Zaxby's award-winning chicken sandwich has a new (old) sidekick! Fried pickles are back on the menus at select locations of the beloved chicken chain, and fans are rejoicing."Fried Pickles are a perennial favorite with our guests, and we can't wait for you to try them with our Signature Sandwich," said Zaxby's chief marketing officer Joel Bulger. "They're crispy and tender at the same time while that tasty dill pickle flavor cuts right through."RELATED: McDonald's Just Brought Back This Popular Menu DealThe popular side dish is made of thin slices of dill pickles coated in a cornmeal breading—a nod to Zaxby's Southern roots—which are then deep-fried. They're perfect for snacking or adding to any of the chain's chicken items. If ordered as a Shareable, they also come with a side of Zaxby's ranch sauce.Fried pickles will be available at participating locations for a limited time.The chain just recently rolled out its Signature Chicken Sandwich, and while they may have been outsiders in the Chicken Sandwich Wars, the patience seems to be paying off—the sandwich was rated as the best one in the category by food publication Thrillist."When it comes to portion size, flavor and quality ingredients, Zaxby's is in it to win it," Bulger said of the sandwich. "While we may not be the largest brand competing in the sandwich war, I'm confident we have the right ingredients to win on taste and make chicken sandwich enthusiasts switch to Zaxby's."For more, check out Chick-fil-A Is Experiencing a Major Shortage of This Staple, and don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox.
“Come see the characters that I’m playing that are much more deeply integrated in … the Asian American experience,” she says “Grey’s Anatomy” has welcomed back a number of former cast members this season, including Patrick Dempsey, T.R. Knight and Sarah Drew, but don’t expect to see Sandra Oh’s Cristina Yang back on the show anytime soon. When asked about returning to the ABC medical drama on the Los Angeles Times’ “Asian Enough” podcast, Oh replied with a decisive “No.” “This is also why I really appreciate the show … that I still get asked this,” she said. Oh said that while she is grateful for having had the opportunity to be part of the show, she has “moved on” from the role. “I left that show, my god, seven years ago almost. So in my mind it’s gone, but for a lot of people it’s very much alive,” she said. “I so appreciate [Cristina] and that character. It was just such a privilege to play that for a decade, it really really was,” she said. “As time goes by and I’ve gotten further away from her, I’ve been able to appreciate that even more.” “Grey’s Anatomy” broke barriers when it premiered in 2004 with its diverse cast, and the show was hailed at the time for its color-blind casting process. But Oh noted that as a result, Cristina’s cultural background never became a point of focus for the show or the character. “It wasn’t the time, and it wasn’t part of the show,” she said. Oh invited fans to follow her work on other projects, like “Killing Eve” and Netflix’s “The Chair,” characters she described as “much more deeply integrated in … the Asian American experience.” Read original story Sandra Oh Will Not Return to ‘Grey’s Anatomy': ‘I Have Moved On’ At TheWrap
“I think with any large corporation, not everybody behaves well,” the agency’s head of talent says ICM Partners’ head of talent Lorrie Bartlett defended the agency after last week’s blistering L.A. Times exposé, telling TheWrap’s Sharon Waxman on Tuesday that “at the end of the day, our work speaks for itself and the support from the business and our clients has been overwhelming.” Bartlett directly addressed the allegations of sexual harassment and racial discrimination for the first time, saying the incidents were addressed and that she stood by the culture of the agency. “I’m proud of this agency,” she said, adding, “I think with any large corporation, not everybody behaves well.” “I do think that we have an incredible group of professionals that work at ICM and, frankly, in that article, every incident that was that was mentioned had been investigated, had been dealt with, and I certainly can’t provide details only just because of privacy issues but I can tell you with great conviction that we take all of that incredibly seriously and we pride ourselves on the kind of environment and culture that we have created at ICM, and we’ll continue to work hard to make sure that that environment exists,” Bartlett added. “There are things that get written about you that are pleasant and not true,” Bartlett added. “I do think that at the end of the day, our work speaks for itself and the support from the business and our clients has been overwhelming.” Bartlett declined to give further details about what was “not true.” The Times spoke with 30 former and current employees for the piece, which detailed accusations of sexual harassment and workplace misconduct particularly against female employees and people of color. Bartlett pointed to the fact that there are three legendary women who have been at the agency for more than three decades. “One of the things that drew us to ICM were the women who were successful at ICM like Toni Howard, like Binky Urban, like Esther Newberg, who have been there for 30 plus years and who still have thriving careers at the agency and were probably in an environment that maybe wasn’t as conducive to success, as it is today even though it’s still hard,” Bartlett explained. Bartlett went on to say that the incidents mentioned in the L.A. Times story were looked into and handled. According to the individuals who spoke to the Times, ICM has tolerated what one former assistant called an “insane” environment in which some employees were harassed, bullied or subjected to other inappropriate behavior. Some incidents involving top agents and managers have led to disciplinary action, the Times reported. Bartlett made her comments, which you can watch above, at TheWrap’s BE Conference 2021. Her interview was planned before the LA Times piece was published. ICM Partners was a sponsor of the discussion, which will be posted Tuesday. Bartlett’s comments echoed the statement she, Jennifer Joel and Janet Carol Norton issued in response to the Times’ story. See part of statement below. We’ve all chosen to build our careers at ICM specifically for the chance to work with some of the preeminent and most accomplished women in our field – women including Toni Howard, Binky Urban and Esther Newberg – who have over 100 years of combined tenure here, and all of whom continue to thrive in our agency: they are the gold standards the rest of us emulate. Any insinuation that our 50/50 by 2020 pledge was an insincere marketing ploy is utterly irreconcilable with the both the facts and our personal experience. About BE Conference The BE Conference is comprised of three days of mentorship, education and career-building workshops by the most influential women in media and entertainment, WrapWomen. For more information visit: https://www.thewrap.com/be-conference-2021/ Watch the full conversation above. Read original story ICM Partners’ Lorrie Bartlett on LA Times Exposé: ‘We Take All of That Incredibly Seriously’ (Video) At TheWrap
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The actor may be a daredevil when it comes to his stunts but public health protocols notsomuch Tom Cruise is doubling down on comments he made in an expletive-filled rant on the set of “Mission: Impossible 7” that went viral in December. “I said what I said,” the action star told Empire magazine in a recent interview. In the leaked three-minute video, Cruise was recorded reprimanding crew members for breaking on-set COVID-19 safety restrictions. “If I see you do it again, you’re f—ing gone,” the actor was heard shouting, “And if anyone in this crew does it, that’s it – and you too and you too. And you, don’t you ever f—ing do it again.” In the interview, Cruise cited the surge of COVID-19 cases in England at the time of shooting for his frustration. He also noted that he was singling out specific rulebreakers, not the crew as a whole. “There was a lot at stake at that point. But it wasn’t my entire crew. I had the crew leave the set and it was just select people,” Cruise said. Another important piece of context was Cruise’s relief to be working at all. The pandemic had stalled most productions for months, leaving thousands of crew members out of work and out of luck. “All those emotions were going through my mind. I was thinking about the people I work with, and my industry,” he explained. “And for the whole crew to know that we’d started rolling on a movie was just a huge relief. It was very emotional, I gotta tell you.” Say what you will about Cruise’s infamous tirade but it was effective. The star revealed that filming never had to be shut down again. “And here we are, continuing to film,” he added. “I do Zoom parties and kids’ parties also, you know!” “Mission: Impossible 7” is set to release May 27, 2022. Read original story Tom Cruise Defends His COVID Safety Rant on ‘Mission: Impossible’ Set: ‘There Was a Lot at Stake’ At TheWrap
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BE Conference 2021: “For me it was really devastating because I thought, ‘Wow, I’m actually doing pretty great work,'” Bartlett tells TheWrap’s Sharon Waxman Early on in her career before becoming one of the most successful agents in Hollywood, ICM Partners Head of Talent and Board Member Lorrie Bartlett was fat-shamed by an unnamed individual at the William Morris Agency, she says. “Several years ago, I was told by a senior executive that I would never succeed because I was too fat,” Bartlett told TheWrap’s Sharon Waxman during the BE Conference Dealmakers in Action panel, presented by ICM. “That I should lose weight if I ever wanted to move ahead. He didn’t say I was too Black. He decided that I was too fat.” Bartlett added: “For me it was really devastating because I thought, ‘Wow, I’m actually doing pretty great work. What does it matter what size I am?'” Bartlett, who was an assistant at William Morris at the time, recalled, “I didn’t cry for a week, I cried for an hour. That was a very astonishing thing to hear from someone.” Bartlett then turned to her father, Bob Bartlett, the first elected black mayor of the city of Monrovia, who offered keen advice on overcoming adversity. “You’re always going to have adversity. You’re always going to have people who tell you that you can’t do something, right? Your job is to show them that what they think doesn’t matter,” Bartlett said. “You’re going to show them by how you behave, what you do, your work ethic, who you are. You’re gonna show them that they’re wrong.” Bartlett would leave William Morris shortly afterward and landed at the Gersh Agency, where she would learn her craft. “Bob Gersh and David Gersh and Phil Gersh were incredibly welcoming, and, and it provided me with an incredible place to learn how to be an agent,” Bartlett said. In terms of what advice Bartlett would give her 20-year-old self, “It’s the advice I give a lot of young people now, which is pick your battles.” “I think that it’s important not to sweat things that really at the end of the day, probably aren’t as meaningful, but really, find your lines in the sand and work your butt off to make sure that those standard standards are met,” Bartlett added. Looks like Bartlett exceeded those standards and got the last laugh because she boast a stellar client list that includes Regina King, Michael Keaton, rising newcomer Rachel Zegler, and Lucy Liu, among others. In 2019, following in her father’s footsteps as a trailblazer, Bartlett became the first African American woman to join the board of a major Hollywood agency. Watch the full panel above. The BE Conference is comprised of three days of mentorship, education and career-building workshops by the most influential women in media and entertainment, WrapWomen. For more information visit: https://www.thewrap.com/be-conference-2021/ Read original story How ICM’s Lorrie Bartlett’s Overcame Adversity and Fat-Shaming Early in Her Career At TheWrap
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You may not think about it much, but it takes a lot of energy to raise livestock that produces some of your favorite foods, including eggs and cheese. In fact, it even disrupts air quality which poses a threat to the environment and human health.According to a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, poor air quality caused by food production in the U.S. causes an estimated 16,000 deaths annually, and about 80% of these deaths are believed to be caused by the production of animal-based foods. (Related: The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now)Agriculture is a huge contributor to air pollution, which is the largest environmental risk factor for mortality globally. This study was the first of its kind to detail which foods are most dramatically contributing to the decline of air quality in the U.S. and as a result, costing people their lives.The authors of the study estimated how much agriculture elevated levels of fine particulate matter (PM2.5), which is known to increase the risk of heart disease, cancer, and even stroke in those who are routinely exposed. Certain farming activities including plowing land, fertilizing crops, as well as storing and spreading manure all release pollution into the air that increases PM2.5 levels. However, the production of animal-based foods tends to have a more significant impact on air-quality related human health issues than vegetables and legumes.When animals eat corn, hay, and soybeans, their manure (which is then used as a fertilizer for crops) releases large amounts of ammonia into the air, which can then react with other pollutants in the air to form PM2.5. This is especially the case for cultivating the correct breeding grounds for cattle, aka beef.This study, in particular, found that the average air quality-related harm that producing red meat imposes on human health is two times greater than that of eggs, three times greater than those of dairy products, and seven times greater than those of poultry.Even more telling? The air quality-related damage red meat has on human health was 10 greater than those of nuts and seeds and a whopping 15 times greater than the average of various other plant-based foods."Air quality-related mortality from the U.S. food system is comparable to that of other sources of air pollution, such as motor vehicles and electricity production. Nevertheless, food-related emissions are lightly regulated and less studied compared to these other sectors," Jason Hill, professor in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering at the University of Minnesota said in a statement.While this information seems bleak, there are several possible solutions. As Hill mentions, air quality can be improved at the farming level by improving fertilizer and manure management. In addition, the more people who shift to eating a predominantly plant-based diet can also considerably help to reduce air pollution.For ideas on how to include more plant-based protein into your diet, be sure to check out 11 Best Healthy Plant-Based Snack Ideas.
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Prices at McDonald's have been incrementally rising for years, but due to labor shortages currently being experienced across the fast-food industry, we can expect the trend to continue this year. Popular items like the Big Mac will likely get even more expensive as operators recognize the need to increase hourly wages and benefits in order to attract and retain employees.The National Owners Association (NOA), an independent group of McDonald's operators, sent a letter to its members last week with the recommendation to "do whatever it takes" to keep their restaurants staffed—even if it means having to increase menu prices as a result."Price increases are happening everywhere you look and will continue as employers pass along these added costs," the letter said. "We will do the same. A Big Mac will get more expensive."RELATED: McDonald's Is Closing Down These Locations in Record NumbersThe nationwide shortage of fast-food workers continues to be a hurdle on the road to recovery for major national chains. A shortage of staff at Denny's, for example, is preventing the majority of restaurants from going back to a 24-hour operation window—a primary source of revenue for the diner brand. And things are getting slower at the drive-thrus, too. A viral video from April shows a sign posted at a McDonald's location in Texas asking customers to be patient, as understaffed kitchens and drive-thru windows are causing longer service times.In an effort to hire back workers, individual McDonald's operators have been offering incentives like sign-on bonuses and paid job interviews, but clearly, these tactics aren't working, said the NOA letter. The blame is placed on unemployment benefits, which allow minimum-wage workers to make more money by staying at home than they would if they were working a demanding job as a McDonald's server.McDonald's employees say it's high time the chain increased its hourly pay for the workers who are at the foundation of the company's success. The Fight For $15 association, formed by those fighting for a $15 minimum wage, plans to put additional pressure on the company the day before its shareholder meeting this month, by staging a walkout from their McDonald's jobs in 15 major cities around the country.For more, check out McDonald's Just Brought Back This Popular Menu Deal, and don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox.
New study attributes the jump to a “perfect storm” of factors, including more streaming services hitting the market TV fans are juggling more services than ever before. New data from Hub Entertainment Research drives home how the TV landscape has evolved compared to just a few years ago. Right now, the number of TV “sources” among Americans is up 18.75%, or about one new service, since the same time last year, according to Hub’s annual “best bundle” study. Those sources include SVOD services like Netflix and Disney+, ad-free streaming services, cable and satellite packages, live TV services from YouTube TV and Hulu, and even viewers who use an antenna to watch TV. Even more noticeably, the number of TV sources Americans use has nearly doubled in the last three years, going from 3 services on average in early 2018 to the 5.7 sources on average now. Note: Hub Entertainment Research’s study is based on 1,600 U.S. consumers age 16-74 who watch a minimum of 1 hour of TV per week What’s behind the big jump in content sources? Jon Giegengack, Hub’s founder and principal analyst, said it’s a “perfect storm” of factors, including more streaming services hitting the market with...Read original story Content Overload? Number of TV Platforms Almost Doubled in 3 Years | Chart At TheWrap
The husband-and-wife duo will develop film and TV projects for the retail giant Amazon Studios has signed Russell Wilson and Ciara to a first-look deal. The husband-and-wife duo will develop both film and TV projects for the studio through their production company, Why Not You Productions. Russell Wilson is entering his 10th season as the Seattle Seahawks quarterback. He is a seveb-time Pro Bowler and made back-to-back Super Bowls, winning Super Bowl XLVIII in February 2014. Wilson threw an interception at the 1-yard line in the closing seconds of Super Bowl XLIX the following year in a loss to the New England Patriots. Ciara is a Grammy Award-winning multihyphenate who has sold over 23 million records and 22 million singles worldwide. She launched Beauty Marks Entertainment as a platform for her music, media, film, fashion, philanthropy, technology, and entrepreneurial pursuits which includes her recent appointment on the board of leading enterprise Customer Data Platform, Amperity. Why Not You Productions was founded in 2019. “We’re so excited and honored to work with Amazon Studios,” the couple said. “They’ve quickly become one of the most exciting studios in entertainment and have shown a strong belief in our vision to bring inspiring stories to the world. We can’t wait to begin our work together.” “Russell and Ciara are a true powerhouse producing duo – both with extraordinary success in their respective careers on the field and the stage, their business ventures, and shared dedication to philanthropy,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios. “We share a passion for developing diverse and emotionally connecting stories that can inspire the world and spread positivity and hope. Our world certainly needs it.” Read original story Russell Wilson and Ciara Sign First-Look Deal With Amazon Studios At TheWrap
Daytime soap will now run through Season 58 “Days of Our Lives” has been picked up for two more seasons at NBC, the network announced Tuesday. The long-running daytime soap, which is currently airing its 56th season, will now run through Season 58. The renewal comes about a year after the show was forced to temporarily halt production due to the coronavirus pandemic. Production on Season 56 resumed last fall under new safety guidelines and wrapped back in April as NBC and producers Corday Productions and Sony Pictures Television worked out a deal for renewal. “Day of Our Lives” has seen several major cast departures in the last year, including Melissa Reeves, Kristian Alfonso, Greg Vaughan and Victoria Konefal. “We couldn’t be happier to bring our loyal fans two more seasons of ‘Days of our Lives’ and continue what has been an absolutely remarkable achievement in television,” Michael Sluchan, executive vice president of scripted series and kids programming for NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, said. “A big thank you to Ken Corday and the cast and crew for their incredible passion for storytelling that continues to reach new generations of viewers.” “After more than 55 years of bringing drama, adventure and romance to screens around the world, we are thrilled and honored to carry on the “Days of our Lives” legacy for another two years,” executive producer Ken Corday said. “We are thankful to NBC for their enduring commitment to the show and grateful to continue this wonderful journey with our fans for years to come.” “We are incredibly proud of the work being done by Ken Corday, the cast and crew. They continue to tell bold stories through these iconic characters captivating audiences around the world,” Steve Kent, senior executive vice president of programming for Sony Pictures Television, added. “We are thrilled to continue the legacy of ‘Days of our Lives’ and for viewers to enjoy two more seasons.” Corday is the executive producer with co-executive Albert Alarr. Ron Carlivati is the head writer. Read original story ‘Days of Our Lives’ Renewed for 2 More Years at NBC At TheWrap
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BE Conference 2021: Asia Hall, Dana Scruggs and Natalia Chao share their experiences Finding creative inspiration after more than a year of pandemic shutdowns can be tough, but Asia Hall, Natalia Chao and Dana Scruggs managed to remain creative throughout the darkest days of the COVID-19 pandemic, and at TheWrap’s BE Conference 2021, they explained how they did it. “We primarily work with lights and fashion, and so with fashion in general there is usually a calendar when collections come out and because its been such a different year and people haven’t been able to go to fashion shows, it’s been on the designer and companies to work on their next sprint,” Hall tells Adobe moderator Stacy Martinet during the BE Conference Creativity From Women Inspires Creativity in the World panel, presented by Adobe. Hall, who is CEO and Fashion Tech Designer at Neon Cowboys added, “Because we work with lights, we are limited in terms of what really sparks that inspiration because there are only that many lights on the market, which are mostly produced in China.” “The fact that so many festivals now are moving online has been huge for me creatively,” filmmaker and cinematographer Natalie Chao says. “This is the first time they’ve opened it globally almost. So many films that rarely get seen by so many people, now it just a simple click. It’s like watching Netflix. It was nice to carve out windows of time and get together with creative partners and plunder ourselves into watching films again and being able to criticize and draw from and have debates, all of that I missed so much because that’s such a communal feeling. So many people are now embracing that hybrid format. The idea of inclusivity really makes sense in this digital format. so that’s been really inspirational for me.” “I do tend to shut my brain off when I’m at home, you get tired,” photographer Dana Scruggs said. “One thing that I’m trying to do is have a work life balance and I just started taking opera voice lessons, I sung opera for 10 years when I was growing up. Just to have that creative outlet again and that challenge has been really fun and that’s not work related.” Each of the panelists had different struggles yet had different breakthrough moments in their respective careers. The common denominator was persistence and not giving up. “I’ve had a winding road, I made work in a bubble for 6 years, not really having any editorial work, noncommercial work and I think that was very helpful at the time,” Scruggs said. Scruggs added: “You want to be recognized for your work, be recognized for the efforts you are putting in, I had time to really develop, to aesthetic without outside influences and that was the most important part of my struggle. I think it’s important to make sure your aesthetic is fleshed out. Don’t worry about success or being acknowledged, eventually that will happen but you just have to continue to not give up. I think a lot of people don’t have the stamina for a creative career. It took me 6 and a half years to have a big break.” “I think definitely getting the fellowship from Sundance and Adobe was big for me, I think this year has been very transformative, I feel very awkward being here, a lot of people here I would look up to them so I’m really honored that I’m even included in this conversation” Chao said. “For me, it was validation from an institutional standpoint, but I went to film school and this was a project that began on the fringe of film school.” “In 20 years you’ll be an overnight success — it’s my favorite quote ever because it’s just perfecting your craft and staying true to your craft and knowing yourself,” Hall said. Hall added: “Neil Gaiman, in one of his speeches, he talks about making great art and putting art as priority, if you take jobs and gigs for the money, you will be disappointed in the art you create instead of making things you want to see in the world. These are things I think about when we’re building. I don’t want to water down what we’re trying to create because you are trying to meet a deadline or appease somebody. The success I had hoped for, had been delivered I would probably say when my hat got patented, that was a stamp of ‘we did it.'” About BE Conference The BE Conference is comprised of three days of mentorship, education and career-building workshops by the most influential women in media and entertainment, WrapWomen. For more information visit: https://www.thewrap.com/be-conference-2021/ Watch the full panel above. Read original story Female Creatives Explain How They Found Inspiration During the Pandemic (Video) At TheWrap
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