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  1. Rock 'n' Roll stars collide... Tom Grennan has said they he would ‘love’ to work with Liam Gallagher after he spent an evening drinking with the former Oasis frontman. The rising UK artist released his acclaimed debut album, ‘Lighting Matches‘, in July. Last month, he embarked on a huge UK tour – which included a night at London’s Brixton Academy. Following a summer of festival appearances, Grennan has spoken of his alcohol-fuelled night with Liam Gallagher after the pair performed at Sziget. “He wanted to meet me, so he asked for me to come to his dressing room,” he recalled in an interview with Evening Standard. “I had a Guinness with him, and then I said I wanted to go back to my hotel. “He was like, ‘What you on about mate? Fucking you’re with me!’ So we jumped into his blacked-out Mercedes and went back to his hotel and were in his penthouse.” Describing how they bonded over music, Grennan added: “We got stuck in and were just chatting about Oasis, my record … we had a lot of fun. I would love to write with him — so maybe that is something we can do in the future.” Grennan posted a snap of himself with the ‘Wall of Glass’ singer in August. “A night I won’t forget,” he said of their evening in Budapest. At the same event, Gallagher reportedly made peace with Alex Turner over a pint after criticising the musician’s ‘American’ accent. Meanwhile, Liam Gallagher is scheduled to perform an intimate show at London’s Union Chapel on December 13. The gig is in aid of the homeless charity, Shelter. In other news, LG recently went on a late-night Twitter rant about Radiohead. “Karma Police ffs,” one of the posts read. “how the fuck did these teds get big?”
  2. "I just feel like they let him get away with whatever he chooses to do" French Montana has opened up about his friendship with Mac Miller and the circumstances around the late rapper’s death. Miller was found dead in his San Fernando Valley home on September 7. He was 26 years old. Earlier this week, it was confirmed that Miller’s cause of death was from “mixed drug toxicity”, with fentanyl, cocaine, and alcohol found in his system at the time of his death. The coroner certified his death as an accidental overdose. Now, in an emotional interview with BET‘s Raq Rants, Montana spoke out about his friend’s drug problem and wanting to help. “Honestly, I think Mac Miller was doing the same thing every other artist was doing out there,” he said. “If you’ve seen the video that me and him did, I’m like ‘Yo, bro, you’re overdoing it.’ But that was him way before. Sometimes if people don’t have people that keep them grounded, it can go left. I just feel like they let him get away with whatever he chooses to do.” He continued: “I feel like I have people that, if I do something like that, how I was to him like a big brother, like, ‘Bro, you’re bugging out… He ain’t have that around him. Because if I did it that night, if I was around him a couple more nights, I would have made him stop… but he didn’t have nobody that was doing that.” Montana appeared in the 2016 Mac Miller documentary Stopped Making Excuses, while Miller also appeared in a 2012 episode of French Montana’s Coke Boys TV. Last week (October 31), a tribute concert held in the rapper’s memory took place at LA’s Greek Theatre. Chance The Rapper, Travis Scott, SZA, and more honoured the star at the Mac Miller: A Celebration Of Life show, where an all-star line-up performed their own music as well as versions of some of Miller’s best tracks. Miller released five albums in his career, including August’s ‘Swimming’. In a four-star review, NME called it his “best work in years”, saying: “This album shows his growth as both an artist, and as a person who’s had to deal with the most private aspects of their life being publicly dissected. It’s a stellar – if somewhat overlong – artistic statement.”
  3. Bring it on... The 1975 have been announced as the second huge name alongside The National as the first names confirmed Mad Cool Festival 2019. After last year’s acclaimed event featured the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Queens Of The Stone Age, Jack White, Nine Inch Nails, Dua Lipa, Depeche Mode, Pearl Jam and many more, the 2019 edition of the Madrid bash has now announced The National and The 1975 as the first acts to top the bill – with plenty more acts to be announced in the months ahead. Mad Cool Festival 2019 will take place in Madrid from July 11-13. Visit here for tickets and more information. This month, The 1975 will drop their hotly-anticipated third album ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships‘, before the follow-up ‘Notes On A Conditional Form’ will arrive next year as the latter part of their ‘Music For Cars’ era. “It’s a myth that people make music to be happy,” frontman Matty Healy told NME of his current outlook. “Like, what’s even the point in happiness? It doesn’t serve anything you know? A good analogy is people working in the early days of radioactive material, exposing themselves to lethal levels of radiation in order to achieve a goal. Happiness isn’t involved in it. “My creative pursuit doesn’t elicit that much happiness because a lot of the time it’s about the darker side of me. And that’s not a depressing thought, I think a lot of the time that’s the way it should be, if you’re really really challenging yourself. But yeah, it’s fucking torture.” Having released the acclaimed ‘Sleep Well Beast‘ in 2017, The National revealed to NME earlier this summer that they were “beyond the halfway point” with progress on their next album – driven by a certain “looseness” and “an energy that’s evaded us in the past”, said guitarist Bryce Dessner. Drummer Bryan Devendorf described their next effort as a “departure record”. “It’s going to be more than just a record,” he said. “The other material that’s accompanying it is basically inspiring the record. It’s a collaborative project. I’ve said too much already…It’s not a big deal, it’s just different to everything else we’ve done. There’s a new element to it. That’s why Matt is rewriting everything.”
  4. You can get your hands on the special collection this Friday A new video for The Beatles‘ ‘Back In The U.S.S.R’ has been unveiled to mark the upcoming anniversary of ‘The White Album’. Check out the clip below. The track appears on the Fab Four’s classic record, which was first released on November 22, 1968. This year marks the LP’s 50th anniversary. In the new visuals, lyrics from the single appear in green, handwritten scrawls across grainy footage of the band. Flicking rapidly through various locations – including Moscow’s Red Square – the clip ends with the group taking off in a plane. The video features the ‘2018 Mix’ of ‘Back In The U.S.S.R’, which will be included in the upcoming release.
  5. He dedicated 'Love Interruption' to the pair at his next show and encouraged the crowd to kiss their loved ones Jack White has said that he is “really disappointed” by a homophobic incident that took place at one of his gigs last week. The ‘Boarding House Reach‘ rocker was performing at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Canada on November 2, when attendee Allyson MacIvor was asked to stop kissing her friend. As CBS reports, White was performing the hit ‘Seven Nation Army’ when they were confronted by a member of staff. “I embraced my girlfriend, and some staff member came in between us, and she said, ‘This is not allowed here,'” MacIvor told the publication. “It was very violating and invasive,” she added. “It’s not something I’d ever imagine experiencing, honestly.” MacIvor said that the venue’s manager “apologised profusely” after the pair were escorted to them by the employee. However, she said, “it still didn’t help the incident and the hurt that came out of this”. Now, Jack White has responded in a statement on Instagram. Captioning an old photo of two women kissing at a Beatles concert in 1964, White said: “Its 2018 now and two people expressing affection shouldn’t have to hide.” After saying that news of the incident last week “really disappointed [him]”, he said that he dedicated the track ‘Love Interruption’ to the pair at his following show in Calgary – “and encouraged everyone in the crowd to kiss their loved ones”. “Let’s promote love and acceptance wherever and whenever we can,” White concluded. Meanwhile, last month saw Jack White lead a crowd in singing a Polish birthday song to his mother at his show in Warsaw.
  6. "Everyone deserves to hear me at my best" Richard Ashcroft has announced details of rescheduled gigs in London and Manchester, after being forced to postpone due to illness. The former Verve frontman has been on the road in support of his latest album ‘Natural Rebel‘. However, Ashcroft now pulled shows at Manchester’s Albert Hall on October 31 and The Forum in London on November 1 due to a throat infection. Now, Ashcroft’s website states that London date has now been rescheduled to Saturday December 22, while his Manchester show will now take place on Sunday December 23. Visit here for tickets and more information. “I want to say how disappointed i am to have to reschedule the upcoming Manchester and London shows,” he wrote on Instagram. “I was diagnosed by the Middlesbrough team doctor and he said the throat virus probably started before Glasgow. “It would have been easy to say we’ll just cancel Middlesbrough and Nottingham but the reason I was there is to play some cities like Middlesbrough that get passed on! It has really been hard to make this call but everyone deserves to hear me at my best. It hurts to think people have booked hotels etc, that’s the worst bit.” 🙏 I know you was looking forward too.” Ashcroft has made headlines recently with a bizarre appearance on BBC Breakfast, as well as burning a copy of the NME, and claiming that the ‘sachet’ seen falling out of his sock during his appearance on Soccer AM is a “doctored” image. The singer was a guest on the show last month when viewers spotted what looked like a sachet appearing to fall out of his sock. He quickly swooped down to pick it up. A number of viewers soon shared footage on Twitter, suggesting that it was a small bag of drugs. “I don’t know how many national publications printed a picture that someone had sent in from online,” he said. “It’s strange when you have been in the game this long that this idea would take place. But to see the effects of a doctored photograph by an individual, who we don’t know who it is.But believe you me, you are going to regret doing that, whoever you are.” Ashcroft’s UK and Ireland tour dates are below. Tickets are available here.
  7. Starboy teased that big things are ahead... The Weeknd has promised fans that his next album is in the works and will be “coming soon”. The Canadian artist released his third studio album, ‘Starboy‘, in 2016. It was followed by the surprise ‘My Dear Melancholy’ EP earlier this year. Reviewing the six-track collection, NME said: “Where ‘Starboy’ often drifted into forgettable airiness, his latest offering is tighter and more focused, with greater attention to detail.” Now, the musician – whose real name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye – has updated fans on the progress of his next full-length. Speaking to the crowd during a show in his home city of Toronto, The Weeknd said: “I wanna let you guys know, being in Toronto these past two days… I haven’t been this inspired in years, I got to tell you.” Check out a clip of the moment below. Revealing that he’s “working on my [his] album right now”, Tesfaye promised: “‘Chapter 6’ coming soon, let’s get it!” Hinting at big things to come, the singer tweeted: “some chapters are smaller than others. not this next one though…” Earlier this year, The Weeknd said that he’d finished work on a “very upbeat” and “beautiful” album that will never be released. After saying that the shelved project was written “a different time” in his life, he added: “I don’t want to perform something that I don’t feel.” Meanwhile, it was reported last month that The Weeknd and Daft Punk are being sued over claims that they ‘ripped off’ a poet on the hit ‘Starboy’.
  8. "She’s so, so unbelievably happy" Ariana Grande‘s brother has praised the pop star for delivering a “powerful” and “confident” message with her new single ‘Thank U, Next’. The ‘No Tears Left To Cry’ singer released the surprise track last weekend, after teasing it on social media. The song references Grande’s ex-partners, including Mac Miller. “Wish I could say thank you to Malcolm / ’cause he was an angel,” Grande sings of the late rapper. Now, Grande’s brother has said that he cried after listening to the single’s poignant lyrics – adding that the star is “unbelievably happy” following its release. “I am unbelievably proud of my sister,” Frankie Grande told E! News. “This project that she has been working on, it’s from the heart. If you listen to the lyrics… I sobbed and I cried the first time she played it for me.” The reality star said that the line “…this one gon’ last, ’cause her name is Ari” left him particularly emotional, “because it’s a message of self-love”. “And if you don’t put yourself first, then no other relationship matters, and no other relationship is going to work. He added: “We are happy that she is happy, and the message is just so powerful. It’s helping other people, too. Like, she’s helping other people get through difficult times and difficult breakups. I think that that’s really the best part about this whole thing: being able to help another person.” Frankie Grande said that the star is “so, so unbelievably happy” and “so pleased” with fans’ reaction to the track. Yesterday (November 6) saw Ariana Grande unveil the cut-and-paste style lyric video for ‘Thank U, Next‘.
  9. Leather catsuit at the ready... Jack Whitehall has aired his excitement over the upcoming Spice Girls stadium tour, while suggesting that the group enlist him as “a replacement Posh”. The iconic ’90s girl band announced their reunion earlier this week (November 5), taking to Twitter to confirm huge shows for Summer 2019. However, Victoria Beckham – aka Posh Spice – won’t be joining her former bandmates on stage. The fashion designer took to Instagram to “wish them so much love and fun” as they head out on the road. Now, comedian Jack Whitehall has tweeted about the long-awaited reformation. “Spice Girls Reunion. Yes please,” he posted. “Apparently they are looking for a replacement ‘Posh’? You know where to find me.” Spice Girls’ official account then retweeted the offer, along with the comment: “Is your dad available?” “Yes and he looks great in leather,” Whitehall replied, referring to the leather catsuit worn by Posh in the ‘Say You’ll Be There’ video. The comedian stars in Netflix‘s Travels with My Father alongside his former theatrical agent dad, Michael. The pair previously appeared together on the BBC talk show Backchat. Elsewhere, Adele also shared her enthusiasm for the Girl Power gang’s return. Posting a photo of herself as a child in front of a Spice Girls-plastered wall, the ‘Hello’ singer said: “I AM READY”. Tickets for the Spice Girls’ stadium shows go on sale this Saturday, November 10 at 10.30am. Buy them here and see the full schedule below. Saturday June 1, 2019 – MANCHESTER Etihad Stadium Monday June 3, 2019 – COVENTRY Ricoh Stadium Thursday June 6, 2019 – SUNDERLAND Stadium of Light Saturday June 8, 2019 – EDINBURGH BT Murrayfield Stadium Monday June 10, 2019 – BRISTOL Ashton Gate Stadium Saturday June 15, 2019 – LONDON Wembley Stadium Meanwhile, Spice Girls are set to appear as guests on ITV’s The Jonathan Ross Show this Saturday (November 10).
  10. Forsaken has been a welcome expansion for Destiny 2 according to most players, but it hasn’t generated the revenue the Activision had hoped. Net bookings overall for Activision-Blizzard’s third quarter are down year over, compared against strong launch sales in 2017 for Destiny 2. Current revenue is driven in part by Forsaken, but Activision says the expansion is “not performing as well as we’d like.” The company is pleased with Forsaken’s engagement metrics, at least. Monthly active users are up year over year, which means more people are playing Destiny 2 now than there were immediately after launch. Those numbers are certainly helped along by the increasingly frequent sales and giveaways that the base game has enjoyed in 2018. In a conference call following today’s financial report, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick says that “Forsaken is a high-quality expansion” – our Forsaken review agrees, incidentally – built from the publisher and Bungie working together to address community concerns and build better end-game content. But, according to Kotick, many fans are still taking a wait and see approach before diving back in to Destiny 2. SuperData‘s digital sales data for September suggested that over 60% of monthly active Destiny 2 players picked up Forsaken, and it’s led to the game topping the charts for the month – at least on consoles. On PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Destiny 2 brought in more money this month than Spider-Man, FIFA 19, and even Fortnite. Earlier this year, Destiny 2 officially became “the largest PC launch in Activision history based on units,” according to Activision-Blizzard’s proxy statement. It was also the second-highest-grossing console game of 2017 in North America, behind Call of Duty: WWII – another Activision property.
  11. It seems that some of Overwatch’s biggest stars are abandoning the game. Dafran, whose real name is Daniel Francesca, had previously played for now-defunct esports org Selfless, prior to the foundation of the Overwatch League, before walking away to become a streamer. Despite being a controversial figure in the community, known for trolling his fans, Dafran was signed to new OWL squad Atlanta Reign in anticipation of season 2, but has now announced via a tweet that he is not only walking away from the squad but also the game. Francesca’s tweet reads: “The end. I hate the game. Thought I could love it again and have passion but its impossible, I always end up soft throwing. Contract ended, Overwatch uninstalled, Mcdonalds here I come. For real though thanks for everything u have given me OW Community.” Although Dafran has been known to mislead his fans, a statement from caster Andrew Rush, suggests that the announcement is legitimate. Atlanta Reign has yet to address the situation. Many streamers including xQc have been openly critical of the current Overwatch meta-game, which heavily favors GOATS compositions (3-tank, 3-support) as well as over-powered DPS hero Doomfist. The potential for titled games has gotten so bad that rookie Overwatch player and Fortnite Twitch-streamer TimTheTatman resorted to desperately messaging Lengyel on Twitch during a stream to ask how he copes with playing the game day after day. “xQc, you can like clip this and show him: xQc, how you go through that every day of your life, I do not know my friend,” said Timothy ‘TimTheTatman’ Betar, during his stream. “Nothing but love to you, God bless, that is so unbelievably bad to play against, you can’t even play, you can’t even play the video game it’s so bad.”
  12. Dinosaur park management sim Jurassic World Evolution is getting its first premium DLC since its release in June. It’s called the Secrets of Dr Wu, and expands the base campaign with new missions, a new story, and several new dinosaurs. The Secrets of Dr Wu will put you in charge of two new, ‘hidden’ research facilities on Isla Muerta and Isla Tacaño, so it sounds like the DLC will add these as new locations to existing islands. You’ll unlock these missions after achieving a four-star rating on Isla Muerta. Dr Henry Wu, voiced by Jurassic Park actor BD Wong, is working on a new generation of hybrid dinosaurs at these facilities, and you’ll get to breed some of them yourself: the Stegoceratops, Ankylodocus, and Spinoraptor. These new hybrids will join two new natural dinosaurs, the herbivore Olorotitan and the venomous Troodon, in Jurassic World Evolution’s menagerie. Developer Frontier says “players will confront an elevated level of chaos and threat caused by Wu’s machinations as they work alongside the doctor and discover new dig sites, facility upgrades, and research opportunities.” Progress in the new missions will unlock upgrades and research options in the main campaign, including the Indominus Rex’s camouflage gene.
  13. The war between pirates and DRM makers continues to escalate, and the latest casualty is Denuvo 5.2. That’s the newest iteration of the widely-maligned protection software, which debuted just one week ago. It took a scene group only four days to get around the revision, which is a marked contrast against many popular titles in the past few months. The Quiet Man from Square Enix and Football Manager 2019 from Sega were the first two titles to make use of Denuvo 5.2. The latter launched on November 1, and was cracked on November 5 by a group called FCKDRM. (No relation to the CD Projekt initiative of the same name.) As for The Quiet Man, well… nobody wants to play The Quiet Man, even for free. These cracks were noted by DSOGaming, and are notable in the wake of other crack developments in the past few months. When Denuvo took legal action against Voksi, one of the most prolific crackers in the scene, the rate of cracks slowed down dramatically. Denuvo 4.9 was the version used at the time, and cracks came at wildly inconsistent times. Shining Resonance Refrain, a relatively obscure title, was cracked after just a day, Jurassic World Evolution took over three months, and games like Monster Hunter World remain protected even now. But it looks like other groups have picked up the torch. This doesn’t spell the end for Denuvo, as the promise we heard from a pirate group last year that “Denuvo-protected games will continue to get cracked faster and faster” has proven largely untrue. At times, like right now, cracks have come quickly, but in many other recent cases they’ve been delayed by months at a time. The battle is likely to continue swinging wildly back and forth for the foreseeable future.
  14. The latest update for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has brought two new skins: Harley Quinn and the Joker. Both are based on their appearances in the Suicide Squad film, and each will set you back a significant chunk of change. The Harley Quinn collection, which features the outfit, hair, makeup, and bat, comes in at $24.99. If you buy each element separately, you’re looking at a total of about $29. It’s a similar story for the Joker. His set is $19.99, while the hair, makeup, and outfit separately cost $25. Harley’s collection is the priciest thing currently on the store, but it’s not the only expensive item set. The Halloween collections – still available for another two weeks – will let you dress up as a mummy for $16, a killer clown for $18, or a Silent Hill-esque nurse for $21. Expensive skin DLC is nothing new, and direct purchases are generally preferable to PUBG’s usual loot box-style cosmetic unlocks. Fortnite, PUBG’s closest competitor, also offers skins at prices of $15 or $20, but it’s worth reiterating that Epic’s battle royale is free-to-play.
  15. Netflix aims for its own version of 'The Hills' with this heavily contrived look at making it in the music industry in Los Angeles. The Law of Diminishing Returns takes literal televisual form in Netflix's new unscripted series Westside. The music-infused drama begins with a 57-minute premiere and then each of the three subsequent episodes made available to critics is shorter than the one before, down to only 40 minutes by the fourth installment. Each passing episode strays further and further from the originally presented premise. Each passing episode becomes less structured, less coherent, less invested in its main characters. And with each episode I watched, I became less and less convinced of the talent, star power and vitality of the show's aspiring musicians. The diffusion and diminishment of Westside as it progresses is so clear it would almost seem calculated except that there's no reason for it to be — unless the last of the eight episodes turns out to just be one of the producers standing in front of the camera shrugging for exactly one minute before a fade to black. Netflix says that Westside "follows the lives of nine young musicians in Los Angeles as they pursue their dreams in the competitive music industry," an already bland synopsis that still makes the show sound looser and more potentially entertaining than it is. Directed by James Carroll and produced by Love Productions, the series actually begins with musician and producer Sean Patrick Murray rounding up a group of artists for what he says will be a showcase event at a Los Angeles nightclub. He starts with friends James, a grouchy, alcoholic rocker, and Caitlin, who isn't exciting until she starts gabbing nonstop about her polyamorous relationship, and recruits seven others including former girl group veteran Taz; pot-smoking boy band alum Leo; former child actor Erica (press notes call her "Arika"); and Pia Toscano, who finished ninth on one of the last seasons of American Idol that anybody really watched. What starts out sounding a little bit like a concert evolves quickly into something closer to a night of musical theater or cabaret, not that there's anything wrong with either of those things. The event that Sean is planning gives the show its entire shape and structure, so don't be thinking this is any fly-on-the-wall verite examination of these people, their process and progress in the industry, or any sort of semi-scripted soap opera in the vein of The Hills or Fox's short-lived Nashville. It's more a "Let's put on a show and pretend this would be happening at all if not for the TV cameras circling us at all times!"
  16. Of the three fall rookies, 'Charmed' is the only one that will receive a full-season order of nine extra episodes as the other pair will clock in at 16 each. The CW is solidifying its fall freshman dramas. The younger-skewing broadcast network has handed out a full-season order of nine additional episodes for its Charmed reboot and has picked up fellow rookies All American and Legacies for three episodes each. The back orders arrive after all three series scored bonus script orders ahead of their respective premieres last month when The CW added five scripts for Charmed (which will now total 22 episodes) and three each for All American (for a total of 16) and The Vampire Diaries/The Originals follow-up Legacies (also 16). The CW still has yet to set midseason dates for rookies Rosewell and In the Dark and returning dramas The 100, iZombie and Jane the Virgin. While same-day ratings mean little to The CW, all three rookie shows have posted sizable gains with seven days of delayed viewing: All American grows 57 percent among total viewers, 54 percent among adults 18-34 and 65 percent in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demo; Charmed improves 84 percent among total viewers, 105 percent in 18-34 and 108 percent with 18-49; and Legacies rises 58 percent among total viewers, 82 percent among 18-34 and 90 percent in 18-49. All three series are strong digital performers on CWTV.com. Charmed and Legacies rank as The CW's third and fourth most-streamed series on the site and the network's app, ranking just behind The Flash and Riverdale. Legacies, which boasts a built-in fanbase from not one but two other previous shows in the franchise, has had the strongest launch of a new show on The CW's digital platforms. Among the fall freshman class of 2018-19 on the other networks: All of ABC's new comedies and dramas have scored additional episodes; CBS has picked up more of everything but Happy Together and Murphy Brown (which was not expected); Fox has ordered more of everything save Rel; and NBC revealed Thursday that I Feel Bad would wrap after its initial order of 13, with that series the net's lone rookie to not add additional installments.
  17. Comedian Katherine Ryan has made a double deal with Netflix, landing her second stand-up special and a scripted comedy series at the streaming giant. Ryan's special, Glitter Room, is a version of the show she toured the U.K. with earlier this year, selling out venues. It will tape Dec. 11 in Los Angeles and launch on Netflix in 2019. Glitter Room will be her second special for the streamer, following 2017's In Trouble. Ryan will also write, executive produce and star in The Duchess, a six-episode scripted series. She'll play a "fashionably disruptive" single mom living in London, and the show will follow her as she makes powerful and problematic choices involving herself, her daughter, Olive, and her ex, with whom she's considering having a second child. 3 Arts Entertainment is producing both Glitter Room and The Duchess. The stand-up special also comes from Irwin Entertainment and is executive produced by Ryan, Kitty Laing, John Irwin, Dave Becky and Josh Lieberman. Becky and Lieberman of 3 Arts are also executive producers of The Duchess with Ryan, as well as Murray Ferguson, Petra Fried and Ed Macdonald of Clerkenwell Films (The End of the F***ing World). Separately, Ryan will also star in Netflix's upcoming panel series The Fix alongside Jimmy Carr and D.L. Hughley.
  18. Disney CEO Bob Iger has officially revealed that the name of the new Disney streaming service will be called Disney Plus. The House of Mouse has also set up a new registration site where users can sign up to receive further information as it becomes available. 2019 is a massive year for Disney. The company is currently in the process of acquiring the bulk of Fox's film and TV empire, with the deal expected to be completed by January 1, after which time the company will focus on the launch of its new streaming service later this year, intended to be a direct competitor to other streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. It's expected that the Fox acquisition will significantly bolster the online content library, ensuring that the service is highly competitive right out of the gate. Now, instead of being referred to as "Disney's new streaming service" anymore, it finally has an official name. Ever since its announcement, Disney has remained silent on the streaming service's official name. Now, CEO Bob Iger has finally broken that silence on a live audio webcast of Disney’s fiscal full year and fourth quarter 2018 financial results. He confirmed that the service will be called Disney Plus. Along with the announcement, Disney opened up a new Disney Plus registration website, which not only reveals the logo for Disney Plus, but confirms some of the brands that Disney intends to include with the service. A careful look at the website will clarify that these are "Subject to availability." As far as what Disney Plus will include, its vast library will be comprised of content from Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and, of course, Disney, according to the website. It's clearly a promise that original content from these five brands will be at the core of Disney Plus, ranging from new Star Wars live-action TV shows to Marvel Studios' upcoming spinoff series' featuring characters like Loki and Winter Soldier. And, if National Geographic seems like a curious inclusion, 21st Century Fox had acquired majority shares in the National Geographic Partners back in 2015, which now makes it the property of Disney following the acquisition. Fans of the House of Mouse don't have very long to wait until the release of Disney Plus. Though there is no official release date confirmed at the moment, it is set to launch in the US in late 2019. It's then expected to roll out overseas, though anyone planning to subscribe ought to anticipate delays brought on by potential issues concerning distribution rights. As for now, future users can simply sit back and anticipate what else this budding evolution of home entertainment might bring.
  19. OVERLORD IS AN ELEVATED B-MOVIE THAT EFFECTIVELY BLENDS WAR DRAMA WITH ZOMBIE-NAZI HORROR FOR A WILD, GORY AND FANTASTICALLY FUN THRILL FEST. Thanks to the nature of secrecy surrounding J.J. Abrams' Cloverfield franchise, it seems any film produced under the director's Bad Robot banner is suspected of secretly being included in the series. When Overlord was first announced, little was known about it aside from it being a supernatural thriller set during World War II. As a result, fans speculated the Abrams-produced movie would somehow fit into the Cloverfield series timeline. However, the first trailer for Overlord confirmed it isn't a Cloverfield movie. Instead, Overlord stands alone as its own movie, which might ultimately be for the best. Overlord is an elevated B-movie that effectively blends war drama with zombie-Nazi horror for a wild, gory and fantastically fun thrill fest. Overlord follows a squad of paratroopers as they're dropped into France on the eve of D-Day with the mission of taking out a radio tower so that the Allied forces will have air support when they storm the beaches. When their transport plane is shot down, though, the squad is quickly whittled away to a small group of survivors that includes Boyce (Jovan Adepo), Tibbet (John Magaro), Corporal Ford (Wyatt Russell) and war photographer Chase (Iain De Caestecker). On their way to the small French village where the radio tower is located, the group runs across Chloe (Mathilde Ollivier), a woman scavenging for food and money to support her family. She leads the soldiers to the town and hides them in her home with her sick aunt and younger brother Paul (Gianny Taufer). The town is crawling with Nazi soldiers, lead by Nazi officer Wafner (Pilou Asbæk), and Ford attempts to come up with a plan that will allow his team to take out the radio tower located on top of the village's church. However, when Boyce accidentally finds himself inside the basement of the church, he discovers the horrific experiments being done by Dr. Schmidt (Erich Redman) on the townsfolk and some of the surviving paratroopers from his squad, including his friend Rosenfeld (Dominic Applewhite). With the Allied soldiers vastly outnumbered by the Nazis and a supernatural threat posed by the subjects of the experiments, it's unclear if Boyce, Ford and their group will be able to complete their mission - or get out alive. Produced by Abrams, Overlord was directed by Julius Avery (Son of a Gun) from a script by Billy Ray (The Hunger Games, Captain Phillips) and Mark L. Smith (The Revenant). It's clear from the premise of Overlord that the movie could have gone full B-movie with a small cast and small budget - smaller than the budget it inevitably had, that is. But the smart directing choices of Avery and the practical makeup effects of the zombies - particularly the Asbæk's Wafner once his face is partially destroyed - effectively elevate Overlord to something more polished than a typical B-movie. Certainly, Avery's long shots and close-ups on the various characters, often Adepo's Boyce, allow viewers to follow along with the action in a way that builds the tension to a fever pitch. It makes Overlord feel smaller, in a good way, as the directing forces viewers to see only what the character is seeing or their reaction to what's going on. It's an immersive directing style that provides a more visceral movie experience that's fantastically entertaining - all while staying true to Overlord's B-movie roots. The story of Overlord also feeds into the movie's B-movie feel, since it starts off with a fairly standard war movie premise: soldiers must do the impossible in order to complete their mission and win the day. However, when Boyce starts to explore the experiments in the church's basement, the supernatural aspects are slowly introduced and eventually Overlord goes full-tilt zombie horror. It does take some time for Overlord to work up to the zombie-Nazis, and those going into the theater expecting a full-on zombie movie may be disappointed by how long it takes for the undead to appear. However, the long, slow build-up allows for the payoff to be that much sweeter. And, once Overlord gets going in its third act, the movie really embraces its turn to zombie-Nazi horror and provides plenty of scares and gory moments. What further helps Overlord to work as well as it does is the ensemble cast. Adepo leads the ensemble as Boyce, a soft-hearted soldier who has trouble hurting a mouse. It's Boyce that the audience most often follows, making him the audience stand-in as viewers explore this small French town and the horrific experiments being done in the church basement. Adepo skillfully shoulders the role of Boyce and plays a compelling lead that viewers easily become invested in early on. Adepo is supported by Russell as Boyce's commanding officer Ford. Though Ford is a much more hardened soldier type, he plays the necessary contrast to Boyce's soft-heartedness. Magaro's Tibbet, Caestecker's Chase and Applewhite's Rosenfeld round out the group of soldiers well, providing moments of comedy amid the action and horror of the movie. Ollivier's Chloe is compelling as the movie's one named female character, and she's given some fun action moments, but she's also subjected to not one, but two near sexual assaults over the course of the movie. Lastly, Asbæk is delightfully evil as the Nazi officer Wafner, a one-dimensional villain neither the movie nor Asbæk even attempt to humanize. Instead, he gives Overlord a truly evil villain that's easy to root against. Altogether, Overlord's directing, story and cast come together for an incredibly entertaining movie that knows exactly what it wants to be. This is a B-movie zombie horror set during arguably the most pivotal moment of World War II. Overlord contrasts those real world stakes with the supernatural threat of zombie-Nazis for a wildly entertaining ride. Certainly, thanks to the skill of Avery and his cast, Overlord succeeds in delivering everything the film promises, ultimately making for a fantastic moviegoing experience. Although Overlord doesn't benefit from the name recognition that comes along with the Cloverfield franchise, it may be for the best that the movie stands on its own. It allows Overlord to be its own thing, and that's wild enough in its own right. Because of the way Overlord deftly blends genres - from war drama to sci-fi horror - it will appeal to fans of all kinds of movies. To be sure, anyone intrigued by the trailers for Overlord, or even just the premise of zombie-Nazis, will not be disappointed by the film itself. And for those wanting to experience the action and drama of Overlord to its fullest, it may be worth seeing the movie in IMAX, where viewers will be even more immersed in what's going on. Ultimately, Overlord is a B-movie with a little more polish, and will provide plenty of thrills and fun in the theater. TRAILER Overlord is now playing in U.S. theaters nationwide. It is 109 minutes long and is rated R for strong bloody violence, disturbing images, language and brief sexual content. OUR RATING: 4 out of 5 (Excellent) Overlord (2018) release date: Nov 09, 2018
  20. A backpacker who died after trying to save another traveller as she was stabbed to death has been honoured. Thomas Jackson, of Congleton, Cheshire, was injured as he tried to help Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 20, in the attack at an Australian hostel in 2016. He was awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal for great courage on what would have been his 33rd birthday. His mother Sandra Jackson received the honour on behalf of her son from the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace. She said Prince William "was so friendly" and that "he'd read about the case so he knew why I was going up to receive the medal on Tom's behalf, so that was really lovely". "He said Tom had done a remarkable thing and about how brave he had been, so it was nice to know that he knew," she added. Smail Ayad, a French traveller, was remanded to a mental health facility after being charged with the murders of Mr Jackson and Miss Ayliffe-Chung, from Wirksworth, Derbyshire. The attack happened in the bathroom of Shelley's Hostel in Home Hill, Queensland, on 23 August 2016. Mr Jackson, who was 30 at the time of the attack, suffered head injuries trying to help her and later died in hospital. His family said at the ceremony they were shocked but not surprised by his actions, which he "would have done for anybody". 'Owe him my life' His father Les Jackson said: "I was a bit more emotional than I thought I was going to be. "Just when I saw my wife come out, I was thinking of all of these people who have done marvellous things to get their awards today, they've achieved so much in various walks of life. "There's no-one prouder than me." Mr Jackson's friend Daniel Richards, 31, also received the Gallantry award for courage, after he too stepped in to try and save Miss Ayliffe-Chung and was injured. Mr Richards, from South Wales, paid tribute to his friend, saying what he did was "remarkable" and that he was "a fantastic man, very caring, a big strapping lad".
  21. The UK and France will remain "tied by bonds of friendship" for decades after Brexit, Jeremy Hunt has said. The foreign secretary lauded the cross-channel relationship as "one of competition, co-operation, similarity and difference" in a speech in Paris. Officials said the visit was aimed at showing the friendship between the two nations was "bigger than Brexit". But there are warnings intelligence-sharing may be damaged if a framework is not set up to mitigate the risks. A report by an Anglo-French task force whose members include former Nato Secretary General Lord Robertson and ex-French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has said co-operation in cyber security and counter-terrorism could be imperilled if the UK leaves in March without an overarching agreement. The Brexit process is at a critical phase amid reports Theresa May may seek the approval of her cabinet within days to sign up to an agreement on the terms of the UK's' withdrawal. Mr Hunt is one of a group of leading ministers reported to be insisting on seeing legal advice in full on the conditions of any agreement on the Irish border and how a so-called backstop arrangement - of the UK staying in a customs union to avoid the need for a visible Northern Ireland border - would work. After his speech Mr Hunt was asked about the legal advice. He said: "We have an excellent attorney general and he is giving very good legal advice on everything that we are considering signing up to, so we are going into this with our eyes open". "That's very important because the Withdrawal Agreement is a legal document so we need to understand all the legal implications - and of course ultimately whatever the Cabinet decide to endorse will come before parliament and all these issues will be debated in full." He was also asked if the UK and the EU were likely to agree a deal in the next three weeks, replying: "We are in the final phase and I think it is possible to be optimistic about the fact that we are essentially down to a couple of big issues... we are focusing all our efforts on those two issues but I think it's entirely possible to reach an agreement and everyone wants to do that." 'A big country' Former Brexit Secretary David Davis told BBC Radio 4's Today programme it was the biggest decision the cabinet and Parliament will have to make, so they should be given the full legal advice. Mr Davis said that he believed that if it was left to the EU to decide when the temporary backstop ended it would "never happen". He predicted that the emerging Brexit deal would not be backed by MPs - although he told Today a defeat in the Commons would be likely to lead to the two sides hammering out what he called a better deal. However he insisted that if there was no deal, the UK was a "big country" able to "look after ourselves" and had hundreds of plans prepared, although there would be some "hiccups over the first year". France has taken an uncompromising line on Brexit, with its President Emmanuel Macron lashing out at the UK at a summit in Austria in September, saying its exit could not be allowed to undermine European unity. 'Yoked together' But French industries also sense an opportunity to lure jobs from London, particularly in the financial services, after the UK leaves. Uncertainty has surrounded bilateral Anglo-French immigration agreements after Brexit although the UK has made it clear it wants these to continue, along with the two countries' advanced defence co-operation. In his speech, delivered in French, Mr Hunt hailed what he said had been nearly 200 years of cross-channel co-operation. He paid tribute to Anglo-French solidarity, which he said was encapsulated by France's emphatic response to the poisonings of the Skripals in Salisbury earlier this year and last year's terror attacks in London. "We will never forget the moment after the Manchester attack when President Macron walked from the Elysee Palace to the British Embassy to express France's solidarity," he said. "And the crowd at the Stade de France sang the British national anthem - nor, when, after the Bataclan attack, the crowd at Wembley sang the Marseillaise." Ahead of the centenary of the end of World War One on Sunday, Mr Hunt said the two countries' destinies were "yoked together" by the conflict "in which we fought and bled side by side for over four years". The foreign secretary is also holding talks with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian on defence, national security and cyber-security. The meeting comes amid calls for the two largest military powers in Europe to step up their co-operation by consolidating a series of bilateral agreements in place since 2010. The BBC's security correspondent Frank Gardner said Whitehall officials were insisting intelligence sharing exists outside the framework of the EU and they expect it to survive the upheaval of Brexit.
  22. A man has been arrested in north-eastern Spain on suspicion of plotting to assassinate Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez. The suspect, known as a crack shot, had an arsenal of weapons at his home in Terrassa, Catalonia's Mossos d'Esquadra police force announced. Local media said the man, 63, wanted to take revenge for Mr Sánchez's plans to exhume the remains of Francisco Franco. The fascist leader's mausoleum is revered by the Spanish far right. Sixteen unlicensed firearms, including a pistol, were found in the suspect's home. Named only as Manuel M, the suspect is said to have told friends on Whatsapp he was going to kill Mr Sánchez, who became prime minister in June. He is said to be a far-right extremist with a history of mental problems.
  23. The Russian billionaire owner of Monaco football club, Dmitry Rybolovlev, has been placed under formal investigation in connection with a major fraud case. It involves a Swiss art dealer from whom Mr Rybolovlev bought a series of masterpieces, triggering a long-running separate legal battle. Officials have been investigating claims that Mr Rybolovlev tried to influence Monaco police officers. No charges have been announced. Mr Rybolovlev denies any wrongdoing. Under Monaco's criminal system, which mirror France's, a suspect is placed under investigation by a magistrate, who then determines whether there is sufficient evidence to hold a trial. It it not clear what specific charges, if any, Mr Rybolovlev may face if the case proceeds. The long-running dispute involves Swiss dealer Yves Bouvier, whom Mr Rybolovlev accuses of defrauding him of about $1bn (£760,000). He had purchased 38 works of art from Mr Bouvier over the course of a decade, the prices of which he claims were deliberately inflated. Mr Bouvier denies those accusations. One of those paintings is Salvator Mundi, believed to be by Leonardo da Vinci, which last year became the most expensive painting ever sold. Mr Rybolovlev auctioned it at Christie's in New York for $450m (£341m). Three other people were also placed under formal investigation alongside Mr Rybolovlev. All the accused have been released while investigations continue, and all deny wrongdoing. Mr Rybolovlev's lawyers told Reuters news agency that their client was not restricted from travel. "We particularly insist on the fact that, at this stage, Mr Rybolovlev is presumed innocent," they said.
  24. Dyson, the household appliance maker, has won a battle in the European courts over the way vacuum cleaners' energy efficiency is labelled. The UK engineering firm said the tests behind the efficiency ratings favoured rivals' models and failed to reflect real life conditions of use. The EU's General Court found in Dyson's favour after four years of legal wrangling over the issue. The company said the ruling was "a win for consumers". The UK firm said the lab tests had "flagrantly discriminated" against its own patented cyclone technology by testing vacuum cleaners when they were empty of dust. Dyson, which is best known for its bagless cleaners, argued that models using bags lost suction and became less energy efficient as they filled, making lab tests which only measured the performance of empty cleaners inaccurate. The company argued the tests misled consumers over the real environmental impact of the machine they were buying. Dyson to build electric car in Singapore Dyson said some manufacturers had "actively exploited the regulation by using low motor power when in the test state, but then using technology to increase motor power automatically when the machine fills with dust - thus appearing more efficient". The ruling in the General Court annuls the current labelling regulations, although they will remain in place for 10 weeks to allow time for appeal. Analysis: Theo Leggett, BBC Business Correspondent Dyson has compared the situation with vacuum cleaners to "dieselgate" - the scandal which saw Volkswagen engineers deliberately drive a bus through exhaust emissions legislation. However, it's fair to say that's overplaying things a bit. Certainly the court has concluded that the EU legislation was faulty - and the beneficiaries of that defective legislation were rivals such as Siemens or Bosch. Dyson insists some manufacturers have been gaming the system, exploiting weaknesses in the legislation. It even refers to "defeat software" - echoing the "defeat devices" used by Volkswagen. But, here's the point. Dyson seems to be suggesting that the Commission itself discriminated in favour of continental manufacturers and against its own products - while the manufacturers themselves were operating within the letter, if not the spirit, of the law. It's the bureaucrats, not the companies themselves, who stand accused. Volkswagen's engineers, in the US at least, knew full well what they were doing was downright illegal. The consequences of their actions were that a great many drivers were unknowingly using vehicles that produced far greater quantities of harmful gases than they thought, and sabotaging efforts to reduce air pollution.
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