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Alex Honnold and Jimmy Chin from National Geographic Documentary Films’ Free Solo review some of the most iconic Disney+ climbing scenes.

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We’ve got a heroic-sized hunger, so we’re feasting up a compilation of super snacks eaten throughout the MCU. All these #MarvelStudios movies and more now streaming on #DisneyPlus.

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Mank Review: Gary Oldman Dazzles as Citizen Kane Scribe in David Fincher’s Fantastic Film

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Mank is an undertaking. What the David Fincher film accomplishes is simply awe-inspiring. After all, at the heart of Fincher’s latest work is making what many in the world consider the greatest film of all-time, Citizen Kane.

Now, not one day of shooting that iconic film is shown. This tale focuses on its drunken-brilliant wizard of a screenwriter, Herman Mankiewicz — or Mank as he insisted people call him.

Why Mank works so well is it is not how did they make this classic movie film. Instead, there are electrically illuminating layers to creating this masterpiece for those of us who make witnessing Orson Welles’ work a yearly endeavor.

Everyone who saw the Welles film immediately knew who he was playing. It was common knowledge that the titular character was none other than William Randolph Hearst — the newspaper titan, who from his Xanadu home (otherwise known as Hearst Castle) had his hand in the goings-on in Tinsel Town.

Among his proudest and most important was his girlfriend, Marion Davies (a dazzling Amanda Seyfried).

Hearst frequently hosted movie shoots and movie stars at his estate for long weekends, filled with booze, divine discussions about the news of the day, and just a general opportunity to bask in an ocean of wealth.

Also, there at the castle on many a weekend was, you guessed it, Mank.

So, although there is a “mystery” as to who the Citizen Kane script is about, in the end, it seems everyone knows it’s about one of the richest men in the world.

We meet Mank as he is being brought to a California desert oasis to heal from a broken leg sustained in a car accident. He has his assistant-transcriber Rita Alexander (Lily Collins) and his full-time nurse Fräulein Frieda (Monika Gossmann), who will tend to his injuries.

He has a myriad of notebooks and a speed-typer in Alexander. He is telling a story that we already feel and know is epic.

There are so many layers to Fincher’s film (isn’t there always) that its narrative zig-zags back and forth between Mank’s earlier time in Hollywood and his current ailing and alcohol-soaked recovery in the California desert as he pens the movie that would define him and be the greatest, most profound artifact he ever composed.

It’s safe to say a fair amount of production occurs in this desert oasis where Collins, Oldman, and Gossmann put on a theatrical clinic.

Fincher shoots it as if it were a stage play, yet it never fails to embody the legendary filmmaker’s classic tone. Freida and Alexander are there to help him, physically, mentally, and most importantly, professionally.

The weight of this project is never in question. With constant visits from studio executives to phone calls from Welles himself, Mank cannot escape the gravity of his situation.

But something is piercingly clear in Mank; this is firmly a writer who keenly knows that what is expected is just a starting point of the greatness he has in store for when pen hits paper, and then fingers tap at a typewriter, and a cultural stalwart will be born.

Oldman plays Mank as a wild card, a man whose work is solid and filled with the promise of greatness.

Genius comes with a cost in most cases. He is a rabble-rouser who doesn’t know when not to say something.

This gets him in trouble on numerous occasions, and it is an utter delight to witness Oldman reacting to everyone (except his wife Sara Mankiewicz — played compassionately by Tuppence Middleton) as their doubt, fear, and utter frustration is directed at his creative virtuoso.

There isn’t a single scene or moment in Mank that sits above all others, but few are worthy of being saluted. When Mank first meats Hearst, it is a playful scene that not only introduces their unlikely kindship but exposes a friendship with Davies that exists and is the backbone of Mank.

When Alexander and Mank are collaborating at a syncopated pace, the viewer knows exactly that the web they are weaving will become one of the greatest movies of all time.

The richness of the words he dictates to Alexander isn’t even half of what makes it so extraordinary. It is the collective realization by both cohorts that this is something special beyond the human race’s pedantic prose.

What we hear Mank utter from his stationary bed are words that pulsate with life, and with the benefit of the flashbacks to his time with Hearst and that lifestyle, it reads like an indictment of American excess and the price of power and fame.

Seyfried and Oldman are a delight together. Look for both to fight for Oscar nods, she for Best Supporting Actress and he with another nod for Best Actor.

Yes, Mank is Oldman’s movie. But there is something about the quiet scenes between these two unlikely friends that also provide the film with its beating emotive heart.

It’s a platonic friendship that finds each supporting the other, bonding over more than their shared relationship with a publishing titan. Seyfried dazzles and leaves us breathless.

When the script becomes a finished product, and the Hollywood world is not quite sure what to do with it, Fincher focuses on Mank and his progression from a hobbled writer under a deadline to an artist questioning his legacy.

There’s also a surprising political statement that Fincher and his screenwriters make that is as fitting today as it was when the California gubernatorial election of 1934 was between an “American-First” type Republican and a Democrat who largely lost because he was labeled a socialist and never recovered.

This moment will split Mank from many that have stood by him through his drinking and uncensored social speech.

There was a longstanding debate as to who actually wrote Citizen Kane that Mank answers without question. Welles claimed he penned it with Mank and was forced to give the writer a co-creative credit.

As portrayed in Mank, this medium-transcendent story came from his mind and his experience with Hearst, the Hearst Castle, and in particular, the Republican victory in the 1934 California gubernatorial elections.

Much is formed from those seemingly innocent items that all add up to a phenomenal look at the art of moviemaking back in the 1930s when the artform was still young and filling out its britches.

As is the case in all of Fincher’s films, the supporting cast delivers a performance worthy of a salute above the film’s marquee. Most notably, Collins, whose camaraderie with Mank helps drive a man to greatness, while his wife Sara tends to the kids at home that borders desperation.

Middleton’s Sara could be a thankless role, but with some wicked writing and some hallucinations by our pogromist, much is said with little.

Arliss Howard’s Louis B. Mayer is the epitome of the ’30s and ’40s studio head. He wields a power that can crush a person’s well-being yet sits behind some of the greatest creations that Hollywood ever produced. Howard portrays him exactly as one would expect but with a panache that permeates every frame he visits.

Charles Dance nails it as Hearst. He is a man of his times, yet also one who sees the need to celebrate art and artists. At the same time, Hearst is as vulnerable as he is vindictive.

His relationship with Marie never feels odd or out of place, simply normal for a wealthy man and a woman in the public eye who share a passion for each other, despite what the naysayers report.

Then there’s Welles. Many have played him, most notably Liev Schreiber, in RKO 281.

Yet there is something about the grounded gravitas of Tom Burke that brings the boy wonder (he was in his early 20s when he made Citizen Kane) to life in a manner that is larger than life, while intimate to those who knew him. It’s a delicate needle to thread, but Burke does it in spades.

Mank is a Fincher film through and through. But as it’s shot in black and white, the helmer doesn’t get to play with a color palette that would literally bring a vibrancy to his characters.

All their light comes from terrific lighting and the projection of the person that each thespian brings to this delicious cinematic table. He’s a perfectionist.

Fincher has reportedly made actors do scenes over 100 times, but you bet your bottom dollar that the one we see on the screen couldn’t be better if a magician himself wielded a magic wand.

Mank is currently airing on Netflix.

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Dylan Neal Teases Christmas She Wrote, Writing for Hallmark & Holiday Plans

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On Sunday, December 6, Dylan Neal stars with Danica McKellar in Christmas She Wrote. The two actors are Hallmark favorites, and it’s their first time teaming up together, so we expect we’re in for a very fun film, indeed.

We had the chance to chat with both of them, and right now, we’re sharing parts of the discussion we had with Neal, edited for clarity and content.

If you’re a big fan of Hallmark productions, you’ll enjoy getting to know this talented man who writes, produces, and performs some of our favorite programming while still finding time for interests away from the network, too.

How did you get involved with Christmas She Wrote?

They called and asked if I wanted to do it. And I said, “Sure.” It’s like most of the things at Hallmark. I’ve got a long history of working with Hallmark, going back to their first TV series, Cedar Cove when they offered me the male lead opposite Andie MacDowell.

And usually every year there’s a movie that, if I have not created it and written it and produced it, and then there’s something where they’ll allow for me something to do, and this year it was one of their Christmas movies.

And it seems that your character makes a big mistake of letting his columnist go. So what kind of challenges does Tripp face trying to fix that mistake? What are his Christmas foibles?

Well, he personally doesn’t see it as a mistake at first. He’s hired as the new editor in chief of this paper, and the mandate from his boss is to bring the budget in line, and just like most newspapers out in the world these days with the trying time, to actually make a profit.

So he’s simply giving layoffs and slashing the budget where possible. He’s not actually a bad guy.

And what he doesn’t understand is when he lets Kaleigh go, who’s a columnist at his paper, is exactly how popular her column was and how loyal her fans are. And so then it’s his boss that tells him, “Look, that one that you fired, we need to get her back, and I don’t care how you do it, just do it.”

So Tripp tries to get her on the phone several times and email, and she’s not responding. He goes to track her down in her hometown to try and get on bended knee and see if she’ll come back.

And her nose is so out of joint at being fired that she says, “No.” But as things escalate, Tripp’s own job is on the line from his boss, that if he doesn’t get Kaleigh back, he’s going to be fired. So the pressure’s on for Tripp to figure out how to woo her back to the job. And, of course, in the process, starts to fall for her.

The movie has a really great cast. Had you worked with most of these people before, or are they new to you?

I knew everyone. I hadn’t worked with anyone other than the director, Terry Ingram, who had directed one of my franchise movies, The Gourmet Detective. That’s one of the murder mystery franchises. And Terry and I go back before that. We probably go back about 15 years.

And I had met Danica at one or two network functions, but we’d never worked together. And everyone else, we knew each other, but, well, we just haven’t worked together.

And what did you most enjoy about filming this particular movie?

Let’s see. Well, I got to get on skates again. It’s been a long time. I don’t do a lot of skating down here in LA. Oh, it must’ve been with my kids. Years ago, we used to take them to a local arena and get some little winter in our winter teaching my kids how to skate, but it’s always good to get on skates again.

And certainly, I practiced up on my math with Danica over the course of… A math genius. And it’s just a fun Christmas story. Those were always fun to work on. And it puts you in the Christmas spirit, even if it was a little bit early while we’re still filming it, but they’re all just sweet little stories and puts a smile on your face.

It’s funny that you mentioned skating because I watched the preview, and it looked like you took off like a rocket on those skates, and I thought, “Wow, you really know what you’re doing.”

Well, it’s funny because Danica doesn’t skate, and we had to build a rig to put her on, so she’s faking how to skate, and we had a body double for her. So that one where I take off after that skater, that’s not Danica. And then when you see me give an arm to Danica, she’s on a sled being pulled around on the rig.

And that’s why I’m looking at my feet a lot because I’m trying not to trip over this thing that’s right beside me, and I can’t take a normal stride because I’ve got to get as close to her as possible, but I can’t get right up next to her because she’s on a sled being pushed and pulled by three crew members.

And the cameraman is on skates, skating backward, carrying a very, very heavy camera, trying not to get run over by this sled that Danica’s on. It took a real village to make that and were a little dubious that it would work.

And I hadn’t really seen the results other than the little trailer, but that was good. That’s always one of those conundrums or those risks that you take as a writer.

When you write a scene like skating or horseback riding or something that’s technically a special skill, and you have no idea whether the actor that eventually gets hired can actually do what you’ve written.

Sometimes you can lose the scene. It’s not important, or you rewrite it. Or sometimes, if it’s a little more instrumental, you got to figure out how you’re going to cheat it. So, it was a good job by the director and the crew to come up with this little solution.

I love those little movie magic moments.

Yeah. Well, yeah. Exactly.

And I have to admit that I have never read any of the books or seen any of the 50 Shades movies, but it makes me laugh that in the midst of all your Hallmark, you visited the 50 Shades franchise.

Right? Well, that’s more of my life. When I work at Hallmark, that’s more a detour from really any actor’s regular life. I mean, Hallmark says family-friendly and sweetly and anything that they get, but that’s not most of what television and film are about.

It’s a little more realistic human drama. As much as I’m thrilled to work at Hallmark, it’s nice to be out in the real world, too, and film a more traditional role of dramatic stories.

What does it feel like to have to go in and out of those two different worlds, essentially? I realize you’re not doing it daily, but you know what I mean?

Well, it’s tricky because I wear a bunch of different hats of Hallmark, as a writer and as a producer, as an actor. And people make a mistake when they think that Hallmark movies are just really simple to write and execute. They’re not because Hallmark has a very, very, very particular way of telling a story.

And it’s not just simply family-friendly, it’s a challenge, and it’s very difficult. As a writer, I’ll tell you that having written seven or eight movies for them now, it’s very difficult. In many ways, it’s more difficult than writing more challenging material in traditional broadcast or cable or features. And so, on the one hand, I’m always up for a challenge.

I technically prefer writing the murder mysteries. I like the puzzle of putting together a mystery over nine acts. I like those mental gymnastics more than rom-coms.

But then, as an actor, it’s much more fun to work in a traditional cable broadcast environment where the conflict and the stakes are a little higher because Hallmark doesn’t generally want high stakes.

They want a very enjoyable ride that grandma and a seven-year-old can enjoy together and as they should. But that means that the story, it’s simpler, right? And that’s not, from my perspective, that’s not as fun as an actor to deliver than something where a little more is on the line.

Having said that, it’s always enjoyable as an entertainer to make a product that the audience really enjoys, no matter what it is.

And there’s certainly no question that the Hallmark audience really, really enjoys the Hallmark product, especially over the holidays, where Hallmark has really established a beachhead as sort of must-see television for a lot of the country.

And in fact, we all know that Netflix, Lifetime, and Freeform are completely copying the Hallmark model of Christmas programming.

Absolutely.

And Hallmark takes it. It starts in October, but that was Michelle Vicary’s baby to do that Countdown to Christmas, of really churning out Christmas movies over a two month period.

That was really her baby. And she has to get a lot of credit because you know you’re doing something right when the entire rest of the industry starts copying it, and they have.

They have. Absolutely. And you mentioned Gourmet Detective. I love the mystery movies, too.

Oh great.

And I’ve watched Gourmet Detective, and I know you do that with your wife, right?

Yep. Becky Southwell.

Are you going to have more? Is there more on the way?

I don’t know. But we’ve had a good run. We were the first one out, actually, before they’d even rebranded Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. I pitched that while I was still doing Cedar Cove, and what they had done to that date were Good Witches and Garage Sale Mysteries.

I knew they were interested in doing more with me and knew that Becky and I had a history of selling pilots.

And so I pitched them a couple of ideas. They liked Gourmet Detective the most and said, “That this is actually a really fortuitous time mainly because no one knows yet, but we’re about to rebrand our second channel into something called Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, and we’d like you guys to be the first up.”

I think that yours is unique because so much of it is from a male perspective. Usually, the male characters are secondary, but I feel like Henry is the main attraction there.

Right. Well, and it was an experiment for them, and in some ways, it worked; in some ways, it didn’t. Again, coming off Cedar Cove, I think they were pretty high on staying in business with me, and so I had pitched, “Yeah, even though this is a female network, we’re going to be at least 50/50 in this. And because it’s called the Gourmet Detective, maybe Henry is going to be a little bit front and center.”

I didn’t get everything I wanted in how we envisioned that show, which, there’s no pretending; it’s basically Castle in a Hallmark bow. It’s dialed down in sexual innuendo and violence, but it’s basically, we were shooting for a type of Castle. And so Henry has to be kind of front and center because there’s no show without him.

And, of course, the world really revolves around Maggie. And I think we’re one of the only if maybe the only one of those where the female is the cop. She’s the expert. He’s the one who’s sticking his nose where it doesn’t belong.

And I purposely built it with Becky to be basically a vehicle for a weekly TV series, if they should ever feel they wanted to do that. So that’s why we have a more natural engine than some of the other murder mysteries where let’s say, it’s a librarian, or it’s just someone who bakes cookies who stumbles on a mystery. Ours is around the police station with strong supporting characters.

There’s a family that supports Maggie and Henry. So it’s built to be a TV series, and that was done on purpose. And that’s not the case with the other ones. And so, we never got that. I don’t know if they’ll ever do a weekly series, which I think they should, whether it’s mine or somebody else.

I think so, too.

I think they should absolutely, absolutely do their version of a Castle. I mean, why would Hallmark not do that? I think that’s natural. I’d always hoped it would be us, but I don’t think that would be the case. But after the second movie, and I said that our numbers went up after the second movie, our first one did pretty well.

The second one didn’t do that well, but the entire network that night tanked across the board, and I can’t remember what the network was up against, whether football or other multiple programming. We’ve always been up against something.

I’ve had the worst luck with premiere nights, but it spooks them, and they laid the blame I think on, “You know what, we’re going to be too male-centric. We got to dial Henry back.” And so after the second one, if people are really paying attention, you’ll see that the role of Henry pulls back and happy to do what they wanted.

I always felt that it wasn’t really about Henry being too front and center. I thought it was more about just getting the right tone of the show and the balance of the banter, which really is what people tune in for with Gourmet Detective. It’s really about the banter between Henry and Maggie. That’s what they love.

And I think everyone comments that Brooke and I have particularly really good chemistry together. She’s a really good friend of mine, and she really gets what we’re trying to do. And I think that also kind of separates us. I understand I’m biased, but I think ours is a little more fun. I think it’s different; it’s a little more irreverent. It’s been a fun ride.

So why did you choose a gourmet for Henry in Gourmet Detective?

Well, I didn’t, actually. I pitched two projects on that day. So, as I said, Becky and I, I think we’d already sold one movie to them, and it was my wife just getting back into the business after staying home with the kids for about seven years, and she was ready to get back into television.

And I said, “Why don’t we just pitch a few things to Hallmark while I’m here and see where that goes, and then you can move back onto prime time if you want.” And so I think we sold as one, which was originally called Disorderly Conduct and became Valentine Ever After, which was a different experience.

And then I talked with Michelle Vicary about, “I’d like to bring a franchise.” As an example, what I had mentioned to her was the Tom Selleck TV series at CBS, Jesse Stone.

And she said, “Funny you mentioned that because we’re in talks with Tom right now about bringing the next one to Hallmark.”

And so I got my marching orders that they were open to that. And we partnered up with Muse, with who Becky and I had a long association with outside of Hallmark, who just by coincidence, Muse and Joel Rice, the president of Muse, is one of their top producers.

So I said, “Joel, why don’t you come on to what I’m pitching over at Hallmark, because I think that will strengthen our team.” And so we pitched it as an adaptation of BBC series, ABC series, and I won’t name it, but that was my favorite, in fact. And then we had this book series by Peter King called Gourmet Detective. I liked it, but I knew it was going to be problematic as a writer.

There were a lot of problems in adapting those books to A, television, and B, Hallmark because they’re 40 years old; they’re completely the wrong tone for Hallmark. The guy in the books is actually very misogynistic. There was no supporting cast as a franchise. Each book has a completely different set of characters, and each book has a cast of thousands.

I’ve got to break it apart completely, and, really, all we were selling to Hallmark was a good book title because The Gourmet Detective is a good name and the fact that it was a book series, and we all know that the producers know Hallmark like adapting books.

It makes them feel, I think, a little safer that there’s a template and that there’s already a book and a story versus something completely from scratch. And so, sure enough, they didn’t go with the BBC series, which I really, really wanted to do. And we ended up with Gourmet Detective.

Then I was still doing, I think, probably the second season of Cedar Cove, Becky was finishing up the Disorderly Conduct script, and then I was working at the end of each day and on weekends, all weekend long, on writing the first Gourmet Detective, while also breaking down each book — I think there are eight books — because they had ordered three movies right out of the gate.

So I wrote the first one and then broke down the outline for what I thought should be number two and number three. And, anyway, so I was working nonstop 24/7. I was doing Cedar Cove, writing Gourmet, checking in with Becky on Disorderly Conduct. So it was a really busy time. And that’s the genesis of how Gourmet Detective came about.

And my last question for you is how are you guys going to spend the holidays this year? Because it’s kind of strange, and it’s been less than savory, so how are you going to make up for it?

We are really looking forward to it, actually. It’s just going to be us. We’re not growing anywhere. We normally go down to Newport to see my sister-in-law and her family, my wife’s sister, and we have a good time there. And her parents fly down from British Columbia, and we have a blended family, bigger Christmas.

And this year, it’s just going to be us playing board games and just having fun activities. And of course, we can go outside and keep distance and do all kinds of fun things, go to the beach, depending on how LA cracks down with the surge.

But assuming we’re allowed to actually leave the house, we’re really looking forward to it. I’m just keeping it a really simple Christmas. It won’t be anything extravagant, and it’ll just be about focusing on the family and just us, which I really like. As much as I love going down to Newport and being with the bigger family, sometimes I miss just us doing something.

And in years past, we’d gone as a family… We might go up to Mammoth and go skiing and get a cabin or something, but this year, it’s just going to be us. And there’ll be a lot of movies. There’ll be a lot of board games. During the pandemic, we bought probably a dozen board games to add to our regular stack.

And I think a lot of families are doing that, which is really great because kids nowadays, they’re on their phones, they’re on tablets and TV, and I think there’s probably been a huge surge in old-fashioned board games.

And they’re as good today as they were when we were growing up as kids, and it’s fun to see some of the old classics and some of the new ones, too. So really simple, and I’m kind of looking forward to it.

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American Gods | Season 3 Official Trailer | STARZ

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Destiny waits for no god. American Gods Season 3 premieres January 10 on STARZ. Catch up on Seasons 1 and 2 now on the STARZ App.

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American Gods is the epic story of an inevitable war building between the Old Gods of mythology and our New Gods of technology. Ricky Whittle stars as ex-con Shadow Moon, a man pulled into the service of the mysterious Mr. Wednesday, played by Ian McShane—only to discover that not only is his charismatic but un-trustable boss actually the Norse All-Father god Odin, he’s also…Shadow’s father.

In Season 3, Shadow angrily pushes this apparent destiny away, and settles in the idyllic snowy town of Lakeside, Wisconsin to make his own path, guided by the gods of his black ancestors, the Orishas. But he’ll soon discover that this town’s still waters run deep, and dark, and bloody, and that you don’t get to simply reject being a god. The only choice—and a choice you have to make—is what kind of god you’re going to be.

Midseason Recap | Power Book II: Ghost | STARZ

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A lot went down in the first five episodes. Catch up and see where things pick back up when Power Book II: Ghost returns 12/6 on STARZ.

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‘Good vs Evil’ Ep. 6 Preview | Power Book II: Ghost | STARZ

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Everyone has a secret to protect. Watch it all go down during the midseason premiere of #PowerGhost this Sunday on STARZ.

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 4 | Official Trailer | Netflix

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Let’s finish this the way we always do, together. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina returns for Part 4 December 31, only on Netflix.

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Sabrina’s new normal quickly dissolves as menacing spirits set their sights on Greendale. In a battle of supernatural wits, who will be left standing?

Firefly Lane | Official Teaser Trailer | Netflix

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Three decades. Two friends. One hell of a story. Starring Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke and based on the bestselling novel by Kristin Hannah, Firefly Lane is coming soon to Netflix.

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Selena: The Series LIVE Virtual Fan Celebration | Netflix

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Join Ally Brooke and the cast of Selena: The Series for the ultimate virtual fan celebration honoring
the life and legacy of Selena and the Quintanilla family as we countdown to the series premiere.
Stay tuned for exclusive clips from the series, special appearances and many more surprises!
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We Can Be Heroes starring Priyanka Chopra & Pedro Pascal | Official Trailer | Netflix

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When alien invaders kidnap Earth’s superheroes, their kids are whisked away to a government safe house. But whip-smart tween Missy Moreno (Yaya Gosselin) will stop at nothing to rescue her superhero dad, Marcus Moreno (Pedro Pascal). Missy teams up with the rest of the superkids to escape their mysterious government babysitter, Ms. Granada (Priyanka Chopra Jonas). If they’re going to save their parents, they’ll have to work together by using their individual powers — from elasticity to time control to predicting the future — and form an out-of-this-world team. Full of action and heart, WE CAN BE HEROES is directed by Robert Rodriguez (SPY KIDS, THE ADVENTURES OF SHARKBOY AND LAVAGIRL) and also stars Boyd Holbrook, Christian Slater, Chris McDonald, and Adriana Barraza.

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When alien invaders capture Earth’s superheroes, their kids must learn to work together to save their parents — and the planet.

The Magical New World in The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two | Netflix

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Learn more about Santa’s Village and Mrs. Claus’s magic, in The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two, with stars Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell.

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In the sequel to 2018’s THE CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES, Kate Pierce — now a cynical teenager — is unexpectedly reunited with Santa Claus when a mysterious, magical troublemaker named Belsnickel threatens to destroy Christmas forever.

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Selena: The Series | Behind The Moment: Como La Flor | Netflix

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Behind The Moment offers an inside look at what went into the preparation and filming for some of the most unforgettable scenes in Selena: The Series. The first episode focuses on the climactic scene that opens the show: a concert where Selena y Los Dinos are playing her hit song “Como la Flor” in front of an audience of thousands. We follow Christian Serratos, who plays Selena Quintanilla, as she begins to learn the iconic choreography months before filming begins, and we see the hard work that the entire team puts in. The spectacular journey peaks with a long day of filming, during which we see the extensive hair and makeup process Christian undergoes before performing with her castmates and taking the stage.

Behind The Moment is directed by Greko Sklavounos.

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Mexican-American singer Selena and her family work hard and rise to fame in the Tejano music world, navigating challenges along the way.

Disclosure | Official Trailer | Netflix

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According to a study from GLAAD, over 80% of Americans don’t personally know someone who’s transgender. That means most people learn about trans people from the ways they’re depicted in movies and TV.

From executive producer Laverne Cox and director Sam Feder comes Disclosure, a documentary that chronicles over 100 years of trans representation on screen, from silent film to Dog Day Afternoon, The 40-Year-Old Virgin to Pose.

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In this documentary, leading trans creatives and thinkers share heartfelt perspectives and analysis about Hollywood’s impact on the trans community.

Jingle Jangle Global Sing Along – Ft. Usher and MORE | Netflix

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Welcome to the Jingle Jangle Christmas Journey Global Sing Along. The cast, special guests, and fans alike to come together for this truly magical event. Get ready to hear some of your favorite songs like you have never heard them before featuring the stars of the film, some of the best singers on Broadway, choir singers from across the country, Tik Tok stars, and most importantly…YOU!
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Decades after his trusted apprentice betrayed him, a once-joyful toymaker finds new hope when his kind and curious granddaughter comes into his life.

Apple TV+ Begins Streaming ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ & ‘Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special’

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As promised, Apple has begun streaming holiday programming, as “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special” are now both available on the streaming service.

A Charlie Brown Christmas joins other popular Peanuts specials streaming on ‌Apple TV+‌, including “Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” and “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”

Charlie Brown is feeling down even with the holidays coming up. The other kids—plus his dog Snoopy—only seem interested in flashy decorations and expensive presents. But just when Charlie nearly loses all hope, the true meaning of Christmas magically reveals itself in this Emmy- and Peabody-award winning classic.

In addition to being streamed on ‌Apple TV+‌, A Charlie Brown Christmas will be available for free in the Apple TV app from December 11 to December 13. It will also air on broadcast TV, with Apple planning to provide it ad-free on PBS and PBS Kids on December 13.

Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special debuts on the heels of the 25th anniversary of Carey’s iconic No. 1 holiday anthem “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”

Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas Special.

The special features Carey and a star-studded lineup of surprise guest appearances, in “a magical holiday journey to enliven the Christmas spirit around the world.”

The special will combine music, dancing, and animation driven by “a universally heartwarming story that brings the world together.” (Well, it’s worth a shot I suppose.)

Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special features a variety of celebrity guests, including Tiffany Haddish, Billy Eichner, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Snoop Dogg, Jermaine Dupri, Misty Copeland, and Mykal-Michelle Harris.

The holiday special also includes a new soundtrack single titled “Oh Santa!” which features Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson, and will simultaneously arrive on Apple Music as an exclusive, before being made available on other music streaming platforms beginning December 11.

In addition to the two holiday-themed programs, “Earth at Night in Color” and “Stillwater” are also now available.

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TV tonight: our highlights for Saturday 5th December

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Strictly Come Dancing is just one of the gems on today…

TV tonight Strictly Come Dancing

There’s Broadway magic on Strictly tonight, C4 investigates a Jungle Mystery: Lost Kingdoms of the Amazon, and Britain’s Most Historic Town this week is Glasgow. Here’s what you shouldn’t miss on TV tonight. 

  • Our hand-selected recommendations for what’s on TV tonight include three TV shows, a film, live sport and the latest trending need-to-binge-on-now box set 
  • For more information about what’s on TV tonight see our TV Guide 

What’s on TV tonight 

Our expert TV journalists have picked the best things on TV tonight… 

Best TV shows on TV tonight

Jungle Mystery: Lost Kingdoms of the Amazon, 6.30pm, C4

TV tonight Jungle Mystery: Lost Kingdoms of the Amazon

Biologist Ella Al-Shamahi explores the Amazon

There can’t be many places left that are truly unexplored, but biologist Ella Al-Shamahi (also in BBC2’s Waterhole) is immersing herself in one of the few. Using new technology that can ‘see’ through the dense canopy, she finds evidence to suggest that the Amazon rainforest, stretching over modern-day Brazil, Bolivia and Colombia, was home to sophisticated civilisations. From rock art to evidence of roads and clues from indigenous people who still call the Amazon home, Ella investigates what happened to this unique way of life. 

★★★★ JL

Strictly Come Dancing, 7.25pm, BBC1

TV tonight Strictly Come Dancing

The pros’ group dances have been a highlight of this series

It’s been a long time since most of us have had a night out at the theatre, so Strictly’s Musicals Week is more eagerly awaited than usual. Tonight our remaining couples will be transporting us to the nearest proscenium arch with routines inspired by the best of Broadway and the West End – but who’ll be getting rave reviews? To help set the mood for this evening’s array of show tunes, the professional dancers have pre-recorded a fully fabulous group number inspired by hit musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. 

★★★★★ SP

Britain’s Most Historic Towns, 7.30pm, C4

TV tonight Britain's Most Historic Towns

Alice visits the historic sites of Glasgow

This week, Professor Alice Roberts explores the impact steam power had upon the city of Glasgow. She begins at the Newshot Ship Graveyard to discover the backbreaking work it took to deepen the Clyde, allowing huge ships to enter the docks and provide employment for the next 100 years. She also learns how living conditions for many workers led to the spread of disease, but also enabled the area to become a centre of medical advancement. Then, it’s on to Celtic Park Football Club and, later, a cup of tea at a refined Victorian tearoom. 

★★★★ JL

Best box set to watch on TV tonight

The IT Crowd, seasons one to four, All 4/Netflix

TV tonight The IT Crowd

Chris O’Dowd, Richard Ayoade and Katherine Parkinson star

Richard Ayoade, Chris O’Dowd and Katherine Parkinson star in this BAFTA-winning sitcom set in the IT department of a large corporation. The geeks may be tech wizards, but they’re much less capable when it comes to social interaction.

Best film to watch on TV tonight

Emma, 8pm, Sky Cinema Premiere/NOW TV

TV tonight Emma

Anya Taylor-Joy as Emma

A vision of pastel hues and eloquent quips, Autumn de Wilde’s first foray into feature-length movie-making is a sheer delight. Rather than messing about with Jane Austen’s oft-adapted classic, it is – for the most part – intact, but she keeps the narrative pacy and the visuals sumptuous. Anya Taylor-Joy (star of Netflix’s hit drama The Queen’s Gambit) is simply wonderful as the title character, a young woman determined to meddle in everyone’s love life before being brought down to Earth by family friend, Johnny Flynn (also spot-on). The rich, starry supporting cast also includes Bill Nighy, Mia Goth, Miranda Hart and Callum Turner. A real treat. 

Live sport

  • Autumn Nations Cup Rugby Union: Ireland v TBD 1.45pm, Amazon Prime Video
  • Autumn Nations Cup Rugby Union: Wales v TBD 4.15pm, S4C/Amazon Prime Video
  • Championship Football: Reading v Nottingham Forest 12pm (k-o 12.30pm), Sky Sports Football/NOW TV

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight… 

Don’t miss Strictly on TV tonight – another great show from the pros

Not found anything you want to watch on TV tonight? Check out our TV Guide. 

Happy viewing!

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An Apple Original | Apple TV+

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More than Originals. Apple Originals. Watch For All Mankind, Servant, The Morning Show, Ted Lasso, Defending Jacob, Greyhound and all Apple Originals exclusively on Apple TV+.

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Stillwater — “Never Ending Dream” Singalong | Apple TV+

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Take some time for a moment of mindfulness and music. Sing along with Kishi Bashi’s “Never Ending Dream.” Stillwater is available now on Apple TV+ https://apple.co/_Stillwater

Siblings Karl, Addy, and Michael have a very special next-door neighbor: a wise panda named Stillwater. His friendship and stories give them new perspectives on the world, themselves, and each other.

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Ryan’s World’s Latest Brand Expansion Is A Virtual World Within Roblox

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The latest brand expansion for Ryan’s World, the kids’ entertainment conglomerate, arrives this weekend on user-generated gaming platform Roblox, where nine-year-old YouTube phenom Ryan Kaji will debut his very own virtual world.

Ryan’s World in Roblox launches tomorrow, and was developed by Sunlight Entertainment, the production studio owned by the Kaji family, and Pocket.watch Games — the gaming division of Kaji’s exclusive studio partner, Pocket.watch.

Pocket.watch says that Ryan is the biggest YouTube creator to have built a digital world within Roblox — which hosts user-generated games of all genres — though other influencers have created experiences on the platform previously. The world, billed as a virtual theme park for all things Ryan, will enable players to interact with their favorite characters from the Ryan’s World universe — including Ryan himself. Tomorrow at 1 pm ET, for instance, to celebrate the launch, Kaji and various characters will be appearing within the game to dispense exclusive items to early players.

While Ryan may be the first major YouTuber to launch a world within Roblox, other entertainers and entertainment properties have harnessed the platform, including a virtual Lil Nas X concert in November and a treasure hunt timed with the release of the Ready Player Two novel earlier this week, notes The Verge. Roblox has also worked on an integration with Warner Bros. for its Wonder Woman 1984 film as well as the diabetes research nonprofit JDRF.

Within Ryan’s World in Roblox, players will be able to choose different skins, take selfies and videos, shop for exclusive gadgets, and challenge friends to digital games, like hide-and-seek. The game monetizes, per The Wall Street Journal, when players purchase ‘gems’ (which can also be earned via gameplay) that they can then exchange for various in-game items. Roblox takes a 30% cut off all purchases on its platform.

Roblox was founded in 2006 and filed for an IPO in November, with usership having exploded amid the coronavirus pandemic. The platform counts 36 million daily players, and hosts games from roughly 7 million developers, according to the Journal, who are on track to make $250 million this year. At the highest end of this spectrum, Roblox says its developers are making $1 million annually.

“I’ve been playing Roblox since I was three years old, and it’s one of my favorites,” Ryan — who has frequently featured Roblox on his YouTube channel — said in a statement. “I was super excited to create my very own world that all my friends from around the world can join. I hope everyone likes it as much as I do!”

Ryan’s World is a massive business, with the youngster presiding over a Nickelodeon series and a burgeoning consumer products empire. All told, since the launch of its licensing business in 2018, the Ryan’s World franchise is on track to surpass $500 million in retail sales by year’s end, Pocket.watch CEO Chris Williams told the Journal. Ryan’s YouTube channel counts 27 million subscribers and regularly clocks 700 million monthly views.

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Frank Sinatra, Prince, And Whitney Houston Have TikTok Accounts. Here’s Why.

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Frank Sinatra. Prince. Whitney Houston. George Michael. John Lennon. These celebrated music icons are no longer with us—except on TikTok, where their estates and record labels have recently launched official accounts stocked with their music.

As the Washington Post’s TikTok producer Dave Jorgenson pointed out this morning, Frank Sinatra joined TikTok in October. Sinatra, who’s widely considered one of the most popular musicians of all time, was a self-dubbed “saloon singer”; he began his career in 1935 and sold tens of millions of albums before his death in 1998. Now, his vast collection of songs–including hits like “Luck be a Lady,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” and “New York, New York”–is managed by his label, Capitol Records.

And Capitol is using his new TikTok account to share them. Which is a big deal, because sharing audio content on TikTok isn’t like sharing on YouTube or Facebook. On TikTok, original sound clips uploaded by users are added to TikTok’s library for use by other creators. By sharing Sinatra’s tracks to TikTok, Capitol is giving the rest of the platform’s user base the opportunity to include them in videos.

Capitol Records is far from the only label to do this (Prince’s estate actually signed a deal with TikTok in June to launch an account and license his music for use in videos), but it is worth noting that Sinatra’s account was launched shortly after a viral TikTok video singlehandedly pushed Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 song “Dreamsback onto top Billboard charts.

The other accounts we mentioned above also debuted around the same time: Whitney Houston‘s, managed by her estate, launched in November; John Lennon‘s, managed by his estate, went live in September; and George Michael‘s, which appears to be managed by his record label, kicked off in October. Like Sinatra’s, these accounts add their stars’ content to TikTok’s pool by sharing clips of songs and archived video, likely in hopes that the young audience who rediscovered “Dreams” will dig their vintage bops too.

It’s not clear if the folks running Sinatra, Houston, Lennon, and Michael’s accounts have Prince estate-esque deals with TikTok. Tubefilter has reached out to TikTok for more information and will update this story with any new details.

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Insights: Will Jason Kilar’s WarnerMedia Be The Vessel For Hollywood’s Streaming Transformation?

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It looked like Hollywood’s big news of the week would be Discovery‘s announcement of a start date for Discovery+, its way-too-long-in-coming entry in the streaming wars. Then WarnerMedia blew everything up.

For those who missed the sonic boom that hit the town Thursday, WarnerMedia announced the entire Warner Bros. 2021 slate will debut simultaneously on HBO Max and in theaters. According to reports, Warner didn’t tell theater chains, financing partners, filmmakers with profit participation deals, or much of anyone else ahead of time what it was doing.

That’s 17 movies, about one every three weeks–the biggest slate in Hollywood, if you don’t count the very countable Netflix. Moreover, it’s a lot of really attractive films, too, including a new version of Dune, The Matrix 4, Godzilla vs. Kong, Suicide Squad 2, Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s In the Heights, a Sopranos prequel, new projects from Denzel Washington and Clint Eastwood, and another entry in The Conjuring franchise.

That’s a lot to look forward to on HBO Max. And really, the slate should include Wonder Woman 1984the blockbuster sequel that Warner set for a Christmas Day simultaneous release in a trial balloon floated just two weeks before going full boom Thursday.

“Our content is extremely valuable, unless it’s sitting on a shelf not being seen by anyone,” said WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar in a statement. “We believe this approach serves our fans, supports exhibitors and filmmakers, and enhances the HBO Max experience, creating value for all.”

Kilar was founding CEO of Hulu and later co-founder with Richard Tom (now his CTO at WarnerMedia) of Vessel, the $100 million online video startup that took on YouTube. Vessel didn’t work out, but indubitably taught Kilar and Tom important lessons about competing in streaming video.

Last spring, Kilar was hired over several well-known insider executives to e transform a hidebound, siloed WarnerMedia. With the latest announcement, it’s safe to say, in a very short time, Mission Accomplished.

As trade publication The Hollywood Reporter pithily put it, “Warner Bros. Smashes Box Office Windows,” those “windows” being the Hollywood term for the months-long exclusive release period when movies can only run in theaters before going to all the other outlets such as DVDs, video on demand, and premium cable services.

Over the past 110 years, Hollywood has slowly built up that series of exclusives to milk every potential nickel out of its products from new distribution platforms. Warner’s move compresses everything into one big viewing opportunity, though Ann Sarnoff, the WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group chief executive, called the decision a “unique one-year plan” forced by the pandemic’s practical and ongoing realities.

“We know new content is the lifeblood of theatrical exhibition, but we have to balance this with the reality that most theaters in the U.S. will likely operate at reduced capacity throughout 2021,” Sarnoff said in a statement. “We can support our partners in exhibition with a steady pipeline of world-class films, while also giving moviegoers who may not have access to theaters or aren’t quite ready to go back to the movies the chance to see our amazing 2021 films.”

Of course, they also called the Wonder Woman 1984 shift, after months of delayed theatrical releases, a one-time thing. The reality is that this is very much not a one-time, and almost certainly not even a one-year, deal.

And to be clear, this won’t provide much support to whatever is left of the theater business by the time we emerge from what is looking to be a savage winter.

The same day the Warner news came out, AMC Entertainment, the nation’s largest theater chain, said it would issue 200 million shares of new stock to generate more cash. Whether any investor will buy those shares amid an existential crisis is another question altogether.

Importantly, however, it may force other studios to make roughly similar moves. They’re going to need to protect the beachheads their own streaming services have carved out in the fiercely competitive sector.

And with exhibitors over a barrel, the studios have the leverage to do what they’ve wanted for years now, embracing Hollywood’s streaming future while preserving what they can of the theatrical experience.

Make no mistake, Hollywood has already been making that shift behind the scenes. Just ask the thousands of laid-off workers in restructured film, TV, and home-entertainment divisions as just about every Hollywood studio becomes “streaming first.”

The change may guarantee plenty of work for at least one set of Hollywood employees, however. The slate headed to HBO Max includes a bunch of films papered together from intricate contractual arrangements with investor partners such as Legendary Entertainment, and participation agreements that give directors, actors, and others a piece of box office gross. Lawyers should find plenty of work in 2021 while we’re all watching HBO Max.

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Sponsored Influencer Posts for Black Friday/Cyber Monday Grew By 46.6% This Year

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the largest annual shopping holidays, so it’s no surprise that influencers and brands amped up sponsored Instagram content around the post-Thanksgiving sales weekend this year. According to influencer marketing platform CreatorIQ, sponsored posts were up 46.6% year-over-year, with influencers like The Rock, Charlie D’Amelio, Amanda Cernyand Lady Gaga promoting products and offering discounts.

Per CreatorIQ’s analytics, in total, there were more than 262K sponsored posts on Instagram coming from 50K influencers–30% more influencers than in 2019. The engagement rate, however, was down from 1.43% in 2019 to 1.13% this year. Average post likes were also down 22% year-over-year, which could be due to oversaturation; with the constant avalanche of content flowing across timelines these days, people may simply be tired of engaging with everything they see. That being said, there were plenty of posts that did get decent engagement. Here are just a few: 

Make-up artist Jeffree Star’s video promoting sales for his cosmetic line snagged a 3.5% engagement rate, slightly higher than his average of 3.37%, which CreatorIQ considers “good” for an influencer of his size.  

 

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Actress Anya Taylor-Joy (The Queen’s Gambit) promoted a product from Viktor&Rolf Fragrances, and the post received a 31% engagement rate, notably higher than her average of 19.41% (which, for the record, CreatorIQ considers “exemplary” given the size of her audience). 

Aside from these standout examples, what else was working in general this year? According to CreatorIQ, “giveaway” sponsored posts were up 30% year-over-year in November. And unlike traditional #BlackFriday and #CyberMonday posts, the #giveaway hashtag garnered an engagement rate of 2.77% this year, up from 2.1% in 2019.

The biggest winner in this arena was Coupon With Kayla. She has 359K followers on Instagram, with an average engagement rate of 1.56%–but this giveaway post for a PlayStation 5 scored an incredible engagement rate of 130%, the highest of any Black Friday/Cyber Monday sponsored post that CreatorIQ analyzed. Two of her other giveaway posts had top engagement rates as well: this one for an Apple Watch (55%) and this one for an Amazon gift card (32%).

With the holidays ramping up–and more people than ever shopping from home given the coronavirus pandemic–we’ll be sure to see many more brands and influencers teaming up to promote sales and other special deals. But as we all know, more doesn’t always mean better, and the growth of sponsored posts could give way to declining engagement…but only time will tell. 

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Sponsored Influencer Posts for Black Friday/Cyber Monday Grew By 46.6% This Year

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the largest annual shopping holidays, so it’s no surprise that influencers and brands amped up sponsored Instagram content around the post-Thanksgiving sales weekend this year. According to influencer marketing platform CreatorIQ, sponsored posts were up 46.6% year-over-year, with influencers like The Rock, Charlie D’Amelio, Amanda Cernyand Lady Gaga promoting products and offering discounts.

Per CreatorIQ’s analytics, in total, there were more than 262K sponsored posts on Instagram coming from 50K influencers–30% more influencers than in 2019. The engagement rate, however, was down from 1.43% in 2019 to 1.13% this year. Average post likes were also down 22% year-over-year, which could be due to oversaturation; with the constant avalanche of content flowing across timelines these days, people may simply be tired of engaging with everything they see. That being said, there were plenty of posts that did get decent engagement. Here are just a few: 

Make-up artist Jeffree Star’s video promoting sales for his cosmetic line snagged a 3.5% engagement rate, slightly higher than his average of 3.37%, which CreatorIQ considers “good” for an influencer of his size.  

 

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Actress Anya Taylor-Joy (The Queen’s Gambit) promoted a product from Viktor&Rolf Fragrances, and the post received a 31% engagement rate, notably higher than her average of 19.41% (which, for the record, CreatorIQ considers “exemplary” given the size of her audience). 

Aside from these standout examples, what else was working in general this year? According to CreatorIQ, “giveaway” sponsored posts were up 30% year-over-year in November. And unlike traditional #BlackFriday and #CyberMonday posts, the #giveaway hashtag garnered an engagement rate of 2.77% this year, up from 2.1% in 2019.

The biggest winner in this arena was Coupon With Kayla. She has 359K followers on Instagram, with an average engagement rate of 1.56%–but this giveaway post for a PlayStation 5 scored an incredible engagement rate of 130%, the highest of any Black Friday/Cyber Monday sponsored post that CreatorIQ analyzed. Two of her other giveaway posts had top engagement rates as well: this one for an Apple Watch (55%) and this one for an Amazon gift card (32%).

With the holidays ramping up–and more people than ever shopping from home given the coronavirus pandemic–we’ll be sure to see many more brands and influencers teaming up to promote sales and other special deals. But as we all know, more doesn’t always mean better, and the growth of sponsored posts could give way to declining engagement…but only time will tell. 

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