Written By: Rachel Antony
From Chris Pratt's separation to North Korea, here's what everyone's talking about this week.
1. Chris Pratt & Anna Faris
One of our favourite Hollywood couples called it quits on Sunday - Chris Pratt and Anna Faris announced their separation on social media much to everyone's disappointment. The power couple met in 2007 and have been married for 8 years with a son together. They've always been very supportive of each other's careers in public and on social media. Currently, Anna is the star of hit TV show Mom and Chris has become an international superstar with the popular Guardians of the Galaxy movies and the latest Jurassic Park films. In a statement penned by Chris' publicist, both parties said they tried hard to make it work and are disappointed that they couldn't; we feel the same way.
2. Trump and North Korea
The beef between the US and North Korea escalated quickly over the last week as threats were being thrown out left, right and centre (and on Twitter if you're Trump). Guam is looking like it could become the next testing area for North Korea's nukes and Trump will pour "fire and fury" upon the country in retaliation. Obama had warned Trump to not get North Korea fired up, but here we are with the first foreign policy crisis on our hands. Although the Trump administration is all on the same page when it comes to N. Korea, everyone is still cleaning up the mess that is left when Trump decides to express his opinion. We're now just waiting to see if everyone has calmed down or if someone will take nuclear action.
3. Netflix Acquires Millarworld
In its first ever acquisition, Netflix recently bought Millarworld comic publishing company. The plan is to bring Millarworld' characters into its ever growing content library through films and TV series. Millarworld is best known for the box office adaptations of their comics Wanted, Kingsman and Kick-Ass - the three movies have grossed more than $1 billion in box office sales. Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content officer, stated that Mark Miller is the closest modern day comparison to Stan Lee in terms of characters and stories. The collaboration between Millarworld and Netflix will have you binge watching for days on end.
In other Netflix news, Canadian prices will be rising due to an increase in other streaming services - the standard plan will now be $10.99, a dollar more than it costs right now.
4. Facebook's Watch
Yesterday, Facebook made a big move in the TV industry, launching its own TV service called Watch. Facebook has been hinting that it wanted to grow its video services, producing original content and well-made videos rather than just user generated content. Currently, the service is only being offered to a small group in the United States on Facebook’s mobile app, website and television apps. As TV on a social platform is expected, people will be able to chat and connect while watching the same show and join groups with the same interests afterward to build a community. They have a few shows already in the works - women's basketball, a show with National Geographic and Time Inc but eventually, they will open it up to any producer.
5. Canada Food Guide
The beef and dairy sectors are not happy with the proposed changes to the Canada food guide. It has been indicated that the new guide will discourage people from consuming beef, butter and cheese - clearly a problem for those industries. The dairy and alternatives category may be completely eliminated grouping all proteins together. Even though it's a guide to help Canadians know what to eat, it also serves as a marketing tool for certain industries. The guide is expected to be released early next year; it's the first overhaul in ten years. We will see how this impacts Canadian's bone health, overall diet and the beef and dairy industries.