Former President Barack Obama is negotiating with Netflix to produce exclusive, high-profile shows for the streaming service, The New York Times reported.
Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama are in “advanced negotiations,” and the number of episodes and formats for the shows have not been finalized, the Times reported. How much the Obamas will be paid also has not been disclosed.
Sources said programming is expected to focus upon inspirational stories, the Times reported. However, the shows also would give the former president an unfiltered way to communicate with the public and supplement his Twitter account and Facebook page.
“President and Mrs. Obama have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire,” Eric Schultz, a senior adviser to the former president, told the Times. “Throughout their lives, they have lifted up stories of people whose efforts to make a difference are quietly changing the world for the better. As they consider their future personal plans, they continue to explore new ways to help others tell and share their stories.”
In an episode of his Facebook documentary series, “Tom vs. Time,” New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady can be seen kissing his 11-year-old son on the lips twice while receiving a massage — and people are really grossed out.
Jack Brady enters the room where his dad is being massaged, and asks a question about his fantasy team. Tom responds by asking his son for a kiss in return.
“Oh, hello. I was wondering if I could check my fantasy team,” Jack asks.
“What do I get?” Brady replies.
Jack then kisses his father on the lips, but Tom isn’t satisfied and asks for another one.
“That was like a peck,” Tom says.
Jack is Tom’s eldest son from a previous relationship with actress Bridget Moynahan. He has two other children, Benjamin, 8, and Vivian, 5, with model Gisele Bündchen.
The quarterback, who is seeking his sixth NFL title with the Patriots at Super Bowl LII on Sunday, received a lot of negative feedback on social media for the video.
Maybe Brady just likes kissing members of his family.
Prior to last year’s Super Bowl, Brady took a moment to share a tribute to his mother who was too ill to attend any of his games this season but made the trek out Houston for the big game.
In the sweet photo, Brady is posed with his mother, Galynn Brady, who received kisses on both cheeks from her son, Tom Brady, and her husband, Tom Brady Sr.
“Sandwich kiss for Mom at Picture Day!!! Go Pats!!!!” he captioned the photo on Instagram.
After a three-week absence, YouTube star Logan Paul returned to the streaming service, airing a video on suicide prevention, USA Today reported.
Paul, 22, said he would donate $1 million to suicide prevention organizations.
The move comes after he was roundly criticized for showing a video in late December that showed a dead body hanging from a tree in Aokigahara, known as Japan’s “suicide forest.” Paul later apologized and took the video down.
“It's time to start a new chapter in my life as I continue to educate both myself and others on suicide,” Paul said his in new video, which has been viewed more than 10 million times, USA Today reported.
Earlier this month, YouTube removed Paul’s channels from Google Preferred, which hindered his earning power; and from Foursome, a series on the premium subscription service YouTube Red, USA Today reported.
“I've never been so humbled in my life by a single event," Logan said in the video after meeting with a suicide survivor and experts in suicide prevention, USA Today reported.
The music video for “End Game,” the latest song lifted from Taylor Swift’s “Reputation” album, has been released and has garnered favorable reviews as Swifties flocked to view the clip online.
The song began to trend on social media, and fans had mostly positive things to say about the video, Billboard reported. The clip also includes song collaborators Ed Sheeran and Future.
“This music video is literally ‘22’ all grown up,” one Twitter user posted. “This is the music video new romantics deserved. I’m so in love.”
In the clip, Swift dances with Future on a yacht and parties with Sheeran, Rolling Stone reported.
Swift released “End Game” in November as “Reputation’s” third single, following "Look What You Made Me Do" and "… Ready For It?”
Here is the music video and some reaction to it:
YouTube personality Logan Paul apologized for sharing a video during a visit to Japan’s “suicide forest” that included footage of what appeared to be a dead body, NPR reported.
“Where do I begin,” Paul wrote on his Twitter page late Monday. “Let’s start with this. I’m sorry.”“I didn’t do it for views. I get views,” tweeted Paul, who has more than 15 million YouTube subscribers. “I did it because I thought I could make a positive ripple on the internet, not cause a monsoon of negativity.”
Paul said in his Twitter post that he originally posted the video to raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention.
The video was filmed in the Aokigahara forest at the edge of Mount Fuji, an area that has been famous for its popularity among people who want to carry out a suicide, NPR reported. In his video, Paul blurred out the face of the person who had died, but he showed other parts of the body as he and his friends stood near it and talked.
“Yo, are you alive?" he says in the video, Fox News reported.
The video was uploaded Sunday and titled “We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest.” According to New York magazine, it garnered more than 6 million views in less than one day before it was removed by Paul.
The backlash Paul received included a tweet from actress and online video veteran Anna Akana, who lost her sister, Kristina, to suicide 10 years ago.
“You do not walk into a suicide forest with a camera and claim mental health awareness,” she tweeted.
An edited version of the video was later posted to Twitter; it does not include footage of the body. Instead, it shows some of Paul's reactions and comments, NPR reported.
Paul said that he had “demonetized” the video, which had a segment in the parking lot near the forest. In that segment, he told viewers that his laughter and attempts at humor were a coping mechanism after seeing the body.
YouTube star Laci Green was not amused, NPR reported, tweeting that “exploiting a suicide victim in Japan to the tune of 6M+ views while YouTube demonetizes students protesting in Iran is a perfect example of what a sociopathic garbage fire YouTube has become.”
Japan’s suicide rate is one of the highest among developed nations, NPR reported. In the U.S., the rate has been climbing since 2000 — with the biggest increase seen in girls who are 10-14 years old, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last year.
The streaming channels will be be making an offer customers can’t refuse in 2018.
Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Now and Acorn TV have movies, documentaries, comedy specials, children's programming and TV shows to get 2018 off on the right foot, CNN reported.
Netflix will allow fans to stream “The Godfather” and its two sequels, along with “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Lethal Weapon” and “Cars 3.”
Amazon Prime will feature the sixth season of “Grimm,” “Babel” and “Requiem for a Dream.”
Hulu will showcase “Saturday Night Fever,” “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” “Cold Mountain,” “Ghoulies 3: Ghoulies Go to College,” “I Spy” and “Look Who’s Talking.”
Amazon Prime and Hulu both will be streaming “Capote,” “Hustle & Flow,” “Reservoir Dogs,” “Thelma and Louise” and “Six Degrees of Separation.”
HBO Now’s lineup includes “Back to the Future,” “Waterworld,” and “David Bowie: The Last Five Years.”
Acorn TV will stream “Dear Murderer” and “Girlfriends.”
“Take On Me” by A-ha is one of the 1980s’ most remembered songs, not only for its fast-paced beat but also because of that iconic video, which featured a pencil-sketch animation theme (called rotoscoping) and live action featuring lead singer Morten Harket and his then-girlfriend, actress Bunty Bailey.
It reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts in October 1985 and won six awards at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards.
But take away the fast tempo and the synthesizers and that catchy riff and what do you get? A stripped-down, acoustic version of the hit that the Norwegian-based group played earlier this month on an “MTV Unplugged” show at Giske Harbour Hall in Norway.
On “MTV Unplugged,” the song is slow and performed in a style vaguely reminiscent of the 1960s rock ’n’ roll band Vanilla Fudge, which took fast-paced songs and sang them at an excruciatingly slow tempo. The Ah-ha acoustic version is less psychedelic and is sung quietly -- almost reverently.
Many purists will prefer the version that bubbled through the radio and television during the 1980s, but the new arrangement is certainly haunting.
The singer-choreographer, whose one-hit wonder “Mickey” has been a staple on music video channels since it debuted in 1982, is suing the digital entertainment studio, TMZ reported.
According to the lawsuit, Basil, whose real name is Antonia Christina Basilotta, charges that JibJab used her voice, image and likeness when it released a “Mickey” video promo in February for its musical e-cardss, TMZ reported. She also charged that JibJab did not verify who owned the musical rights to “Mickey,” and that the company used the e-card it designed as a promotional ad to entice customers to subscribe to its other products and services.
Basil, 73, said in the lawsuit that she has become "despondent and physically ill" over JibJab’s actions and now suffers from sleep deprivation, nightmares and anxiety. She is suing for damages, lost profits and emotional stress, TMZ reported.
JibJab claims it did obtain a license for the video, but honored her request to take it down once it learned she was in a separate dispute over the rights, TMZ reported.
“Mickey” was released as a single in September 1982 and hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 two months later. It was certified gold and in early 1983 hit platinum for sales of more than two million copies in the United States, according to Billboard. The music video for the song was an early favorite on MTV.
The 10-episode, half-hour series, tentatively called “Cobra Kai,” reunites original “Karate Kid” stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabka. The series is set 30 years after the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament. Zabka, reprising his role as Johnny Lawrence, seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo, Variety reported. That rekindles his rivalry with the now-successful Daniel LaRusso (Macchio), who has been struggling to manage life without Miyagi (Pat Morita). Morita passed away in 2005.
"The humor comes from two guys, who at 50 years old, still have an ax to grind," Macchio (now 55) said at the Television Critics Association on Friday. Johnny "just can't let go; he's still a teenager at heart."
“The minute I heard about this project, I knew we had to have it. ‘The Karate Kid’ became an instant classic in the 1980s, and still resonates with audiences around the world and on YouTube today,” Susanne Daniels, global head of original content for YouTube, told Variety.
The Spanish-language song "Despacito," by Luis Fonsi and featuring Daddy Yankee, is now the most-watched video on YouTube, Time magazine reported.
Last month, the video won the title as the most-streamed song of all time, with more than 4.6 billion streams on combined platforms, Time reported. On Friday, "Despacito" beat out Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth's “Fast and Furious” anthem "See You Again" for the top spot with nearly 3 billion views. "See You Again" had taken over from the longtime favorite "Gangnam Style" last month.
In a video message sent to Time from Puerto Rico, Daddy Yankee honored the record-breaking success of the song.
"Thank you, YouTube for 'Despacito's success. I recognize the influence that the platform has," he said. "The music industry has changed. The rules of music have changed. And YouTube has a big responsibility, and I recognize it. Breaking a record is overwhelming, and I'm happy to keep inspiring others to do the same," he said.
The song debuted on YouTube in January 2017. It is currently in its 12th straight week atop Billboard magazine’s Hot 100 chart.
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