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Ariana Grande was nearly able to make her song “34+35” add up to No. 1, by releasing a hit remix that includes Megan Thee Stallion and Doja Cat. The song moves up to second place on the new Rolling Stone songs chart, thanks to the trio version that was issued on Jan. 14, giving the […]
French film director Luc Besson is to be treated as an assisted witness in the court case over allegations that he raped an actress, a judge ruled Monday.
The Biden administration is looking to “speed up” the release of the Harriet Tubman $20 bills that were first initiated under President Barack Obama and delayed by the Trump administration. “The Treasury Department is taking steps to resume efforts to put Harriet Tubman on the front of the new $20 notes. It’s important that our notes, our money — if people don’t know what a note is — reflect the history and diversity of our country, and Harriet Tubman’s image gracing the new $20 note would certainly reflect that,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday. “We’re exploring ways to speed up that effort.” In 2016, the Obama administration approved a redesign of the $20 bill that would replace former U.S. President Andrew Jackson with Tubman, the formerly enslaved abolitionist who helped guide others to freedom through the Underground Railroad, on the $20 bill. Also Read: Harriet Tubman: 5 Things You Didn't Know About the New Face of the $20 Bill During his tenure, Trump’s Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin noncommittal about the release of the Tubman $20 bill; in 2019, he said that he was “not focused” on the redesign and that the new note would likely be delayed until 2028. In 2016, during his campaign for the presidency, Trump also criticized the effort to replace Jackson on the bill with Tubman as “pure political correctness.” Read original story Biden Administration to ‘Speed Up’ Release of Harriet Tubman $20 Bill At TheWrap
Peacock put itself back into the streaming ring with Monday’s announcement that the WWE Network would be folded into Comcast’s six-month-old service. The deal, which an individual with knowledge of the details said was worth $1 billion over five years, is a triple whammy: Wrestling fans get their favorite events, including Wrestlemania, for half the price, the WWE gets a bigger audience, and Comcast/NBC Universal gives a passionate, rabid fan base a big reason to check out Peacock. “There is a halo effect to those users coming in for WrestleMania, but then sticking around and watching ‘The Office,’ watching ‘Yellowstone,’ watching some of the great content we have in the 30,000 hours that are now bundled in with their subscription price,” Rick Cordella, Peacock’s chief revenue officer, told TheWrap on Monday. “We believe we can expand the accessibility of this content, right? That we can — through NBCU marketing, through the outlets that we have, all the various media outlets, through the price point reduction, through the addition of content — that we can grow this audience significantly that currently watched it,” he added. Also Read: WWE Network to Fold Into Peacock as Part of $5 Monthly 'Premium' Tier Peacock...Read original story How the $1 Billion WWE Network Deal Puts Peacock Into the Ring With Streaming Giants At TheWrap
Nearly three years after the Weinstein Co. declared bankruptcy, a judge on Monday confirmed a liquidation plan that provides a $17.1 million fund for Weinstein’s sexual misconduct victims. The plan also provides $9.7 million to the former officers and directors of the Weinstein Co., allowing them to pay a portion of their legal bills over […]
Harry Winks and Tanguy Ndombele struck late goals as Tottenham Hotspur survived an FA Cup scare to reach the fifth round with a 4-1 victory at Wycombe Wanderers on Monday. With 86 minutes on the clock and the score at 1-1 Spurs were struggling to put away the second-tier Championship's bottom club but the battling hosts finally caved in. Winks curled Tottenham ahead before substitute Ndombele struck twice in a cruel end to Wycombe's challenge after manager Jose Mourinho brought on the big guns including Harry Kane.
After a nearly two-year standoff, WME is closing in on a settlement with the WGA that will allow the powerhouse agency to resume representing writers. WME and its parent company Endeavor acknowledged in a statement Monday that the sides have been making progress. The guild and the town’s largest agency group have been in on-again, […]
Amadeu Masasi was the Democratic Republic of Congo hero again Monday in the African Nations Championship, scoring the stoppage-time goal that defeated Niger 2-1 in Cameroon and won Group B.
ABC is developing a limited series adaptation of Elin Hilderbrand’s “Paradise” book trilogy with Ellen Pompeo executive producing, TheWrap has confirmed. The project, based on the trio of novels starting with 2018’s “Winter in Paradise,” centers on Irene Steele, who, after her husband’s perplexing death, learns that he had been living a secret life with an entirely separate family on the Caribbean island of St. John. The other two books in the series, “What Happens in Paradise” and “Troubles in Paradise,” were released last year. Also Read: Tonya Pinkins Replaces Niecy Nash in ABC's 'Women of the Movement' Recasting “Mad Men” alums Andre and Maria Jacquemetton will write the script for the adaptation, with Pompeo serving as executive producer alongside Hilderbrand and Laura Holstein of Pompeo’s Calamity Jane banner. The Hilderbrand adaptation falls under Pompeo’s producing deal with ABC Signature, which also sees her serving as a producer on both “Grey’s Anatomy” and spinoff “Station 19.” Read original story Ellen Pompeo to Produce Limited Series Adaptation of Elin Hilderbrand’s ‘Paradise’ Trilogy at ABC At TheWrap
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Joe Biden agreed in a phone call on Monday that the COVID-19 pandemic and other global challenges can only be tackled through closer cooperation, a government spokesman in Berlin said on Monday. Transatlantic relations cooled sharply under former President Donald Trump, who attacked Germany repeatedly for its export strength and its relatively low defence spending within the NATO alliance. After bruising meetings of the G7 group of wealthy nations and NATO with Trump in 2017, Merkel said Europe could no longer completely rely on its allies and the continent must become more independent.
The country reported 1.2 million new cases in the week ended Jan. 24, down from 1.5 million new cases in the previous week. New Hampshire is the only state where cases rose. In California, a hotspot where hospitals have been overwhelmed by the number of patients, new cases fell 32% in the past week.
The European Commission's second round of discussions on Monday with pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca on delays in vaccine deliveries ended in "dissatisfaction with the lack of clarity and insufficient explanations", the Commission said.
To WWE fans, Sasha Banks, aka “The Boss,” is the current SmackDown Women’s Champion. But to “Star Wars” fans, she may be better known as Koska Reeves on “The Mandalorian.” Banks, whose real name is Mercedes Justine Kaestner-Varnado, was a recurring guest star on Season 2 of the hit Disney+ series, appearing on Episodes 11 and 16. While Banks’ between-the-ropes work surely informed the “Mandalorian” action scenes, it was the acting gig that made her a(n even) better professional wrestler, WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon told TheWrap. “Sasha’s star only continues to rise,” McMahon said. “I think that experience for her gave her a different set of confidence that maybe she didn’t have before.” Also Read: Stephanie McMahon Is 'Grateful' WrestleMania 37 Will Follow Super Bowl LV at the Same Stadium “The Boss” winning The Belt on the Oct. 25, 2020 pay-per-view “Hell in a Cell” came mere weeks before her Nov. 13 Disney+ debut. Considering that the pro-wrestling business often selects its champions to “reflect pop culture,” as McMahon told us, that timing is likely not a coincidence. But that doesn’t mean “Sasha Banks, SmackDown Women’s Champion” is an unearned title. “Sasha is one of our biggest stars with some of the best charisma and potential. And on top of her athleticism and her storytelling abilities, she just shines. When she walks out, you pay attention. I love her attitude and just everything about her,” McMahon said. “So I think Sasha is really just getting started.” Also Read: 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin on How Much He Actually Imbibes During a Beer Smash Beyond the weekly “SmackDown” shows and Jan. 31’s “Royal Rumble” pay-per-view, “WrestleMania 37” is looming. Last year’s event was originally slated to be held at Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium (home of the Buccaneers), but had to be moved to WWE’s own Performance Center due to the coronavirus pandemic. This year, the WWE will get another shot at Raymond James Stadium for its so-called Super Bowl of professional wrestling — just nine weeks after the actual Super Bowl (LV) will take place at the same venue. “It certainly does, I think, this year, work to our favor to be the event after the Super Bowl in the same stadium, especially given all of the key learnings that the Super Bowl will have,” McMahon told TheWrap. “And hopefully we’ll be able to glean some insights from them in terms of what works, what doesn’t work, what we need to do to really ensure the best experience possible.” Read more about what that might look like — with or without fans — here. “SmackDown” airs every Friday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fox. Read original story How Sasha Banks’ ‘The Mandalorian’ Role Made Her a Better WWE Wrestler At TheWrap
The U.S. Senate's longest-serving member, Democrat Patrick Leahy, will preside over the upcoming impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, Leahy said on Monday. U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts presided at Trump's first impeachment trial last year, as the Constitution requires in presidential impeachments.
An Israeli cabinet minister on Monday for the first time led an official delegation to Sudan to discuss moving forward on a U.S.-brokered deal in October to normalise relations. "I am confident this visit lays the foundations for many important collaborations that will assist both Israel and Sudan as well as security stability in the region," Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen said in a statement after returning home. There was no immediate comment from Sudanese officials.
Vimeo said it raised $300 million in new equity funding — giving it a valuation north of $5 billion, doubling from three months ago — ahead of parent company IAC’s planned spinoff of the video hosting and services unit. The new investment in Vimeo came from T. Rowe Price Group and Oberndorf Enterprises. Last month, […]
A Tunisian protester injured during clashes with police has died in hospital, state media reported on Monday, leading to more violent confrontations between demonstrators and security services in the town of Sbeitla. Haykel Rachdi's family told local media he was struck by a tear gas canister after joining the protests that erupted this month on the anniversary of Tunisia's 2011 revolution that introduced democracy. The Public Prosecutor's office in Kasserine, the biggest city near Sbeitla, about three hours south of the capital, Tunis, has ordered an autopsy to determine the cause of Rachdi's death, the state news agency, TAP, said.
Los Angeles County Department of Health and FilmLA announced changes to COVID-19 protocols for film, TV and commercial shooting in the county that will take immediate effect for all current and future film permits. Among the changes, which were come to after discussions with Hollywood companies and guilds, is a reduction in the quarantine period for any set worker that has been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 from 14 to 10 days. While the DPH advises that workers quarantine for 14 days if possible, those that have to work during days 11-14 must wear a mask and maintain social distance. Actors in the day 11-14 period may perform without a mask but must maintain social distance while performing. The new regulations also require all film, TV and music productions to test all employees prior to the start of shooting, though FilmLA notes that the majority of productions had already adhered to this rule. In addition, stricter mask requirements have been implemented, including the requirement of a mask for employees in cubicle offices and face shields for any production employee required to be in close contact with others such as hair and makeup artists. The new regulations come as dozens of productions in the Los Angeles area voluntarily paused for the duration of January, as infections and hospitalizations in the county have skyrocketed through the winter months. Earlier this month, FilmLA reported that film permit requests received in December fell 25% from the previous month and were the lowest seen by the film office since August. Read original story New Mask and Quarantine Rules Among Changes to LA’s COVID Filming Guidelines At TheWrap
Apple is nearing an order for the limited series “In with the Devil,” with Taron Egerton and Paul Walter Hauser onboard to star, Variety has learned. The six-episode series would be based on the 2010 novel “In With The Devil: A Fallen Hero, A Serial Killer, and A Dangerous Bargain for Redemption” by James Keene […]
J&J Snack Foods (JJSF) delivered earnings and revenue surprises of -35.71% and 7.21%, respectively, for the quarter ended December 2020. Do the numbers hold clues to what lies ahead for the stock?