A deal that would have been unimaginable just a couple months ago has now been finalized: Walt Disney Company announced that it will acquire 21st Century Fox, including Twentieth Century Fox movie and TV studios, most of its cable networks, international assets like Star and Sky and its stake in Hulu for $52.4 billion. The deal will be an all-stock transaction.
To complete the integration, a legacy-defining task, Robert A. Iger, Disney’s chief executive, agreed to renew his contract for a fourth time, delaying retirement from July 2019 to the end of 2021.
The deal, officially valued at $66.1 billion including assumption of debt, will create an entertainment colossus that expands Disney’s footprint in every area. The agreement encompasses Fox’s prolific film and television studios, its FX and National Geographic cable networks, its regional sports networks, its 39 percent stake in U.K. satellite television provider Sky and its international cable networks, including Star India. It also includes one of the most coveted film libraries in the game—something that will be important as Disney pursues its ambitions to become a streaming media giant that challenges Netflix and forges direct relationships with consumers.
Disney is already a media and entertainment giant, with ABC, ESPN, Pixar, and the Marvel and Star Wars film franchises in its portfolio. Last year, Disney was the first studio to take in more than $7 billion at the box office globally, with films including Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Captain America: Civil War, Finding Dory and live-action film The Jungle Book.
Streaming is a market Disney plans to break into in a big way. This year, the company announced two coming services: one, powered by sports programming from ESPN, set to begin next year and another, scheduled for 2019, to be built around movies and TV shows. Disney hopes the Fox television juggernaut can supercharge its ambitions by producing original series for the services and providing access to a catalog of older offerings. Fox would also contribute its stake in Hulu, the streaming service that shows ABC content and original programming like The Handmaid’s Tale, giving Disney a majority share.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has achieved a lot of things in life. He is a multi-time WWE champion, a top movie star, a TV producer and now he will officially be part of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Johnson will reportedly be honored for his work in a ceremony on Dec. 13, Variety reports.
“Not only does Dwayne have a great personality and talent, but he also does a great amount of philanthropic work which is part of the criteria for earning an immortal spot on the Walk of Fame,” Ana Martinez, producer of Walk of Fame ceremonies said. “We envision scores of photos being taken at his star by his fans.”
The Rock will be very busy after the ceremony too. He is currently getting ready for the December 20th premiere of his Jumanji remake, which he stars alongside Kevin Hart and Jack Black. He’s also been cast in a new Disney film called Jungle Cruise, as well as two other features, Rampage and Skyscraper.
One of TV news’s breakout stars of the 2016 presidential election season is getting his own prime-time cable news show.
Van Jones, who serves as a political commentator for CNN and has hosted several town halls for the network this year, will have his own, twice-a-month show for the network. The Van Jones Show will debut in January 2018.
While this is certainly not Jones’ first stab at a CNN show—he joined a now-failed reboot of Crossfire in 2013—The Van Jones Show will be his first attempt at hosting his own live cable news program with an in-studio audience.
The Van Jones Show will focus, CNN says, on “the forces that elected Donald Trump, the anti-Trump ‘resistance’ movement and the future of both major parties.”
Jones will also host a new original documentary series that will examine on instances of “reconciliation, hope and redemption within the criminal justice system.” Citizen Jones, a production company, will collaborate with CNN on that program.
What do a late night talk show host, a top Hollywood actress, a basketball superstar and a social justice craving quarterback have in common? They will all grace the cover of GQ magazine's December 2017 issue as the Men (and Woman) of the Year.
Colin Kaepernick is GQ's Citizen of the Year.
While Kap maintains his silent protest, he collaborated with GQ on a special project: a wide-ranging series of interviews with ten of his closest confidants and supporters—including rapper J. Cole, filmmaker Ava DuVernay, legendary artist Harry Belafonte, and more. Together they explore Colin Kaepernick's actions, provide insight into his world right now, and explain why there's more work to be done.
Stephen Colbert is GQ’s Bad Hombre of the Year.
Our nation’s “ombudsman of late night” dug deep with us on the notably terrible 2017 we’ve had, the potential ripple effect of Donald Trump’s presidency, his role as an interviewer, and what makes a bad guest (looking at you, Mr. President).
Gal Gadot is GQ's Wonder Woman of the Year.
GQ sent Caity Weaver to the beaches of Israel to visit the superhero incarnate, who spoke about being recognized, egg sandwiches, accents, and putting her Israeli armed forces defense training to work.
Kevin Durant is GQ's Champion of the Year.
Writer Zach Baron went all the way to Delhi, India, to hang with the NBA MVP. Durant sums up the Golden State Warriors’ winning season and touches on that game-winning shot, LeBron James, Jay-Z’s 4:44, those tweets, and getting heckled by Rihanna.
Another big name has joined the list of Hollywood A-listers accused of sexual misconduct. Comedian Louis C.K. has now been accused by five different women of inappropriate sexual conduct. All five charges are related to him requesting them to be an audience while he pleasured himself.
Comedians Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov are among the women who detail what they describe as a disturbing encounters with C.K. Goodman and Wolov said they were shocked when he invited them to his hotel room during the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colo., in 2002 and allegedly stripped naked and began to masturbate.
While these allegations may be new to the general public, it has been an issue that has been floating around Hollywood for quite a while.
Once in 2015, comedian Jen Kirkman described a male comic that many believed to be C.K. during an episode of her podcast. In the podcast, which was deleted shortly after it was posted, Kirkman spoke of “another guy who is a very famous comic. He is probably at Cosby level at this point. He is lauded as a genius. He is basically a French filmmaker at this point. You know, new material every year. He’s a known perv. And there’s a lock down on talking about him. His guy friends are standing by him, and you cannot say a bad thing about him. And I’ve been told by people ‘Well then say it then. Say it if it’s true.’ If I say it, my career is over. My manager and my agent have told me that.”
Even top comedians such as Roseanne Barr have spoken about it. In 2016, Barr stated in a Daily Beast interview that she had heard from multiple women that C.K. had engaged in behavior like that described earlier. “It’s Louis C.K., locking the door and masturbating in front of women comics and writers,” she said. “I can’t tell you—I’ve heard so many stories. Not just him, but a lot of them. And it’s just par for the course. It’s just s–t women have to put up with.”
Neither Louis C.K. nor his representatives have commented on these allegation. For now he joins an ever growing list of accused sexual predictors. He is joined by the recently accused Harvey Weinstein, Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Spacey, Charlie Sheen, and Brett Ratner, to name a few.
This weekend, Comedian Tiffany Haddish will host Saturday Night Live. She will become the first black female comedian to host the late night sketch comedy show in it's 41 year history.
While Haddish will take over all hosting duties, Taylor Swift has reportedly been booked as the performer for the night. In celebration of the huge triumph, Haddish posted a photo on Instagram. “This Saturday, 11/11 on #SNL!! Can you believe I will be the very #first black female comedian host?!? #SheReady,” she announced.
Haddish rose to nationwide acclaim for her performance in the high-grossing and record-breaking comedy film, Girls Trip. The 37-year-old was able to stand out among top acts, including Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith.
Following Haddish’s appearance, Chance the Rapper and Eminem are also set to host and perform, respectively. You can check out Haddish on SNL this Saturday at 11:30pm EST/10:30pm CST.
Yesterday (November 1), Disney kicked off the month right when they released the names of the cast of the upcoming Lion King CG-animated reboot. The cast features several huge names including James Earl Jones as Mufasa (quite naturally), Donald Glover as Simba, Alfie Woodard as Sarabi. But the biggest news of all was that the Queen B, Beyoncé will be in the role of Nala, the true hero of the story in my eyes.
In March, Variety reported that Beyoncé was Disney’s top choice and they were willing to accommodate her busy schedule. At the time, she was pregnant with twins.
While the big news is all about Beyoncé, Glover, Jones and Woodard, the rest of the cast is star studded as well. The cast includes Seth Rogen (Pumbaa), Eric Andre (Azizi), John Oliver (Zazu), John Kani (Rafiki), Keagan Michael Key (Kamari), Florence Kasumba (Shenzi), JD McCrary (Young Simba), Shahadi Wright Joseph (Young Nala) and Billy Eichner (Timon).
Jon Favreau (Iron Man, The Jungle Book) will direct, while Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me If You Can, Rush Hour 2) is writing.
The Lion King is set to hit theaters in summer 2019.
By: Kevin Gray
When it comes to live TV, you never know what might happen. This was definitely the case during today's Wendy Williams Show when the host suddenly passed out during a segment.
At the beginning of her annual Halloween costume contest segment during today's show (October 31), Williams suddenly began to mumble in her speech. She then seem to freeze with a look of panic on her face. The host then dropped to the floor in a faint.
Fortunately, Williams would return some moments later and was able to finish her show. Before continuing, she explained to the audience that she had over-heated from her costume but she was good to go.
Thankfully Wendy will be ok, but her scare should serve as warning about costume safety. It is very important to be safe while dressing up otherwise this could happen to you.
Some things never change, but Netflix always does. As we approach the end to October 2017, it is once again time to find out what shows and movies Netflix is bringing in, and which show you need to hurry up and watch before they take it all away.
Before I tell you the highlights of the month, there is one change you my not yet be aware of that no streaming customer will like. Starting November 4, streaming prices are going up for mid-level and top-tier subscribers. So for those currently paying $9.99 a month, it will now be $10.99. For the big spenders opting for the $11.99 package, it will now cost you $13.99. The only good news is for the basic tier, that price will remain $7.99 a month, for now.
As for what's coming in November, a lot of people will be happy to see movies like Field of Dreams, 42, Scary Movie, The Pursuit of Happiness, Men In Black, The Reader, and The Whole Nine Yards. As for TV series, The long awaited Marvel series The Punisher drops it's first season. You also get to binge on Longmire: Final Season, She's Gotta Have It: Season 1, and Trailer Park Boys: Out of the Park: USA: Season 1.
As for the departures, some of the major ones include How I Met Your Mother: Seasons 1-9, The Matrix Trilogy, V for Vendetta, Christmas With the Kranks, Hugo, Goosebumps, and Twilight.
You can check out the full list of Netflix departures and arrivals below.
First, here is everything coming to Netflix this November...All title and dates are subject to change.
And here is what's leaving in November...
If you love Issa Rae and the show Insecure, and really who doesn't, you will be happy to know that she is working on a new project with HBO. The 32-year-old writer producer and actress is developing a drama for the cable network that will be centered around a black family dealing with life in Los Angeles in the ’90s.
Deadline is reporting that Rae is set to co-produce the series with Angela Flournoy, a National Book Award finalist and author of the critically-acclaimed debut novel The Turner House.
The series will focus on the characters, Sheryl, who is a former real estate agent, and Jackson, a “conflicted” LAPD officer in the anti-gang task force. The couple’s teenage daughter, Ebony, and son, Les, will also be featured.
Rae’s new project will be her second potential hit series on the network behind Insecure which was recently renewed for a third season.