Jurgen Klopp: Overturning Manchester City’s European ban not a good day for football | Football News | Sky Sports

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes the decision to overturn Manchester City’s European ban was not a good day for football and has reiterated his support for Financial Fair Play (FFP), while Jose Mourinho has labelled the situation ‘a disaster’.

City were cleared to play in the Champions League next season after their two-year ban from European football was lifted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Monday.

Klopp believes the decision could work in Liverpool’s favour next season with City competing on four fronts, but says the ruling could have a negative impact on football as a whole.

July 15, 2020, 8:00pm

“I am happy that City can play in the Champions League but I don’t think it was a good day for football yesterday, to be honest,” said Klopp, at his pre-match press conference ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Arsenal on Wednesday – live on Sky Sports.

“Just because I think FFP is a good idea. It’s there for protecting teams, protecting the competition.

“That was the idea at the start, that nobody overspends and stuff like this. Clubs have to make sure that money they want to spend is based on the right sources.”

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Jurgen Klopp says Manchester City’s FFP ban being overturned is not great for the sport
 
Jurgen Klopp says Manchester City’s FFP ban being overturned is not great for the sport

Klopp added: “I really hope that FFP stays because it gives at least kind of borders that you can go to but not over, which is good for football.

“If you start doing it so that nobody cares anymore, the richest people or countries can do what they want to do and that would make the competition really difficult.

“I think that would automatically lead to a world super league, with like 10 clubs.”

Mourinho: Decision is a ‘disaster’

Jose Mourinho was highly criticial of the decision to reduce Manchester City’s ban to a fine

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has branded the decision to overturn Manchester City’s European ban “disgraceful” and a “disaster”.

Mourinho said: “If Manchester City is not guilty of it, to be punished by some million is a disgrace. If you’re not guilty you’re not punished. In the other way, if you’re guilty you should be banned. In any case, it’s a disaster.

“I’m not saying Manchester City is guilty. I’m saying if you’re not guilty you don’t pay. Even with a pound.

“I know that money is quite easy for them but still. If you’re guilty you should be banned from the competition.

“I’m nobody to know if they’re guilty or not. My criticism is for the decision.”

Arteta: City deserve Champions League

“There is no question about what happened,” Arteta said.

“They completely deserve to be in the Champions League because what they done on the pitch is unquestionable – and the regulators have looked at it and have decided that they haven’t done anything wrong.

“So, you have the two aspects that are really clear and transparent.

“They are going to be in the Champions League and they deserve it for what they do on the pitch and what they do outside the pitch.”

Dyche: We’ll always be punching above our weight

Dyche said: “Well I don’t think it changes radically, we’ll always be punching somewhat above our weight. There’s a clutch of clubs similar-ish in the Premier League who are not going out there spending vast amounts of money, but we think we develop well.

“I think they are two different animals, quite obviously. So I don’t think I’m going to get involved in who’s got what, we just manage what we have got rather than worrying too much about what we haven’t got and try and create a team and a way of working that is effective enough to take points and win games.

“That’s what it is, as simple as that. The ruling is nothing to do with me, I don’t know the ins and outs of it, all I know is that there is one less place available.”

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Myles Garrett, Browns Reportedly Nearing 5-Year, $125M Contract Extension

Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett is introduced before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Cleveland. The Rams won 20-13. (AP Photo/David Dermer)

The Cleveland Browns and defensive end Myles Garrett are nearing an agreement on a five-year, $125 million contract extension, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Rapoport added Garrett’s extension includes $100 million in total guaranteed money, with $50 million fully guaranteed at the time of the signing.

Garrett’s new average annual salary of $25 million will be the most ever for a defensive player, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network:

The $25 million new money average will surpass Khalil Mack’s $23.5M for the most ever for a defensive player. Garrett has 2 years and about $19.8M left on his rookie contract, so once finalized, he’ll be tied to Cleveland through 2026. https://t.co/0EBgF9xvw1

Garrett has been one of the NFL’s most effective pass-rushers since the Browns selected him with the first overall pick in the 2017 draft. His 30.5 sacks over his first three seasons ranked 11th in the league over that span, according to Pro Football Reference.

The 24-year-old Texas A&M product added 104 total tackles, six forced fumbles and four passes defended in 37 appearances from 2017 through 2019.

After the Browns’ disappointing 2019 season, which saw the team post a 6-10 record after entering the year with sky-high expectations, Garrett told Tom Reed of The Athletic he still wanted to remain with the organization for the rest of his career.

“They are either mad at you, which is understandable, or they are supportive of you—or, both,” he said in March. “Those are all understandable reactions to what happened. At the end of the day, I’m going to return and do my best to turn things around.”

The extension also comes less than a year after he received an indefinite suspension for attacking Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph with his own helmet. He was later reinstated by the NFL.

All told, premier edge-rushers are one of the league’s most valuable assets, right behind quarterbacks in terms of importance when it comes to building a championship roster.

Garrett has proved himself as one of those game-changing defensive linemen, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him lead the NFL in sacks at least once during his career.

The Browns rewarded both his past production and that future upside with a new contract.

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Moody Blues Bassist John Lodge Provides Personal Perspective on Isolation on “In These Crazy Times”

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 01: Musician John Lodge of the Moody Blues performs at the Nokia Theatre on November 1, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

John Lodge is used to the surreal. As bass guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for Rock & Roll Hall Of Famers The Moody Blues, stranger scenarios have always been part of his stock and trade. That’s reflected in his musical contributions from early on and songs such as “Ride My See Saw,” “Isn’t Life Strange?,” “Steppin’ in a Slide Zone,” “Gemini Dream,” and any number of other tracks he wrote over the course of the band’s more than 50 years of existence. That’s one of many reasons why the band’s tallied sales of more than 70 million albums over the course of their career and why Lodge himself has frequently been named one of the most influential bassist of all times, Indeed, he has been the recipient of any number of honors awards, including an Ivor Novello Award and recognition from the American Society of Composers and Publishers.

With the Moodies’ uncertain status at present — both Lodge and vocalist/guitarist Justin Hayward are apparently intent on pursuing individual efforts — Lodge has revived a solo career that began in 1977 with his initial album Natural Avenue and then reactivated nearly 40 years later with 10,000 Light Years Ago, a project that featured his namesake outfit, the 10,000 Light Years band. A live album, Live from Birmingham: The 10,000 Light Years Tour followed two years later in 2017 along with a compilation of his best Moodies songs that he rerecorded titled B Yond — The Very Best Of.

Lodge’s new single “In These Crazy Times (Isolation Mix)” continues that trajectory. Lush, ethereal and insightful, it harkens back to classic Moodys circa the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Recorded in his home studios by Lodge in his home studio, it features him performing practically single-handedly on vocals, guitars, bass, keys and drums.

“In These Crazy Times” can be downloaded and streamed by visiting this link. In addition, Lodge recorded a video explaining the origins of the song. 

Despite the uncertain circumstances, “In These Crazy Times” shares a sense of unbounded optimism and determination. In a note announcing the release of the CD, Lodge stated, “In 1967, The Moody Blues recorded Days of Future Passed, and we were in the studio in lockdown 24 hours a day creating an album that changed my life. Being in lockdown now reminds me of the creativity and solitude that took place during that period of my life. So I have taken the opportunity, given by this lockdown period, to write and record a new song about these difficult days, days that stretched into weeks and months.”

When the pandemic struck, Lodge had just finished performing on the Rock and Romance Cruise, which ended up being his last public outing to date. “Within three days, my wife and I were ‘stranded’,” he recalled.  “Music is my life, and without a studio (or my band), I decided to perfect my use of Garageband to create all the instruments, and record my guitars and vocals in my home studio.

In fact, he decided to make the project more or less a family affair. “As I believe we are all in this together, I thought what a great idea to involve all of my family,” Lodge explains.  “My wife Kirsten is singing backing vocals (for the first time!), my son Kristian is playing lead guitar, his wife Inga took the photo for the cover (with social distancing!), Jon Davison from the band Yes has joined me on vocals, and Emily, my daughter, is managing the whole thing.” Davidson and his Kristian added their parts in their homes, and it was then sent to Lodge’s sound engineer Ray Nesbit to mix at his own home studio. “It truly is an ‘Isolation Mix’,” Lodge insists. “My wish is that we can all be together again soon, and then I hope that my 10,000 Light Years Band and I can get together and make a ‘Freedom Mix’.” 

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Katy Perry To Headline Tomorrowland Around The World Digital Festival – Deadline

The Tomorrowland Around The World has revealed that pop star and American Idol judge Katy Perry will headline the digital music festival which takes place July 25-26.

The two-day fest is a popular electronic dance music fest that began in 2005. With festivals and events pivoting to virtual during the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s iteration of Tomorrowland will be a fully interactive 3D festival combining the world’s best technologies in gaming, 3D design, video production, and special effects for an unparalleled digital experience — and Perry’s performance will be exactly that.

“I’ve always wanted to be a part of the fun of Tomorrowland, and have been following the amazing innovation, technology, and invention that this festival has always been about for a long time,” said Perry. “I’m so glad to be a part of this version, and I hope my set makes you smile.” Set to a spectacular visual backdrop, Perry is set to perform some of her greatest hits as well as new music from her upcoming album Smile. 

Tomorrowland Around the World will bring together more than 60 of the planet’s most prominent artists in electronic dance music on 8 different stages. In addition to Perry, this year’s lineup includes Steve Aoki, Armin van Buuren, Afrojack, among others. For full details and tickets to the virtual fest visit tomorrowland.com.

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Frozen 2 Documentary Filmmaker Interview: Making Of Drama

Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell, aka Elsa and Anna of Frozen II, feature into the Disney+ doc.

Nothing bad ever happens at Disney. Or, at least, that’s the message the family-friendly company leads people to believe. You very rarely see or read raw, behind-the-scenes coverage from the mega-corporation because everything there is so carefully packaged. And that’s precisely why the new Disney+ show, Into the Unknown: Making Frozen II, comes as such a breath of fresh air.

“I think there was an openness to showing the process right from the very start so pushback wasn’t really there,” Harding told io9 over the phone last week. “Occasionally there was caution…but if we could explain why it was important that we have our cameras present, it was a rational discussion [and they went] ‘Oh, okay.’”

An early, internal test screen of Frozen II.
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It helped that Lee, Buck, and the Frozen team were already familiar with the documentarians, which is how the whole thing started in the first place. Harding and her team from Lincoln Square Productions previously worked with Disney on a 2014 ABC special about the making of the first Frozen. Fast forward to 2018, and on the exact same fall day Amy Astley, VP of Communications for Walt Disney Animation Studios and Into the Unknown EP, had two independent conversations with different people about the same thing: a possible documentary on the making of Frozen II. Those people were Jeanmarie Condon, the Senior Executive Producer of Lincoln Square, followed by the then-president of Disney Animation Studios, Andrew Millstein.

“It was just this sort of beautiful kismet, one day, two conversations,” Astley told io9. “And certainly from the outset, I knew working with Jeanmarie and Megan was completely the right way to go in making a documentary where we did truly want to show the real process behind the scenes. To not make something that would be so glossy that it would be toothless [but] to really have people who are experts in the documentary field come in and do that.”

This, of course, required a huge leap of faith from Frozen II directors Lee and Buck as well as their producer, Peter Del Vecho. “‘This would mean cameras are in your usually very private, creative space, and capturing things [they normally wouldn’t],’” Astley told us she relayed to Del Vecho when pitching the idea. “‘We are looking at doing a true documentary, which means [there’s] going to be some hard stuff shown in addition to the joyous stuff.’ And he was immediately on board and he approached Jen and Chris and they were as well. I think the bravery with which they approached the project is why you see what you see on screen.”

Frozen II director Chris Buck, producer Peter Del Vecho, and writer/director Jennifer Lee.

While Frozen II had been in production since about September 2016, Harding and her team were on the ground for only the last year before release in November 2019. They shot 115 days and ended up with about 1,300 hours of footage. Harding explained that while there were some discussions early on that maybe they should’ve started sooner, the fact is, the idea didn’t come up until 2018 and the animation process gets exponentially more interesting as it reaches the end.

“At that early stage in animation, the world is your oyster. You can go any which way you want,” Harding said. “Things start to close in, the further along the line you get. So for us as documentarians, the interesting part is when there aren’t many options anymore.”

The idea of making a sequel to one of the biggest animated films of all time somehow seems more…

Because the team wasn’t going to be there every day, Harding had a rough idea of the schedule and did her best to pick and choose the big events they needed to film. Things like story meetings with other Disney filmmakers, crew screenings, or voice recording with the cast that couldn’t be missed. However, the filmmaking process is so fluid, going off a schedule didn’t always work out.

“Part of [filming] was by keeping your ear to the ground, part of it was the luck of the draw, and another part was very strategic planning,” she said. “And then, of course, [sometimes] we would go up to the studio and discover that nothing planned was happening that day and the whole schedule had changed.”

Animator Malerie Walters uses her own face to help figure out a musical sequence in Frozen II.

All the while, almost nothing was off-limits to the crew. Not the Disney filmmakers giving the directors brutally honest notes after a screening. Not the tragic and touching story of Chris Buck’s son Ryder, who died in a car accident at 22. Not even the almost tangible fear and nerves Lee and Buck faced before test screening Frozen II in front of a real audience. In fact, the one thing you don’t see in the entire documentary is the meeting held after that test screening where Lee, Buck, and Del Vecho broke down what regular audience members thought of the film.

“We thought that we could film that meeting, which was why we were there,” Harding said. “And my understanding is that I don’t think that there was anything particularly controversial that happened in that meeting. They needed to get their head clear without the pressure of having cameras. I literally don’t think it was anything particularly remarkable from a story point, but from a creative point they just needed a little bit of space.”

Maybe the most shocking throughline in the film is how everyone, from the story artists and animators to the directors and songwriters, struggled with making the film’s big third act song, “Show Yourself,” work. Throughout the documentary, the song goes through huge changes that impact the quality of the entire film. Things got particularly interesting when the crew was getting ready to film a video meeting between the Disney offices in Burbank, California, and the songwriters, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, in Brooklyn, New York. As the meeting was about to take place, Harding, who was in Brooklyn with the Lopezs, started getting text messages.

“Our crew was in Burbank and they knew that Jen and Chris had been having a discussion about potentially losing ‘Show Yourself,’” Harding said. “They knew that that was going to happen. We did not know that was going to happen, except they started texting us. And obviously, the Lopezs did not know that at the time. So I was incredibly stressed because I wasn’t sure how it was going to go. I didn’t know how the Lopezs would take the news at all. It was a very stressful moment.”

Buck and Lee are joined by songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

In the end, though, the stress all seemed to work out. “Show Yourself” stayed in the picture, the movie was a record-breaking hit, and the team at Disney is happy with how the show turned out. However, according to Astley, there are no immediate plans to do another season for another movie.

“We don’t want to cut and paste this idea,” she said. “We want to really think about each film project coming up and what is the right thing we want to do with that. So there isn’t another Into the Unknown: Making of Frozen II for upcoming features of ours just yet. But we certainly have an eye out for it.”

Then there’s the question everyone wants to know. With their unique insight into the pressures and expectations behind Frozen II, could Lee, Buck, and their crew come back for Frozen III?

“They do not think about the next film, or if there will be a film—I mean a big ‘If there will be a film’—until they’ve had a moment to really digest what has happened on the last one,” Astley said.They don’t make the sequel unless it’s in their hearts and they’ve got a great idea for it…And I know we say that a lot and people sort of don’t believe us, but that is the truth of it.”

We can only hope, if it does happen, we get another documentary just like this.

Into the Unknown: Making of Frozen II is now on Disney+.

Correction: A previous version of this post misstated the cause of Ryder Buck’s death as cancer. Ryder was battling cancer but tragically died in a car accident. We regret the mistake and have corrected it in the article.  

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Idris Elba to produce series and films for Apple TV+ as part of first-look deal – Binge Watch News

Idris Elba. Photo: Instagram

British star Idris Elba has signed a first-look deal with Apple TV Plus under which he will produce series and films for the streaming service.

According to Variety, the 47-year-old actor will produce global series and features for the platform via his Green Door Pictures production company.

Elba, known for his performance in movies such as Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and Beasts of No Nation as well as BBC series Luther, founded Green Door in 2013.

Under the banner, the actor-producer has backed comedy film In The Long Run, Netflix comedy series Turn Up Charlie, short-form shows The Idris Takeover and 5 5 and upcoming movie Concrete Cowboy.

Prior to Elba, entertainment industry giants like Oprah Winfrey, Alfonso Cuaron, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Justin Lin, Kerry Ehrin, Jason Katims, Lee Eisenberg, Monica Beletsky, Sharon Horgan, Alena Smith and Simon Kinberg have signed a first-look deal with Apple TV Plus.

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