The Grande Pokemon product placement?

This is news today.....

Tattoo artist Kane Navasard shared a photo of Ariana Grande's new ink on Monday, tagging the singer and writing in the caption, “For the best Pokémon trainer in the game, @arianagrande."

Grande previously posted a photo of the tat on her Instagram Story, thanking Navasard and writing, "I've wanted this for so long."

The tattoo depicts the Pokemon character Eevee, which has fox-like ears – similar to the cat ears Grande once favored wearing – and a big tail.



But inquiring minds would love to know... who paid!? Certainly a tattoo could not be product PLACEMENT, could it!?

The 25-year-old tweeted about her love of the "Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee!" Nintendo Switch game on Sunday, telling a fan on Twitter how she spent one of her recent days off playing for 15 hours.

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Hollywood being besieged by debt!

VARIETY REPORTS

AT&T is not alone in seeing red-ink levels rise in an era of merger mania.
Comcast will have to shoulder $114.7 billion in debt, according to Moody’s, now that it has shelled out $40 billion to buy Sky — this after losing the bidding war with Disney for 21st Century Fox. Like Comcast, Disney is carrying more leverage than it has in more than a decade.
The task facing AT&T, Disney and Comcast is a daunting one, requiring deft corporate maneuvering to avert disaster. All three companies have made big bets that the only way to survive and thrive amid the digital disruption is to get bigger, and they’ve used debt, lots of it, to finance their empire building.

Alex Jones loss: Judge rules he needs to turn over marketing and financial data for INFOWARS to Sandy Hook families just as he returns to ROKU

Judge Barbara Bellis has granted the discovery request of the family members’ of several children, a teacher, and an FBI agent who were killed during the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School the Newtown, Connecticut.

MORE..



The plaintiffs are suing Jones for defamation and allege that Jones spread a series of “abusive and outrageous false statements” and encouraged his viewers and listeners to act on this information.

The plaintiffs allege that because of Jones’ actions, they have been subject to “physical confrontation and harassment, death threats, and a sustained barrage of harassment and verbal assault on social media.” The lawsuit further claims that Jones knew his Sandy Hook hoax talk was a bunch of lies but he pushed them anyway as part of a profit-making plan for his internet and radio shows.

The plaintiffs will have access to internal company communications, including email messages and texts, concerning the Newtown massacre as well as the website’s contracts with social media companies, all of which could shed light on the intricacies behind Infowars’ conspiracy theory business model.

Meanwhile, according to USA TODAY:

Streaming player Roku has come under fire for bringing banned conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his InfoWars video channel back online.
Jones, who has called the Sandy Hook school shootings a "hoax," was thrown off Apple, Facebook, Spotify and other online platforms in 2018.
“Roku’s shocking decision to carry Infowars and provide a platform for Alex Jones is an insult to the memory of the 26 children and educators killed at Sandy Hook," said Josh Koskoff, a lawyer representing several Sandy Hook families suing Jones.

M NIGHT expected to smash with GLASS this weekend!


This from DEADLINE:

Tracking is seeing Glass at $60M over four days at roughly 3,700 theaters in U.S. and Canada, but there are some who believe this pic, given its long fandom appeal, could jump to $70M. Glass cost in the low $20M before P&A to make and was completely financed by Shyamalan; the movie was a negative pickup for both Universal and BVI.

One more quick report from DEADLINE:

Anecdotally, if you’re looking for a copy of Unbreakable on DVD at Amoeba in Hollywood — they’re already sold out after having several copies in stock.

PENN STATE HORROR SHOW! HAZING DETAILS REVOLTING!

Penn State on Tuesday published a hazing report that showed the university investigated 31 incidents over the past five years, including allegations last year that sorority pledges were forced to lick members' toes and fraternity pledges had to run routes in a basement while members threw cigarettes and beer cans at them.

MORE!

Penn State’s report, which includes all Penn State campuses, can be found on the Office of Ethics and Compliance website.

Members of the Zeta Psi fraternity allegedly forced new members to run errands and on one occasion instructed to chug a jug of wine in 30 minutes

Members of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority said they were forced to engage in underage drinking, servitude and required to lick the toes of members. The women’s soccer team was among three non-Greek organizations included in the report. The new members of the team reported verbal harassment, and said they were forced to consume alcohol and wear clothing with derogatory wording on it in 2015..

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DEVELOPING..



#RIP BROADWAY ICON CAROL CHANNING DEAD AT 97

Tributes from stars like Kristin Chenoweth and Bette Midler poured in to honor the life and career of Carol Channing, the three-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy star who delighted American audiences over 5,000 performances as the scheming Dolly Levi in “Hello, Dolly!” on Broadway and beyond. She died Tuesday at 97.

Publicist B. Harlan Boll said Channing died of natural causes at 12:31 a.m. Tuesday in Rancho Mirage, California. Boll says she had twice suffered strokes in the last year.




One last evening with Carol Channing in color..

The best picture Oscar award does not matter.... NO one remembers who even wins it!

The 90th Academy Awards big winner of 2018, Guillermo Del Toro’s fantasy drama The Shape of Water, was correctly identified by only 20 percent of respondents in the survey as the Oscar best picture victor. (The nationally representative poll of 2,201 adults was conducted from Jan. 3 to Jan. 6 this year.) 

Among the 2017 nominees, more respondents thought the Emma Stone-Ryan Gosling musical La La Land won best picture (20 percent) than the actual winner, Barry Jenkins’ drama Moonlight (12 percent). That year at least included an infamous mistake that caused confusion — Envelopegate, where, due to a mix-up, La La Land was unveiled as best picture by presenters before the right envelope was read several minutes later to crown Moonlight.

MORE And more proof that the best picture nomination and award could not matter a hill of beans.. Horror and fantasy, with action, prevail in the minds and habits of the viewing public... the best picture is limited to the elite who earn it. Not the masses of asses who view movies..

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Promising news for the return of HE-MAN

First the news.. then the opining and whining:

“Iron Man” and “Men in Black International” scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway have been set to pen the “Master of Universe” reboot at Sony Pictures and Mattel Films.





That’s right.. the potential return of ADAM, SKELETOR, even maybe MAN-AT-ARMS and RAM MAN.. no clue on which of the hundred plus characters from the famous cartoon of so many of childhoods filmmakers would pick. The cast could be endless...

The SONY and Mattel dreams are risky..

Yes, the cartoon was a smash hit in the 1980s and the toy line was the best thing that happened to Christmases during the Reagan years, but will it transcribe into modern day 21st century success...?

The kids who loved HE-MAN were a little to grown up by the time the late 80s movie appeared in theaters where a young Dolph Lundgren appeared as He-Man and ruined it all..



That movie was such a failure! Such a misconception of art .. such an overwhelming box office blunder. No words could describe how unlike the cartoon it was. Even if the kids of that 80s were getting older, they still would have overwhelmingly loved a film that captured the spirit of the cartoon, Grayskull...and Eternia. This movie did not.

But that is also where this modern age could be the best time to go back to the past!

STRANGER THINGS and other shows on Netflix have capitilized on the kids of the 80s being in their 30s and 40s now, and yearning for the nostalgia of the past. Craving for shows that could capture the spirit of their youth, and their generation. They are buying up old pop culture and re-introducing it to their own kids.

Enter.. HE-MAN. This could be, potentially, the perfect time for a return to Eternia. 

....but new characters? They failed with Gwildor. So hopefully filmmakers would stick to the 80s script and not re-invent the wheel.....

WE love the concept of HE-MAN in theaters.. but we all so fear it equally...

NOT SO FINAL DESTINATION

GET READY! The year 2000 is about to come back to haunt you like never before.. remind you of death.. the falling logs. The crashing planes. The windows from high above ready to smoosh your body into oblivion.

From The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER this weekend, 

THIS:


New Line is gearing up for another trip with Death. The company is restarting its Final Destination horror franchise, hiring scary movie mavens Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan to pen the script. Final Destination proved to be a cornerstone for New Line’s horror business in the early 2000s. The first movie, released in 2000, set up the concept: a character has a premonition of a horrific and deadly event, cheats his or her own death and saves several other lives in the process, only to have Death, as a personified but unstoppable force, come for the survivors one by one.
Hard to believe that the year 2000 is already almost 20 years ago. This film has been one of the few from the early 2000s that stuck around in popularity, but at the same time shocking to think of how long it has been since this has been in theaters.

Will a reboot work? IS THERE A NEED FOR ANOTHER REBOOT of something that has not yet aged a full two decades? And finally... does Hollywood have a horror idea that isn’t something that the previous century created..? 

No on the final question.Unknown on the others.




BIRD BOX driving challenge crash

Though a bit late to the fad, yet another BIRD BOX CHALLENGE story comes , this time from Utah.. a teenager performing the duties of the challenge—driving blindfolded—crashed..

From the NEWS.....



....let the Darwin Nominations for 2019 begin.
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