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Limelight Lowdown: Pepsi ad fizzles, Colbert crushes Fallon, LaBeouf film makes $8

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Slightly Entertained: Flat Pepsi, NFL on Amazon
Slightly Entertained: Flat Pepsi, NFL on Amazon
Posted at 2:36 PM, Apr 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-05 18:34:05-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Pepsi has pulled their latest ad to convey how in-tune they are with a generation, an Arizona teen (who happens to be a Ryan Gosling look-alike) asked Emma Stone out to prom the only appropriate way, and football is heading to Amazon Prime.

Here's a look at today's headlines in the entertainment world:

Pepsi ad fizzles, pulled after backlash

-- To no surprise, Pepsi has decided to pull an advertisement that sparked a stream of criticism that the soda giant was trying to profit off social justice.

The ad released Tuesday sees model Kendall Jenner pausing her modeling session to join a protest and hand a police officer a can of Pepsi. Once the officer takes the soda and drinks it, the protesters seem to erupt in joy. Everyone is smiling and having a good time. All is well. 

The company issued a statement Wednesday admitting it may have "missed the mark" in its presentation.

Clearly. Read more.


Arizona teen asks actress to prom, "La La Land" style

-- A Phoenix teenager put together the prom-posal of a lifetime, recreating the opening scene of the film La La Land to ask actress Emma Stone to his school's prom.

Arcadia High School student Jacob Staudenmaier filmed the scene on campus with the help of classmates and teachers. Staudenmaier's video on Twitter has received more than 14,000 likes.

Obviously, there's only one that matters.

The teenager did say if Stone isn't able to accompany him, he has a backup date. Read more.


Barry Manilow comes out, reveals secret relationship

-- Singer Barry Manilow told People that he has kept his sexuality a secret for years, fearing backlash from fans.

"I thought I would be disappointing them if they knew I was gay," the singer recently told People magazine. "So I never did anything."

Manilow said he has been together for 39 years with his manager Garry Kief. He and Kief secretly married in 2014 at their Palm Springs estate. Read more.


Later Twitter, Amazon is streaming Thursday Night Football this season

-- The NFL will partner with online shopping and streaming service Amazon to livestream Thursday Night Football games this season.

YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter were reportedly in the running to host the livestream this season. The deal will bring 10 games to Amazon this season.

Last season, Twitter carried the Thursday night matchups in the experimental move to capture more mobile audiences. Read more.


Bill O'Rielly gets some presidential backing amid sexual assault allegations

-- President Donald Trump defend Fox News host Bill O'Rielly, calling him a good person.

"I think he's a person I know well — he is a good person," Trump told the New York Times. "I think he shouldn't have settled; personally I think he shouldn't have settled. Because you should have taken it all the way. I don't think Bill did anything wrong."

O'Reilly has been the target of sexual assault claims, similar to those of former Fox News chief Roger Ailes last year.

The president had his own run in with sexual assault allegations last October, following a leak video from Access Hollywood in which he said he grabbed women by their genitals.

More than 20 companies have pulled their advertising from Fox's "The O'Rielly Factor" as of Wednesday. Read more.


Colbert crushing Fallon in late-night war ratings

-- Stephen Colbert is widening his ratings lead over fellow late-night host Jimmy Fallon, beating the "Tonight Show" host for the ninth straight week and by the biggest margin yet, according to Nielsen ratings.

"The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" averaged about 2.99 million viewers through the week of March 27, which is about 400,000 more than Fallon.

So - for now - the late-night war seems to be over. Read more.


Who bought the only ticket to Shia LaBeouf's UK premiere?

-- One ticket was sold to the UK opening weekend premiere of Shia LaBeouf's movie.

One ticket, raking in a whopping £7, or about $8.70, was purchased for "Man Down," in which LaBeouf plays a Marine searching for his estranged son following a tour in Afghanistan.

The film was shown at one theater, and runs once a day. So there's that. Read more.