie, something happens that pulls the rug right from you.

    The strengths of "Blindspotting" is its commentary on race and class through the use of comedy and use of rapping in two powerful scenes. Where it falls short at times is when it becomes too dramatic. When the message is lost through raw anger.

    But perhaps that was Estrada's intention all along. To give the audience raw emotion because that's what most of us live through every day.

    "Blindspotting" is seeking distribution.

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    • Thomas Tull, the billionaire producer of blockbuster films "Godzilla" and "Jurassic World," just listed his Los Angeles mansion for $85 million.
    • The 33-acre compound has a lake and an organic farm.
    • Indoor amenities include a wine cellar, movie theater, photo studio, and Himalayan salt therapy room.

     

    Legendary.

    That's the name of the entertainment company Thomas Tull founded in 2000 and the only word to describe the Los Angeles mansion he's selling.

    The billionaire film producer is relocating to his hometown in western Pennsylvania, where he already owns several properties, according to The Pittsburgh Gazette. But first, he'll need to find a buyer willing to shell out $85 million for his California compound.

    The 33-acre estate comprises seven separate structures, plus a lake, working organic farm, and glass greenhouse. Tull — whose net worth is estimated by Forbes to be about $1.1 billion — started building the estate seven years ago and eventually privatized the cul-de-sac where it sits, reports the LA Times.

    The listing is held by Jordan Cohen of RE/MAX.

    Below, check out some of the coolest amenities of the $85 million estate:

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    The mansion is located in Thousand Oaks, California, a Ventura County community northwest of Los Angeles.



    The property was modeled after the Giverny gardens of impressionist painter Claude Monet, the architect told the LA Times.



    There's 32,000 square feet of living space in the main house — and another 11,000 square feet in the guest house.



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    Mandy Sundance Institute

    • "Mandy" is a cult classic in the making, as the director of "Beyond the Black Rainbow" gives us another stunning look inside madness.
    • It's topped by a Nicolas Cage performance that is pure "Cage Rage."


    Nicolas Cage has always been fascinated by the performances that open up his darker side. And though Cage still has too many roles left to say what he does in “Mandy” is the ultimate example, it definitely is one of the toppers.

    It’s hard to describe “Mandy” in words. You have to experience it. But here goes.

    The movie comes from the mind of director Panos Cosmatos, whose only other directing credit is the now-cult classic, "Beyond the Black Rainbow."

    Set in 1983 in the Shadow Mountains, Red (Cage) lives a tranquil existence with Mandy (Andrea Riseborough), who is the center of his universe. They stay up late at night chatting, they connect, and it's clear they've found their soul mates in one another. Things take a turn for the worse when the leader of a group of religious radicals notices Mandy and becomes obsessed with her.

    He subsequently calls on a group of leather-clad supernatural bikers to snatch her up in the middle of the night and bring her to him. This leads Red to open up about the madness inside of him, resulting in a psychotic quest for revenge filled with bow-and-arrows, chainsaws, a makeshift axe, and lots of cocaine.

    Like “Black Rainbow,” Cosmatos uses colors and lush cinematography to create a world that is beautiful but ominous. He also trades in the synthesized score for a rock-inspired number this time.

    Then Cage takes it home. There are so many sequences in the final 40 minutes of this movie that are just vintage "Cage Rage," and I don't want to give them away.

    But I'll give you one.

    In a scene shot in a bathroom, Red walks in covered in his own blood after being tied up with barbwire. He grabs a full bottle of vodka from under the sink and begins chugging the bottle (as well as pouring the vodka all over his fresh wounds) while screaming between chugs. The scene gets more and more insane (and comical) as it plays out. 

    Like “Black Rainbow,” this movie may not be for everyone. Even the most dedicated fans of Sundance’s Midnight Movie section, which “Mandy” is a part of this year, walked out of the theater.

    But I can't think of a higher recommendation.

    “Mandy” is an acid trip that at times you’ll wish would just stop. But when you ride it out, gives you the payoff of a 100% insane Nicolas Cage performance.

    “Mandy” is seeking distribution.

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    Terry Crews

    • Terry Crews has built a career by doing everything from action movies ("The Expendables") and comedy series ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine"), to being a game-show host ("Who Wants to Be a Millionaire") and pitchman (Old Spice).
    • But at one point, after playing in the NFL, he was broke and had a job sweeping floors at a factory.
    • Now, he's one of the most recognizable faces on the planet — and even has a furniture line.


    Terry Crews learned the hard way that you should never take an opportunity for granted. 

    He was 11 years old when a woman at his church, impressed by his drawing ability, offered to have him create a sign for her storefront. She would give him $25 for the work, which for a kid from a blue-collar family in Flint, Michigan was quite a pay day. He was told to complete the sign within a week.

    “I thought, ‘This is going to be easy!’” Crews recalled to Business Insider in a recent interview. “So I spent the week watching cartoons, hanging out, playing around, and the day before it was due I started. But the paint wasn’t sticking to the canvas, everything was going wrong, it was awful. The woman showed up at the house and looked at it and was like, ‘I’ve never been more disappointed.’ I was crushed. I didn’t put any effort into it. I vowed to work hard after that. I never wanted anyone to have that disappointment in me again.”

    And Crews’ career proves that he’s never forgotten that life lesson. 

    From being the face of Old Spice commercials to his memorable roles in movies ("Idiocracy," "The Expendables") and TV ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine"), thanks to his hulking size matched with his comedic talents, Crews, 49, has gone from being broke after a lackluster career in the NFL, to being an actor who seems to always have a new goal he’s chasing down.

    And recently Crews also stood up and became part of the #MeToo movement — the viral wave on social media denouncing sexual misconduct in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein allegations. Late last year, Crews said in a series of tweets that a Hollywood executive groped him at a party in 2016. This, and subsequent statements and interviews, led to Crews being included in Time magazine's Person of the Year: “Silence Breakers.”   

    For this piece, Crews took Business Insider through some of the landmark moments of his career to show that when it comes to his brand, as he puts it, “I’m happy, but I’m never satisfied.”

    Broke and sweeping floors in a factory after quitting the NFL

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    Terry Crews’ career in the NFL was not a memorable one. Basically a glorified tackling dummy in the league after being drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 11th round in 1991, Crews also played for the San Diego Chargers and Washington Redskins. He walked away from the game after being on the practice squad for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1996. He played a total of 32 games over his 5-year career.

    With no other career to fall back on, Crews tried to get into acting, but quickly realized having the NFL on his resume didn't equal instant success.

    "It was a big shock to me," Crews said about not finding immediate fame in the entertainment world. "I moved to Los Angeles thinking that because I was a football player, I was going to get a lot of big opportunities. They didn't even have a football team then, nobody cared!"

    Crews said he spent a year broke, and had to get a job sweeping floors at a factory to make ends meet.

    "I realized I had to start all over again," he said. "I gotta sweep these floors and make sure they are clean but I also felt like I was doing something about the situation. It was a gut check."

    Finding his big break in "Friday After Next"

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    With no acting experience but a lot of desire, Crews got himself into auditions thanks to his size and outgoing personality. It led to him being cast on the syndicated show "Battle Dome" in 1999 — think a combination of "American Gladiators" and pro wrestling — where he played the character "T-Money" for two seasons. He also got extra work on movies like "Training Day" and the Matthew Perry comedy "Serving Sara."

    Then in 2002 he got his big break.

    After working security on the set of 2000's "Next Friday," the sequel to the Ice Cube stoner comedy "Friday," Cube cast Crews in the third movie, "Friday After Next." Crews played Damon, an ex-con who basically was the intimidating presence in the movie (as Tommy "Tiny" Lister's Deebo character was in the first two movies).

    But Crews took the character to a whole new level and became a standout in the movie. This was particularly because his Damon character is sexually attracted to another male character, Money Mike (Katt Williams), a storyline that at the time in black culture was very taboo.

    "I remember talking to Katt and saying, 'If this is the last thing we ever do, they can love us or they can hate us, but we have to make sure they never forget us,'" Crews said. "That was our whole mantra. Do something that will just make everyone's eyes bug out."

    And they did just that. Crews said he pushed the homosexual tendencies of the Damon character to the point that even on set fellow actors thought it was going too far.

    However, despite the movie being a box-office bomb (it grossed only $33.3 million worldwide), Crews was one of the highlights.

    "At the premiere, Ice Cube came up to Katt and me and he was like, 'That whole third act with you and Katt takes over the whole movie.'" Crews said. "And I was like, wow. I got respect from people in the industry because I was willing to go all in."

    The Old Spice commercials

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    Crews' "all in" approach led him to be a huge part of an advertising campaign that has influenced the way commercials are made today.

    In 2010, he began doing commercials for Old Spice deodorant called "Odor Blockers," and the company's YouTube channel suddenly became one of the most addictive destinations on the site. Created by the Wieden+Kennedy ad agency and directed by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, of "Tim and Eric Awesome Show" fame, the videos instantly became viral thanks to Crews insanely yelling and screaming while doing bizarre things (with the help of CGI). Whether it was rolling his head down a bowling lane, popping his now-famous pecs, or suddenly appearing in another brand's commercials, Crews embodied the insanity that made the commercials — as well as Isaiah Mustafa's equally zany "Smell Like a Man, Man" Old Spice commercials — go on to win advertising awards and spawn countless imitators.

    "I remember the first time we shot any of the Old Spice commercials we did three on the same day because we kept coming up with ideas," Crews said. "I had to sign contracts and fax them to Wieden+Kennedy on set because I was only signed to do one ad."

    "I trusted these guys and it was a magical moment," Crews continued. "It's been eight years and I'm still doing them. I'm filming a new one on Thursday!"

    
President Camacho from "Idiocracy"

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    Through the years Crews has played some entertaining characters, but his most memorable (so far) is President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho from the 2006 movie "Idiocracy."

    Though hardly anyone saw the movie when it was released, it's found a second life on Blu-ray, cable, and streaming. And Crews' portrayal of the president in a future when corporations are king and everyone is stupid has gotten to cult icon status.

    There was even talk of Crews portraying Camacho in some anti-Donald Trump ads that "Idiocracy" director Mike Judge was going to make during the 2016 presidential campaign. But Crews balked, saying he would only do it if all the candidates were made fun of.

    Looking back now, Crews feels he's protective of the Camacho character because of how it can be shaped to any political agenda — none of which the actor wants to be a part of.

    "People are way more complex than Republican and Democrat, and that's what I love about 'Idiocracy,' it just told the truth," Crews said. "That's the comedy I like to do. I still think there's room to do Camacho stuff, I would love to. But I want to also just tell the truth and then let it lay."

    "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

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    Recently, Crews' steadiest work has been playing Detective Sergeant Terence "Terry" Jeffords for five seasons on the Fox comedy series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

    And if you're wondering, no, it's not a coincidence Crews' character is named Terry on the show.

    "We designed the role for Terry, we named the character 'Terry' just to tell him how much we wanted him to do it," Michael Schur, co-creator/executive producer of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," told Business Insider in an email. "Everything about Terry Crews is impressive — his talent, his work ethic, his courage, his activism, everything. In fact, his biceps are the least impressive thing about him, which is saying something."

    There is no better place than TV for actors to work on their craft, and Crews is appreciative of the show for that — and for the incredible response he's received from the show's fans over the years.

    "One woman told me she watches 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' because her son passed away and they enjoyed watching it together," Crews said. "So when she watches it now it brings her back to that time. You start to realize the influence. This is beyond me."

    Furniture line

    Terry Crews furniture Bernhardt Design

    That's right, Terry Crews has furniture named after him.

    Crews said he was helping a friend out on a furniture line when he was suddenly offered his own.

    "On the [list of] things I want to accomplish, furniture wasn't on there but art was," Crews said. "I felt, wait, furniture is art, if you make it it's art!"

    Crews dove into the project, coming up with sketches on his own. It was evident for those working with him that he wasn't just going to slap his name on anything placed in front of him.

    "He had so many solid ideas that the difficult part was choosing which ones to pursue for his first collection," Jerry Helling, creative director of furniture maker Bernhardt Design — which is doing Crews' line — told Business Insider in an email. "His knowledge of design and his passion for the industry, combined with his artistic skills made him an ideal collaborator."

    Crews' collection ranges from seating to tables, all inspired by ancient Egypt. A second collection will be coming out in the spring.

    Using his art skills to make a TV show

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    Before scoring a football scholarship to attend Western Michigan University, Crews got an art scholarship. He's also been a courtroom sketch artist (back in his hometown of Flint, Michigan), and even painted portraits of NFL players to earn some extra cash during his playing days (sometimes charging $5,000 a portrait).

    Now Crews is trying to combine his passion and his celebrity status to make a show.

    He's prepping a pitch to send around Hollywood of a talk show in which he'll interview a guest while also sketching them. The pilot has already been shot with his "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" costar Andy Samberg as the guest.

    "The pilot looks great, we got a lot of pitch meetings lined up," Crews said. "Our biggest thing is will the show be 30 minutes, or 10 minutes, or even a couple of minutes? We can tailor to whoever wants it. So we're keeping it open to any format."

    Time magazine Person of the Year: "Silence Breakers"

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    Recently, the biggest thing on Crews' mind has been an incident that happened to him at a party back in 2016, he said.

    In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct allegations this past October, Crews was one of the many who spoke out about sexual harassment.

    Through a series of tweets, the actor said that a "high level Hollywood executive" groped him at a party he attended with his wife.

    Crews later revealed that the exec he was talking about was Adam Venit, head of the motion picture department at the talent agency William Morris Endeavor. The same agency represented Crews (the actor has since left WME). After a one-month suspension, Venit went back to work at WME and was demoted.

    Crews, who has since filed a report with the LAPD alleging Venit sexually assaulted him, was later named as one of the "Silence Breakers" in Time's Person of the Year issue.

    Looking back on the past months, Crews said telling his story was "a good thing" because it revealed who really was in his corner.

    "I found out who my friends really were through this thing," Crews said. "There were a lot of people that I thought were behind me and weren't. I didn't cry in my bed, 'Oh, I've been betrayed,' as a businessman the difficult times revealed who was there for me and who wasn't."

    "I'm thankful," Crews continued, "because I would have gone for years thinking these people had my back. I would have just kept going. Sometimes you don't see until something weird happens, and it doesn't get weirder than what happened to me."

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