Shortly after the Disney-Google deal expired Friday night, YouTube had already scrubbed all of the Mouse House's networks from its channel lineup listings.
The dispute has revolved around money: Google had claimed that Disney was demanding higher fees for its TV networks than "services of a similar size pay," the internet giant said Monday, when the disagreement became public. In a blog post, YouTube also noted that customers could sign up for the Disney Bundle ($13.99/month) for access to Disney Plus, ESPN Plus and Hulu on-demand with ads.
The Disney-owned channels that have gone dark on YouTube TV include: local ABC channels; ABC News Live; Disney Channel; Disney Junior; Disney XD; Freeform; FX; FXX; FXM; National Geographic; National Geographic Wild; ESPN; ESPN2; ESPN3 (via the ESPN app); ESPNU; ESPNews; SEC Network; and ACC Network.
In addition, YouTube TV subscribers have lost access to any previous DVR recordings from the Disney channels.
Disney pointed the finger of blame at Google.
In particular, the service is losing ESPN, the priciest cable network on the pay-TV dial, just as college bowl season kicks off. Even with the 23% price reduction, YouTube TV is sure to lose a truckload of irate subscribers over the blackout.
"We will be decreasing our monthly price by $15, from $64.99 to $49.99, while this content remains off of our platform." Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we’ve been unable to reach an equitable agreement before our existing one expired, and their channels are no longer available on YouTube TV," Google said in a statement. "We’ve held good-faith negotiations with Disney for several months.
We will continue conversations with Disney to advocate on your behalf in hopes of restoring their content on YouTube TV." Current YouTube TV members will see the $15 credit applied to their next bill after Dec. 17. Google added, "We know this is frustrating news for our customers, and not what we wanted.
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We hope Google will join us in that effort." Disney continued, "We stand ready to reach an equitable agreement with Google as quickly as possible in order to minimize the inconvenience to YouTube TV viewers by restoring our networks.
17) at 11:59 p.m. ET. Disney's previous pact with Google's YouTube TV for ABC-owned TV stations, ESPN networks, Disney channels, Freeform, the FX networks and the National Geographic channels expired Friday (Dec.
Google had a similar standoff NBCUniversal earlier this fall involving a deal for NBCU cable networks and local NBC stations; before the companies came to an agreement, Google had been prepared to cut $10 off the monthly price of YouTube TV if the NBCU channels went dark. Meanwhile, last week Roku and Google settled their differences over distribution terms for core YouTube and YouTube TV apps on the Roku platform, more than seven months after YouTube TV was removed from Roku's Channel Store.
"As a result, their subscribers have lost access to our unrivaled portfolio of networks including live sports and news plus kids, family and general entertainment programming from ABC, the ESPN networks, the Disney channels, Freeform, the FX networks and the National Geographic channels." "We’ve been in ongoing negotiations with Google’s YouTube TV and unfortunately, they have declined to reach a fair deal with us based on market terms and conditions," Disney said in a statement to Variety.
It's the first major blackout for YouTube TV over a carriage-fee dispute in its nearly five-year history (although YouTube TV dropped 19 Fox regional sports networks owned by Sinclair last year). Google said it will reduce YouTube TV's monthly price by $15 — from $64.99 to $49.99  — now that the Disney nets have gone dark.
As of the September quarter, Hulu had 4.0 million live TV customers, up 300,000 sequentially but down from 4.1 million in the year-earlier period. 21, the price of Hulu + Live TV packages will rise $5/month with the non-optional additions of Disney Plus and ESPN Plus. Note that among YouTube TV's direct competitors is Hulu + Live TV — which is controlled and majority owned by Disney. Starting Dec.
Disney's suite of networks — including ABC and ESPN — have gone dark on YouTube TV after the media conglomerate and Google failed to forge a new deal before the midnight ET deadline Friday.
Alphabet (parent company of Google) last reported that YouTube TV had more than 3 million customers as of Q3 2020. YouTube TV is one of the U.S.'s biggest internet pay-TV services with more than 4 million subscribers, according to analyst estimates.
On Thursday in the UK, more than 88,376 coronavirus cases were confirmed, with over 11,000 cases of Omicron identified. Omicron variant continues to push the daily COVID caseload to new pandemic records. The news comes as the number of COVID cases continues to surge.
And yes – definitely NO sympathy please – it has been a truly horrible few days, but I’m OK. The dreaded double red line. This thing is incredibly transmissible. With love – Bri." He also posted a photo of his test result. And I will tell the tale. PLEASE take extra care out there, good folks. May shared the news via his Instagram page writing, "Yep. The shocking day finally came for me. You really do NOT want it messing up YOUR Christmas.
Brian May, the lead guitarist for Queen, tested positive for COVID-19.
May co-founded Queen with lead singer Freddie Mercury and drummer Roger Taylor, and helped write some of their most anthemic songs including "We Will Rock You," "Hammer to Fall," "Who Wants to Live Forever," "I Want It All," and "The Show Must Go On." Queen has been rediscovered by a younger generation of fans thanks in part to "Bohemian Rhapsody," a 2019 biopic of Mercury that was a box office sensation and won an Oscar for the lead performance of Rami Malek.” />
Yet without official government guidance asking businesses to close, cinemas and live theaters remain open and, as was the case throughout much of the pandemic, production on movies and television shows also continue under COVID safety protocols.

That literary effort didn't pan out, but later in her twenties, Didion recommended her to Rolling Stone magazine, and she went on to write for Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Esquire.
She is survived by a sister, Mirandi.” />
A series at Hulu based on her memoirs was in development with Amy Pascal, Liz Tigelaar and Elizabeth Cantillon in 2017.
Her biographer Lili Anolik confirmed her death to the Associated Press.
Woman" and "Black Swans." Her other books included "Slow Days, Fast Company," "Sex and Rage," "Two By Two," "L.A. Babitz saw a renewed appreciation for her work as a younger generation of writers discovered her fresh and frank voice.
It takes a certain kind of innocence to like L.A., anyway. projects that I guess people from other places can’t see. Though her writing revolved most frequently around her own experiences, it also showed a deep love for Los Angeles. “Culturally, L.A. has always been a humid jungle alive with seething L.A. It requires a certain plain happiness inside to be happy in L.A., to choose it and be happy here,” she wrote in the essay "Daughters of the Wasteland."
I am also a writer." A unparalleled cultural connector, she introduced Frank Zappa to Salvador Dali, convinced Martin to wear a white suit and tried to talk Morrison out of naming his band The Doors. She wrote to "Catch 22" author Joseph Heller saying, "I am a stacked eighteen-year-old blonde on Sunset Boulevard.
Babitz attended Hollywood High and at 20 years old, posed nude for the famous image of herself playing chess with Marcel Duchamp. Later in the 1960s she designed album covers for Atlantic Records artists including Linda Ronstadt, Buffalo Springfield and The Byrds, notably a collage design for 1967's "Buffalo Springfield Again."
Eve Babitz, whose books including "Eve's Hollywood" memorably chronicled the Los Angeles music and cultural scenes in the 1960s and 1970s, died Friday.
Babitz suffered extensive injuries in a 1997 fire when she dropped a cigar on her skirt while driving, and was rarely seen after. But Anolik tracked her down for an influential 2014 article "All About Eve — And Then Some" that became full-length biography "Hollywood's Eve."
Dating celebrities including famously, Jim Morrison, as well as Harrison Ford, Steve Martin, Glenn Frey and Stephen Stills, she circulated on the Hollywood scene with the likes of Jack Nicholson, Joan Didion, Dennis Hopper and Andy Warhol, turning those associations into a mix of memoir and fiction that vividly captured everywhere from the Sunset Strip scene to the parties of Venice Beach and a trip to Dodger Stadium.
The article led to her books being re-issued and events such as a New York panel called "The Eve Effect" with Zosia Mamet and Jia Tolentino.

The animated adventure has been holding remarkably well since its Thanksgiving holiday debut, with this fourth weekend representing a mere 32% drop-off from its previous outing. The film will exceed an $80 million domestic gross by Monday. Disney's "Encanto" will land in second with a projected $6.78 million three-day total.” />
The $121.5 million single-day total also measures up as the highest December opening ever and a franchise-best for Sony's "Spider-Man" series, outperforming the three-day totals of 2017's "Homecoming" ($117 million) and 2019's "Far From Home" ($92 million) in just one outing. The film scored the second highest opening day in the history of the domestic box office. Not only is "No Way Home" the first pandemic-era film to surpass the $100 million mark in its first weekend of release, but its success outmeasures the parameters of a pandemic-era box office in general. That's a performance the likes of which haven't been seen since 2019's "Avengers: Endgame," which hit a $156.7 million opening day, months before the world had even heard about COVID-19.
The film has garnered positive reviews as well, with Variety's chief film critic Peter Debruge praising it as a "satisfying meta-adventure." What's more, it currently holds a 94% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, with audiences offering a near bulletproof 99% approval rating, indicating good word-of-mouth.
If "No Way Home" trends similarly to those monster performances, its final weekend total could exceed the projected $242 million. Due to high anticipation and a spoiler-phobic culture among fans, Marvel films tend to skew front-loaded in their debut weekends, with many viewers making the effort to see a new release as quickly as possible. "Endgame" extended its $156.7 million opening day to a $357.1 million weekend, while 2018's "Avengers: Infinity War" went from a $106 million opening day to a $257.6 million weekend. However, when opening weekends get this big, the numbers can begin to snowball instead of trending down.
Steven Spielberg's imagining of the classic musical is facing a hard 67% drop in its second weekend, heading for a three-day gross of $3.47 million. What's more, the film's $1.06 million Friday gross is only a hair above its Monday gross of $1.05 million, indicating that general audiences don't feel the need to use their weekends to rush out to see the musical. Finally, 20th Century Studios' "West Side Story" might be beginning to face the music. Those numbers aren't high enough to put the film on the path to matching its $100 million production budget.
The film has garnered major awards buzz and boasts an impressive cast of stars that includes Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe and Rooney Mara. 5 debut. Guillermo del Toro's latest earned $1.192 million from 2,145 locations on Friday and is headed for a three-day total of $2.83 million, good for a No. Even then, Searchlight Pictures' "Nightmare Alley" is kicking off to muted numbers at best. Still, the film landed a tepid "B" CinemaScore, indicating mild approval from general ticket buyers, which doesn't bode well for the word-of-mouth "Alley" would need to have healthy multipliers at the box office. Next to a behemoth like "No Way Home," every other release looked like small potatoes.
"Spider-Man: No Way Home" webbed up a truly mind-boggling $121.5 million on Friday from 4,336 locations, putting itself on the path toward a projected $242 million opening weekend. After months of pandemic-wary patrons and tepid numbers, this year of recovery for the domestic box office is at least going out with a bang.
After opening big a week ahead of Thanksgiving, the comedy sequel has ridden solid word-of-mouth to propel it past a $110 million gross at the domestic box office. Sony's "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" will take third with a projected $3.92 million weekend.
Directed by Jon Watts, "No Way Home" picks up after Peter Parker's superhero identity is revealed to the world, sending his world — as well as those of his girlfriend MJ (Zendaya), Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) and best friend Ned (Jacob Batalon) — spinning. In an attempt to return to normalcy, Parker confides in Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and asks the Sorcerer Supreme to cast a spell making the world forget that he is Spider-Man. The incantation goes awry, unleashing a multiverse of villains from the universes of other Spider-Men, including Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin, Jamie Foxx’s Electro and Alfred Molina’s Doctor Otto Octavius.

However the road show was nixed just hours before due to COVID-19 concerns as well as possible crowd control issues, according to multiple sources.
The actor and another special surprise guest (for the sake of spoilers, we're not naming them) planned to pop in and surprise movie-goers at early evening screenings on Friday in Los Angeles at the TCL Chinese Theatre and AMC at The Grove mall.
This news comes as Hollywood grows increasingly worried about recent COVID surges, as more cases of the highly-spreadable Omicron variant are reported. The red carpet outside Westwood’s Regency Village theater required industry insiders and A-listers to show proof of full vaccination and a negative PCR test before watching the movie. Variety previously reported that after the "Spider-Man: No Way Home" premiere on Monday, a top agent at one of the major talent agencies tested positive for COVID-19 after attending both the premiere and Holland’s more selective after-party for about 75 people at Offsunset.
The Sony-Marvel movie already shattered records with a $50 million haul in its Thursday night previews and a $121.5 million opening day, the second highest in the history of the domestic box office. The "Spider-Man" crew certainly has cause to celebrate as Holland's sixth outing as the friendly neighborhood web-slinger has opened to rave reviews from fans and is on pace to earn more than $240 million at the box office this weekend.
Meanwhile, Warner Bros. is forging ahead with its plans for the world premiere of "The Matrix Resurrections" and an open-air after-party on Saturday night in San Francisco. Attendees must show proof of full vaccination and a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of the event or a negative rapid antigen test result taken within 24 hours of the event.” />
Fans hoping that "Spider-Man: No Way Home" star Tom Holland would swing into their theater on opening night had no such luck this go-round.

For two years running the best song category, which is chosen from a shortlist of 10 nominees, has only fielded one female lead artist on a track: Dua Lipa in 2021 and Mabel in 2020. And in 2020, two supposedly gender neutral award categories — best group and best album — didn’t nominate a single female artist.
Olivia Rodrigo
Becky Hill
Lil Nas X
Best Pop/R&B Act
"A lot of things work quite well and can be left alone. "I don’t know what the long-term consequences are," May said. I think some things need to go back.”
Best Rock/Alternative Act
Best Group
Best Hip Hop/Rap/Grime Act
Sam Fender – Seventeen Going Under
Wolf Alice” />
Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever
Glass Animals
Dave ft Stormzy – Clash
Central Cee – Obsessed With You
Ckay – love nwantiti (ah ah ah)
Adele – Easy On Me
Central Cee
Taylor Swift
Little Simz
Best Dance Act
Fred Again..
KSI – Holiday
AJ Tracey
Drake ft Lil Baby – Girls Want Girls
London Grammar
Tiesto – The Business
Little Simz
Artist of the Year in association with YouTube Shorts
Billie Eilish
Kid Laroi & Justin Bieber – STAY
Dave – We're All Alone In This Together
The War On Drugs
D-Block Europe
Lil Tijay & 6LACK – Calling My Phone
Little Simz – Sometimes I Might Be Introvert
A1 & J1 – Latest Trends
Ed Sheeran
Tion Wayne & Russ Millions – Body
Polo G – Rapstar
Doja Cat
Wolf Alice
Nathan Evans, 220Kid, Billen Ted – Wellerman
Joel Corry
Lil Nas X – MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)
The Weeknd – Save Your Tears
Little Mix
Song of the Year with Mastercard
ATB, Topic, A7S – Your Love (9PM)
The awards courted controversy this fall after revealing plans to drop gendered categories and institute just single best British artist and best international artist awards. The rule change prompted concerns that female artists, many of whom are already at a disadvantage in a male-dominated industry, are more likely to miss out on awards.
Doja Cat ft SZA – Kiss Me More
International Group of the Year
Sam Fender
Tom Grennan
Ed Sheeran – Bad Habits
Adele – 30
Little Simz
Galantis, David Guetta, Little Mix – Heartbreak Anthem
Central Cee
Ed Sheeran
Joel Corry, RAYE, David Guetta – BED
Glass Animals – Heat Waves
Self Esteem
Joy Crookes
Olivia Rodrigo – good 4 u
Best New Artist
Adele and Ed Sheeran picked up four nominations apiece with both getting nods for album of the year, artist of the year, best pop/R&B act and song of the year. Also scoring four nominations were British rapper Dave (album and artist of the year, best hip hop/rap/grime act and song of the year) and British singer-rapper Little Simz (album and artist of the year, best new artist and best hip hop/rap/grime act).
Riton x Nightcrawlers Ft Mufasa & Hypeman – Friday (Dopamine Re-Edit)
The Brit Awards, one of Britain's biggest music events, have unveiled their 2022 nominees, with the likes of ABBA, Adele, Ed Sheeran, Måneskin and Olivia Rodrigo up for awards.
Becky Hill & David Guetta – Remember
Calvin Harris
8. This year's awards will be held on Feb.
Ed Sheeran – =
In a statement, Brit Awards organizers — under the new leadership of Polydor co-president Tom March — said the change was made to celebrate “artists solely for their music and work, rather than how they choose to identify or as others may see them, as part of the Brits’ commitment to evolving the show to be as inclusive and as relevant as possible.”
Sam Fender
Maneskin – I Wanna Be Your Slave
Jonasu – Black Magic
Mastercard Album of the Year
One vocal critic for the move was Queen's Brian May, who said the decision had been "made without a lot of thought."
International Artist of the Year
Silk Sonic
"Good 4 U" singer Olivia Rodrigo has been nominated for international artist and song of the year awards, while ABBA is up for international group of the year and Italian glam rock band Måneskin — the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest winners — received nods for international group and song of the year.
Elton John & Dua Lipa – Cold Heart (Pnau Mix)
International Song of the Year
Dua Lipa
Anne-Marie, KSI, Digital Farm Animals – Don't Play
Tom Grennan – Little Bit Of Love
Last year's Brit Awards, held in May, were one of the first major live events to take place in Britain amid the pandemic, carried out as part of a government pilot project for live events.
Joy Crookes

The Dutch restrictions come into effect on Sunday, with Prime Minister Mark Rutte calling the lockdown "unavoidable" in order to contain the spread of the new variant.
Here we go again.
on Friday night.” /> The Netherlands won't be the only country to enter lockdown around the holidays. France and Germany have also imposed tougher restrictions, with the former going so far as to close its borders to business and leisure travellers from the U.K. Omicron has posed a serious threat in Europe, where countries such as the U.K. — the hardest hit in Western Europe so far, with 25,000 confirmed cases on Saturday — are closely monitoring the spread of the virus.
"I stand here with a gloomy mind, and a lot of people watching will feel that way too," said Rutte in a press conference on Saturday. "The Netherlands is again shutting down."
The country has dealt with 2.95 million cases of COVID and 20,370 deaths since the pandemic began. Around 85.8% of adults aged 18 and over have been fully vaccinated in the Netherlands.
Europe has marked its strictest lockdown yet over the Omicron variant, with the Netherlands announcing a Christmas lockdown that will run through to at least mid-January. Non-essential shops, schools, bars, restaurants and other public venues, including cinemas, will be closed under the new rules.
curfew on bars, cinemas, restaurants and sports venues. The lockdown comes weeks after Dutch authorities introduced a partial lockdown on Nov. 28. Essential shops had to close by 8 p.m. 28, narrowly missed the lockdown restrictions. Those rules restricted social gatherings to 13 people and imposed a 5 p.m. Dutch documentary festival IDFA, which wrapped on Nov.

Best Actor:
The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) voted on the best achievements in film in 2021 on Saturday, announcing its award winners through its Twitter account.
New Generation Prize:
Best Supporting Actress: Ariana DeBose, "West Side Story"
Best Animated Film: "Flee"
Douglas Edwards Experimental Film Award: The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin)
Best Music/Score: "Parallel Mothers," Alberto Iglesias
Legacy Award:” />
Runner-up: "Licorice Pizza," Andy Jurgensen
See the full winners list below, updating as announcements come in:
Best Actress:
Runner-up: Aunjanue Ellis, "King Richard"
Best Supporting Actor: Vincent Lindon, "Titane" and Kodi Smit-McPhee, "The Power of the Dog" (TIE)
Best Documentary/Non-Fiction:
Best Director:
Runner-up: "Nightmare Alley," Tamara Deverell
Best Screenplay:
Best Cinematography: "The Power of the Dog," Ari Wegner
Last year, the LAFCA named director Steve McQueen's "Small Axe" best picture. Chadwick Boseman and Carey Mulligan won for their lead performances in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" and "Promising Young Woman," respectively. Chloé Zhao won best director for "Nomadland," which went on to earn her two Academy Awards, for best director and best picture.
As previously announced, Mel Brooks received the association's 2021 career achievement award. This year's winners will be honored alongside Brooks during a ceremony in 2022.
Runner-up: "Belle"
Earlier this month, the New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC) awarded Lady Gaga with best actress for Ridley Scott's "House of Gucci," while Benedict Cumberbatch took home best actor for Jane Campion's "The Power of the Dog." The NYFCC named Ryusuke Hamaguchi's breakout drama "Drive My Car" as the best film of 2021, while Campion took home the best director prize.
Best Production Design: "Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar," Steve Saklad
Best Foreign Language Film:
Best Picture:
Pearson Best Editing: "Summer of Soul," Joshua L.
Career Achievement: Mel Brooks
Runner-up: "The Power of the Dog" and "Spencer," Jonny Greenwood
Runner-up: "Dune," Greig Fraser

In Variety's official review of "Julie and the Phantoms," chief TV critic Caroline Framke wrote that the series "comes most alive during musical set-pieces, and also that the show’s most compelling acting tends to happen during these scenes rather than through the often clunky dialogue."” />
Ortega confirmed news of the cancelation in an Instagram post.
The well-received family friendly musical series revolved around a teenage singer played by Madison Reyes who winds up forming a band with the ghosts of three dead 1990s rockers.
Wishing you good health, love and perfect harmony in all you pursue!" "Our 'Julie and the Phantoms' family want to send our love and endless thanks to our Fantoms all over the world for the tremendous outpouring of love and support you have shown us since our premier. We learned this week that Netflix will not be picking us up for another season," Ortega wrote. Happy holidays to you all. "Although our hearts are saddened, we move on with such pride for what we accomplished as a team and the family we built while creating Julie. We hope you will continue to follow us as we move forward with our work and careers.
Netflix has pulled the plug on comedy series "Julie and the Phantoms" after one season.
The series was a remake of a Brazilian property. Director-producer Kenny Ortega, of "High School Musical" fame, steered the series with showrunners and executive producers Daniel Cross and David Hoge. "Julie and the Phantoms" dropped its nine-episode first season in September 2020. Other executive producers include George Salinas and Jaime Aymerich for Crossover Entertainment and Michel Tikhomiroff and Fabio Danesi for Mixer Entertainment.

The film causes one to ponder why sound design is often only mentioned in connection with superhero movies laden with explosions, crazy, loud music and effects which immediately permeate our consciousness. In "Memoria," out now in theaters, Tilda Swinton, hearing a loud "bang" at daybreak, begins experiencing a mysterious sensory syndrome while navigating her way through the jungles of Colombia.” />
There was nothing. “That was the most difficult sequence I’ve ever done in my entire career, “says Kalayanamitr, “I think I had maybe more than 20 versions and that sequence probably took me under two months. So how do you collaborate to create something that's going to resonate for that final beat? there's one scene that wasn't scripted for sure. Other than Tilda touching the hand and that walk toward the window to no sound." Both Umpierrez and sound designer Akitcharlerm Kalayanamitr agree on how the majority of sound cues came from directly the script, except for that crucial final moment focusing solely on Jessica (Tilda Swinton).
For more than two and a half minutes, there is total silence with only shadows in the foreground, a screeching chair, carefully placed footsteps, and that loud thumping bang, making the viewer curious as to what type of cinematic roller-coaster ride they are embarking upon. But director Apichatpong Weerasethakul challenges cinephiles with minimal dialogue, making audiences evaluate just how crucial sound can become to the human experience of navigating through life.
I love that he was exploring that kind of sensation and feeling sound can give you now and again. The ambient sounds that are sometimes in narrative films can be very invasive. Sound can change and influence how you feel. Why would one make a film so reliant on dialogue and action? Sound editor Javier Umpierrez says, “The director was trying to explore the ways sound influences us and in all Apichatpong films, sound is very, very important. It can be very stressful or very calming.”
“That final thing for me was I discovered approaching that sequence as if I were like a normal person going to the cinema. Umpierrez concurs. He wanted to experiment.” Most of the scene sounds like a documentary.
Weerasethakul's fantasy sci-fi film won a Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize earlier this year.
It's an approach that hearkens back to films like 1957 Cannes short film winner “The Red Balloon,” the nearly dialogue-free tale of a balloon that follows a little boy through the streets of Paris, using urban street sounds to help tell the story.