Miss South Africa Is 2019 Miss Universe

By Armando

Miss South Africa, Zozibini Tunzi, was crowned Miss Universe.
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Zozibini Tunzi was crowned as the new Miss Universe after impressing the judges on her final question and answer portion, as well as her beauty and grace during the swimsuit and evening gown competitions. Miss Mexico and Miss Puerto Rico were the two runners-up.

“I grew up in a world where a woman who looks like me, with my color skin, and my kind of hair is not considered beautiful,” Tunzi said on Sunday. “I think it is time that stops today. I want children to look at my face and I want them to see their face reflected in mine.”

Tunzi is an activist against gender violence. According to the Miss Universe organization, she is a “proud advocate for natural beauty and encourages women to love themselves the way they are.”

During final question and answer portion, Zozibini was asked about what we should teach today’s young girls, to which she replied: “I think the most important thing we should be teaching young girls today is leadership. It’s something that has been lacking in young girls and women for a very long time, not because we don’t want to, but because of what society has labelled women to be,” she said.

“I think we are the most powerful beings on the world, and that we should be given every opportunity. And that is what we should be teaching these young girls, to take up space, Tunzi added”

The event was held on Sunday at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta. During the press conference, Tunzi added that it was “very special” to win the crown at the major studio complex owned by an African-American.

Miss Universe 2019 Pre-Show Arrivals
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Miss Universe 2019 Press Junket

By Armando

Miss Iceland at 2019 Miss Universe press junket

Miss Universe 2019 contestants took time out early morning on Thursday to meet with the press at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ahead of this Sunday’s pageant finals, the contestants answered questions from the media during the early morning event.

Although almost everyone made a great impression, some of the standouts (from talking to the press in attendance) include Miss Iceland, Miss South Africa, Miss Puerto Rico and Miss Vietnam. Towards the end of the event, reining Miss Universe Catriona Gray arrived and fielded questions from the press.

Photo: Armando (aiphotoimaging.com)

The day also featured the unveiling of a new Miss Universe crown by luxury jeweler and new crown sponsor Mouawad. The crown was unveiled by Mouawad co-guardian Pascal Mouawad, Miss Universe Organization President Paula Shugart, along with current pageant titleholder Catriona Elis Gray.

Delegates from 90 countries and territories is set to compete for this year’s Miss Universe beauty pageant. Up next for the candidates will be the preliminary competition that’s set to be held on Friday, December 6. Miss Universe Catriona Gray is also set to appear in the Atlanta Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Miss Universe 2019 will be held this Sunday December 8, 2019 at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia and will air live at 7/6c on FOX. Steve Harvey is set to return as host.

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Scarlett Johansson and Dwayne Johnson Tops Forbest Highest Paid

By Creative Media Times

Forbes has recently published its annual rankings of highest paid actors and actresses, with Dwayne Johnson and Scarlett Johansson, somewhat unsurprisingly topping the lists respectively.

During the 12-month period, Johnson earned 89.4 million, between June 1, 2018, and June 1, 2019. “The Rock” has recently appeared in the Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw, last year’s Skyscraper, and Fighting with My Family, produced this year’s Shazam!, and has endorsed sportswear Under Armour. He is set to appear in this year’s Jumanji: The Next Level with co-stars Kevin Hart and Jack Black.

Though Johansson earned $56 million during the same period, that amount ranks 7th overall, behind her Marvel co-stars Christ Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr, and Bradley Cooper. Johansson’s earnings is bolstered by “Avengers: Endgame” which recently became the highest grossing film of all time. She’s set to reprise her Avengers role in next year’s Black Widow.

Highest-Paid Actresses Of 2019

10. Ellen Pompeo – Earnings: $22 million
9. Charlize Theron –Earnings: $23 million
8. Margot Robbie – Earnings: $23 million
7. Elisabeth Moss – Earnings: $24 million
6. Kaley Cuoco – Earnings: $25 million
5. Jennifer Aniston –E arnings: $28 million
4. Nicole Kidman – Earnings: $34 million
3. Reese Witherspoon – Earnings: $35 million
2. Sofia Vergara – Earnings: $44.1 million
1. Scarlett Johansson – Earnings: $56 million

Highest-Paid Actors Of 2019
10. Will Smith – Earnings: $35 million
9. Paul Rudd – Earnings: $41 million
8. Chris Evans – Earnings: $43.5 million
6. Adam Sandler (tie) – Earnings: $57 million
6. Bradley Cooper (tie) – Earnings: $57 million
5. Jackie Chan – Earnings: $58 million
4. Akshay Kumar – Earnings: $65 million
3. Robert Downey Jr. – Earnings: $66 million
2. Chris Hemsworth – Earnings: $76.4 million
1. Dwayne Johnson – Earnings: $89.4 million


Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande Lead VMA Nominations

By Creative Media Times

Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande leads this year’s nominations for the MTV Video Music Awards (VMA), with each artist receiving 10 nominations which was announced on Tuesday.

Newcomers and first-time VMA nominees Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X also received multiple nominations. Both had a big year this year with “Bad Guy” and “Old Town Road” respectively, and will face off in the Best New Artist category.

There are also two new categories this year: Best K-Pop and Video for Good.

The event is set to be hosted by comedian Sebastian Maniscalco, and will air live from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., on Monday, Aug. 26 at 8/7c.

See the full list of nominees below:


21 Savage ft. J. Cole — “a lot” — Epic Records
Billie Eilish — “Bad Guy” — Darkroom/Interscope Records
Ariana Grande — “thank u, next” — Republic Records
Jonas Brothers — “Sucker” — Republic Records
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus — “Old Town Road (Remix)” — Columbia Records
Taylor Swift — “You Need to Calm Down” — Republic Records


Cardi B — Atlantic Records
Billie Eilish — Darkroom/Interscope Records
Ariana Grande — Republic Records
Halsey — Astralwerks/Capitol Records
Jonas Brothers — Republic Records
Shawn Mendes– Island Records


Drake — “In My Feelings” — Young Money/Cash Money/Republic Records
Ariana Grande — “thank u, next” — Republic Records
Jonas Brothers — “Sucker” — Republic Records
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper — “Shallow” — Interscope Records
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus — “Old Town Road (Remix)” — Columbia Records
Taylor Swift — “You Need to Calm Down” — Republic Records

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Highlights From Comic-Con’s 2019 Panel “The Character Of Music”

BMI and White Bear PR brought together a talented group of composers and directors for the “Character of Music” panel at Comic-Con’s 50th anniversary on Friday, July 19, at the San Diego Convention Center.

The all-star line-up included renowned BMI composer Tyler Bates (R.U.N) and the director of Cirque du Soleil’s new live-action thriller, R.U.N., Michael Schwandt; Emmy-winning BMI composer Frederik Wiedmann along with showrunner Aaron Ehasz (The Dragon Prince); and two-time BAFTA-winning composer Austin Wintory (Abzu) with video game director Matt Nava (Abzu). This year’s panel was a full house and amongst the most popular seats at Comic-Con.

Attendees who secured a spot to see the panel included a mixture of emerging composers, directors and music fans. BMI’s Anne Cecere and White Bear PR’s Chandler Poling co-moderated the ninth edition of “The Character of Music.”

The panelists touched on several key elements that go into producing a successful score for movies, live shows and video games, along with the key ingredients of a productive and creative relationship between composers and directors.

Wiedmann elaborated on the early stages of harmonic development for the characters on The Dragon Prince, and Ehasz emphasized on the importance of finding a composer who can be brilliant and fast when scoring for television. Bates and Schwandt expanded on music’s vital role in the live-action thriller R.U.N. written by Robert Rodriguez.

Wintory and Nava discussed the benefits of developing a short cut piece in the initial stages of game scoring to align visions.

The panelists also answered questions from the audience, and participants received limited-edition swag from the composers.


The Saturn Awards Announces 2019 Nominations

Nominations for the 45th annual Saturn Awards, honoring motion picture, television, home entertainment and live stage productions, were announced today. A beloved event for many of Hollywood’s top creative talent, the awards show will be available for the first time ever to global fans via a streaming partner, to be announced shortly. All 2019 Saturn Awards winners will be unveiled at the official ceremony on Friday, the 13th of September at the historic Avalon Theater in Los Angeles.

Leading the way with 14 Saturn Award film nominations is Marvel/Walt Disney Studio’s Avengers: Endgame, and Walt Disney Studio’s Aladdin in second place with nine. For television and streaming, HBO’s Game of Thrones leads with nine nominations, with The Haunting of Hill House and The Walking Dead following second with six nominations each. As a studio overall, Disney leads with 44 nominations among 12 film and television projects across its various companies, Marvel, Walt Disney Studios, Pixar, Lucasfilm Ltd. and the Disney Channel.

As part of the show’s revitalization in 2019, the Saturn Awards has moved from its traditional June date to Friday the 13th of September. To accommodate this change, the eligibility window for this year’s nominations is based on a 16-month eligibility period, which includes projects publicly released from March 1, 2018 through July 7, 2019. The 46th annual Saturn Awards will be held at the end of summer/early fall 2020 and will resume a 12-month eligibility period.


Avengers: Endgame
Avengers: Infinity War
Captain Marvel
Spider-Man: Far From Home
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Alita: Battle Angel
Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom
Ready Player One
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Sorry to Bother You

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Godzilla, King of the Monsters
Mary Poppins Returns
Toy Story 4

For the full list of nominations, visit www.SaturnAwards.com.


Taylor Swift Fights Scooter Braun and Former Record Label Over Music Ownership

By Eric Gasa

Taylor Swift

It’s a familiar story; the young artist entangled in a battle for their work against the record label executives. But even for a veteran pop star like Swift, the news is no less difficult and complicated.

It takes a bit of work to get to the center of Taylor Swift’s debacle with former record label Big Machine, but at its heart is a poignant conversation about the record industry, executives, and the artists; and everyone is listening.

As the story goes, famed mega star agent, Scooter Braun, and his company Ithaca Recordings bought Swift’s old label, Big Machine, along with all six of the master recordings of her previous albums, for the hefty price tag of $300 million. On Sunday June 30, the day of the deal, Swift took things into her own hands via an open letter she posted to Tumblr.

“I learned about Scooter Braun’s purchase of my masters as it was announced to the world,” she writes, “All I could think about was the incessant, manipulative bullying I’ve received at his hands for years. This is my worst scenario.

”Braun, who has previously worked with Justin Bieber, Kanye West, and Arianna Grande, is a huge name in the industry and not a stranger to drama either.

But what exactly are master recordings and why are they so important? In short, master recordings refer to the original recording and master rights of an artist’s music. The owner of these rights owns the copyright, controls where the music is licensed, and can collect royalties. Whoever owns the label, legally owns the music.

Knowing how Swift removed her own music from Spotify in 2014, she certainly likes to keep control of her releases.

Swift’s criticisms did not end with Braun either. Swift later called out Big Machine founder, Scott Borchetta for signing the rights to her art away when she first joined the label when she was only 15, according to a source from Pitchfork.

Apparently, Swift’s only offer from Borchetta was to earn back recording rights for older records with each new one she put out. A bit of a sore deal honestly, six albums in the making.

Borchetta has since denied allegations and claiming that Swift “had every chance” to own her master recordings. Justin Bieber also responded to Swift, coming to Braun’s defense in a lengthy post on Instagram and called Swift a bully.

In the end, Taylor may have lost a chunk of her past with her departure from Big Machine, but she is hopeful for her new start with Universal Music Group and Republic Records which she signed with last year.

“Thankfully, I am now signed to a label that believes I should own anything I create,” Swift writes.Swift’s next record Lover is due out on August 23 via Republic Records.


First Look At Geralt And Cast Of Netflix’s “The Witcher”

By Creative Media Times 


As Netflix gears up for the release of its highly anticipated fantasy drama TV series, “The Witcher,” the streaming service has now release a series of cool new images showing its characters.

Here we got a first look at a badass Geralt of Rivia, played by Henry Cavill, Yennefer, played by Anya Cholatra, and Ciri played by Freya Allan.

Also released is the series’ first poster and the first look at the series logo.”The Worst Monsters Are The Ones We Create,” it says.

“The Witcher” is based on a book series by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski.

Geralt is the titular Witcher in the short stories, novels and video games which takes place in medieval fantasy setting. He is one of the last witchers, a trained monster slayer for hire to slay deadly monstrous beasts.

Cavill recently played a CIA assassin in this summer’s blockbuster hit Mission: Impossible – Fallout starting Tom Cruise. He also portrayed Superman in WB/DC Comics’, Batman v Superman and Justice League.

“The Witcher” is expected to premiere this year on Netflix.

Here’s the series’ synopsis from Netflix:
“Based on the best-selling fantasy series of books, The Witcher is an epic tale of fate and family. Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.”


Teen Choice Awards: ‘Avengers,’ ‘Riverdale’ Lead Nominations

By Creative Media Times

Nominees for 2019 Teen Choice Awards were released Wednesday, with summer blockbuster Avengers: Endgame and hip hop artist Lil Nas X leading the music categories. Nas is currently at the top of the charts with Old Town Road.

On the TV categories, Riverdale leads the list with seven nominations, including “Choice Drama TV Show” and a pair of nominations for both Drama TV Actor (Cole Sprouse, K.J. Apa) and Drama TV Actress (Camila Mendes, Lili Reinhart).

Teen supernatural drama Shadowhunters and superhero series The Flash also did well with six and five nominations respectively.

Back to Marvel’s superhero blockbuster, Endgame received nine nominations in the film categories, including Choice Action Movie and action movie actor and actress nominations to cast Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Paul Rudd, Robert Downey Jr., Brie Larson, Scarlett Johansson and Zoe Saldana and Choice Villain for Josh Brolin.

More details is expected to be announced, including host and presenters.

Fans will be able to vote for nominees starting Wednesday at TeenChoice.VoteNow.tv or on Twitter. Voting is open until June 25.

The 2019 Teen Choice Awards is set to be held on August 11, 2019.


Choice Male Artist
Ed Sheeran
Lil Nas X
Post Malone
Shawn Mendes

Choice Female Artist
Ariana Grande
Billie Eilish
Cardi B
Lauren Jauregui
Taylor Swift
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Marvel Set To Return To SDCC’s Hall H Next Month

By Creative Media Times

L-R: Kevin Feige, Taika Waititi, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston at SDCC (photo: aiphotoimaging.com)

It looks like Marvel is set to return to San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H this year, Deadline is reporting.

Fans may remember that Marvel Studios skipped the stage last year, the first time this has happened since 2015, just a few months after the release of Infinity War, president of Marvel Studios stating that they didn’t have much to show.

The previous year, in 2017, the studio gave fans a taste of its upcoming blockbusters “Black Panther,” “Thor: Ragnorok,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and “Captain Marvel.”

Just after the release of this year’s Avengers: Engdame, and the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home, marking the end of Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 3, fans are already wondering: What’s Next?

Though not a lot of details were revealed, Marvel is clearly confident enough to come back and showcase projects that are set to follow Endgame. We may possibly hear announcements and details regarding the studio’s upcoming official slate of films and release dates to hopefully give us a clue of what’s in store for fans in the future.

There is also Black Widow that we know is already in production, so we are most likely to learn more about the film’s production details, release date and (hopefully) even a clip or two. The film is set to bring back Scarlett Johansson as the title character/Natasha Romanoff, 

There is also Disney Plus, Disney’s upcoming streaming service, and how it may potentially platform Marvel characters into upcoming movies and shows.

San Diego Comic-Con is set to take place from July 18 – 21, begining with a Preview Night on Wednesday, July 17.

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