The much anticipated Disney Plus streaming service of the House of Mouse crashed on its debut Tuesday as a large influx of subscribers tried to log in at once, to the disappointment of many Mouseketeers.
Priced at only 7 U.S. dollars per month or 70 dollars per year, Disney Plus proved to be a beast not a beauty on its launch day, with plenty of disappointed subscribers reporting glitches and delays in connection attempts.
Twitter users complained about problems with accessing the service or some of its features since Tuesday morning, and digital service monitoring site Downdetector found more than 7,000 reports of problems before the number dropped off.
Some mentioned difficulties in signing up, logging in and streaming, while others reported they couldn't log in at all, only seeing blank screens, "error" or "unable to connect" messages.
Seth Shapiro, CEO of Alpha Networks, who formerly ran Disney's game division and launched the early pioneering DVR service Tivo, told Xinhua that "you would have thought of all companies, that Disney could have pulled this off without a glitch."
But a spokesperson for Disney attributed the issues to excessive expectations caused by overwhelming consumer demand in a statement on Tuesday.
"While we are pleased by this incredible response, we are aware of the current user issues and are working to swiftly resolve them," said the spokesperson.
Data firm Jumpshot reported that Disney Plus already has 2 million U.S. subscribers prior to its launch, and Morgan Stanley analyst Benjamin Swinburne previously predicted that Disney Plus could attract as many as 20 million subscribers by the end of 2020.
In addition to the blockbuster "Star Wars" trilogies and the live-action Star Wars series "The Mandalorian," Disney Plus will also carry all of the popular Pixar movies, as well as 600 more movies and TV shows.
Apart from such an embarrassment of riches, Disney's chest of gold also includes 16 of the highest-grossing superhero movies of all time: the blockbuster Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise.
Although fans might be frustrated by the delays, "it's definitely worth the wait," Siri Stromsted, a long-time Disney fan and mother of three Next Gen Disney fans, told Xinhua.
R&B crooner John Legend has been named the Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine.
The Grammy-winning singer known for his silky-smooth vocals was revealed as this year's winner Tuesday night on NBC's "The Voice." He serves as a coach on the singing competition series with Gwen Stefani, Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton.
Shelton, who was named Sexiest Man Alive in 2017, announced Legend's honor on "The Voice." The country singer then handed Legend some short shorts with bedazzled letters "EGOTSMA" to signify the singer's many honors: an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony and now, Sexiest Man Alive.
Legend tells the magazine in an issue out Friday the honor comes with some pressure after following Idris Elba, who was last year's winner. He jokes it "is not fair and is not nice to me!"
The 40-year-old Legend is a 10-time Grammy winner. He scored an Oscar in 2015 for co-writing the song "Glory" from the film "Selma." He won a Tony Award for his co-producer work on "Jitney" and took home an Emmy as a producer on NBC's live version of "Jesus Christ Superstar," a project in which he also played the role of Jesus.
Legend has two children with model-television host-cookbook author Chrissy Teigen.
Other recent winners include Dwayne Johnson, Chris Hemsworth, Adam Levine, Channing Tatum and David Beckham.
"I want to thank Blake Shelton," Legend said. "I observed every move he made, every utterance that came from his mouth and I think some of it rubbed off on me."
Legend said his wife is proud of him.
"I've finally impressed her," he said.
The couple's children? Not so much. Teigen posted a video of the reveal of their daughter asking to turn off "The Voice" and go back to a movie. Teigen titled the post "The kids ... do not care."
Rabeya, Sadat receive Exim Bank-Anyadin Humayun Ahmed Literary Award
Dhaka, Nov 12 (UNB) - The 71st birth anniversary of legendary writer, author, dramatist, screenwriter, playwright and filmmaker Humayun Ahmed will be celebrated on Wednesday.
Humayun Ahmed (November 13, 1948 – July 19, 2012) who was often regarded as the best writer in Bengali literature after Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam got his major breakthrough with debut novel Nondito Noroke published in 1972.
He wrote over 200 fiction and non-fiction books, all of which were bestsellers in Bangladesh and are still popular among his readers. His books were the top sellers at the Ekushey Book Fair during the 1990s and 2000s.
For his majestic writing, he won many prestigious awards, including country’s highest honor Ekushey Padak (1994) award, and Bangla Academy Literary Award (1981), for his contribution to Bengali literature.
As a prolific filmmaker, he went on to make a total of eight films - each based on his own novels and won seven Bangladesh National Film Awards in different categories for the films Daruchini Dwip, Aguner Poroshmoni and Ghetuputra Komola.
Often credited with revitalising Bengali literature, Humayun Ahmed is best known for his ‘magic-realism’ based writing.
Family members and different cultural organisations along with TV channels, radio stations and print media have chalked out various programmes to celebrate the birthday of the prominent figure of Bengali literature.
A solo book fair featuring books of Humayun Ahmed will be inaugurated at Public Library on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the Exim Bank-Anyadin Humayun Ahmed Literary Award was distributed among the recipients at Bangla Academy’s Abdul Karim Shattya Bisharad Auditorium on Tuesday.
Prominent writer Rabeya Khatun and emerging writer Sadat Hossain won this year’s award.
Presided by National Professor Anisuzzaman, the programme was attended by Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen as the chief guest. Actor and former Minister of Cultural Affairs Asaduzzaman Noor, Humayun Ahmed’s brother Muhammed Zafar Iqbal and wife and actress Meher Afroz Shaon spoke on the occasion.
"The Simpsons," ''Cinderella" and several movies from the Star Wars and Marvel universes will share a streaming home Tuesday as Disney Plus debuts.
Subscribers will initially get more than 500 movies and 7,500 TV episodes. That's expected to grow to 620 movies and 10,000 episodes in five years, as existing deals with rival streaming services expire.
The service will cost $7 a month, or $70 for the year if paid up front. Four people can stream simultaneously on a single subscription. Disney Plus is also offering downloads for offline viewing on up to 10 devices.
Here's a look at what will be available at launch:
"The Mandalorian" Star Wars series, about a bounty hunter from the same planet as Boba Fett. First episode on Tuesday, with a new episode every Friday.
"High School Musical: The Musical: The Series," a mockumentary about a high school musical, with episodes airing weekly.
Live-action version of the Disney animated classic "Lady and the Tramp."
"Noelle," a holiday movie starring Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader.
Documentary series "Encore!" reuniting high school musical casts to perform their shows again, featuring Kristen Bell.
Documentary series about Disney called "The Imagineering Story."
"The World According to Jeff Goldblum," in which the actor tackles different topics like sneakers and tattoos.
"Marvel's Hero Project" a nonfiction series about kids who perform community service.
Pixar animated short film series "Forky Asks a Question," about a character from "Toy Story 4," and SparkShorts, Pixar's animated short film program.
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Disney's movie classics such as "Cinderella," ''Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," ''Pinocchio," ''Swiss Family Robinson" and "Fantasia."
The majority of the 21 Pixar movies will be on the service. Disney Plus won't launch with a few, including "Coco," and "Toy Story 4," but all of them should be available within the first year.
Past 30 seasons of "The Simpsons."
Two X-Men movies, "X-Men: Evolution" and "Wolverine and the X-Men."
Other Fox movies such as "Avatar," ''Home Alone" and "Miracle on 34th Street."
Eight movies initially: "Avengers: Endgame," ''Avengers: Age of Ultron," ''Iron Man," ''Iron Man 3," ''Captain Marvel," ''Thor: The Dark World," ''Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Ant-Man"
The first two trilogies: "The Phantom Menace," ''Attack of the Clones," ''Revenge of the Sith," ''A New Hope," ''The Empire Strikes Back," ''Return of the Jedi."
Two newer entrants: "The Force Awakens" and "Rogue One."
The full library including shows such as "Wild Yellowstone," ''Kingdom of the White Wolf" and "Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted."
Some movies and shows will await expiration of existing streaming deals with rivals. The Pixar cartoon "Coco," the live-action "Beauty and the Beast" and the Star Wars movies "The Last Jedi" and "Solo" fall in this category.
Others like "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" and "The Lion King" remake haven't been released for streaming yet. "Maleficent" is still in theaters.
Other original TV shows like Marvel's "Loki" are still in the works.
Veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar has been hospitalised after she complained of difficulty in breathing in the early hours of Monday.
Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar complained of difficulty in breathing in the early hours of Monday, November 11, 2019, following which she was rushed to Breach Candy Hospital, in South Mumbai. Earlier reports suggested that the singer is critical and has been admitted in the ICU. The authorities of Breach Candy say that she is under observation and her condition is currently stable, reports INDIA TODAY.
Reports further claimed that Lata Mangeshkar was brought in around 2 am on Monday after she complained of chest congestion. "She was brought to the hospital at about 2 am. She is critical and in ICU," a hospital insider told PTI.
Speaking to India Today Television, Lata Mangeshkar's niece Rachana, while asking to respect the family's need for privacy, said that the singer was admitted due to chest infection, and is on the road to recovery. Mangeshkar is responding well to the medication, and they are hoping to take her home in a couple of days. Rachana said, "We have admitted Lata Ji to keep her comfortable and she is better than last night. In a matter of 3-4 days, she will be absolutely fine. Her condition is stable, and on the path to recovery."
A hospital representative also told India Today Television, "She was down with a little bit of chest viral infection. She is fine. She is definitely better since last night. And she will be absolutely fine in a matter of 3-4 days."
It was only yesterday that the veteran singer tweeted about Padmini Kolhapure's comeback to the big screen with Arjun Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt and Kriti Sanon's Panipat. She wrote, Namaskar. Meri bhaanji Padmini Kolhapure ek bahut acchi kalakar hai aur ab woh Panipat is film mein Gopika bai ka kirdaar nibha rahi hai. Main Padmini ko aashirwad deti hun aur Ashutosh aur unki team ko shubhkaamanayein deti hun.":
Lata Mangeshkar celebrated her 90th birthday on September 28. The whole of B-Town came out to wish the Nightingale of India on her special day. She was even conferred with the title of Daughter of the Nation, as a tribute to her contribution to Indian film music over seven decades.
Lata Mangeshkar, a recipient of the Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Dadasaheb Phalke Awards, is an icon of Indian cinema, having sung playback for an extensive list of Hindi films. Mangeshkar, who belongs to a prominent musical family, has also composed music as well as produced a handful of films.