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Peacock preview: NBC spreads its wings in the ‘Brave New World’ of streaming

Peacock preview: NBC spreads its wings in the ‘Brave New World’ of streaming

NBC’s Peacock is making a late entrance into the streaming game, unveiling original series with a distinctly British flavor peppered with American stars like David Schwimmer, Demi Moore and Ron Perlman. The new shows look polished but unspectacular — pretty good to barely OK, but nothing about which to be particularly proud. At first blush,…MORE

CBS and NAACP announce partnership for diverse content

CBS and NAACP announce partnership for diverse content

CBS Television Studios and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) on Wednesday announced a multi-year partnership to develop new, diverse content. The agreement entails the production of “scripted, unscripted and documentary content for linear television networks and streaming platforms,” it was announced. George Cheeks, president and CEO of the CBS Entertainment…MORE

Demi Moore explains her carpeted bathroom

Demi Moore explains her carpeted bathroom

Demi Moore’s bathroom has gone viral and she thinks it’s hilarious. The actress spoke to Seth Meyers on his late night show Tuesday night about the attention she has received and who is responsible for the wall-to-wall brown carpet. “That originally was a Bruce Willis choice, not to put it off on him,” Moore said…MORE

Kelly Rowland says she tortured herself over being constantly compared with Beyoncé

Kelly Rowland says she tortured herself over being constantly compared with Beyoncé

Kelly Rowland has opened up about living in Beyoncé’s shadow during their time in Destiny’s Child. The 39-year-old singer — a founding member of the ’90s R&B group — spoke candidly about the constant comparisons while offering advice to “The Voice Australia” contestant Chris Sebastian during a recent episode. When Sebastian revealed his fears about…MORE

Nick Cannon let go by ViacomCBS over anti-Semitic comments

Nick Cannon let go by ViacomCBS over anti-Semitic comments

ViacomCBS is ending a decades-long relationship with Nick Cannon after he recently made anti-Semitic comments on his podcast. The actor and TV host was joined by controversial hip hop figure Professor Griff on a recent episode of the “Cannon’s Class” podcast, where talk turned to Black people as the “true Hebrews” and included anti-Semitic conspiracy…MORE

Filmmaker James Gunn wanted ‘Scooby-Doo’ character Velma to be ‘explicitly gay’

Filmmaker James Gunn wanted ‘Scooby-Doo’ character Velma to be ‘explicitly gay’

Director and screenwriter James Gunn says he “tried” to make bespectacled detective Velma “explicitly gay” in his script for the live-action ‘Scooby-Doo’ movie. A Twitter account for a film podcast implored Gunn to make future onscreen iterations of Velma gay, to which Gunn replied, “I tried!” “In 2001 Velma was explicitly gay in my initial…MORE

Outlet mall staple is closing all of its stores

Outlet mall staple is closing all of its stores

Heritage Brands, an anchor of outlet malls across the United States, announced that it will close all 162 of its stores beginning next year. PVH Corp., which owns Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, blamed the closures on the “evolving North American retail landscape, which has been accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic” in a company statement…MORE

Walmart will start requiring customers in US stores to wear masks

Walmart will start requiring customers in US stores to wear masks

Walmart will require customers at all of its US stores to wear masks beginning next week, becoming the largest retailer to mandate facial coverings as coronavirus cases continue to rise. Other national chains have made similar moves. Starbucks said last week that it will require customers to wear facial coverings or masks in all 9,000…MORE

BBC and Guardian blame the pandemic for 250 job cuts

BBC and Guardian blame the pandemic for 250 job cuts

Two British media outlets announced major job cuts on Wednesday, citing the financial pressures of the coronavirus pandemic. The Guardian said it was cutting 180 jobs, including 70 in its editorial department after the media group’s revenues fell by £25 million ($31.6 million) for the year. The pandemic has boosted audiences and reader donations, but…MORE

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