"All of this is new to me," she says. "New faces, new worlds. New times. So if I asked really, really nicely, would you be my new best friends?" The trailer opens with a shot of Whittaker startled, likely after her regeneration from Peter Capaldi's body.
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But Season 11 of the long-running British science fiction television show marks more than just the standard debut of the new Doctor. Another season of "Doctor Who" usually means another season of time-bending interdimensional adventures and, every so often, the debut of a brand new Doctor.
We then see her standing with her new companions: Mandip Gill, Tosin Cole, and Bradley Walsh as Yasmin, Ryan, and Graham.
Along with the newest incarnation of everyone's favorite Time Lord comes a new showrunner, Chris Chibnall, who will replace Steven Moffat when the show airs in autumn 2018. From "Broadchurch" fame comes Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor, marking the first time a woman has played the Doctor in the series' 54 years on air.

“They want to punch back and they’re not above a little bit of roiding, so to speak,” Black said.
In a gory scene teased on Thursday at San Diego Comic-Con, Boyd Holbrook, playing a damaged military vet; Jacob Tremblay, as his young son; and Olivia Munn, portraying a shifty scientist, are able to escape their alien pursuer because an even more menacing predator steps in and swipes their attacker aside. “The Predator,” Shane Black’s upcoming entry in the series, finds the creatures locked in deadly battle with one another.
Revenge has motivated the creatures to get stronger. And they’re angry. This time, they’ve taken the extra step of genetically enhancing a new invader. Black said the predators keep sending warriors, he called them “champions,” to Earth, only to see them killed off.
They’re turning on each other now. The predators, those lithe, cunning, befanged extraterrestrials at the heart of the three-decade-old horror franchise, aren’t just content hunting humans.
One predator towers over the other — it’s bigger, badder, and far more deadly. But it’s not a battle of equals.
The on-screen joshing extended to the panel. Key said it needed to prove it could change before it was ready for a relationship, but noted, “it’s hard when you’re born and raised in a violent culture.” Much time was spent speculating about ways to tell the difference between male and female predators (the number of spikes on the head is the apparent giveaway), as well as imagining the creatures’ dating lives.
Black, the film’s writer and director, said the creatures in this film are different from the one featured in the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger pic, “Predator,” and in the 1990 followup, “Predator 2.”
Ripley, Thanos, and John Wick fared well, but the Punisher, who Jane portrayed on screen, apparently would be pulverized. The cast and writer-director also debated who would win in hypothetical match-ups between the predator and other geek culture icons.
“Are they hunting each other now?” Munn’s character asks as the genetically enhanced predator rips the head off its brethren, leaving the other predator to bleed out.
Most of the cast members play soldiers who are battling PTSD from tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Black was flanked on stage by Munn, Trevante Rhodes, Keegan-Michael Key, Augusto Aguilera, Sterling K. They’re a jokey bunch, who do a lot of hazing, but they’re also struggling. Brown, Thomas Jane, and Jake Busey. Black said he wanted to make a sort of “Dirty Half Dozen,” and have the film be about “misfits who have to band together.”
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This song is a juxtaposition, because the song is about excruciating pain and the brutal moments of an addiction spiral, and yet it’s formed in this drone-y meditative manner. “Elliott was a great poet and the metaphors in this lyric split me open. Such restraint… " “This is one of my favorite songs, period,” she tells Variety.
He released just five albums during his life but most of them are great, and these days every time one hears a hushed, haunting singer-songwriter performing beautiful and incisive songs as if they were embarrassed by them, it’s hard not to note Smith’s influence on that artist. It’s been nearly 15 years since Elliott Smith — one of the most influential singer-songwriters to emerge from the 1990s indie-rock boom — passed away in an apparent although mysterious suicide. (Anyone curious should start with his 1997 classic “Either/Or,” which inspired filmmaker Gus Van Sant to use three songs from it in his Academy Award-winning film “Good Will Hunting,” with Smith’s “Miss Misery” itself being nominated for Best Song Oscar; Smith performed the song on the 1998 Academy Awards).
This year she's been releasing a cover per month — others include Robyn's “Call Your Girlfriend,” Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams and Neil Young's "Only Love Can Break Your Heart” — and here she performs a stripped down version of Smith’s 1995 song “Needle in the Hay.” Vanessa Carlton is a formidable artist herself — and a formidable person as well, as evidenced by her contribution to the harrowing recent New York Times accounts of victims of high-profile sexual harassers. After training as a ballet dancer, she pursued a career as a singer-songwriter and met mainstream success in the early 2000s, but has since embraced the indie route full force, releasing her most recent album "Liberman" in 2015.
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Rounding out the competition titles are “Supa Modo,” by Kenya’s Likarion Wainaina; “Clint,” by India’s Harikumar Ramakrishna Pilla; “Ben Niao” (The Foolish Bird), by China’s Ji Huang and Otsuka Ryuji; “O Filme Da Minha Vida” (The Movie Of My Life), by Brazil’s Selton Mello; “Pororoca,” by Romania’s Constantin Popescu; “The Reports on Sarah and Saleem,” by Palestinian helmer Muayad Muayad; “The Tale,” by Jennifer Fox; and “Un Viaje A La Luna” (A Trip To The Moon), by Argentina’s Joaquín Cambre. Also in competition from South Africa is Ferdinand van Zyl’s “The Recce,” which explores the pain and suffering of families during and after the country’s 20-year border war.
Of "The Tokoloshe," she added, "It depicts the story of a survivor, not a victim."
"It is a horror film…unveiling the menace that is our everyday burden as women in this country," she said, adding more hopefully that the movie "sets the scene for a festival that continues to celebrate the role women play within the industry — as filmmakers, storytellers, talents and business people."
In prepared remarks, delivered by a colleague at Thursday’s opening ceremony because she wasn't able to attend, DIFF manager Chipo Zhou described the movie as a parable of womanhood in a country plagued by sexual violence.
The group has also created a series of PSAs around the hashtag #ThatsNotOk, featuring instances of unacceptable workplace behavior, that will screen before every movie in Durban. South African industry body Sisters Working in Film and Television (SWIFT) will have a strong presence in Durban, months after launching a campaign to tackle sexual harassment in the workplace that includes an industry-wide code of conduct that’s garnered the support of government institutions, trade groups, and broadcasters. SWIFT will also be leading two panels during the Durban FilmMart.
"We're in a time of diversity, where women, racial minorities, and the LGBTI+ communities who have traditionally been underrepresented in film are having their voices brought forward," she said. "Referencing this global narrative, the films in this year's festival reflect these new voices as much as possible." Zhou's statement Thursday night set a strident tone for the festival.
The statement noted that Born Free Media was “founded on the values of diversity and respect and have always shown commitment to empowering and supporting women in the film and television industry.” The NFVF said that it “will not support acts that go directly against…the values that the NFVF is built on.” Matabane has denied all charges.
Veteran helmer Sara Blecher, meanwhile, upends genre conventions with her Johannesburg-set gangster film, “Mayfair.” Also having its world premiere is Lwazi Mvusi’s “Farewell Ella Bella," about a young woman on a journey to bury her father. That mission statement shines through in this year’s official competition, where South African women have a strong presence. Following its Toronto premiere last year, Jenna Bass’ “High Fantasy” examines thorny issues of South African identity in a satirical thriller about a group of young travelers who mysteriously swap bodies on a camping trip.
On the eve of its 40th-anniversary celebration, South Africa’s longest-running film festival will screen more than 180 feature films, documentaries and shorts in this sunny seaside city, alongside the Isiphethu industry program for emerging and micro-budget filmmakers; the 11th edition of Talents Durban, in partnership with Berlinale Talents; and the 9th annual Durban FilmMart, the co-production and finance forum.
As if in his honor, this year’s edition will likewise be on the front lines of the hot-button issue of the day, adding its voice to the ongoing debate about sexual harassment and gender inequality in the film biz. For a fest that built its reputation nearly four decades ago as a bulwark against apartheid-era censorship, the opening ceremony paid tribute to the late Moosa Moosa, a Durban industry titan and DIFF co-founder who passed away this year.
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Just days before the opening ceremony, the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) announced that Born Free Media, the producers of Khalo Matabane’s “The Number,” had chosen not to accept funds awarded by the NFVF for marketing and distribution of the film, in light of a string of allegations of rape and sexual misconduct against the director. It's a timely moment to push the conversation forward.
DURBAN  — The Durban Int'l. Film Festival opened Thursday night with a celebration of South African womanhood and a commitment to diversity in film, even as it mourned the passing of a festival icon and commemorated the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela.
The festival closes July 29 with “Rafiki,” by Kenya’s Wanuri Kahiu, a moving LGBT love story that world premiered in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard this year. Zhou remarked how the fest’s opening and closing films were part of a concerted effort to push diversity to the foreground, with a particular emphasis on movies by and about women, noting, “We wanted to bookend DIFF with films that tell stories about women, their strength and their resilience."
The 39th edition opened with Jerome Pikwane’s “The Tokoloshe,” a psychological thriller about a destitute hospital cleaner who’s forced to confront the demons of her past to try to save a child’s life.

Kleiman shared how their initial goal with Durant's platform was to communicate with fans and mirror the blueprint YouTube creators had done so successfully. "No athlete had done that before," he said.
He grew fascinated by the basketball league in which those incarcerated there competed, that was so close to where he played at Oakland’s Oracle Arena for the Warriors. Durant became involved with the project after a visit to California’s San Quentin State Prison before his first year with the Warriors last season. He was so moved by the players’ stories that he signed on as an executive producer.
"To be here in L.A. is only good for him and for us basketball players to see that." "I’m excited he took advantage of this opportunity to be in L.A. and play for the Lakers. It's great that he decided to take his career to the next step," he said. As he spends his off-season in Los Angeles, Durant also praised LeBron James' recent power play to join the Lakers.
Selling “Swagger” to Apple became a slam dunk, since Apple’s VP of content services, Eddy Cue, is a rabid Warriors fan with whom Durant has grown closer. The bonds Durant has formed in his two seasons with the Warriors, to which he arrived as a free agent after playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder, have helped his entrée into the media world. “Eddy’s an incredibly smart guy, and I’ve been lucky to get to know him personally before we started a professional relationship through the ‘Swagger’ series,” says the star.
Variety's Thursday breakfast also featured conversations with Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn and LA Rams COO Kevin Demoff. Boston Celtics' point guard Kyrie Irving was honored with the Hollywood Breakthrough Award, particularly for his work on recent summer hit "Uncle Drew."
I trust his filter.” “And if I know this isn’t something that he’s going to connect with, I’m not even running it through to him. While Durant says that he knows his lane and doesn't necessarily contribute to the writing aspect of his projects, Kleiman, who previously served as VP and agent at Roc Nation Sports, has formed a close enough friendship with Durant to understand his production tastes. “Kevin gets a feel for what’s happening,” he says.
Durant explained that when it comes to projects for his production company Thirty Five Media, basketball is always going to play a central theme.
"The enthusiasm for basketball at San Quentin is something everybody needs to see and I'm looking forward to help tell that story. There are some great men who have done some unfortunate things, but basketball helps them get through what they’re going through right now."
In addition, Thirty Five Media is a development partner with YouTube, including helping other athletes such as JaVale McGee and Nick Young develop content on Kevin’s channel and forthcoming branded content deals. He’s also carved a niche for himself at YouTube, where he’s the main attraction at his own channel.
"I mean, everything you have to muster up to become a basketball player — I think everyone could relate to that story. It's always gonna be about basketball for me." "I think the soul of it all comes from just loving the game, and so many different avenues come from that," he said in a conversation with Variety's co-editor-in-chief Andrew Wallenstein.
During his keynote, Durant also teased another project in development "at a major network" that is an "updated version of HBO series "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel." Kleiman described the motivation for the series as a way to show the intersection of sports business and tech in layman's terms for the sports fan.
“Rich and I are constantly calling or texting each other with ideas for things we’re already working on or that we may want to pitch, and I rely on my team to update me regularly on where my input is needed as projects progress.” “Obviously my job during the season comes first, but as a professional athlete there’s also a lot of downtime that your body needs to rest, and I take advantage of that creatively when I can,” says Durant in an earlier interview with Variety.
The project is the latest addition to the growing roster of productions in the hopper at Thirty Five Media. Kleiman hopes the series will start to shoot in Los Angeles and Durant's hometown of Washington, D.C., this fall. In addition to “Q Ball,” Thirty Five has landed a scripted series at Apple, “Swagger,” inspired by an early stage in Durant’s basketball career.
Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant shared his off-the-court playbook for making his way through the media business in a keynote Q&A at Variety's Sports & Entertainment Breakfast Thursday morning at the Beverly Hilton.
"We partnered with Imagine Entertainment and Brian Grazer on this, and that was a very natural fit. The way we were explaining it all the time was that in some ways it was 'Friday Night Lights' for basketball. It was a coming-of-age story for 14-year-old kids in D.C. And behind that was the guy who created in 'FNL.'"
Rich Kleiman, Durant's partner at Thirty Five, added that their upcoming slate of projects is "all about that backdrop of basketball, which is what he loves and is what I love."
That lineup includes "Q Ball," a documentary about the San Quentin league for Fox Sports series “Magnify," which Kleiman says is likely headed for release sometime this fall.
Durant joked that he could pop up if the film had a sequel, "because I love Kyrie so much." But he was quick to point out: "Who knows, man? I'm pretty much open for anything as long as something naturally feels right to me."” />

Riot Games stated in the original lawsuit that Moonton had likely earned hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of dollars from the games which clearly copied "League of Legends."
Riot Games did not immediately respond to Variety's request for comment.” />
However, the case was dismissed at the behest of the court as it could be heard more conveniently in China. Riot Games had originally filed the lawsuit in California in 2017 against Shanghai Moonton Technology Co.
 
In the lawsuit, Riot Games shared several images comparing their property, "League of Legends" to Moonton's "Mobile Legends." Other than the title, there were other clear indications that more than just coincidental similarities had occurred, including far too similar  "Some of the champions, their descriptions, their abilities, ability descriptions, the map, and other assets were strikingly similar," according to Dot Esports' report.
Sources have also told Dot Esports that the MOBA "King of Glory's" creators may partner with Riot and Tencent to sue Moonton for copyright infringement of their title, as well.
The awarded amount of about $2.9 million USD is coming at the loss of Moonton Technology's CEO, Xu Zhenhua over the game "Mobile Legends."
The lawsuit also included Moonton's "Magic Rush: Heroes," which had far too similar playable characters.
Tencent Holdings, the parent company of Riot Games, was awarded 19.4 million yuan in its lawsuit against Moonton Technology, according to a report from Dot Esports.
Tencent, based in Shenzhen, filed a separate lawsuit against Xu Zhenhua, according to a court document obtained by  Dot Esports. The original penalty was for the CEO to pay about $388,000 USD, before the court deemed this amount insufficient.

When asked why now was a good time to bring the show back, Urman said, “The original was so much about female empowerment and sisterhood and women taking over the world and I think we need that right now."
Soon this powerful threesome must stand together to fight the everyday and supernatural battles that all modern witches must face: from vanquishing powerful demons to toppling the patriarchy.The original series ran from 1998 to 2008 on the WB Network and CW In the reboot, after the tragic death of their mother, three sisters (Diaz, Madeleine Mantock, Sarah Jeffery) in a college town are stunned to discover they are witches.
Executive producer Jessica O’Toole also teased fans with what kinds of demons the Charmed Ones will be facing, including one idea for a demon that possesses your Fit Bit and drains your life force with every step.
Brad Silberling, who has executive produced CW shows including “Jane the Virgin,” “Dynasty,” “No Tomorrow” and “Reign,” will direct and executive produce with Ben Silverman and Carter Covington also executive producing. CBS Television Studios will produce in association with Propagate Content, The new series is based on a story by Urman, creator and showrunner of The CW’s “Jane the Virgin,” who will executive produce with “Jane the Virgin” writers O’Toole and Amy Rardin writing and executive producing.
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Series star Melonie Diaz also discussed the fact that her character is gay and the importance of representation on television in the modern era. “Just a relationship with two people loving each other.” “This should be a normal thing,” Diaz said of seeing her character with her onscreen girlfriend.
Executive producer Jennie Snyder Urman teased that the show will feature plenty of tribute and callbacks to the original, which fans in attendance got a small taste of when the show’s pilot screened before the Q&A.
The cast and executive producers of The CW’s upcoming “Charmed” reboot debuted at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday, in part discussing how the new show will pay tribute to the original.

Whittaker is the first woman to play the role, which has been portrayed by 12 previous actors. Jodie Whittaker, who was announced last year as the new title character in BBC's "Doctor Who" and appeared briefly in the finale of the most recent season, was joined by producers and fellow cast members in a Hall H panel on Thursday.
The first female Doctor made her first appearance at Comic-Con.
Chibnall called Tennant the day before the announcement and said, without revealing who had been cast, if the person playing the new Doctor could call him. Whittaker called 10 minutes later. Whittaker also said that the day before her casting was announced, she spoke with David Tennant, who played the 10th Doctor and with whom she is personal friends.
She just walked into the room and she was the Doctor." About Whittaker's casting, Chibnall said, "I wrote three special scenes and Jodie and other people came in and read.
Why are you calling me?'" she said. "My name popped up and he went 'Whaaat? "All I remember of it all is [them saying] this is the most amazing thing that can happen to you and there’s only a few of us who know how it feels."” /> She also spoke with prior Doctors Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi.
Her second audition was self-recorded while shooting another project in Glasgow. Whittaker read from two scenes that Chibnall sent her. Whittaker did have to audition twice.
"The thing about this role, which is why it is so amazing for any actor to play the role, is that essentially gender is irrelevant, and that's completely liberating," Whittaker said. So all those roles are irrelevant to the approach." "As a woman who is into a genre, and as just a woman, I've never approached a role as 'Well, how would a woman do this?' I've just done it from my perspective. The wonderful thing about playing the Doctor is that I'm playing an alien.
I hope we as friends are people that young kids can look up to and think 'Oh, yeah, I want to do that one day.'" Referencing the diversity of the new cast, Whittaker said, "I was born in the '80s, and when I was growing up and you looked up to people in films and shows doing things I wanted to do — I didn't want to stand to the side giggling and clapping, I wanted to run about and jump about and do all those things — those people didn't really look like me.
In addition to executive producers Chris Chibnall and Matt Strevens, Whittaker was joined by Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole, who, with Bradley Walsh, play the Doctor's new companions.
But, she added, if the audition video ever leaks, she knows that it won't come from her. "I got a shoebox and filled it with iPhone wires and cables and I defused a bomb and I absolutely nailed it," Whittaker said. Whittaker deleted the video immediately after sending it to Chibnall.

It shows kids in 1989 dissatisfied with the limitations of their Marvel-inspired Halloween costumes. The new launch trailer appears to be aimed at adult players (which is understandable, considering how expensive a VR setup is). Flash forward to launch day, July 26, and the now-grown Marvel fans get to live out their adventures in VR.
Doctor Strange
Deadpool
The bundle includes the headset and touch controllers, used by players to wield their Super Heroes’ abilities, such as "blasting enemies with photon beams, or slicing away with dual katanas" among other abilities.
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Spider-Man
Familiar faces will be among the 18 playable characters in the lineup. We already knew about Black Panther and other fan-favorites, but now we've got the full lineup:
Captain Marvel
Gamora
Star-Lord
Thor
Black Bolt
Black Panther
Storm
The trailer, sure to tug at a potential player's sense of nostalgia, also shows off some gameplay.
Hawkeye
The Hulk
Captain America
"Marvel Powers United VR" gets a new launch trailer and Oculus Rift bundle, just a week before its launch.
Iceman
Black Widow
Rocket Raccoon
The 10 locations for the upcoming title are Sakaar Arena, Knowhere Marketplace, Asgard, Jotunheim, The Palace of Attilan, Downtown New York, the Dark Dimension, the X-Mansion Hangar, Halfworld, and Wakanda.
Wolverine
For anyone who feels like the action presented is enough to make the leap to VR, a bundle was also announced Thursday at San Diego Comic Con, and will be $399. The bundle comes with a digital download of the game.

Blige for “Welcome America,” and the mayor has supported Philadelphia native Meek Mill during his controversial imprisonment for parole violation (as did Jay-Z). It should be noted that the city did book Mary J.
During a July 18 press conference, Mayor Kenney — who mentioned how much he enjoys Jay-Z’s music — also suggested that Roc Nation knew a move was imminent because it was in the RFP (request for proposals), to which Roc Nation replied.
For its part, festival promoter Live Nation said in a statement Thursday: “Live Nation wholeheartedly supports Jay-Z and Roc Nation’s bid to keep the Made in America Festival at its home on the Ben Franklin Parkway. We have yet to hear a compelling or plausible explanation for why the festival cannot return to the site where it has successfully been housed for six years and generated $102.8 million in positive economic impact to the city.
By handicapping Made in America’s ability to bring the best show possible to the best site possible, this administration makes a statement about how it values the arts and plans to protect and expand the city’s vibrant musical heritage.” “From Billie Holiday to Will Smith, Patti LaBelle, Jill Scott, The Roots and countless others, urban music is an indelible part of Philadelphia’s culture and history.
But Perez contends, “We have never seen any other location or been told about another location. Jay said, ‘I want to be on the “Rocky,” steps,’” referring to the famous “Gonna Fly Now” scene from the 1976 film. We chose that space.” She concludes, “This is a symbolic space in the birthplace of America for freedom and everything we stand for.” “The name of the festival is Made in America, it’s Labor Day weekend, this is the city of the founding fathers — everything means something.
The mayor responded several hours after the op-ed was published with a statement of his own that calls the situation an “unfortunate misunderstanding” that they are “working to resolve.”
Perez says that Jay, Roc Nation and the festival’s partners are “in shock” over the situation with the mayor’s office: “Apparently, there are questions of being owed money, though we pay the same amount of rent, on time, as we have every year.” While Perez says that the festival had a “great relationship of in-person meetings, phone calls and shared emails” with former Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter, who welcomed the festival with open arms, the relationship with Kenney’s office has been virtually nonexistent since he took office in 2016 — “and we have tried to set up meetings,” she says.
“Since they responded to the RFP and had no complaints, we thought it was okay to look around for some other prominent sites in the city where we could do it,” he said.
“We are disappointed that the mayor of the city of Philadelphia would evict us from the heart of the city, through a media outlet, without a sit-down meeting, notice, dialogue, or proper communication,” he wrote, and cited the $102.8 million in economic impact the festival has brought to the city and the $3.4 million the festival has paid in rent.
1 and 2 and features Nicki Minaj and Post Malone as well as Philadelphia natives Meek Mill and Diplo. The 2018 version of the festival will take place on the Parkway Sept.
The controversy between Jay-Z’s Made in America festival and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney’s office stepped up another notch Thursday: Desiree Perez, COO of Jay’s Roc Nation company, tells Variety that the festival, which has taken place on the city’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway every year since 2012, will be held in that iconic location in 2019, or in another city.
“This is not about money. Benjamin Franklin Parkway represents what we stand for.” However, “This is a bullying tactic,” Perez tells Variety.
In the company’s response, sent on July 18 and written by attorney Andrew Kupinse, requested dialogue among all parties concerned, seeking a meeting between the mayor and Jay-Z when his “On the Run II” tour with Beyonce visits the city on July 30, and explaining “the damage this was causing to our brand by making such statements without even speaking to us. She notes that this year Roc Nation eventually did receive two legal letters from the mayor’s office — “Actually, they went to Live Nation, who forwarded them to us” — that were given to their corporate counsel in order to respond. We also explained that we believe there is some ulterior motive” in the mayor’s office’s efforts to bar Made in America from the Parkway. We urged that to stop.
Nutter and Philadelphia City Council President Darrell Clarke did not immediately respond to Variety’s requests for comment; a rep for the mayor’s office did not immediately grant a request for comment on Perez’s statement.
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“We would love to amicably resolve all issues.” “We can’t guess what those motivations may be, but we have rights, and they are Constitutional,” she says.
It sounded like they wanted to approve who was performing.”  Roc Nation did not comply with the request. “I found that odd,” she says. “Why would anyone in government want that? Perez tells Variety that the relationship between Roc Nation and the mayor’s office began awkwardly in 2016, when the office asked which artists would be performing at that year’s festival before the lineup had been announced.
Roots cofounder Questlove said on Instagram Thursday, “So what’s the logic when someone cuts its nose to spite its face? Who does that?” For all Philadelphians asking The Roots why we ‘decided’ to no longer participate in the 4th of July #WelcomeAmerica festival we all but resuscitated from cliche hell (our talent, our resources, our contacts, our reach….this is past ‘why fix something that isn’t broken?’……..Philly is losing its SECOND annual festival—without warning.
In that same year, Kenney’s office uninvited Philadelphia-based hip-hop group and longtime local ambassadors The Roots from curating the “Welcome America” July 4 ceremonies that it had played and hosted during Nutter’s administration.
Earlier this week a rep for the mayor’s office told a local media outlet that the festival will have to be held elsewhere in the city in 2019 due to the costs — apparently without discussing the matter with Jay’s team first — adding that after six years, tourism has grown, so “the need for an event of this scale at this location may no longer be necessary.” In response, Jay fired off an angry op-ed that was published Wednesday in the Philadelphia Inquirer.