If you’ve seen enough and you’re ready to put money down on Sony’s new-generation console, then the time is now. We don’t know what the supply situation will be like for the PS5, but now that the price has been announced ($500 with an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive, $400 without), and despite Sony’s initial statement that pre-orders will start tomorrow, retailers are lining up to take your money.
Posts on social media have indicated GameStop locations are doing in-person pre-orders, albeit with very limited availability, while online a couple of retailers have started to offer the console. Pre-orders were briefly available on Walmart.com earlier but now appear to be sold out, and as of this writing the $500 console is available on Target’s website, but that will probably change soon.
The Lion King 2 from Moonlight director Barry Jenkins to explore Mufasa’s past
Walt Disney Pictures’ live-action-mimicking (but don’t call it animated) take on The Lion King let out more of a whimper than roar. But Jon Favreau’s 2019 remake also made $1.6 billion at the worldwide box office. So in true spirit to the circle of life, a sequel is on its way.
Moonlight and If Beale Street Could Talk director Barry Jenkins confirmed on Tuesday he will take over from Favreau on the unsubtitled Lion King 2. Jeff Nathanson, who wrote the remake, has already completed a script for the second chapter, according to Deadline, which reportedly dips into the backstories of the characters.
Deadline also reports that the sequel will explore the origin story of Mufasa, in a time-jumping move that mirrors The Godfather Part II, a movie kids love. The film is expected to feature new songs sung by animated lions that look like real lions.
“Helping my sister raise two young boys during the ’90s, I grew up with these characters,” Jenkins said in a statement to Deadline. “Having the opportunity to work with Disney on expanding this magnificent tale of friendship, love and legacy while furthering my work chronicling the lives and souls of folk within the African diaspora is a dream come true.”
Which cast members will return is unclear, but it’s hard to imagine a Lion King movie without Simba (Donald Glover), Nala (Beyoncé Knowles-Carter), Timon (Billy Eichner), or Pumbaa (Seth Rogen). The movie has no set release date. Next up for the Disney live-action remake machine? A take on 101 Dalmatians starring Emma Stone as Cruella de Vil. Why not.
Google will likely win EU approval for its $2.1 billion Fitbit deal
Now, Google has reportedly offered to restrict the use of Fitbit data for Google ads and tighten the monitoring of that process, Reuters says. The company also formalized its commitment to supporting other wearable manufacturers on Android and allowing Fitbit users to choose third party services through APIs, Google said in a statement. Those third parties will have access to Fitbit users’ data, as long as those users consent.
Those are relatively minor concessions, but this isn’t quite a done deal. EU officials will now collect feedback from competitors and consumers before accepting Google’s concessions. There’s a chance that Google will have to meet additional demands. Either way, the Commission will decide on the deal by December 23rd.
Meanwhile, in the US, Google will have to appease both the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ). The company is also facing a broader review of competition. The DOJ is preparing an antitrust case against the company, and a dozen states are expected to join that DOJ lawsuit.
Trump vs. Biden first presidential debate: date, time, and how to watch the live stream
On Tuesday, September 29th at 9PM ET, President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will square off in the first presidential debate of 2020. The event will take place at the Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion, part of a joint health campus between Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic. The Cleveland Clinic is also serving as the health security advisor for all four general election debates.
The debate will be broadcast by all major TV networks, but campaigns are particularly attuned to the response on YouTube, which a growing portion of younger voters rely on for news. On Monday, The Sports Grind Entertainment broke news of the Biden campaign’s “rebel alliance” project, meant to cultivate YouTube outlets that are more friendly to the vice president’s candidacy.
The debate will air on all major TV networks, including ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and C-Span. It will also be available on each network’s corresponding apps, if you’re watching on an OTT service like Apple TV, Roku, or Android TV.
The networks will also be broadcasting live streams of their coverage on YouTube, which has devoted a section of its front page to authoritative coverage of the event. The C-Span live stream is embedded above as an authoritative source, although other networks will be providing their own commentary and coverage for the broadcast, including analysis before and after the event. Other YouTube streams include CBS, ABC, and Fox News.
The debate is scheduled to start at 9PM ET and will run for approximately 90 minutes.
Moderator Chris Wallace announced the following six topics as a focus for the debate, with roughly 15 minutes to be devoted to each topic, in whatever order Wallace deems appropriate.
- The Trump and Biden records
- The Supreme Court
- The economy
- Race and violence in our cities
- The integrity of the election
A number of Democrats have criticized Wallace for not addressing the climate crisis as an issue, given the extreme hurricane season on America’s Atlantic coast and ongoing wildfires on the West Coast.
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