ET on NBC. “SNL” vet Jimmy Kimmel hosted the episode, so he was on hand to play Trump’s “little Kush ball.”The sketch paid homage to the dramatic eliminations of “America’s Next Top Model,” right down to the one photo in the president’s hand revealing who would stay on. (The loser would be sent to join Kellyanne Conway in the basement.) Watch Baldwin do Trump acting like Banks below.”Saturday Night Live” airs at 11:30 p.m. Posted April 17, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongDonald Trump may be known for firing people on “The Apprentice,” but the latest “Saturday Night Live” episode had him eliminating one of his top advisers in true Tyra Banks style.Alec Baldwin returned to “SNL” for yet another hilarious Trump impression over the weekend, and he dealt with the rumored discord between White House advisers Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner, among other topical issues. Wearing a Russian flag pin and his signature Trump look, Baldwin revisited the accomplishments of the administration so far before, and then called in his two top advisers for an important decision.

ET/PT on ABC. Posted April 17, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongOlympian and “Dancing with the Stars” contestant Simone Biles is the latest celebrity to fall victim to one of Ellen DeGeneres’s sneaky pranks.The gymnast got quite the scare while sitting down for a recent interview on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Although the talk show host warned Biles that her “DWTS” partner, Sasha Farber, is a “prankster,” the gold medalist was completely caught unawares. As simple as their prank was, they executed it executed perfectly and were rewarded with a terrified shriek any practical joker would hope for.Watch Biles’s appearance on “Ellen” below, and keep an eye out for the flawless prank around 3:50.If you want more of Biles and Farber, you can catch them on “Dancing With the Stars” on Mondays at 8 p.m. This worked out well for viewers, because it made for a priceless reaction when Farber did finally pull a prank on his co-star.The professional dancer and DeGeneres get a 10 for their work.

2, we will work on creating the story that goes beyond what you expect.”Stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, and Vin Diesel are all likely to return for the third movie, as well.Gunn also noted that “Guardians of the Galaxy 3” will launch Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Phase 2 concludes with “Avengers: Infinity War”). He’s preparing to embark on a press tour for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” which opens in theaters May 5 and decided to answer the question that he’ll probably be asked frequently by journalists.”I’m returning to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 and Vol. 3,” Gunn wrote in a post.”In the end, my love for Rocket, Groot, Gamora, Star-Lord, Yondu, Mantis, Drax, and Nebula – and some of the other forthcoming heroes – goes deeper than you guys can possibly imagine, and I feel they have more adventures to go on and things to learn about themselves and the wonderful and sometimes terrifying universe we all inhabit. It will “help catapult both old and new Marvel characters into the next ten years and beyond,” Gunn said. And, like in both Vol. Posted April 17, 2017 by Kelly Woo”Guardians of the Galaxy 3″ is on the horizon — and James Gunn will be behind the helm once again.Gunn made the surprise announcement that he’s writing and directing the third movie on his Facebook page.

I thought that was a great missed opportunity.”Hamill does have a point that Han’s death at the hands of his son, Kylo Ren, would’ve been more of a gut-punch with Leia and Luke watching, helplessly. Also, Hamill’s proposed ending would’ve completely changed the set-up for “The Last Jedi,” since Rey wouldn’t have to undertake that journey to find the reclusive Luke. She’ll get close to him and then get into some dire situation and that’s when I show up for a big ‘yay,'” Hamill explained.”Save her life, then we rush to Han and are in the same position that Rey and Finn and Chewie are in. Because it would carry so much emotional resonance into the next film. Posted April 17, 2017 by Kelly WooMark Hamill and Harrison Ford shared a surprise reunion at Star Wars Celebration last week — something that their characters, Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, will never get to do since the latter died in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” But Hamill told Fandango that he thought the movie should’ve reunited the two characters, even for just a brief moment before Han’s death. For us: his wife, his best friend to witness. Instead of two characters that have known him, what, 20 minutes? Too late to save him, but witnesses. But then again, if Luke had been there, he would’ve been better able to stop Kylo, while Rey was an untrained novice. [Besides] Chewie. “In fact, I was reading and thought if Leia is trying to mentally contact me and she’s not successful, she’ll rush to his aid.

“Fate,” however, has scored the weakest reviews of the last four films, just 64 percent “Fresh” at Rotten Tomatoes. Posted April 17, 2017 by Gary SusmanThis weekend, there was no question which movie would top the box office chart.”The Fate of the Furious” belongs to a franchise so feared that every other potential wide release gave it a wide berth. This franchise has primed us to expect otherwise; until now, each of the last four sequels has opened bigger than the one before it.With “Fate,” the franchise is finally showing its age. The fact that its domestic gross looks puny by comparison won’t stop the studio from going ahead with its plans to make at least two more sequels.And that’s the real lesson here. With the biggest April release ever (in 4,310 theaters), “Fate” was poised for an easy victory this weekend and a domestic debut between $100-$110 million.And yet, “Fate” still failed to live up to expectations. International Box Office Is King The real reason distributor Universal is not disappointed with “Fate”‘s $100 million domestic opening is that it has earned more than four times that much everywhere else.In fact, the movie’s estimated $432.3 million earned abroad this weekend marks the biggest overseas premiere ever, and its total $532.5 million gross marks the largest global opening of all time. Easter Weekend”Furious 7” and “Fate” both opened on Easter weekend, which has become a big moviegoing session in recent years. Even so, the reviews for the sequels have improved along with their grosses. The Reviews Weren’t Great
For the most part, the “F&F” franchise has been critic-proof. Any money it makes here is gravy. Not only did he perish in a life-imitates-art car crash, but he also left only some of his scenes completed, and the film had to be delayed and reworked to accommodate his demise. Even counter-programming cartoon “Spark: A Space Tail,” aiming for kids too young for the “F&F” demographic, scaled back its wide-release plans and opened on just 365 screens. Sure, a $47 million plunge from the previous premiere looks alarming, but that one-third drop, at this stage, is actually pretty normal.2. Paying audiences disagree, giving the film a solid “A” CinemaScore.Still, for a franchise increasingly dependent on older viewers — 50 percent of “Fate” filmgoers were over 25 — reviews matter at least a little. So, “Fate” fell further outside peak spring break time, meaning fewer high school and college students would have a free weekend.4. This weekend’s results bring the franchise’s total earnings to $4.4 billion, more than any other franchise in Universal’s history.Even if “Fate” performs overseas as it’s doing here and ultimately earns just two-thirds of what “Furious 7” did, it’ll still make $1 billion. If nothing else, they suggest that the franchise is slowing down creatively, and some older potential moviegoers who still care what critics think may have heeded the warning and stayed home.5. Those expectations were already scaled back from the $147 million premiere of “Furious 7” two years ago, but even so, analysts figured this installment was good for at least $110 to $120 million in its first three days.Instead, the movie barely squeaked past $100 million — by just $182,000, according to studio estimates. (Thankfully, it’s global-haul will help put it in the black.)Why didn’t the pedal hit the metal as hard this time? Like so many other 2017 movies, from Diesel’s own “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” to “Ghost in the Shell,” “Fate of the Furious” was designed for foreign audiences, not American viewers. Of that global opening, a full $190 million came from China, giving “Fate” the record for the top-grossing premiere in that country for a Hollywood import. That off-screen tragedy spiked interest even among non-fans, and that spike drove the franchise to its first opening above $100 million.Now that interest in the franchise has returned to normal levels, the fact that “Fate” still managed to score what is only the franchise’s second $100 million debut looks a little more impressive.3. But Easter fell unusually late this year, two weekends later than in 2015, when “Furious 7” earned its haul, and three weeks later than last year, when “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” debuted to the tune of $166 million. At this point, declining debuts ought to be the rule, not the exception. Here are five potential reasons.1. Given that the last few “Fast and Furious” movies have earned back about 2.4 times their opening-weekend grosses over the course of their domestic runs, that means we’re looking at a total of about $240 million for “Fate” — which means that the movie wouldn’t even make back its reported $250 million budget in North America. No Paul WalkerSad to say, but “Furious 7” owed part of its success to viewers wondering how the franchise would handle the 2013 death of mainstay Walker. Audiences Might Be Aging Out of This FranchiseIt’s worth remembering that “Fate” is the eighth movie in a 16-year-old franchise, with a 49-year-old leading man (Vin Diesel).

Like us on Facebook. Here’s the teaser and five photos:Want more stuff like this? “I think my family’s cursed,” whispers distraught matriarch Sally Rayburn (Sissy Spacek) in the trailer.The teaser doesn’t give much info about the plot of the season, though it seems that Sally will be responsible for cleaning up the murderous mess left by her children. Last we saw them, John (Kyle Chandler) was driving away from the Keys just as his dark secret — that he killed his brother, Danny — threatens to come out. Posted April 17, 2017 by Kelly WooLooks like all hell is breaking loose in the Florida Keys in the final season of Netflix’s “Bloodline.”Netflix released the first teaser trailer and photos from “Bloodline” Season 3, which wraps up the story of the troubled Rayburn family. Meg (Linda Cardellini) was about to confess all to her mom, while Kevin (Norbert Leo Butz) murdered Marco, who threatened to send them all to jail.”Bloodline” Season 3 begins streaming May 26 on Netflix.

Or nobody.”Yes to all of that. He’s had power thrust upon him. I think Jon Snow would be good, but he doesn’t strike me as someone who wants to. Like us on Facebook. Posted April 17, 2017 by Gina Carbone”Game of Thrones” is about to air its final two seasons, so the fans — and the stars — are naturally curious about who might win the Iron Throne’s game of musical chairs. HBO’s first promo for Season 7 showed Queen Cersei, Queen Daenerys, and King Jon all taking a long walk to the throne, but will one of them end up on that seat when this is all over, or will it be someone else? Or no one at all?SAYS asked actor Liam Cunningham (Ser Davos) who he thinks will end up on the Iron Throne at the end of the series; he answered by agreeing with the actress who plays Melisandre on who should be king — Sam:”Carice van Houten was asked that question awhile ago and I have to agree with her. Season 8 will end the series the following year.[via: Watchers on the Wall, SAYS]Want more stuff like this? But with this show, who knows who’s gonna end up a king. It could be anybody. He never asked to be king, it was all the other people in the North who made him king and he has a responsibility to his people. (But at least she wasn’t stabbed to death by her own people.)We’re still big fans of the “nobody” idea — best expressed in the fan theory that the Iron Throne gets melted down for use as Valyrian steel in the Great War against the White Walkers, thereby ending the fight for the throne of the Seven Kingdoms.”Game of Thrones” Season 7 starts Sunday, July 16 on HBO. She said, ‘I would like to live in a world that was ruled by Samwell Tarly.’ But she said there’s no way that’s gonna happen, and I think she’s probably right!It looked like the guy at the beginning of this, Tyrion [Lannister], would be the right man for the job, but he likes [mimes drinking] a little bit too much. Dany is the one who wants it and has experience ruling, but not all of her experience has been that great. You have to want the Iron Throne — a chair deliberately designed to be uncomfortable for each ruler — and both Sam and Jon don’t seem like they’d want it.Tyrion is better as an adviser/Hand of the King than ruler himself.

Like us on Facebook. According to TVLine, AMC has upgraded three actors to series regular status for Season 8, which should soon start filming for its October premiere:• Pollyanna McIntosh, who plays Jadis, leader of the Scavengers, currently in a tentative alliance with Negan and the Saviors against Team Alexandria/Hilltop/Kingdom.• Steven Ogg, who plays Simon, right-hand man of Negan, and all-around scenery-chewing badass. Posted April 17, 2017 by Gina CarboneGet ready for more awkward passes at Rick Grimes, ’cause uber-creepy Jadis is now a “Walking Dead” series regular. West (Gareth) was promoted to series regular ahead of TWD Season 5, and his Gareth only made it through a few episodes of that season. Jadis just showed up as a recurring character in three episodes of the seond half of Season 7.TWD Season 8 will premiere in October.Want more stuff like this? Simon has been a recurring character since Season 6. Don’t forget that Andrew J. But it does suggest these characters are *Important* somehow and worthy of a new contract note.Enid has been on TWD since our group first got to Alexandria in Season 5. So glad to see more of him in Season 8.• Katelyn Nacon, who plays Enid, JSS-ing teen who is kinda dating Carl Grimes, as much as one dates in the zombie apocalypse, and who is also kinda Maggie Green Rhee’s adopted child.There’s no guarantee that series regular status means these guys will have dominant roles in Season 8, or survive the entirety of the season.
— John Ainslie (@John_Ainslie) April 14,
— Saint Michael 👑 (@stzrdom) April 14, 2017@stzrdom@starwars Seriously, someone needed to do a google image search.
— Misophonic Spree (@MisophonicSpree) April 14, 2017
Other fans took to trolling the poster by creating their own mashups:
This poster is unbelievable
— champagne tucci (@trillballins) April 14, 2017Wow I’m loving the last Jedi poster
— Jared Johnson (@jumpingjiraffe) April 14,
— Jason  (@jason_walker24) April 14, 2017Decided to spend some time recreating a #LEGO version of the #StarWars#TheLastJedi poster from #SWCO… except maybe the “Face/Off” one.”Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opens December 15.[via: CinemaBlend]Want more stuff like this? Now, stick the landing.” 💀💩L
Fan Poster: @M101_Mutant101
Loved the #TheLastJedi trailer, & poster.👏@HamillHimself 👏
— Mutant 101 (@M101_Mutant101) April 15, 2017It’s all done from love …
— ProfessorBrickkeeper (@ProfBrickkeeper) April 15, 2017The #DCTrinity artwork inspired by the new #TheLastJedi poster
— Geek Vibes Nation (@GeekVibesNation) April 16, 2017#TheWalkingDead meets #TheLastJedi in our latest #TWD/movie poster mashup:
— The Walking Dead (@TheWalkingDead) April 16, 2017″Breath. Like us on Facebook. Posted April 17, 2017 by Gina Carbone”Star Wars” fans tend to have fully operational funny bones, and their love for the Saga may only be matched by their love for gently mocking the Saga.When “The Last Jedi”first trailer and poster came out, many fans saw similarities to the poster for “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.” That was probably intentional. But what about the similarities to He-Man?First, here’s the real poster:#TheLastJedi poster has been revealed.
— Star Wars (@starwars) April 14, 2017
And now here are some reactions:@turbokidfilm@RavenBanner@starwars did it first…. Just breath.

Then McCarthy returns to host the May 13 episode, then Dwayne Johnson closes the season on May 20.Want more stuff like this? Like us on Facebook. (so, not including pre-tapes and video pieces), though it is extremely rare. Melissa McCarthy brought her brilliant Sean Spicer impression back to “Saturday Night Live” on April 15th, with the White House Press Secretary dressed as an Easter Bunny and “apologizing” for his recent gaffes.It was the first episode to be live from coast-to-coast — usually “SNL” is just live for Eastern and Central viewers. However, Vulture confirmed that McCarthy’s segment was actually taped live in Los Angeles, not in the NYC studio.McCarthy teased as much in an Instagram clip captioned “Spicey gone wild!!! Posted April 17, 2017 by Gina CarboneLive from L.A., it’s “Saturday Night” with Spicey! studio.)”We don’t yet know if the show plans on using this approach as a permanent work-around to the logistical challenge of having given high-profile impressions to busy movie stars.”Watch the sketch:
Former SNL-er Jimmy Fallon hosted the Easter weekend show, with Harry Styles as musical guest.Here are a few more videos from the night:'”SNL” will continue its live coast-to-coast episodes on May 6, with Chris Pine as host. McCarthy being out of the 30 Rock studio is why this version of the sketch got relatively less response from the audience, and why it seemed like her pacing wasn’t exactly matching up with the laughs. studio, and McCarthy also doing her dress rehearsal remotely from L.A.Vulture added:”I’m told this isn’t the first time the show has shot something live in L.A. #LiveFromLA.” A source told Vulture the show shipped the Spicer costume out to the West Coast ahead of time, with the sketch telecast live from an L.A. (There wasn’t an audience in the L.A.

Posted April 17, 2017 by Rachel Horner”Pretty Little Liars” has had us on a rollercoaster ride of emotions since 2010. Seriously, what is going to fill the “PLL”-sized holes in our hearts?!These are the 19 things we’ll miss the most from our favorite, terribly delicious teenage drama. Now, the show is about to start it’s seventh and final season, and we just don’t know how to say goodbye.

Yes, the exciting news has now been revealed that Season 6, Episode 20, “The Song in Your Heart,” is not only the musical hour, it is also the episode where Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) marries Captain Hook (Colin O’Donoghue).Captain Swan got engaged a second time in the April 16 episode and — unlike the last one — this proposal was perfect.”I will always, ALWAYS be by your side.” #CaptainSwan ♥️
— OncerUponADream (@theMagicalTweet) April 17, 2017She dropped down to her knees too I’m ScREAmING
— Captain Swan 💍 (@once_cs_fan) April 17, 2017That musical wedding episode will air Sunday, May 7, and the stars are now teasing all sorts of wedding shenanigans and complications.Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White) and Josh Dallas (Charming), who are married in real life, talked to Entertainment Weekly after their characters’s sleeping curse was finally lifted. No, she’s like Motherzilla of the Bride. Like us on Facebook. He doesn’t want that for her, and he wants her just to be able to get married, and be happy, and not have all this other stuff that’s going on like Snow and Charming had. Well, we’re going to invent one. And this is no different.”We can’t wait to see this one, but there are a couple of episodes ahead of it, including “Where Bluebirds Fly” on April 23, and then “The Black Fairy” (that sounds ominous) on April 30. He’s focused on getting all of that done and over with, so she can be free, and free to marry, and just live her life as opposed to going into this Final Battle.Dallas and Goodwin also talked about preparing to sing in the musical, which Goodwin said is “going to be a very vulnerable experience” for her.TVLine shared some new spoilers on the musical episode, beyond what we already knew — that it will feature seven original songs, with singing from Morrison, O’Donoghue, Goodwin, Dallas, Lana Parilla (Regina), and Rebecca Mader (Zelena) among others.OUAT co-creators Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis told TVLine what’s important for them in this episode, and warned fans that the wedding might not go off without a hitch.Kitsis: “For us, the most important thing [about the wedding] is that it was intimate and that you really understood that this was a real milestone in Emma’s growth.” A goal? on ABC.Want more stuff like this? Posted April 17, 2017 by Gina CarboneHere comes the briiiiide, and her super wedding-obsessed “Motherzilla of the Bride,” in the “Once Upon a Time” musical episode. “Hopefully to make some people cry!” Horowitz: “Weddings on the TV series ‘Once Upon a Time’ traditionally are fraught with unexpected circumstances. She’s all things wedding all the time.EW: Does David agree with her?Goodwin: He’s going to have to if he wants peace at home.EW: Will this cause a divide between them?Goodwin: Yeah. Suffice it to say, Snow is all for it.Goodwin: What is the word for the bridezilla mom? After “The Song in Your Heart” is the two-part finale, “The Final Battle.””Once Upon a Time” airs Sundays at 8 p.m. EW asked how Snowing feels about their daughter getting married in the midst of the Black Fairy drama. She’s like Mother of the Bridezilla. He’s definitely reserved. To see something good happening amongst all this badness; that is a great point, and there is something to it, but I feel David feels that, yeah, getting married to Snow was the best day of his life, but then what happened right after was the worst day of his life. It’s a very similar situation that’s happening here with the Final Battle, and then what’s going to happen? It might cause some comedy.Dallas: Snow is pushing through, and she wants to have it, like, the public, the people, need this in order to keep hope alive.

Long story short, there’s nothing in the works right now, but they’re open to ideas.Fans were mostly underwhelmed by Episode 10, which seems to be what the showrunners expected from the non-traditional finale, but a few fans did appreciate it:The last episode of @girlsHBO was like an unnecessary epilogue and last weeks episode should have been the last. They just wanted it to be traditional, and they just felt like that was enough. But real life is often frustrating and does not turn out how you’d expect — so it’s kind of the perfect “Girls” ending, no?The creators said it was actually Judd Apatow’s idea to do what Konner called a “spinof that will never be,” with Hannah (Dunham) raising her new baby Grover, with help from her mother (Becky Ann Baker) and Marnie (Allison Williams).”Judd was the first person who said, ‘I think we should do our finale, and then we should do the end we really want to do, so that everyone gets satisfied and we also get to — we see how everyone wraps up, we wrap it up, and we also get to see a little bit more,” Konner told THR. — Abigail Brennan (@abigailnora) April 17, 2017I’m all for shows ending on a realistic note but damn. — Julia Proctor (@juliabproctor) April 17, 2017Want more stuff like this? #GirlsHBO
— Belle Mach (@lavendrjuicebox) April 17, 2017Everyone wants a finale to be a happy ending. #GirlsHBO
— Lisa Marie Rainford (@asilmarie_) April 17, 2017wow, i haven’t been that disappointed in an ending since the election. Which is what that show was from the start. Posted April 17, 2017 by Gina CarboneIf you were disappointed by the “Girls” series finale, you are not alone. What #GirlsHBO did, was show real life. A closing. In their defense, at that point we were struggling with [episode] 10. Like us on Facebook. @lenadunham#GirlsHBO
— Rosalia (@TheLadyRosie412) April 17, 2017Just gonna pretend like last week’s #GirlsHBO was the real finale. Co-showrunners Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner told The Hollywood Reporter their own writers room turned against them over Episode 10, arguing “we don’t need it,” and they should just end the series with the more “traditional” Episode 9. [Hannah’s] big ‘come to Jesus’ moment with that teenager was maybe 14 different moments during the writing of that.”Dunham and Konner had a similar talk with Entertainment Weekly after the finale, explaining again that this spinoff/epilogue episode was Judd’s idea:EW: It felt like either the penultimate episode or this last episode could have served as the finale.Konner: That was something Judd came up with fairly early while plotting the season: Episode 9 would be the traditional finale and then the 10th would be as if there was some imagined spin-off that will never be.They also talked to EW about the possibility for a movie, or a spinoff for Elijah (Andrew Rannells). “One of the funniest things was that our writers really turned against us on it.” She laughed.Dunham added, “We were shooting one day and we were like, ‘Can you give us notes on this script and they were like, ‘We don’t need it, let’s just have nine episodes.””Konner said, “That was like our big note from our writers.

Posted April 17, 2017 by Gina CarboneThe “Outlander” clan has been loved well this week, getting a few first look photos from Starz, and then the first trailer for Season 3, airing before “The White Princess.” The 13 episodes of Season 3 won’t arrive until September, but this should help make the Droughtlander less painful.The trailer shows Jamie in the 18th century, during the Battle of Culloden, and Claire back in her modern timeline — with Frank, daughter Brianna, and her work at the hospital. … The budding possibility that Claire can return to Jamie in the past breathes new hope into Claire’s heart… God! Relive #Outlander with the @STARZ app before it returns this September:
— Outlander (@Outlander_STARZ) April 17, 2017Here are some new Season 3 photos:And here’s the official synopsis for Season 3, which is based on “Voyager,” the third of eight books by Diana Gabaldon:”In Season Three of ‘Outlander,’ the story picks up right after Claire travels through the stones to return to her life in 1948. But when I stand before God, I’ll have one thing to say to weigh against all the rest: Lord, ye gave me a rare woman. as well as new doubt. And the question remains: when they find each other, will they be the same people who parted at the standing stones, all those years ago?” Production and filming for “Outlander” Season 3 is continuing in Cape Town, South Africa. Now pregnant, she struggles with the fallout of her sudden reappearance and its effect on her marriage to her first husband, Frank. As the years pass, Jamie and Claire attempt to make a life apart from one another, each haunted by the memory of their lost love. “Outlander” Season 3 will premiere in September.Want more stuff like this? Separated by continents and centuries, Claire and Jamie must find their way back to each other. It’s hard to see them apart, living separate lives, but that will change. As always, adversity, mystery, and adventure await them on the path to reunion. I promise.”The Season 3 teaser takes our breath away! Meanwhile, in the 18th century, Jamie suffers from the aftermath of his doomed last stand at the historic battle of Culloden, as well as the loss of Claire. Like us on Facebook. I loved her well.”• “I’ll find you. But when they do reunite, they will naturally have changed as people, too.Jamie gets the only lines in the trailer, and they are swoon-worthy.• “Goodbye, Claire.”• “I have lied, killed, and broken trust.

You could use access   to a difficult-to-find source (something I have done) or access to a celebrity   who doesn’t give interviews often. When I first started, I was   spending almost 80-90% of my time pitching. Diversification   is something freelancers should look at. If you get hired,   it will be because you have a story to tell that only you have   access to   because of your location. Jane: One of the   complaints I hear from freelancers is that online writing doesn’t pay. You might have technical knowledge about a   subject that   most writers don’t. But I’ll also add that I have been able to use my   journalism   experience to break into the content marketing field and the top   agencies and markets in that field continue to pay $1 per word or $200-300 per   hour to writers who can demonstrate expertise and experience in specific   industries. Mridu: In my experience, whether a publication will   pay well (or at all) will come down to how it’s funded. What do you   wish you had known about making freelance writing pay when you started out? $1 a   word.)
Specializing in a subject or region can also be   helpful. Most writers are pretty intimidated even   thinking about pitching these   publications. The way to break into top publications as a new   writer is to give them something unique, something no one but you can offer. Mridu was a   successful freelance journalist for twelve years before starting The International Freelancer. Definitely. Last week, she released   a list of 70+ publications that pay $1 a word or more (or a $500+ flat rate). If you dream of a full-time freelance writing career—but have felt discouraged by the largely negative messages about how difficult it is out there (many of which come from freelancers themselves), then allow me to introduce you to Mridu Khullar Relph of The International Freelancer. Could it work as a pitch for an agricultural magazine? I do find that original reporting is almost   always going to be something that’s valued and we’ve seen that shift recently   in the minds of consumers. I was told I couldn’t do it from   India. When   considering the practice of professional full-time freelancers, how much time   would you say is spent working on pitches (and researching pitches or   publications) versus the actual writing and revising? By that I mean that I’m a big advocate of making sure you do your research   before pitching   and approach ANY magazine with your best ideas, even the local   ones, even the ones that don’t pay as much. (I talk about   that here.)
I’m now more focused on books but in 2014,   which is the last year I was making my entire income from freelancing, I would   have pitched less than 20% of the time. That’s important to remember. And here’s the way I think you’re going to be   able to do that as a new writer: Come up with ideas editors can’t say no to. I’ve worked with nonprofits, national governments, and big   organizations working in the fields of agriculture and solar technology and   been paid incredibly well for that work. I was told that if you   wrote stories about social issues, you wouldn’t get paid for that work. While obviously you’d want to do your research before pitching,   and approach such magazines with only your best ideas, what else can a writer   do to be taken seriously by   such publications, especially early in their   career? I wish I hadn’t listened to all the experts and   the advice about starting with local publications and the “realistic” advice   about freelancing not being a viable career. I feel like it might be a mistake to categorize   markets as deserving of higher or lower quality pitches based on what they pay. I was told   you could chase the awards or the money but not both. You have a   good number of A-list magazines on your list of 70 publications   that pay $1 a word—such as New York Times magazine, Oprah, The Atlantic, and so   on. So   they grow organically and often take time to become high-paying markets, if at   all. That an editor in New York may not have heard about,   for instance? That’s just one example. If you have any freelance aspirations at all, be sure to visit The International Freelancer. Always be willing to put your best   work out there and not skimp on any part of that effort because when you   do   your best with absolutely every pitch and every assignment, you’re adding to   your learning and your clips. She   put together this list in defiance of everyone who says it’s “impossible” to make a living as a freelance writer and to provide a helpful resource to the wider community of freelance journalists and writers who are looking for ways to earn more. As one   becomes more   established, do you think less time is spent on pitching and researching   publications (because you have relationships in place)? (We forgot to add them to our list, but they too pay approx. She built her career from New Delhi, India, writing for top US and UK publications, including The New York Times, TIME magazine, The Independent, CNN, Forbes, ABC News, The Christian Science Monitor, GlobalPost, and more. She is   currently based out of London. (My   highest-paying assignments have been about human rights issues.)
The hardest thing for me, personally, was   learning to trust my gut and to allow myself to follow my own path, even if   that meant that I had falls along the way. Online publications such as Ensia, which I’ve   written for, will often pay   for well-reported, well-researched stories, for   instance. Can you comment on the types of online writing that   can and do pay, versus those that don’t? Do not be intimidated! That   isn’t true in my experience, although I can understand why that   belief is widespread, especially when good online   publications fold (e.g., The   Toast) for lack of funds. While I love the   startup and issue-based feel of many online publications, they are typically   run by people passionate   about a topic and who have access to limited funds. Mridu was kind enough to answer my questions about the freelance life. (More on that here.)
I think that’s key to talk about, too. When you   send that pitch, you won’t get hired because of your credits. It   happens more frequently than you think. For me, it is both. Or   what lesson was the hardest to learn? The appetite for them seems almost   endless, but perhaps for   that reason personal essays, unless they’re going in the   back pages of national magazines, aren’t incredibly high paying. I didn’t have any work and I wasn’t   writing the best pitches, so I was sending out five pitches a day as a matter   of practice. If it’s a   big   enough trend and growing, could it work for a news publication? This list we’ve published is all about   $1-a-word publications and as someone who is incredibly passionate about   telling stories   from the developing world, I have found that news magazines,   online markets, and consumer publications have been a fantastic source for   feeding that passion. I was told it was   impossible to make a decent living with it. I routinely negotiated double the initial pay I was offered simply   because I was a journalist in India working for US and UK publications and   translating East to   West was something I did well for my clients and I was   often one of the handful of people doing it. Right now, personal essays are   everywhere and writers love writing them. In terms of the kind of writing, I think it   often comes down to supply and demand. Once that’s done, I advocate to my students   that they stop overthinking the whole thing and simply start getting their work   out there. She’s won several awards for her journalism, including being named Development Journalist of the Year in 2010 by the Developing Asia Journalism Awards for her work on wastepicker women in India. If you’re a writer in Ohio, is   there a new trend or   farming technique that you might be able to report on that   has national relevance? This was partly because of   relationships with editors   but it was also because I had introduced content   marketing into my business and I was getting a lot more regular and high-paying   assignments from those clients. Unique ideas that they don’t have access to. Many of my students have started off getting   paid $500 or $1 a   word for their first, second, or third assignments. Because now I am proof that it doesn’t   have to be love or   money.