HBO is an American premium cable and satellite television network owned by the namesake unit Home Box Office, Inc. a division of AT&T's WarnerMedia. The program which featured on the network consists of theatrically released motion pictures and original television shows, along with made-for-cable movies and occasional comedy and concert specials. HBO is the oldest and longest continuously operating pay television service in the United States, having been in operation since November 8, 1972. In 2016, HBO had an adjusted operating income of US$1.93 billion, compared to the US$1.88 billion it accrued in 2015. HBO has 130 million subscribers worldwide as of 2016; the network provides seven 24-hour multiplex channels, including HBO Comedy, HBO Latino, HBO Signature, HBO Family. It launched the streaming service HBO Now in April 2015 and has over 2 million subscribers in the United States as of February 2017; as of July 2015, HBO's programming is available to 36,493,000 households with at least one television set in the United States, making it the second largest premium channel in the United States.
In addition to its U. S. subscriber base, HBO distributes content in at least 151 countries, with 130 million subscribers worldwide. HBO subscribers pay for an extra tier of service that includes other cable- and satellite-exclusive channels before paying for the channel itself. However, a regulation imposed by the Federal Communications Commission requires that cable providers allow subscribers to get just "limited" basic cable and premium services such as HBO, without subscribing to expanded service. Cable providers can require the use of a converter box—usually digital—in order to receive HBO. HBO provides its content through digital media. HBO maintains near-ubiquitous distribution in hotels across the United States through agreements with DirecTV, Echostar, SONIFI Solutions, Satellite Management Services, Inc. Telerent Leasing Corporation, Total Media Concepts and World Cinema as well as cable providers that maintain hospitality service arrangements with individual hotels and local franchises of national hotel/motel chains.
Since June 2018, through a content partnership with Enseo, HBO Go is distributed to some Marriott International hotels around the U. S.. Many HBO programs have been syndicated to other networks and broadcast television stations, a number of HBO-produced series and films have been released on DVD. Since HBO's more successful series air on over-the-air broadcasters in other countries, HBO's programming has the potential of being exposed to a higher percentage of the population of those countries compared to the United States; because of the cost of HBO, many Americans only view HBO programs through DVDs or in basic cable or broadcast syndication—months or years after these programs have first aired on the network—and with editing for both content and to allow advertising, although several series have filmed alternate "clean" scenes intended for syndication runs. In 1965, Charles Dolan—who had done pioneering work in the commercial use of cables and had developed Teleguide, a closed-circuit tourist information television system distributed to hotels in the New York metropolitan area—won a franchise to build a cable television system in the Lower Manhattan section of New York City.
The new system, which Dolan named "Sterling Information Services", became the first urban underground cable televisi
Us (Jennifer Lopez song)
"Us" is a song by American singer Jennifer Lopez. It was produced by Poo Bear and Skrillex; the song was released digitally on February 2018, by Nuyorican Productions and Epic Records. In March 2017, Lopez revealed through an Instagram post that she was in the studio with Skrillex and Poo Bear. In the video, she could be heard singing along to the hook "could it be us?" "Us" is Lopez's first English single since "Ain't Your Mama". The dance-pop song was produced by Skrillex and Poo Bear. Describing its composition, David Klemow of the website Dancing Astronaut observed its use of "playful vocal chops in the melody and comfortable percussion rhythms." Described as a "hopeful love song", it features lyrics about longing for more. Lopez revealed. "Us" is characterized by a "pulsing beat", with its chorus being followed by a "synth-and-drum-driven breakdown". It is performed in the key of G minor with a tempo of 124 beats per minute. Mike Nied of Idolator praised the song's "strong vocals and a fiery production" and compared it to her 2011 single, "On the Floor", calling it "another massive pop moment".
Billboard writer Kat Bein observed: "It sounds a lot like Skrillex and Poo Bear's previous work, using similar vocal pitch techniques to create counter melodies and a cartoonishly-joyous hook This tune has the island warmth you need to get through the rest of winter." Hugh McIntyre of Fuse described its production as "simultaneously odd and alluring", writing: "Unlike many of her other recent pop efforts, Lopez's vocals soar higher than the music, kept decidedly mid-tempo. Whether or not it ends up being one of her biggest hits,'Us' defines the superstar's career, while still feeling fresh and forward-thinking. It's pop, it's dance, it's Latin-influenced...it's J. Lo!" Lopez first performed the song during her set at Calibash 2018, which took place at the Staples Center. At the time, its title was not revealed. On February 3, 2018, Lopez headlined DirecTV's pre-Super Bowl Super Saturday Night concert, where she gave her first televised performance of "Us". Credits adapted from Tidal. Jennifer Lopez - vocals Sonny John Moor - lyricist, producer Jason "Poo Bear" Boyd - lyricist, producer Josh Gudwin - mixing engineer Michelle Mancini - mastering engineer Trevor Muzzy - recording engineer
Los Angeles the City of Los Angeles and known by its initials L. A. is the most populous city in California, the second most populous city in the United States, after New York City, the third most populous city in North America. With an estimated population of four million, Los Angeles is the cultural and commercial center of Southern California; the city is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity and the entertainment industry, its sprawling metropolis. Los Angeles is the largest city on the West Coast of North America. Los Angeles is in a large basin bounded by the Pacific Ocean on one side and by mountains as high as 10,000 feet on the other; the city proper, which covers about 469 square miles, is the seat of Los Angeles County, the most populated county in the country. Los Angeles is the principal city of the Los Angeles metropolitan area, the second largest in the United States after that of New York City, with a population of 13.1 million. It is part of the Los Angeles-Long Beach combined statistical area the nation's second most populous area with a 2015 estimated population of 18.7 million.
Los Angeles is one of the most substantial economic engines within the United States, with a diverse economy in a broad range of professional and cultural fields. Los Angeles is famous as the home of Hollywood, a major center of the world entertainment industry. A global city, it has been ranked 6th in the Global Cities Index and 9th in the Global Economic Power Index; the Los Angeles metropolitan area has a gross metropolitan product of $1.044 trillion, making it the third-largest in the world, after the Tokyo and New York metropolitan areas. Los Angeles hosted the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics and will host the event for a third time in 2028; the city hosted the Miss Universe pageant twice, in 1990 and 2006, was one of 9 American cities to host the 1994 FIFA men's soccer World Cup and one of 8 to host the 1999 FIFA women's soccer World Cup, hosting the final match for both tournaments. Home to the Chumash and Tongva, Los Angeles was claimed by Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo for Spain in 1542 along with the rest of what would become Alta California.
The city was founded on September 4, 1781, by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve. It became a part of Mexico in 1821 following the Mexican War of Independence. In 1848, at the end of the Mexican–American War, Los Angeles and the rest of California were purchased as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, becoming part of the United States. Los Angeles was incorporated as a municipality on April 4, 1850, five months before California achieved statehood; the discovery of oil in the 1890s brought rapid growth to the city. The completion of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913, delivering water from Eastern California assured the city's continued rapid growth; the Los Angeles coastal area was settled by the Chumash tribes. A Gabrieleño settlement in the area was called iyáangẚ, meaning "poison oak place". Maritime explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo claimed the area of southern California for the Spanish Empire in 1542 while on an official military exploring expedition moving north along the Pacific coast from earlier colonizing bases of New Spain in Central and South America.
Gaspar de Portolà and Franciscan missionary Juan Crespí, reached the present site of Los Angeles on August 2, 1769. In 1771, Franciscan friar Junípero Serra directed the building of the Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, the first mission in the area. On September 4, 1781, a group of forty-four settlers known as "Los Pobladores" founded the pueblo they called El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles,'The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels'; the present-day city has the largest Roman Catholic Archdiocese in the United States. Two-thirds of the Mexican or settlers were mestizo or mulatto, a mixture of African and European ancestry; the settlement remained a small ranch town for decades, but by 1820, the population had increased to about 650 residents. Today, the pueblo is commemorated in the historic district of Los Angeles Pueblo Plaza and Olvera Street, the oldest part of Los Angeles. New Spain achieved its independence from the Spanish Empire in 1821, the pueblo continued as a part of Mexico.
During Mexican rule, Governor Pío Pico made Los Angeles Alta California's regional capital. Mexican rule ended during the Mexican–American War: Americans took control from the Californios after a series of battles, culminating with the signing of the Treaty of Cahuenga on January 13, 1847. Railroads arrived with the completion of the transcontinental Southern Pacific line to Los Angeles in 1876 and the Santa Fe Railroad in 1885. Petroleum was discovered in the city and surrounding area in 1892, by 1923, the discoveries had helped California become the country's largest oil producer, accounting for about one-quarter of the world's petroleum output. By 1900, the population had grown to more than 102,000; the completion of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913, under the supervision of William Mulholland, assured the continued growth of the city. Due to clauses in the city's charter that prevented the City of Los Angeles from selling or providing water from the aqueduct to any area outside its borders, many adjacent city and communities became compelled to annex themselves into Los Angeles.
Los Angeles created the first municipal zoning ordinance in the United States. On September 14, 1908, the Los Angeles City Council promulgated residential and industrial land use zones; the new ordinance established three residential zones of a single type, where industrial uses were
"Booty" is a song recorded by American singer Jennifer Lopez for her eighth studio album, A. K. A.. It was written and produced by Cory Rooney and Benny Medina, with additional writing from Chris Brown, Pitbull and others. "Booty" samples "Dat a Freak", a song by Diplo and Swick, it features Lopez's frequent collaborator Pitbull. It was released as the third single from the album on September 23, 2014. Entitled "Big Booty", the song was first rejected by Lopez who did not like the idea of having a song with a title like that. However, after playing the demo for her kids, they enjoyed the track and Lopez was convinced to record it. "Booty" is a dance track, with a Middle Eastern vibe, heavy percussion and an Asian keyboard riff, while its lyrics portrait Lopez inviting girls to the dancefloor to have a good time and dance, while shaking their buttocks. The song received favorable reviews from music critics, with many complimenting the song's fun nature, the dance environment and Pitbull's appearance, but a few dismissed its concept.
Commercially, "Booty" performed moderately worldwide. It became a top twenty hit in the United States, charting at number eighteen on the US Billboard Hot 100, entered the top forty in Canada and New Zealand, among other music markets. "Booty" performed a snippet of the track during a concert and premiered it full at an Orchard Beach concert. She has performed "Booty" on Good Morning America and at Fashion Rocks. A one-minute teaser clip for the track was released on June 13, 2014, it features Lopez and a group of women twerking; the teaser-video received high praise for its visuals and choreography, while Lopez was complimented by critics for looking rejuvenated and younger. "Booty" was remixed with vocals from Australian rapper Iggy Azalea, replacing those of Pitbull. The remix received positive reviews from critics, who commended Azalea for adding an explosive verse to the song; the music video for the remix was shot in Los Angeles in late August, was directed by Hype Williams. It premiered on September 18, 2014, it shows Lopez and Azalea dancing in revealing swimming costumes, before being drenched with water.
Lopez and Azalea performed "Booty" for the first time together on live television at the American Music Awards on November 23, 2014. In 2014, Lopez received a demo of a song called "Big Booty", produced by Diplo, was encouraged to record the track, with everybody indicating that it was the type of track she needed to do. However, Lopez claimed: "Never in my life will I do a song called'Big Booty', it would never happen," explaining that she felt it was going to be a joke and the album was important. After some reluctance, Lopez ended up writing the track and played the demo in her car to see if it would work. While playing some tracks in her car, with her twins, Lopez stated that they loved that the track: "As soon as they heard'Big Booty' they went crazy, they loved this song and because of that I recorded it," she admitted. During a brunch where she debuted multiple songs from A. K. A. Lopez spoke of the track. On this album, I did all of it; this is who I am and I have to embrace all of that and be as honest as I can be."When Lopez released her eighth studio album, A.
K. A, she enlisted Australian rapper Iggy Azalea as a last-minute addition. Azalea contributed to the track "Acting Like That" and claimed she was honoured to be part of the remix, because she "used to sit in bedroom as a young girl and lip-sync Jennifer Lopez songs, so it's cool to have a song with her on her album." They performed "Acting Like That" for the first time during a concert at B96′s Summer Bash in Chicago and became friends, with Lopez appearing on Azalea's MTV fashion show House of Style. During their interview, Lopez revealed that "Booty" would be her next single and confirmed Azalea as the featuring guest. Lopez told that Azalea "did something on it and because have that in common," she says referencing their buttocks. Azalea completed that they "have high fashion booty.""Booty" was released on September 23, 2014, for digital download. Lopez posted the single's cover art, featuring both artists posing in swimsuits and heels, with wet hair and sultry stares and Lopez's buttocks nearly touching Azalea's.
Jim Farber of New York Daily News wrote that the single's cover art "doubles the pleasure and doubles the fun, playing off the idea of a high-level booty summit as the two singers model the same swimwear and same flanks." Azalea's verses replace those of Pitbull. Azalea instead talks about her own skills, with the rapper singing, "They begging me drop down on ‘em, but right now, Iggy on the top/The last time the world seen a booty this good, it was on Jenny from the Block". "Booty" was written by Jennifer Lopez, Cory Rooney, Benny Medina, Chris Brown, Asia Bryant, Lewis D. Gittus, Tedra Renee Wilson, Danny Omerhodic and Diplo, it was produced by Lopez and Medina, while Pitbull is featured on the track, becoming the sixth time he and Lopez collaborated in a song. The song samples "Dat a Freak" by Diplo & Swick. "Booty" was considered the only dance track on the album, adding a quirky Middle Eastern vibe into the mix. Saeed Saeed of The National noted that the song has "heavy percussion and Oriental keyboard riff."
Alexa Camp of Slant Magazine described the song's lyrical content as "a tribute to ladies who are, uh,'booty-full'." Lopez claimed that lyrically, it's about owning everything about you and who you are, embracing that." Katie Hasty wrote for HitFix that, lyrically, "she is admiring others' and
The National Broadcasting Company is an American English-language commercial terrestrial television network, a flagship property of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast. The network is headquartered at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, with additional major offices near Los Angeles and Philadelphia; the network is one of the Big Three television networks. NBC is sometimes referred to as the "Peacock Network", in reference to its stylized peacock logo, introduced in 1956 to promote the company's innovations in early color broadcasting, it became the network's official emblem in 1979. Founded in 1926 by the Radio Corporation of America, NBC is the oldest major broadcast network in the United States. At that time the parent company of RCA was General Electric. In 1930, GE was forced to sell the companies as a result of antitrust charges. In 1986, control of NBC passed back to General Electric through its $6.4 billion purchase of RCA. Following the acquisition by GE, Bob Wright served as chief executive officer of NBC, remaining in that position until his retirement in 2007, when he was succeeded by Jeff Zucker.
In 2003, French media company Vivendi merged its entertainment assets with GE, forming NBC Universal. Comcast purchased a controlling interest in the company in 2011, acquired General Electric's remaining stake in 2013. Following the Comcast merger, Zucker left NBCUniversal and was replaced as CEO by Comcast executive Steve Burke. NBC has thirteen owned-and-operated stations and nearly 200 affiliates throughout the United States and its territories, some of which are available in Canada and/or Mexico via pay-television providers or in border areas over-the-air. During a period of early broadcast business consolidation, radio manufacturer Radio Corporation of America acquired New York City radio station WEAF from American Telephone & Telegraph. Westinghouse, a shareholder in RCA, had a competing outlet in Newark, New Jersey pioneer station WJZ, which served as the flagship for a loosely structured network; this station was transferred from Westinghouse to RCA in 1923, moved to New York City. WEAF acted as a laboratory for AT&T's manufacturing and supply outlet Western Electric, whose products included transmitters and antennas.
The Bell System, AT&T's telephone utility, was developing technologies to transmit voice- and music-grade audio over short and long distances, using both wireless and wired methods. The 1922 creation of WEAF offered a research-and-development center for those activities. WEAF maintained a regular schedule of radio programs, including some of the first commercially sponsored programs, was an immediate success. In an early example of "chain" or "networking" broadcasting, the station linked with Outlet Company-owned WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island. C. WCAP. New parent RCA saw an advantage in sharing programming, after getting a license for radio station WRC in Washington, D. C. in 1923, attempted to transmit audio between cities via low-quality telegraph lines. AT&T refused outside companies access to its high-quality phone lines; the early effort fared poorly, since the uninsulated telegraph lines were susceptible to atmospheric and other electrical interference. In 1925, AT&T decided that WEAF and its embryonic network were incompatible with the company's primary goal of providing a telephone service.
AT&T offered to sell the station to RCA in a deal that included the right to lease AT&T's phone lines for network transmission. RCA spent $1 million to purchase WEAF and Washington sister station WCAP, shut down the latter station, merged its facilities with surviving station WRC; the division's ownership was split among RCA, its founding corporate parent General Electric and Westinghouse. NBC started broadcasting on November 15, 1926. WEAF and WJZ, the flagships of the two earlier networks, were operated side-by-side for about a year as part of the new NBC. On January 1, 1927, NBC formally divided their respective marketing strategies: the "Red Network" offered commercially sponsored entertainment and music programming. Various histories of NBC suggest the color designations for the two networks came from the color of the pushpins NBC engineers used to designate affiliate stations of WEAF and WJZ, or from the use of double-ended red and blue colored pencils. On April 5, 1927, NBC expanded to the West Coast with the launch of the NBC Orange Network known as the Pacific Coast Network.
This was followed by the debut of the NBC Gold Network known as the Pacific Gold Network, on October 18, 1931. The Orange Network carried Red Network programming, the Gold Network carried programming from the Blue Network; the Orange Network recreated Eastern Red Network programming for West Coast stations at KPO in San Francisco. In 1936, the Orange Network affiliate stations became part of the Red Network, at the same time the Gold Network became part of the Blue Network. In the 1930s, NBC developed a network for shortwave radio stations, called the NBC White Network. In 1927, NBC moved its operations to 711 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, occupying the upper floors of a building de
Second Act (film)
Second Act is a 2018 American romantic comedy film directed by Peter Segal and written by Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Justin Zackham. It stars Jennifer Lopez, Vanessa Hudgens, Leah Remini, Annaleigh Ashford, Dan Bucatinsky, Freddie Stroma, Milo Ventimiglia, Treat Williams and Larry Miller, follows a woman in her 40s who pursues a second chance at a corporate career, after a friend creates her a fake resume and credentials; the film was released in the United States on December 21, 2018. It grossed over $72 million worldwide. Maya Vargas is the assistant manager of the Value Shop store she has worked at for the past 15 years. During that time she improved sales, customer relations, general store culture through her intuitive and innovative methods, she awaits a store visit by an executive of her company, Mr. Weiskopf, anxiously hoping to be promoted to manager, her boyfriend Trey, co-workers, several regular customers all assure Maya she’s guaranteed the promotion, but instead she’s passed up in favor of Arthur, a non-local company employee with an MBA from Duke.
Mr. Weiskopf explains that while he values Maya’s dedication and success, she only has a GED and no college degree, which makes her ineligible for the promotion by company policy. Maya is bitterly disappointed but reluctantly agrees to stay on as Arthur's second-in-command at the store; that day, at her best friend/co-worker Joan’s house, her friends and Trey throw Maya a surprise 40th birthday party. Joan's tech-savvy son, overhears Maya's frustration about being overlooked due to her educational shortcomings. Maya soon unexpectedly receives a call from a major retailer, Franklin & Clarke, for a job interview. Surprised that CEO Anderson Clarke wants to meet her, Maya nonetheless manages to impress Anderson. Unsure why she would be regarded so it is revealed that Dilly gave her background a dramatic makeover over social media, digitally fabricating for her an enhanced background with a Harvard education, high-ranking past corporate jobs, an exaggerated upper-class life. Anderson’s daughter, who works under her father, displays a dislike and professional jealousy towards Maya, but Anderson is still impressed with Maya and offers her an executive consulting position at the company.
Maya is reluctant to accept the offer since her so-called background and credentials are all lies. This changes when she becomes fed-up with Arthur’s obnoxious and clueless mismanagement of the Value Shop. Meanwhile, Maya's personal life begins to suffer. Trey has been a wonderful, loving boyfriend in the several years they’ve been together, but is hurt to realize that Maya has no desire to have a family with him. Feeling that she has only allowed him to see the person she wants him to see and not who she is, he breaks up with her. On Maya's first day at F&C, she is given Ariana as her assistants. At a company meeting that morning, she is introduced to the rest of the company and asked to share with them her thoughts on how to improve sales. Maya had earlier commented that their skincare product wasn’t selling well due to the fact it wasn't organic, that customers were put off by the perceived deception. Zoe is offended at the comment and challenges Maya to make something new, while Zoe attempts to modify a pre-existing line to be more organic.
Anderson gives them three months to present their results. Maya assembles her underwhelming team against Zoe's superior group. Amidst their company rivalry, things change for Maya and Zoe when they discover they're mother and daughter: At sixteen, Maya gave birth to a baby girl, Sarah. Maya decided to give her up for adoption. Anderson would adopt Sarah and renamed her Zoe Franklin. Zoe gave up when there weren't enough clues to go on. Anderson kept the search and found Maya. Anderson decided to hire Maya to see how Zoe would react around her, setting the stage for an unlikely family reunion. Although Maya is happy to be reunited with Zoe and establish a relationship, she remains fearful that her falsified life will come out and spoil Zoe's perceptions of her. Over the next three months and Zoe bond as mother and daughter and become more friendly rivals in developing their new products. However, a sleazy development executive, Ron Epson, has suspicions about Maya and investigates into her past. Maya and her team struggle to develop her product, but none of their attempts are feasible for consumer use.
At a company gala, Ron makes it clear he's onto Maya, her former boss, Mr. Weiskopf, recognize her. While trying to avoid Weiskopf and outsmart Ron, Maya finds inspiration for her product: her late grandfather was a World War II soldier that found a surviving Silver Ginkgo tree at Hiroshima, he collected some cuttings and grew one into a bonsai tree for his wife, passed down to Maya. Maya realizes that tree is radiation-resistant and would be the ideal ingredient in their new organic beauty cream. At the project deadline, Zoe modifies two of their brands to be more organic, while Maya presents an All-In-One ginkgo cream in a lavish outdoor presentation; the Board votes overwhelmingly for Maya's product and wants her to present it to the industry as F&C's exciting new product. Ron, meanwhile gets proof th