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In a world where ad rates are declining for traditional broadcast media, the corporations responsible for making the fictions that millions devour daily need to find a new business model.
Subscription services are on the rise — with every major broadcaster launching an on-demand service — and so are ad-supported video streaming services to replace the traditional networks.
But there’s another Holy Grail of the advertising industry, long thought to be too technologically difficult to achieve, that may finally be within reach. It’s the on-demand product placement of branded goods in a video, and it’s the technology that Ryff has been developing since it was founded in early 2018.
Product placement is an increasingly big business in the U.S., raking in some $11.44 billion in 2019, according to data collected by Statista. That figure is up from $4.75 billion in 2012. The same report indicated that roughly 49% of Americans took action after seeing product placement in media.
The effectiveness of product placement has even been proven by researchers from Indiana University and Emory University. They found that “prominent product placement embedded in television programming does have a net positive impact on online conversations and web traffic for the brand.”
And while streaming services enjoy the dollars their subscribers are throwing at them, they’re also looking at ways to diversify their revenue streams. Netflix and Hulu are both expanding their product marketing divisions and analysts like those from Forrester Research predict that product placement will be a huge moneymaker for the company as traditional ad rates decline.
There are companies that handle product placement already. Startups like Branded Entertainment Network, which works with brands and producers to place real brands into contextually relevant scenes in movies and television, and Mirriad, which adds branded billboards to scenes, are working to bring more money to platforms and producers.
Ryff takes the technology to the next level, using computer vision, machine learning and rendering technologies to identify objects in a scene and replace them with branded products that can be tailored based on customer data.
“The infusion of SVOD/streaming platforms into the market, combined with platforms like Netflix that are unsuccessfully trying to grow their subscriber base will force those same platforms to explore and embrace alternative revenue streams,” said Marlon Nichols, managing general partner at MaC Venture Capital, and a new director on the Ryff board. “In addition, consumers on paid platforms do not want their content consumption interrupted by ads. As such, product placement will be an important growth channel and Ryff’s new marketplace and unique technology set it up to be the unequivocal growth market leader.”
To continue its technology development and ramp up sales and marketing, the company has raised $5 million in financing. According to Crunchbase, Ryff had previously raised $3.6 million from investors, including a subsidiary of the Mahindra Group and undisclosed investors. The new financing came from Valor Siren Ventures, MaC Venture Capital, Moneta Ventures and Vulcan Capital.
“Ryff’s offering is well-timed with the rapidly increasing demand for solutions that extend the reach of a brand’s content and drive business results,” said Uday Ghare, vice president for media and entertainment at Tech Mahindra, in a statement at the time of the company’s investment. “We believe the market will continue to see a shift of brand dollars to both content marketing and programmatic advertising as brands increase their reliance on content-centric programs and look to scale those efforts.”
Ryff’s ads can be tailored to the viewer’s taste, the platform on which video is being distributed, the geography of the broadcast, the date and time of the broadcast and a broader demographic profile, according to the company. Basically it’s like AdWords for videos.
In a blog post writing about the rationale behind his investment firm’s capital commitment to the company, Marlon Nichols of MaC Ventures wrote:
Imagine a future where an IP owner can maximize the value of its content by putting it on the Ryff marketplace, where that content will be mapped for dozens if not hundreds of product placement opportunities and be layered with restrictions that comply with creative needs. Those opportunities will be ranked and priced by their effectiveness to drive marketing goals for brands. Brands can bid on in-video placement opportunities that fit their marketing strategies and budgets. 3D brand assets can be uploaded and inserted dynamically into content right before the moment of video delivery.
Ryff’s first disclosed partnership is with the “reality” television producer Endemol Shine.
“Ryff successfully takes the concept of product placement, the only advertising format that can’t be skipped by the viewer, and delivers a scalable and adaptable advertising solution that can be applied to any content, at any time and in any market,” said Roy Taylor, founder and CEO of Ryff, in a statement. “The result benefits all — content free from annoying distractions, audience-specific brand placement and delivering a new means towards monetizing video assets.”
According to Variety, a total of 344 films have been submitted this year to the organization for getting a chance to win the biggest prize at the annual star-studded ceremony. “Avengers: Endgame,” “Ad Astra,” and “Booksmart” are among the movies that are eligible for contention at the Oscars.
Martin Scorsese’s epic crime drama “The Irishman” is also on the list and is considered to be one of the frontrunners. The movie has already created a wave across all the major award shows. The film starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci was named Best Picture by the National Board Of Review (NBR) and is also one of the top 10 movies of 2019 by the American Film Institute (AFI). It was also named Best Film by the New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC).
Another major contender on the list is Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite.” The movie has been in the news for all the right reasons and is turning out to be a massive success for South Korea. Just yesterday, it was announced that the movie has been shortlisted for the Oscars in two categories, Best International Feature and Original Song.
The movie has already won over 40 awards around the world, including Best Film by New York Film Critics Online (NYFCO). It is also the first Korean film to garner three nods at the Golden Globes.
Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” is also up for contention while Todd Phillips’ take on the diabolical clown prince of Gotham, “Joker,” is also eligible for the award. Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” is another contender that has been submitted for the coveted trophy.
Other entries like “Marriage Story,” “The Farewell,” “Uncut Gems,” “Ford v Ferrari” and “Knives Out” have also been included on the list. “Cats” and “Star Wars: Rise Of The Skywalker” are also in contention.
The official nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards will be announced on Jan. 13 and the star-studded event will take place on Feb. 9 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
The full list of movies in contention is found below:
“The Addams Family”
“After The Wedding”
“Alita: Battle Angel”
“Always Be My Maybe”
“The Amazing Johnathan”
“Angel Has Fallen”
“The Angry Birds Movie 2”
“Annabelle Comes Home”
“Another Day of Life”
“The Art of Racing in the Rain”
“The Art of Self-Defense”
“As the Earth Turns”
“Ask Dr. Ruth”
“The Beach Bum”
“A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood”
“The Best of Enemies”
“The Biggest Little Farm”
“Black and Blue”
“The Black Godfather”
“Blinded By The Light”
“The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind”
“Brittany Runs A Marathon”
“The Bronx USA”
“Bunuel In The Labyrinth Of The Turtles”
“By The Grace Of God”
“Children Of The Sea”
“Cliffs Of Freedom”
“The Cold Blue”
“The Current War: Director’s Cut”
“The Curse of La Llorona”
“Daughter of Mine”
“David Crosby: Remember My Name”
“The Dead Don’t Die”
“Dilili in Paris”
“A Dog’s Journey”
“Dolemite Is My Name”
“Don’t Let Go”
“Dora And The Lost City of Gold”
“Echo In The Canyon”
“The Edge Of Democracy”
“The Elephant Queen”
“The Etruscan Smile”
“Eve N’God This Female Is Not Yet Rated”
“Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile”
“The Fall Of The American Empire”
“Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw”
“Fast Color” “Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles”
“Fighting With My Family”
“Five Feet Apart”
“For the Birds”
“Ford v Ferrari”
“47 Meters Down: Uncaged”
“Framing John Delorean”
“Funan” “Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened”
“The Game Changers”
“Genndy Tartakovsky’s ‘Primal’ – Tales Of Savagery”
“Give Me Liberty”
“Godzilla: King Of The Monsters”
“The Good Liar”
“The Great Hack”
“The Ground Beneath My Feet”
“Happy Death Day 2 U”
“A Hidden Life”
“High Flying Bird”
“The Holy Fail”
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”
“I Love My Body”
“I’m Not Here”
“Isn’t It Romantic”
“It Chapter Two”
“John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum”
“Josef (Born in Grace)”
“Jumanji: The Next Level”
“The Kid Who Would Be King”
“Knife + Heart”
“Knock Down the House”
“The Last Black Man in San Francisco”
“The Last Color”
“The Last Fiction”
“The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part”
“The Lion King”
“Lucy in the Sky”
“M For Malaysia”
“A Madea Family Funeral”
“Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound”
“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”
“The Man Who Killed Don Quixote”
“The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot”
“Marona’s Fantastic Tale”
“Men in Black: International”
“Mickey and the Bear”
“A Million Little Pieces”
“Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movement”
“My Stretch Of Texas Ground”
“Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase”
“Once Upon A Time In Hollywood”
“One Child Nation”
“One Last Night”
“One Little Finger”
“The Other Story”
“Pain And Glory”
“The Peanut Butter Falcon”
“Playing with Fire”
“Playmobil the Movie”
“Pokémon Detective Pikachu”
“Portrait of a Lady on Fire”
“Queen & Slim”
“Queen of Hearts”
“The Quiet One”
“Rambo: Last Blood”
“Ready or Not”
“Roll Red Roll”
“Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese”
“Run the Race”
“Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”
“Sea of Shadows”
“The Secret Life of Pets 2”
“Single Slipper Size 7”
“The Song of Names”
“The Sound of Silence”
“South Central Love”
“Spider-Man: Far From Home”
“Spies in Disguise”
“The Standoff at Sparrow Creek”
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”
“The Sun is Also a Star”
“The Swallows of Kabul”
“Sword of Trust”
“Tel Aviv on Fire”
“Tell Me Who I Am”
“Terminator: Dark Fate”
“Them That Follow”
“This Changes Everything”
“The Magnificent Cake!”
“This One’s For the Ladies”
“To Be of Service”
“The Tomorrow Man”
“Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am”
“Toy Story 4”
“Trial By Fire”
“The Two Popes”
“Upon & Ipin: The Lone Gibbon Kris”
“Vita & Virginia”
“The Warrior Queen of Jhansi”
“Weathering with You”
“What Men Want”
“Where’s My Roy Cohn?”
“The White Crow”
“Windows on the World”
“A Wishing Tree”
“Zombieland: Double Tap”
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Nearly two years after the song's release date, Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi and reggaetón star Daddy Yankee continue to burn steadily up the charts.
YouTube has released a detailed breakdown of the most popular music videos from the past four decades, and "Despacito," which is mostly in Español, is leading the 2010s chart.
With a whopping 6.5 billion views, the music clip topped the list. And this is not the first time "Despacito," which means "slowly" in Spanish, has made YouTube history.
In 2018, it became the world's first video to reach 5 billion views on the video-sharing platform, winning the artists a Guinness World Records title.
Here are the rest of YouTube's most viewed music videos of this decade:
'Shape of You'
Released in 2017, Ed Sheeran's tune had more than 4.5 billion views.
'See You Again'
Wiz Khalifa's video features Charlie Puth and earned 4.3 billion views. In 2017, it took the top spot.
The song was also a tribute to the movie star Paul Walker, who was killed in a car crash before the 2015 action film "Furious 7" was released.
Sitting at No. 4 are Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars with 3.7 billion views. This song reached the top of the charts in 2015, remained there for 14 weeks, and became the longest-leading Billboard Hot 100 of the 2010s at the time.
With 3.4 billion views, PSY's music video not only made the top five, it broke YouTube in 2014 by surpassing the average views the platform could handle at that time.
Is it too late now to say sorry ... That this video didn't top the chart? Justin Bieber's 2015 hit made it into our hearts with 3.2 billion views.
The song was released in 2015 and performed during this year's Super Bowl halftime show. Maroon 5's video was watched more than 3 billion times.
With 2.9 billion views, Katy Perry's "Roar" in 2016 was part of a historic moment in America. The song was used as a campaign theme for Hillary Clinton, the first woman nominated by a major political party for President of the United States.
No more counting stars, they are counting views. OneRepublic's "Counting Stars" ends the decade with more than 2.8 billion views on YouTube.
'Thinking Out Loud'
Sheeran is the only artist to have two singles in this top 10, closing the list with "Thinking Out Loud," which had 2.8 billion views.
"The Nightmare Before Christmas" still holds up more than 25 years later, as either a Christmas or Halloween movie.
Jack Skellington is the main character in "A Nightmare Before Christmas." Buena Vista PicturesWhat it's about: Jack Skellington (voiced by composer Danny Elfman) and the rest of his brood are brought to vivid life in this landmark stop-motion animation musical from Tim Burton and director Henry Selick. It centers on Jack as he ventures outside the confines of his beloved Halloweentown and into the world of Christmastown, eventually kidnapping Santa and taking over for St. Nick.
Why you should watch: As '90s nostalgia goes, this one is an all-timer. The songs are as catchy as the story is heartfelt, and Burton and Selick are at the top of their game here, with one of the most beloved and essential movies Disney's ever made.
"Home Alone" is a must-watch, especially around this time of year.
Macaulay Culkin stars in "Home Alone." FoxWhat it's about: Writer John Hughes ("The Breakfast Club") and director Chris Columbus teamed up for this '90s hit about Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin), a bratty 8-year-old who gets stranded in his Chicago home after his parents and family accidentally leave on a trip to Paris without him. As Kevin's mom (the great Catherine O'Hara) struggles to get back to her kid, Kevin must literally defend his home from two stupid-but-determined thieves.
Why you should watch: Who hasn't seen this movie already? "Home Alone," despite some creaky story elements and dated '90s fashion and hairstyles, still holds up today — thanks in large part to Culkin's star-making turn and the script's surprisingly moving story line involving Kevin bonding with his neighborhood's resident misunderstood old man. While "Home Alone's" sappy elements are hard to ignore, they blend well with the film's now-iconic brand of slapstick humor.
Under appreciated when released in theaters, "The Rocketeer" managed to find an audience as a throwback adventure film.
"The Rocketeer" is set in the 1930s. ScreenshotWhat it's about: Joe Johnston ("Honey, I Shrunk The Kids") directs this pulp-y adventure based on the classic comic and inspired by the same serials that gave us Indiana Jones. Pilot Cliff Seacord (the effortlessly charming Billy Campbell) finds and straps on an experimental rocket pack as he struggles to save his girl (Jennifer Connelly) from mobsters and Nazis in 1930s California.
Why you should watch: While "The Rocketeer" flopped upon its initial theatrical release, it developed a fiercely loyal fan following over the years, and for good reason: It's a fun, visually impressive adventure film that the studio — or any studio — just doesn't make anymore. And the HD transfer on Disney Plus looks amazing — perfect for drawing in a new generation of fans.
Almost 30 years later, 1991's "Beauty and the Beast" still ranks among the greatest movies ever made.
The original "Beauty and the Beast" was released in 1991. DisneyWhat it's about: One of the greatest Disney films ever made, the story of Belle and Beast's romance is a timeless one. It's your classic tale of girl meets boy, with the part of "boy" being played by a lonely beast trapped for years in the ruins of his castle after being cursed by a witch. It's also the first animated film to ever score a best picture nomination at the Academy Awards.
Why you should watch: Skip the over-produced, underwhelming 2017 live-action CG remake and rewatch the original. The 2D animation, mixed with some early CG efforts, still holds up —as does Belle and Beast's romance and many of the film's signature tunes.
"Aladdin" set a high standard of quality and entertainment for both Disney and the genre.
Robin Williams voiced a character in the original "Aladdin" film. DisneyWhat it's about: Twenty-seven years later, we still can't get "Friend Like Me" out of our heads. As Genie, Robin Williams' voice work-only performance here is one of his best, as his brand of manic humor is a perfect fit for this classic Disney adventure about our titular hero's journey from beggar and thief to hero, as he falls for Princess Jasmine and must save her from the love-to-hate baddie Jafar.
Why you should watch: The 2019 remake is, well, it's a thing that exists. But it's nowhere near as charming and entertaining as the 1992 original. The transfer on Disney Plus is arguably the best the film has ever looked.
If there's anything better than Whoopi singing "Ave Maria" in "Sister Act," we don't wanna know about it.
Whoopi Goldberg (center) star in "Sister Act."What it's about: On the run from her murderous mobster boyfriend, Deloris (Whoopi Goldberg) must leave her life as a Vegas lounge singer behind and go into witness protection as a nun in a very strict convent. Naturally, she upends the sisters' entire way of life with her infectious personality and reinvigorates their stalled church choir with her unique, foot-tapping mix of classic hymnals and oldies tunes.
Why you should watch: We miss high-concept, "only-in-the-movies" '90s comedies like this. Once you get past the suspension of disbelief required to accept a plot like this, "Sister Act" quickly and effortlessly wins you over. Whoopi has never been better, and the movie's showstopping songs are still a high note.
If you like baseball and hilarious comedies starring very likable kids, then you'll love "The Sandlot."
"The Sandlot" was released in 1993. 20th Century FoxWhat it's about: Both an endearing coming-of-age comedy and a great baseball movie, "The Sandlot" centers on the new kid in town struggling to make friends but ultimately finding a family with the help of their hilarious and rose-colored take on America's greatest past time.
Why you should watch: Another '90s movie that overcame tepid box office response to become a pop-culture staple, "The Sandlot" eventually found its audience via endless cable airings, video store rentals, and passionate word-of-mouth. If you haven't seen the movie, or are looking for one that's perfect for the whole family, watch it.
"The Lion King" is a classic that only gets better with age.
"The Lion King" was just remade into a CGI film. DisneyWhat it's about: The story of Simba's rise from young lion cub to heroic ruler is iconic, as are the Disney animators' brilliant visuals that accompany some of the best tunes to ever appear in an animated film.
Why you should watch: It's "The Lion King." Sure, this past summer's CG remake was a billion-dollar blockbuster, but the choice to render our animal characters closer to their real-life counterparts robbed the movie of the emotional/human element the original has in spades. Nothing beats the OG "Lion King."
The first two "Toy Story" movies are some of the best films Disney has ever made.
"Toy Story" features the voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen. Disney PixarWhat it's about: Pixar made movie history with their first CG animated feature in 1995 and its hit 1999 sequel. The first two adventures of Woody, Buzz, and the rest of their sentient toy friends set the standard of narrative and visual quality that would make the Pixar brand, well, Pixar.
Why you should watch: The entire "Toy Story" trilogy is available on the service, and all are worth watching. But attention must be paid to the first two films' impressive execution of emotional storytelling amid eye-dropping visuals and exciting, blockbuster set pieces.
Animated movies don't get much more progressive than 1998's "Mulan"
Eddie Murphy voices a dragon in "Mulan." Disney/"Mulan"What it's about: As Disney ramps up the marketing on their 2020 remake, it's a perfect time to revisit the classic source material. "Mulan" puts the Chinese legend through the lens of the tail-end of Disney's animated Renaissance period, telling an epic adventure about a girl forced to impersonate a male warrior in order to fight for and save her people.
Why you should watch: Eddie Murphy's clearly going for a Robin Williams as Genie vibe here voicing Mushu the Dragon, but the performance and humor are more miss than hit. But the progressive story is just as relevant now as it was 21 years ago.
We forever stan "10 Things I Hate About You," one of our favorite Shakespeare adaptations.
Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles starred in "10 Things I Hate About You." Buena Vista PicturesWhat it's about: In 1999, Disney's Touchstone label pushed the PG-13 teen comedy boundary with this endlessly quotable, "Clueless"-esque adaptation of "The Taming of the Shrew." When the new kid at school (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) falls for out-of-his-league Bianca, he has to get around her father's strict rules on dating and enlist bad boy Patrick (the late Heath Ledger) to court Bianca's brash sister, Kat (Julia Styles). It culminates in a tear jerking finale that sees Kat recite her titular poem to Patrick.
Why you should watch: "10 Things" made instant stars out if its young cast, thanks to their effortless chemistry and the script's clever dialogue. Watching them only makes the movie's time capsule quality more endearing, and it's definitely a staple of '90s teen comedies.
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Meet the real life pilot who travelled through time in a cloud vortex in the Bermuda Triangle. He tells his true account, along with discussing the mystery of missing ships, and planes throughout time.
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People have been trying to solve the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle for years. In the space between Florida, Bermuda and the Greater Antilles more than 50 ships and 20 airplanes have gone missing - some vanishing into thin air without a trace. Over the course of nearly seventy years, multiple theories have been tossed around - some going as far as to chalk it up to alien abduction. Even Christopher Columbus wrote about it in his journals and commented on the strange behaviour of his compass in this sea region. But what is truth and what is myth? Today, we’ll go back through history to solve the mystery. We’ll first be looking at the disappearance of the USS Cyclops - a US navy ship that vanished with three hundred passengers on board. While discussing the breakdown of events, we will also provide our own theories on what happened. After discussing the disappearance of ships, we’ll be moving to the skies. Most importantly, we will cover the story of the pilot who flew through and lived to tell the tale. In 1970, Bruce Gernon set off to fly from Andros Island to Palm Beach, Floria. He was joined by two passengers, and as they took off at 3pm, they had no idea what was in store for them. Today, we will be telling you what really happened that day and uncovering the truth behind it.
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From director Jason Reitman and producer Ivan Reitman, comes the next chapter in the original Ghostbusters universe. In Ghostbusters: Afterlife, when a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind. The film is written by Jason Reitman & Gil Kenan.
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Rolling Loud Festival Los Angeles Day 2: DaBaby Mounts A Hip-Hop Musical, Juice WRLD Is Honored & More - BillboardRead Now
DaBaby onstage during day 2 of the Rolling Loud Festival at Banc of California Stadium on Dec. 15, 2019 in Los Angeles.
“Today, we use the ‘brother’ word too loosely -- but that’s the only word I can [use] describe my brother Juice WRLD," YBN Cordae told the sold-out Rolling Loud festival audience on Sunday (Dec. 15), referencing the multiple affiliates of the late rapper who had already taken the stage to pay their respects to him.
"And he wasn’t just a brother to me, or to Mike [P] or to Cole [Bennet] or to Ski [Mask The Slump God] or to [DJ] Scheme. It’s clear, he was a brother, a counselor, a healer to everybody in the crowd. I can really feel his energy in the air tonight, his impact to hundreds of millions of people in the world.”
Despite temperatures even colder than the previous day, and winds severe enough to send the occasional pieces of trash flying across the compounds, day two saw an even larger turnout than the first, if that was possible. Mike P, Juice WRLD’s official DJ, emphasized this while sharing an anecdote: “One of Juice’s first shows had about 200 people in the crowd. What he would say if he knew that just two years later, there’d be 50,000 of you in the crowd for him," he reminisced. Mike had led the tribute, which consisted of him playing multiple Juice tracks, and collaborators and friends individually graced the stage to share brief memories of Juice, each backed by a screen showing images of themselves with their friend. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and G Herbo, with whom Juice WRLD shares a hometown, performed their respective duets with the late rapper as well.
Perhaps the most anticipated moment of the evening was when Ally Lotti, Juice WRLD’s longtime girlfriend, finally broke her silence in the aftermath of the tragedy. Sometime in the middle of the tribute, she gingerly approached the front and center of the stage, her voice shaking and eyes covered by dark glasses.
"I just wanted to come out here and let everyone know that Jarad loved every single person that he helped on this earth,” she said, using Juice’s given name. “He literally loved every single one of you guys. There is not a time when he had shown me any different love then he felt for you." After sharing some inspiring remarks, she walked off with the audience’s support, chants of “Ally!” trailing her.
After a black and white clip of an innocent-looking Juice discussing his love for music played, the tribute wrapped up with Mike leading the crowd in a singalong to “Lucid Dreams," the festivalgoers’ cell phone lights raised to the sky, a sense of community palpable in the air.
“The hip-hop community has really come together to show love for Juice WRLD -- the feeling of togetherness in the community is really clear at this particular Rolling Loud,” shared Jerett Wasserman of West Coast Cure, one of the brands that has fueled the festival.
Elsewhere on the three-stage lot, those who had looked forward to catching Meek Mill’s set were left disappointed as the Dreamchasers boss reportedly cancelled his appearance, with Los Angeles-local The Game conveniently taking his slot. Despite Meek’s unexpected absence, guests enjoyed stellar performances and entertaining antics from Da Baby, YG, A$AP Rocky, Future and more. Here are a few of our favorite moments from the second day of Rolling Loud.
DaBaby lets “BOP” shine
Shortly after the sun set, DaBaby was met with explosive cheers as he hit the stage to “BOP” with the Jabbawockeez in tow, mimicking his famed “BOP on Broadway” choreography. While he maximized his allotted 35 minutes by performing everything from the collaborative “Cash S--t” (with fellow 2019 champion Megan Thee Stallion) to his breakout “Goin Baby” and the recently-released, invigorating “VIBEZ”, DaBaby doubled back to perform the fan-favorite “BOP” at least three separate times during his set. While the Jabbawockeez and a team of dancers/ professional twerkers closely surrounded him, the back of the stage was filled by two dancers in giant, caricature-like baby costumes inspired by his moniker. The pint-sized performer had a giant presence, leaving no corner of the stage untouched as he engaged every side of the crowd, while his team of dancers channeled everything from High School Musical to a plain old twerk-off.
Maybe it was due to the slight delay that came as a result of his improvised jokes and banter with the audience in between songs, but Da Baby’s mesmerizing show was cut short in the middle of “Suge,” forcing the rapper to exit as the unsatiated audience chanted his name for an encore.
YG incites a riot, represents West Coast per usual
YG can’t avoid playing into his “Stay Dangerous” slogan. Close to the beginning of his performance, during “Do My Dance,” the Compton native suggested fans break the barricade and get as close to the stage as possible -- and that’s exactly what they did. A stampede ensued, forcing those close to the railings to hop over or be trampled, the security and event staff outnumbered by far. The show was paused and the chaos soon subsided, but YG’s antics did not. Just like he infamously asked a fan to chant “F--k Donald Trump” at a San Antonio concert in October, YG asked for the “whitest person in this crowd” to repeat the skit before jumping into his famous “FDT” anthem.
Not one to ever hoard the West Coast-spotlight, YG welcomed Roddy Ricch (who himself was not on the festival lineup) for his Nipsey Hussle collaboration “Racks In The Middle” later on in the evening. Roddy then stayed for “Ballin” as Mustard emerged, flames and fireworks surrounding the stage and adding to the high-powered trio. Finally, they played “The Box” off Roddy’s new album, sending fans into an overdrive of excitement as even DJ Vision left the booth to dance with the artists.
Future hops around his discography
Future opened with a Dirty Sprite 2 favorite “Stick Talk” before appropriately shouting out the West Coast and launching into the Jay Rock/Kendrick Lamar-assisted “King’s Dead.” Backed by six female dancers with chiseled choreography and a screen flashing images of guns, jewels, and other illustrations of his lyrics, the FBG founder bounced between old and new hits, covering “X,” “Same Damn Time,” “Wifi Lit,” “Wicked,” and dozens more as he was joined by prominent Atlanta dancers Meechi & Toosi for several tracks.
The overwhelmingly large crowd stood under the pitch black sky, but a sea of filming iPhone flashes provided more than enough light to notice Lil Durk’s arrival to the stage through the smog. The pair sported nearly identical bleach blonde dreads as they performed their most recent release, “Last Name,” followed by “No Auto Durk” and even Durk’s “Home Body." Ty Dolla $ign was also a featured guest of the evening for the duo’s “Blasé.”
Future’s undeniable track record and nearly decade-long discography was appreciated by all, with even event security shedding their serious demeanor to bob along to “Move That Dope.” The 36-year-old MC’s DJ, DJ TJizzle, rocked the booth and provided additional fuel for the Atlanta rapper in the moments when neither Meechi and Toosi nor the female dancers were there as backup.
A$AP Rocky Gets Sentimental
At the same time as Future’s headlining set, A$AP Rocky burst out to a massive crowd with a rendition of his classic “Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2,” supported by a couple dozen masked hypemen who bopped to every note and formed a mob around Rocky as he pranced along the stage. The hypemen remained close to him as the AWGE founder immediately launched into “A$AP Forever,” filling the stage as he stomped and sashayed over a giant smiley face logo. By the third track, Rocky had scooped up three women’s bras that were thrown to him. He performed “Praise The Lord” with lingerie in hand.
Evidently, Juice WRLD's untimely death inspired the Harlem native to reflect, as he grew serious for a moment to express gratitude to his fans.
“So I just came from London today, and I’m not going to lie I feel sick as f--k, but when I came out here today, it was just a different boost of energy from y’all," he said. "So, thank you. I just want to say being up here, being in L.A. After everything that’s been going on -- Rest in peace Juice WRLD. I just want to tell you guys, I love you. We don’t get to tell you that enough. Thank you to those people who made me who I am. I might not be here tomorrow, so I just want to let you know I love you."
At a point, the A$AP Mob frontman strategically sat to catch a breath and to perform the dreamy “L$D” as an unknown audience member crowd-surfed to the stage on a giant inflatable swan. Unclear to the audience if this moment was staged, the man and his inflatable swan joined Rocky on stage, the swan later facilitating Rocky’s smooth dive into the crowd during “No Limit” for a brief crowd surf.
Rocky would not have shut down the explosive weekend without paying his respects to both Juice WRLD -- he played “Bandit” in the latter half of his set -- and the late A$AP Yams. Per every A$AP performance protocol, “Yamborghini High,” named after Yams, served as the festival’s finale track.
Bigscreen and Paramount Pictures announced a multi-year agreement to distribute classic 2D and 3D films in 10 countries through Bigscreen, the social VR movie-watching platform.
In Bigscreen’s virtual world, users can customize personal avatars, hang out in a virtual lobby, and voice chat with other movie fans. Movies are streamed on screens inside virtual cinemas, providing a social movie-watching experience.
“Bigscreen’s virtual reality platform offers a new way for fans to experience films in their homes,” said Jay Galston, executive vice president at Paramount Pictures, in a statement. “We’re excited to be a part of this experiment using cutting-edge technology to give fans a new entertainment option.”
Beginning December 15, four new movies will premiere in Bigscreen every Friday at 3 p.M. Pacific time. Movies run for one week, with a new lineup of movies available the following Friday. Films are broadcast live on a pay-per-view basis with scheduled showtimes every 30 minutes. December’s lineup includes blockbusters like Interstellar and Star Trek.
“We are excited to enable fans around the world to hang out, chat, and watch films together in our virtual movie theater,” said Bigscreen CEO Darshan Shankar in a statement.
Bigscreen’s virtual screenings will be available in 10 countries: the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Australia, and Japan.
In addition to 2D screenings, the company will broadcast select movies in 3D. Bigscreen’s rendering technology uses VR to create a perfect 3D picture in each eye, producing a level of depth and detail that is not possible with traditional 3D glasses.
Bigscreen can be downloaded for free from bigscreenvr.Com and runs on the Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift, Oculus Go, HTC Vive, Valve Index, all SteamVR headsets, and all Microsoft Windows Mixed Reality headsets.
Bigscreen is a virtual reality software platform with more than a million users. Founded in 2014 by Shankar, the company is headquartered in San Francisco and has raised $14 million in venture capital funding from True Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz. It currently has 10 employees.
Users can get their own private movie theater to watch films by themselves or with friends, or they can join public cinemas to watch with movie fans from around the world.
Bigscreen will announce more partnerships with major movie studios in early 2020.
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The Patriots opened themselves up to heavy trolling ahead of their Week 15 trip to Cincinnati.
Bengals fans took full advantage, and so did the folks at Paul Brown Stadium.
New England currently finds itself in hot water after it was discovered a television crew tied to the organization taped the Bengals’ sideline in Cleveland two weeks ago. The footage allegedly was shot for a documentary series, but even if there were no shady intentions, the NFL reportedly still might hit the Patriots with a serious punishment.
As expected, Bengals supporters trolled the Patriots over the issue with a number of signs and those in charge of the P.A. System got in on the fun, too. After tight end Cethan Carter scored a game-tying touchdown in the first quarter, Rockwell’s “Somebody’s Watching Me” played over the stadium speakers.
New England ultimately had the last laugh, as a pair of Stephon Gilmore interceptions and two Tom Brady touchdown passes guided the visitors to a 34-13 win.
Mom is doing most of the holiday shopping. You better not drop the ball on her gift.
This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2019, your source for the season's best gifts and deals, hand-picked by the experts at CNET.There are probably a lot of different kinds of moms in your life — besides your own mother, you may know and care about women who are expecting their first child, women who have just joined the mommy club for the first time or have many years of experience under their belts. No matter what kind of mother you're shopping for, you should be able to find some great gift ideas here.
I'm a working mom with two kids, so I have some insight into the perfect gift for your momma. Allow me to be your guide and share some ideas for thoughtful gifts and stocking stuffers for the many types of moms -- from first-time moms to grandmas -- in your life.
WillowWant to help first-time moms who are worried about going back to work? Buy them a Willow. Is this her second or third kid? Doesn't matter -- all new moms need a Willow, and it will be received as a thoughtful gift. It definitely beats a diaper bag.
Pumping is not glamorous or perfect. Most pumps have mom tethered to a wall outlet, requiring privacy for 30 minutes as bottles dangle from a bra. And she has to repeat this foolishness multiple times a day. The Willow pump is battery powered, spill proof, and hides inside a bra, letting moms pump anywhere (even while they travel), at anytime. And it works. I have a 5-month-old baby (and 3-year-old toddler) and this has saved my sanity, letting me pump while commuting, cooking dinner, reading a book or playing on the floor with my kids. Dads, this also makes your world better: You can go out with your lady without her stressing about rushing home to pump in private.
Yes, it's expensive at $500. But it can make mom's life easier during this exhausting stage of child-rearing. And when mom is happy, everyone is happy.
Is mom's phone out of battery again? Maybe it's because she didn't get a chance to charge it because her to-do list -- between the perfect Baby Shark song-a-thon, reading a book on her phone, and uploading the quarterly presentation to her team over Slack -- is completely out of control. She's doing 10 million things, and she hasn't even had a good night's sleep, for pete's sake! Why don't you help cut her some slack with this perfect travel charger she can pop in her purse? We guarantee anything that makes keeping her phone charged easy is going to be a win as a thoughtful gift. This power bank set has enough juice to recharge a phone three times, ensuring it's going to be one of mom's favorite gifts.
Looking for ideas for beautiful gifts to buy for a creative mom? This set is perfect for the kind of mom who can't resist a good arts and crafts project. The 3Doodler Create Plus printing pen set gives tinkerers a way to make beautiful art or fix things. The unique pen works kind of like a hot glue gun, with heated plastic coming out of the pen's nozzle, giving users the ability to draw with plastic on a flat surface or in midair, forming 3D structures.
The pen set comes with five projects, but mom can take her art to the next level with one of the many Project Kits, sold separately. Make a personalized Tiffany-style candle holder with stencils for $30, or moms can make a small clutch purse out of plastic with the $20 set. Her friends are going to be way jealous of her beautiful creations.
I also suggest that a perfect and thoughtful companion to this would be some uninterrupted time to work on her beautiful crafts.
A mom's purse is a survival kit, and every kit needs an emergency charger cord. Buy her a great gift in a stylish keychain that also serves as a USB charging cable with Native Union's key cables. The reinforced cable design can be personalized, as it comes in several colors, with various models for lightning or USB-C connector ends. The ball design is perfect to help her find her key set in the purse, and she won't have to lug around a long, messy charger cord. Because she's carrying enough stuff for you already.
Being a mom is backbreaking work. Some massagers are more irritating than helpful. The MassageRite, made by Ergo Impact, hits the spot and helps mom relax. With a pillow-shape design and durable motor, it can be attached to any chair using the elastic Velcro straps. It's not exactly stylish, but it is very effective. Plug it in, get cozy and heated rollers give a deep-tissue massage for the back or neck (and the heat can be switched off). Perfect for working out a knot in the office, or use the included car power adapter for the commute. It's the next best thing to an at-home spa, and something that helps a mom treat herself is the perfect gift. Just make sure to bust out a good book and the coffee (or a bottle of wine)!
Mother knows best -- but we can use a little help from Google now and then. Google Nest Hub is a great gift that's part digital photo frame, part kitchen countertop companion, and one of the best sentimental gifts for mom. Using voice and touch, mom can quickly pull up a cooking video on YouTube, make phone calls, look through photo after photo, and keep track of the family calendar, making it a great gift for moms with lots on their plates (which, let's be real, is all of us). You can even give the whole set to grandma for the perfect sharing of photos via a Live Albums folder. The only thing this doesn't do is pour a glass (or bottle) of wine for you!
Perfect for the wired mom with several smart gadgets, the Hub also serves as a control panel. It's a one-of-a-kind gift, and CNET's top pick for a perfect smart display this year.
If you're not sure if it's time to buy mom a smartwatch, consider this: The new Apple Watch Series 5 has an always-on screen, so you can see the time at all times. That means its one less thing to slow mom down and keep her from being all set. This thoughtful gadget is perfect for a woman on the go and is way more useful than a more traditional bracelet. It will definitely make mom's life easier.
There's no stopping the chaos at home. But mom can at least tune it out with the Beats Solo Pro on-ear, noise-canceling headphones, which makes the set a great gift for quieting the constant madness. The premium headphone set is compact and travel-friendly with a folding design, perfect for moms on the go. It's the first Beats on-ear headphone set to feature active noise cancellation. Maybe now mom will be able to hear her own thoughts.
If mom needs to lug around a computer daily, help her keep organized in style with a perfect laptop bag like the Moshi Treya Lite. The pretty satchel is made from vegan leather and includes a sleeve to fit a 13-inch laptop. Included straps and multiple attachment points give mom the choice to wear it as a shoulder bag, a messenger, a backpack, or a typical handbag. The stylish clutch is also removable. It can also be personalized -- mix and match the color of the straps, bag and clutch for a gift with some unique pizzazz. It'll also keep her hands free to clutch a cup of coffee or tea, and caffeine always makes travel less of a hassle.
Finding time to get to the gym is hard, but if the family already owns a Switch game system, she can work out on her own time with this fitness-focused roleplaying game set. A pilates wheel accessory and motion sensors keep pushing players to break a sweat, crushing enemies while sculpting abs. It's a real workout, with a fun quest that helps distract from those discouraging out-of-shape feelings. And if the kids want to jump in and compete with mom, she can get her gains while gaining family time. Bonus: After all that exercise, mom is definitely going to be able to relax a bit and read a book or get a good night's sleep.
Originally published earlier this year.
The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.
Max Fist was the greatest hero of a vast city in another universe. He saved his world from destruction but crashed through space and time... and wound up here - a desolate American suburb. Powerless, a broken drunk telling stories about his glory days -- stories that no one believes, until he meets Hamster, a kid who wants to be a famous writer who believes Max's story. Max finally has someone who believes him, and Hamster has someone who he thinks won't let him down.
But things fall apart when Hamster's sister Indigo steals $100,000 from the mob. Max will try to learn what it means to be a hero -- here, now, without superpowers -- one brutal blow at a time.
This story is about characters fighting for an impossible dream. It's about what happens when our memories of a glorious past, and our hopes for a glorious future, smash against the violent reality of where we are now. And it's about trying to change that reality together.
Told as a gritty, immediate, street-level crime story, with flashbacks to the hyper real action of Max's past -- a past that may or may not be real. The epic myth of a superhero blends with the style of modern noir in a story about characters who are trying to grapple with reality... like all of us.
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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Elizabeth.
The search by Buckingham Palace for a “Head of Digital Engagement” drives the conclusion that the 93-year-old sovereign, Queen Elizabeth II, is ready to boost her digital presence —and her followers’ numbers across her social media accounts.
The royal household is advertising for a social media expert to run her Twitter and Instagram accounts and to “maintain the Queen's presence in the public eye and on the world stage,” where she already has amazed very impressive numbers: seven million followers on Instagram, more than five million on Facebook and north of four million on Twitter. She is already a royal super-influencer.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, @sussexroyal, currently have 9.9 million followers on their Instagram account, while Prince William and Kate Middleton have 10.4 million on Instagram and 1.9 million on Twitter, @Kensingtonroyal.
The job, covering everything from state visits and award ceremonies to royal engagements, offers a salary between £45,000 and £50,000 a year, depending on experience, and the social media guru is expected to be at Buckingham Palace from Monday to Friday every week.
Benefits include lunch and 33 vacation days a year.
The digital coverage of royal receptions like the recent one hosted by Queen Elizabeth ahead of the ... [+] controversial NATO alliance summit, are part of the job.
The successful candidate will join the office of the queen’s Private Secretary and work with the Royal Communications team overseeing the content strategy of the royal family’s various media accounts, developing digital strategies, providing digital and editorial leadership to a small team of digital media specialists and working with colleagues across the organization to improve the royals’ digital presence.
“It’s knowing your content will be viewed by millions,” the job post published on Linkedin says. The offer has already triggered more than 200 applications.
Here are the details, in case you’re looking for a job in digital media, are a fan of the British royals, want to live in London and work at a palace:
“It's about never standing still and finding new ways to maintain The Queen's presence in the public eye and on the world stage. This is what makes working for the Royal Household exceptional.
The role of Royal Communications is to engage a worldwide audience with the public role and work of The Royal Family. Joining this fast-paced and dynamic team, your challenge will be to lead on and develop our digital communications strategy, and ensure that we make effective use of a range of digital platforms to support these aims.
Whether you're covering a State Visit, award ceremony or Royal engagement, you'll make sure our digital channels consistently spark interest and reach a range of audiences.
With an eye to the future, you'll work to hone and shape our digital communications through understanding new technologies and stimulating creativity. You’ll also inspire progress in your team, sharing best practice and developing their skills alongside your future vision.
The reaction to our work is always high-profile, and so reputation and impact will be at the forefront of all you do. Having your work shared around the world will be the biggest reward.”
The queen wants to boost her digital presence.
Among other requirements for the job: Experience of managing and editing high-profile websites, social media and other digital formats; knowledge of best practice in all matters regarding digital communication and to make editorial judgments, develop strategies and manage wide-reaching projects, while overseeing and helping deliver day-to-day digital output.
“You'll also have to be confident using a range of content management systems, social media platforms and analytics tools. A solid understanding of the technical aspects of digital platforms and channels, understanding of html and experience of improving the usability of digital products.
Innovative and with creative flair, you'll have exemplary and compelling writing and editorial skills, and expertise in designing digital content for different audience groups, purposes and formats.
A natural communicator, influential and with a genuine user focus, you'll liaise with a broad spectrum of stakeholders on a daily basis and will drive change through collaboration.”
Applications for the position are open until 24 December. Interviews will take place in January 2020. You can apply here.”
If that’s not your thing, there are other vacancies at the palace, including a ticket sales and information assistant, a senior IT auditor, a director of royal travel and a building conservation manager.
Man Who Stole $88,000 From Bank Vault Caught After Flashing Stacks Of Bills On Social Media, FBI Says - ABC News
Federal investigators have arrested a man who allegedly stole $88,000 from a bank vault after the suspect posted photos of stolen stacks of bills online.
Charlotte resident Arlando M. Henderson, 29, allegedly had access to the vault at the Wells Fargo location where he worked and stole the sum over the course of at least 18 different occasions in 2019, according to a federal indictment filed in the U.S. District Court in the Western District of North Carolina on Nov. 19.
The vault he allegedly stole from contained cash deposits from customers, according to a news release by the FBI. Henderson was hired in April, and by July, he had allegedly stolen more than $70,000 in cash. The amounts he stole on an almost-daily basis in June and July alone ranged from $200 to $13,450, the court documents state.
A Wells Fargo Bank logo is seen in Los Angeles.
A Wells Fargo Bank logo is seen in Los Angeles.Sopa Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesHenderson was allegedly seen on his social media accounts posting several pictures of himself holding large stacks of cash through July and August, the court documents state. The stolen money was insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, according to the indictment.
After stealing the money, Henderson would allegedly deposit the cash in $50 and $100 bills into his account at an ATM near the bank, according to the indictment. To conceal his actions, he allegedly destroyed certain documents and made, as well as caused others to make, various false entries in the books, such as falsifying deposit slips and related records to understate the amount of customers' deposits.
Henderson allegedly used the money to pay for personal expenses and to make a $20,000 cash payment on a 2019 Mercedes-Benz vehicle, authorities said. He also is accused of obtaining a fraudulent car loan from another financial institution to pay for the remaining balance on that vehicle by using falsified documents, including falsified bank statements, and other false information.
Henderson is charged with with two counts of financial institution fraud, 19 counts of theft, embezzlement and misapplication,12 counts of making false entries and transactional money laundering. Combined, the charges carry a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison and a $1.25 million fine.
He was arrested in San Diego on Dec. 4 and has made his initial appearance in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.
ABC News could not immediately reach Henderson for comment. It is unclear whether he has retained an attorney.
ABC News' Ahmad Hemingway contributed to this report.
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Two Las Vegas men who admitted to running one of the nation's largest illegal television and movie streaming services pleaded guilty this week and now face money laundering and copyright infringement charges, federal officials said Friday.
iStreamItAll was an online, subscription-based streaming site that allowed users to download TV episodes and movies. The stream's operators – Darryl Polo, 36, and Luis Villarino, 40 – told the U.S. Justice Department that the service offered access to more than 118,000 television episodes and nearly 11,000 movies, all without consent from the content's copyrighted owners.
That's more content than Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and Vudu combined, according to prosecutors.
As part of his plea deal, Polo told the Justice Department he got the episodes and movies from pirate websites, including so-called "torrent" sites that specialize in infringing on content rights.
"Specifically, Polo used sophisticated computer programming to scour global pirate sites for new illegal content [and] to download, process and store these works and then make the shows and movies available on servers in Canada to [iStreamItAll] subscribers," Justice Department officials said.
Streaming wars escalate with Disney+ launchPolo also said he earned more than $1 million running content pirating services, including an indexing website called SmackDownOnYou.
He and Villarino used their computer programming knowledge to also help operate Jetflicks, a different Las Vegas-based illegal streaming service, federal officials said. At Jetflicks, Polo and others used automated software to find and download illegal content then make it available to computer servers in the U.S. And Canada.
In August, a federal grand jury indicted six other men for their connection and work on Jetflicks. Polo eventually left the service to create iStreamItAll. The Justice Department said the streaming services cost copyright owners millions of dollars.
Polo and Villarino will be sentenced in federal court in Virginia this March. Other defendants charged in the case are scheduled for trial starting Feb. 3.
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ANDERSON, S.C. -- James “Radio” Kennedy, the man who was a fixture on the sidelines of a South Carolina high school's football games for decades and whose life inspired a Hollywood movie, has died. He was 73.
T.L. Hanna High School Athletic Director John Cann confirmed Kennedy's death Sunday morning on the school's sports website. The cause of death wasn't immediately released.
“Please keep his family in your prayers in this difficult time,” Cann said in the statement.
News outlets reported that Kennedy, who had developmental disabilities, became famous around the state for his love of the T.L. Hanna High School football team and his regular appearance at games since the 1960s.
"He was just a fine, fine man," former T.L. Hanna football coach Harold Jones told The Anderson Independent Mail. “We all loved him. We will miss him incredibly.”
The 2003 film "Radio," starring Cuba Gooding Jr. In the title role, focused on Kennedy's relationship with Jones, portrayed by Ed Harris. Kennedy got the nickname “Radio” because he always carried a transistor radio, according to Carolyn Dawkins. She worked in a department store annex in the early 1970s when Kennedy would come by several times a week to talk high school sports with the store manager.
"Radio was the heart and soul of T.L. Hanna for over 50 years, and the impact he made in our community can't be overstated," Kyle Newton, a spokesman for Anderson School District 5, said in a statement Sunday morning. "He will be missed, but his legacy will live on in the countless lives he touched."
McDougald Funeral Services said a memorial service for Kennedy is scheduled for Dec. 21 at the Civic Center of Anderson.
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The holiday season is officially in full swing.
And whether you're hosting family and friends or preparing to make the long trek to wherever it is you celebrate, chances are you're looking for just the right music to get you and yours in the spirit. Pop music isn't lacking in the Christmas-inspired section, what with the holiday album a time-honored tradition (and way to make a quick buck). But not all of it is good. That's where we come in.
Welcome to a special Christmas edition of The MixtapE!
Rather than just surrender to the same old songs you've been forced to listen to since childhood, we've come prepared with our favorite 20 or so Christmas songs that will make your playlists full of just the right amount of holiday cheer. From classics like Mariah Carey and Darlene Love to modern originals from Kacey Musgraves and Ariana Grande, plus a few unexpected tracks from the likes of RuPaul and Lady Gaga, there's something for everybody. No lumps of coal in sight, we promise.
Mariah Carey — "All I Want for Christmas Is You"/"Oh Santa!": No Christmas playlist would be complete without an appearance from the Queen of Christmas, herself, Mariah. But why choose between her record-breaking modern Christmas classic, celebrating its 25th birthday this year, and the ‘60s girl-group swing-influenced lead single off 2010's Merry Christmas II You, her second holiday album. There's a reason the former is about the hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 over two decades after she first gifted it to an undeserving world. Both are sure to liven up any holiday party.
Kacey Musgraves feat. Troye Sivan — "Glittery": While much of the music performed on The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Special, now streaming on Amazon Prime, came from the country songstress' 2016 album A Very Kacey Christmas, this gorgeous mid-tempo track with an assist from our favorite Aussie pop prince was brand new. It's the sort of wistful, romantic thing that's just perfect this time of year as you cuddle up near the fire with a warm drink and the one(s) you love.
Kelly Clarkson — "Underneath the Tree": Recorded for her 2013 holiday album Wrapped in Red, this big band-style track feels timeless thanks to the Wall of Sound treatment reminiscent of the ‘60s-era classics produced by Phil Spector and, of course, the OG Idol winner's unparalleled vocals. (Fun fact: Every single backup vocal was sung by Kelly, too!)
John Legend — "Bring Me Love": This track, recorded for John's 2018 album A Legendary Christmas (which got a totally adorable televised special co-hosted by wife Chrissy Teigen on NBC), feels like a gender-flipped version of Mariah's "Oh, Santa!" with the silver-tongued crooner singing over some expertly-produced big band instrumentation. What can we say? We love a Christmas song that's about finding love. Sue us.
The Waitresses — "Christmas Wrapping": This post-punk band from Akron, Ohio, didn't last long, active only from 1978-1984, but luckily for us, before they disbanded, they delivered one of our absolutely favorite Christmas songs in existence. Released on the ZE Records compilation album A Christmas Record in 1981, this song finds lead vocalist Patty Donahue, who tragically passed away from lung cancer in 1996 at just 40, explaining why she's sitting the holidays out this year before fate brings her the happy ending she'd been hoping for all along. Between her unique delivery and the song's exuberant saxophone, this one is truly one-of-a-kind.
Ariana Grande — "Wit It This Christmas": In 2015, Ariana released Christmas & Chill, a six-song EP that Vulture hilariously referred to this year as "very horny." While none of the songs are downright naughty, there's certainly enough sensuality on this track to make Santa blush. And that's OK. We're all adults here!
Joni Mitchell — "River": While this heartbreaking 1971 song, which is more set at Christmas rather than being about the holiday, has been covered many, many times (famously by Sarah McLachlan in 2006 and both Ellie Goulding and Ben Platt (during the first episode of The Politician) this year), we're partial to Joni's staggering original. Not everyone can muster the happiness this time of year seems to require. This one goes out to them. Skate on, friends.
The Jonas Brothers — "Like It's Christmas": What better way to cap off an incredible comeback year than with a Christmas song? Nick, Joe and Kevin sound right at home on this cheerful little track, expertly executive produced for maximum good tidings by Ryan Tedder.
Wham! — "Last Christmas": Look, the movie this song inspired may not have been everyone's fave, but there's no denying that this synth-pop track from George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley's pop duo, written and produced solely by the now-deceased former, is a true classic.
Aimee Mann — "Calling On Mary": Remember how we said that not everyone can be happy this time of year? Well, Aimee made a whole album for those among us whose teeth begin to hurt from all the saccharine sweetness in the air in 2006, entitled One More Drifter in the Snow. On this track, the singer-songwriter taps into her usual downbeat blues-y deliver for a song with lyrics like "And to all the lost souls down below/Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas/What's one more drifter in the snow?/Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas." When we're in our feelings around the holidays, it's our go-to. (Usually followed by a listen to Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson's crushing "Winter Song" if it's been an especially rough week/month/year.)
RuPaul — "Merry Christmas, Mary": All right, time for a change of pace. For those of you who want to really make the Yuletide gay, look no further than Mama Ru's disco-kissed Christmas track off the 2015 album Slay Belles—the drag icon's second of three holiday LPs. Like Ru says, this ain't your mama's Christmas carol. And for that, we're grateful.
Darlene Love — "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)": There's a reason most modern Christmas music makes use of Phil Spector's Wall of Sound treatment—and it's because of this song right here. It's been covered many, many times by some of our favorite artists, but we will be forever faithful to Darlene's 1963 original, recorded for Spector's compilation album A Christmas Gift for You.
*NSYNC — "Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays": If you need your Christmas music bubblegum pop-scented, look no further than the kings of the genre and this, the lead single from their 1998 album Home for Christmas. Co-written by lead vocalists Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez, it's cheesy Christmas perfection.
Brenda Lee — "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree": Brenda was just 13 years old when she recorded this classic in 1958. 13! For that reason (OK and maybe because it reminds of one of our favorite scenes in Home Alone) we will always stan the original, no matter who else might try their hand at the Jonnny Marks-penned track.
Run-DMC — "Christmas in Hollis": Sadly, hip-hop and the holidays hardly every find themselves sharing the same space. But for one glorious moment in 1987, when one of the genre's most influential groups recorded a track about the holidays in their hometown in Queens for the excellent compilation album A Very Special Christmas, we saw what could've been. An absolute classic.
Eurythmics — "Winder Wonderland": While we've been partial to the originals when sharing some of the season's most classic tracks here thus far, we're proving that there's always an exception to every rule here with this very-‘80s and very odd cover of the 1934 classic from Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart's new wave pop duo, also recorded for A Very Special Christmas. If the ominous 35-second opening makes you wonder just where this song is going, don't worry, Annie and Dave soon give way to a very synth-y if somewhat traditional take on the track.
Kylie Minogue feat. Dannii Minogue — "100 Degrees": The Minogue sisters join forces for this nu-disco track from the 2015 album Kylie Christmas. With lyrics that reference to the fact that, in their native Australia, Christmas time always comes with a sunny sky, the immensely danceable song will help steam up even the coldest of climates.
Lady Gaga — "Christmas Tree": Released in the very beginning of her career, just as debut single "Just Dance" was taking off on the charts, this dance track from Mother Monster is so full of sexual innuendo that it earned her a spot on some critics' naughty lists back in 2008. Over a decade later, it stands as such a weird and unlikely entry into the Christmas music canon that we can't help but to stan. It isn't Christmas if we don't listen to this oddball at least once.
Eartha Kitt — "Santa Baby": All due to respect to Madonna, Kylie and Ariana, but there's no topping the OG when it comes to this frisky little jazz track. No one purrs and meows her way through this song quite like Eartha. Originally recorded in 1953, if you can believe it, it fully came into its power 10 years later when the erstwhile Catwoman re-recorded it, giving it just a touch more sultriness. That's the version we've included here. It's a must-listen this time of year.
Destiny's Child — "8 Days of Christmas": Shortly before Beyoncé went solo, she, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams released their 2001 album 8 Days of Christmas. And it's this same-titled track, which Bey co-wrote with Kelly and Errol McCalla, Jr., that captures their early-aughts R&B sound perfectly.
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The president of the Philippines grants sanctuary to Jewish refugees from Germany in 1938 in this fact-based drama. With Raymond Bagatsing, Rachel Alejandro, Kate Alejandrino. Written by Janice Y. Perez, Dean Rosen. Directed by Matthew E. Rosen. (2:05) NR.
The long-awaited film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1981 blockbuster stage musical based on the poetry of T.S. Eliot arrives with an all-star cast of felines singing and dancing in styles ranging from ballet to tap to hip-hop. With James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson, Francesca Hayward. Written by Lee Hall, Tom Hooper. Directed by Hooper. PG.
New 2K restoration of director James Ivory and writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala’s adaptation of the Henry James novel about two aristocratic siblings paying a visit to their American cousins in 19th century New England. With Lee Remick, Robin Ellis, Wesley Addy, Tim Choate. (1:30) NR.
Big-wave surfer Nathan Fletcher explores the evolution of his sport in this documentary. Written and directed by Michael Oblowitz. (1:24) NR.
Two sisters in 1950 Rio de Janeiro pursue their dreams after being separated by their father. With Fernanda Montenegro, Carol Duarte, Gregório Duvivier. Written by Karim Aïnouz, Murilo Hauser, Inés Bortagaray; based on a novel by Martha Batalha. Directed by Aïnouz. In Portuguese and Greek with English subtitles. (2:19) NR.
A concentration camp survivor’s testimony upends the lives of two young people and their family. With Lenn Kudrjawizki, Sergei Agafonov. Written by Konstantin Fam, Veronika Fam. Directed by Konstantin Fam. In English and Russian with English subtitles. (1:26) NR.
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A Chinese widower goes to great lengths to fulfill promises he made to his late wife. With Xuan Huang, Caiyu Yang, Lydia Peckham. Written by Zhang Ling. Directed by Feng Xiaogang. In Mandarin with English subtitles. (2:12) NR.
An Irish immigrant has a series of holiday-related misadventures while on a cross-country journey. With Damian McGinty, Heather Morris, John Rhys-Davies, Judd Nelson, Jeff Fahey, Tony Amendola. Written and directed by J.M. Burris. (1:26) NR.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Forty-two years after “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away” first appeared on movie screens, the ninth episode brings the space saga to its conclusion as the Resistance struggles to defeat the First Order. With Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, Ian McDiarmid, Billy Dee Williams. Written by J.J. Abrams, Chris Terrio; story by Derek Connolly, Colin Trevorrow, Chris Terrio, Abrams; based on characters created by George Lucas. Directed by Abrams. (2:35) PG-13.
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'I Still Consider Myself A Role Model For Millions Of People': Tekashi 6ix9ine Asked A Judge For A Low Prison Sentence After 'snitching' On His Gang
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"I still consider myself a role model to millions of people as an artist, a celebrity and as a human being," he wrote. "I'm happy that the public was able to witness me dealing with the consequences of my actions because I feel like it sheds a light on what can come from gang affiliation. I know that this is part of the plan that God has for me and I am confident that I am ready to face this thing head-on."
Tekashi, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, faces life in prison after being charged last year as part of a case connected to the Nine Trey Gangsta Blood Gang.
In documents submitted to the court on Wednesday and obtained by Insider, 23-year-old Hernandez — along with his mother, brother, girlfriend, and several others — wrote letters to the judge ahead of his December 18 sentencing. Lance Lazzaro, Hernandez's criminal defense lawyer, cited the letters to argue that his sentence should be reduced to time served.
Hernandez pleaded guilty and agreed to help prosecutors after pleading guilty to charges involving racketeering, illegal firearms possession, and aiding in attempted murder. His letter comes a week after prosecutors submitted their own letter to the judge, arguing that Hernandez's testimony was helpful and that he should receive a reduced sentence.
Disassociating himself from the Nine Trey Gangsta Blood Gang came 'with a price,' Hernandez saidHernandez detailed his life of crime while testifying against Anthony "Harv" Ellison and Aljermiah "Nuke" Mack, who prosecutors have described as high-ranking members of the Nine Trey Gangsta Blood gang, in September. He named several famous people he believed to be part of the Nine Trey gang, including Jim Jones, his former manager, Kifano "Shotti" Jordan, and rapper Mel Matrix. He also detailed his beefs with rappers Casanova, Trippie Redd, and Chief Keef.
Hernandez has a controversial past: Along with the gang-related charges, he has also admitted to abusing an ex-girlfriend, and he once filmed a 13-year-old performing a sex act on his friend and posted it online.
The letters submitted in court attempt to paint a very different picture of his character.
"It honestly feels like my world is crashing down," Hernandez wrote in his letter to Judge Paul Engelmayer. "There is no excuse, no justification and no apology good enough in this world to explain my crimes. While I have been incarcerated, I have had time to reflect on the recklessness and foolishness of my decisions."
6ix9ine wore a suit during his sentencing for his 2015 child sex case. 6ix9ine/InstagramHe wrote that he had disassociated from the Nine Trey gang before his arrest, which came "with a price."
Hernandez said he was kidnapped and robbed by gang members, and one of his co-defendants in the case was having sexual relations with the mother of his daughter.
Throughout the letter, Hernandez expressed remorse for his actions and asked for a second chance.
"I now know that I am remorseful for what happened because I was blessed with the gift of an opportunity that most people dream of but I squandered it by getting involved with the wrong people and misrepresenting myself when I should have been true to myself and my fans," he wrote. "I'm sorry to the victims who were affected by my actions, to my fans who look up to me and were misled, to my family who depends on me and to this courtroom for this mess that I contributed to."
"I'm truly sorry for the harm that I've caused," he continued. "If given a second chance, I will not let this Court down and I will dedicate a portion of my life to helping others not make the same mistakes that I've made."
Hernandez's brother compared the rapper's gang involvement to him being a 'scared kid whose light attracted a venomous group'Letters from Hernandez's older brother and mother shed light on the 23-year-old's life growing up in Bushwick, where he was raised by a single mother from a young age.
His older brother, Oscar Hernandez, told the judge that "a year of his life is sufficient enough," referencing how long Hernandez has been behind bars already.
Hernandez at a 2018 court hearing in Texas. Bob Levey/Getty ImagesHe wrote that watching Hernandez get into gang life was like watching "a scared kid whose light attracted a venomous group who exploited him."
His mother, Natividad Perez-Hernandez, described Hernandez as a child saying he had a "good heart and sweet soul."
"Locking up my son, Daniel Hernandez, is an injustice to my family, who relies on him for financial, emotional, and physical support," she wrote. "It is an injustice to his daughter who depends on him and adores him. It is unjust to the many of families that he continues to help because his heart will never stop loving people. It is an injustice to the people who need his example to better their own lives."
Another letter detailed how Hernandez visited a sick child in the hospital and paid his family's rent for a year so they could have more time togetherOther letters submitted on behalf on Hernandez include a letter from his lawyer, one from a school principal, who wrote of Hernandez helping a student with brain cancer, and a family whose charity he donated to.
Martha O'Connell, a principal in New Jersey, told the judge of a kindergartner at her school, who had severe brain cancer.
A friend had contacted Hernandez about the child, and the rapper then traveled from Philadelphia to New Jersey to spend a day with the child and his siblings, playing video games, talking, and listening to music.
Sara Molina, Daniel Hernandez (AKA Tekashi AKA 6ix9ine) and their daughter. Sara Molina/InstagramO'Connell said Hernandez paid the family's rent for a year so they could focus more of their time with the dying child.
"With the right mentoring and support, which I believe Daniel craves, I am confident Mr. Hernandez will have a bright productive future," she wrote.
Hernandez is expected to be sentenced on December 18.
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Billie Eilish admits it feels "really weird" to have been named Billboard's Woman of the Year at the age of 17.
The 'Bad Guy' hitmaker received the accolade at the Billboard Women In Music Awards at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on Thursday night (12.12.19), and thanked all the "women in the past" for making her life "a lot easier".
Speaking to the crowd, she said: "It's really weird to be woman of the year at 17.
"Last year, Ariana Grande got the award that I'm getting right now a year ago, and she gave a speech that I thought was the most touching thing I've ever seen.
"Two weeks ago I realised that's the award I'm getting - and that really freaked me out. And still is.
"I want to thank all the women in the past who have been the reason that I can be who I am and do what I want, and have paved the way for me and an entire generation of young women who ... Women who, in the past, have done what they weren't supposed to do.
"It's made my life a lot easier. So thank you to those women."
Before Billie's speech, Cyndi Lauper had praised her as "magical" as she introduced the teen to the stage, saying: "When I first heard Billie sing, I kinda stopped breathing for a sec. It was so emotional and so deep - it stopped me.
"Even when you had that black s**t coming down your face, I was like, 'Did she drink it and then it came out?'"
Billie also praised Taylor's speech at the event, during which she called for an end to the "toxic male privilege" in the music industry as she accepted Billboard's first-ever Woman of the Decade award.
Taylor took aim at Scooter Braun - who she has been embroiled in a feud with lately after he bought Big Machine and the master recordings to her first six albums - and his supporters.
She said: "Lately there's been a new shift that has affected me personally, and as your resident loud person, I feel like I need to bring it up. And that's the unregulated world of private equity coming in and buying up our music as if it's real estate, or an app, or a shoe line.
"This happened to me without my approval, consultation or consent.
"Scooter [Braun] never contacted me or my team to discuss it prior to the sale."
Taylor also called out a number of Scooter's supporters, saying it is "the definition of the toxic male privilege in our industry to say, 'Well, he's always been nice to me.'
"Of course he's nice to you; if you're in this room, you have something he needs."
Nicki Minaj scooped the Game-Changer Award at the ceremony, Alanis Morissette received the Icon Award, and Brandi Carlile accepted the Trailblazer Award.
In her acceptance speech, Alanis said: "I'm really happy that this is a time where young women performers can do all things without being shamed for who they are."
Other winners on the night included Alicia Keys, who won the American Express Impact Award for her work with She is the Music - an industry-wide movement to empower female creators - and Rosalia won the Rising Star Award for changing the pop landscape with her own interpretations of flamenco music.
And Megan Thee Stallion took home the Powerhouse Award thanks to a string of hits in the US and for starting the 'Hot Girl Summer' trend with her collaboration with Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign.
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40. "Jem and the Holograms" (2015)
Yes, The Rock is in "Jem and the Holograms." The disastrous movie has a scene where big names like Chris Pratt and Alicia Keys say how much they love the band and Johnson is among them. Either he was doing this as a favor or someone involved with the movie really has something on The Rock.
39. “Longshot” (2001)
Yeah, we've never heard of this movie, either. But Johnson is in it for a split second playing a mugger. It was never released theatrically in the US, instead finding a home on the Disney Channel and DVD hoping to attract fans of Britney Spears and NSYNC, who also make cameos.
38. "Why Did I Get Married Too?" (2010)
Johnson has another blink-and-you'll-miss-him cameo is this Tyler Perry movie. Johnson shows up at the very end of the movie as a dashing philanthropist who introduces himself to Janet Jackson's character. The movie ends implying that sparks may be flying between the two. At this point in his career, Johnson was desperately trying to show Hollywood he could play more than just the tough guy.
37. "You Again" (2010)
This forgettable comedy also sports a Johnson cameo. In this one, he plays an air marshal who has to calm down a frantic Kristen Bell. If anything, it shows Johnson's ability to hold his own doing some comedic work.
36. "Empire State" (2013)
Right when Johnson was kicking it into high gear in his movie career with the release of "Fast & Furious 6" in May of 2013, Lionsgate put out its The Rock movie four months later — straight to DVD. Starring alongside Emma Roberts and Liam Hemsworth, Johnson plays an NYPD detective trying to stop a heist being planned by Hemsworth's character. It's really not worth your time.
35. "The Scorpion King" (2002)
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This one isn't worth your time either. Johnson reprises his role as The Scorpion King from "The Mummy Returns" for this standalone movie. Though it scored number one at the box office its opening weekend, the movie is so forgettable Johnson even didn't come back for the sequel, which was recast and released on DVD (a third movie went straight-to-DVD, too).
34. "Planet 51" (2009)
Throughout his career, Johnson has tried to capture the hearts of the family audience. This was round one, as Johnson signed on to voice the lead character for this animated movie about an astronaut who lands on an alien planet. The movie was another forgettable attempt to get Johnson to branch out of his WWE bubble.
33. "Faster" (2010)
Johnson plays a tough guy only known as "Driver" who, following a 10-year prison sentence, sets out to avenge his brother's murder. It's another movie where The Rock was trying to get his footing on what his audience wanted from him.
32. "Doom" (2005)
It makes a lot of sense for Johnson to sign on to this movie, which is loosely based on the hit video game. But it turned out to be all wrong. The movie bombed and only put Johnson deeper in the hole of trying to find respectability in Hollywood.
31. "Be Cool" (2005)
However, in the same year "Doom" opened, Johnson starred in the "Get Shorty" sequel playing a gay bodyguard. The movie is quite forgettable compared to the original, but Johnson is one of its few highlights.
30. "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" (2013)
Playing Roadblock in the live-action version of the iconic toy/Saturday morning cartoon, Johnson jumped on the sequel but even he couldn't give the franchise the jolt it needed to be successful.
29. "The Game Plan" (2007)
Marking the final time Johnson would include his WWE ring name, "The Rock," in a movie's credits, this stale Disney movie was another attempt by Johnson to get families to trust him with their kids. It shows him going in the right direction, but he's not there yet.
28. "Baywatch" (2017)
Nothing about this movie works. It's one of the rare whiffs by Johnson in the last couple of years. Even with all his jokes and physical feats, he couldn't save this one.
27. "Walking Tall" (2004)
A remake of the 1973 film starring Joe Don Baker, Johnson plays a former US soldier who comes home to clean up the crime and corruption there (with Johnny Knoxville by his side). Like most of Johnson's movies, especially earlier in his career, the critics hated it. At this point in his career, The Rock getting top billing in movies was good, but he wasn't getting the top projects.
26. “Hercules” (2014)
What a difference a decade makes! Here Johnson was the lead of a major studio tentpole playing a character known the world over. The critics still hated it, but it was a respectable global performer at the worldwide box office, earning close to $250 million.
25. "Snitch" (2013)
Jumping on a project that had been in development for years, Johnson did the most with what he had, playing a father who goes undercover to save his son. The movie was another bust but showcased Johnson's evolving acting abilities.
24. "Race to Witch Mountain" (2009)
Family audiences began to turn around and accept Johnson after this Disney hit, which is a remake of the 1975 movie "Escape to Witch Mountain."
23. “The Mummy Returns” (2001)
In Johnson's first major movie role, he plays the Scorpion King and at one point in the movie shows up in probably the worst CGI form ever put in the final cut of a movie. Despite that, it was the first step for Johnson in building a movie career.
22. "Reno 911! Miami" (2007)
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The cameos aren't over yet! Johnson shows up in this movie as a confident S.W.A.T. Team member who is to be the savior of the overwhelmed Reno officers. Instead he blows himself up with his own grenade. Johnson shows off his wit and just lays down a cool factor with the appearance. With this, The Rock finally figured out how to do cameos the right way.
21. "Gridiron Gang" (2006)
Trying out his dramatic chops, playing a counselor to juvenile teens who gets them to rethink their lives through playing football, Johnson shows he's not scared to go out of his comfort zone.
20. "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" (2012)
Filling in for Brendan Fraser in this sequel to 2008's "Journey to the Center of the Earth," Johnson holds his own as the lead of a bigger-than-life 3D action movie.
19. "Tooth Fairy" (2010)
Johnson finally cracked the family market with this hit comedy about a minor-league hockey player (Johnson) who must be a tooth fairy for a week. T was helped by the success of "Race to Witch Mountain," but also Johnson's charm and charisma are on full display here.
18. “Southland Tales” (2006)
The most ambitious role Johnson has taken on in his career to date, Richard Kelly's cult classic has him doing things that were beyond anything he'd attempted on screen at that point as a full-time actor. You have to respect Johnson's go-for-broke attitude.
17. "The Other Guys" (2010)
Johnson masters the cameo with this one. Along with Samuel L. Jackson, the two play hero cops whose egos take them too far. While chasing suspect, they jump off a building aiming for bushes and find life-ending cement.
16. "Get Smart" (2008)
Starring in a movie alongside the likes of Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway had to be a confidence booster for Johnson, who proves here he can play alongside some of the biggest stars in the world.
15. "San Andreas" (2015)
This is the movie that woke everyone up in Hollywood and made them realize that Johnson was a global star. The disaster movie didn't just make a profit, it was Warner Bros.' biggest box office hit of 2015.
14. "Fighting with My Family" (2019)
Johnson was a producer on this biopic on the rise of real WWE wrestler, Paige, and so of course he shows up in a cameo. Here, he brushes off his "The Rock" persona to lay some hilarious smackdown on the lead and her brother after they ask for some advice.
13. "The Rundown" (2003)
The movie wasn't a commercial success (though found its audience on DVD and when it hit cable TV), but after the "The Mummy Returns" and "The Scorpion King," Johnson was finally able to play a modern-day role and showed that he could do more than show off his physique and say a couple of one-liners.
12. "Jumanji: The Next Level" (2019)
Coming off the successful original in 2017, Johnson returns in a sequel that's even more wacky. And Johnson's character has a little twist this time as he has to imitate Danny De Vito, who has taken over his game avatar. It takes a little getting used it. Thankfully there are also some great action sequences.
11. “Rampage” (2018)
Warner Bros.Johnson takes on a bunch of mutants with the help of a super-sized ape and pretty much cements his place as one of the very few profitable action stars left in the business.
10. “The Fate of the Furious” (2017)
Despite his obvious real-life beef with the holder of the "Fast and Furious" flame, Vin Diesel, Johnson's work is a highlight of the movie — especially alongside Jason Statham.
9. “Fast & Furious 6” (2013)
Johnson really joined the "Fast and Furious" family with this one, as he teams with Dom and Brian to go on "one last job."
8. “Skyscraper” (2018)
Playing a dad determined to save his family from a burning 240-story building, Johnson plays this disaster movie with a lot of vulnerability. It proves that even on top, he's always challenging himself.
7. "Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw" (2019)
Johnson shows off both his action and comedy chops to expand his Hobbs character from the "Fast and Furious" franchise into his own movie. The back-and-forth with costar Jason Statham is a highlight, but we're paying to see Johnson kick butt and he does a lot of that in this movie.
6. “Furious 7” (2015)
Johnson always gives Hobbs a comic book character quality, but in this one he's nuts with it as he breaks the cast on his arm by just flexing it, and walks around shooting a massive gun.
5. “Pain & Gain” (2013)
Johnson is really unbelievable in this movie. Starring alongside Mark Wahlberg and Anthony Mackie as bodybuilders who get caught up in an extortion and kidnapping scheme, Johnson is the highlight as the coke-snorting, born-again loose cannon Paul Doyle. The performance director Michael Bay gets out of Johnson is one of his best ever.
4. “Central Intelligence” (2016)
There's so much to love about Johnson in this movie. His comedy is perfect and is fueled working opposite Kevin Hart. And audiences thought so too, as the movie was one of the biggest box office hits of 2016.
3. “Fast Five” (2011)
This movie didn't just push Johnson on the path to the top level of super stardom that he's enjoying currently, but his casting also gave new life to the "Fast and Furious" franchise. Hobbs' intimidating force was the element the franchise needed to get out of its slump. But also, after a string of roles that went against type, Johnson dove in head first to a part that focused on his tough guy strengths. The audience responded. The rest is history.
2. “Moana” (2016)
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With the magic of Disney and the songwriting talents of Lin-Manuel Miranda, Johnson voicing the character of Demigod Maui is perhaps one of his most beautiful performances to date. All those years of trying to get into the family market finally paid off. And pulling off the singing is icing on the cake.
1. “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” (2017)
The role is everything Johnson wants to get across. He play off his tough rep, shows he can do comedy, and is vulnerable. He captures it all here and gives a multi-layered performance that by the end you hate to see fade away once the kids leave the Jumanji game.
Popular hip-hop star Juice Wrld died just days after his 21st birthday. He went into cardiac arrest at the airport and died in a Chicago hospital. Buzz60
Nicki Minaj paid tribute to the Juice Wrld during Billboard's Women in Music Event Thursday night.
In her acceptance speech for the game changer award, the rap diva, 37, called the late rapper a "kindred spirit."
"Looking back now, I wish I did something differently or said something to help,” she said. “He spoke to me in detail about how in love he was with his girlfriend and how passionate he was about music and when he was in the studio with me, he did so many songs so quickly. He was honest and pure about what he felt and that inspired me.”
She also recalled how the young rapper, who died Sunday at the age of 21, helped calm her before a performance when they toured together.
"While we walked to the stage, he held my hand and told me to stay calm and to pray," she said. "He said he had been trying to do just that. I was so shocked to hear him of all people tell me that, but right there in that moment with him telling me that, I actually did feel calm."
Minaj said that she knew the event was focused on women in music, but added that she needed to bring up the rapper because "it doesn't feel comfortable for me to talk about me when someone so important to our culture just died."
The cause of death of the rising young rapper, who suffered a medical emergency Sunday at Chicago’s Midway International Airport, is still pending after an autopsy Monday.
But Chicago police said Monday that city, state and federal agents searched luggage on his plane and allegedly found large quantities of marijuana and some suspected liquid cocaine.
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