Kobe Bryan died in a tragic helicopter crash on January 26, 2020. His final Tweet endorses and in essence hands the torch to Lebron James.
Bryant said he had “Much Respect” for James. This Tweet was sent less than 24 hours before the fatal crash.
Continuing to move the game forward @KingJames. Much respect my brother 💪🏾 #33644
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) January 26, 2020
Disney’s share holder have a lot to be happy about right now. Barclay’s have valued Disney at over $200 Billion worth, with their streaming business taking $100 Billion in valuation.
The report released on Monday values Disney’s streaming platform, including the new Disney+ platform, Hulu, and ESPN+, at almost half of the entire company. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the $100 Billion valuation is almost 70% of Netflix’s valuation.
“Multi-year investment cycles with limited visibility need a narrative to align investors with management goals,” the Barclays analyst wrote in another report Tuesday. “This is something that Disney has done a great job of over the course of 2019 and has in turn given the company more degrees of freedom to invest aggressively in its streaming efforts.” (The Hollywood Reporter).
With the Streaming War just starting, this is a good sign for the Disney family of streaming services.
ABC has announced that Jimmy Kimmel will be hosting a “Celebrity driven” revival of Who Wants to be a Millionaire. The news comes just 7 months after the show ended its syndication run and just before the 20th anniversary of the show.
Millionaire will premiere on April 8th on ABC. ABC has committed to 8 episodes and will feature celebrities raising money for charities. Audience members will also be able to download a new app and play along at home.
“Regis came to me in a dream, asked me to do this and promised my own line of neckties if I did. I had little choice but to say yes,” Kimmel told The Hollywood Reporter.
Michael Davies, the original Executive Producer of Millionaire will return as producer and show runner.
Hooters is cashing in on the plant-based food craze. The chain, known for its wings and waitresses, announced on Monday that they were launching meat-free wings branded as UNreal Wings. The new menu item is in partnership with plant-based meat maker, Quorn.
The move is an attempt by Hooters to bring in millennial eaters as well as appeal to their older demographic. Carl Sweat, the global Chief Marketing Officer for Hooters says “As many of us have aged and seen the opportunity to eat better,” people have been drawn to plant-based options, Sweat told Business Insider in an interview on Monday.
According to Sweat, their core demographic (men over 40) is getting more focused on their health.
FOX Broadcast Network announced a spin-off of their extremely popular show, The Masked Singer. The new format is a dance show called The Masked Dancer where celebrities will dance under a full costume and mask.
Ellen Degeneres will executive produce the new series. America’s Got Talent judge, Howie Mandel, Will & Grace’s Sean Hayes, Dancing with the Stars alum Derek Hough, and The Masked Singer’s Ken Jeong will all be judges on the show.
Press Release from FOX:
FOX is partnering with Emmy Award-winning talk show host Ellen DeGeneres to produce THE MASKED DANCER, a new celebrity competition show based on the smash hit FOX series THE MASKED SINGER and inspired by a popular segment featured on “The Ellen Show.”
In this all-new format, celebrity contestants will perform unique dances, while covered from head-to-toe in elaborate costumes and face masks, leaving audiences to guess their identities. A nod to THE MASKED SINGER, the guessing game was introduced on “The Ellen Show,” with celebrities such as Howie Mandel, Sean Hayes, Derek Hough and THE MASKED SINGER’s own panelist, Ken Jeong.
“We’re still blown away by THE MASKED SINGER’s massive impact on pop culture, but when Ellen debuted her own inventive segment, “The Masked Dancer,” on her show, we were truly amazed,” said Rob Wade, President, Alternative Entertainment & Specials, FOX Entertainment. “We are thrilled to partner with Ellen on this new format and take THE MASKED DANCER to a whole new creative level.”
“This is gonna be just as fun and suspenseful as THE MASKED SINGER, but with a lot more Krumping,” DeGeneres said. “And I cannot wait!”
Produced by FOX Alternative Entertainment, THE MASKED DANCER is executive-produced by Ellen DeGeneres and Warner Bros. Unscripted & Alternative Television.
The extremely popular company behind the plant-based beef, Impossible Foods, has unveiled a new meatless “pork” option. In 2019, Impossible Foods showcased their beef option and this year, according to the New York Post, stole the show with their pork.
The Post says that the pork is “tasty”. The Impossible Burger imitates beef really well. It bleeds and tastes like a real piece of beef. “Impossible Pork is virtually indistinguishable from the real thing to this reporter’s taste buds. The texture is fatty with the right amount of chew, and the flavor would give any supermarket ground pork a run for its money.”
“In the last 18 months, we have opened offices in Hong Kong and Singapore and seen the demand for our beef products there,” Impossible Foods president Dennis Woodside told The Post. “It’s a pretty obvious next step for us to lean into pork.”
According to the Post, Impossible Food’s pork is designed to be kosher and halal certified. The company also announced the plans to launch Impossible Sausage for the Burger King brand.
Its a beautiful day in the neighborhood…and Tom Hanks nailed his performance of Mr. Rodgers. An absolute home run for Hanks in A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood.
From the set design, to the acting of Hanks, this film just nailed all things Rodgers.
The storyline was a little weird at first and will take a second to get used to, but toward the end of the movie, the story comes together nicely. The story follows Fred Rodgers feeding wisdom to Lloyd Vogel, a writer from Esquire. The story is based on a real life encounter between Rodgers and an Esquire Magazine writer, Tom Junod.
However, the writers of A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood took some liberties. Vogel, at one point, would call himself broken in the film. And at the end of the film, he seems to have found himself.
I recommend this film for more than just the nostalgic of it.
Amazon’s Billionaire CEO, Jeff Bezos, is reportedly looking into buying the Seattle Seahawks, according to The Washington Post. Bezos is the founder of Amazon and also the world riches man, which means that at $105 Billion net-worth, Bezos could buy the team cash.
The NFL requires owners to put a 30% deposit/downpayment toward the purchase of a team. The Seahawks are located less than 2 miles from the Amazon HQ, which would make Bezo’s commute to work very short. The previous owner of the Seahawks, tech billionaire and co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen, passed away last year.
Panelist of ABC’s Shark Tank, NBA owner, and billionaire, Mark Cuban says that Bezos would make a great NFL owner.
“The NFL could probably use him,” Cuban said. “He’s smart. He’s successful. He’s got a lot of money. Those would be the requirements.
Youtube is partnering with James Charles on a new show called Instant Influencer, where Charles will select 6 finalist who will compete for a $50,000 cash prize. According to the report from Yahoo News, the show will take a Project Runway styled format for make-up artists.
The four part series will take place in Los Angeles and see 6 finalist competing for a chance at $50,000. Charles will host, direct, and executive producer the series that is being funded by Youtube.
“Ever since I entered the beauty space three years ago, I’ve dreamed of producing my own beauty competition show,” Charles told Variety. “It’s a dream come true… It’s such an amazing opportunity for [YouTube] to take it above and beyond what we expected.”
Applications for the Youtube series opens on November 15 (today).