Disney+ Day Is Coming | Disney+

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T-minus 25 days until #DisneyPlusDay. What should we do while we wait?

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Coming This November | Disney+

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We’re already thankful for November. Next month, start streaming #Hawkeye, #JungleCruise, #OlafPresents, and so much more—plus, get ready to celebrate #DisneyPlusDay!

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TikTok Spotlights Most Influential Creators Of 2021 In First Annual ‘Discover List’

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With a commemorative glance back at 2021, TikTok has turned a spotlight on 50 of its most influential creators, with its first annual Discover List.

The list recognizes 10 TikTok stars in each of five categories: ‘Icons’, ‘Innovators’, ‘Foodies’, ‘Changemakers’, and ‘Originators’. The Discover List also places an emphasis on recognizing the original creators of viral trends and showcase diverse voices, TikTok said.

To compile the list, TikTok told The Hollywood Reporter that its community team, helmed by Kudzi Chikumbu, nominated various creators and then ranked honorees according to engagement, views, video creations, account growth, likes, interactions with followers, and off-app social cache.

Icons are “known up and down ‘For You’ feeds and outside of TikTok,” according to the company, whereas Innovators “put a new twist on what it means to be a content creator” and Changemakers are enacting social change. Foodies, of course, are putting their own unique spin on cooking content, while Originators create hashtags, viral dances, sounds, and aesthetics.

You can check out the honorees on TikTok’s inaugural Discover List right here:

Icons

Bella Poarch, @bellapoarch
Boman Martinez-Reid, @Bomanizer
Brittany Broski, @Brittany_Broski
Challan Trishann, @challxn
Christopher Olsen & Ian Paget, @chris & @Ianpaget_
Jay, @flossybaby
Leo Gonzalez, @LeoGonzall
Mark Gaetano, @snarkymarky
Tabitha Brown, @iamtabithabrown
Christina Najjar, @tinx

Innovators

Billy Yue, @8illy
Devon Rodriguez, @devonrodriguezart
Jasmine Chiswell, @jasminechiswell
Science Akbar, @king.science
Maddi Winter, @maddiwinter
Mikayla Nogueira, @mikaylanogueira
Kyne Santos, @onlinekyne
Parker Locke, @parkerlocke
Piff Marti, @PiffMarti
Wisdom Kaye, @Wisdm8

Foodies

Jonathan Kung, @Chefjonkung
Gabrielle Williams, @gabby.jaye
Hajar Larbah, @moribyan
Newton Nguyen, @newt
Ana Regalado, @saltycocina
Jessica Woo, @sulheejessica
Ahmad Alzahabi, @Thegoldenbalance
Joanne Molinaro, @thekoreanvegan
Robert Lucas, @thesweetimpact
Violet Witchel, @Violet.cooks

Changemakers

Alexis Nelson, @alexisnikole
Shirley Raines, @Beauty2thestreetz
Joel Bervell, @joelbervell
Jesús Morales, @juixxe
James Jones, @notoriouscree
Remi Bader, @remibader
Scarlet May, @Scarlet_may.1
Taylor Jones, @taylorcassidyj
Ebony & Denise Nunez, @Team2Moms
Zachary & Patrick Valentine, @valentinebrothers

Originators

Antoni Bumba, @antonibumba
Antonio Neville, @HeyTonyTV
Jalaiah Harmon, @jalaiahharmon
Katherine Florence, @katieflorence
Keara Wilson, @keke.janajah
Makayla Did, @makayladid
Wayne Mears, @natures_food
Ronald Michel, @Rony_boyy
Vano 3000, @supvano
Tracy Joseph, @Tracy.oj

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YouTube To Host Weeklong Holiday Shopping Event With The Merrell Twins, Walmart, More

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YouTube shared some social commerce news during its keynote presentation today during Advertising Week, featuring Tara Walpert Levy, Walmart CMO William White, and resident creator Liza Koshy.

Beginning Nov. 15, YouTube will kick off a seven-day live shopping event, The YouTube Holiday Stream and Shop. It will he hosted by the Merrell Twins and feature other top creators, who will showcase products from Walmart (which worked with TikTok on an hourlong shopping stream last holiday season), Samsung, and Verizon.

During the streams, fans will be able to unlock limited offers, participate in live Q&As and polls, and purchase featured products with a single click. Walpert Levy teased that YouTube has more live shopping events in the pipeline. On June 24, the platform hosted several shopping streams in honor of its first-ever Small Biz Day. (Instagram, for its part, recently rolled out a similar 10-day event for Fashion Month).

Back in February, YouTube said it was testing new ecommerce tools, which it referred to as an “integrated shopping experience that allows viewers to tap into the credibility and knowledge of trusted creators.” Initially available for on-demand videos, the program is now rolling out for live streams, YouTube said, amid a boon in social commerce precipitated by the pandemic.

The experience enables creators, retailers, and brands to select products that appear in a pop-up overlay on their standard videos or live stream. On VOD, viewers can click to explore product pages, related videos, or purchase options. On live, viewers can click to check out directly on YouTube without interrupting the viewing experience.

These features have been used by Simply Nailogical and Hyram for the launch of their nail polish and skin care lines, respectively. On the retailer front, Sephora, Target, and Walmart have also hosted shoppable streams.

YouTube’s other ecommerce tools include three-year-old, Spring-powered Merch Shelves, which enable creators to sell merch under videos, as well as a similar shopping shelf through its BrandConnect influencer marketing platform. Shopping shelves enable users to shop for products featured in sponsored videos directly from the creator watch page.

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Top 50 Most Viewed YouTube Channels Worldwide • Week Of 10/18/2021

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[Editor’s Note: Tubefilter Charts is a weekly rankings column from Tubefilter with data provided by GospelStats. It’s exactly what it sounds like; a top number ranking of YouTube channels based on statistics collected within a given time frame. Check out all of our Tubefilter Charts with new installments every week right here.]

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For the second straight week, a channel that appeals to two of YouTube’s top audiences — young children and short-form viewers — has reached the top of our global top 50.

YouTube Shorts is bringing a wide diversity of content into our weekly charts, but this week, the order at the top of our global ranking was mostly unchanged, with a Japanese channel continuing to lead the way.

Chart Toppers

Funny Family has earned the top spot in our global top 50 for the second week in a row. The YouTube Shorts channel, which offers up various challenges and games that families can play at home, added 786.5 million weekly views during our most recent measurement period. That impressive total was built with the help of YouTube’s youngest demographic, which frequently tunes into “family” videos.

The second and third channels in the global top 50 are also unchanged from last week. SET India remained our global runner-up thanks to 576.6 million weekly views, and the Indian record label T-Series stayed hot on its tail with 559.4 million weekly views. Both channels slightly increased their viewership over the previous week, but those gains were not strong enough to catch Funny Family. In fact, all of the channels in this week’s global top five saw an uptick in viewership since our last chart period.

The one newcomer in this week’s global top five is AngLova. The U.S.-based channel is yet another TikTok transplant, and it increased its viewership more than three times over during the last seven days. Thanks to that massive influx of fresh hits, AngLova finished the week as our global #4, racking up 469.3 million weekly views.

Sony SAB rounded out our global top five. The Indian channel, which shares an owner with SET India, registered 457.1 million weekly views during the second full week of October.

Top Gainers

From Fred to The Annoying Orange, there’s a long tradition of high-pitched content on YouTube. Now, Rudolfio is here to carry on that shrill torch.

Rudolfio is a TikTok creator who has screamed into our global top 50 thanks to his emerging popularity on YouTube Shorts. In many of his videos, Rudolfio wears a bright red wig and yellow headband. In others, he dons a Mario costume, complete with red cap, big ears, and fake mustache. No matter what his getup looks like, the one constant in Rudolfio’s videos is his screechy voice, which he sometimes uses to parody popular songs.

Some may find videos like these to be a fine example of “cringe,” but whatever opinions you may have of Rudolfio, the success of the creator’s YouTube Shorts operation cannot be denied. In our latest count, Rudolfio picked up 166.6 million weekly views, which was good enough for him to reach 24th place in our global top 50. He also increased his viewership by 84% week-over-week.

Next week, he could soar even higher, or fall off the chart entirely. Such is the volatile nature of YouTube Shorts.

Channel Distribution

Here’s a breakdown of the Top 50 Most Viewed channels this week in terms of their countries of origin:

  • United States: 17 channels in the Top 50.
  • India: 9 channels in the Top 50.
  • Russia: 5 channels in the Top 50.
  • Japan: 3 channels in the Top 50.
  • Canada, Indonesia, and United Arab Emirates: 2 channels in the Top 50.
  • Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, The Netherlands, Pakistan, South Korea, Turkey, and United Kingdom: 1 channel each in the Top 50.

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Animal Rights Nonprofit Sues YouTube For Failing To Remove Abuse Videos

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Animal rights media nonprofit Lady Freethinker is suing YouTube for breach of contract, alleging that the platform has not enforced its ban on videos containing animal abuse.

Many of the violative videos, per The New York Times, tend to follow a trend in which giant snakes are seen moving towards helpless animals, such as puppies, as melodramatic music plays, until the prey is rescued at the last moment by human intervention. Some of the violative videos are still live and have been on the site for years, per the Times, and some carry ads.

The lawsuit, filed yesterday in California Superior Court, alleges that YouTube failed to take action after Lady Freethinker repeatedly flagged videos of animal abuse. The Times reports that Lady Freethinker says it urged action for 18 months, and provided YouTube with 146 violative channels and more than 2,000 violative videos that had been viewed 1.2 billion times as examples — with 70% remaining live as of last month.

YouTube spokeswoman Ivy Choi told the Times that YouTube had expanded its animal abuse policies in March — to prohibit staged rescues that put animals in dangerous situations, as described above. Choi said that since March, YouTube has removed hundreds of thousands of videos and terminated thousands of channels for violations, but noted that enforcement takes time.

“We agree that content depicting violence or abuse toward animals has no place on YouTube,” she said.

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Instagram Is Finally Letting Users Post Content From Desktop

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Today kicks off Instagram’s first Product Week, a multi-day (though not actually week-long) series of new feature announcements and drops across the platform’s various components, including its core content feed, TikTok competitor Reels, and Stories.

First among the new features is Collabs, which will enable users to co-create Reels. Users can invite one another to coauthor by going to a Reel’s tagging page, and if the invited user accepts, “both accounts will appear in the post or Reels header, and it will be shared to both sets of followers,” Instagram says.

Engagement generated by both creators’ audiences will be combined: Collabs-made Reels will have one view count, one like count, and a single comment section, just like any other Reel.

Collabs are currently being tested, per Instagram. The company did not specify how many creators have access to them.

The next feature Instagram’s announcing–with more information coming Oct. 20–is a somewhat smaller tweak. It’s adding the ability to create fundraisers for approved nonprofits (something users can already do) as a one-touch option in its “creation button,” the plus sign in the top right corner of its app where users tap to create new content.

Like Collabs, Fundraiser Prompts are currently being tested for implementation across the platform.

And for Product Week’s “grand finale,” Instagram says, it’s fully rolling out three features: two effects generators for Reels; and, at long, long, long last, the ability for users to post content from their desktops, not just from Instagram’s app.

With desktop posting, users will be able to upload photos and videos under one minute in length from any desktop browser. This capability is pushing out to all users globally Oct. 21, and has “long been requested by our IG community,” Instagram says.

As for the Reels effects, one of them, Superbeat, weaves in special visual effects to the tune of videos’ background songs. The other, Dynamic/3D Lyric, displays onscreen lyrics in time with background songs. The goal of both these features is to help creators make their Reels more engaging, and to “spend less time editing and more time creating and sharing,” Instagram says.

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Ozark Final Season Sets 2022 Premiere Date at Netflix: Watch the Teaser!

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The end of Ozark begins in 2022!

Netflix announced Tuesday that the first half of the final season of Ozark would be available to stream on January 21.

Seven episodes will be available to stream, with the final seven set to bow later in 2022.

The new season stars Emmy Award® Winner Jason Bateman, Emmy Award® Winner Laura Linney, Emmy Award® Winner Julia Garner, Sofia Hublitz, Skylar Gaertner, and Charlie Tahan. 

The cast also includes Jessica Frances Dukes, Lisa Emery, Felix Solis, Damian Young, Alfonso Herrera, Adam Rothenberg, John Bedford Lloyd, Joseph Sikora, Bruno Bichir, CC Castillo, Katrina Lenk, Bruce Davison, Ali Stroker, and Veronica Falcón.

Emmy Award® Nominee Chris Mundy returns as showrunner, writer, and executive producer. Jason Bateman, Mark Williams, John Shiban, Patrick Markey, and Bill Dubuque serve as executive producers.

Laura Linney serves as Co-Executive Producer.

News of the end date was announced over a year ago, but thanks to delays surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the series has been on a longer hiatus than usual.

Mundy said the following of the final season announcement last year:

“We’re so happy Netflix recognized the importance of giving Ozark more time to end the Byrdes’ saga right.”

“It’s been such a great adventure for all of us — both on screen and off — so we’re thrilled to get the chance to bring it home in the most fulfilling way possible.”  

Four seasons is a long time for a Netflix show, but it highlights how successful the series has been.

The series has received 14 Primetime Emmy Award nominations including Outstanding Drama Series, with Bateman winning gold for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series and Julia Garner for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, both in 2019.

In addition, Bateman has received two Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actor – Television Series Drama.

The third season launched in March 2020 and was the series’ best-reviewed season to date, garnering a 97% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Netflix dropped a brand-new teaser for the new episodes.

Check it out below.

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Invasion — Twitch Streamers Get Invaded Live | Apple TV+

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Watch Twitch streamers BoxBox, xChocoBars, 72hrs, Joe Sugg, Emiru and more as their live feeds got invaded by aliens. What started with a sudden nosebleed, quickly got even weirder when eerie distortions began to take over. The day after it was revealed that it was a stunt for a new Apple TV+ series, Invasion. Invasion starts October 22, only on Apple TV+ https://apple.co/_Invasion

Invasion follows a global cast – including Sam Neill, Golshifteh Farahani, Shamier Anderson, Billy Barrett, and Shioli Kutsuna — as they try to navigate a terrifying new reality infested by lethal aliens.

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5 Adam Driver Movies to Watch Now | Prime Video

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Mayor Pete | Official Trailer | Prime Video

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Directed by Jesse Moss (“Boys State,” “The Overnighters”), Mayor Pete will take viewers inside Buttigieg’s headline-generating campaign to be the youngest U.S. President, providing an unprecedented intimacy with the candidate, his husband Chasten, and their team. The Amazon Studios documentary, which will be released globally on Amazon Prime Video on Nov. 12, will show the former mayor of South Bend, Ind. during the earliest days of the campaign, through his unlikely, triumphant victory in Iowa and beyond — revealing what goes on inside a campaign for the highest office in the land, and how it changes the lives of those involved in it.

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Succession: Season 3 | Red Carpet Premiere | HBO

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No comment. All drama.

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Succession: Opening Credits and Theme Song (Season 3) | HBO

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Make your move.

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The Official Succession Podcast with Kara Swisher (Season 3, Episode 1) | HBO

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In the first episode of the Succession podcast, host Kara Swisher unpacks the season three premiere episode, “Secession,” which features a deliciously awkward phone call between Gerri and the president’s press secretary. Kara is joined by former White House Communications Director, Jennifer Palmieri to talk about real life media conglomerates lobbying the White House, and whether Waystar’s move was savvy or just a complete disaster. Kara also ranks which character is up in this week’s episode, who’s down, and who made the most surprising power move. The official Succession podcast is produced by HBO in conjunction with Pineapple Street Studios. #HBO #Succession

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Succession: Season 3 | The Weeks Ahead | HBO

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It’s war.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2021 Induction Ceremony: Official Teaser | HBO

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The 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony premieres November 20 on HBO Max. The special event will honor this year’s inductees: Billy Preston, Carole King, Charley Patton, Clarence Avant, Foo Fighters, Gil Scott Heron, The Go-Gos, Jay-Z, Kraftwerk, LL Cool K, Randy Rhoads, Tina Turner, and Todd Rundgren. #HBO #RockHall2021

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Netflix Thinks ‘Squid Game’ Will Generate Nearly $1 Billion In “Impact Value”

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Netflix believes South Korean superhit Squid Game will generate nearly $1 billion in value for it.

The survival/social commentary drama written and directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk was produced by Siren Pictures Inc. for $21.4 million, or around $2.6 million per episode, according to figures from internal documents leaked to Bloomberg. It’s one of a number of South Korean Netflix originals, and the streamer’s biggest to date (more on that below).

Squid Game released four weeks ago, and based on the buzz surrounding it, Netflix estimates it will create a whopping $891 million in “impact value.” Impact value, Bloomberg reports, is an internal “metric the company uses to assess the performance from individual shows.”

Netflix doesn’t publicly discuss “impact value” (and in fact told Bloomberg that disclosing Squid Game’s figures would be inappropriate), so we don’t know what the actual makeup of that $891 million is–whether it’s all cash money (doubtful), whether Netflix is banking on more subscribers signing up just to see the show, etcetera.

The data given to Bloomberg also included some viewership stats. Netflix revealed last week that Squid Game was “our biggest series launch ever,” with 111 million people watching at least two minutes of the show within its first four weeks on the platform.

Within the leaked documents was more recent and granular information: 132 million people have now watched at least two minutes of Squid Game, and Netflix estimates that 89% of people who started it went on to watch at least 75 minutes (all of the first episode and around 15 minutes of the second). It further estimates that 66% of viewers (~87 million people) went on to watch all nine episodes.

Squid Game has collectively amassed more than 1.4 billion hours of watch time so far, according to Netflix’s data.

As Bloomberg points out, at least some of the projected $891 million might come from the stock market; since Squid Game released on Sept. 17, Netflix’s stock has risen almost 7%, giving it a market cap of $278.1 billion.

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YouTube’s iOS App Has Clocked $3 Billion In In-App Purchases (Report)

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Since its launch in 2012, YouTube‘s iOS app has clocked $3 billion in in-app purchases, according to a new report from analytics firm App Annie.

App Annie reports that YouTube is currently the No. 3 app in terms of global lifetime consumer spend — in the non-gaming category — after Tinder and Netflix. YouTube is also the No. 1 livestreaming app by spend, taking into account both iOS and Android users, as well as the seventh most-downloaded non-gaming app ever.

App Annie explains the $3 billion milestone — which YouTube officially crossed over the weekend — by noting that content consumption has accelerated during the pandemic. YouTube’s biggest markets for in-app spending are the U.S., Japan, U.K., Australia, and Canada.

The $3 billion in-app revenues was driven by paid channel memberships as well as subscriptions to YouTube Music Premium and YouTube Premium, App Annie said. We’ve reached out to the firm for a breakdown of which services accounted for total revenues, and will update this post with any additional information.

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Family Reunion to End With Season 3 on Netflix

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Family Reunion is coming to an end.

Netflix on Monday handed out a renewal for a third and final season of the multicamera comedy.

This also marks the lowest episode order for the series, down from 20 and 15 episodes in seasons one and two, respectively.

Series creator Meg DeLoatch had handed over the showrunning duties to Adrienne Carter (Everybody Hates Chris) and Arthur Harris (Living Single).

DeLoatch will still have a creative involvement, but she will not be running the show on a day-to-day basis for the final episodes.

DeLoatch was named the showrunner of the CBS comedy series The Neighborhood, complicating a return to Family Reunion full-time.

“I am so excited that Family Reunion will be returning for a third season,” said DeLoatch in a statement.

“I will always be grateful to Netflix for giving me the opportunity to finally tell my story and the platform to share the beautiful, loving and joyous McKellan family with the world.”

Loretta Devine, Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Anthony Alabi, Talia Jackson, Isaiah Russell-Bailey, Cameron J. Wright, and Jordyn Raya James are all locked in for a third and final season.

Netflix shows typically don’t last for very long, and by today’s standards, a three-season run can be deemed one of the longest-running shows on the streamer.

Netflix is looking to expand its content library and shorter running shows are the best way to do that, and at least Family Reunion is getting an ending.

Many shows do not.

On the comedy front, Netflix is looking to hit it big with a spinoff of That ’70s Show titled That ’90s Show that nabbed a formal pickup earlier this month.

That project is set to bring back some original stars in guest-starring roles, which could be fun.

As for Family Reunion, a premiere date will likely follow in 2022.

What are your thoughts on the conclusion?

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Source: TVfanatic.com

The Baby-Sitters Club’s Kyndra Sanchez Discusses Taking Over the Role of Dawn Schafer

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Kyndra Sanchez is a multi-talented actor, model, singer, musician, and athlete. She is currently starring as Dawn Schafer in the second season of Netflix’s The Baby-Sitters Club. She replaced Xochitl Gomez, who had scheduling conflicts.

She most recently was seen in the Netflix feature film Finding O’Hana, in the Nickelodeon animated series Santiago of the Seas, and in the music video, ‘I Wrote My Way Out,’ by acclaimed artists Nas, Dave East, Lin Manuel Miranda, and Aloe.

TV Fanatic talked to Kyndra about taking over the role Dawn, her favorite storylines, and how she’s connected with her castmates.

Hi Kyndra. Welcome to the BSC. How are you enjoying playing Dawn Schaefer in Season 2?

It’s been a dream come true! Getting to do what I love with the people I now call my best friends is truly incredible. Dawn and I are very similar, so it was easy to tap into the role!

Had you read the Baby-Sitters books before joining the Netflix series?

I am an avid reader. I loved the books! I read some of them and enjoyed them very much.

What were some of your favorite storylines in the books? What have been some of your favorite storylines in the Netflix series so far?

In the series, it shows how Dawn navigates having anxiety. I think this is really important because it shows that everyone struggles with something, and that’s okay. If you’ve seen season one, Dawn was always all good with everything.

But she ends up bottling her emotions until one day she explodes. This demonstrates that it’s important to focus on your mental health and to reach out to close ones for help.

In what ways are you like Dawn, and in what ways are you different?

Dawn and I are similar in many ways. We both deeply care about people, animals, and the environment. Like Dawn, I use my voice to advocate for causes that are close to my heart. From what people tell me, I’m a good friend and I love to help. I am also a spiritual person like Dawn!!

We also both love plants, crystals, and fashion. There were days on set where I would wear my regular clothing and people would have mistaken it for Dawn’s wardrobe!! I would say Dawn and I are different because it doesn’t mention she plays music and does any sports.

I do varsity gymnastics and boxing, as well as playing the guitar and piano.

I always loved when Dawn and Mary Anne’s parents got married, and the two of them became stepsisters. However, the series changed it from the books. What did you think of this update?

I think it really brought a comedic feel to it, and I really enjoyed that. It was tons of fun filming the scenes where Mary Anne and I were completely shocked that each of our parents would not get married right away. But we just have to wait and see! Crossing fingers for a third season;)!

How have you and Malia Baker formed such a believable friendship and sisterly bond on-screen?

We instantly just clicked from the start. We bonded over sustainable fashion, books, and so much more. We have so much in common, and it was so great working with her. I now call her my best friend.

What storylines or book titles would you like them to cover for Dawn in the future?

I would love for Dawn’s dad to come visit her in Stoneybrook! Her dad and brother live in California, and Dawn often mentions in the books and the series how she misses them so dearly. So it would be really heartwarming to see them together for a while!

What are some fun BTS moments you and your castmates have shared?

There was a prank pulled on Malia and me on set. Sophie scared us in the tunnel scene with her clown costume, and we both yelped and jumped. It was truly the most hilarious moment.

You can catch Kyndra in The Baby-Sitters Club Season 2, which is streaming now on Netflix.

Source: TVfanatic.com

The Haunted Mansion | What’s On Disney Plus Classic Movie Review

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In this What’s On Disney Plus Movie Club Podcast episode, Roger and Jeremy discuss ‘The Haunted Mansion”, which is available to watch on Disney+.

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Dopesick | Disney+ Trailer

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From Executive Producer Danny Strong and starring and executive produced by Michael Keaton, Dopesick examines how one company triggered the worst drug epidemic in American history. The series takes viewers to the epicenter of America’s struggle with opioid addiction, from the boardrooms of Big Pharma, to a distressed Virginia mining community, to the hallways of the DEA. Defying all the odds, heroes will emerge in an intense and thrilling ride to take down the craven corporate forces behind this national crisis and their allies. The limited series is inspired by the New York Times bestselling book by Beth Macy.

The eight-episode series stars Michael Keaton, Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg, Will Poulter, John Hoogenakker, with Kaitlyn Dever and Rosario Dawson. Guest stars include Phillipa Soo and Jake McDorman.

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Why Are International Disney+ Releases So Erratic? | Weekly Q&A

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Dave Chappelle and the current state of comedy

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A lot of readers have asked what I thought of the new controversial Dave Chappelle Netflix Special.  This, of course, is a trick question that can only get a person in trouble.  Like “How often do you beat your wife?”  God forbid anyone says something positive about Chappelle’s material they’re instantly branded as a racist, homophobe, or worse.  (Remember the days when some people thought something was funny while others didn’t and it was just chalked up to differing senses of humor?)  

So I’m not going to speak at all about the trans material in his special or any of the subject matter.  All I will say is this:  I’m glad there is a Dave Chappelle.  I’m glad there’s one comic out there who is truly fearless.   In the tradition of Lenny Bruce, we need someone willing to be provocative, willing to ruffle some feathers in the cause of getting society to think.  

There’s a terrific article I want to point you towards.  It’s by David Zucker, one of the writers of AIRPLANE and NAKED GUN.  He’s a very funny guy.  I worked with him on a project once a thousand years ago. In his piece, bemoaning the current sad state of comedy, he brings out a great point.  Through social media a tiny minority now has a huge amplified voice and can dictate policies and norms for the majority — even though the majority doesn’t agree with them.  

The night ALL IN THE FAMILY premiered on CBS, they installed extra phone banks and operators to field the inevitable throng of complaints.  They got 12 calls.  12.  Now today those 12 could cause such a stink that they might be able to pressure ALL IN THE FAMILY off the air.  How horrifying is that?

So when you sit home, by yourself, and watch AIRPLANE, or the DAVE CHAPPELLE SPECIAL, or BLAZING SADDLES, are you really offended?  And if you are, does it really rock you to your very core and affect how you see the world?   Or, do you simply say, “Fuck you, Dave Chappelle or David Zucker,” turn off their show, and go on about your life?   It’s a comedy special not a snuff film.

I’m personally not a fan of mean-spirited comedy.  And if it’s designed to demean anyone, regardless of color, gender, age — then it’s not for me.  And it’s not the type of thing I write.  But I don’t think there should censorship when it comes to comedy.   I don’t think writers or comics should be blasted for things they wrote or said that may not be acceptable now but were when they wrote or said them.  

Anyway, here’s the article.  I encourage you to read it.

Thanks.

Source: Ken Levine

Marvel Studios’ Victoria Alonso | What’s Up, Disney+

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In honor of #HispanicLatinxHeritageMonth, hosts Jenny Lorenzo and Andre Meadows speak with Marvel Studios’ Victoria Alonso about her career. All of these and more are now streaming on #DisneyPlus.

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