3 vehicles owned by
Elvis up for auction
Elvis Presley fans can take to the road in his personal stretch limousine, on his last motorcycle or in a pickup if they have the money, an auction house announced Wednesday.
Kruse GWS Auctions said the items will be part of its “Artifacts of Hollywood” auction on Aug. 31.
Presley drove the white-on-white 1973 Lincoln Continental stretch many times around Memphis, Tennessee, Kruse said. It features an old-school TV and other amenities. There are photos showing “The King” driving the car he was in when he stopped at a car accident in Memphis in 1976.
The auction house said a 1976 Harley Davidson FLH 1200 Electra Glide motorcycle was the last motorcycle Presley ever purchased. He transported it from California to Memphis and sold it 90 days before he died in 1977 at age 42. The Harley has been on display at the Pioneer Auto Museum in Murdo, South Dakota, since the late 1980s.
The third Presley vehicle is one of three GMC pickups that Presley purchased in 1967 for his Circle G Ranch in Mississippi. Two years later, his father, Vernon, sold them back to the same dealership, the auction house said. It has undergone a total restoration.
Beyoncé drops original ‘Lion King’ song
Beyoncé has dropped a new original song from Disney’s live-action Lion King.
The song, “Spirit,” was released Tuesday and should get an Academy-Award push for Academy Award consideration.
The tune comes at a pivotal moment for Nala, the character voiced by Beyoncé, in the film that comes out July 18. She also co-wrote the song.
It’s part of an album called The Lion King: The Gift that Beyoncé is executive producing and performing on along with other artists. It will be released digitally July 11, with the physical album coming July 19.
Marvel TV show
props to be auctioned
Here’s a chance to bring cosplay to a new level. Costumes and props from Marvel comics-based TV shows including Daredevil and Luke Cage are going on the auction block.
The Prop Store, a film and TV memorabilia company, said Tuesday that the sale is set for next month.
The company says Daredevil’s first-version red costume, Misty Knight’s cybernetic arm from Luke Cage, and a Colleen Wing cage-fight costume from Iron Fist are among the auction items.
The two-day auction of more than 800 lots will be held Aug. 12-13 in the Prop Store’s Los Angeles County auction facility and by phone and online.
The lots will be on view Aug. 1 to 13 at the facility and during San Diego Comic-Con, July 17 to 21.
AT&T pulls ‘Friends’ from Netflix for itself
AT&T is pulling Friends from Netflix to beef up its own upcoming streaming service. With new services launching, popular shows are splintering onto several different platforms.
The wireless company, which owns the WarnerMedia entertainment business, also said Tuesday that its service will be called HBO Max. It will launch in spring of 2020. As the name suggests, it will contain HBO content, other video from the Warner Bros. studio — like Friends — and new series and movies that are exclusive to the service. AT&T has not announced a price.
As more companies — Comcast, Apple, Disney — unveil their own streaming services, they’re trying to make them more appealing with exclusive shows and deep libraries. Entertainment companies are pulling some of their stuff from Netflix to stock their own services. It’s not clear, of course, how successful those services will be, and they are losing out on licensing revenue by pulling their content. It could also create a confusing and expensive situation for consumers, who have to decide which of all these existing and new video services is worth the cost.
AT&T’s decision follows Comcast’s NBCUniversal saying last month it would keep The Office, Netflix’s most popular show, for itself starting in 2021. Its service debuts in 2020. Disney’s upcoming service will be the exclusive streaming home for its big movies.
Netflix for years has been playing up its original shows and movies, but much of its most popular video belongs to other companies. “Friends,” for example, is the second-most watched show on Netflix, according to Nielsen. The company has said it isn’t worried about the increased competition.
Netflix said in a prepared statement Tuesday that it’s sorry to see “Friends” go in the U.S. Viewing rights for other countries are not affected.
AT&T also said Tuesday that the teen drama “Pretty Little Liars,” currently on Netflix, will move to its service, and that it will be the exclusive streaming hub for “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and future Warner Bros. dramas made for The CW, the broadcast network it co-owns with CBS. It is also making original movies and series for the service, including a romantic comedy with Anna Kendrick and at least two movies produced by Reese Witherspoon.
“I don’t think any specific content matters at all” to Netflix, said Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter. The loss of “Friends” by itself isn’t a big deal, he said. But over time, if Disney, AT&T and Comcast pull all their stuff from Netflix, that becomes a problem for the streaming pioneer.
Lady Gaga heralds upcoming makeup line
NEW YORK — The last thing the world needs, Lady Gaga says, is another beauty brand. But that’s too bad.
The pop star made all her Little Monsters happy Tuesday when she released a video with that message on social media. It heralds the coming of her new beauty line, Haus Laboratories, reportedly to be sold on Amazon come September.
Gaga dropped the news in an interview with the Business of Fashion, coinciding with the video that encourages all to embrace their own ideas about beauty. Business of Fashion says the three initial products are multiuse color for cheeks, eyes and lips in six shade families. A kit with all three will sell for $49. Preorders begin July 15.
Gaga says in the video: “Beauty is how you see yourself.” She adds, “We want you to love yourself.”