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Streaming Wars: Empires Strike Each Other!

The wars continue to rage between these giant companies, first, it was content, then pricing, and now exclusion seems to be the latest line of attack in the video streaming wars. Disney told The Wall Street Journal they would shortly have their own “Netflix Killer”.

They will no longer run Netflix commercials on their major television networks, including ABC. According to another report from The Wall Street Journal, Disney also refuses to allow streaming rival Amazon to sell significant ad space on its multiple Disney apps.

It seems Amazon is firing back by threatening to remove Disney’s television apps from their Fire TV devices. Fire is an extremely powerful distributor of streaming TV apps.

The Forbidden Garden

If you think that’s it – you’d be wrong! Just lately, Apple has announced the will be launching their own subscription streaming service to compete with its mega rivals. They are systematically removing Amazon Prime Video apps from both of their App Stores.

It seems the world of television has become incredibly antagonistic and very complicated for the consumer. Hiding original content is now the name of the game. It’s becoming even more difficult for consumers to know where or how to find their favorite television shows.

On top of that, NBC Universal also has its own upcoming subscription streaming service. They are seriously trying to knock down the reigning streaming services and take it back. The question is, what are consumers supposed to do to get rid of these pricey cable bundles and NBC Universal is stepping forward with their own breed of horse.

Now, consumers can build their own bundles that fit them. That said, these virtual bundles ad up really quickly and are reaching the same pricey charges consumers have been trying to run from. It’s $12.99 for Netflix’s most popular package, $14.99 for HBO’s, $6.99 for Disney’s soon to be released streamer, and $4.99 for Apple’s.

On top of these prices, the consumer can expect to pay an additional $45 a month for watching live television!

All these mega streaming companies are far from being apologetic because so much is now at stake. Unfortunately, for traditional media and entertainment companies like Disney and NBC Universal, they are faced with the fact that their core television models for ads and cable subscriptions are dying.

This is forcing them to do the same thing v in this very scary new streaming world. They are willing to sacrifice massive dollars for ads from streaming competitors, like Netflix, on their television networks in order to increase their streaming chances. In other words, they are now willing to bite the hand that feeds them.

For newer media companies like Apple and Amazon, streaming services are a critical marketing tool to drive their core business models but they are not leading in content. For Apple, that means driving content to their high margin iPhones and Macs.

For Amazon content drives up sales from consumers shopping non-stop or consumers finding a better streaming competitor that offers better products and goods.

Over the past month, the frenzy of streaming wars is nowhere near slowing down and both Apple and Disney plan on taking the winning slots. This means, the media and entertainment industry along with consumer television choices and decision is only becoming more confusing and will continue to for many months ahead.

Where these streaming wars end is anyone’s guess. Unfortunately, it seems only the consumer is in the cross-fire while these streaming giants fight for first place. As a consumer, you should keep your eyes wide open and your ear to the ground. Somewhere in this mess, hopefully, they will be something in it for the consumer.

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Robert DeNiro Gets His Way While Filming ‘Joker’

When he was filming the new movie Joker, Joaquin Phoenix found out exactly why Robert DeNiro is one Hollywood icon you don’t cross.

Both actors are well known for becoming completely involved in their roles, including often staying in character even when filming stops. However, there was a key difference when it came to their attitude towards the traditional script read-through.

Phoenix for his part has already gone on the record saying that he didn’t favor this way of working, preferring instead to keep a more organic ‘in-the-moment’ feel. However, when DeNiro was informed that Phoenix was not going to be doing the read-through the veteran actor was not best pleased.

According to the Director, DeNiro called him and told him that, yes, Phoenix was going to be there because that was his job. Phillips was stuck between the two men; one insisting that this was not going to happen, and the other insisting it was.

DeNiro the Persuader

Although Phoenix did arrive for the read-through he wasn’t feeling it and at one point insisted on leaving. In the end, it was DeNiro that convinced Phoenix that everything was going to be just fine and the talk-through went ahead.

It seems that DeNiro always manages to get his way whether that is on or off-screen.

During the filming, the two actors worked well together although they didn’t spend a lot of time in casual conversation. However, this was not due to malice or ill-will. According to DeNiro the two interacted as characters, did the job and then went home.

He says it makes life a lot simpler if you can stay in character and not get too involved in talking. As one of the greatest Hollywood actors of our time, it is certainly a technique that works.

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Dan Aykroyd is Returning to Ghostbusters!

Actor Dan Aykroyd has recently announced that he will star in Jason Reitman’s latest sequel, Ghostbusters which is the third installment of the classic 1984 movie Ghostbusters. The original was directed by Jason’s father, Ivan Reitman.

Aykroyd said most of the original cast will also be in the film along with some new faces. Although he really does not work in films these days, he could not pass down Ghostbusters.

Speaking of cast members who were in both of the other two Ghostbusters, Sigourney Weaver and Bill Murray will also be on board. Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, and Ernie Hudson were in the original 1984 Ghostbusters and the 1989 sequel Ghostbusters II.

Female Version Comments

Reitman drew a lot of criticism after his comments regarding the release of the film with the female cast starring Leslie Jones, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Melissa McCarthy. Reitman said he would not make the Juno of Ghostbusters movies but this Ghostbusters film is one big love letter for all the Ghostbusters films.

Reitman did receive a lot of negative feedback regarding his comments that had fans believing he didn’t think the 2016 film was worth the attention of Ghostbusters fans. He commented on Twitter that wasn’t the case, he thought the film was great!

He said his comment came out all wrong that he actually liked Paul, Leslie, Melissa, and Kristen work on the 2016 Ghostbusters film directed by Paul Feig. He firmly believes it was an amazing film.

Feig said on Twitter that Jason was his biggest supporter at a time when he couldn’t do anything to get a film made. He also said that Reitman was a big supporter of his film Ghostbusters Answer the Call. He looks forward to seeing the newest film in the Ghostbusters galaxy.

Jason Reitman’s newest Ghostbusters film is marked for release in 2020. Fans from around the world are anticipating another great round with all the pack-bearing cast as they, once again, take on the ghoulish beings as first encountered in the 1984 movie.

He said he has a great deal of respect for Feig’s work and the incredible actresses who made the film a huge success. But he did say that this newest sequel will follow in the footsteps of the original film.

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How Robert Pattinson Became the New Batman

Selecting Robert Pattinson as the new Batman was a surprising move from Warner Bros. Now we learn, that picking the Twilight heartthrob to replace Ben Affleck was a long and winding process.

This Is Us star Milo Ventimiglia was also in the race for the black cape but was rejected for being “too old” to be the Batman.

Ventimiglia opens up about Batman snub

Ventimiglia revealed in a recent interview that he had actually auditioned for the role, and thought that he had a real chance of getting it. Warner Bros., however, were thinking long-term and opted for the nine years younger Pattinson to be the new face of the franchise.

Ventimiglia didn’t seem to take this too hard, as he’s pretty busy these days; you can watch him at his best when the new season of This Is Us premiers.

“Do I see myself in a cape and cowl? Warner Bros. didn’t. They were looking for a new Batman and they said, ‘Ventimiglia, you’re too old.’ That’s OK, it doesn’t matter,” he said.

His fas though, seem to be offended on his behalf for this “ageism”. Still, the experience seems to have put Ventimiglia off, and he said he won’t be auditioning for any more superhero movies. Instead, he’s much happier “playing real-life superheroes,” like Denny Swift and Jack Pearson.

Pattinson Lands Batman Role

According to Metro, the choice came down to Pattison vs Nicholas Hoult. The movie is slated to open in theaters sometime in 2021, and production gearing up now.

This was supposed to be Affleck’s baby, with him both starring and directing, but in January he eventually stepped down. Director Matt Reeves took over, bringing his own vision for the project.

Dylan Clark and Michael E. Uslan are set to produce the movie. They’re all keeping the details rather secret at this point, but Uslan wanted to assure the fans about picking Pattinson.

Uslan Defends Choosing Pattinson

“Wait until you see the movie,” Uslan shared. “My position is this: trust the filmmaker and give the filmmaker, and the filmmaker’s vision, the benefit of the doubt.”

Many fans had a difficult time picturing the Twilight pretty boy as the dark knight, and they weren’t shy about saying so. Uslan askes us to trust the director, and just wait till we see it before we pass judgment.

He said: “And then once you see the movie, judge the hell out of it. But I think that’s really the formula going forward. I couldn’t be happier, I couldn’t be more enthused, as a Batman fan, that Matt Reeves is the filmmaker in charge and has selected Robert Pattinson to be his next Batman.”

We don’t know much about this film, other than, thankfully, it’s not supposed to be another origin story. Instead, Reeves is telling a different Bruce Wayne story, giving the fans something to look forward to.

How Did Pattinson Land the Batman Role?

Age was hardly the only consideration. Still, when Reeves wrote his Batman story he reportedly envisioned a young actor playing Wayne, and even thought specifically of Pattinson in the early stages of the process.

Pattinson also has the right jaw-line (soooo important for a comic book character ;) but he has also built an impressive acting career since his Twilight days.

Pattinson’s roles in Good Time and High Life are what convinced Reeves that he was the right man for the job. Here’s hoping that everything works out, especially following the most recent Batman films.

The Batman is scheduled to open in theaters on June 25, 2021.

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Why GoT Star Coster-Waldau was Booed Defending Season 8

The Game of Thrones, HBO’s series ran for almost 10 years but had an interesting outcome from the San Diego Comic-Con panel.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau who portrayed Jaime Lannister on the series was a member of the discussion panel.  He defended his character’s death in Season 8, but fans were really upset.

The SDCC Director of Programming, Eddie Ibrahim opened the panel with a few remarks while encouraging the crowd to show respect even if they had different opinions regarding the end of Game of Thrones.

In 2019, he told the SDCC attendees that we can disagree sometimes but we do love the content that has brought to them and everyone loved the shows and the movies.

Unfortunately, that was not enough to fen off some fans from literally booing when the subject of the Lannister twins arose.  Coster-Waldau tried to address the fans regarding the fates of Jaime Lannister and Cersei Lannister at the panel to no avail.

He explained that the final moments in the Red Keep, during “The Bells” episode made absolute sense for their complicated relationship.

It Made Sense for the Characters

Coster-Waldau said he believed the ending was great.  He believed it was perfect for him to end in the arms of Cersei.  He also told the audience that it made perfect sense.

Shortly after his comment, some SDCC attendees started booing him because they were upset that Coster-Waldau could not offer better remarks on the showrunners’ decision for the ill-fated pair. A showrunner is a leading producer in a series.  In the U.S., they are often referred to as the executive producer.

The criticism of Coster-Waldau’s statements was followed by HBO’s last-minute panel lineup changes.  They announced earlier on that showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss would not be attending the SDCC 2019.  The Game of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnick and cast members Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei) and Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont) would also not be attending.

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Snapchat Challenging Netflix

Snapchat is taking on its rival services with a new feature which allows users to watch “Creator Shows’ original content. In case you don’t know about Original Shows, they are with celebrities and influencers like Arnold Schwarzenegger creating videos for Snapchat.

These videos are constructed and displayed inside the app as short, vertical original shows.   Arnold Schwarzenegger has a show called “ Rules of Success” with Arnold Schwarzenegger” which is made up of motivational words from the actor.

There is a new advancement making these shows available in a Nexflix-style.  At this time, the shows are integrated into the “Discover” section of the app, but according to Mashable, users will be able to swipe from the Discover page to access a dedicated “Shows” section on the app.

Cleaner and Shorter

Also, it seems cleaner than other parts of Snapchat making it much more comfortable for users streaming platforms such as Netflix or Amazon Prime. The layout is in a grid form which has shows you have recently watched and those you have subscribed to.

A spokesperson for Snapchat said the company is presently testing the feature but has not said when it will become fully available. Snapshot is currently pushing ahead with original content.

The new shows are targeting the majority under 34 Snapchat user base including a scripted drama called “Two Sides”. This show is about a teenage couple breaking up and then showing both sides of the argument at the same time.

New programs, documentaries, and comedies are also featured and the company who owns Snapchat said the time being spent watching these shows has literally tripled over the past year.

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Judi Dench Defends The Work of Harvey Weinstein And Kevin Spacey

The 84-year-old Jude Dench came forward to defend the work of Kevin Spacey, Harvey Weinstein, and men like them as Weinstein’s sexual assault trial draws near. Though she doesn’t in any way condone sexual harassment, she believes viewers should still appreciate their life’s work – and she has quite a solid argument!

Dench spoke with Radio Times and appeared on the cover of its latest issue, saying that their work should not be tossed aside and unappreciated just because of accusations that have been brought against them. “What kind of agony is that?” she asked.

“Are we going to negate 10 years at the Old Vic [where Spacey once served as artistic director] and everything that he did? How wonderful he’s been in all those films? Are we just not going to see all those films that Harvey produced?” she continued.

You’d Have to Ban Caravaggio, Too

Dench worked with Weinstein multiple times, one of the most renown being the 1998 film Shakespeare in Love. She compared what happened to the 17th-century painter Caravaggio to the present-day situation. The man has sentenced Death on account of murder, yet his work is still venerated and hung in Roman churches and museums.

“You cannot deny somebody a talent,” Dench said. “You might as well never look at a Caravaggio painting. You might as well never have gone to see Noël Coward [the famous English playwright and actor accused of harassment].”

After The New York Times’ 2017 exposé that recorded nearly two decades of allegations of misconduct, almost 90 women came forward to accuse Weinstein of harassing, sexually assaulting, or raping them.

The charges he’s now facing are for two of those, one of which is an incident in which he allegedly forcibly performed oral sex on a woman in his New York apartment in 2006. The other is a 2013 altercation where he allegedly raped a woman in a New York hotel room. Weinstein, whose trial is expected to begin on September 9, has denied these allegations and pleaded not guilty

Will You Boycott Hoese Of Cards Because of This?

Spacey, the former House of Cards star, has been charged with the indecent assault and battery of an 18-year-old boy in July 2016, and he has also pleaded not guilty.

This is not the first of such accusations being made against him as in 1986, the actor Anthony Rapp, who was 14 at the time, claimed Spacey made sexual advances. Spacey didn’t remember such an encounter but apologized anyway.

With the #MeToo movement going strong, many men have faced accusations like these as well as much ridicule and criticism.

Yet, there are some defending men’s “freedom to pester” women. In France, for instance, one hundred women signed an open letter criticizing the #MeToo movement and the criticism men have had to deal with as a result.

Catherine Deneuve, a French movie star, gathered writers, businesswomen, academics, and performers to sign the letter, denouncing the “hatred of men and sexuality.” The letter was printed in the French newspaper Le Monde.

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Shining Stars Sign Up For “The Prom”

Screen writer Ryan Murphy has bagged a star line-up for his new movie coming to Netflix soon. “The Prom”, formerly a Broadway musical, has attracted a series of top A-Listers including Meryl Street and Nicole Kidman.

The adaption of the Tony-nominated musical has also attracted other celebrities to its cast including Ariana Grade, Andrew Rannells, James Corden and Keegan-Michael Key

“The Prom” is the first movie offering by Murphy since he signed up with Netflix in a deal reportedly worth $300m.  The film tells the story of a lesbian student who wants to invite her girlfriend to the school prom.  Set in the fictional town of Edgewater, Indiana, the conservative townsfolk ban the two from attending the dance prompting an all-star Broadway cast to fight their corner.

Favorite Bradway Show

“The Prom,” is a long time favorite on Broadway and has received a total of 6 nominations for the Tony Award including Best Musical.  The show, which was develop from Jack Viertel’s original idea, will end it’s run on Broadway on 11th August.

Murphy, who shot to fame as the producer of some of the most acclaimed TV shows including “American Horror Story” and “Glee” made his mark at 20th Century Fox before signing the deal with Netflix in February last year.

Murphy is currently working on another Broadway adaption for Netflix,  “The Boys in the Band”, which has attracted key members of the original cast to sign up.  Expect to see Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannals and Jim Parsons reprise their roles on your screens.

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Batman is 80!

Art Exhibition Showcases the Caped Crusader’s 80th year as Comic Book Icon

Long before the movies, video games, cartoons a music videos the Caped Crusader made his mark as a comic book hero.  Batman, alongside Superman, was the star of DC comics.  Looking back on our hero you can see a rich history and if that’s something you’d love to immerse yourself in then get yourself along to one of three new exhibitions of Batman Art.

The New York-based Society of Illustrators is opening three exhibitions devoted to the savior of Gotham City. Each of the exhibitions will showcase literally hundreds of Batman images across several themes.  The opening reception takes place on June 21st.

Illustrating Batman

The main exhibit, entitled “Illustrating Batman: Eighty Years of Comics and Pop Culture,”  will showcase the comic book hero as seen in the work of Jim Lee, Bob Kane, Frank Miller and Neal Adams featured alongside commercials, toys and essays.

Designer Chip Kidd has provided a personal collection entitled “Batman Collected: Chip Kidd’s Batman Obsession” You can, however, also see some pieces from Bruce Timm and Alex Ross in the mix.

If you are a fan of anime you really need to go and check out the exhibition of Bat-Manga by Jiro Kuwata.  For a 1960s manga feel buy a ticket to “Bat-Manga!: The Secret History of Batman in Japan”

If this has whetted your appetite for more Batman get yourself over to the Society of Illustrators in New York and grab a ticket.

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Is Elsa Getting Married in Frozen 2?

For any parent, the joy/fury of listening to your kids singing songs from Disney classic Frozen has been a double-edged sword. It’s great that our kids have such awesome content to watch and to get inspired by, but you might find it hard to actually do the job that you intended – you know, raising them.

With them forever bursting into songs from the classic, you might find it hard to actually teach them about life and the wider world. Well, (some) parents will be happy to know that the sequel, Frozen 2, could be doing a bit of teaching to your kids about the modern world.

It could, for example, introduce your kids to the concept of same-sex marriage. Raising such a topic with your kids is often a bit of a challenge, so some parents might enjoy the rumor that Elsa might be getting a female bride. In an interview with the writer and co-director, Jennifer Lee, there was a rather interesting non-denial, non-confirmation answer given about the topic.

#GiveElsaAGirlfriend

Weirdly, the Twitter world was obsessed with the idea of Elsa having a female partner as far back as 2016. Can anyone else remember the #GiveElsaAGirlfriend hashtag that polluted social media for what felt like forever?

Personally, I’m not really too bothered the gender of a love interest of cartoon characters. However, it is definitely interesting that Disney – and other companies – appear to have a desire to make this more of a theme in their work.

When speaking to the Huffington Post about her next movie, A Wrinkle In Time, Lee said: “I love everything people are saying [and] people are thinking about with our film—that it’s creating dialogue, that Elsa is this wonderful character that speaks to so many people,

“It means the world to us that we’re part of these conversations.”

When pushed further on the idea of Elsa being of such a persuasion, Lee said: “For me … Elsa’s every day telling me where she needs to go, and she’ll continue to tell us,

“I always write from character-out, and where Elsa is and what Elsa’s doing in her life, she’s telling me every day. We’ll see where we go.”

So, yeah, not exactly a confirmation or a denial. It is, though, going to be quite an interesting topic of debate as more information comes out about the movie. One thing that shouldn’t happen, though, is that this shouldn’t become the overarching plot of theme of the entire movie.

While it would be cool to see Elsa end up with a female partner – it feels very much fitting to the character – it seems a bit OTT to make it the primary plot device. Thankfully, that does not seem to be happening.

I look forward to the oppressed, furious heteronormative community absolutely losing their minds about this, too. I’m sure that a kid’s movie having an LGBT protagonist is going to really help this kind of individuals see things clearly. Really.

In fact, the only downside of this story is that could end up becoming the primary narrative about what is, remember, a kids movie. That would be tragic. The movie, though, is sure to be as magical as the first: female partner or not.

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Observatory Transformed into R2-D2

The German professor Hubert Zitt currently teaches at Zweibrücken University of Applied Sciences but frequently travels internationally to lecture on the subjects of electrotechnology, Star Wars, and Star Trek. But recently he did more than just lecture about Star Wars.

The famous professor’s efforts to give the Zweibrück Observatory of the Natural Sciences an R2-D2 themed facelift put his name in the headlines when Mark Hamill – Luke Skywalker himself – tweeted about it.

Getting the Job Done

Professor Zitt didn’t do all the work on his own. He pulled, first, his father-in-law Horst Helle in to help paint the observatory, and then to ensure its perfection, Zitt also involved Klaus Ruffing, an expert painter. On top of these three skilled men, many of Zitt’s students eagerly joined in to get the job done.

A True Star Wars Expert

Dr. Zitt is a unique character as he is a well-studied, international professor that lectures not just in science, but also in Star Wars and Star Trek. He does so in such a way that even non-fans find the subject interesting since he leaves out all of the typical jargon only avid fans usually comprehend.

But Zitt isn’t just knowledgeable in these iconic movies; he’s hugely skilled in relating them to scientific knowledge, just as he did in a famous lecture about the physics in Star Trek.

Interest in Astronomy

Zitt got permission from the university to transform the observatory after he noticed that it was shaped very much like R2-D2, according to Euronews. Once he started painting it, the media coverage blew up, and as a result, more and more people are flooding in to visit the observatory.

What Dr. Zitt loves so much about this endeavor is that a simple paint job is getting everyday people more interested in astronomy. This is just one simple anecdote that encompasses Zitt’s entire teaching career – making complex subjects more palatable to the public.

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Justin Trudeau’s Afghan Doppelganger

An Afghan talent show contestant, who gained viral fame for his striking resemblance to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has said that he hopes to meet his doppelganger in person.


Abdul Salam Maftoon, a bricklayer and a wedding singer in the remote province of Badakhshan, said that he had never heard of his Canadian counterpart until people began to point out their resemblance following his appearance on the talent show Afghan Star.

Speaking to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Maftoon said that he thought Trudeau could be his younger brother. “I looked it up on social media, and I was surprised. I looked at him, I looked at myself. I found out we have the same face. And I felt strange. I thought he could be my younger brother.” Maftoon said that he was just a “poor boy” from the remote borderlands of Afghanistan, but would be thrilled to meet Trudeau. “I would love to meet him. I hope my message reaches him, and I meet him face to face.” Credit: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty via Storyful

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FYI: 2019 Pepsi Superbowl Half Time Show

The most-watched musical event of the year Pepsi Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show on CBS has been officially scheduled to take place on February 3 2019. The Game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots is to decide the winner of the National Football League for the season.

The event has its special guests and headliners:

The U.S pop group Maroon 5 will be the headlining performer throughout the super bowl 53 halftime show. Maroon 5 is a three-time Grammy-winning band which has followed the footprints of lady gaga, Beyonce, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Coldplay and Madonna. Rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi will be joining Maroon 5 for the event.

Travis Scott is a Grammy-nominated rapper, songwriter, singer and record producer while Big Boi who is from Atlanta would be hosting the performances at the Mercedes- Benz stadium in Atlanta.

Maroon 5

Maroon 5 has sold above 53 million albums and 48 million singles. The band has also been nominated For 13 Grammys and won three times. In the 20- year history of the top- 40 chart, they set the record as the number one most singles by a group.

Some of their hits include ‘’One More Night”, ‘’This Love”, ‘’payphone”, ‘’She Will Be Loved”, ‘’Harder to Breath”, ‘’Sugar”, ‘’Harder to Breath”, ‘’Makes Me Wonder”, ‘’Moves Like Jagger”, ‘’Animals” and ‘’Maps”. Maroon 5 most current and sixth studio album known as ‘’Red Pill Blues” was released in 2017.

Scott Travis who is a special guest at the Super Bowl 2019 Halftime Show has been nominated for a Grammy Award six times. His most recent album ‘’Astroworld”  published on August 3, 2018, has been chosen for the Best Rap Album at the next Grammys scheduled to hold on February 10, 2019, at Staples Centre in Los Angeles.

The album ‘’Astroworld” also authored the song ‘’ Sicko Mode” and this song is nominated the Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance.

Big Boi is known for his work in OutKast, and the hip-hop duo has won six Grammys and marketed over 25 million albums. His most recent album ‘’Boomiverse” was published in June 2017. some of his songs include ‘’Hey Ya”, ‘’Roses”,” Ms Jackson and ‘’Countless others.”

The Pepsi super bowl halftime show will be broadcasted live on CBS and streamed on CBSSports.com.

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A “Host-less” Oscar? Academy Awards To Forego Host

The 2019 Academy Awards will forgo a proper host for the first time in 30 years, according to reports.

In one of the most radical changes in the awards show’s history, the Oscars will be without a host. For the first time in three decades, the Academy Awards will instead select a A-Listers to introduce various segments instead of relying on a marquee name to kick things off with a monologue.

Variety reports: “The producers and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the group behind the Oscars, are scrambling to line up top talent needed to carry the telecast, which is just six weeks from airing live — on Feb. 24 — from Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre. Hand-wringing at the Academy has been palpable.”

“The people who produce that show are hogtied by the Academy, who as a group are not willing to change very much. It’s hard to know how anyone in my community can really contribute,” one prolific awards show and live events producer told Variety, speaking on condition of anonymity.

This comes after original host Kevin Hart, dropped out within hours of being selected when he refused to apologize for decade-old remarks about homosexuals which resurfaced on Twitter.

Initially, the comedian was defiant. “I’m not going to continue to go back and tap into the days of old when I moved on, and I’m in a completely different space in my life,” Hart said in a video on Instagram in the aftermath. “I’m going to be me; I’m going to stand my ground.”

He later quit that same day, apologizing for his past remarks, “I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscar’s….this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists,” he wrote on Twitter. “I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.”

However, since a polarizing appearance on the talk show Ellen, Hart has continued to double down on his unwillingness to engage in dialogue with a critical LGBTQ community. “I’m not hosting the Oscars this year,” said Hart during a Wednesday sit-down on Good Morning America. When asked if he will host in the future he said, “It’s hard to predict what can happen.”

The show’s producers are said to be moving forward with a broadcast which will instead feature “starry skits and play up a high-profile year for music in film, thanks to likely nominees Lady Gaga, Dolly Parton, and Kendrick Lamar”, one individual involved with the show said.

“Why not give it a shot? Things are so polarized anyway, any host that says anything will be analyzed to death,” suggested media consultant Brad Adgate. “No host might be an experiment, and, let’s face it, the days of Bob Hope and Billy Crystal hosting are over.”

The last time the ceremony had no host was during the 61st Academy Awards in March 1989, which began with a universally parodied musical segment starring Rob Lowe and Snow White which was watched by 42.6 million people when it aired.

Last year’s show’s ratings delivered an all-time low, with a drop of nearly 19% year over year to 26.5 million viewers. The academy is currently locked into a broadcasting deal with ABC until 2028 and faces ratings and financial pressures which also includes its long-anticipated $388 million museum, set to open in late 2019.

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Golden Globes 2019: “Bohemian Rhapsody” Wins ‘Best Drama’

“Bohemian Rhapsody” won best drama, and its star, Rami Malek, won best actor at the Golden Globes on Sunday night; “Green Book” took home three awards, including best movie, musical or comedy; and Glenn Close won best actress in a drama, an award many expected to go to Lady Gaga.

TV stars Sandra Oh (from BBC America’s “Killing Eve”) and Andy Samberg (NBC’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) delivered capably, albeit unspectacularly, as co-hosts. Overall, the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards on NBC lacked the boozy, loosey-goosey tension of its renowned past with a sense of artificially overcompensating a corrective course on diversity and equal rights.

It was a night of major upsets in Los Angeles, where “Green Book”, considered a divisive road movie about race relations, emerged as the biggest winner at the 76th Gold Globe Awards on Sunday, as it took home three trophies, including best comedy. “Bohemian Rhapsody” was named best drama, leaving “A Star Is Born”, the expected front-runner, with only the Globe for best song.

“Bohemian Rhapsody,” the blockbuster Freddie Mercury biopic, also won two Globes, with Rami Malek beating Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”) for best actor. “Thank you for your courage in embracing your true self,” Graham King, a “Bohemian Rhapsody” producer, said of Mercury in collecting the best drama Globe.

“We’re still living in divided times,” said Peter Farrelly, who directed “Green Book”. “This story, when I heard it, gave me hope.” “Green Book” also won best screenplay and best supporting actor, which went to Ahershala Ali, who plays an erudite pianist in the film.

Among other upsets, veteran actress Glenn Close beat out favorite Lady Gaga for best actress. Gaga was expected to win for “A Star Is Born”, however, Close won the gong. A shocked Close, who won for “The Wife”, used the platform to tell women, “We have to find personal fulfillment.” Actresses in the ballroom subsequently jumped to their feet. “We have to follow our dreams.”

Olivia Colman won best actress in a comedy or musical for her work in “The Favourite,” a pitch-black comedy about royal schemers. Best actor in a comedy or musical went to Christian Bale, who portrayed the former vice president Dick Cheney in “Vice”. “Thank you, Satan, for giving me inspiration on how to play this role,” Bale said in accepting the award.

The best actor in a TV drama award went to Richard Madden, star of Netflix’s action-packed counterterrorism thriller, “Bodyguard”. For TV comedies, Rachel Brosnahan won best actress for Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, and Michael Douglas won best actor for Netflix’s “The Kominsky Method”.

In the television categories, Golden Globes went to FX’s “The Americans” (best drama); Netflix’s “The Kominsky Method” (best comedy); and FX’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (best limited series).

Jeff Bridges collected the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in film, and Carol Burnett accepted a new award, named after her, for career achievement in television.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the group behind the awards has with a long history of voting idiosyncrasies, perhaps due to the fact it has only 88 people who cast ballots for the awards. The full list of winners can be seen here.

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