A 13-year-old autistic Australian girl found her superpower in communicating with animals and decided to help people in need by creating a chicken therapy garden.
A 13-year-old autistic Australian girl found her superpower in communicating with animals and decided to help people in need by creating a chicken therapy garden.
Tan goes public about her mental health struggles following TikTok meltdown. This article, ‘I have been dealing with self-harm for over 10 years’: Singaporean actress Julie Tan, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.
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The actor-producer hopes to create more TVB music programmes through the new cooperation
The singer welcomes the new collaboration between TVB and the three major record labels
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Singers JJ Lin, Benjamin Kheng, Annette Lee and Nathan Hartono performed a series of Disney medleys for the launch.
ViacomCBS is betting $5 billion that the Paramount name carries the same weight as a Disney or even an HBO. In unveiling its Paramount+ streaming service, which will be refashioned out of the ashes of CBS All Access, ViacomCBS joins an overcrowded streaming field. Paramount+ joins HBO Max and Disney+ in relying on valuable IP and film exclusives to get consumers to fork over a monthly fee. But given that the streaming space has seen five new launches (and one casualty) in the past 15 months, Paramount+ will have a greater mountain to climb than its signature logo to compete in an extremely crowded space. “They’re definitely late in the game, but by no means are they out of it. Hey, at least they’re ahead of Sony and Lionsgate, right?” Jeff Bock, senior box office analyst at Exhibitor Relations, told TheWrap. “It will always be about the content. If they can continue to draw audiences, especially with ‘Star Trek’ and ‘SpongeBob,’ they have some valuable IP.” Also Read: Here's Everything ViacomCBS Just Announced Is Coming to Paramount+ Outside of “Star Trek,” it’s fair to wonder if Paramount+ has anything approaching the level of a Disney’s Marvel Studios or WarnerMedia’s “Game...Read original story ViacomCBS Bets $5 Billion That Paramount+ Can Compete With Disney and Warner At TheWrap
Beyond Star Wars and Marvel, here are some other titles you will be able to catch on the new streaming platform on the block, Disney+!
Jordan Peele’s “Twilight Zone” reboot has been canceled after two seasons at CBS All Access, TheWrap has confirmed. The horror anthology series wrapped its most recent season last June with a set of episodes boasting a star-studded cast including Morena Baccarin, Kylie Bunbury, Jenna Elfman, Ethan Embry, Sky Ferreira, Tavi Gevinson, Topher Grace, Tony Hale, Gillian Jacobs, David Krumholtz, Thomas Lennon, Sophia Macy, Natalie Martinez, Joel McHale, Chris Meloni, Gretchen Mol, Paula Newsome, Billy Porter, Jimmi Simpson, Jurnee Smollett, Daniel Sunjata and Damon Wayans Jr. Jordan Peele served as host and executive producer on the reboot, which he developed alongside Simon Kinberg and Marco Ramirez. Also Read: 'Twilight Zone' Sets Season 2 Premiere Date - Watch the New Trailer (Video) “Jordan Peele, Simon Kinberg and the entire production team truly reimagined The Twilight Zone for the modern age,” said Julie McNamara, executive vice president and head of programming for Paramount+. “They upheld the classic series’ legacy of socially conscious storytelling and pushed today’s viewers to explore all new dimensions of thought-provoking and topical themes that we hope will resonate with audiences for years to come.” The cancellation means the series won’t live to see CBS All Access’ transition to Paramount+ next month, and the title was conspicuously absent from ViacomCBS’s nostalgia-heavy presentation to investors on Wednesday. Among the CBS All Access originals that will make the jump are the streamer’s suite of “Star Trek” series, “The Good Fight” and Marc Cherry’s “Why Women Kill.” “The Twilight Zone” is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Kinberg’s Genre Films. Executive producers include Win Rosenfeld, Audrey Chon, Alex Rubens, Glen Morgan, Carol Serling and Rick Berg, in addition to Peele and Kinberg. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news of the cancellation. Read original story ‘The Twilight Zone’ Canceled After 2 Seasons at CBS All Access At TheWrap
ViacomCBS is preparing to relaunch its streaming service as Paramount+ next month, and the company just unveiled a slew of new projects from brands like Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, MTV, Showtime and CBS News. From a new “Yellowstone” series from creator Taylor Sheridan to a new studio division to produce content within the world of “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” here is everything the company just announced, all in one place: Also Read: Paramount+ Ad-Supported Subscription Will Cost Less Than CBS All Access Courtesy of CBS / Paramount+ “60 Minutes+” CBS News will be among the ViacomCBS brands producing new original content for Paramount+, starting with its flagship newsmagazine series “60 Minutes.” The super-sized “60 Minutes+” episodes will start rolling out next week, led by correspondents Enrique Acevedo, Seth Doane, Wesley Lowery and Laurie Segall. Series adaptations of Paramount library films Paramount+ will mine the studio’s library of classic films for new streaming series, with adaptations of “Love Story,” “The Italian Job,” “Fatal Attraction” and “The Parallax View” all set to join previously announced series inspired by “Flashdance,” “Grease” and “The Godfather.” A consolidated “Star Trek” universeCBS All Access was long the home for new “Star Trek” shows, with titles like “Discovery” and “Picard” rolling out on the streamer over the last few years. A new animated entry, “Star Trek: Prodigy,” was originally set to expand that universe to Nickelodeon, but ViacomCBS announced Wednesday that the show will get its first run on Paramount+ instead. “Yellowstone” spinoffs and new projects from Taylor SheridanLooking to capitalize on the success of Paramount Network’s “Yellowstone,” Paramount+ has not one, but two spinoffs in the works. Creator Taylor Sheridan, under his overall deal with ViacomCBS, will also produce a number of other projects for the streamer, including the oil boom drama “Land Man” and the Jeremy Renner-led “Mayor of Kingstown.” Also Read: Taylor Sheridan Sets 2nd 'Yellowstone' Spinoff - and Another Show That Sounds Like 'Yellowstone' - at Paramount+ “Criminal Minds” reboot and companion docuseriesParamount+ is set to reimagine the “Criminal Minds” brand for streaming, with a new reboot that will expand the original CBS procedural’s episodic premise to season-long arcs. The reboot will also be accompanied by the docuseries “The Real Criminal Minds,” following a real-life former FBI profiler. “American Tragedy”“Waco” fans get hyped, because ViacomCBS is looking to follow-up the Paramount Network scripted drama with a new anthology series tackling “complicated moments in true crime.” Potential subject matter and the creative team for the project were not announced. Dr. Frasier Crane is backNo classic sitcom is safe from a reboot in the streaming era, especially not one as widely speculated about as “Frasier.” Kelsey Grammer will reprise his role as the radio therapist for a new series at Paramount+, with Chris Harris and Joe Cristalli set to write. No word on other cast members potentially returning for the revival. “Halo” series jumps to streamingShowtime’s long-awaited “Halo” TV series will be among the many shows making the jump to Paramount+. Unfortunately, fans have to keep waiting for at least a little bit longer, because the series, led by “Orange Is the New Black” alum Pablo Schrieber, isn’t set to premiere until 2022. Also Read: 'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars,' 'Road Rules' Revival Join Paramount+ Unscripted Slate TV Land “Younger” also heads to Paramount+The seventh and final season of TV Land’s most successful scripted original will also get a first-run on Paramount+. Watch a teaser for the final 12 episodes here. Comedy revivals galoreA number of fan-favorite series from ViacomCBS’s portfolio of cable networks will get revivals or specials at Paramount+, including BET’s “The Game” and Comedy Central’s “Inside Amy Schumer,” “Workaholics” and “Reno 911!” Mike Judge will kick off his “Beavis and Butt-Head” revival with a movie also set to premiere on the streamer. MTV music programmingClassic MTV music programs including the docuseries “Behind the Music,” performance series “Unplugged” and hip-hop-centric “Yo! MTV Raps” will all get new life at Paramount+. Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl will also adapt his mom Virginia Hanlon Grohl’s book “From Cradle to Stage,” documenting the relationship between famous musicians and their mothers. “The Real World” and “Road Rules” are backIn addition to the previously announced “Real World” reunion, Paramount+ will also revive the 2000s competition series “Road Rules” and produce a new “All Stars” season of “The Challenge,” featuring some of the franchise’s fan-favorite players from seasons past. A new home for “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars”Rather than moving to Showtime as previously planned, future seasons of “All Stars” will run on Paramount+, splitting it from the flagship program at VH1. The streamer will also be home to the drag queen singing competition “Queen of the Universe” from World of Wonder, the production company behind “Drag Race.” Original “Rugrats” voice cast returnsThe babies are back! Paramount+’s revival of the beloved children’s series will see the entire original cast return, including E.G. Daily as Tommy Pickles, Nancy Cartwright as Chuckie Finster, Cheryl Chase as Angelica Pickles, Cree Summer as Susie Carmichael and Kath Soucie as Phil and Lil DeVille. Live-action “Dora” and “Fairly OddParents”Paramount+ is also developing new live-action series based on “Dora the Explorer” and “the Fairly OddParents,” in an attempt to build on the success of 2019’s “Dora and the Lost City of Gold.” Nickelodeon Avatar Studios“Avatar: The Last Airbender” and sequel series “Legend of Korra” have long been some of Nickelodeon’s most beloved titles. Amid renewed buzz surrounding both series following their debut on Netflix, original series creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko are launching a studio at Nick to produce new films and series set within the “Avatar” universe. “Ray Donovan” gets a movie finaleThis one isn’t for Paramount+, but ViacomCBS also announced on Wednesday that the premature cancellation of Showtime’s “Ray Donovan” won’t be the end for the Liev Schreiber-fronted series. Creator David Hollander will return to write and direct a feature-length finale for the series that will debut on Showtime. Paramount “Mission: Impossible 7” and “A Quiet Place II” to stream on Paramount+ 45 days after theatrical release Paramount has become the latest studio to take a major step toward shortening the 90-day theatrical window, announcing that it will stream two of its biggest upcoming blockbusters, “Mission: Impossible 7” and “A Quiet Place — Part II,” on Paramount+ 45 days after they are released in theaters. “Pet Sematary” and “Paranormal Activity” Films A new “Paranormal Activity” movie and a follow-up to the adaptation of the Stephen King story “Pet Sematary” will go directly to Paramount+ as part of the studio’s new push to move original content to the relaunched streamer. The new “Paranormal Activity” film based on the found-footage horror franchise is being directed by Will Eubank, and Jason Blum of Blumhouse and Oren Peli are returning to produce the new film. The new “Pet Sematary” follows up the 2019 film based on King’s story that grossed $113.1 million worldwide. Jeff Buhler is writing the new film, and Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing. Original horror film “The In Between” “The In Between” stars Joey King alongside Kyle Allen, and the film is a supernatural thriller about a teenage girl who survives a car accident that killed her boyfriend, only to believe that he’s now trying to communicate with her from beyond the grave. Allen and Marc Klein wrote the film, and Allen will also direct. New “Beavis & Butt-Head” movie The “Untitled Beavis and Butt-Head Movie” on Paramount+ will serve as the kick-off for the forthcoming Comedy Central series, which ordered the Mike Judge-led reboot for two seasons last year. This will be the second “Beavis and Butt-Head” film and the first since the 1996 movie “Beavis and Butt-Head Do America.” New “Workaholics” movie The “Workaholics” movie will see stars Blake Anderson, Adam Devine, Anders Holm and Kyle Newacheck reprise their roles. The series ran on Comedy Central for seven seasons from 2011 to 2017. Read original story Here’s Everything ViacomCBS Just Announced Is Coming to Paramount+ At TheWrap
Avi Lerner’s Millennium Media has backed out of Brett Ratner’s upcoming Milli Vanilli film, which the company had been planning to shop at the European Film Market. “On the heels of the announcement of the long gestating Milli Vanilli movie, the project fielded multiple competitive bids and a group of private equity investors have emerged that are fully financing the movie to begin production shortly,” said a spokesperson in a statement for Millennium Media and RatPac Entertainment. “Millennium will not be selling the film at EFM or be involved in the production.” Ratner is still attached to direct the project. A representative for Millennium Media did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on who the group of private equity investors are. Also Read: Time's Up Condemns Brett Ratner's Proposed New Film: 'There Should Be No Comeback' On Saturday, Times Up lashed out at Ratner after a report that the disgraced director had lined up a new film project just four years after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct. “You don’t get to go away for a couple years and then resurface and act like nothing happened,” the organization said in a statement. “We have not — and will not — forget. And Millennium Media shouldn’t either. There should be no comeback,” “There should be no comeback. #wewontforgetbrett.” Last week, Deadline reported that Ratner was set to direct a new film about the pop duo Milli Vanilli. The film would be Ratner’s first directing job since 2014’s “Hercules” — and also the first since he was accused of sexual misconduct four years ago by at least six women, including actresses Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge (The director has disputed the accusations — and even filed a defamation lawsuit against one of his accusers, which he later withdrew). Also Read: Brett Ratner Drops Lawsuit Against Woman Who Accused Him of Rape Time’s Up was not pleased to hear about Ratner’s potential comeback. “Time’s Up was born out of the national reckoning on workplace sexual harassment. Our movement is a product of countless courageous acts by many survivors, including those who spoke out about what they endured at the hands of Brett Ratner,” the group said in its statement. “Not only did Ratner never acknowledge or apologize for the harm he caused, but he also filed lawsuits in an attempt to silence the voices of survivors who came forward — a tactic right out of the predator’s playbook.” Shortly after the misconduct accusations surfaced in 2017, Warner Bros. severed ties with Ratner and his production company RatPac, which was founded with billionaire investor James Packer. Ratner is the director of the “Rush Hour” movies and other hits that have grossed $2 billion worldwide; he has also served as executive producer on “The Revenant,” “Horrible Bosses” and TV’s “Prison Break.” Read original story Brett Ratner’s Milli Vanilli Film Ditched by Avi Lerner’s Millennium Media At TheWrap
Paramount+ will cost roughly the same when it rebrands from CBS All Access next week. The base price with ads will be $1 dollar cheaper at $4.99 a month, while the commercial-free option will cost the same at $9.99 per month. ViacomCBS unveiled Paramount+ during an investor day on Wednesday. Paramount+ launches on March 4. The ad-supported version will no longer feature the live feed of viewers’ local CBS stations (but hey, you’re getting it for $1 less). That will now only be available on the premium tier. The new pricing structure will roll out sometime in May. Also Read: Paramount+ Orders True-Crime Anthology Series 'American Tragedy' The pricing puts Paramount+ comparable with Peacock, which offers a free option, plus two paid tiers. It’s premium tier is slightly more expensive than Disney+’s $7.99 a month price, though significantly less than HBO Max’s $14.99 per month price. ViacomCBS will also bundle Paramount+ with its Showtime OTT streaming service, much the same way that Disney offers a bundle of Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+ for a reduced price. ViacomCBS also has a separate BET+ service, though didn’t say anything about a bundle. Read original story Paramount+ Ad-Supported Subscription Will Cost Less Than CBS All Access At TheWrap
A version of this story about Kemp Powers first appeared in the Actors/Directors/Screenwriters issue of TheWrap’s awards magazine Kemp Powers faced a very personal challenge when writing the screenplay for his critically acclaimed 2020 film “Soul.” Pixar’s first movie with a Black protagonist tells the story of Joe Gardner, a Brooklyn music teacher who dreams of success as a jazz musician but loses his chance for an important gig when a fatal accident launches him from Earth into the world of souls. Powers said this particular character of a Black middle-aged man living in New York and nurturing artistic dreams bore an extraordinary resemblance to himself. “I was literally the right person at the right time,” he said. “You are talking to a guy who was 45 years old at the time, and a week before I started at Pixar, I had just finished my first feature film that was going to be made, which was ‘One Night in Miami.’ I was literally living through this idea of pursuing (a dream) on nights and weekends, but not feeling satisfied, always wanting to do this other thing.” Along with writing the script, Powers became the co-director of “Soul” (with Pixar veteran Pete Docter as director) in the course of developing the movie, making him Pixar’s first Black writer-director. Pixar’s film ideas usually grow from a director’s personal story; this one began with Docter, he said, pondering the nature of personality and how it shapes one’s dreams. Also Read: How Pixar's 'Soul' Creators Navigated Race in Studio's First Movie With Black Lead Character “He was exploring why, even when kids are newborns, it seems like there’s a little essence of what they are,” Powers explained. “More importantly, there was this idea of exploring purpose: What are we meant to be doing with our lives, our passions? But these ideas don’t come out fully formed. They come out very nebulous and vague.” Docter and Mike Jones, who share screenwriting credit with Powers, toyed with various concepts, including making the lead character an actor who gets a role on Broadway on the day he dies. Then Docter stumbled on a quote from Herbie Hancock about the improvisational nature of jazz–and, Powers said, “locked in on jazz as a perfect metaphor for life itself.” Once they decided to make the character a jazz pianist, it made sense that he should be Black. It’s still Pete’s film and his personal story, but it’s my personal story too.” The significance of shaping Pixar’s first Black lead character was not lost on the writer. “It would be unfair to say Soul is a ‘Black’ movie,” he said. “It’s a very universal story, but it’s absolutely being told through the prism of a Black man. Joe could have been of any race–but if Joe was going to be a Black man it was really important that he feel authentically of that group. I didn’t want him to seem like a stereotypical character that was just painted black.” Powers said the existential themes of “Soul,” literally life and death, have not gone over the heads of children, nor are they frightened by it. “They are watching it multiple times,” he said. “For some of them, is as simple as liking the visual performance. For others, it got them thinking and asking questions, and they are having a conversation. “Pete is always saying he wants his movies to start conversation, and I think ‘Soul’ has done that.” Read more from the Actors/Directors/Screenwriters issue here. Vanessa Kirby Read original story Why ‘Soul’ Writer Kemp Powers Was ‘The Right Person at the Right Time’ to Create Pixar’s 1st Black Lead At TheWrap
How’s this for a sequel: GameStop’s stock price more than doubled on Wednesday, recalling the gaming retailer’s much-publicized Wall Street surge last month — a day after CFO Jim Bell announced his resignation. GameStop opened Wednesday trading a little below $45 per share and spent much of the day hovering between $48-$54 per share. The company’s stock later spiked during the final hour of trading, closing the day at $91.71 per share — up 104% — following two trading halts. That momentum carried over to after-hours trading, with GameStop shares going for about $150 two hours after the closing bell. The big jump was an easy reminder of GameStop’s wild January, when the company’s share price ran from about $20 per share to a high of $483 per share in a matter of weeks. GameStop’s run was spurred on, in part, by the backing of WallStreetBets, a popular Reddit forum where many users championed the retailer; one aspect that made GameStop especially attractive to WSB users was that it was heavily shorted, or bet against — a reality that helped the company’s stock rocket higher once investors scrambled to grab GameStop shares. Also Read: GameStop and WallStreetBets Documentary in the Works From XTR and The Optimist GameStop’s meteoric rise was derailed in late January, when stock trading app Robinhood blocked users from buying shares of GameStop and other popular “meme stocks” like AMC and BlackBerry for one day. Now, after seeing GameStop trade in the $40-$60 range for much of February, many WallStreetBets users were back to celebrating on Wednesday. “Don’t call it a comeback!” one user exclaimed, while sharing a clip from LL Cool J’s “Mama Said Knock You Out.” Bell’s resignation was likely the galvanizing force behind Wednesday’s big run. Activist investor Ryan Cohen, the co-founder and former CEO of Chewy who took a major stake in GameStop last year, criticized GameStop’s executive team last November, saying the company needed to “pivot toward becoming a technology-driven business that excels in the gaming and digital experience worlds.” Many faithful GameStop shareholders have been clamoring for the company to follow Cohen’s guidance more, which may be key reason why, following Bell’s exit, its shares jumped Wednesday. Read original story GameStop’s Stock Doubles After CFO Resigns, Soaring From $45 to $92 At TheWrap
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Nickelodeon cartoons “Dora the Explorer” and “The Fairly OddParents” are getting live-action series on Paramount+. “Dora” will target kids aged 6-11 and their families, Nick said. The original “Dora the Explorer” cartoon launched in 2000 and wrapped in 2019, the same year the live-action “Dora and the Lost City of Gold” was released theatrically. That film, which starred Isabela Merced in the titular role, made about $120 million worldwide on a budget of $49 million, according to Box Office Mojo. “The Fairly OddParents,” meanwhile, is one of Nick’s longest-running and most successful animated series. Also Read: Original 'Rugrats' Voice Cast to Return for Nickelodeon Revival Series The announcement was among the deluge of news shared on Wednesday during ViacomCBS’ streaming investor day. Brian Robbins, the president of kids and family entertainment at ViacomCBS, had the honor of sharing this one. In addition to these live-action shows, Nickelodeon properties “Rugrats” and “Avatar: The Last Airbender” are also getting new versions for Paramount+, which launches on March 4. (Well, technically, that’s when it rebrands from CBS All Access.) Paramount+’s upcoming “Rugrats” revival will reunite the entire voice cast from the original run of the Nickelodeon series. The CG-animated series will see E.G. Daily reprise her role as Tommy Pickles alongside Nancy Cartwright as Chuckie Finster, Cheryl Chase as Angelica Pickles, Cree Summer as Susie Carmichael and Kath Soucie as Phil and Lil DeVille. Also Read: 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Movie From Original Creators in the Works at Nick Based on the 1991 Nickelodeon series, the “Rugrats” revival follows a group of toddlers as they “explore the world and beyond from their pint-sized and wildly imaginative point of view.” The series was created by Arlene Klasky, Gabor Csupo and Paul Germain. Eryk Casemiro and Kate Boutilier are executive producers on the revival, and Dave Pressler and Casey Leonard serve as co-executive producers. Rachel Lipman is co-producer, and production is overseen by Mollie Freilich, senior manager of current series animation at Nickelodeon. Read original story ‘Dora the Explorer’ and ‘The Fairly OddParents’ Are Getting Live-Action Paramount+ Shows At TheWrap
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