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Celebrities, like the rest of us, don’t always get along. For us common folk, the offenses usually stay between us. Not so with famous people. Lately, a long simmering feud between Dywane Johnson and his former Fast & Furious co-stars resurfaced when Johnson was out promoting his F&F spinoff called Hobbs and Shaw. Tyrese Gibson, one of his F&F co-stars, went public with noise about the movie’s relatively low opening weekend box office…the lowest opening for the franchise since 2006.  Apparently, the friction goes back to 2016 when the Rock first criticized co-star Vin Diesel on Instagram and re-emerged when the Hobbs & Shaw shooting schedule forced a delay of the next Fast & Furious shooting schedule. Of course, the opening weekend in the US is a big deal, but with these high-adventure films, global numbers can matter more, which gave Dwayne Johnson his response.  It turns out that so far H & S has earned more than $700 million worldwide, fifth best of the franchise.  Don’t mess with The Rock.
Motion picture entertainment is always shifting. It went from theaters to TV to cable and now to digital streaming.  Each change has given consumers’ new advantages. The latest, streaming services, offer users the ultimate flexibility to watch movies when and where they want. Major entertainment distributors are taking note and adjusting accordingly. HBO Now is a streaming service of the cable channel.  Disney Plus is a streaming service that allows an entertainment conglomerate to control content from all its subsidiaries and CBS All Access is a streaming service for a traditional TV network.

Monthly Plan Prices

  • HBO Now | $14.99
  • Netflix HD Quality Plan | $12.99
  • Disney Plus | $12.99
  • Hulu (without ads) | $11.99
  • Showtime | $10.99
  • Prime Video only | $8.99
  • Hulu (with ads) | $5.99
  • CBS All Access | $5.99

Movie Selection

  • Prime Video | 14,210
  • Netflix | 3,803
  • Hulu | 1,437
  • HBO | 926
  • Showtime | 489

TV Offerings

  • Prime Video | 2,317
  • Netflix | 1,966
  • Hulu | 1,931
  • HBO | 189
  • Showtime | 70
Quantity doesn’t always mean quality.  Just because Prime Video has the most movies and TV shows does not mean it has the best titles. Netflix and Amazon Prime Video are nearly equal when it comes to the number of “high quality” movies offered as defined by Reelgood – a “high quality” movie as has an IMDB rating of 7.5 or higher.

High Quality Movies

  • Prime Video | 125
  • Netflix | 124
  • Hulu | 52
  • HBO | 32
  • Showtime | 32
With this information, you can make an informed decision about where to spend your entertainment dollars.

“Don’t you know you’re not supposed to wear white after Labor Day!” A phrase we have all heard when talking about wardrobe decisions for after the first Tuesday of September. But why? White is a great color in fashion, why can’t it be worn after Labor Day? Fortunately, the old tradition seems to be on it’s way out.

There seem to be two theories on the origin of the tradition.  According to Time Magazine, the first theory is temperature based. White is a cooler color during the hot summer months because of physics – the sun reflects off of light colors while it absorbs into dark colors. Especially in the days before air conditioning, anything would help. The second theory is based on class and social status. A blue collar worker, grinding away in industrial cities would naturally wear darker colors since white would tend to soil.  Higher class people, who were not laborers, would wear white as a means of showcasing their elite social status.

Whether either of these theories is true, it doesn’t matter since marketers in recent years have re-branded the color as “winter white.”  So, after this Tuesday, September 3rd, rock the white with pride whenever you feel like it.  The answer to anyone who challenges your choice is “winter white.”

What lengths would you go to, to stop a neighbor from complaining about your lifestyle? If you’re Ed Sheeran and worth over 150 million dollars, perhaps you’d buy your neighbors homes from them? The actual Ed Sheeran, did exactly that.

The London native reportedly bought the two houses next to his $20 plus million dollar mansion to stop the neighbors from complaining about noise coming from his home. It had been an ongoing issue for Sheeran who would often have parties and loud music playing from his estate, so rather than stop or bow down to his neighbors complaints, he bought them out … brilliant!

From a security perspective, this is a great move from Sheeran who will not limit any risk of an altercation at his home. Additionally, with two new prime time properties on his hands, he can now hand select his new neighbors, or choose to use the homes for family members or close friends. It is reported the purchase of the homes cost the superstar singer about $6 million dollars.

Sheeran has amassed quit the real estate portfolio over recent years, and now adds two new chips to his collection, while eliminating a headache of problems in the process. If you can’t beat ‘em … be like Ed Sheeran, and buy ‘em out!

Say that you had Ed Sheeran money, would you have done the same thing? Let us know in the comment section below.

Rapper A$AP Rocky has been detained in a Swedish jail since being accused of assault during a tussle he had in June with a Stockholm native. Surprisingly enough, President Trump has been attempting to come to the aid of the rapper, after discussions with his old pal Kanye West.

Trump spoke with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven and said the prime minister assured him “Rocky would be treated fairly”. Trump in response said that “he (Rocky) was not a flight risk, and offered to personally vouch for his bail”. Unfortunately for A$AP … Sweden does not have a bail system like the U.S. does, so that will not help him get released any sooner.

There is video footage of the incident in which Rocky is being held for. He and his crew really let loose on a pair of natives, claiming self defense and a desire to protect women who were being harassed for their actions. He has been in jail since July 3rd awaiting trial. The video certainly leaves room for interpretation.

The bottom line is, Sweden is holding Rocky because of his wealth and resources and they do not want to risk not being able to fairly try the rapper if he flees the country. Trump, thanks to some motivation from Kanye West has been trying to resolve this quickly, but it doesn’t look like the Swedish government is going to budge on their formal process. Apparently PM Lofven told Trump that “In Sweden everyone is equal before the law and that the government cannot and will not attempt to influence the legal proceedings.”

While Trump attempts to earn some “cred” with the African American community, it doesn’t look like this A$AP Rocky situation is any closer to being resolved nearly three weeks after his arrest.

PlayStation 5 is in the works…that we know.

What we don’t know is when it will be released, how much it will cost, or if the name will even be PlayStation 5. It is a pretty safe assumption PS5 will be the name of Sony’s newest console as has been consistent with all their console names since the original PlayStation, but that has yet to be confirmed. Let’s discuss what we do know about the inevitable release from Sony.

As far as the release date goes, we know it will not be dropping before April of 2020. Sony has been rather tongue in cheek about the subject matter keeping info on the release date close to chest. It is very possible a release could be closer to the holiday season of 2020 as Microsoft has so often done with the release of their Xbox units. In terms of the pricing, while that information has also not been disclosed, Sony did say they believe the pricing will be very appealing to gamers “in light of its advanced feature set”.

We do know that “PS5” WILL be compatible with PS4 games, also known as backwards compatibility, it will have SSD storage, and will support PSVR. That you can take to the bank. The SSD storage means that games will load much faster than those on the PS4, and can handle way more objects on screen than what the current devices can handle with a HDD storage system. We also know that the “PS5” will include a disc drive, so you still will be able to buy your games with a hard disc copy, and not have to download them all off an online store.

The public is still awaiting a ton of specifics from Sony, but teaser announcements from the company would suggest that the system is not too far away. Is the “PS5” going to be the next best system? Time will tell, but we certainly will be awaiting more info from the tech giants, Sony. 

Sunday was a big day for Marvel fans, as Kevin Feige president of Marvel Studios announced “Phase 4” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe at Comic-Con. Fans were in a frenzy as title after title was announced.

Angelina Jolie is headlining the new movie The Eternals, which was apart of the announcement of five new title releases. The Eternals is set to drop in 2020 along with Black Widow, while Shang-Chi, Doctor Strange, and a new Thor movie are set to drop in 2021. Along with the new movie releases, Feige to a roar of cheers from the crowd announced the new titles for TV Series, which included The Falcon and the Winter Soldier in 2020, WandaVision, Loki, What If, and Hawkeye all to drop in 2021. Those TV Series will feature on Disney’s new streaming service, “Disney +”.

While those are the projects already in production, the biggest hype came in the final announcements about the projects in the works. Feige teased the audience with some spoilers of what else Marvel fans can expect as he closed out the presentation;

“We didn’t even mention that we’re making Black Panther 2, we didn’t mention the fact that Guardians of the Galaxy 3 is coming, we didn’t have time to talk about Captain Marvel 2, I didn’t even have time to talk about The Fantastic Four. And now there’s no time left to talk about mutants (X-Men).

The crowd was literally beside themselves cheering and roaring like their team just won a world championship, or their coveted presidential candidate just won the presidency. BUT WAIT …there’s more.

Perhaps the biggest announcement that nobody was expecting was that two time Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali will be the new Wesley Snipes in a remake of the Blade movies. This seems like a perfect fit, and personally we cannot wait to see a trailer for the new look Blade. 

Overall, Marvel Studios brought down the house at Comic-Con, and Phase 4 on the surface looks like it will not disappoint. Let us know your thoughts on the announcement, and what releases you are most excited about. 

Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin have grown up in front of the world.  Now, as a married couple they are verbalizing the latest version of their public growth.  In different ways each has expressed their view of an expanded family.  On Instagram Justin has imagined “father-daughter dates” then as if to reassure his wife, he quickly added, “Not hinting at anything soon; I’m not in a rush. I just want to enjoy you by yourself for a while!  Love dates with you, baby.”

In contrast, Hailey has been quoted by Vogue Arabia as saying that “she couldn’t wait to have her own kids, whom she hopes to give a ‘normal’ life.  There are some ‘normal’ things I never did, like going to college, but I do think I was able to learn how to have a schedule, be on time and be responsible, all because I started working at 17…I love kids…I would say that’s now closer to reality.”

It’s clear that Justin and Hailey are not quite on the same page, but they are definitely in the same chapter of life, thinking about the same things. 

The natural step in Uber’s evolution was to add in ride features for passengers and incentivize drivers to promote them. Just like alcoholic beverages, food, or premium movie/internet service on an airplane, Uber and Cargo (an in-car commerce platform) have launched their own venture to add value to the riders and drivers experience.

Cargo is an app that operates on its own, separate from Uber, but with this new venture, drivers can now link their Cargo app with the Uber driver’s scan code to activate in app purchases. Cargo offers purchases such as Nintendo Switch, Apple hardware, Away luggage, Glossier cosmetics and more. Those items if purchases on the ride will be shipped directly to the riders home within 2-5 business days. Additionally, Cargo will offer “in ride entertainment” with movies available for purchase from Universal Studios ranging from $5-$10, and riders will have permanent access to those movies in the Movies Anywhere app.

Why utilize this feature? Well for starters, every purchase by a rider earns 10% of their purchase value back in Uber Cash to use on future rides. So those who frequent Uber are now incentivized to use this service saving them money down the line. For drivers, the incentive to promote the platform is certainly high, as they earn 25% of the value of items purchased in the Cargo app, as well as $1 for every first purchase by a new customer.

In theory this seems like a great idea and a great partnership between the two companies. The question remains, what will stop consumers from just ordering items they may need through Amazon while on the ride, or using their available entertainment options such as movies, Apple Music, or Netflix streaming services? Time will tell, but we think Uber and Cargo are on the right path here for providing more value to ride-sharers nationwide.

Jerry Seinfeld launched a new mini series years back on YouTube called Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. The premise of the show is a quick 15-20 minute episode where Seinfeld picks up a comedian in an old vintage or classic car, and they ride in the car en route to a cup of coffee, while exchanging conversation, stories, and laughs along the way. There are GoPro like cameras set up in the car, and a camera crew follows the duo around into coffee shops.

The show has come a long way since its official release on YouTube, having been picked up by Netflix, and now having over 90 episodes. It has featured some of the top comedians of all time such as Dave Chappelle, Ricky Gervais, Larry David, and more, and has also featured other famous names such as Barack Obama. It’s a fun show, nothing groundbreaking, and while Seinfeld does earn a nice payday from Netflix, it seems to be a venture he is doing just to keep from being bored. In the newest season, Eddie Murphy, comedy legend, is the first featured guest.

In the Murphy episode, Eddie reveals his desires to come back to the stand up stage hinting that a return is inevitable. This falls in line with news reported earlier last week that Murphy and Netflix are close to inking a deal for an undisclosed number of comedy specials. While those are just rumors, Murphy’s take seems to all but confirm the inevitable that he will be back on stage telling his story that has been building for many years since his last stand up performance.

Check out Murphy and more on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee on Netflix, and let us know what you think about a potential Eddie Murphy comeback to the standup comedy realm.