Lynn Williams, Megan Rapinoe and More Make World Cup Roster
After weeks of anticipation, the United States Women’s National Team finally released the names of the 23 women heading to Australia and New Zealand to compete in the FIFA Women’s World Cup next month. Among those representing the red, white, and blue include Gotham teammates Lynn Williams, Kristie Mewis, and Kelley O’Hara, reigning NWSL champions Crystal Dunn and Sophia Smith of the Portland Thorns, veteran striker Megan Rapinoe of OL Reign, and Angel City rookie Alyssa Thompson. The team got the star treatment, President Biden and the first lady, Lil Wayne, Issa Rae, and many more helped deliver the news.
GloRilla, Central Cee Headline XXL’s Freshman Class
The 2023 XXL Freshman Class is here. The 12 artists gracing this year’s coveted cover are 2Rare, West London rapper Central Cee, Milwaukee native DC The Don, breakout entertainers Finesse2Tymes and GloRilla, Fridayy, New Yorker Lola Brooke and Luh Tyler, New Orleans-born Rob49, Florida native Real Boston Richey, SleazyWorld Go, and Houston sensation TiaCorine. According to the release unveiling the lineup, XXL writes that the Freshman class distinction is “selected based on the artists’ undeniable impact.”
Patrick Mahomes, LeBron James, & Mikaela Shiffrin Will Vie for Top Award at 2023 ESPYs
The 2023 ESPYS are a few weeks away, and on Wednesday the nominations were revealed for the annual awards show that celebrates the best in sports. Unsurprisingly, this year’s NFL and Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes picked up Best NFL Player and Best Athlete, Men’s Sports nominations. Other standout nominees include Candace Parker with her sixth consecutive for Best WNBA Player, LSU women’s basketball national champion Angel Reese for Best Breakthrough Athlete, LeBron James for Best Record-breaking Performance, and Olympic skier Mikaela Shiffrin in the same category, in addition to Best Athlete, Women’s Sports. The ESPYS will air live on July 12 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Could Your Favorite HBO Shows Be Coming to Netflix?
Much to everyone’s surprise, two major streaming platforms are reportedly looking for ways to work together. According to Deadline, Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) is in talks to license HBO titles to Netflix. The select catalog of content would release on Netflix on a non-exclusive basis, meaning they will continue streaming on MAX, the rebranded WBD-owned service that launched in May. Among the first program that WBD will license to Netflix is the beloved series Insecure, which ran for five seasons from 2016-2021. Sources emphasized the deal is not complete and could still fall through, but it marks a significant moment for streamers who juggle multiple passwords.
FTC Accuses Amazon of “Tricking & Trapping” Customers with Prime Subscription
Amazon is in hot water with the Federal Trade Commission. In a new lawsuit against the retail giant, the FTC alleges that Amazon tricked consumers into committing to a Prime membership and curbed users’ attempts to cancel. The FTC said in a statement that Amazon participated in a “years-long effort to enroll consumers into its Prime program without their consent while knowingly making it difficult for consumers to cancel their subscriptions to Prime.” In response to that claim, a rep for Amazon said the FTC’s accusations are untrue and the agency announced the matter without giving the company prior notice.
Bad Bunny’s ‘El Muerto’ Removed from Sony’s 2024 Release Calendar
Bad Bunny’s forthcoming project is the latest to be affected by the ongoing WGA strikes. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Sony has removed El Muerto, a Marvel film about a luchador supervillain starring the Puerto Rican singer, from its theatrical-release calendar. The Spider-Man spin-off was previously scheduled for a Jan. 12, 2024 release. Sources cite another possible variable contributing to its postponement as Bad Bunny’s touring schedule, but no official word has emerged from the entertainer’s camp. Bad Bunny first announced El Muerto at CinemaCon 2022, and shooting was supposed to begin last August in Los Angeles. But since the initial announcement, there have been no major updates.