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Discovery has signalled a growing reliance on lifestyle and entertainment content with a slate of new and returning shows.
New commissions “The Nolans in the Mood for Cruising,” “Cash in the Spare Room” and “Clear Out Cash In” will air on Discovery’s free-to-air channels Quest Red, HGTV and Really, respectively, while recommissions “Helicopter ER” and “The Bad Skin Clinic” will return for new seasons on their home turf.
After delivering strong ratings in 2019, “Helicopter PR” will return for seasons five and six on Really, while “The Bad Skin Clinic” comes back for a second season on Quest Red.
Produced by Brighton-based outfit Koska for Quest Red, “The Nolans in the Mood for Cruising” follows singing Irish sisters Coleen, Linda, Maureen and Anne Nolan as they hit the road, touring together for the first time in many years as the sisters prepare for a reunion concert.
In “Cash in the Spare Room” – produced by Glasgow-based Friel Kean Films for HGTV – presenters Sarah Moore (“Money For Nothing”) and Max McMurdo (“George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces”) will travel across the U.K., helping people monetize unused space in their homes.
Produced by STV Productions for Really, “Clear Out Cash In” sends auctioneer Angus Ashworth and his team of experts to houses for sale and has them flag items of value that the homeowners can then sell at auction.
“Half of Discovery’s audience are now women, and our increased investment in lifestyle and entertainment content signals our commitment to deepening engagement with these viewers,” says Discovery SVP and head of lifestyle and entertainment brands Clare Laycock.
Discovery closed on its $14.6 billion acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive in March 2018 – an acquisition that has had major reverberations in the unscripted lifestyle content space.
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Use of exotic animals for entertainment purposes — such as at parties — is now illegal in the city of Los Angeles.
The city council voted unanimously on the measure Tuesday, which applies to such animals as elephants, giraffes and lions, but does not include horses.
“The issue of wild, exotic and even dangerous animals being used for entertainment came to our doorstep four years ago, when a baby giraffe and elephant were being marched up the Hollywood Hills for a house party,” Councilmember David Ryu stated.
Ryu noted: “Whether in Council District Four or across our City, we have heard reports of majestic, wild animals being carted around for amusement at a house party. It is time that the City of Los Angeles makes absolutely clear that this abuse of wild animals is shameful, and we will not stand for it.”
Ryu introduced the measure in late 2018. Wildlife conservationists (with proper permits) and the Los Angeles Zoo are exempt from the law. The law bans entertainment wherein "a Wild or Exotic Animal or Dangerous Animal is required to perform tricks, give rides, or participate as accompaniment.”
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals as well as Animal Defenders International and the Performing Animal Welfare Society supported the measure.
"Using petrified penguins, bewildered big cats and other wild animals as party props sentences sensitive animals to miserable, deprived lives in chains, cages and trailers, and can endanger partygoers when the animals get spooked," stated Rachel Matthews, PETA deputy director of captive animal law enforcement.
Matthews added: "PETA supported this progressive ban every step of the way, and we look forward to seeing the lights go out on the days of dragging bears, giraffes, elephants and lions to house parties."
A pair of ten-year-olds find an abandoned cop car in a field. When they take it for a joyride, it seems like they could kill themselves at any moment. But things only get worse when the small town sheriff goes looking for his missing car. The kids find themselves in the center of a deadly game of cat and mouse they don’t understand and the only way out is to go as fast as their cop car can take them.
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Roddy Ricch’s streaming juggernaut “The Box” conquers its first radio rankings, with moves to No. 1 on the Rhythmic Songs and Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay charts dated Feb. 22.
“Box” bumps 3-1 on Rhythmic Songs thanks to a 16% surge in plays in the week ending Feb. 16, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. As it arrives at No. 1 its sixth week, “Box” wraps the fastest climb to the summit since Drake’s “In My Feelings” ascended in four weeks in August 2018.
In all, “Box” is only one of 32 songs -- among 383 No. 1s in the chart’s history -- to arrive at the top in six weeks or less.
“Box” marks Ricch’s second No. 1 on the Rhythmic Songs ranking, following a two-week stay with “Ballin’,” with Mustard, in December-January. The collaboration slides 6-8 on the latest Rhythmic Songs recap.
As “Box” takes over on Rhythmic radio, the smash single also lands in the winner’s circle on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart with a 4-1 jump. The track climbs through an 11% boost in plays in the week ending Feb. 16. With an identical six-week flight to No. 1, it completes the quickest sprint to the top since another streaming sensation, Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, finished a six-week dash last July.
Airplay gains push “Box” 15-13 on the all-genre Radio Songs chart and help the track secure the weekly Airplay Gainer designation on the Billboard Hot 100. There, “Box” wins a sixth term at No. 1.
“Box” looks to soon add another radio chart victory to its ledger, as it slinks 3-2 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay through an 8% boost to 27.8 million in audience in the week ending Feb. 16. The song trails only Chris Brown’s “No Guidance,” featuring Drake, which reigns for a historic 27th week.
Roddy Ricch nearly bookends the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay list, as “High Fashion,” featuring Mustard, debuts at No. 50. Both “Box” and “Fashion” appear on Ricch’s debut studio album, Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial, which leads the Billboard 200 for a fourth overall week and the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums rank for a seventh term.
EDITORS’ NOTES“You got to understand that at this point, I’m only two mixtapes out,” Roddy Ricch tells Apple Music. “Y'all just now beginning to see me and we gon' grow together.” The speed with which Roddy Ricch has made his name as one of the most important voices in LA rap is nearly unprecedented, but the specific leaps aren’t difficult to trace. His breakout tape Feed Tha Streets II—only the second one he made—features London On Da Track-produced “Die Young,” the song that gave him his first influx of attention. He’d follow that up by supplying fallen LA hero and friend Nipsey Hussle with an earworm of a chorus for “Racks in the Middle.” And then came “Ballin',” the runaway smash from Mustard’s Perfect Ten album that sent Ricch well on his way to becoming a household name.
Whatever's next for the Compton MC will likely come from his debut album, Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial, a project that features continued ruminations on success (“Perfect Time”), dalliances with spirituality (“Prayers to the Trap God”), and a fiery recounting of how far he's come as an artist and a human being (“Intro”). According to Ricch, it's the result of years of reflection both in and out of the studio. “I feel like progress really just comes from within,” he says. “Coming out of the streets, being a millionaire, and just knowing the different struggles that are in different people—you'll feel the progress because I'm progressing. This ain't me trying to rap, it's just me just talking to you.” Below, Ricch details some of the factors that helped him toward the project's completion.
Make It Like a Movie
“I really just make music all the time. My process is not making an album or a mixtape. I just really just do it for fun. I like working hard, but really just recording when I have the inspiration to talk about something. I really put my brain around molding songs together and putting different artists together and just making it a movie.”
“I feel like ‘Intro’ came when I realized that I wasn't a normal human being. I was seeing another side of having a little bread and traveling a little bit and just trying to motivate the people behind you that you got to lead into another type of promised land. You just reflect on all that and it bleeds into the music. You just talk that s**t.”
Keep a Level Head
“I'm not gon' say I'm always happy, but I'm always content. When I was really blowing up, that was just a time in my life where bad stuff was happening to me. I was losing friends—I lost my best friend to a high-speed chase. Some of my friends went to jail for four or five years after having college scholarships, not even being involved in gangs but just really just being innocent bystanders walking down the street and they just felt like sliding on your side that day. This is the stuff I was going through before I got into the position of being able to travel and really make music.”
“If I ever have to say something, [it’s because] that’s how I was feeling that day. I just put out ‘Ballin’’ with Mustard. Everybody that listens to that song tells me that it makes them happy. It’s because at that moment in time I had patched up my wounds from a lot of the street s**t I went through and I felt good that day. So now it's like the more I begin to open up and drop more songs, people are seeing that I could do different things.”
Follow Nipsey’s Example
“All my closest relatives have quit their jobs and it's a business, you know what I'm saying? My people are doing real estate, going into the trucking business, and really just trying to figure out different things. When my brothers and sisters, even my cousins and aunties are all just figuring out what their interests are, [I feel like] Moses in the Bible: leading people out of a situation and taking them into something different.”
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LEE COUNTY, Fla. - The man accused of hitting and killing Layla Aiken last March will spend two years in prison.
Following two years in prison, Hetherington will be required to serve two years of community control, similar to house arrest, followed by two years of state probation. His license will be suspended for one year.
Hetherington was arrested two months after Aiken's death. Investigators believe he hit her with his truck while she was waiting for the bus stop, then kept driving.
In a text message, Kathleen Redman, Layla's mother, said "I can tell you her father and I are satisfied with the plea deal," and "We CHOSE this together because this [is] about justice for Layla."
Hetherington never turned himself in.
According to discovery documents, while he was being questioned by police he "did not cooperate" and said his lawyer told him not to talk to police because "they would twist his words."
Layla was 8 years old. Her two brothers were at the bus stop with her when she was hit.
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The unscripted series has been a steady performer for the network this season.
NBC will continue its relationship with Ellen DeGeneres: The network has renewed her unscripted show Ellen's Game of Games for a fourth season.
DeGeneres announced the pickup Tuesday on her daytime talk show during a round of "Danger Word," one of the contests she features on Game of Games.
"I'm so excited. I love this show so much," said DeGeneres. "It makes me so happy. I love games. It combines all my favorite things: prizes and surprises. I’m sure you’ve seen it but if you haven’t, you’ve been missing out. We can’t wait to get started on the next round of episodes."
Game of Games, which DeGeneres hosts and executive produces, has been a steady performer for NBC in its winter run. It's averaging a 1.2 rating in the key ad-sales demo of adults 18-49 and about 5.2 million total viewers with a week of delayed viewing. While down from last season (1.7 and 7 million viewers), the current season ranks in the middle of the pack among NBC's entertainment programming.
Ellen's Game of Games comes from Warner Horizon Unscripted and Alternative Television in association with Telepictures and DeGeneres' A Very Good Production. DeGeneres, Kevin A. Leman II, Mary Connelly, Ed Glavin, Andy Lassner, Derek Westervelt, Daniel Norris, Noah Bonnett and Jeff Kleeman are the executive producers. The series also features Stephen "tWitch" Boss as its announcer.
Game of Games joins dramas This Is Us and New Amsterdam and comedies Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Superstore in securing a spot on NBC's 2020-21 schedule.
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Beyoncé's 8-year-old Daughter Blue Ivy Has Surpassed 1 Million Monthly Listeners On Spotify, Despite Never Having Released Any Solo MusicRead Now
The 8-year-old was recently featured on "Brown Skin Girl" from "The Lion King: The Gift," which was curated and executive produced by her mother, Beyoncé.
A screenshot of Blue Ivy Carter's artist page on Spotify, where she had 1,060,626 monthly listeners at the time of writing.
SpotifyCarter had been featured on her parents' songs before, like Beyoncé's 2014 song "Blue" and a rendition of "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" on her 2019 live album "Homecoming."
Carter is also credited with providing "additional vocals" on some of her father's songs, including "Blue's Freestyle/We Family" and "Legacy." Just two days after her birth, she was featured on Jay-Z's "Glory" and became the youngest person ever to appear on a Billboard chart.
However, "Brown Skin Girl" appears to be the only song listed on Carter's Spotify page — possibly because it's the only song on which she's credited as a lyricist.
Blue Ivy was featured in her mother's music video for "Spirit." DisneyFans are celebrating Carter's achievement on social media and joking that she was "outperforming the other girls in the womb."
Beyoncé previously argued that her eldest child is a "cultural icon" in an ongoing legal fight to trademark her name.
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Facebook scams are growing more prevalent as digital fraudsters increasingly target social media users who leave their personal data on Facebook - at great risk.
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Case in point: in September, Facebook revealed that over 30 million user profiles were breached, with key personal data including names, contact information, gender, relationship status, and location check-ins being compromised, and potentially exposed to data thieves.
The recent Facebook breach comes at a time when law enforcement and information technology security specialists deem data fraud protection to be a big issue, and a big challenge - for Facebook users, companies and organizations, and even the federal government.
Recent data from Experian, one of the three major credit-reporting firms shows that, while companies share the blame for the recent uptick in data breaches, consumers are at fault, too - even as they downplay the threat from a cyber-breach.
According to the credit rating giant . . .
Americans use social media sites like Facebook for different purposes, including keeping tabs on friends and family, reconnecting with old friends, checking out the news, and to advance their hobbies, lifestyle interests, and careers.
In doing so, Facebook users may be leaving themselves vulnerable to identity thieves, primarily by "oversharing" personal information that I.D. Fraudsters can use to steal their personal data.
Even data as seemingly simple as your home address could be enough for a cyber-thief to crack your online identity. In that regard, it's imperative that you monitor and protect what you're sharing on Facebook.
What Is Facebook Fraud?To understand Facebook fraud protection, recognize the meaning of social media fraud, as well, as the two are commonly linked.
Data fraud, often linked to identity theft and identity fraud, is defined by the U.S. Department of Justice as "all types of crime in which someone wrongfully obtains and uses another person's personal data in some way that involves fraud or deception, typically for economic gain.
Data fraud is often triggered by data breaches - the theft of sensitive, confidential information by unauthorized individuals who usually use that stolen data to commit cyber fraud - just like the one Facebook recently experienced.
By and large, data breaches can mean the theft of consumer finance data (like a Social Security number of a bank account PIN and password); the theft of personal data; or the theft of intellectual property.
While Facebook offers users stringent security options, especially in its "Privacy Settings" page, it's really up to you to protect your data as a Facebook user - online and off-line.
Seven Facebook Scams to Watch Out forLet's take a look at Facebook fraud specifically, examine the different scams fraudsters use on Facebook, and shine a light on effective ways consumers can protect their identities on Facebook.
1. The "See Who's Viewed Your Profile" ScamThis gambit tries to steer you toward a clickable link, and not toward any direct data showing who's viewed your Facebook profile. Instead, you'll likely be sent to a survey, gift card offer or content web page where you'll be asked to submit personal data, which a fraud artist can use to either sell your personal information or use it themselves to commit some sort of identity theft fraud. Always know that Facebook doesn't monitor who is looking at your profile like LinkedIn does.
2. The "See Who's Blocked You" ScamSimilar to the "view your profile" scam listed above, this tactic promises to provide a list of people and organizations that have blocked you on Facebook. Bypass any of these requests completely. By company policy, Facebook does not share the software data sets needed to show anyone who's blocking who.
3. The Facebook "Video" ScamThis scam is aimed at the inner ego of a Facebook user. It promises to release a social media video of you (or you as a part of a larger group) that has gotten a ton of "likes" on Facebook. Don't click on the link. There is no video, but there is a data thief who will take the information you provide and build a step-by-step targeted attack against your personal data.
4. The Facebook "Dislike" ScamFraudster's often use Facebook's ubiquitous "like" button as a springboard into this "bait and switch" scam. Here, the data thief will send you an email or text and recommend you enable a Facebook "dislike" button to use on the social media site. While Facebook is currently testing a dislike "arrow" in New Zealand and Australia), it doesn't formally offer a dislike button on its site. If you click on the "disable" request, you may unknowingly be installing malware software on your site, which fraudsters use to scoop up your personal data. Instead, delete any messages that steer you to a dislike "Facebook" button.
5. The "Fake News" Facebook ScamWith this scam, a financial fraud artist sends you an email claiming a major event has taken place, like a horrible plane crash or the death of a celebrity, along with a provocative image. You'll click on to the "news link", which is actually a mechanism to trigger a malware installation, which automatically targets and gains access to your personal information on Facebook. Avoid a data loss scenario and delete all emails with dubious "news" from someone purported to be linked to Facebook.
6. The "Your Facebook Account Has Been Canceled" ScamThis scam involves "phishing," a scam that tries to get you to respond to emails purporting to be from actual people or businesses and reveal your personal data, like passwords and credit card numbers. In this instance, the email purports to be from Facebook, warning you that your Facebook account is about to be canceled (in some instances the email may ask you to confirm your Facebook account.) The key is the scammer's request that you send your Facebook user name and password back in response, which a data thief can use to burrow down into your Facebook profile and steal sensitive information. To avoid this particular scam, never rely on an email for any official message from Facebook - the company will send any message directly on the site.
7. Product Testing ScamsWhile this scam isn't unique to Facebook, given the wide use of Facebook, it's one that fraudsters love to try out for size. Here, a message will pop up on Facebook offering you money, gift cards or an actual product if you "test-drive" a device, like an Apple iPhone or Apple Watch. Don't go for it. The gambit is not endorsed by Apple (and most reputable companies with other products) and it could lead to data loss if you click on any "product testing" offers.
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The best defense against Facebook fraud is a good offense (social media fraudsters don't like it when their targets vigorously arm themselves with robust tools and strategies to defend themselves and their personal data.)
How to Protect Your Data on FacebookHere is a list of preventative measures you can take to protect yourself from becoming a victim of Facebook-related identity theft or fraud.
By and large, only share your posts and contact data with your Facebook friends, and not the general public. That should build a good wall against financial fraudsters who want easier access to your Facebook account.
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Los Angeles — Many of the top-selling artists in country music are women, but superstars are still fighting for time on country music radio stations.
Country music artist Lindsay Ell is a victim of that unspoken rule — that radio stations play a limited number of songs by female artists, and definitely not back-to-back.
"I really think this whole problem of ratios, of males to females being played on country radio, rolls back to the record labels," Ell said.
Labels have power in a genre where radio is essential to building a fan base. A new study by Country Music Television — a division of ViacomCBS — backs Ell's claim. It found that 7 in 10 country radio listeners want to hear more female artists. But only 10% of airtime is dedicated to them.
When Los Angeles' only country music radio station recently played Gabby Barrett and Kelsea Ballerini back-to-back, a firestorm exploded on social media. Variety reporter Chris Willman jokingly tweeted, "Can't they get fined for that?"
"I was taken aback like I just saw a unicorn. You can't play two women back to back on country radio," Willman said.
Country music's brightest female stars quickly chimed in. "Smells like white male bull****," tweeted Kacey Musgraves, "And yet, they can play 18 dudes who sound exactly the same back to back."
"This conversation is far above male versus female. It's about music," Ell said.
Country Music Television is now committed to making sure 50% of its videos are performed by female artists.
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Michael Franzese: If a mob boss was ever visiting a psychiatrist, he'd be in the trunk of his car by the end of the week. Along with the psychiatrist. That would never happen.
My name is Michael Franzese, and I was a former capo in the Colombo crime family, one of the five New York Mafia La Cosa Nostra families. I'm now residing in the Los Angeles area, and I'm here to be a movie critic.
"The Godfather" (1972)
This would never happen. First of all, it's too much work involved in this, you know? You've got so many guys. Usually mob hits are not done like that. I mean, they're normally done at close range, small-caliber guns and shotguns being used. I never saw anything like this before. I know back in the '20s they used machine guns. "Tommy guns" was the term back then. But, to me, this scene seems to be unrealistic.
"Analyze This" (1999)
There was always a guy of that size. In every crew and every family there was always somebody that big that was around. Italians eat a lot, and some of them get real big. You know, I doubt you'd ever see this many people. The last time something like this occurred was Appalachia, back in New York, when guys from all over the country came in. I think they probably modeled this scene after that. You know, ever since law enforcement invaded that meeting, it never happened again. And that I know for a fact.
"The Godfather: Part II" (1974)
We infiltrated society on every level, from the guy on the street, the numbers business, right up to the White House. And you would never see a politician talk to us like that because most of them we supported. And I'm wondering if I would've been able to stay calm. Which was the right thing to do
This kiss of death, that was a Sicilian thing, I believe, and certainly something that might've happened in Italy. This is a scene that, you know, that became close to me because I had a brother, I have a brother that actually turned informant. Testified against my dad, and actually tried to hurt me, and went into the Witness Protection Program. Haven't seen him in 10 years. It's very hard to bear, hard to deal with. Since I walked away from that life and basically, you know, violated my oath just by walking away, not that I ever hurt anybody, but just by walking away, contract on my life, the whole bit. Did you ever worry about your family? And my answer is no. We didn't go after law enforcement. We didn't bother anybody's family, that was hands off. In Italy, you know, they go after your family, law enforcement, I mean, you know, there's no rules when it comes to stuff like that.
I can tell you this scene is not unrealistic, because, you know, in a mob-run casino, we certainly wouldn't have tolerated anybody cheating like that. So it could've been this, I mean, you break somebody's legs, put them in a hospital. Even though this is Lefty Rosenthal, he wasn't a made member, but he was an associate, but he dressed the part. De Niro and Gotti, and, you know, even myself, we dressed up pretty good. At every weekend, I was at weddings and funerals. Half the time I didn't know who died or who was getting married, but we had to go as a matter of respect. So we had to dress up quite a bit. I mean, I probably had 50 suits at that time.
"Donnie Brasco" (1997)
All right, I gotta tell you this. This is probably one of the most realistic scenes in all of mob moviedom. You know, it's funny. I'm a speaker now, and every time I say, "fuggedaboutit," which I say by habit, people laugh, you know. This scene made that word famous. It applies to everything. Just like the sit-down. Anytime you had any kind of meeting, it was always at a sit-down. Had a sit-down, and discuss, you know, a life-and-death matter. We had a sit-down just to have dinner. Everything was done at a sit-down.
"Get Shorty" (1995)
It's, No. 1, it's the perception that this person is a serious guy, that can, you know, maybe hurt you, and that intensifies that look. 'Cause I know a lot of times, you know, people said, "Hey, all you've got to do is look at somebody, and they get nervous." Travolta, I thought, killed this role. You know, a lot of mob guys, I mean, myself being one of them, got involved in entertainment. Travolta took it to another level, wanting to be a director and whatever it was. We were more or less behind the scenes, you know, financing some of these things, getting to know some of the people, some of the perks involved with it. Really, that was it.
Yeah, no, I don't think he really looked like me. I'll be honest with you, I was in the theater. I had just gotten out of prison, and I went to see this with my wife. And after a few minutes she looked at me and she said, you know: "Is this really what you guys did? Is that what your life was all about?" And I said: "Honey, c'mon, it's a movie. They make things up." You know, "Don't pay attention." No sooner do I say that than they introduce my character, and she looks at me, and I say, "C'mon, we gotta go." And I walked out, 'cause I didn't know why they put me in. It was a different crew.
People say, "Well, how did you come up with those nicknames?" You know, like, there was a guy that we called Chicken Head. And the reason we called him that because he used to shoot the head off of chickens when he was practicing his marksmanship. You know, we had Benny Eggs. "Well, why'd you call him Benny Eggs?" Well, he liked eggs. He ate them all the time. So we weren't really original with the names. We had Fat Tony Salerno. "Why'd you call him Fat Tony?" Well, he was fat.
You know, they made Henry out to be a lot more significant in the life than he really was. He was just a lost soul. He always had a drug problem, alcohol problem. For me, Joe Pesci is the best portrayer of any mob guy. You know, he was around street guys, he knew guys out on the street. And he just had it down so perfectly.
"A Bronx Tale" (1993)
You know, most of the local police, they didn't bother us. You know, it was really the FBI and, you know, investigative agencies like that, especially the feds. I doubt if anybody, even though he was protecting his son, would ever come right out front like that and look to put people on front street, so to speak. Front street, in other words, you're telling the police that, you know, one of these guys might be guilty of doing something. So you're actually, you know, in mob terms, you're becoming a rat or a snitch. And, you know, you pay a price for that.
"Mean Streets" (1973)
You know, this whole shylocking scene, you know, very accurate. Shylocking, loan sharking, you know, basically lending money at usurious rates. And everybody that was in that life was in that business. That had any money. You know, he plays these roles good. I think, today, you know, the way De Niro's acting, he thinks he really is a mob guy, you know. It's kinda permeated his whole being and his character.
"The Simpsons" (2006)
A lot of things fell off a truck. I mean, that was the expression that we used. Whether it be clothing, a suit, you know, electronics, cars, whatever. You know, hijacking was a big thing back in the day, no question about it. And there was some guys that were professional hijackers. Today, it's very difficult, but it was a lot easier to change the serial numbers and make a new car out of it, and nobody could ever find it, so.
"The Irishman" (2020)
You know, I'm a little bit jaded when I look at this film, only because I know that the Sheeran story is fiction. I mean, he didn't kill Hoffa. I didn't know Jimmy Hoffa personally, but it was during my time. But I do have insight into, you know, what really happened there. He was a hot-headed guy, and he was one of the most powerful guys in the country at that point. Remember this, you control the teamsters, in a big way, you control the country. You know, No. 1, you got zillions of dollars in your pension funds. You call a strike as a teamster, you know, you've got 2 1/2 million people stopping, nothing gets delivered, everything stops, and that's a tremendous amount of power.
The Joey Gallo killing, that was, 'cause I know, you know, for a fact, what happened there. Like I said, that was our time. And, you know, I was in the middle of that. I wasn't the shooter, don't get me wrong, but I knew it was our family. For him to be so, you know, outspoken about doing that, it was just so wrong. I mean, the scene was accurate. I mean, he did get killed in that way. He did get out into the street, and they did get him there, and his family was there, the whole thing. But Sheeran wasn't the shooter.
"The Untouchables" (1987)
I mean, he certainly looked the part. You know, everybody looks at Capone like he was a 40, 50-year-old guy. He was, like, 29 years old. He was in his 30s when he passed away, I think.
You know, Capone was bigger than life in the movies. He wasn't bigger than life with us. I mean, nobody really regarded him. You know, even my father said, you know: "We chased him out of Brooklyn. He went to Chicago." And my father's 103, so he was around all of these guys.
You know, unfortunately, I get asked about all the time is about murder in that life. And I will tell you this. Murder was taken very seriously, OK? It can only be approved by the boss. So I've been very, very fortunate to be here, where I am now, and not dead or in prison, like just about all of my associates.
"The Sopranos" (1999-2007)
If a mob boss was ever visiting a psychiatrist, he'd be in the trunk of his car by the end of the week, along with the psychiatrist. That would never happen.
There's no way in the world if a mob boss hit anybody that that guy would come back at him. No way. Especially in front of audience. If he did, you don't ever raise your hand to a made guy. No matter who you are, you raise your hand to a made guy, you're dead, and so, and they know that. So this is not a realistic scene.
So David Chase gets in touch with me through a friend of mine, Jack Gilardi at ICM, and he says: "Look, I'm doing this series for Fox. And we want you to be involved as a consultant." And I said, "You know, I'm on parole and all this stuff." So I turned it down. That's how smart I am, right? "The Sopranos." But I always wondered why he contacted me. In my house, back in the '60s when it was being built, the government, the FBI, installed a bugging device. They had it in the kitchen of our house, and they picked up a lot of the conversation on a daily basis. And I am telling you that Tony Soprano's mother was so much like my mother. You know, maybe he got the Freedom of Information Act, maybe he did something, but he got a hold of that surveillance tapes, and he patterned that woman on my mother. And I said, I would, I tell you, I would almost stake my life. I've never had a chance to talk to him about it.
That's not true at all. I mean, I saw...[scoffs] you know, on a hot summer day in Harlem, you know, guys would sit out in front of their social clubs, and they'd be in shorts. Even the boss. I mean, you know, that's not true. I mean, you go on a boat, you're in shorts. Or maybe somebody told them that that, you know, didn't know what they were talking about. But that's not true.
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NBCUniversal’s new Peacock streaming service will host a two-day Peacock Live! Event on Universal Studios Hollywood’s famed backlot with TV show panel discussions, celebrity appearances and a slew of interactive activations.
The event will take place March 28-29 and include panels with Milo Ventimiglia and Justin Hartley of “This Is Us” and Christina Hendricks, Retta and Mae Whitman of “Good Girls.” Attendees will also get a special sneak peek of the Peacock reboot of “Saved By the Bell” with Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley that’s coming exclusively to the streaming service.
Tickets are $99 for one-day general admission; $179 for two-day general admission; $199 for one-day premium access and $349 for two-day premium access. Premium access includes admission to all panels, programming and activations as well as same-day general admission to Universal Studios Hollywood after 12 p.M., one-hour early entry to the backlot, preferred parking, priority seating and a lounge area for premium-only ticket holders. All passes can be purchased at peacocklive.com. Fans who purchase tickets before Feb. 16 will be able to get personalized credentials mailed to them prior to the festival.
Guests will also get an exclusive first look at new experiences coming to Universal Studios theme parks around the world and a special Halloween Horror Nights panel will discuss how they collaborate with filmmakers to bring iconic horror cinema to life during its annual event. There will also be a 2020 Tokyo Olympics panel with host Mike Tirico conversing with Olympians Mary Lou Retton, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Rowdy Gaines and a panel that will discuss how theme park attractions are made with focus on the “Jurassic World” franchise and the all-new Jurassic World—The Ride.
During the fest, there will be a variety of special appearances and activities. Bob Harper and trainers Steve Cook and Erica Lugo from “The Biggest Loser” will lead special fitness and wellness activities; there will be a meet and greet and lunch opportunity with cast members from “Days of Our Lives”; Ellen DeGeneres will host some of her favorite games from her “Ellen’s Game of Games” show; Derek Hough from “World of Dance” will be giving some dance instruction; Jay Leno will show off some vehicles from “Jay Leno’s Garage.”
Guests can also spin around in the red chairs and play a judge on “The Voice;” hang out in the giant yellow Minions Dome for experiences tied to the all-new “Minions: The Rise of Gru”; meet and greet with YouTube star and NBC late-night talk show host Lilly Singh of “A Little Late with Lilly Singh”; and those that attend the Peacock Live! Event will be among the first to ride the all-new The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash! Attraction which is set to open in the spring.
The programming also includes a special preview screening of DreamWorks Animation’s “Trolls World Tour,” a collection of vehicles from the “Fast & Furious” franchise, as well as an archival exhibit with props and costumes from beloved feature films and television shows.
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What: 69th NBA All-Star Game
When: Sunday, Feb. 16 | 8 p.m. ET
TV: TNT, coverage begins at 6 p.m. ET
Where: United Center
The Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James and the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo lead the list of 10 players – two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference – selected by fans, current NBA players and a media panel to start in the 2020 NBA All-Star Game.
Along with James (frontcourt), the Western Conference starter pool features the Lakers’ Anthony Davis (frontcourt), the Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Dončić (guard), the Houston Rockets’ James Harden (guard) and the LA Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (frontcourt).
The West reserves are: Russell Westbrook, Damian Lillard, Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, Nikola Jokic, Chris Paul and Brandon Ingram.
In the Eastern Conference, Antetokounmpo (frontcourt) is joined in the starter pool by the Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid (frontcourt), the Toronto Raptors’ Pascal Siakam (frontcourt), the Boston Celtics’ Kemba Walker (guard) and the Atlanta Hawks’ Trae Young (guard).
The East reserves are: Jimmy Butler, Ben Simmons, Khris Middleton, Jayson Tatum, Domantas Sabonis, Kyle Lowry and Bam Adebayo.
During the All-Star Draft on Feb. 6, LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo selected the team rosters for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game. The Lakers’ Anthony Davis was selected by James with the first overall pick in the 2020 NBA All-Star Draft. The Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid was drafted by Antetokounmpo with the No. 2 overall pick. See below for the team rosters for the NBA All-Star Game.
LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard, Luka Doncic, James Harden
Damian Lillard (injured, will not play), Ben Simmons, Nikola Jokic, Jayson Tatum, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Domantas Sabonis, Devin Booker
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid, Pascal Siakam, Kemba Walker, Trae Young
Khris Middleton, Bam Adebayo, Rudy Gobert, Kyle Lowry, Brandon Ingram, Donovan Mitchell
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First EP 'Start' from her three-part EP series entitled 'Start 2 End' released today.
Available in all digital stores worldwide
A LETTER FROM SAMANTHA:
Hello, I'm BMI Recording Artist Samantha Ann. I have a passion for positivity in good music. I am a singer-songwriter from South Texas. Music is all around us, for some it courses through our veins. My first sentence, I sang and my first few paragraphs became a song. My message is one of hope and positivity.
I am blessed with Epilepsy. Although having epilepsy is very hard on me, music rescues me. Even when my dreams seem so limited. By writing and performing my own music I connect with my listeners on a personal level. Maybe they are going through something I went through and my words touch them in a way that only music could. Not only is it a message for my listeners but for myself as well. I need to prove to myself that I had exactly what I thought in me and just because someone says you can't do something, doesn't mean you shouldn't try. If you see it and you believe it, then you'll achieve it. In this I'm a firm believer.
Because of my success with the first four songs, I walked the red carpets at the Country Music Awards and attended the after party with the Stars of Country Music. I was so frightened by the flashing lights and my epilepsy, I stepped back from the mic for a few years and developed manic depression. Part of my goal in reaching an audience who cares about other people is to start support groups for people who suffer any type of mental illness. 73% of musicians suffer from some sort of mental health issue related to music. I want to be there for those people by spreading love and empowering music. Something someone could not only relate to but thrive through.
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'Start' in all digital stores worldwide Feburary 14th, 2020
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