Leveraging a 20-year output relationship, Disney and Canal Plus have set an exclusive deal that will see the leading French pay-TV provider distribute Disney+ when the streaming service launches in France next March. Disney+, which is up and running in the U.S., Canada, New Zealand and Australia, will add the UK and Western Europe on March 31. Maxime Saada, chairman and CEO of Groupe Canal+ confirmed the news on Twitter. “Le force est avec nous,” he wrote, which translates to “The force is with us.” French newspaper Les Echos broke the news of the deal. Kevin Mayer, who heads Disney’s Direct-to-Consumer & International unit, told the paper the agreement is the only major distribution deal the company has closed aside from a major Verizon pact in the U.S. Verizon customers are getting one free year of Disney+ service, and that offer helped propel Disney to 10 million sign-ups in the first day after Disney+ went live on November 12. The two … [Read more...] about Disney+ Locks Exclusive Distribution Deal With French Pay-TV Giant Canal Plus
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Saturday Night Live is a topical program, and this week Avengers: Endgame supervillain Thanos dominated pop culture after President Donald Trump tweeted a campaign video featuring him as Thanos using his reality-warping snap to turn leading Democratic lawmakers into dust. With Thanos in the headlines and a real Avenger, Scarlett Johansson (aka Black Widow), hosting this week, it is no surprise that SNL featured an Endgame-themed opening monologue. Johansson started off with some self-deprecating one-liners. Noting that this is sixth time hosting, the A-list movie actress, who is engaged to SNL co-head writer/Weekend Update co-host Colin Jost said, “The sixth time is even more exciting than the fifth because you are not worried anymore. (If) the show’s bad, what are they going to do, fire my fiance? Oh no, what are we going to do without his paycheck?!” Related Story 'SNL': Scarlett Johansson-Hosted Episode Parodies 'Marriage Story' With Kellyanne & … [Read more...] about Scarlett Johansson Helps Save ‘SNL’ Cast From Thanos’ Snap In ‘Avengers’-Themed Monologue
EXCLUSIVE Sean Kingston picked up a Rolex and a diamond bracelet with nothing more than a promise that he'd pay for them the next day -- but now the jeweler's suing to get the dough. According to the lawsuit, Kingston went to Haimov Jewelers in Florida and traded in a used Rolex for a new $59,000 model, and the balance owed was $25k. The bracelet was a lot less ... just $19k to buy it or $4,000 to rent. Sean chose door #3 -- pay nothing, according to the suit ... even though he signed the receipt, agreeing to pay the next day. These allegations are becoming a thing. Kingston was involved in an ongoing dispute over a $226k jewelry tab, and once claimed to have been kidnapped over another jewelry deal gone wrong. … [Read more...] about Sean Kingston Sued for Pulling the Ol’ … Pay Ya Tuesday for a Rolex Today!
EXCLUSIVE Ray J's done dealing with the Kim Kardashian skeletons in his closet ... his lawyer just fired off a cease and desist letter to an old business partner he thinks might be leaking old, degrading interviews. The first interview surfaced on YouTube Thursday under the title "Ray J's Doctor Diagnoses Kim Kardashian Smelly Na-Na" ... which should give you an idea of the material. We're told the interview was recorded 8 years ago to accompany a book deal that was eventually canned. There's more where it came from too ... like Ray J talking about dating Whitney Houston at the time of her deadly overdose, which he wants to keep a lid on. Ray J and his lawyer are giving the old biz partner -- Maxwell Billieon of Billieon Group -- until Monday to come forward and explain why he posted the material without Ray J's permission. If he doesn't cop to it, Ray J plans on suing. … [Read more...] about Ray J — Stop Selling My Old Kim Kardashian Drama
Breaking News Vince Young has broken his silence on his DUI arrest -- apologizing to his bosses ... and hoping young people will learn from his stupid mistake. As we previously reported, the former University of Texas QB was arrested Monday morning in Austin -- and officers say he couldn't stand up straight and was slurring his words. Now, without specifically admitting guilt, Young has issued a statement essentially acknowledging that he screwed up ... big time. "Regardless of the outcome of the pending investigation, I would like my friends, family and fans to know that I do not condone drinking and driving in any way whatsoever. I am very disappointed in myself and am so sorry for any conduct that has made this legal process necessary." "I specifically want to apologize to the young men and women who look up to me as a role model and to my employers at the University of Texas and the Longhorn Network. Please let this be a lesson to you all and a moment for you to learn from." … [Read more...] about Vince Young: ‘Disappointed In Myself’ for DUI … ‘Let This Be a Lesson’