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Freeform Confirms ‘Party of Five’ Reboot, Orders a Pilot

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Joining the list of small screen reboots, Party of Five is officially in the works. Freeform greenlit the series this week and ordered a pilot episode for a Party of Five reboot. The original Party of Five premiered on Fox in 1994 and ran for six seasons. Matthew Fox, Lacey Chabert, Scott Wolf, Neve Campbell and Jennifer Love Hewitt all starred in the series as the orphaned Salinger siblings. The reboot has been in development since January. The ’90s Fox drama follows the Salinger kids after losing their parents in a drunk driving accident. From there on, the show deals with difficult life issues like drug abuse, cancer and death. But will the new drama just be an updated take on the same story? Probably not.

Freeform Confirms ‘Party of Five’ Reboot, But What Will Change?

As with any series that is signed on for a reboot some years later, the new Party of Five will take a more modern focus. Instead of the Salingers, the family will be the Buendias children. Like the Salingers, the Buendias will lose their parents, but not due to a car accident. The new Party of Five will shift focus to the current deportation issues, as the kids struggle to keep the family going after their parents are deported. Executive producers Amy Lippman and Christopher Keyser discussed the reboot recently, stating “this new iteration of Party of Five isn’t a retread of the original; it’s a whole new look at kids trying to parent each other in the wake of circumstances beyond their control, yet learning a similar lesson: that families persist no matter how great the obstacles.” With this modern, relevant twist, odds are the new Party of Five might have a chance at becoming as successful as the original series. After all, Party of Five won a Golden Globe in 1996 for Best Television Drama.

 

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George Clooney is the Highest-Paid Actor in the World and Here’s Why

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According to a recent report by Forbes, George Clooney is the highest-paid actor in the world in 2018. Between June 2017 and June 2018, he earned a reported $239 million. Compared to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who holds the title of the second highest-paid actor, Clooney made about two times as much this last year. However, we haven’t seen Clooney in a film since 2016, when he started in the crime thriller Money Monster. Despite this fact, Clooney has still managed to climb to the top-paid list. But how?

Other Endeavors Bring in the Big Bucks for Actors

Yes, higher paid actors make the big bucks with films. In fact, Dwayne Johnson made $124 million for some of his films, like Baywatch and Jumanji. But the fact of the matter is, stars like Clooney aren’t just making their income from hit films anymore. Clooney has dominated the top of the income charts due to his successful tequila company, Casamigos. In fact, George Clooney is selling his company Casamigos to Diageo for as much as a billion dollars. In an email to CNBC, Clooney states, “If you asked us four years ago if we had a billion dollar company, I don’t think we would have said yes. This reflects Diageo’s belief in our company and our belief in Diageo. But we’re not going anywhere. We’ll still be very much a part of Casamigos. Starting with a shot tonight. Maybe two.”

 

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George Clooney is the Highest-Paid Actor in the World and Here’s Why. Feature Photo Credit: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images.

Remembering Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul

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On August 16th, Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul passed away at 76. Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee on March 25, 1942. We can thank her father, Rev. C. L. Franklin, for exposing Aretha to the world of gospel music. She began singing in her father’s Detroit Baptist church, undoubtedly where she began to polish her soulful singing style.

I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You

Columbia Records was the first to sign the singer in 1960. However, it was not until her contract with Atlantic and the release of her 1967 album, I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, that Franklin became a household name with a gold album under her belt. Franklin’s single, “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You),” was her first pop hit, scoring a spot in the Top 10 list and number one spot for R&B.

It was neither my intention nor my plan, but some were saying that in my voice they heard the sound of confidence and self-assurance.

Aretha Franklin

Following Aretha Franklin’s Passing, Her Music Sales Have Soared

Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul

Aretha Franklin, 1961. Photo Credit: Metronome, Getty Images

The Queen of Soul’s passing is a loss of a music legend. Countless artists who followed in Soul, R&B, and Pop were influenced by the songstress. In her lifetime, Franklin had 73 songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 and 100 songs on Billboard’s R&B singles list. She released 17 songs that placed on the Top 10 chart, as well as 21 songs that landed the number one spot for R&B singles.

On the day of her death, Aretha’s album sales skyrocketed to an astounding 19,000 copies in a single day. The day prior, her album sales were around 1,000 copies. According to Nielsen Music and The Hollywood Reporter, combined with digital song downloads, August 16th saw 134,000 copies of Franklin’s albums and tracks sold.

“Respect” and Women’s Empowerment

Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul

1967 Aretha Franklin studio portrait. Photo Credit: Gilles Petard/Redferns

One of the best ways to honor the music legend is to continue to share her music. Franklin left an indelible mark on the music industry with her talents, as well as on the world with her strong presence and influence in racial issues and women’s rights. Much of her music was geared toward the empowerment of women, most notably her rendition of Otis Redding’s song, “Respect.” Redding’s version from a male perspective was a representation of a man’s world. But when Franklin reimagined the song, she had something else in mind. She took “Respect” and utterly transformed the entire meaning. It was—and continues to be—a woman’s anthem and a reminder that as women, we need to demand respect.

Music Stars’ React to Franklin’s Death: Crafting “the Soundtrack to the Lives of Many”

Many musicians took to Twitter yesterday to express their love and the loss of Aretha. Singers like Elton John, Patti LaBelle, and Diana Ross have truly embodied the impact that Franklin made on the world.

 

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Remembering Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul. Featured Photo Credit: David Redfern, Redferns.

Olympic Figure Skater Denis Ten Dies in Fatal Stabbing

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Update: Twenty-five-year-old Kazakh Olympic figure skater Denis Ten dies in fatal stabbing. According to RT.com, the young skater lost three liters of blood after getting into a heated altercation with two robbers. The men were attempting to steal the mirrors off of Ten’s car. There were attempts to revive the Ten, but it was too late. Denis Ten passed away in Kazakhstan in hospital on Thursday. Many are devastated by the loss of the young skater, and rightly so. His passing at so young an age is tragic. The loss of such a talent is felt by all of us. The International Skating Union openly discussed the loss on Twitter, stating that the organization “is deeply saddened by the news from media in Kazakhstan announcing the passing of Figure Skater Denis Ten. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Denis’ family, friends and fans across the world.”

Denis Ten’s Figure Skating Career

The first Kazakh skater to win an Olympic medal, Ten took third place at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The skater also had the honor of winning silver in the 2013 World Figure Skating Championship, as well as the bronze in 2015. Due to injuries, Ten needed time to recover but was present to compete in 2018’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

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Olympic Figure Skater Denis Ten Dies in Fatal Stabbing. Featured Photo Credit: Getty Images