Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the ‘Peanuts’ crew headed to Apple

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the "Peanuts" crew are headed to Apple. The tech giant has struck a deal with global children's content and brands company — DHX Media — to develop original "Peanuts" programs for Apple's streaming service, including new series, specials, and shorts based on the beloved characters, according to The Associated Press. Per the … Continue reading “Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the ‘Peanuts’ crew headed to Apple”

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the "Peanuts" crew are headed to Apple.

The tech giant has struck a deal with global children's content and brands company — DHX Media — to develop original "Peanuts" programs for Apple's streaming service, including new series, specials, and shorts based on the beloved characters, according to The Associated Press.

Per the outlet, DHX will produce original short-form STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) content that will be exclusive to Apple, like astronaut Snoopy.

The new programs are part of Peanuts Worldwide and NASA's Space Act Agreement, designed to inspire a passion for space exploration and STEM among the next generation of students.

"Peanuts" was first created by Charles M. Schulz in 1950.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.  

Netflix is testing instant replays

Every TV show and movie contains memorable scenes, some of which you wouldn't mind experiencing more than once. Netflix realizes this and is currently testing a new instant replay feature for the streaming service.

As the Los Angeles Times reports, Netflix is identifying key scenes within movies and TV shows and adding an instant replay option for them. Viewers see a pop-up appear on the screen as one of these scenes ends, allowing a button click or screen tap to play the whole scene over again. Scott Renshaw, who's experienced the feature (and doesn't like it) confirmed that the words popping up on screen read "Watch this scene again."

A Netflix spokesperson explained, "We're trying out a feature which gives Netflix members the ability to rewatch favorite scenes and memorable moments with the click of a button. Right now we're just looking to learn from it and may or may not roll it out more broadly in the future."

While some viewers may love this idea, I suspect the majority won't mainly because it requires a pop-up appearing on the screen every time a scene replay is available. TV and movie content is created to be watched uninterrupted, and this feature disrupts that. However, offering scene replays through the Netflix main menu instead would certainly be acceptable. Offering scene replays when you pause streaming could also work well.

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    Do you have Netflix face? How the blue light from your phone, laptop and iPad is ruining your skin

    Look away now, because blue light from your mobile phone, laptop and other devices could be causing damage, premature aging and hyperpigmentation to your skin.

    According to experts, spending hours each day online could be having a drastic impact on the health of our skin – and it's all to do with blue light.

    How long do you spend each day looking at a screen?


    From mobile phones to staring at our computer screens and tablets, we're clocking up hours upon hours of time exposing our skin to blue light (otherwise known as high-energy visible light).

    According to Glamour, it's having a detrimental impact on our skin, with 79 percent of us checking our smartphones before bed.

    Added to that, 28 percent of us will reach for our phones in the five minutes before we turn out the lights and over half of us check our devices within 15 minutes of waking up.

    According to Dr. Sweta Rai, a spokeswoman for the British Association of Dermatologists, light from your screens can "cause some pigmentation problems."

    "They can give you a falsely aged appearance, we see that often in darker skin people," she explained.

    "If you look at a pristine face and put brown spots on it it will look aged from sun damage.

    "There is some truth to the fact that blue light penetrates deeper into the skin compared to UV light.

    "And that is being studied at the moment as to what effect it does have."

    The effect of blue light on our skin has led to several beauty brands launching blue light-fighting products.

    Earlier this year, dermatologist and clinical assistant professor at New York University Shari Marchbein, told Allure: "Visible light, especially in the blue wavelength, has become a hot topic in skin care, as there is mounting evidence that supports its contribution to photo-aging, including wrinkles, worsening skin laxity, and hyperpigmentation."

    And it seems other practicing dermatologists have noticed a growing trend in accelerated hyperpigmentation.

    Dr. Engelman, consulting dermatologist for Elizabeth Arden told Glamour: "Women in their early twenties come into my office with heightened pigmentation.

    "When I look into the waiting room, they’re all sat staring at their screens.

    "As this accelerated hyperpigmentation is developing out of proportion to their sun damage and darkening over the winter months, we know it can’t be due to UV.

    "The pigment cells are feeding off this new indoor light pollution.”

    Other experts recommend going hands-free (to avoid direct contact with your skin while you're on the phone) or turning devices onto night mode.

    And if you struggle with acne or blemishes, switching to hands-free could minimize breakouts, too.

    Dr. Mahto, author of The Skincare Bible, told Refinery29: “Spots on one cheek could be related to mobile phone use, where a dirty screen surface, combined with heat and occlusion, may stimulate the oil glands.”

    If this wasn't scary enough, some experts have claimed over-exposing ourselves to screens can result in an altered face shape.

    "Continuous looking down and squinting has changed the way people’s faces sit,” said celebrity facialist Nichola Joss.

    Time to log off? We think so.

    This story originally appeared in The Sun.

    Miley Cyrus confirms ‘Black Mirror’ role

    Miley Cyrus appeared to clear the air when she addressed rumors over a possible part on the hit Netflix series "Black Mirror."

    Cyrus, 26, was asked whether she will have a role in the Emmy Award-winning series' fifth season during an appearance Wednesday on Howard Stern's Sirius XM show. The singer appeared coy when answering, according to The Hollywood Reporter.


    "If you guess it, then I will shake my head 'yes,' or 'no,'" she told Stern.

    The host told his audience that the "Wrecking Ball" singer will appear on the series.


    Netflix has remained mum on the premiere date of the fifth season but appeared to accidentally tweet earlier this month that "Black Mirror: Bandersnatch" would air on Friday, Dec. 28, Entertainment Weekly reported.

    However, the tweet was deleted moments later and the streaming service has not formally announced when Season 5 will premiere.

    The show has featured several A-list celebrities, including Bryce Dallas Howard, Jon Hamm and Daniel Kaluuya. Jodie Foster directed the episode “Arkangel” which appeared in the show’s fourth season.

    Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for You can follow her at @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.

    Queen’s mega-hit ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is 20th century’s most streamed song

    British band Queen’s most well-known tune, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” has become the 20th century’s most streamed song.

    Universal Music Group said the song has been streamed more than 1.6 billion times globally on streaming platforms such as Spotify. The song which was recorded in 1975 reached number one on the charts twice in the United Kingdom in the years 1975 and 1991, The Guardian reported.


    The song reached new popularity following the film “Bohemian Rhapsody” which chronicled the band’s success. The movie is also a success and has grossed more than $173 million domestically, according to Box Office Mojo. The film is currently in theaters and received a best picture drama Golden Globe nomination. Rami Malek, who portrayed Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the film, received a Golden Globe nomination as well.

    From left: Brian May, Adam Lambert and Roger Taylor of Queen. (AP)

    The band’s guitarist, Brian May, said in a statement that he was “very happy” to hear the song was still successful.


    “So the river of rock music has metamorphosed into streams! Very happy that our music is still flowing to the max!” May said in a statement, according to The Guardian.

    Other songs that were close to being the most streamed of the 20th century include Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and Guns N Roses’ “Sweet Child O’Mine.”

    Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for You can follow her at @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.

    Jennifer Aniston, Dolly Parton’s funniest moments, from jaw-dropping threesome comment to ‘Friends’ joke

    Jennifer Aniston and Dolly Parton have grown close in recent years, particularly as they traveled across the country to promote the Netflix original movie "Dumplin" which features original music from the country superstar. The movie centers around a former beauty queen whose plus-sized teen daughter — a Parton superfan — decides to compete in the pageant she's organizing.

    Though they may seem like an unlikely duo, the pair clearly has a mutual admiration for one another.

    "She’s magic," Aniston said of Parton, who served as inspiration for the film, in an interview with InStyle magazine in August 2018. "I remember the first thing she said to me when she walked into my house. I said, 'I don’t know how you do everything you’re still doing.” She said, “Well, I dreamed myself into a corner, and now I gotta live up to it.'


    Parton told E! News in September 2017 she was "excited" to work with Aniston on the soundtrack album for "Dumplin."

    “I love her to death,” Parton said of Aniston on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" in December.

    The stars have shared several hilarious — and occasionally raunchy — jokes with one another as they've gotten more comfortable with each other. Here are some of the highlights.

    The threesome fantasy

    During a December 2018 appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” Parton shocked the crowd when she revealed a secret about her husband of more than 50 years, Carl Thomas Dean.

    Dean, Parton said, is understandably a huge fan of Aniston's and he couldn't contain his excitement when he discovered his wife would be working alongside her on "Dumplin."

    “My husband is crazy about her,” she told late-night host Jimmy Fallon. “He was more excited that I was going to do a movie with her than he was that I got the chance to write all this music. See, I think he kinda fantasizes, like, a threesome with us.”

    Obviously, the news quickly got around. Aniston couldn't help but laugh, explaining how the comment is classic Parton.

    “My mouth just dropped,” Aniston told USA TODAY. “And then I laughed my (butt) off. That’s Dolly."

    Movie screening secret

    Aniston and Parton said the once secretly sneaked into a packed theater to watch the audience react to a screening of "Dumplin."

    The friends tried to stay under the radar but Parton could hardly contain her excitement.


    "During one of the funnier parts, she’s stifling her laugh and whispers to me, 'They can’t hear my laugh. They’ll know my laugh.' A couple of minutes later I look over and she’s crying, and she says, 'But they don’t know my tears,'" Aniston shared with InStyle while doing her best Parton impression.

    Party crasher

    Of course, Sandra Bullock brings the party. The actress crashed an Access Hollywood interview with Aniston and Parton in December 2018, bringing the celebrities a tray full of cocktails — tequila, to be specific.

    "Oh my gosh! That's what I was waiting for," Aniston joked as Bullock handed her a glass.

    "Are you for real? Is this real? Are we really? I can't do this," Aniston added. "I'll take a sip."

    They then each took a glass of tequila and a slice of lime, taking a sip of straight tequila as they exchanged cheers.

    "I guess it's always 5 o'clock with Jennifer Aniston and Sandra Bullock!" Parton later joked in a tweet.

    Parton’s “Friends” pick

    Parton is sticking to girl code when it comes to her new pal Aniston.

    While playing the game "Dolly would or Dolly wouldn't" with James Corden on "The Late Late Show," the host asked Parton who which male "Friends" lead she would marry, get intimate with or "spend the rest of your life" with them on a cruise with: Joey (Matt LeBlanc), Ross (David Schwimmer), and Chandler (Matthew Perry).

    Aniston's jaw dropped as Corden described each of the three categories.

    But Parton was quick to answer Corden's question, noting that Monica (Courtney Cox) was already with Chandler and Ross was with Rachel (Aniston), so those two choices were clearly out when it came to getting intimate.

    "Ross was with you," Parton said, pointing at Aniston. "Now we're girlfriends we wouldn't do that."

    Aniston gave the crowd a thumbs up and nodded her head.

    "Joey though, on the other hand, he was the only one who left the show kinda single, so I think I’d go with him," Parton said, though she added he "probably had clap and syphilis, so [she'd] take him to the doctor.”

    In the end, Parton said she'd likely marry Joey, take Ross to Dollywood and sleep with Chandler.

    Jennifer Earl is an SEO editor for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @jenearlyspeakin.

    Jennifer Aniston calls Netflix’s $100 million ‘Friends’ deal ‘amazing’

    Jennifer Aniston said she's blown away that "Friends" still has an audience big enough to prompt multi-million dollar business deals to keep it from disappearing on Netflix.

    "I find it amazing that it's continued to have such love and such an audience and such an appetite for it," Aniston told The Associated Press Thursday at the premiere of her Netflix film "Dumplin'."

    Netflix announced earlier in the week that it was keeping the adventures of Ross, Rachel, Phoebe and Joey available to subscribers through 2019 — at a reported $100 million price tag to the streaming service after an outcry from fans.

    "I think it says a lot about the show. Especially since it takes place at a time where it's so different from now. You know, people actually spoke to each other and hung out with each other and talked," Aniston said.

    WarnerMedia owns the show, which aired on NBC for ten years ending in 2004. It won six Emmy Awards, including a best comedy actress Emmy for Aniston.

    Netflix paid more than triple the $30 million a year it had been paying for "Friends," The New York Times reported earlier this week, citing two unidentified people with direct knowledge of the deal

    "Friends" could soon appear more places online. The Times said nothing in the Netflix deal prevented the show from appearing on a streaming service AT&T plans to launch in 2020.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

    You can find Sasha Savitsky on Twitter @SashaFB.

    5 Christmas, holiday movies you can stream this weekend

    The holiday season is officially upon us, and it’s time to get into the spirit in the best way we know how — binge-watching movies to feel festive.

    Holiday movies have been a longstanding tradition in December, with many films designed for the sole purpose of getting you and your family in the mood to celebrate in whatever way you see fit. There’s certainly no shortage of films that are currently streaming on a myriad of platforms, so to help the often overwhelming holiday clutter, below is our rundown of the top five movies you can stream online this weekend:

    “Home Alone” and “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” (Hulu)

    These films are a brilliant two-parter that’s fun for the whole family. When eight-year-old troublemaker Kevin McCallister’s giant family messes up their holiday travel headcount, he finds himself all alone in their giant house thinking it was his Christmas wish that sent them away. While a normal child might get scared at the prospect of being all alone, Kevin is no ordinary kid. Not even the local burglars are clever enough to stop a child armed with Christmas decorations, toys and a mischievous streak. This remains true when they find themselves in the same situation a year later in New York City.

    “Miracle on 34th Street” (Hulu)

    When a mall Santa Clause starts showing signs of being the real deal, a single mother/lawyer and her true-believing daughter must prove to the world that not only is there a Santa Claus, but that this Mr. Kringle is it. This remake of a classic 1947 film is streaming today so that you and your family can watch and, hopefully, debate the reality of both Santa and Christma magic for yourselves.

    “Broadcasting Christmas” (Amazon Prime Video)

    When two exes and hungry news broadcasters find themselves competing for the same co-hosting position at a popular New York City morning show, they spend the holiday season at odds hoping that they’ll edge the other one out and get the big job. However, the Christmas season is no time for being at odds with someone you love, and a spark rekindles between the exes in this Hallmark original starring Melissa Joan Hart and Dean Cain. If you want family-friendly with a little romance, this is the perfect choice for you.

    “The Christmas Chronicles” (Netflix)

    A recent addition to the pantheon of holiday movies, Netflix’s “The Christmas Chronicles” tells the story of a curious young girl and her non-believing older brother after they stowaway on Santa’s sleigh, accidentally disabling it. With Christmas spirit down across the world and Santa unable to deliver gifts, the duo have to fix the mistake they made with a little help from a less-than-conventional Santa. If you’re a true Christmas movie fan, it might be high time to gather around the TV for something brand new. Who knows, maybe it’ll become your new holiday tradition?

    “An American Tail” (Netflix)

    This classic film opens on a Hanukkah celebration as the Mousekevitz family celebrates and prepares to leave their home in Russia to escape persecution by unruly cats in the area in Steven Spielberg's no-so-subtle metaphor for Jewish people escaping persecution from the Nazis in Germany. The story features the family’s intrepid young son, Fievel, after he’s separated and must befriend a cavalcade of friends in order to reunite him with his family. This 1986 holiday classic may be unconventional for the whole family, but is certainly a safe choice for those that want a little dose of history with their celebration.

    5 things to watch on Fox Nation this weekend

    Fox Nation, the new on-demand, subscription-based streaming service for Fox News super fans, has officially launched.

    In addition to its daily live programming, the streaming service is home to exclusive documentaries, such as "Scandalous: ABSCAM" and “Riddle: The Search for James R. Hoffa.”

    For those new subscribers, here's a look at what's available to binge-watch this weekend:

    1. “Scandalous: Chappaquiddick”

    Sen. Ted Kennedy’s political career was tarnished on July 18, 1969, when his car crashed off a bridge on the tiny Massachusetts island of Chappaquiddick, plunging into the dark waters of the tide-swept Poucha Pond and killing 28-year-old passenger Mary Jo Kopechne — a mystery that continues to haunt “America’s Royal Family.”

    The shocking events leading up to the political aide’s demise are the subject of Fox Nation’s new documentary titled “Scandalous: Chappaquiddick,” which aims to investigate how the youngest Kennedy narrowly escaped from drowning and returned back to his hotel room unharmed.

    The Fox Nation special features never-before-seen interviews and retellings of the events that night, cracking down on the truth, pieces of evidence and errors that were apparent.


    2. “The Fuhrman Diaries”

    John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963, while traveling through Dallas, Texas in an open-top convertible, forever shaping America. Former Los Angeles detective Mark Fuhrman is hoping to share his insight nearly 60 years later after the horrific event took the life of the young president.

    The 66-year-old is the host of Fox Nation’s new docuseries “The Fuhrman Diaries,” where he reveals private thoughts and analysis on criminal cases that have defined the last half-century. Furhman admitted the shocking televised killing of Kennedy is a case he has obsessed over for years and has long wondered about the identity of the president's assassin.

    3. “Scandalous: ABSCAM”

    In the late 1970s, skepticism of American politics was at an all-time high after Watergate eroded the public’s trust in politicians and corruption in Washington D.C. seemed par for the course. That was until master conman-turned-FBI informant Mel Weinberg entered the picture.

    "Scandalous: ABSCAM" follows Weinberg and several highly skilled FBI agents as they orchestrate an elaborate undercover sting operation involving a faux Arab sheik, briefcases of cash, hidden cameras, and eventually, six congressmen and one U.S. senator. The legendary FBI sting known as ABSCAM leads to such shocking revelations and controversy that decades later would inspire the Oscar-nominated film "American Hustle."

    Through fascinating archival footage and in-depth interviews with major players, including Weinberg himself, "Scandalous: ABSCAM" delves into the epic story of the groundbreaking undercover operation that shook the nation’s core and changed American politics forever.

    4. “Riddle: The Search for James R. Hoffa”

    In 1975, James Riddle Hoffa, the legendary head of the Teamsters Union, disappeared off the face of the earth. For more than four decades, countless tips, rumors and theories of his whereabouts have all led to dead ends. But could the answer finally be inside a small house on a quiet, tree-lined street in the Detroit suburbs?

    “Riddle” follows journalist Eric Shawn's quest to track down clues and tie up loose ends on a story he has been working on for over 15 years — the deathbed confession of mobster Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran: he confessed he murdered Hoffa and pointed out the Detroit house where he claims he did it.

    Shawn and his crew brought in a forensic team in 2004 and found blood evidence, which resulted in the local authorities digging up the floorboards to have blood residue tested. Using exclusive archival material including unearthed Hoffa family home movies, “Riddle” retraces his last steps and methodically investigates the claims of “The Irishman” to see if the riddle can be solved once and for all.

    5. “Borked”

    "Borked" chronicles the epic battle over control of the U.S. Supreme Court when, in 1987, Judge Robert Bork's name entered the dictionary as a verb meaning "to systematically and savagely defame and vilify your opponent." He was at the center of an epic battle over control of the U.S. Supreme Court between President Ronald Reagan and the Democrat-controlled Senate led by Ted Kennedy and Joe Biden.

    Netflix’s ‘Baby’ comes under fire for glamorizing teenage prostitution

    The National Center of Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is slamming Netflix’s new Italian drama “Baby” for promoting sex trafficking, Fox News has learned.

    The series, which premiered Friday morning, tells the story of two teen girls from a wealthy part of Rome who are fed up with their families and classmates and are drawn to the city’s seedy underworld.

    The six-part series has a TV-MA rating and stars Benedetta Porcaroli, Alice Pagani and Riccardo Mandolini.

    Variety reported the show is loosely based on real events from 2014, the so-called “Baby Squillo” scandal, that involved two high school girls from Rome’s ritzy Parioli district selling sex in order to buy designer clothes and electronic gadgets. Five people, including the mothers and both young women, were arrested at the time.

    Haley Halverson, vice president of advocacy and outreach for NCOSE, told Fox News she was outraged by the show’s premise, which she says glorifies sex trafficking.


    “The show, set in Italy, portrays a group of teenagers entering into prostitution as an ‘edgy coming-of-age’ story,” she explained. “The problem is that there is no such thing as an ‘underage prostitute’ — according to international, Italian and US federal law, anyone being bought and sold for sex under the age of 18 years old is by definition a sex trafficking victim.

    “In the real-life Italian ‘scandal’ that ‘Baby’ is based on, the girls were 14 and 15 years old, being bought by older wealthy men, and the mother of one of the teenagers was arrested for helping pimp them out. This was sexual exploitation and manipulation of vulnerable minors, not the grounds for ‘edgy’ entertainment.”

    Halverson added that back in January NCOSE started a petition joined by 55 survivors of sex trafficking asking Netflix to halt production. However, she claimed the streaming service ignored their plea, “deciding to prioritize profits over listening to survivors.”

    “The director has claimed he was inspired to follow in the steps of the series ’13 Reasons Why’ with ‘Baby,’” said Halverson. “Of course, we all now know that ’13 Reasons Why’ was linked to increased risks of suicide in vulnerable youth and has been largely admonished by mental health experts and advocates. In the same way, we believe Netflix is sending socially irresponsible and dangerous messages with ‘Baby’ by normalizing buying minors for sex, and glamorizing minor sex trafficking, with a show intentionally crafted in isolation from survivors and subject matter experts.”


    Halverson said she still hopes Netflix would reconsider their decision to move forward with releasing “Baby.”

    “We are calling on Netflix to pull the show from their platform and to institute new policies regarding the portrayal of sexual exploitation and violence in its shows to include consultations with a wide range of survivors and experts,” she said.

    Netflix told Fox News it had no comment at this time regarding the accusation.

    The Hollywood Reporter, which reviewed “Baby” on Wednesday, wrote that while teenage prostitution does come into play within the storyline, it never serves “as the clear focus or obsession of a story that badly wants to have it both ways.”


    The film industry news site also shared the show “almost never pervs on its attractive young cast, avoiding nudity completely and never showing anything that would be out of place on The CW.”  It stated that it’s unsure whether the Baby Squillo scandal or the darkness of prostitution rings will ultimately play a more central role within “Baby.”

    “The bottom line — concerns that it sensationalizes underage prostitution are unfounded,” it added.

    In response to the review, Halverson told Fox News that “attempts to normalize ‘underage prostitution’ are not about ‘sexual freedom’ for women (as The Hollywood Reporter article claims), but instead are about normalizing male sexual entitlement and the freedom for men to purchase underage girls for sex."

    This isn’t the first time Netflix has come under fire over their programming. Earlier in November, some critics said they were shocked that the series “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” included an orgy scene in the seventh episode of the series with half-a-dozen scantily clad teens in the main character’s home. When the 16-year-old namesake character is hesitant to join in, she’s mocked for “killing the mood” and told to either “get in, or get out.”

    "Desire" film poster. (Netflix)

    In June of this year, Netflix was slammed for streaming the Argentinian film “Desire,” which depicted a scene that some viewer said contained child pornography. The opening scene depicts two young girls under the age of 10 playing with pillows. The scene then takes a sexual turn involving one of the girls.

    The news site PJ Media said at the time it reported the film to the FBI and Department of Justice for child pornography. The FBI told Fox News, “Per DOJ policy, the FBI neither confirms nor denies the existence of an investigation.”