Meghan Markle, Prince Harry set to make up to $1M per speech

Oh, so that’s how they’re going to pay the bills!

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are set to make up to $1 million per speech after hiring a top speaking agency.

Last week Meghan Markle and Prince Harry signed with prestigious speaking agency Harry Walker Agency – whose other high-end clients include Barack and Michelle Obama, Hillary and Bill Clinton, and Oprah Winfrey – which specializes in commanding $1 million fees for their in-demand clients.

The highly sought after couple will hold conversations that will “relate to topics that are important in their lives—and in the world,” a source told Town & Country. “Topics will largely relate to the social issues the world is facing now including racial justice and gender equity, mental health, issues impacting women and girls and the environment—as well as the intersectional nature of these issues. … Many of the areas and topics covered in these conversations will be related to the foundation and mission of Archewell, their new organization housing their philanthropic endeavors.”

The formerly royal Duke and Duchess have been looking for work since they left the Royal Family firm and in addition to speaking engagement are said to be looking into documentary projects while volunteering at places like a gang rehab center.

Meanwhile, Markle may have signaled the nail in the coffin of her friendship with former bestie Jessica Mulroney when she didn’t wish Mulroney’s daughter Ivy, 7, a happy birthday — leaving Mulroney worried that her friendship with the Duchess is “now over for good,” according to the Daily Mail.

Markle had pressed pause on her friendship with Mulroney after Toronto-based black lifestyle influencer Sasha Exeter posted a message on Instagram calling for people with large platforms to use them to promote the Black Lives Matter movement. She later posted a video claiming Mulroney had taken the post as a personal attack on her and had threatened to harm Exeter’s career. Mulroney apologized but was quickly fired from her jobs at “Good Morning America”, “I Do, Redo” and had to step down from the charity she founded with her sisters-in-law.

Her husband, Ben Mulroney, host of the Canadian entertainment show “etalk,” also quit his job after his cohost Elaine Liu, wrote an excoriating blog about the couple, in which she ominously claimed that the Mulroneys were “keeping track” of those who didn’t support Jessica amid the scandal.

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Prince Charles knew Meghan Markle was not long for The Firm

Prince Charles was saddened but not shocked when his son Harry and daughter-in-law Meghan Markle ditched the family and headed for America.

While the future king of England likes and admires his daughter-in-law, Nigel Cawthorne, author of the new tome, “Prince Andrew: Epstein and the Palace” told the London Sun, “I think [Prince Charles] likes strong women, but in The Firm there is only room for one Queen.”

“The Firm” is what people inside and out of the Palace call the business side of the British royal family.

“I think he foresaw considerable problems ahead for The Firm,” Cawthorne said. “Harry and Meghan amplified the popularity of the royal family in the way that Prince Andrew and Fergie did at the time. However, for the sake of The Firm he will feel this outcome is better that the monarchy is small in size rather than a constellation of stars in separate orbits.”

Charles, who genuinely likes Meghan and nicknamed her “Tungsten” after the strong metal, “genuinely made an attempt to support what Harry and Meghan were looking for,” Cawthorne said. “In truth, however, there wasn’t a lot he could do apart from offering moral support. He no doubt personally regrets the fact that he won’t see his son and family as much as he otherwise would have. … He likes tradition and order.”

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HBO Max Bans Five ‘South Park’ Episodes

All 23 seasons of “South Park” are now available for viewing on HBO Max, except for five episodes that were removed due to the depiction of a Muslim figure. 

“Super Best Friends” from the fifth season, “Cartoon Wars” parts I and II from the 10th season, and “200” and “201” from the 14th season will not be available on HBO Max due to the portrayal of a character based on the Prophet Muhammad.

This is not the first time these episodes were removed from a streaming platform. The content was previously pulled from broadcast and not available to stream while the series was on Hulu. South Park Studios was in agreement with the banning of the move; holding the episodes was discussed and agreed to before ViacomCBS licensed the series to HBO Max in 2019.

These episodes have garnered a great deal of outrage over the years from those in the Muslim community. In 2010, Zachary Chesser allegedly posted a series of threats online aimed at South Park’s Trey Parker and Matt Stone after one episode of the program depicted the Prophet Mohammed as a bear. Chesser, who was 21 at the time, was convicted of terrorism in 2011 and sentenced to 25 years behind bars. 

People feared the incident could have escalated to that of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh, who was shot dead by a 26-year-old Dutch-born Muslim for his portrayal of Muslim religion and culture.  

Over the years “South Park” has stirred up quite the controversy by poking fun at almost every religion, the disabled, the LGBTQ community, minorities, celebrities, and politicians. The series was banned in China last year after mocking Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The streaming service’s censorship of the cartoon comes at a time when conversations are taking place about what is politically correct for viewing.

In early June, HBO Max pulled the classic movie “Gone with the Wind” from its streaming services after the film was accused of having racist undertones. Only recently did the film return with a 4-1/2 minute disclaimer from Jacqueline Stewart, professor of cinema and film studies at the University of Chicago, explaining the racist themes and stereotypes in the film. 

Amid protests this past month, the longtime reality show “Cops” was canceled after it was accused of glorifying police. Concerns were even raised around the children’s show “Paw Patrol” for similar reasons.

“South Park” has been renewed for three more seasons by Comedy Central, and new episodes will be available to stream on HBO Max 24 hours after initially airing on Comedy Central. 

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Michelle Obama Honors Beyonce with Humanitarian Award at BET Awards – Variety

Michelle Obama honored Beyoncé with the Humanitarian Award at the 2020 BET Awards on Sunday. In her intro, Obama noted that Beyoncé’s talent is matched by her philanthropy.

“Ever since she was a little girl in Houston, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter has been lighting up stages and gracing the world with her talent, with her generosity of spirit, and with her love for her community,” Obama said. “You can see it in everything she does, from her music that gives voice to Black joy and Black pain, to her activism that demands justice for Black lives. And no matter how big the stages get, I know my girl isn’t satisfied unless she’s sharing all that shine she has with the next generation.”

The R&B icon was recognized for her tremendous charitable efforts, especially for her work with BeyGood, which aims to empower young women, and has sponsored several initiatives since 2019.

In addition, she has partnered with UNICEF to create “BeyGood 4 Burundi,” a clean water initiative in East Africa, and has launched the #IDIDMYPART initiative, along with her mother Tina Knowles, to encourage Houston residents to get tested for coronavirus.

Beyoncé spoke after tributes from Tyler Perry and her mother.

“I want to dedicate this award to all of my brothers out there, all of my sisters out there inspiring me, marching and fighting for change,” she said. “Your voices are being heard, and you’re proving to our ancestors that their struggles were not in vain. Now we have one more thing we need to do to to walk in our true power, and that is to vote. I’m encouraging you to continue to take action, continue to change and dismantle a racist and unequal system. We have to continue to do this together.”

Queen Bey was nominated for several BET Awards, including Album of the Year and Best Female R&B Artist/Pop Artist. She was also nominated alongside the youngest nominee of the night, her daughter Blue Ivy Carter, for the BET Her award for their “Brown Skin Girl,” which also features WizKid and Saint JHN.

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Monalisa Chinda Coker shares photos of herself and her hubby

Nollywood actress Monalisa Chinda Coker has shared rare photos of herself and her husband on Instagram page.

“As long as I am locked down with you.. Let me be quarantined forever. My SoulTeenage Lover” she captioned one the photos

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Monalisa and her hubby got married in 2016 and she has kept him out of the public eye.

Monalisa is one Nollywood diva who has continued to wow many people with her impeccable delivery on screen. The actress, who started her acting career in 1996, has successfully built a brand name for herself.

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New ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movie to star Margot Robbie

Australian actress Margot Robbie poses on the red carpet upon arrival at the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London on February 2, 2020. Image: Tolga Akmen/AFP

Margot Robbie is set to be part of a female-led “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie.

The project will be written by Christina Hodson, who worked with Robbie on the female antihero film “Birds of Prey”, as per The Hollywood Reporter on Friday, June 26.

The film is in early development and is an original story which will introduce new characters.

It is separate from a reboot of the franchise to be written by “Chernobyl” creator Craig Mazin and Ted Elliott, who has been behind past “Pirates” films.

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Jerry Bruckheimer, who has been a producer in the “Pirates” franchise since the first film in 2003, will produce both the reboot with Elliott and Mazin, as well as the movie involving Robbie and Hodson.

The project comes after Robbie and Hodson launched in 2019 the Lucky Exports Pitch program, which gives female-identifying writers exposure and experience to pitch studio-ready action movies.

The swashbuckling franchise brought to life Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow in 2003 with “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”. It is among the highest-grossing film franchises worldwide, with the past five movies earning $4.5 billion. Niña V. Guno/JB

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off gets a cast reunion with Matthew Broderick – CNET

The cast of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

What would Ferris Bueller make of lockdown? We can speculate with the cast of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, who took time to reminisce over the John Hughes classic. Their Zoom cast reunion is the latest from Josh Gad’s nostalgic YouTube series Reunited Apart.

Matthew Broderick looked back at playing Bueller over 30 years ago, and chatted with cast-mates Alan Ruck (Cameron), Mia Sara (Sloane), Jennifer Grey (Jeanie), Cindy Pickett (Katie), Lyman Ward (Tom) and a few more special guests.

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Look out for Ben Stein, the man who began his career as a speech writer for US presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, before taking on his famous role as Bueller’s economics teacher.

The cast talk iconic lines and phrases, as well as Stein’s famous repetition of Bueller’s name. He also tells the story of how he ad-libbed his lines for the most boring lecture ever heard on film.

Jake Gyllenhaal joined in to speculate about how he could play Bueller’s son in the hypothetical sequel, and Kenny Ortega discussed his experience choreographing the iconic Chicago parade scene before he later went on to choreograph Dirty Dancing.

Reunited Apart has brought together the casts of The Lord of the Rings, the original Ghostbusters, Tom Hanks’ Splash and more. The series fundraises for various organizations that support those affected by COVID-19.

New movie calendar for 2020 and 2021 following coronavirus delays

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Hulu Removes ‘The Golden Girls’ Episode Featuring Blackface | Decider

Hulu has removed an episode of The Golden Girls containing a scene of characters in blackface after a request from the series’ distributor, DisneyABC Domestic Television, sources tell Deadline.

The episode, titled “Mixed Blessings” and which aired in 1988, is the 23rd episode in the third season of the sitcom. In the episode, Michael, played by Scott Jacoby, plans to marry an older Black woman, Lorraine, played by Rosalind Cash. Dorothy, Michael’s mother, disapproves of their age difference with Lorraine’s family also opposing the interracial union. The two families join forces to stop the wedding.

Lorraine’s family arrives as Rose, played by Betty White, and Blanche, played by Rue McClanahan, are applying mud face treatment. The two greet the family with their dark mud facial treatment retorting “This is mud on our faces, we’re not really Black.” A GIF of the scene that was posted on Reddit is posted below.

This event caps a week of announcements regarding the removal of episodes containing characters in blackface. On Monday NBCUniversal removed four episodes of 30 Rock containing feature characters in blackface stemming from a request by show creator Tina Fey and co-showrunner Robert Carlock. On Friday, The Office creator Greg Daniels had cut a blackface scene in a 2012 episode saying that he was “sorry for the pain that [he has] caused.” Also on Friday Netflix and Hulu pulled an episode from Community in which Ken Jeong’s character appears in blackface.

Here’s the Golden Girls GIF:

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