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Fans Investigate Mad Men Retreat Center After Finale

Don Draper’s coastal retreat getaway in the Mad Men series finale has triggered a massive surge in curiosity around Big Sur’s famed Esalen Institute, the likely inspiration for the tranquil retreat center depicted in the show.

An Esalen representative tells The Hollywood Reporter that the institute’s website and social media platforms have experienced record-breaking spikes since the Mad Men finale aired on May 17.

“We normally have around 1,000 sessions per day on the Esalen website, and on Sunday that increased to 2,583,” the Esalen representative says. “Monday it peaked at 6,238, but Tuesday it was still at 3,230. There has also been an increase in calls to our reservations line.”

The likes on posts published on Esalen’s Facebook is up 73 percent over the last week and the “post reach” metric — the number of users reached by each post — is up 3,672 percent. Esalen’s total reach on Facebook is up 835 percent from the week before the finale.

“We love the increased attention because it drives people to our website and our catalog,” Esalen president Gordon Wheeler tells THR. “We appreciate the traffic.”

Wheeler says their registrations are at near capacity almost all of the time, and that interest in the retreat center and educational institute has grown especially in the past decade. They can house about 140 people on-site, with any overflow accommodated at hotels nearby. (Wheeler recommends that people book their stay at least a month in advance in order to secure a spot.)

As for Mad Men, Wheeler says he was approached about filming at the retreat last year and turned the producers down, so they found an alternate venue nearby. “Because we are a mission-driven nonprofit and we’re interested in our guests experience,” he says. “Our guests are here to become more effective in their own lives and their own personal missions. We don’t want them disturbed in that process.”

A stay at Esalen ranges widely in price. A weekend in a sleeping bag can cost as little as $405, but an all-inclusive, seven-day stay in a deluxe single room can cost $4,975. The rates include tuition, accommodations, meals, movement program and use of facilities.

Wheeler enjoyed seeing the Esalen-esque retreat in the finale and says he thinks the episode showed that Don Draper found his creativity at the retreat.

“Don Draper all through that series has had a great capacity to touch authentic feeling, and then to revert to type and not himself be too transformed by it,” says Wheeler. “But it seemed like what was happening to him was he was getting in touch with the zeitgeist, the spirit of the times, and the ’70s. Even commercial media messaging had to shift to accommodate that burgeoning whole-world consciousness.”

This article originally appeared on Hollywoodreporter.com

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Is The Bachelorette Already Slut-Shaming Kaitlyn Bristowe?

A promo for the upcoming season suggests a double standard is still at play

At the end of this week’s season premiere of The Bachelorette, the producers gave a sneak peak at all the drama to come in the new season of the show. In the promo, the producers document newly-minted Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe’s fairytale journey to find love complete with canoeing, celebrity guest appearances (hi Amy Schumer!) and sumo wrestling. It’s all rose petals and romance—until around the 1:30 mark, when things get darker. The men start to get jealous watching Kaitlyn kiss other beaus. Not helping the situation is the return of Nick Viall, a finalist from Andi Dorfman’s season, who’s been vocal about his feelings about pre-marital sex. (In case you missed it: He deemed Andi’s decision to have sex with him in the Fantasy Suite “not appropriate.”)

Kaitlyn seems to shrug it off, though, saying: “If the physical part of a relationship isn’t there for me, that is a deal breaker.” Fair enough—that’s how most of the world functions when it comes to romance. As emotions rise, one man soothes his friend’s feelings, “It’s just kissing.” And it is just kissing—until suddenly, it’s not. The lights go out, there’s the sound of heavy breathing, and it becomes clear that an adult woman on a dating reality show had sex. Cut to a picture of a crying Kaitlyn.

In the video, Kaitlyn clearly states that she’s not a bad person and she’s not ashamed of herself. So why does it seem like the producers want to make her look like she is? The next few minutes of the promo are just Kaitlyn crying, curling up in a ball, hiding her face and then admitting her actions to the other men for public pillorying. The men are shocked. One stalks off: “Don’t talk to me!”

Let’s get real: This is not the first time that someone has had sex on this show. The show’s “journey to love” culminates in three back-to-back overnight dates in a Fantasy Suite. We all know what happens there, even if it’s not documented for the camera. This isn’t even the first time that someone has had sex outside of the Fantasy Suites. Remember Courtney’s and Ben’s tryst in the ocean? Or Clare and Juan Pablo? Bachelor Bob Guiney supposedly had sex with at least five different women on his season. Host Chris Harrison low-balled that 67% of couples have sex on the show. Despite that, Courtney is still considered a villain; Clare was blasted on blogs and Twitter for her night with Juan Pablo.

But, of course, those infamous encounters all took place on The Bachelor, not The Bachelorette. Does the show have a double standard when it comes to the perception of its Bachelorette? Maybe. Bachelorette Andi Dorfman certainly got her share of slut-shaming after her Fantasy Suite encounter with Nick Viall came up on After the Final Rose. (To her credit, Andi was having none of it.) Based on the promo, it seems like Kaitlyn is in for similar treatment. Some viewers definitely thought so; many took to Twitter to express their dismay over the producers’ perceived slut-shaming of Kaitlyn.

“I made a mistake. That doesn’t mean I’m a bad person,” Kaitlyn wails in the video. Let’s hope the producers remember that this season.

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How Sony Got Up and Out of Its Death Bed

President and CEO of Sony Corporation Hirai speaks at a Sony news conference during the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas
Steve Marcus—Reuters President and CEO of Sony Corporation Kazuo Hirai speaks at a Sony news conference during the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Jan. 5, 2015.

For the first time in a decade, the electronics company has a shot

In the annals of consumer electronics companies that have slipped from great heights, none has taken a bigger fall far from its glory days than Sony. But after years of struggling to right itself, the company is finally making real progress on a turnaround.

Just as Apple helped revive itself in the early 2000s with the iPod, Sony built much of its success on the idea of helping people carry music around in their pocket–first with the transistor radio in the 50s and 60s and later with the Walkman portable cassette player. Those products, coupled with smart engineering, made the Sony brand synonymous with peerless quality.

In the early 2000s, Sony began to lose its competitive edge. Rivals like Samsung had emerged to undercut its higher-priced TVs and stereos. Sony couldn’t get a foothold in new markets like mp3 players. Its earlier expansion into new areas like insurance and its overspending on film and music studios left it with a structure that was at once bloated and siloed.

Sony named Howard Stringer as CEO in 2005 to turn things around. Stringer cut a charismatic figure, but couldn’t speak Japanese and, as a lifelong media executive, lacked an engineering background. Stringer tried to conjure a convergence of electronics and media properties that never quite gelled. (Stringer is on the board of Time Inc.) Meanwhile, further setbacks struck: the global recession in 2009, the Fukushima earthquake in 2011 and a stronger yen that hurt Japanese exports.

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Sony has posted net losses for six of the past seven years. As a result, the price of its ADRs traded on the NYSE fell from $55 in early 2008 to below $10 in late 2012. (An ADR is a stock that trades in the U.S. but represents a specific number of shares in a foreign corporation.) Its credit ratings eventually fell to near junk levels. But then things began to look up: After bottoming out below $10 in 2012, its ADRs have risen back near $33 this month, a rally of 238% in the last two and a half years.

The change came after Sony replaced Stringer with Kazuo Hirai in early 2012. Hirai was a Sony veteran known for wringing profits from troubled businesses like the PlayStation gaming division. And like Stringer, Hirai didn’t fit the mold of the Japanese salaryman. Hirai grew up in Japan and North America, giving him a fluency in English and also a gift for being plainspoken, like when he told the Wall Street Journal on taking the job, “It’s one issue after another. I feel like, “Holy shit, now what?”

Hirai began an ambitious restructuring of Sony over the three years that followed. He quickly announced a “One Sony” structure that built on Stringer’s convergence with an emphasis on communication and joint decisions among siloed divisions. He focused the electronics business on mobile, gaming and imaging products. Over time, he cut thousands of jobs, sold off the Vaio PC unit, separated the ailing TV business into its own company and overhauled the smartphone lineup.

All of this added to financial losses with restructuring charges and made for a tumultuous 2014. But the low point came last November, with the infamous hack that left sensitive documents from Sony Pictures Entertainment in public view. But it was just around this time when some analysts began voicing their conviction in a Sony turnaround. The turnaround painstakingly plotted by Stringer and Hirai was finally bearing fruit.

That became more evident when Sony reported its most recent earnings. There were encouraging signs in the past year’s finances, like revenue rising 6% and the TV business posting its first profit in 11 years. But the better news was in the cautious forecast for the coming year.

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The bulk of the restructuring was behind Sony, CFO Kenichiro Yoshida said, and while revenue may decline 4% this fiscal year, operating profit would rise fourfold to $2.6 billion, its highest profit since 2008. Hirai had earlier projected net income to rise above $4 billion by 2018, which would be its biggest profit since 1998, before the great fall began.

There’s still some restructuring to do. The revenue decrease this year will come largely from Sony’s move away from mid-range mobile phones to focus on the high end of the market. While camera sales continue to decline, Sony is seeing strong growth in imaging sensors used in smartphones. Overall, Sony will be a smaller company in terms of revenue but with bigger sales and slow, steady move from aging markets into growing ones.

A turnaround needs more than cost cutting and restructuring. Sony has a long road ahead to go from playing catch-up in technology markets to playing a leading role in new ones. That step requires a lot more work, but Sony’s return to profitability makes a major turnaround as feasible as it’s been in more than a decade.

TIME Internet

These TV Shows and Movies Are Coming to Netflix in June

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Undisputed Cinema Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Noni Jean in "Beyond the Lights."

From Beyond the Lights to Scandal to Orange Is the New Black

Summer: the season of going outdoors, enjoying the sunshine… and sitting inside catching up on TV and movies.

Netflix’s new June offerings include critically talked-about movies like Beyond the Lights, Nightcrawler, and Cake, along with new seasons of TV shows like Scandal, Pretty Little Liars, and Orange is the New Black. See what else Netflix is adding—and taking away—in June below.

Available June 1
The Aviator
La Dictadura Perfecta

Available June 3
The Best of Me
Hector and the Search for Happiness

Available June 5
Sense8

Available June 8
Grace of Monaco

Available June 9
It’s Tough Being Loved by Jerks

Available June 10
Pretty Little Liars, season 5
Nightcrawler
Rose Water

Available June 11
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., season 2

Available June 12
Orange is the New Black, season 3
Champs
The Cobbler

Available June 13
Scandal, season 4

Available June 15
Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer
Rodney Carrington: Laughter’s Good
Danger Mouse,
seasons 1-10
Bindi’s Bootcamp, season 1

Available June 16
Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Available June 17
Point and Shoot

Available June 19
Some Assembly Required

Available June 20
Cake

Available June 23
Advantageous

Available June 24
Beyond the Lights

Available June 26
Dreamworks Dragons: Race to the Edge
What Happened, Miss Simone?

Expiring June 1
Drugs, Inc.
Ever After
G.I. Jane
Ink Master
Rain Man
Silence of the Lambs

Expiring June 20
Collateral Damage
Practical Magic
Texas Chainsaw

Expiring June 30
Jack Reacher
Steel Magnolias
Taxi Driver

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

TIME Television

David Letterman Signs Off With 10-Year Ratings High

The Late Show with David Letterman outperformed all primetime telecasts for the night

David Letterman signed off on Wednesday night, putting the finishing touch on a 33-year career in late-night — the last 22 of which he’s spent at CBS.

Capping off several weeks of ratings spikes and two nights of five-year highs, the telecast was obviously up. The star-filled goodbye averaged a 9.3 local rating, hitting its highest score since December 2005. (That telecast brought a visit from friend Oprah Winfrey, who hadn’t visited Letterman since 1989.)

Full ratings for the telecast will be available later on Thursday, but as it stands, the 11:30 p.m. Late Show outrated all primetime telecasts for the night.

One fellow benefiting a great deal from all of this is James Corden. The new Late Late Show host has been hitting series highs for his brief tenure, rising last night to a 2.5 overnight rating.

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.

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Watch Conan O’Brien’s Emotional Tribute to David Letterman

Conan says having Letterman on his show was one of the highlights of his professional career

Conan O’Brien said something on his show Wednesday night that was rather strange for a television host. He told viewers to change the channel, and watch another host’s show instead.

The reason, as O’Brien said, was that Wednesday was “no ordinary night.” It was David Letterman’s last show, which aired during O’Brien’s segment.

“There simply are no words that can encapsulate the sheer magnitude of what Dave has achieved,” O’Brien said. “He’s been the North Star for me and for every comic of my generation.”

O’Brien spoke about the time Letterman came on his show while he was struggling early in his career: “It’s easily one of the happiest nights of my professional life,” he said, saying his career would not have taken off if not for Letterman’s visit.

That was when he told everyone to change the channel. “I’m going to let you know the exact moment when Dave’s show is starting,” he said, telling viewers to record his show so they could switch over to watch Letterman. “You cannot miss out,” he said.

Watch O’Brien’s emotional tribute above.

TIME Television

Watch Justin Bieber Sing Car Karaoke with James Corden

The Bieb also revealed how many times he wears his underwear in a row

While you were still crying over David Letterman’s late night departure, James Corden was asking Justin Bieber if he ever makes love to his own music. While the answer to that was a sad no, there were some other interesting revelations on Wednesday night’s Late Late Show.

In the clip, Corden and Bieber drive around Los Angeles, shouting out to fans on the street and singing along to Bieber’s hit songs “Baby” and “Where Are U Now.” In between all the singing and seat dancing, Corden managed to get some dirt on the singer, like the fact that he only wears underwear once before throwing it out. (As a Calvin Klein model, perhaps he feels he has to do his part to keep the company in business?) Bieber also showed off his impressive skills with a Rubik’s Cube, which has to be seen to be beliebed.

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Jeremy Clarkson Says Being Fired From Top Gear Was ‘My Own Silly Fault’

The Top Gear presenter was dropped after attacking a producer

Jeremy Clarkson said that being dropped from Top Gear was “my own silly fault.”

The presenter spoke to BBC after losing his job in March after attacking a producer. “I have been at the BBC for 27 years,” he said. “When you emerge after 27 years, you find the world is changed. When you learn how the world works, you can start to work out what to do. In the meantime I’m getting really good at tennis. My forehand has improved immeasurably.”

Top Gear, a BBC car show, is watched by 350 million viewers worldwide according to BBC. The BBC will relaunch the show with new presenters. Meanwhile, Clarkson is beginning a “badly organized world tour” this week with his former Top Gear co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May.

TIME Television

Watch David Letterman Work at Taco Bell

"Are you Howard Stern?"

In his final episode of the Late Show on Wednesday night, David Letterman featured a blast from the past.

The clip below shows a much-younger Letterman take a stab at running a Taco Bell drive-thru, with hilarious results. None of the frustrated customers seemed to recognize Letterman’s voice, though one woman thought he sounded strangely familiar, asking, “Are you Howard Stern?”

The clip was a bittersweet reminder of what we’ll be missing out on as Letterman brings his 33 year late-night career to a close.

Watch it below.

TIME Television

Watch David Letterman’s Final Goodbye

"Thank you for everything, you've given me everything"

For the last time, David Letterman signed off from his late-night show on Wednesday night. Light on the jokes, but heavy on the graciousness, the Late Night host thanked his entire staff — including crew, writers and the band — for all they had done for the show. “These people collectively,” he said, “deserve more credit for this show than I ever will.”

Yet, in the middle of Letterman’s good-bye, bandleader Paul Shaffer summed up everyone else’s thoughts, saying, “Thank you so much Dave, you’ve changed our lives.”

Watch the full signoff here.

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