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January 4, 2023

Disney's Box Office Streak Continues with $4.9B Year

Capitalizing on the blockbuster success of Avatar: The Way of Water, Disney finished as the No. 1 studio at the box office in 2022. Worldwide, the House of Mouse netted $4.9 billion, with $2 billion in domestic revenue. The achievement marks the seventh consecutive year that the studio took home the top honor. In addition to the success of the Avatar sequel, Disney produced three other of the top eight grossing films, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and Thor: Love and Thunder.

Prime Video Expected to Launch Stand-alone App For Live Sports

Amazon is all in on live sports. In addition to Thursday Night Football, one can also find Yankees broadcasts and Premier League soccer on the streaming service. However, signs point to the fact that this is just the beginning. Reports indicate that Prime Video is exploring a standalone app that will support its live sports – and general sports coverage efforts. There are no details about the potential timeline to launch at this time.

Sam Bankman-Fried Pleads Not Guilty in Federal District Court

Tuesday marked the 14th birthday of Bitcoin, but it also commemorated disgraced FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried‘s most recent appearance in court in the US. Bankman-Fried appeared in front of a judge in Federal District Court, where he submitted a “not guilty” plea in response to a slew of charges related to the implosion of FTX. Authorities released him to the protection of his parents in their Palo Alto home. As part of the conditions issued in the most recent appearance, the court prohibited Bankman-Fried from moving any money around between his holdings with FTX, Alameda Research, and any other ventures.

Bad Bunny x Adidas Release Official Date for Cloud White Drop

Bad Bunny is looking to pick up 2023 right where he left off in 2022. The superstar, who topped nearly every list in the music industry in 2022, will drop his most recent footwear collab with Adidas around Jan. 28. He previewed the Cloud White in the “El Apagón” video, but no timeline for its release was known at the time. The shoe will retail for $150.

Damar Hamlin Remains in Critical Condition as Charity Fund Raises Over $6.1M

Football fans watched in horror on Monday night as Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin experienced a cardiac arrest on the field. Hamlin was brought to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he remains in critical condition. According to his uncle, Dorrian Glenn, Hamlin is still on a ventilator but demonstrates good progress in his lung capacity. The NFL confirmed that the game would not be resumed this week, marking the first time since 1940 that a game will not be completed. While Hamlin remains in the hospital, a toy drive he started soon after he transitioned to the league has amassed over $6.1 million in donations from fans and fellow players alike.

De La Soul Prepares to Step into the Streaming Era

De La Soul blazed the path for modern hip-hop to thrive. The 3 Feet High and Rising rappers confirmed that they will finally bring their music to streaming services, introducing a new generation to their iconic catalog. The group owns their masters, but conceded to bring all of their work released between 1989 and 2001 to streaming this coming March. In a statement, De La Soul frontman Maseo confirmed the news, saying, “It’s been 20-plus years overdue, but finally, we are here.”

John Cena Return Delivers Record Viewership for WWE

John Cena re-entered the ring for Friday Night Smackdown. The wrestler-turned-entertainer teamed up with Kevin Owens to take down Roman Reigns and Sami Zayn. The matchup attracted a crowd of 2.63 million, marking the highest tally for the franchise since 2020. It also marked an 11% uptick from the previous week.