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On its November 12th US launch, Disney + will offer 300 movie titles, a number that will grow to 500 in the first year, and 7,500 TV episodes.  The service will be the exclusive home for all Disney theatrical releases going forward.  At launch you’ll see Captain Marvel, Iron Man, Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World as well as Star Wars films The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens and Rogue One. Avengers: Endgame will come on December 11th. Also coming are several original series: a live-action Star Wars spinoff The Mandalorian, an Obi-Wan Kenobi series starring Ewan McGregor, three Marvel series called Ms Marvel, Moon Knight and She-Hulk.  Then there’s Muppets Now and a Lizzy McGuire revival. Other New Shows at Launch Forky Asks a Question SparkShorts Marvel’s Hero Project High School Musical: The Musical: The Series Encore! The Imagineering Story The World According to Jeff Goldblum Year One Movies From Marvel: Ant-man and the Wasp Avengers: Endgame Avengers: Infinity War Black Panther Captain America: The Winter Soldier Guardians of the Galaxy Iron Man 2 Thor: Ragnarok From Star Wars The Last Jedi, Solo and The Rise of Skywalker From Pixar Toy Story 4 Year One Original Shows The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Marvel’s 616 Lamp Life Monsters at Work Star Wars: The Clone Wars Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2 Be Our Chef Cinema Relics: Iconic Art of the Movies (working title) Diary of a Female President Magic of Animal Kingdom (Re)Connect Rogue Trip Shop Class (working title) Year One Original Movies Noelle The Phineas and Ferb Movie (working title) Stargirl Timmy Failure Togo Day One Film Library 101 Dalmatians A Bug’s Life A Goofy Movie An Extremely Goofy Movie Bambi Bao Big Hero 6 Born in China Cars Fantasia Finding Dory Finding Nemo Free Solo Frozen Fun and Fancy Free Hercules High School Musical Honey I Shrunk the Kids Inside Out Iron Man Lady and the Tramp Lilo & Stitch Mary Poppins Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas Moana Monsters University Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Pixar Short Films Collection Vol 1 Ratatouille Remember the Titans Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Sleeping Beauty Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens Steamboat Willie The Good Dinosaur The Incredibles The Little Mermaid The Parent Trap (1961) The Prince & The Pauper (1990) The Princess Diaries The Rocketeer The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (short) The Sword in the Stone The Three Caballeros Thor: The Dark World Toy Story Tron (1982) Up Wall-E Zootopia Day One TV Library Amazing Planet Andi Mack (seasons one-three) Boy Meets World Brain Games Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan Dr. K’s Exotic Animals Dr. Oakley Yukon Vet Drain the Ocean DuckTales (1987) DuckTales (2016, season one) Earth Live Goof Troop Great Migrations Howie Mandel’s Animals Doing Things Kim Possible Malcolm in the Middle Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (animated series) Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man (animated series) Mickey and the Roadster Racers (seasons one and two) Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Mickey Mouse Shorts One Strange Rock Raven’s Home Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue Star Wars Rebels Star Wars: The Clone Wars (series) That’s So Raven The Incredible Dr. Pol The Simpsons Unlikely Animal Friends Wicked Tuna
The following is a list of every winner from the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down”

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Ariana Grande

SONG OF THE YEAR

Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)”

BEST NEW ARTIST

Billie Eilish

BEST COLLABORATION

Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Señorita”

PUSH ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Billie Eilish

BEST POP

Jonas Brothers – “Sucker”

BEST HIP HOP

Cardi B – “Money”

BEST R&B

Normani ft. 6lack – “Waves”

BEST K-POP

BTS ft. Halsey – “Boy With Luv”

BEST LATIN

ROSALÍA & J Balvin ft. El Guincho – “Con Altura”

BEST DANCE

WINNERS: The Chainsmokers ft. Bebe Rexha – “Call You Mine”

BEST ROCK

Panic! At The Disco – “High Hopes”

VIDEO FOR GOOD

Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down”

SONG OF SUMMER

Ariana Grande & Social House – “Boyfriend”

BEST GROUP NOMINEES:

BTS

BEST POWER ANTHEMS:

Megan Thee Stallion ft. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign “Hot Girl Summer”

BEST DIRECTION

Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)” – Directed by Calmatic​

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Taylor Swift ft. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco – “ME!” – Visual Effects by Loris Paillier & Lucas Salton for BUF VFX​

BEST EDITING

Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy” – Editing by Billie Eilish

BEST ART DIRECTION

Ariana Grande – “7 Rings” – Art Direction by John Richoux​

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

ROSALÍA & J Balvin ft. El Guincho – “Con Altura” – Choreography by Charm La’Donna​

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY​

Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Señorita” – Cinematography by Scott Cunningham
Last month Taylor Swift got stung by a business deal gone bad.  This month she’s made it clear that she will follow Kelly Clarkson’s advice to re-record the music from her first six albums, the ones now owned by her nemesis Scooter Braun.  Once re-recorded she will effectively make the earlier work obsolete, which will reduce its value to Braun and give her at least some control of her musical history. This is another story to add to a long list of recording artists who lost the rights to their own musical past.  Some lost the rights forever while others fought expensive legal battles to get back what was theirs – see Billy Joel.  Most of the artists, who lost their rights, did so by signing them away when they were too young to know better or too anxious for a career to care. Taylor Swift was neither.  She had proper representation and she cared – even at her young age.  Her original deal made her a wealthy woman, unlike many artists who got very little for their creativity.  In Taylor’s case, the deal blew up at the very end, when she wanted out.  The exit fee was too much for her to accept and Scott Borchetta, owner of her record label, Big Machine, sold out.  In walked Scooter. At the end, this is a fight between three people, all of whom are worth hundreds of millions.

Everybody loves a horse race.  That’s why it’s fun when someone like Lil Naz X comes along and scores big against the best in the world, in his case, with a record breaking hit song, “Old Town Road.”  The Taylor Swift’s and the Ed Sheeran’s couldn’t beat him.  He held the number one position on the Billboard chart for 19 weeks, longer than any artist in history…longer than Mariah, Madonna or Beyonce…longer than all the one-names.

Then 17 year old Billie Eilish challenged the 20 year old by hanging in the weeds with her “Bad Guy” hit. When the leader started to weaken, as he inevitably would, she struck and took away that first position.

But which horse in this race has the longer tail?  “Bay Guy” is not likely to have the lasting power of “Old Town Road.”  Songs like “Old Town Road” come along infrequently.  But which artist will have the longer career?  That is the real question and the answer may not be the one that’s obvious at this time.

Billie Eilish is only seventeen, but she has a four year career with a series of minor hits, all building to this moment. She’s proven she can write appealing songs consistently.  By contrast, Lil Naz X has had one explosive hit, which will be very hard for him to follow.  His second song “Panini” has gotten good exposure by drafting the monster hit, but it does not have the magic X was able to package in his breakthrough hit?  Just a guess, but in the long term horse race between these two, it feels like Ms. Eilish has a shot to cross the finish line more often.  It all depends on the next couple releases from Lil Naz X…will he fade or is he able to make another charge? Check back in ten years when this is resolved.

Clario freaked out when super-star Khalid shocked her for her 21st birthday. He showed up at her dressing room with Elmo, Cookie Monster, Bert and Ernie for a surprise Sesame Street birthday party. When she first walked in the room, the surprise put her on the floor. But it was hugs all around once she got to her feet.  She posted a tweet about Khalid’s surprise visit and he party continued as they all performed with her afterwards. The young star has had an exciting 2019, she released her first album this month and now the Khalid surprise.
What was once a mere summer fling has turned into an all out love affair between Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabella. The duo recently released a behind the scenes view of them making of the music video for their chart-topping hit “Senorita.” It’s just clips of the two doing scenes from the production without commentary, but some of the scenes capture hot and steamy moments on the set. This is at the time they were claiming to be just friends. It’s now apparent the connection was far more than just a friendship or a summer fling…or they were really good actors. While Shawn continues to tour, we expect this relationship to continue to strengthen rapidly. Check out the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=ahiXR3ZmraA
After 12 years together, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson married his girlfriend Lauren Hashian in a secret ceremony at a very low key and relaxed Hawaiian setting. The Rock posted the announcement to his Instagram account, which has over 150 million followers. Social media then exploded as celebrities and athletes alike reached out to the couple with their warm wishes. Photos show the happy duo kissing and smiling with a beautiful Pacific Ocean backdrop. Both were dressed in white. The Rock had some local floral decor draped around his neck. Johnson was previously married. He met Lauren shortly after his 2007 divorce. They had their first kid together in 2015, a girl named Jasmine, followed by their second in 2017, a girl named Tiana. As Lauren Hashian becomes Lauren Johnson, the happy couple goes off into the sunset. Cut. Print.
Kareem Abdul Jabbar, the legendary, retired basketball player, who had a close relationship with Bruce Lee, the dead, champion martial arts actor, is protective of Lee’s legacy.  He’s unhappy with how Quentin Tarantino portrayed his friend in the new film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. In the middle of the film, Brad Pitt’s character fights Bruce Lee.  Jabbar described Tarantino’s depiction of Lee as being “sloppy” and “somewhat racist.” Jabbar was unhappy with what he perceived as a bigoted machismo in the way that Pitt’s character defeated Lee in the fight scene. Bruce Lee’s family has also spoken out about Bruce’s portrayal in the film. Lee’s daughter Shannon was particularly frustrated with the portrayal of her father. She thought that he was unfairly portrayed as cruel and arrogant. All Quentin Tarantino movies are controversial…it’s the nature of the beast; someone’s going to be unhappy.  Sorry Kareem. Sorry Shannon.

Ohio University basketball fans remember their star player DJ Cooper.  He never made it to the NBA, but he has found a place in the European leagues.  That is, until now.  Mr. Cooper just got a nasty two-year suspension for failing a drug test.  The test revealed that he was pregnant!  It was not performance enhancing drugs or recreational drugs that brought him down, it was substituting his girl friend’s specimen in an apparent attempt to avoid something else that got him.  It’s a first.  His FIBA suspension was actually for fraud, but it’s the same thing, right?  Cooper’s friend didn’t know she was pregnant at the time, so in spite of being out of work, the good news for DJ is; you’re goin’ be a daddy.  Congrats.

1. The Black Keys

The Black Keys: Let’s Rock
Featured Song: “Lo/Hi”

2. Gena Bruce

Gena Rose Bruce: Can’t Make You Love Me
Featured Songs: “The Way You Make Love” and “I Don’t Think I’ll Get Over You”

3. Thom Yorke

Thom Yorke: ANIMA
Featured Songs: “Twist” and “Dawn Chorus”

4. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib: Bandana
Featured Song: “Giannis”

5. Runaway June

Runaway June: Blue Roses
Featured Song: “Head Over Heels”

6. Chris Staples

Chris Staples: Holy Moly
Featured Song: “Halfway Over”

7. Daughter of Swords

Daughter of Swords: Dawnbreaker
Featured Song: “Gem”

8. Dizzy Fae

Dizzy Fae: NO GMO
Featured Song: “Altar”