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The summer is coming to an end soon. For film, this summer has seen many big box office hits despite an overall industry decline compared to last summer. Disney in particular was a winner with successes including The Lion King, Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel, Aladdin and Toy Story 4. Here’s a quick list of box office winners and losers from summer 2019. Avengers: Endgame took in a record breaking $357.1 million on its domestic opening.  In total, worldwide revenue reached $2.8 billion, the all-time box-office record without adjusting for inflation. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum took away $320 million worldwide. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood already brought in $180 million worldwide in first couple weeks. Dark Phoenix has only taken in $66 million domestically. Disney’s CEO said the film was the primary cause for Fox’s operational loss last quarter. Men in Black: International earned only $ 79.5 million domestically and received bad reviews from Rotten Tomatoes. Shaft took in a mere $21 million.
Looking to make a couple extra bucks for a family vacation, pay the bills, or having some extra gas money? Well, you could look into selling some old VHS tapes. Yup, thats right, VHS tapes have carved out a little market for themselves in the online trading world of eBay, and you will be shocked for how much some of these tapes are going for. Apparently out of Australia a report stated that a 1999 Special Edition copy of Mulan in mint condition was sold for over $20,000! A set of seven Disney classics, Black Diamond edition, which included Bambi and Aladdin sold for $18,000. A 1990 VHS of the Little Mermaid sold for $15,000 and 1992 version of Beauty and the Beast Black Diamond edition sold for $10 G’s. New data has revealed that almost 250,000 VHS tapes have been sold online over the last year, and over $3 million dollars has been spent on VHS tapes in that time. Why the sudden spike in value and demand for these classic films. Well for starters, Disney has been cranking out remakes of their old movies like Fords on an assembly line. This alone has raised the value of older tapes that will never be produced again in the VHS versions like the originals. While very few people these days even own a VHS player, that shouldn’t stop you from trying to make a couple extra bucks selling the tapes online.
Real Madrid is one of the biggest soccer clubs in the world, with a tremendous amount of pedigree, history, and money. They are known for purchasing the best players in the world, in their prime, for enormous fees, and it’s paid off with titles over the years, especially during the Christiano Ronaldo era. While this strategy has paid off with silverware, it hasn’t always left their financial situation in great standing, or their image for developing players. Like Real Madrid, Netflix is looking to buy up all the best players as well. It is just a different kind of player, the best titles and producers for streaming. In 2017 Netflix paid $100 million dollars for Grey’s Anatomy showrunner Shonda Rhimes who left ABC. They paid $300 million dollars for Ryan Murphy of American Horror Story and American Crime story, and now they have signed Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss for $200 million dollars. Their offseason signings over the last few years have commanded big money, and it is bad news for regular television. If Netflix continues to pry away the best talent from the TV world to the streaming world, the TV companies will struggle to fine adequate talent and while being able to compete with the deals Netflix is dishing out. We may be starting to see a shift away from the top shows airing on network television or subscription services such as HBO, and more of the big action taking place on streaming services such as Netflix.

Yes, we are a few months away from Halloween, but that doesn’t mean it is not a good time for a scary movie. As you try to survive the summer heat, or look for something to watch during one of those summer thunderstorms, Hulu has a bunch of scary drama movie options streaming right now that are perfect for date night, or if you’re just trying to raise the heart rate a little. Check out the list below.

  1. Mother!
  2. Sleepy Hollow
  3. Hellraiser
  4. A Quiet Place
  5. Annihilation
  6. An American Werewolf in London
  7. Hounds of Love
  8. I Saw The Devil
  9. Tetsuo The Bullet Man
  10. Childhood of a Leader
  11. Mom and Dad
  12. Children of the Corn
  13. Friday the 13th – A New Beginning
  14. The Alchemist Cookbook
Slime, music, laughs, and awards: these are the words that sum up this years 2019 Kids Choice Awards which wrapped up this past weekend. There were lots of awards handed out, with Avengers End game getting a ton of love from the voters. Check out the complete list of awards and the winners of this years Teen Choice Awards. Choice Drama Movie After Choice Drama Movie Actor Hero Fiennes Tiffin – After Choice Drama Movie Actress Josephine Langford – After Choice Comedy Movie Crazy Rich Asians Choice Comedy Movie Actor Noah Centineo – The Perfect Date Choice Comedy Movie Actress Laura Marano – The Perfect Date Choice Summer Movie Spider-Man: Far From Home Choice Summer Movie Actor Tom Holland – Spider-Man: Far From Home Choice Summer Movie Actress Zendaya – Spider-Man: Far From Home Choice Movie Villain Josh Brolin – Avengers: Endgame Choice Action Movie Avengers: Endgame Choice Action Movie Actor Robert Downey Jr. – Avengers: Endgame Choice Action Movie Actress Scarlett Johansson – Avengers: Endgame Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie Aladdin Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie Actor Will Smith – Aladdin Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie Actress Naomi Scott – Aladdin Choice Drama TV Show Riverdale Choice Drama TV Actor Cole Sprouse – Riverdale Choice Drama TV Actress Lili Reinhart – Riverdale Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show Shadowhunters Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor Jared Padalecki – Supernatural Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress Katherine McNamara – Shadowhunters Choice Action TV Show MacGyver Choice Action TV Actor Stephen Amell – Arrow Choice Action TV Actress Gabrielle Union – L.A.’s Finest Choice Comedy TV Show The Big Bang Theory Choice Comedy TV Actress Nina Dobrev – Fam Choice TV Villain Cameron Monaghan – Gotham Choice Ship Lili Reinhart & Cole Sprouse – Riverdale Choice Summer TV Show Stranger Things Choice Summer TV Actor Noah Schnapp — Stranger Things Choice Summer TV Actress Millie Bobby Brown — Stranger Things Choice Reality TV Show America’s Got Talent Choice Throwback TV Show Friends Choice Comedian Ethan & Grayson Dolan Choice Male Athlete Stephen Curry Choice Female Athlete Serena Williams Choice Male Artist Shawn Mendes Choice Female Artist Billie Eilish Choice Music Group Why Don’t We Choice Country Artist Dan + Shay Choice Latin Artist CNCO Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Artist Cardi B Choice Rock Artist Panic! At The Disco Choice Song: Female Artist Lauren Jauregui – “Expectations” Choice Song: Male Artist Louis Tomlinson – “Two of Us” Choice Song: Group Blackpink – “DDU-DU DDU-DU” Choice Pop Song Ariana Grande – “Thank u, next” Choice Country Song Dan + Shay – “Speechless” Choice Song From a Movie Zayn & Zhavia Ward, Aladdin – “A Whole New World (End Title)” Choice Electronic/Dance Song Ellie Goulding, Diplo, & Red Velvet – “Close to Me (Red Velvet Remix)” Choice Latin Song CNCO – “Pretend” Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song Lil Nas X (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus) – “Old Town Road [Remix]” Choice Rock Song Panic! At The Disco – “Hey Look Ma, I Made It” Choice Summer Female Artist Halsey Choice Summer Male Artist Shawn Mendes Choice Summer Group Jonas Brothers Choice Summer Tour BTS – BTS World Tour Love Yourself: Speak Yourself Tour Choice YouTuber Sam and Colby Choice Social Star Noah Centineo Choice Female Web Star Emma Chamberlain Choice Male Web Star David Dobrik Choice Comedy Web Star The Dolan Twins Choice Music Web Star Annie LeBlanc Choice Fashion/Beauty Web Star Hannah Meloche Choice Gamer PewDiePie

Lots of movies for kids are about to be released. Here’s a short list of fun films to watch out for.

Angry Birds Movie 2 was just released on August 2nd. In the new version, our birds team in an uneasy alliance with pigs to fight a mysterious purple bird named Zeta. Together they struggle to avoid a new ice age from coming – apparently not having heard about global warming. 

Playmobil: The Movie, is the first ever movie version of the Playmobil toy series It’s scheduled for release on August 9th.

Abominable, is coming out on August 11th. The movie follows a hero who protects a Yeti from a Yeti capturer.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold follows later on August 16th. In this adventure an older, high school Dora, goes on a mission to rescue her parents and uncover the mysteries of the lost city of Gold.

UglyDolls, a doll oriented musical, is coming on the same date as Dora, August 16th.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, is being released August 18th. This film is a sequel to Maleficent, which was about the villain from sleeping beauty.

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, is scheduled for the same day, August 18th. The film explores the interactions between sheep and extraterrestrials.

Coming in the fall on October 25th is The Adams Family.  The movie is an animated take on the Adams Family TV series.

Frozen 2, will be released in time for Thanksgiving on November 22nd.  Get your tickets now.

The final movie of the series: Star Wars, The Rise of Skywalker, will be released on December 19th.

On December 27th Playing with Fire, a film about a superintendent who babysits three children he saved from a fire, will be released.

Finally, animated spy movie starring Will Smith called Spies in Disguise, will be released on December 27th.

Quentin Tarantino is known for crafting high-energy, violent, profane films that verge on the bizarre.  One of his common tricks is to cast actors who have not been seen in a long time as he did with Pam Grier and Robert Forster in Jackie Brown.  He does the same thing with music…he finds the songs we haven’t heard in a long time or obscure artists that are slotted in at just the right place in the movie.  It’s part of the Tarantino movie making style.

Now, timed to coincide with the release of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, he has complied 70 of his favorite songs from all his movies on Spotify.  Here’s a sample of the breathe of his choices:

  • George Baker’s “Little Green Bag” from the title sequence of Reservoir Dogs
  • Kool & The Gang’s “Jungle Boogie” and Chuck Berry’s “You Never Can Tell” from Pulp Fiction.
  • David Bowie’s “Cat People (Putting Out the Fire)” from Inglourious Basterds
  • The White Stripes’ “Apple Blossom” from The Hateful Eight.

Tarantino says immodestly that listeners can “sit back, relax and move into the soundscape of a Quentin Tarantino movie. You may never wanna leave.”  Once Upon A Time In Hollywood starring Leonardo Di Caprio, Margot Robbie and Brad Pitt (not obscure actors) opened to a strong box office and acclaim from reviewers.

In a project that was announced, and had everyone excited back in 2015, Netflix, Warner Bros. and producers Jared Stern and Ellen DeGeneres are finally ready to release the 13-episode series Green Eggs and Ham this fall.

It’s the story of the adventures of Guy-I-Am and Sam-I-Am who travel cross country testing the limits of their friendship, and in Dr. Seuss’s rhythmic fashion, “as they learn to try new things, they find out what adventure brings.”

The two lead characters are played by Michael Douglas and Adam Devine.  They are supported with a pretty deep cast including Jillian Bell, Eddie Izzard, Diane Keaton, Keegan-Michael Key, Tracy Morgan, and John Turturro.  Each episode will be roughly 30 minutes and there is a very high likelihood that this series won’t be a one and done thing. For any child or child-like adult who grew up with the Dr. Seuss, this should be a no brainer. A trailer is expected soon.

Ariana Grande is about to work with Jim Carrey and she’s thrilled about it. The two will be working together on the second season of Kidding, a major Showtime drama series where Grande will be playing a guest role. She announced her role in a recent Instagram post that featured a black and white photo of Jim Carrey hugging the popster. Grande described herself as speechless about the news she would be working on the project; she also said that she adored Jim Carrey ever since she was a little kid.  She described Carrey as being more special, warm and generous in person than she ever imagined he could be. Season two of “Kidding” will premier on November 3rd.  Though it is about the host of a kid TV show, it is not for kids.  

Marlon Wayans has a new movie called Sextuplets coming to Netflix on August 16th.  Sextuplets are like twins, but more …four more. 

The plot starts with Wayans (Alan) searching for his birth mother ahead of the birth of his first child. He doesn’t know who she is and he doesn’t know that he was born as one of six.  When he discovers the truth, he sets out to find his siblings too. Wayans plays all six siblings.

While Sextuplets has a Nutty Professor / Madea quality to it with one actor playing multiple characters, we are looking forward to see Wayans’s bring comedy to a family discovery message. Wayans said he is excited to be back in business with Netflix and that he loves how they embrace comedy and diversity.