Kevin Feige Says Next "Endgame" Level Team Up Is "Well Under Way"

Kevin Feige has no plans to stop. The MCU is the biggest powerhouse at the movies aside from Disney’s live-action remakes. Although Avengers: Endgame just finished up the decade long Infinity Saga, Marvel is just getting started. There are so many more villains in Marvel comics, and the X-Men and Fantastic Four have not even been revealed yet. Phase 4 will start to build what will be the next Endgame level showdown, and things are already in motion.

According to CinemaBlend, Kevin Feige revealed that the narratives for the next interconnected storyline are already playing out. “Yeah, I mean, the MCU is all interconnected, but we really focus on one movie at a time,” stated Feige at Brazil Comic-Con last weekend. “We’re going to make the best Black Widow movie we can possibly make, the best Eternals movie we can make, the best Shang-Chi, Doctor Strange, Thor, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, right? And keep evolving their stories. And then, yes, it’s always fun to see them come together in a master plan. Which is, I promise you, well underway.” He also hinted at the forthcoming meeting the Avengers and the Eternals. “The Eternals know about the existence the Avengers, the Avengers don’t know much about the Eternals. Yet,” Feige teased. 

 

Bill Burr Has Officially Entered The "Star Wars" Universe

Much in the same vein as a hero living long enough to become the villain, a Star Wars hater can find themselves donning the costume in a galaxy far far away. Though comedian Bill Burr has been eternally critical the ubiquitous franchise, it would appear the tides have changed. Maybe it was Baby Yoda that did him in. Maybe it was the bag. Either way, Bill Burr is ficially part the Star Wars extended universe, thanks to his recent cameo in Disney + series The Mandalorian.  

In episode 6, titled “The Prisoner,” Burr holds it down as a mercenary by the name  Mayfeld, a “Former Imperial sharpshooter.” Much to the delight fans, the comedian gets f a few fan-pleasing one-liners, making references to Jar Jar Binks, dubious Stormtrooper aim, and the maligned Last Jedi planet Canto Bight. Nothing can quell the unfiltered Burr cynicism, not even the steely presence The Mandalorian himself. 

Have you been watching the new Star Wars series unfold? And if so, what did you make Bill Burr entering the fold?

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New York Set To Pay Brooklyn Woman $625K After Police Ripped Baby Away From Her

Some very idiotic and unpressional NYPD ficers disgraced their entire department last year. As seen in the viral video from 2018, Jazmine Headley was at a Brooklyn benefits fice where there were no more chairs. She decided to sit on the floor with her 18-month-old baby. As the caption for the video states, a security guard came over to her and some type tension was sparked. The guard called the cops, who showed up and treated the woman disgustingly. The video captures the moment the ficers fight to rip the baby out Headley’s arms. 


According to the Associated PressHeadley sued the city alleging trauma and humiliation and was seeking an unspecified amount money over the incident at the Brooklyn benefits fice. She testified before city council who fered her a public apology. They also passed a bill aimed at improving how people are treated at benefits fices and making the system more transparent. On Friday, the Law Department decided to settle and pay the lawsuit. “Through her intelligence, bravery, and grace, Jazmine Headley turned the worst ordeal her life — and any parent’s — into an opportunity for change for the entire city,” Headley’s lawyers, Katherine Rosenfeld and Emma Freeman said in a statement.

Tom Petty Heirs Settle Their Multi-Million Dollar Legal War

The widow of Tom Petty and his two daughters from a previous marriage have settled their long-running legal over the late singer’s assets and legacy.

The battle began in May of this year when the two daughters — Adria Petty and Annakim Violette — filed a $5 million lawsuit against Dana Petty. The two claimed that Petty’s widow was attempting to supersede the singer’s intention of giving the three “equal participation” into matters relating to Petty’s estate.

The dispute between the three had a tangible impact on Petty’s fans. It postponed both a posthumous collection of his songs entitled An American Treasure as well as a box set that was to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of Petty’s 1994 album Wildflowers.

While Rolling Stone says that they have seen documents that demonstrate that the three have settled their dispute, it is not clear at the moment as to what exactly this settlement is. What’s more, representatives of both the daughters and Dana Petty have yet to issue a comment in regards to the settlement.

However, the two parties were not so tightly tongued during the dispute.

At this time, Alex Weingarten, who is an attorney representing Petty’s daughters, said, “Tom Petty wanted his music and his legacy to be controlled equally by his daughters, Adria and Annakim, and his wife, Dana. Dana has refused Tom’s express wishes and insisted instead upon misappropriating Tom’s life’s work for her own selfish interests. After countless efforts to resolve this matter amicably and out of court, we could no longer stand idly by and watch Dana disrespect Tom’s wishes, his music and his legacy.”

Adam Streisand, who is Dana Petty’s attorney, answered this by saying, “This misguided and meritless lawsuit sadly demonstrates exactly why Tom Petty designated his wife to be the sole trustee with authority to manage his estate. Dana will not allow destructive nonsense like this to distract her from protecting her husband’s legacy.”

Microsoft Reveals New Xbox Console

During The Game Awards, earlier this week, Microst surprised audiences with a huge reveal: The next generation Xbox will be called Xbox Series X. 

Previously going by a working title, Project Scarlett, the new system was revealed in a trailer that showcased the exterior the Xbox Series X, a quick look at the controller and some flashes upcoming games fans can expect for launch. The design looks sleek and its shape is a completely new style for Xbox. The vertical style is immediately comparable to a PC, perhaps to give it a powerful feel.

No further details were given, but earlier this year, Xbox chief Phil Spencer told The Verge that even those who stay on the Xbox One will still be important: “The business isn’t how many consoles you sell. The business is how many players are playing the games that they buy, how they play. So if somebody bought an original Xbox One from us on launch day, and they’re buying and playing games, I don’t need to sell them an S. I don’t need to sell them an X. If they want to stay on the Xbox One they have and stay as a great member our community or subscribe to Game Pass, that’s a great business for us.”

The Xbox Series X will be released for holiday 2020.

Rich Homie Quan Shares ‘Coma’ Project

Rich Homie Quan’s been relatively quiet in 2019, but he has changed that in the final month of the year by dropping a new project titled Coma. The former Rich Gang member’s December release marks his first full-length effort since last year’s Rich As In Spirit album.

Quan’s latest project is comprised of 10 tracks, including the lead single “Redbone” produced by GBeatsWeRunThis. The release serves as the follow-up to his EP-sized mixtape The Gif, which dropped in October 2018.

Check out Quan’s Coma stream, cover art and tracklist below.

Rich Homie Quan Shares 'Coma' Project

1. Stressed
2. Only Child
3. Lies
4. Old Quan
5. RedBone
6. Probation
7. Freddy Krueger
8. Worship
9. Downgrade
10. Friday Night

Free Nationals Deliver Self-Titled Debut Album

Anderson .Paak’s backing band Free Nationals step out of his shadow to release their debut album.

The group’s self-titled LP is comprised of 13 tracks. Guests featured on the project include Paak, Westside Gunn, Conway The Machine, J.I.D, The Internet’s Syd, Kali Uchis, T.I. and the late Mac Miller, among others.

View the Free Nationals stream, cover art and tracklist below.

Free Nationals Deliver Self-Titled Debut Album

1. Obituaries f. Shafiq Husayn
2. Beauty & Es f. Daniel Caesar & Unknown Mortal Orchestra
3. On Sight f. J.I.D, Kadhja Bonet & MIKNNA
4. Shibuya f. Syd
5. Apartment f. Benny Sings
6. Gidget f. Anderson .Paak & T.Nava
7. Rene f. Callum Connor
8. Time f. Mac Miller & Kali Uchis
9. Cut Me a Break f. T.I.
10. Eternal Light f. Chronixx
11. Oslo f. Callum Connor & T.Nava
12. Lester Diamond
13. The Rivington f. Conway The Machine, Westside Gunn & Joyce Wrice

Pandora's Interactive Voice Ads Have Arrived, 'Say Yes to Learn More'

Pandora’s new interactive voice ads format is now live with limited test partners. Users can learn more by saying ‘yes’ after an advertisement.

The first round of advertisers on board for the new format include Doritos, Unilever, Wendy’s, Turner Broadcasting, Comcast, Nestle, and Ashley HomeStores.

Each ad begins with an explanation about what it is and how interactive ads work. The ad plays a short and simple message, followed by a question. Listeners can then respond yes for more info.

Pandora’s Voice Mode assistant powers the interactive voice ads. Voice Mode launched earlier this year and allows for hands-free control of the app. Pandora believes voice ads will be the future of advertising in a hands-free world. Voice ads are, by nature, more engaging than traditional radio ads.

Claire Fanning, Pandora Vice President of Ad Innovation, says early testing has been positive.

“Preliminary results from our alpha test show unprecedented engagement rates. My hypothesis is that this is partly due to the new and exciting environment, but also because the creative is incredibly powerful and driven by utility. Voice ad creative may set a new bar for ad effectiveness, although we have a lot more to test, and a lot remains to be seen.”

Pandora first announced its interactive voice ads in April. San Francisco-based Instreamatic is the start-up partner handling the implementation of the interactive ads.

With many users now familiar with , voice ads don’t feel out of place. Pandora correctly points out that tracking clicks leave out audiences who use their devices mostly hands-free. Voice ad engagement may help cover the gaps in those instances.

Amazon currently limits voice ads on its Echo devices for fear of customer alienation. Spotify has flirted with voice ads this year, but that was a limited test and not a widespread rollout.

Pandora’s voice ads don’t have to be interacted with, either. If the consumer doesn’t respond within a few seconds or says ‘no,’ music playback will begin again. For now, it appears as though this is a limited test among a subset of Pandora users.

Slash Says Streaming Is 'Not Doing Any Favors for the Actual Artists'

Legendary Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash recently gave an interview in which he decried how royalty payments have gotten worse because of music streaming, echoing recent from cellist Zoe Keating.

In the interview, which was transcribed by Alternative Nation, Slash — whose real name is Saul Hudson — said, “This is a longer story than we have time for, but the whole streaming thing if you remember in the late 90s, early millennium or whenever it was, when everyone was doing the file sharing thing, the internet basically killed the music industry. So now we’ve basically come out of it with these streaming services, but they don’t pay anywhere near the royalties that buying a CD or record pays.”

He went on to say that music streaming has “definitely hurt the music business in a big way. It’s easier for the customers, but it’s definitely not doing any favors for the actual artists.”

Slash also discussed during the interview how he found singer Myles Kennedy to front his band the Conspirators.

He said, “I jam a lot, and you meet people, I do a lot of sessions, and you meet people, and you remember people that you play with that you feel really comfortable playing with, or you thought were really good. I’ve been doing this a long time, so I know a lot of musicians.”

He added that Kennedy sang on his first solo record and was so amazing that “we ended up doing two songs on that record. Then I was like, ‘I have to do a tour to support this record, and I can’t bring all of these different singers on the road with me, would you like to do it?’ Because I knew that he had the type of range that he could do all of that different material, and then also Velvet Revolver, Guns N’ Roses, and Snakepit songs.”

#DXCLUSIVE: Jamal Gasol Premieres "Wavy Flow" Video

Big Turks member Jamal Gasol returns to focusing on his solo work with a new video for his song “Wavy Flow” produced by Kil. The track appears on his project No Joy Without Pain 3, which dropped earlier this year.

“The beat gave me that old Max B ‘Bad Whiskey’ vibe, so I wanted to keep it playa and do something fly for the people,” Gasol tells HipHopDX. “The lovely EyeCandiMandy came through the shoot and had necks turnin’ crazy in traffic while we filmed. Can you blame them?”

Watch Gasol’s “Wavy Flow” video above.

CEO of TikTok Cancels Capitol Hill Meetings, Prompting More Outrage

TikTok CEO Alex Zhu and its U.S. general manager Vanessa Pappas cancelled a planned meeting this week with U.S. legislators, prompting more outrage from those who have been accusing the company of being unaccountable.

The announcement comes only a few weeks after the company that it was doing everything it could to assure U.S. lawmakers of its goodwill.

The two TikTok executives, who were to meet with a number of Republican senators relating to issues that concerned them, cancelled the meeting due to scheduling conflicts and because of the oncoming holidays. Though a spokesperson for the company insisted that Zhu is willing to meet the legislators after the holidays.

The spokesperson said, “TikTok has no higher priority than ensuring Congress Members’ questions are addressed fully and transparently. To ensure these conversations are as productive as possible, we’re looking forward to holding these meetings after the holidays.”

The executives’ excuses did not sit well with the senators they were scheduled to meet.

Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee said, “What is the real reason TikTok has cancelled my meeting with CEO Alex Zhu? What are they really doing with your data and what type surveillance are they conducting on your precious children? TikTok — you owe us answers.”

Josh Hawley of Missouri, who has been particularly critical of TikTok’s ties with China, added, “[TikTok] just cancelled their meeting with me this week. Not willing to answer questions. Get a call from Beijing?”

This is actually the second time TikTok has pulled out of a meeting with Sen. Hawley at the last second. Last month, prior to Hawley’s hearing dedicated to the company’s connections with China, a group of lobbyists linked with TikTok pulled out of a planned meeting with the senator. What’s more, the company declined to send a representative to the hearing as well.

Criticizing TikTok seems to be one of the few bipartisan issues in Washington. Top Democrats, such as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, have also been highly critical of the company.

The Pirate Bay Expands into Streaming – Introducing 'BayStream'

The infamous pirate website The Pirate Bay is reportedly testing a new video streaming service that they are calling BayStream.

Those who have seen the service say that it has a user interface similar to YouTube, which lets users illegally stream a wide variety of films and television shows within a browser interface. These same people say that the video quality is high, depending on the size of the torrent used. At the moment, uploads to the service are limited to 20 GB.

The service is apparently in the early stages of development and testing and is far from without bugs and flaws, which can cause streams to often break.

What is not clear right now is who actually owns BayStream. No one seems certain whether The Pirate Bay directly owns it or whether a third-party site related to The Pirate Bay is the owner.

Series that are streamed exclusively on a particular network, such as Game of Thrones on HBO and The Mandalorian on Disney, are said to be particularly vulnerable to torrent pirating and will be likely candidates for streaming on BayStream. This means that the legal representatives of those who produce and own these types of shows will likely be very interested in the service.

This is not the first time The Pirate Bay has been associated with a video streaming service.

In 2016, the site experimented with a plugin called Torrents Time, which allowed in-browser streaming of video files before it was terminated. Earlier in 2011, the site offered another streaming service called BayFiles, which ceased in 2014 after Swedish police raided their Stockholm offices. Though this service has since been relaunched with a different owner.

The Pirate Bay was created in 2003 by a Swedish think tank called Piratbyrån. In 2009, the three founders of the organization — , Fredrik Neij and Gottfrid Svartholm — were found guilty of assisting in copyright infringement and each served a small amount of time in prison.

Harry Styles & Kendall Jenner Eat Sperm & Bull Penis To Dodge Awkward Questions

Harry Styles is releasing his sophomore solo album, Fine Line, on Friday, which means PROMO RUN. The former One Direction member usually stays out the public eye, but album season has him popping up everywhere. Last night, he appeared on The Late Late Show With James Corden to play a disturbing game with his old flame, Kendall Jenner. 

The game, called “Spill Your Guts”, involved the two asking each other uncomfortable questions – which they had not previously seen – and being forced to eat vile dishes if they chose not to provide answers. On the table, there was a feast  bug trifle, jellyfish, giant water scorpion, 1,000 year old eggnog, cow blood, pork tongue jelly, cod sperm, salmon smoothie and bull penis. 

Harry Styles & Kendall Jenner Eat Sperm & Bull Penis To Dodge Awkward QuestionsKevin Mazur/MG19/Getty s

Styles was the first one to cop out after being asked to reveal which songs on his previous self-titled record were about Jenner. The price he paid for his silence: eating cod sperm. The game’s organizers did their best stump Jenner because she was asked to rank her siblings’ parenting skills, expose a celebrity who slid in her DMs and name the cruelest model. The last two questions got her to drink salmon smoothie and take a bite bull penis. 

Watch the vicious quiz below. 

Father of Beyoncé Accuses Jagged Edge of Sexually Harassing Daughter

Matthew Knowles, who is the father of superstar Beyoncé, is accusing two unnamed members of the R&B group Jagged Edge of ually harassing his daughter when she was a minor.

Knowles, who once managed Destiny’s Child as well as the solo careers of both Beyoncé and his other daughter Solange, made the accusations in a video interview that he gave with VladTV.

He said that the two Jagged Edge members ually harassed then 16-year-old Beyoncé and fellow Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland, who was also 16 at the time. The incident allegedly occurred on a bus back in 1998 when Destiny’s Child was on a tour with both Jagged Edge and Jon B.

Knowles insists that the two men’s harassment directly led to LaTa Roberson and LeToya Luckett leaving Destiny’s Child, who were then dating members of Jagged Edge.

He says that the incident derived from a bad decision he made putting “both Destiny’s Child and Jagged Edge on the same tour bus. Now remember, the girls are minors. They’re minors. They’re 16 years old. The guys are 21, 22 years old. I have a fiduciary duty with minors by the law. There’s a certain way I have to manage that.”

He went on to say, “I got a call from Kelly and Beyoncé — and I talk about this in the book in detail — saying that they were constantly being harassed by two of the members of Jagged Edge. And I couldn’t have that. And I literally had to put the guys off the bus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. That began all of this drama [with Luckett and Roberson].”

So far, Jagged Edge has not responded to the charges. But, in the past, Roberson has claimed that Jagged Edge was kicked off the tour bus after standing up for Luckett’s mother, who wanted to board the bus but was prevented from doing so by Knowles.

LaVar Ball Gives Tour Of The Big Baller Brand Estate: Watch

LaVar Ball’s Big Baller Brand experiment turned out to be a total flop, but the Ball Father is still living large at his massive estate in Southern California. In the season two premiere The Players’ Tribune’s “House Guest” (think MTV Cribs with a twist), as Nate Robinson made the trek to Chino Hills to take a tour the Big Baller Brand estate.

The 13,800-square-foot home, reportedly priced at $5.2 million, comes with all the bells and whistles including a gourmet kitchen, elevator, movie theater, weight room, swimming pool and a 1,200-square-foot guest house. As you’d expect, LaVar’s estate is also filled with “BBB” logos, including on the front the home, in the grand chandelier and in the pool.

Check out the full episode in the video embedded below.