"Avengers: Endgame" Actress Gwyneth Paltrow Says She Hasn’t Seen The Film

Gwyneth Paltrow is one the few performers that have been around since the very first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She appeared in 2008’s Iron Man, then also featured in Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3, Avengers, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. With so many entries into the MCU, you would think Paltrow would keep up with her onscreen endeavors by catching the final product in theaters. Apparently not. 

Recently, Paltrow stopped by The Graham Norton Show alongside Tom Hanks, Tom Holland, and Jake Gyllenhaal. Holland began speaking about Endgame, and referenced Tony Stark’s death in the film. That’s when Paltrow dropped the bombshell. “Sorry to anyone who hasn’t seen the film. If you haven’t then you are living under a rock,” Holland says after revealing the death Stark. Paltrow laughs and calmly admits she has yet to watch the film herself. “No, I haven’t seen it,” she reveals to a shocked Holland. At that moment Tom Hanks stepped in to help Paltrow out, ”Don’t spoil it. Don’t spoil it for Gwyneth. Let her discover that herself!”

Endgame is being re-released in theaters with 6 minutes extra footage this week, which is an obvious money grab for Marvel to try and take the #1 spot from Avatar. It looks like it will work. 

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Your Old Disney VHS Tapes Could Make You $26K Richer

The childhood classics that are collecting dust in your basement could be part your next get-rich-quick tactic. If you’ve been looking for ways to make a quick buck, you’ve likely tried to sell some the useless stuff that is just sitting around your place. If that’s the case, you might want to take a look at what kinds VHS tapes you’ve got leftover from your childhood. You might not think that they’re that valuable but there are a bunch people making some legit bank on their old Disney tapes. We’re talking in the thousands.

As reported by Yahoo Finance, eBay has a number old Disney tapes on their marketplace that are going for over $10K. Seriously. People are asking for extraordinary prices and the hits keep on coming in. One seller is asking for $25,476.50 for a 10-film Black Diamond set including Aladdin, Cinderella, Bambi, 101 Dalmatians, and more. The tapes all show signs use and have not sold yet.

Your Old Disney VHS Tapes Could Make You $26K Richer
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If you manage to find a rare version The Little Mermaid from 1990, you may be in luck because a different seller has listed that for $14,549.38, including a poster that has since been banned for phallic imagery. The seller says that the poster shows “a little merman’s you know what.”

So, what are you waiting for? If you find a gem and you aren’t using it, go ‘head and make some money!

LiveXLive Reaches 720,000 Subscribers, Burning Through $9.8 Million in the Process

LiveXLive Media has posted its financials.

The global streaming company posted $9.2 million in revenue for its fiscal Q4 2019 quarter ended March 31st, 2019, up from $9 million in the previous quarter (its Q3 2019).  Contribution margin also rose to $2.2 million in Q4 2019, up from $1.4 million in the previous quarter.  LiveXLive attributed the growth in revenue and contribution margin to strong subscriber growth.

The global streaming company’s paid subscribers also jumped 52% year-over-year – or a net 233,000 subscribers – to over 680,000 subscribers.  Currently, LiveXLive has 720,000 subscribers.

The publicly traded company, however, continues to burn money.  Operating loss totaled $8.5 million in Q4 2019, up from $7.2 million year-over-year.  Net loss also reached $9.8 million, up from last year’s $9.5 million.  Adjusted operating loss totaled $1.9 million, down $500,000 over Q4 2018.

During its Q4 2019, LiveXLive streamed and produced 5 live events and also made “incremental” investments aimed at driving long-term growth.  These growth activities, however, drove the increases in net loss, operating loss, and adjusted operating loss.

Events included ALTerEGO, EDC Mexico, LiveXLive Presents after the Grammys, LiveXLive Presents at CES Las Vegas, and the Weezer Album Release Party.

For its fiscal 2019 year, the company achieved over 50 million livestreams, 400 artist streams, and 400 hours of live music content stream.  For the first two months of its fiscal 2020, LiveXLive has generated over 20 million livestreams as well as 85 artists and 125 hours of live music content streamed.

Speaking about the company’s financials, Michael Zemetra, LiveXLive’s Chief Financial Officer, explained,

We’re pleased with our accelerated subscriber growth and record financial performance throughout fiscal 2019.  We ended fiscal 2019 with over 50% growth in paid subscribers and launched key sponsorships and programming across our music platform.

“With the year-over-year and sequential improvements in our contribution margins and operating results, we remain well positioned to continue investing in our immediate growth objectives.

With its “incremental investments,” it remains to be seen whether the company can actually post a profit.

 


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Tom Brady Sheds Light On Why He Wants To Trademark "Tom Terrific"

New England Patriots quarterback and six-time champion Tom Brady has come under fire this past week for filing to trademark the nickname “Tom Terrific.” The nickname was also given to former New York Mets pitcher Tom Weaver so Mets fans were understandably upset with Brady’s actions. At first, fans believed that Brady was trying to prit f the nickname and keep it for himself. While at the Patriots three-day minicamp, Brady clarified why he applied for the trademark, saying he actually wants to bury the name.

“It’s unfortunate,” Brady said. “I was actually trying to do something—because I didn’t like the nickname—and I wanted to make sure no one used it, cause some people wanted to use it. I was trying to keep people from using it and then it got spun around to something different than what it was. Good lesson learned and try to do things a little different in the future.”

Brady was asked why he doesn’t like the name, which led him to explain that he isn’t really a fan receiving compliments. The six-time champion clearly isn’t looking to have his ego stroked.

“Well, I didn’t want people to associate me with that,” Brady explained. “That’s something I didn’t want to have happen. I don’t like the nickname, I don’t like when people give me nice compliments – certainly that, it wasn’t something I was trying to do out any disrespect, ill manner or anything like that.”

As for the “Tom Terrific” name, the quarterback has no plans to turn it into a line merch or make any money from it.

Nearly $1 Million Is Left In Airport TSA Bins Every Year

It can be an absolute hassle to stand through the long waits in Airport Security but once you’ve gotten through and it’s time to head to your gate, you might want to think twice about double-checking your bins. If you’ve ever travelled on a place in your life, you know that you must scan your carry-on baggage through TSA before hopping on your flight, removing your laptop from its case and, more ten than not, placing your shoes and belts in a separate bin. Lines can be long and if you’re in a rush, you might not be paying too much attention to what you’re actually retrieving because as reported by Vox, nearly $1 million is left in TSA bins on a yearly basis.

Nearly $1 Million Is Left In Airport TSA Bins Every Year
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One the most unusual revenue sources for TSA has been the loose change left behind in airports across the nation. The amount money being left behind keeps on growing too as folks get more and more reckless with their money. In 2012, the TSA had collected just over $500K in loose change and last year, that number grew to $960K. With everybody being asked to empty their pockets and scatter their belongings in bins when they walk through the scans, it can be easy to leave behind some change. Especially when it’s less than a dollar, you might actually consciously leave the coins on the table. 

The money left behind is not exclusively lower-amount coins though because when wallets go unclaimed, TSA gets hold some big bills. If you’re curious about which airports rack up the most change, larger cities tend to be higher on the list. JFK and LAX were nearly tied at the top with $70K whereas Reno’s airport left behind less than $20.

Nearly $1 Million Is Left In Airport TSA Bins Every Year
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Tiffany Haddish Details Growing Up With Her "Very Violent" Mother

Tiffany Haddish is one the many guests to appear on season two David Letter’s Netflix series, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. The Girls Trip actress whose sole purpose is to make people laugh, got quite emotional during her visit when discussing growing up with an abusive mother who became violent after brain damage from a car crash.  

Tiffany Haddish Details Growing Up With Her "Very Violent" Mother
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“I didn’t want to be with my mom no more,” she said, as seen in the clip below. “She became very violent and verbally abusive… I used to be begging my mom if I could go live with my grandma…and she would be like: ‘She’s not your momma! I’m your momma!’ You know, these things she would yell.”

When Tiffany was “eight about to be nine” her mother went through the windshield a car forcing her to relearn how to walk, talk and eat. “It] changed everything about her,” Tiffany added. “I used to think she was demonized. I thought maybe someone else jumped inside her body. Like: ‘Where is my mommy? She’s gone.'”

Tiffany’s memoir The Last Black Unicorn details how she can take a punch due to her mother, who would punch her in frustration or for looking like her father. Her mother is currently living in a mental institution and Tiffany plans to get her out and arrange full-time care. “My goal is to get enough money to buy a duplex. I want to put her in one the units and hire a full-time nurse to take care her,” she explains in her book. “Then I want to get her whatever medications she needs so she can be my mama again. Honestly, that’s all I really want in life.”

Tyrann Mathieu Was The Victim Of A $5M Extortion Plot From Family Member

Tyrann Mathieu was recently signed by the Kansas City Chiefs and while he is probably excited to start his tenure with one the most exciting teams in the AFC, he now has to deal with some pretty serious family drama. According to a new report from ESPN, a family member close to Mathieu by the name  Geourvon Keinell Sears, tried to extort the safety for upwards $5 million. 

New documents from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District Louisiana, say that Sears asked Mathieu to pay him $1.5 million back in April and eventually asked for $5 million. Sears allegedly claimed that he would reach out to TMZ with damning information about Mathieu if he didn’t pay the money. He also allegedly sent a text to Mathieu’s friends saying “I want 1.5 million by Friday or I am going to kill all you all.” On top this, Sears reportedly told the Chiefs safety’s agent that he would make a sexual misconduct allegation against Mathieu.

Sears was arrested and thrown in jail although he was released on $25,000 bond. Sears will be back in court on June 21st and if he’s convicted, he could face up to 20 years in jail.

Stay tuned for updates on this case.

MGM Resorts May Pay up to $800 Million to Settle Lawsuits Over Route 91 Festival Shooting

Two years after the horrific Route 91 Festival shootings, MGM Resorts International may finally settle with hundreds of victims.

That’s according to a recently quarter filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

The company’s willingness to settle represents a major change from its position last year.

In an attempt to avoid being held liable for the Las Vegas shooting that left 58 dead and over 800 others injured, the owner of the Mandalay Bay, MGM Resorts International, lawsuits against more than 1,000 victims of the October 1st, 2017 shooting.

The lawsuits argued the security company which MGM hired for the Route 91 Festival, Contemporary Services Corp., wasn’t liable.  Contemporary Services Corp. had been certified to protect against and respond to acts involving mass destruction and injury.

MGM hadn’t sought money or compensations from any of the victims.  Instead, the preemptive lawsuits – filed in Nevada and California – only served to prevent any future litigation brought on by the victims.

Still claiming it doesn’t remain responsible for shooter Stephen Paddock’s horrific act – and thus, shouldn’t have to settle – the company wrote in the 10-Q filing (emphasis mine),

Although the Company continues to believe it is not legally responsible for the perpetrator’s criminal acts, in the interest of avoiding protracted litigation and the related impact on the community, the Company believes it is reasonably possible that continued mediation communications will result in a settlement with respect to the Claimants of approximately $735 million, subject to and depending on obtaining a minimum level of participation with escalators based on greater participation increasing the amount payable up to $800 million in the event of 100% participation.

MGM Resorts International stated it remains in mediation with attorneys representing the plaintiffs.

Speaking about the possible settlement, an MGM Resorts International spokesperson told The Las Vegas Review-Journal,

MGM’s stated goal regarding mediation is, as it always has been, to resolve these matters so that all impacted can move forward in their healing process.

After multiple mediation sessions over several months, progress has been made, and while mediation is ongoing, the company believes it is reasonably possible that a settlement will be reached.

Yet, Robert Eglet, a Las Vegas trial lawyer representing the 2,500 victims, lambasted the company for prematurely reporting the settlement.

When I first read it, it almost implies we’re really close to a settlement, and that’s just not true.

In fact, added Eglet, the $800 million settlement only remains a possibility, not a “probability.”

I wouldn’t be involved in mediation for three months if it wasn’t possible.  But it’s not probable — it’s possible.  We may get a settlement, but we may not.

Both sides have also discussed possible settlement figures.

We’ve thrown out numbers, they’ve thrown out numbers, but there’s no agreements on anything.

Eglet’s clients have sought compensation over the physical and psychological harm caused by Stephen Paddock.  From his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Paddock fired into the large crowd of festivalgoers.

Under a law passed in 2002, MGM Resorts International could potentially avoid liability for the attack.

 


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Dak Prescott Hopes To Be With The Dallas Cowboys "Forever"

Dak Prescott has been somewhat successful as the quarterback the Dallas Cowboys over the last few years and he is about to enter the final season his four-year rookie deal. At $2.02 million, Prescott will be underpaid considering his production compared to some the other star quarterbacks in the league. Regardless, the Cowboys will be looking to resign their star QB for the next few seasons and he will certainly be in for a huge payday. While he doesn’t have the same resume as Russell Wilson, the Seahawks QB’s 4-year, $140 million contract is definitely an indicator that Prescott will get paid.

As he described, Prescott is excited about the prospect being with the Cowboys for a long time.

“I mean, I want to be a Cowboy forever,” Prescott said per ESPN. “I think the people that are doing the deal feel the same way, so to me, it’s no rush. I know it will get done.”

Dak Prescott Hopes To Be With The Dallas Cowboys "Forever"

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Prescott also explained that he understands there is a lot money coming his way and he’s just excited to be able to prove himself.

“It’s all generational money, life-changing money, so it’s just a blessing to be able to be in this position,” Prescott said. “But as far as the numbers are concerned, my focus is on the locker room, and that will all take care itself.”

Prescott led the Cowboys to a 10-6 record last season which was good enough for first in the NFC East.

I'm a Former PledgeMusic Employee. Allow Me to Spill a Few Beans…

What really happened at PledgeMusic?

Here’s an email from a former employee, received earlier this week.  Last week, PledgeMusic , while offering no assurances that unpaid artist balances — potentially in the millions — would be repaid.

As a former employee at PledgeMusic, I have information that is useful for anyone who is interested in knowing more details about what happened to the company.

1. Dominic Pandiscia is the one to investigate. Under his direction, PledgeMusic spent over $500k to have a presence at SXSW, which led to little or no business opportunities for the company. He moved the NYC office from an affordable shared office space to a swanky office (after the payment issues started, NYC employees were sent back to a shared workspace). Kind of ironic that Dominic “stepped down” in the midst of these payment issues, yet with his “respect” didn’t go to a major label and decided to consult instead… something to hide, Dominic?

[Editor’s Note: We attempted to contact Dominic Pandiscia, but did not get a response.]

2. Campaign Managers and Customer Service reps (the ones who kept the company running) were getting paid pennies, while the higher level executives (Dominic, Scott Graves, a former CFO) were getting paid hundreds of thousands of dollars. Scott even left the company for a much better opportunity, but was somehow convinced ($$$$) to return. 

3. For the majority of the past year and a half, the UK side of the business was not in as bad of shape as the US side. It was clear that the company was operating as two separate entities, and the lack of payments started to happen in the US first, and in a much higher volume. 

4. There could not have been an escrow account, otherwise the company wouldn’t have been in this predicament. The concept of the business was beyond simple: Collect fans’ money and put into escrow, put 15% aside into a separate account for expenses and salaries, pay the artists their money in escrow. 

5. Employees were unaware of what was really going on with the finances. The board and executives/management lied to their own employees for years. Employees were promised promotions and raises, which never happened. The payment issues started when PayPal dropped crowdfunding sites, and employees were told that is what should be told to artists. After a year of delayed payments, and PayPal clearly not being the culprit, employees started to put the pieces together.

6. A&R and Campaign Managers were only told to “launch launch launch” new campaigns so that payments could be distributed to other projects. They very well knew that they were unable to pay artists, but needed to launch new campaigns in order to gain more revenue. Employees knew that this was not ethical, but at the end of the day had no choice. 

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At this stage, it’s unclear if PledgeMusic or its former principals will face any regulatory or criminal repercussions.

J. Cole Called Out By "K.O.D" Cover Artist For Allegedly Ripping Him Off

When artist Sixmau, whose real name is Kamau Haroon, was negotiating with J. Cole about the K.O.D cover art, the North Carolina rapper allegedly told him that he would only be using the beautiful work for the project’s booklet. There was no mention merchandise or anything the sort. Therefore, when Sixmau found out that the rapper was selling merch with the album cover on it, he was rightfully pissed. Now, the artist is making sure that everybody knows that he ended up getting the short end the stick, calling out Cole on Twitter.

J. Cole Called Out By "K.O.D" Cover Artist For Allegedly Ripping Him Off
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As reported by Bossip, Sixmau is not impressed by how the situation has been handled on the Dreamville side things. Six fired some shots online, writing, “I did all the creative direction for the KOD album and he told me my work was only going to be used for booklet art. Only to turn around and make merchandise illegally with my art behind my back and prit majorly f it while on tour. Fuck them.”

After fans started to inquire about what he meant, the artist explained. “THIS IS EXACTLY HOW HE IS ABLE TO EXPLOIT PEOPLE. HIS MESSAGE OF POSITIVITY MAKES THEM FEEL COMFORTABLE WHILE HE FINESSES THE MONEY BEHIND THEY BACK.” 

J. Cole has not responded to the allegations and we don’t expect him to. He seems like the type person who would rather handle this type  matter privately.

Towanda Braxton Files For Bankruptcy, Bank Account Balance Revealed

Towanda Braxton may be a member one the most famous families in the world but it would appear as though she’s not as financially responsible as she should be. The sister Toni and Tamar has ficially filed for bankruptcy and her bank account balance has become public information. It’s also been revealed just how much money she owes one her family members.

Towanda Braxton Files For Bankruptcy, Bank Account Balance Revealed
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According to The Blast, the reality star is being forced to pay thousands in debt, filing for bankruptcy and listing her liabilities at just about double the number she posted for her assets. Towanda has been on the Braxton Family Values cast with the rest her sisters but it wouldn’t appear as though she’s collected much bank from the show. In fact, her checking account only has $150 in it right now and her savings account is completely drained. Towanda says that her monthly income is $4,692 but her monthly expenses are up over $6,000. As for the debt she laid out, court documents show that she owes her sister Tamar $35K, which was given to her as a personal loan.

The papers were filed earlier this month. Hopefully, Towanda is able to get her finances back in check. Today, it was revealed that Lauren Braxton, a member their family, passed away at the extremely young age 24

Towanda Braxton Files For Bankruptcy, Bank Account Balance Revealed
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Russ Gets Kicked Out Of Venue After Calling Them Out For Sound Issues

Some people do not like being called out. The Palms in Las Vegas kicked Russ out his hotel room and cut his show short after the rapper called out the venue during his performance. As reported by XXLRuss was only a couple minutes into his set when he stopped to address the crowd. The details exactly what he said are not clear, but he called out The Palms for having sound issues. The gravity his words must have hit hard, because the venue pulled the rug from under his set and evicted him from the property. 

“Sorry to the fans that came out,” tweeted Russ after the incident. “Like I said on stage, I wasn’t gonna let the venue fuck up the show repeatedly without sayin something to y’all who paid money, waited etc..they didn’t like me calling them out. Like i also said, they’ll tell a different story but y’all saw 🤷🏽‍♂️😞.” Fans from the show seem to confirm his account Twitter. “They seriously got @russdiemon fucked up,” tweeted one fan. “If he wants to speak his mind he fucking can !! Not his fault you guys don’t have your shit together !!” The Palms has yet to comment on the altercation. 

Prince’s Sister Claims His Estate Will Be Bankrupt By The End Of The Year

Prince’s half-sister, Sharon Nelson, has alleged that the late legend’s estate has been mismanaged by Comerica Bank & Trust. According to Nelson, nearly three years after the brother’s death, his estate will soon be bankrupt due to unsettled disputes between the institution and his heirs.

Nelson tells Billboard that the infighting between the family and Comerica has resulted in “thousands court filings and racked up millions dollars in legal fees, without any money or real estate assets being distributed to the late artist’s beneficiaries.”

Nelson tells the publication that if disputes are not settled, “Prince’s estate will be bankrupt by the end the year.”

Prince's Sister Claims His Estate Will Be Bankrupt By The End Of The Year

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“Prince is not resting in peace while this is going on,” the 79-year-old Nelson says. “He’s very upset what these people have done to his estate. It’s really sad.”

Nelson says that legal costs have become so great for her and other beneficiaries, that they have resorted to preparing their own motions and filings in order to represent themselves in court. Nelson says so far she along with Prince’s other siblings–his full sister Tyka Nelson, his half brothers Omarr Baker, Alfred Jackson, John R. Nelson and his other half-sister Norrine Nelson–have racked up $3 million in legal fees.  

“We cannot afford an attorney,” she says. “You walk through the door and it’s $400. Now we write our own affidavits and petitions.”

 

Tyga Drops $10 Million Lawsuit Against Birdman

Tyga is ending his legal war with Cash Money.

The rapper has dropped his $10 million lawsuit against Birdman after he accused the Cash Money founder of not paying him royalties for years.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Tyga is voluntarily dismissing all claims against Cash Money and Young Money in the lawsuit.

The “Taste” rapper says he signed a deal in 2009 to produce two albums for the label—2012’s Careless World: Rise of the Last King and 2013’s Hotel California.

According to the lawsuit, Cash Money and Young Money agreed to pay Tyga in 2016 all the royalties that he says were owed to him for years, but his requests for payment were unsuccessful. He sued Cash Money for breach of contract and sought $10 million in damages.

Cash Money denied all allegations of wrongdoing and demanded the lawsuit be dropped. The two sides were negotiating a settlement, but those talks fell apart. Birdman later said Tyga was the one who owed Cash Money, claiming he was paid advances that were not recouped.

The case is now officially closed.