The Simpsons may be more valuable to Disney off the air

The Simpsons is currently amidst its 30th season. By its end, Matt Groening’s long-running series will have 663 original episodes to its name, which is not just an impressive feat, but a lucrative one. That’s good. The problem is that those dollar signs will soon be reflecting in the eyes of Disney, who will eventually acquire America’s animated family. That’s bad.

Well, at least for those who love the new episodes.

Here’s why: According to Variety, The Simpsons has been a loss for the Fox Broadcasting Company (FBC), and that loss has only increased over the years, but the network has always recouped the costs through licensing deals and merchandising opportunities. One example is its landmark 2013 deal with FXX, which was valued at roughly $750 million and expires in 2023.

That all changes, however, with the impending Disney takeover, which will alter how those licensing deals are orchestrated. What’s more, FBC and 20th Century Fox will no longer share a balance sheet, which means the cost per episode will go solely to FBC. In other words, FBC will be footing the bill for new episodes with no guarantee on recouping those expenses.

(Read: The Simpsons’ Top 30 Episodes)

To make matters more complicated, the show is also entangled in a web of archaic syndication deals, which has limited the ways in which Fox has been able to fully exploit the series. In fact, when Fox reached the aforementioned deal with FXX, it had to secure permission from all the TV stations where the initial licensing deals were set up.

Most of those initial deals were exclusive and contingent on the premise that Fox would continue airing new and original episodes, which puts Fox in a catch-22 and Disney at an opportune position. Because if Fox can’t recoup the money, they can’t make the episodes, and if they can’t make the episodes, then the door is open for Disney to rework all that old paperwork.


homer The Simpsons may be more valuable to Disney off the air

As Variety points out, Disney has “a multitude of options.” One source tells them that Fox has considered breaking down the episodes into multiple batches for multiple licenses, though Disney could also opt out of any third-party and keep Springfield within Disneyland — or, more specifically, its forthcoming Disney+ streaming platform.

Still, there’s no reason to run out in the town square and scream, “Won’t somebody please think about the children!” At least not yet. The series is currently in negotiations with 20th Century Fox Television and FBC for two more seasons, so fans will have plenty of time to share fresh donuts with Homer and go skating around Evergreen Terrace with Bart.

For how long? That remains to be seen. Just don’t have a cow.

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Netflix becomes member of MPAA — as theater chains blackball Roma

As Netflix strives to reach the forefront of the film industry, it continues to deal with resistance from nearly every major corner of filmmaking. Today, news broke that the streaming giant has taken a big step in being seen as an equal by Hollywood, while theaters have delivered it a blow.

In recent years, it’s been a tradition across major American exhibition chains to run Best Picture “showcases” featuring all nominated movies in the Oscars’ top category. However, news has emerged that AMC, Regal, and Cinemark (the three biggest US theatrical chains, combined) are refusing to show RomaAlfonso Cuarón’s autobiographical critical hit about a housekeeper in 1970s Mexico City dealing with unexpected pregnancy and the struggling family in her charge alike.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, AMC is refusing to release the film as part of its typical series due to a lack of proper distribution agreements with Netflix. The chain’s statement reads as follows:

“For more than a decade, movie-lovers have enjoyed the AMC best picture showcase to catch up on the nominated films that played at AMC throughout the prior year… This year, Academy members nominated a film that was never licensed to AMC to play in our theaters. As such, it is not included in the AMC best picture showcase.”

While Roma received a limited theatrical release in select theaters, none of the exhibitors involved were major chains. This proves a problem for anybody who wishes to watch the film in a theater and doesn’t happen to live near a major urban center.

Luckily, it’s not all doom and gloom for Netflix, as the service made substantial inroads in another corner of the industry. Variety reports that the streaming service has become the first Internet-based company to join the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America), the chief film ratings body in the US. Many of the MPAA’s known members include major studio and theatrical distribution company managers, though there is a distinct possibility that it will lose a legacy member, Twentieth Century Fox, once its assets are merged with Disney. The trade also reports that board members initially disagreed on whether a company like Netflix should be allowed into its ranks, but those concerns apparently have been quelled.

In a statement, MPAA chairman and CEO Charles Rivkin said,

“On behalf of the MPAA and its member companies, I am delighted to welcome Netflix as a partner. All of our members are committed to pushing the film and television industry forward, in both how we tell stories and how we reach audiences. Adding Netflix will allow us to even more effectively advocate for the global community of creative storytellers, and I look forward to seeing what we can all achieve together.”

While the immediate impact of this news will remain to be seen, suffice it to say that Netflix’s power continues to grow in the industry, as it’s becoming too big of a player for chains and organizations alike to ignore.

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Newly elected Baseball Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera: “With all due respect to Metallica, I don’t listen to that kind of music”

Legendary New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera today (January 22nd) became the first-ever player to be unanimously voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and some may say he owes a tip of his hat to Metallica. The all-time Major League Baseball saves leader famously entered games to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame act’s massive hit “Enter Sandman”.

As if facing Rivera’s nasty cutter wasn’t intimidating enough for opposing batters, hearing the first few notes of “Enter Sandman” must have put more fear into hitters as they waited for the closer to begin his warmup tosses.

Metallica themselves even congratulated Rivera this evening upon news of his historic unanimous election. In a video message, frontman James Hetfield said, “We, Metallica, took a vote here, and it’s unanimous — congratulations from the entire Metallica family, Mariano, on your induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.”

Lars Ulrich then chimed in, “It’s well deserved, and we look forward to watching you enter the Hall this summer.”

That all said, Rivera isn’t exactly about to fire up “The Black Album” anytime soon. In an interview with MLB Network following the news of his unanimous election, the pitcher was asked how many Metallica shows he’d been to, and responded, “With all due respect to the guys, I’ve never been to one of them.” He added, “As a Christian, with all due respect to Metallica, I don’t listen to that kind of music.”

Watch Mariano’s reaction to Metallica’s congratulatory message in the tweet below, and see the full interview with the pitcher here.

So, it looks like Mariano won’t be catching Metallica on their ongoing “Worldwired Tour”, and he probably doesn’t care about how we recently ranked the thrash masters’ albums from worst to best. The band just launched the latest North American leg of the trek this past Friday.

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James Gandolfini’s son to play Tony Soprano in upcoming prequel movie

“Family: they’re the only ones you can depend on,” the great Tony Soprano once said. With that in mind, Sopranos creator David Chase has cast Michael Gandolfini to play the younger version of the mob boss famously portrayed by his late father, James Gandolfini, for the forthcoming prequel movie.

Entitled The Many Saints of Newark, the feature film is set in the 1960s amidst the race riots between African Americans and Italians in New Jersey. The younger Soprano will feature prominently in the story, as will his father Johnny Boy and uncle Junior Soprano.

“It’s a profound honor to continue my dad’s legacy while stepping into the shoes of a young Tony Soprano,” Gandolfini, who is 19, said in a statement. “I’m thrilled that I am going to have the opportunity to work with David Chase and the incredible company of talent he has assembled for The Many Saints of Newark.

Longtime Sopranos director Alan Taylor is on board to helm the film from a script Chase penned alongside fellow series writer Lawrence Konner. Vera Farmiga, Jon Bernthal, and Alessandro Nivola are among the other confirmed cast members. Production is set to begin later this year.

This is a developing story…

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Yoshiki composes music for the films xXx 4 and Spycies, as X Japan finish up first album in 22 years

Big news in the Yoshiki world today, as the X Japan leader is teaming up with The H Collective on the latest installment in the xXx franchise, xXx 4, starring Vin Diesel. The movie, which is in pre-production, will feature a theme song with music written by Yoshiki.

The H Collective is also currently creating its first animated feature, Spycies, an action spy comedy produced by Chinese entertainment giant iQiyi. Yoshiki will create the theme song and music for Spycies. Expect the film to hit theaters in China on August 8th, 2019.

“Yoshiki is a great friend of ours at THC and we are incredibly proud to be working with such a talent on two movies which are both global in scope,” The H Collective CEO Nic Crawley said in a statement. “Spycies brings together talent from the US, Japan, China and France.”

Added Yoshiki, “I’m excited to be part of the new xXx film and Spycies; composing the new theme songs and collaborating on the film scores.”

Yoshiki, a drummer and pianist, has previously composed music for Saw IVRepo! The Genetic Opera, The Golden Globe Awards, and the anime series Attack on Titan.

In addition to the film news, it’s been revealed that X Japan have nearly completed work on their first new studio album in more than 22 years. The legendary Japanese rock act has sold 30 million singles and albums combined to date, with their last album, Dahlia, released in 1996. Sadly, classic members Hide (guitar) and Taiji (bass) passed away in 1998 and 2011, respectively.

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Ariana Grande reveals tracklist for thank u, next

In the not too distant future, Ariana Grande is set to release thank u, next, the follow-up to her 2018 album, Sweetener. While an exact release date remains forthcoming, today Grande revealed the album’s 12-song tracklist. It includes previously revealed singles “thank u, next”, “imagine”, and “7 rings”, along with the curiously titled closing track, “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored”. See the full tracklist below.

In March, Grande will embark on her “Sweetener World Tour”, which includes a headlining appearance at Coachella. You can get tickets here.

thank u, next Traklist:
01. imagine
02. needy
03. NASA
04. bloodline
05. fake smile
06. bad idea
07. make up
08. ghostin
09. in my head
10. 7 rings
11. thank u, next
12. break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored

Watch Grande’s video for “7 rings”:

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As I Lay Dying unveil dates for 2019 US tour

Following their controversial comeback last year, As I Lay Dying will continue to hit the road in 2019, having just announced a spring North American trek.

The band’s reunion was met with a mixed reaction, with a number of fans expressing dismay at the metalcore act’s decision to re-form with singer Tim Lambesis, who was famously imprisoned after pleading guilty to hiring a hitman to murder his estranged wife.

Despite the backlash, As I Lay Dying embarked on successful tours of Europe and the States this past fall, with the band even upgrading to larger venues in Europe to meet ticket demand.

In a message posted in December, Lambesis addressed the backlash, writing, “I stand against who I became in my past and am pursuing a new purpose in the rebirth of AILD. We collectively are. People who support AILD are not supporting the person I once was, because part of my life’s work now is to undo the hurt I’ve caused and to help others in addiction. Instead, I think AILD fans are supporting the belief that people can change.”

The newly announced tour kicks off March 15th in St. Louis, Missouri, and works its way through the Midwest, Northeast and Southeast before wrapping up April 6th in Springfield, Missouri. See the full list of dates below.

As I Lay Dying 2019 Tour Dates
03/15 – St. Louis, MO @ Pops
03/16 – Peoria, IL @ Monarch
03/17 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge
03/18 – Louisville, KY @ Diamond Concert Hall
03/19 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
03/20 – Rochester, NY @ The Montage Music Hall
03/21 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
03/22 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theatre
03/23 – Providence, RI @ Fete Music Hall
03/24 – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
03/25 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore SoundStage
03/26 – Greensboro, NC @ Blind Tiger
03/27 – Columbia, SC @ The Senate
03/29 – Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
03/30 – Jacksonville, FL @ 1904
03/31 – Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
04/02 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theater
04/03 – Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
04/04 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
04/05 – Memphis, TN @ Growlers
04/06 – Springfield, MO @ The Complex

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Sam Elliott on first-ever Oscar nomination: “It’s about f*cking time”

Among today’s Oscar nominations are a number of firsts: Black Panther is the first superhero movie to be nominated for Best Picture, Spike Lee received his first ever nomination for Best Director, and Sam Elliott – a mainstay of contemporary cinema who’s accrued half a century in the profession – earned his first acting nomination for his supporting A Star Is Born.

Speaking with Deadline about the nomination, Elliott quipped, “It’s about fucking time.”

“Beyond that, it’s really about the work; it’s just about the creative process. It’s great to be recognized for that, that’s really all it’s about,” he added.

Elliott went on to share some thoughts on why he believes this new incarnation of A Star Is Born resonated so strongly with audiences.

“I just think it has a number of universal themes that a lot of people can tap into,” Elliott remarked. “The music’s one thing, that stands alone on some level, but it’s also an intricate part of the story. The love story, the love and loss. Then beyond that, it’s the addiction theme. I don’t know anybody that hasn’t had some connection, either directly or indirectly, someone in their family, or someone they love, with alcoholism or addiction.”

He also reflected on the longevity of his career, saying, “Fifty years into the game and all of a sudden to have anything to do with this, to be connected with a film like this, it’s just a wonderful gift.”

A Star Is Born garnered a total of eight nominations, including those for Best Picture, Best Actor (Bradley Cooper), Best Actress (Lady Gaga), and Original Song (“Shallow”). The ceremony goes down Sunday, February 24th on ABC.

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Nilüfer Yanya announces debut LP, Miss Universe, shares “In Your Head”: Stream

England’s Nilüfer Yanya first came onto our radar in 2017 at Iceland Airwaves, where Consequence of Sound’s own Lior Phillips described her as “an indie rock-adjacent Amy Winehouse.” Now we’ll finally get to see what this indie soul pop artist really has to offer when she releases her debut full-length, Miss Universe, on March 22nd via ATO Records.

The 17-track effort was recorded in the remote studio in Cornwall, UK where Yanya used to jam back when she was only beginning to embrace her musical drive. Co-production comes from The Invisible’s Dave Okumu, her former guitar teacher, as well as live bandmates Jazzi Bobbi and Luke Bower. Additional producers include John Congleton, Oli Barton-Wood, Will Archer, and M.T. Hadley.

As a first listen, the 23-year-old artist has shared the video for lead single “In Your Head”. The frantic clip — which was shot in and around Las Vegas — is a perfect pair for the track’s feverish exploration of perception verses reality. “I can do what I want/ I can feel what I feel/ Until you say it out loud/ How will I know if its real?” Yanya sings.

Speaking of the song in a press release, she says,

“Sometimes my mind plays tricks on me and I get trapped. There’s the things I need disguised as things I think I only want, things I think I’m choosing out of choice not necessity. Sometimes this only becomes clear in retrospect, or maybe it will never become clear. Some people may call that being paranoid. I think that’s what I wrote the song about , but what’s interesting to me, and what I think I was trying to get at, is the illusion of freedom.”

Take a listen via the clip below.

Miss Universe Artwork:

nilüfer yanya miss universe album cover artwork debut record

Miss Universe Tracklist:
02. In Your Head
03. Paralysed
04. Angels
05. Experience?
06. Paradise
07. Baby Blu
08. Warning
09. Heat Rises
10. Melt
11. “Sparkle” GOD HELP ME
12. Safety Net
13. Tears
14. Monsters Under The Bed
15. The Unordained
16. Give Up Function
17. Heavyweight Champion of the Year

Yanya will tour behind the record throughout North America and Europe later this year. The trek begins in February with a run opening for Sharon Van Etten, one of our most anticipated tours of the year. Find Yanya’s full itinerary below.

Nilüfer Yanya 2019 Tour Dates:
02/06 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club *
02/07 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *
02/08 – Boston, MA @ Royale *
02/09 – New York City, NY @ Beacon Theatre *
02/11 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall *
02/13 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre *
02/14 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall *
02/15 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall *
02/16 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave *
02/18 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre *
02/19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall *
02/21 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom *
02/22 – Vancouver, BC @ The Imperial *
02/23 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre *
02/25 – Sonoma, CA @ Gundlach Bundschu Winery *
02/26 – San Francisco, CA @ The Filmore *
02/28 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park *
03/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel *
03/28 – Istanbul, TR @ Babylon
04/03 – Glasgow, UK @ CCA
04/04 – Manchester, UK @ YES
04/05 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
04/06 – Newcastle, UK @ The Cluny
04/08 – Leicester, UK @ O2 Academy Leicester University
04/09 – London, UK @ Evolutionary Arts Hackney
04/11 – Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hounds
04/12 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla
04/13 – Oxford, UK @ O2 Academy Oxford
04/14 – Brighton, UK @ The Haunt
04/16 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet
04/17 – Hamburg, DE @ Nochtwache
04/18 – Berlin, De @ Kantine am Berghain
04/19 – Rotterdam, NL @ Motel Mozaique
04/21 – Vienna, AT @ Chelsea Club
04/22 – Munich, DE @ Ampere
04/24 – Zurich, CH @ Exil
04/25 – Koln, DE @ Blue Shell
04/26 – Paris, FR @ Le Point Ephemere
04/29 – Brussels, BE @ Les Nuits Botanique Festival
04/30 – Nijmegen, NL @ Merleyn
05/01 – Utrecht, NL @ ACU
06/01 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
08/08-12 – Barcelona, ES @ Belle & Sebastian Boaty Weekender

* = w/ Sharon Van Etten

from Consequence of Sound

Chris Brown denies rape allegations: “This B*tch Lyin’”

Chris Brown was arrested in Paris on early Tuesday following allegations of rape.

The embattled singer has since been released from custody, according to TMZ, and has addressed the allegations with a defiant three word message. “This Bitch Lyin’” reads an image posted to his Instagram page.


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Meanwhile, France’s Closer Magazine has published an interview with the alleged victim. The woman — identified by the pseudonym “Karima” — is described as a 24-year-old model. Karima says she met Brown at Paris’ Mandarin Oriental Hotel on the night of January 15th. After accompanying him to a local night club, Karima alleges that Brown convinced her to return to his suite at the Mandarin, where the alleged assault took place. Karima says she was also assaulted by one of Brown’s friends and his bodyguard, both of who were arrested along with Brown.

An associate of Brown disputed the account in an interview with TMZ, saying that the singer hosted a group of people in his room and was never alone with the alleged victim.

Under French law, suspects being questioned by the police can be kept in custody for up to 24 hours, according to the New York Times. If he is forced to stand trial, Brown would be required to surrender his passport and remain in Paris pending trial, according to TMZ.

from Consequence of Sound