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VMAs 2020 recap: One of the best and worst moments from this yr’s present



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It wasn’t the way in which it was once. Then once more, nothing is in 2020.

After the 2020 MTV VMAs had been moved from Barclays Middle to numerous out of doors areas within the metropolis — in addition to remotely from Los Angeles and, for Okay-pop sensation BTS, South Korea — it was clear that this wasn’t going to look or really feel like some other VMAs.

And it didn’t. As the primary main stay awards present within the COVID period, it didn’t have the identical vitality that we’re used to from one of many largest nights in present biz.

However nonetheless, the present — hosted by “Hustlers” actress-singer Keke Palmer — needed to go on. And thanks largely to The Weeknd, who received video of the yr for “Blinding Lights,” and Woman Gaga, who picked up essentially the most Moon Individuals with 4 awards, it had its moments. However in the long run, like a lot of 2020, this can go down as a VMAs to neglect.

Greatest: The Weeknd’s speech

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The Weeknd didn’t must do anything after his show-opening efficiency that set the bar ridiculously larger — actually, greater than 1,000 ft within the air — than few performers not named Gaga may match. However when he received for greatest R&B video for “Blinding Lights,” the standard star shined a lightweight on the social points occurring which might be far larger than the VMAs. “It’s actually exhausting for me to have fun proper now and luxuriate in this second,” he stated. “So I’m simply gonna say ‘Justice for Jacob Blake’ and ‘Justice for Breonna Taylor.’ ” Little question, it was a second that was past the music — and essential sufficient to say it a second time when he received for video of the yr.

Greatest: Chadwick Boseman dedication

Such has been the twisted yr that’s 2020 that it began off with the Grammys having to go on the evening after Kobe Bryant died — in the exact same location of his Los Angeles Lakers house. In one other merciless twist, the VMAs needed to go on lower than two days after the world came upon concerning the stunning demise of Chadwick Boseman, who received for greatest efficiency in a film and greatest hero on the MTV Film & TV Awards in 2018 for his function as Black Panther. Fittingly, host Keke Palmer began the evening by dedicating the present to Boseman, who died at simply 43 from colon most cancers. “We dedicate tonight’s present to a person whose spirit touched so many,” she stated. “He was a real hero, not simply onscreen however in every thing he did.” Amen.

Worst: DaBaby’s efficiency

After his highly effective, if controversial, reenactment of George Floyd’s homicide on the BET Awards, this efficiency by the “Rockstar” was a letdown. To start with, it had the misfortune of following The Weeknd’s breathtaking efficiency up within the skies. In contrast, DaBaby’s medley, carried out from Los Angeles, felt like a video that maybe set the tone for the remainder of the evening. Perhaps the distant location had one thing to do with how flat it felt. It’s not that it was dangerous, it simply fully lacked the vitality that’s exhausting to muster with out performing in entrance of an actual stay viewers.

Greatest and Worst: Miley Cyrus’ flashback

Final yr, Miley Cyrus carried out an emotional model of “Slide Away” within the wake of her cut up from ex-husband Liam Hemsworth. This yr, she was aiming to return to the Miley who twerked it up with Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams whereas performing “Blurred Strains” in 2013. However in performing her new single “Midnight Sky,” in what was basically a music video, Cyrus wasn’t in a position to recapture that magic that went down prior to now at Barclays Middle. That’s, till she reached again into her bag of star-power tips to re-create her “Wrecking Ball” video and reminded everybody of the pop powerhouse she as soon as was. That was the type of buzzy second that was very a lot wanted at this yr’s VMAs.

Worst: BTS’ debut

With all of the hype surrounding them, it’s a disgrace that the Okay-pop sensations had been denied their second to make their VMAs debut efficiency in correct style — with tons of squealing followers on the US stage. As an alternative, the boy band needed to carry out their new single, “Dynamite,” all the way in which from South Korea, and it amounted to a music video that wasn’t nearly as good because the one which has damaged YouTube information. They deserve a do-over when COVID is over.

Greatest: Woman Gaga’s efficiency

You simply knew Woman Gaga was going to convey it as a lot as attainable below the circumstances, and he or she positive did, rocking a masks the entire time whereas performing “911,” “Silly Love” and “Rain on Me,” her No. 1 duet with Ariana Grande. And whereas 2020 has undoubtedly been a yr of firsts, she managed to show her loopy assortment of face-coverings into one in every of her signature style statements. Though it was exhausting to inform if Gaga — and Grande — had been actually singing below these masks, no person cared as a result of it was simply the type of massive pop manufacturing that we’ve been lacking within the COVID period.

Worst: Doja Cat

With a giant stage to indicate the world precisely who she is as an artist, Doja Cat did not announce herself as a serious new diva. Her efficiency of her No. 1 hit “Say So” was first rate sufficient, nevertheless it did not reveal something about her persona, and as a singer, rapper and dancer she was simply, nicely, mediocre. You may simply think about how a lot a pregnant Nicki Minaj, who seems on the “Say So” remix with Doja Cat, would have taken this efficiency to a different degree. However maybe she would have uncovered Doja’s shortcomings much more. And if the VMAs had been seeking to anoint a brand new queen on the scene, the place the hell was Megan Thee Stallion? The “WAP” rapper ought to have been supplied the world to indicate up.

Worst: The Black Eyed Peas

Actually? With no Fergie reunion? If there was something that raised the questionable relevance of the VMAs in 2020, it was how on the planet the Black Eyed Peas — who haven’t been the identical since that efficiency as one of many worst Tremendous Bowl halftime headliners of all time in 2011 — ever obtained booked. They introduced a has-been feeling to the evening when in some way they closed the present.

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AMC Leisure plans to promote as much as 15M shares as 3Q gross sales fall




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AMC Leisure, the nation’s largest movie show chain, stated Tuesday that it’s seeking to increase additional cash because the coronavirus pandemic continues to hammer its enterprise.

The cinema chain, which plans to promote as much as 15 million shares, stated in an SEC submitting that it expects revenues for the three months ended Sept. 30 to plunge 91 % to $119 million from $1.32 billion, a yr earlier.

Shares of AMC fell over 9 % in early morning buying and selling on the information.

AMC, like rival cinema homes, quickly shut down in mid-March amid the pandemic. The chain has reopened almost 87 % of its fleet of about 598 US-based theaters since Labor Day, however has been working at restricted capability of between 20 % and 40 %, the submitting stated.

Consequently, the struggling chain has scrambled to maintain the lights on, just lately elevating near $55 million by promoting roughly 15 million shares.

AMC at the moment has money and money equivalents of  $417.9 million, in keeping with the submitting, which reiterated a current warning that the corporate might run out of money by the top of the yr or by early 2021.

“As beforehand disclosed, within the absence of serious will increase in attendance from present ranges or the provision of serious extra sources of liquidity, on the current money burn fee, the corporate anticipates that current money sources can be largely depleted by the top of 2020 or early 2021,” AMC stated.

“Thereafter, to fulfill its obligations as they turn out to be due, the corporate would require extra sources of liquidity and/or will increase in attendance ranges. The required quantities of extra liquidity will likely be materials,” the assertion stated. “Attributable to these components, as beforehand disclosed, substantial doubt exists concerning the firm’s capacity to proceed as a going concern for an inexpensive time frame.”

Final week, AMC stated it’s actively exploring potential sources of extra liquidity resembling renegotiating leases, belongings gross sales and minority buyers.

Regardless of the dim monetary image, AMC remained optimistic over current information that film theaters in New York state can reopen this weekend, and hopes that the reopening of theaters in New York Metropolis isn’t far behind.

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Who’s Lucas Bravo, the recent chef from ‘Emily in Paris’?




Overlook the popular culture development of the “Scorching Priest” — it’s time for the “Scorching Chef.”

French actor and mannequin Lucas Bravo, 32, is taking the world by storm in Netflix hit “Emily In Paris.”

However earlier than touchdown the function within the well-liked new present that follows Emily (Lily Collins), an American employed by a French advertising agency, Bravo had a markedly completely different look — together with lengthy hair and a beard that made him look extra like an additional on “Recreation of Thrones.”

“Wow, I really like the lengthy hair!” some followers raved on his previous Instagram images.

English-speaking audiences can be forgiven for not recognizing the hunky chef, as Bravo has principally starred in French reveals and films previous to his breakout Netflix hit. Other than appearing, he’s additionally actually labored as a sous-chef for a Japanese-French fusion restaurant, identical to his “Emily” character Gabriel.

“I used to be a sous-chef in a restaurant a number of years in the past,” he advised Vulture. “So I’ve some cooking expertise. However you already know, we did some sort of cook-off competitors…to advertise the present, and I utterly burned my omelet and reduce my finger off, so I’m making an attempt to not brag about my cooking expertise anymore.”

French audiences criticized the present for depicting too many cliches, however Bravo defended it in an interview with Cosmopolitan. Critics “didn’t perceive that it’s only one imaginative and prescient,” he mentioned. “They’re like, ‘Oh, this isn’t what Paris is.’ In fact. Paris is many issues.”

He at the moment resides in Paris, and sure, he’s conscious that individuals assume he resembles a French Armie Hammer. “I’ve heard that a few instances,” he advised Vulture. “It’s very nice to say. I really like him, he’s a terrific actor. It’s humorous.”

Subsequent up, he’ll be in a big-screen adaptation of the novel “Mrs. Harris Goes To Paris,” starring reverse Jason Isaacs. That film doesn’t but have a launch date.

“Emily in Paris” is at the moment streaming on Netflix.

Lucas Bravo as chef Gabriel in "Emily in Paris."
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John Stamos volunteers to affix #HappyDays reunion as Chachi




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“Comfortable Days” is getting political.

A lot of the solid of the healthful ’50s sitcom set in Milwaukee is getting again collectively for a digital reunion on behalf of the Democratic Social gathering of Wisconsin — with one notable exception.

Former teen heartthrob Scott Baio, an outspoken Donald Trump supporter, will doubtless not be throwing in his skills as Chachi for the reunion of the present that ran from 1974 to 1984.

As an alternative, actor John Stamos, 57, has supplied to play the function of Fonzie’s beloved cousin, with Twitter’s approval. The sitcom star in his personal proper — as hunky uncle Jesse in “Full Home” –threw in his hat late Monday evening after the reunion announcement.

Baio, 60, clapped again together with his personal snarky response: “Shouldn’t you be taking good care of Aunt Becky?,” he tweeted in an obvious reference to former “Full Home” co-star Lori Loughlin’s authorized fallout from the continuing faculty admissions scandal.

The reunion fundraiser kicks off Sunday, October 25 at 6 p.m. CT, and can carry collectively Henry Winkler (Fonzie), Ron Howard (Richie Cunningham), Don Most (Ralph Malph), Anson Williams (Potsie Weber), Marion Ross (Marion Cunningham), author Lowell Ganz, and extra.

Tickets to the pandemic-friendly occasion go for a minimum of a $1 donation, with proceeds going towards “making Trump a one-term president,” in line with an announcement from the organizers.

“We’re thrilled a present made well-known in Milwaukee is coming again house to assist make Donald Trump a one-term President,” stated Ben Wikler, Chair of the Democratic Social gathering of Wisconsin. “We all know all roads to the White Home undergo the Badger State, and with the solid of ‘Comfortable Days’ serving to us increase cash to take again the White Home, we consider much more we are able to ship a victory on November third.”

The occasion will function fan questions, behind-the-scenes tales from the solid and crew, and some surprises.

Whereas many had been thrilled to see Stamos take the reins of the enduring function, others on-line weren’t so please with the substitute — or the political trigger behind it.

“That is so irritating. First ‘The Princess Bride’ will get co-opted for a political goal and now ‘Comfortable Days.’ I’m actually 100% nice with actors talking their very own minds, however I want you’d depart our reminiscences of reveals we cherished alone,” @freeburlington tweeted.

No less than one consumer observed the complete circle impact of booting out Baio, referencing the mysterious departure of Richie’s older brother, Chuck Cunningham, within the ninth episode of the present.

“Oh good, Chachi’s been Chuck Cunninghammed,” @CollinMur tweeted.

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