Trump to Block U.S. Transactions with TikTok

‘Tenet’ Hits $200 Million… NeNe Leakes Is Not Returning… Berry captioned post “now ya know…” “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” happened… and Trump to block U.S. transactions with TikTok

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After months of delaying a release in theaters, Disney decided their best option was to release “Mulan” on Disney+. It was released two weeks ago and subscribers could watch if they dropped another $29.99. Disney won’t say how much money the movie has earned, but an independent analytics firms did some calculations. Reportedly, 29% of US households with Disney+ bought the movie, which is approximately 9M. So based on the math, the experts estimate the movie has brought in $261M in the US alone. Meantime, Christopher Nolan went the traditional route with “Tenet” and released it in theaters, which still aren’t up to capacity, if they’re open at all. It’s earned only $29M in the US, and $207M worldwide. Both of these movies, by the way, had a $200M budget.

NeNe Leakes says it’s official. She will not be back for Season 13 of “Real Housewives of Atlanta.” After what she described as “emotional negotiations” with Bravo, she told her fans on YouTube that she made the difficult decision to leave. But she added, “I’m just so happy that I can say that I was part of a genre that opened up a door for Black ensemble reality shows.” Meantime, Garcelle from “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” is asking NeNe to “come help a sister out.” Even though she made a pact with Denise Richards that in one of them decided to leave the show they would both leave, Garcelle Beauvais is apparently staying put. Meantime, The Blast says Kathy Hilton has been asked to join RHOBH. Fans are already familiar with her because she’s popped up from time to time. Her baby sisters, Kim and Kylie, were original cast members. Kylie remains full-time while Kim tags along whenever they need Brandi Glanville to stir up some mess. But in heart breaking news, Snooki is not joining “Real Housewives of New Jersey.” She and Andy Cohen say those rumors just aren’t true, darn it.

Halle Berry is finally ready to let the world know she’s dating musician Van Hunt. She posted a photo wearing one of his concert tees yesterday and captioned it, “now ya know…” She included a foot emoji, which is a reference to a post she made in July of her feet intertwined with some mystery man feet. She captioned that one, “sunday, funday” with a big red heart. And then a month later, she posted another picture of her feet mixed up on the sheets with those same mystery man feet and captioned it, “Waking up Vegas!”

The live table read of “Dane Cook Presents Feelin’ A-Live: Fast Times at Ridgemont High” happened last night. It was a fundraiser for COVID-19 relief efforts, including Sean Penn’s non-profit CORE and REFORM Alliance. We knew who would be involved, we just didn’t know who would play what until last night. Shia LaBeouf read for Spicoli, the part made famous by Sean Penn, who read, instead, for a delivery driver. Ray Liotta read for Spicoli’s nemesis, Mr. Hand. Julia Roberts read for Stacy Hamilton, Matthew McConaughey for Mike Damone, John Legend for Charles Jefferson, Henry Golding for Mr. Vargas, and Dane Cook for Mark “Rat” Ratner.” Jimmy Kimmel read a bunch of minor parts and Morgan Freeman read all the stage directions. But of course everyone was waiting to see Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt on screen together for the first time since their 2005 divorce. She played Linda Barrett and he played Brad Hamilton, and everybody was loving it when they read the part where Brad has a sexual fantasy about Linda.

I first saw this reported on the Daily Mail website this morning. The White House announced this morning that as of this Sunday, Americans will no longer be able to download the Chinese-owned apps TikTok and WeChat. So if you were thinking about downloading TikTok, do it now. As of Sunday, you’ll still have access to it, but you won’t be able to download any updates. However, if they can’t make a deal with a US buyer soon, TikTok will disappear on Nov. 12. Oracle has been trying to work out a deal to buy TikTok, and Walmart has also expressed interest. But apparently, nobody wants WeChat and it’s shutting down completely this Sunday.

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