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Britney Spears & Hunky BF Sam Asghari Go On A ‘Fun’ & Romantic Bike Ride Date At The Beach



Britney Spears had the best time ever going on a sunny beach bike ride with boyfriend Sam Asghari. She gushed about how ‘connected’ she felt to nature and how it ‘touched’ her soul.

Britney Spears doesn’t leave her Thousand Oaks, CA mansion that often, so when she does get out, it is a really special experience. On Aug. 11, she waxed poetic about the simple joys of going to the beach with her hunky boyfriend Sam Asghari, 26. She shared an Instagram photo of the couple on a bike path next to the sand, with the bright blue ocean beyond it. Brit was on her seafoam green beach cruiser that she’s used to ride around her neighborhood, finally getting to take it out for a spin by the shore where it belongs.

The “Perfume” singer and her handsome fella both wore face masks in public to protect against the transmission of the coronavirus. In Brit’s case, it also probably afforded her some privacy, as any beach-going fans were unable to see her famous face. The 38-year-old pop princess was dressed perfectly for a sunny ride, wearing her favorite low-rise tan shorts and a fitted tie-dye t-shirt.

Britney wore her hair pulled back and up in a short pony-tail, while Sam looked super sexy in a white tank top that showed off his muscular arms. The last time Brit shared a photo of the couple hitting up the beach was way back in a June 22 Instagram post. At the time, Britney had donned a bikini while Sam was shirtless, and the singer captioned the series of photos, “All you need is love and the beach….@samasghari!!!!!”

Britney Spears and Sam Asghari
Britney Spears and her boyfriend Sam Asghari go shopping at a Camarillo, CA outlet mall on May 17, 2019. Photo credit: SplashNews.

This time around, Britney had a lot to say about her trip to the beach with Sam. “Going to the beach is always so much fun!!!!! We are all social distancing and wearing masks of course….even still there is a sense of togetherness at the beach that brings me peace,” she began in the caption.

Brit then reflected about her childhood, recalling, “I feel so small next to this vast body of water…..it takes me back to when I was 6 years old…the moment I would decide to get up and run to the beach……but it’s so intimidating because I know my feet are about to touch something so beautiful …. I get so excited then chicken out!!!!!”

The blonde beauty then took it back to the present and how great being at the beach makes her feel. “The connection I always feel with the heat from the sun on my body…..connecting me to something way greater than myself…..and the one moment you feel a nice breeze…..it’s like a spiritual experience!!!!!! I love the feeling of coming home with a golden tan….thinking only of chocolate or ice cream…..and still smelling like suntan oil,” Britney gushed.

Britney Spears and Sam Asghari
Britney Spears and boyfriend Sam Asghari on a rare date night out. The couple attended the ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ premiere on July 17, 2019. Photo credit: SplashNews.

She then got pretty spiritual by the end of her caption, writing, “It’s funny how little things can touch your soul so freaking much…..like new born babies crying……children building sand castles….seeing dogs with their families…..wanting to scream and make a fool out of yourself and do a thousand cartwheels……but you have to stay cool!!!!!! Laying down and looking up at God in the clear blue sky…..maybe we should all look up and try to listen and see the messages God is sending us so we can HELP the world today…..GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!!!!” Sam loved what his girlfriend had to say, leaving a “100 percent” emoji in the comments.

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Netflix is developing a live action ‘Assassin’s Creed’ show



Netflix announced this morning that it’s partnering with Ubisoft to adapt the game publisher’s “Assassin’s Creed” franchise into a live action series.

The franchise jumps around in history, telling the story of a secret society of assassins with “genetic memory” and their centuries-long battle the knights templar. It has sold 155 million games worldwide and was also turned into a nearly incomprehensible 2016 film starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, which underperformed at the box office.

The companies say that they’re currently looking for a showrunner. Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik of Ubisoft’s film and television division will serve as executive producers. (In addition to working on adaptations of Ubisoft’s intellectual property, the publisher is also involved in the Apple TV+ industry comedy “Mythic Quest.”)

“We’re excited to partner with Ubisoft and bring to life the rich, multilayered storytelling that Assassin’s Creed is beloved for,” said Netflix’s vice president of original series Peter Friedlander in a statement. “From its breathtaking historical worlds and massive global appeal as one of the best selling video game franchises of all time, we are committed to carefully crafting epic and thrilling entertainment based on this distinct IP and provide a deeper dive for fans and our members around the world to enjoy.”

It sounds like there could be follow-up shows as well, with the announcement saying that Netflix and Ubisoft will “tap into the iconic video game’s trove of dynamic stories with global mass appeal for adaptations of live action, animated, and anime series.”

Netflix recently placed an eight-episode order for “Resident Evil,” another video game franchise that was previously adapted for the big screen. And it also had a big hit with its adaptation of “The Witcher,” which is based on a fantasy book series that was popularized via video games.


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Original Content podcast: ‘Lovecraft Country’ is gloriously bonkers



As we tried to recap the first season of HBO’s “Lovecraft Country,” one thing became clear: The show is pretty nuts.

The story begins by sending Atticus “Tic” Freeman (Jonathan Majors), his friend Leti Lewis (Jurnee Smolett) and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) on a road trip across mid-’50s America in search of Tic’s missing father. You might assume that the search will occupy the entire season, or take even longer than that; instead, the initial storyline is wrapped up quickly.

And while there’s a story running through the whole season, most of the episodes are relatively self-contained, offering their own versions on various horror and science fiction tropes. There’s a haunted house episode, an Indiana Jones episode, a time travel episode and more.

The show isn’t perfect — the writing can be clunky, the special effects cheesy and cheap-looking. But at its best, it does an impressive job of mixing increasingly outlandish plots, creepy monsters (with plentiful gore) and a healthy dose of politics.

After all, “Lovecraft Country” (adapted form a book by Matt Ruff) is named after notoriously racist horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, but it focuses almost entirely on Black characters, making the case that old genres can be reinvigorated with diverse casts and a rethinking of political assumptions.

In addition to reviewing the show, the latest episode of the Original Content podcast also includes a discussion of Netflix earnings, the new season of “The Bachelorette” and the end of Quibi.

You can listen in the player below, subscribe using Apple Podcasts or find us in your podcast player of choice. If you like the show, please let us know by leaving a review on Apple. You can also follow us on Twitter or send us feedback directly. (Or suggest shows and movies for us to review!)

And if you’d like to skip ahead, here’s how the episode breaks down:
0:00 Intro
0:36 Netflix discussion
3:18 “The Bachelorette”
6:30 Quibi
14:35 “Lovecraft Country” review
31:32 “Lovecraft Country” spoiler discussion


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The short, strange life of Quibi



“All that is left now is to offer a profound apology for disappointing you and, ultimately, for letting you down,” Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman wrote, closing out an open letter posted to Medium. “We cannot thank you enough for being there with us, and for us, every step of the way.”

With that, the founding executives confirmed the rumors and put Quibi to bed, a little more than six months after launching the service.

Starting a business is an impossibly difficult task under nearly any conditions, but even in a world that’s littered with high-profile failures, the streaming service’s swan song was remarkable for both its dramatically brief lifespan and the amount of money the company managed to raise (and spend) during that time.

A month ahead of its commercial launch, Quibi announced that it had raised another $750 million. That second round of funding brought the yet-to-launch streaming service’s funding up to $1.75 billion — roughly the same as the gross domestic product of Belize, give or take $100 million.

“We concluded a very successful second raise which will provide Quibi with a strong cash runway,” CFO Ambereen Toubassy told the press at the time. “This round of $750 million gives us tremendous flexibility and the financial wherewithal to build content and technology that consumers embrace.”

Quibi’s second funding round brought the yet-to-launch streaming service’s funding up to $1.75 billion — roughly the same as the gross domestic product of Belize, give or take $100 million.

From a financial perspective, Quibi had reason to be hopeful. Its fundraising ambitions were matched only by the aggressiveness with which it planned to spend that money. At the beginning of the year, Whitman touted the company’s plans to spend up to $100,000 per minute of programming — $6 million per hour. The executive proudly contrasted the jaw-dropping sum to the estimated $500 to $5,000 an hour spent by YouTube creators.

For Whitman and Katzenberg — best known for their respective reigns at HP and Disney — money was key to success in an already crowded marketplace. $1 billion was a drop in the bucket compared to the $17.3 billion Netflix was expected to spend on original content in 2020, but it was a start.

Following in the footsteps of Apple, who had also recently announced plans to spend $1 billion to launch its own fledgling streaming service, the company was enlisting A-List talent, from Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro and Ridley Scott to Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lopez and LeBron James. If your name carried any sort of clout in Hollywood boardrooms, Quibi would happily cut you a check, seemingly regardless of content specifics.

Quibi’s strategy primarily defined itself by itself by its constraints. In hopes of attracting younger millennial and Gen Z, the company’s content would be not just mobile-first, but mobile-only. There would be no smart TV app, no Chromecast or AirPlay compatibility. Pricing, while low compared to the competition, was similarly off-putting. After a 90-day free trial, $4.99 got you an ad-supported subscription. And boy howdy, were there ads. Ads upon ads. Ads all the way down. Paying another $3 a month would make them go away.

Technological constraints and Terms of Service fine print forbade screen shots — a fundamental understanding of how content goes viral in 2020 (though, to be fair, one shared with other competing streaming services). Amusingly, the inability to share content led to videos like this one of director Sam Raimi’s perplexingly earnest “The Golden Arm.”

It features a built-on laugh track from viewers as Emmy winner Rachel Brosnahan lies in a hospital bed after refusing to remove a golden prosthetic. It’s an allegory, surely, but not one intentionally played for laughs. Many of the videos that did ultimately make the rounds on social media were regarded as a curiosity — strange artifacts from a nascent streaming service that made little sense on paper.

Most notable of all, however, were the “quick bites” that gave the service its confusingly pronounced name. Each program would be served in 5-10 minute chunks. The list included films acquired by the service, sliced up into “chapters.” Notably, the service didn’t actually purchase the content outright; instead, rights were set to revert to their creators after seven years. Meanwhile, after two years, content partners were able to “reassemble” the chunks back into a movie for distribution.


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