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Jumat, 31 Mei 2019

What is Elton John's net worth? 'Rocket Man' singer among world's richest artists - Fox Business

The Elton John biopic "Rocketman" is launching to theaters this weekend, and film producers, including the singer himself, hope the musical fantasy will be a box office hit.

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In the U.S., "Rocketman" is expected to hit $20 million in sales over its opening weekend — well behind "Godzilla: King of the Monsters," which is currently tracking for more than $50 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

While he's known for his popular tunes, Sir Elton John is no stranger to the movie scene. He shares an Oscar and Golden Globe with lyricist Tim Rice for Best Music for the song "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" featured in the 1994 animated hit "The Lion King." He also received two other nominations that year for music featured in the film.

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Elton John, who serves as one of the executive producers for "Rocketman," has at least 10 other producer credits.

So when it comes to sharing his life story on the big screen, Elton John is likely not in it for the money. Instead, Elton John said he wanted to give his fans a transparent look into his past.

“Some studios wanted to tone down the sex and drugs so the film would get a PG-13 rating. But I just haven’t led a PG-13 rated life,” Elton John wrote in an article published by The Guardian on Sunday. “I didn’t want a film packed with drugs and sex, but equally, everyone knows I had quite a lot of both during the ’70s and ’80s, so there didn’t seem to be much point in making a movie that implied that after every gig, I’d quietly gone back to my hotel room with only a glass of warm milk and the Gideon’s Bible for company.”

"When my career took off, it took off in such a way that it almost didn’t seem real to me.  I wasn’t an overnight success by any means ... But when it happened, it went off like a missile."

Sir Elton John

Some studios wanted to make a more "straightforward" biopic — a suggestion the 72-year-old said he swiftly rejected.

"When my career took off, it took off in such a way that it almost didn’t seem real to me. I wasn’t an overnight success by any means – I’d been slogging around the clubs, making records, writing songs with Bernie and trying to sell them to people who weren’t interested for four or five years before anything big happened. But when it happened, it went off like a missile," he added.

In 2018 alone, Elton John earned $46 million, landing him No. 57 on Forbes' top 100 celebrity earnings list. In 2014, CNN Business named the British musician among the top 10 richest musicians with an estimated net worth of $450 million.

Sir Elton John is now worth an estimated $500 million. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

The singer, known for smash hits such as "Rocket Man," "Tiny Dancer" and "I'm Still Standing," now has a net worth of about $500 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. He recently landed on The Sunday Times' 2019 "Rich List."

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And his savings account is expected to skyrocket, especially after he launched his farewell tour, "Farewell Yellow Brick Road," in September. In total, Elton John will perform in over 300 shows that will span three years. The world tour is forecast to reach more than $400 million in ticket sales.

With an executive producer title in "Rocketman," Elton John will also probably get a decent cut from profits — though it's not currently clear exactly how much he'll receive.

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2019-05-31 16:20:27Z
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Kim Yong Chol's demotion would be very good news for America - Washington Examiner

Reports from a South Korean newspaper suggests that two of Kim Jong Un's top officials have been purged from his regime. If true, this would be welcome news for U.S. diplomacy.

Chosun Ilbo reports that North Korea has executed a lead negotiator responsible for discussions with the U.S., has sent Kim Yong Chol to a labor camp, and has told Kim's sister Kim Yo Jong to "lie low." It also asserts that a North Korean propaganda outlet, Rodong Sinmun, recently editorialized against traitors.

The U.S. State Department says it is investigating. But again, if this report is true, the first reaction should be one of guarded optimism for the U.S. After all, if Kim Yong Chol has been purged from the highest echelons of the regime, it would mean the departure of a key hardliner who had the North Korean leader's ear.

And there should be very little doubt that Kim Yong Chol is an archon of North Korean regime hardliners. Pushing his young boss to play for time and sanctions relief, Kim Yong Chol is an obstruction to President Trump's grand bargain. And up until this news, it was increasingly clear that the North Korean leader was holding to his adviser's bent. If, however, Kim Yong Chol has been sent away to the gulags, it comes at a crucial time. Kim Jong Un has repeatedly struck out those around him to consolidate his personal power at the heart of North Korean governance. Yet regime pressures in North Korea are now defined by the upcoming food crisis. If Kim cannot address that food crisis, either by an amelioration of U.S. sanctions under diplomacy, or via extorting the U.S., he is likely to launch new long range ballistic missile tests. Kim Yong Chol almost certainly would have advised a harder rather than softer line against America.

This flows into why I believe President Trump walked away from Kim Yong Un at the two leaders' most recent summit in Hanoi this February. Trump believes, with good reason, that Kim has not yet made up his mind as to whether to pursue a compromise. So if only for a moment, and if only contingent on Chosun Ilbo's report, this is good news.

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2019-05-31 16:16:00Z
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Star Wars Land: a food & drink photo guide to Galaxy’s Edge - Polygon

Not only does Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge feature new rides, locations, and immersive Star Wars experiences. The new park expansion also features Star Wars food. That’s right — food (and drinks) from the Star Wars universe, now available for your consumption in Disneyland, and later to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Aug. 29.

One of the biggest announcements to come out of Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge wasn’t anything to do with the rides or the immersive experiences. This one was just for the adults descending upon the smuggler’s output: Galaxy’s Edge would be the first land at Disneyland to serve alcohol.

Pour one out, rebels.

To be fair, Galaxy’s Edge doesn’t only serve alcoholic beverages; they just happen to be a big draw. But there are plenty of other Star Wars beverages filling the stalls and cantinas of the planet Batuu.

Kat Saka’s Kettle popcorn
Photo: James Bareham/Polygon

Kat Saka’s Kettle

Amidst the bustling marketplace, guests will find a colorful popcorn blend unique to the Star Wars world. The snack has a savory sweet taste, both salty and fruity. We found it a bit addictive, the thing that you blindly pick at while waiting in line, until it’s suddenly gone. A pouch runs you $6.49.

Photo: Joshua Sudock/Disney Parks

Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo

According to Galaxy’s Edge’s in-world lore, famous chef Chef Strono “Cookie” Tuggs owns this mobile restaurant, in which he travels across the galaxy and cooks up delicious meals. This is the main dining location in Star Wars Land and thus features the most expansive menu, with options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that all range between $12.99-$18.99.

Breakfast includes an egg bite called the Bright Suns Morning, an oatmeal concoction with dragon fruit called the Rising Moons Overnight Oats, and a “sweet galactic delight” called the Mustafarian Lava Roll.

Smoked Kaadu Ribs at Star Wars Land
Smoked Kaadu Ribs
Photo: David Roark/Disney Parks

Lunch features Smoked Kaadu Ribs (pork ribs), Fried Endorian Tip-yip (crispy chicken with roasted vegetable potato mash), (chilled shrimp with marinated noodles), Felucian Garden Spread (Kefta with hummus in a pita), and Roasted Endorian Tip-Yip Salad (a chicken salad). We really enjoyed the Felucian Garden Spread, a light and refreshing dish that doesn’t really have a contemporary in the rest of the park’s culinary options.

Yobshrimp Noodle Salad
Photo: David Roark/Disney Parks

The dinner menu includes the Smoked Kaduu Ribs, Friend Endorian Tip-yip, Yobshrimp Noodle Salad, and the Roasted Endorian Tip-yip Salad, as well as the Ithorian Garden Loaf (a vegetable based meatloaf) and Braised Shaak Roast (beef pot roast).

Deserts
Photo: David Roark/Disney Parks

Desserts — available at both lunch and dinner — include the Oi-oi Puff (a raspberry cream puff) and the Batuu-bon (chocolate cake). The Batuu-bon’s more of a sweet milk chocolate treat. It has a neat little chocolate token that rests on top of it’s shiny, round, gooey exterior.

The main dining location in the land also features various themed drinks like Moof Juice, Phattro, and Batuubucha Tea — along with Black Caf (aka regular ol’ coffee with a Star Wars zinger for a name).

Oga’s Cantina

This dining location the first in Disneyland to serve alcohol. Within the park lore, Og’s Cantina is a notorious hotbed of smugglers and less than savory citizens.

Photo: James Bareham/Polygon

Alcoholic drinks, ranging from $14-$15, will include Jedi Mind Trick, the Outer Rim, T-18 Skyhopper, Fuzzy Tauntaun, Dagobah Slug Slinger, Bespin Fizz, Jet Juice, and Yub Nub (which comes with an exclusive Endor mug, hiking up the price to $42). Morning variations include Spiran Caf and Bloody Rancor (spiked coffee and a Bloody Mary-esque concoction respectively).

The Outer Rim, Bespin Fizz, Yub Nub, and Fuzzy Tauntaun alcoholic drinks at STar Wars Land
Oga’s alcoholic drinks (L to R): The Outer Rim, Bespin Fizz, Yub Nub, and Fuzzy Tauntaun
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Various beers, wines, and ciders are available on tap, range from $12-$13, and all sport Star Wars names. The beers are Gold Squadron Lager, White Wampa Ale, Gamorrean Ale, and Bad Motivator IPA, with Spice Runner cider. The wine is Toniray and Imperial Guard.

Oga’s non-alcoholic drinks (L to R): Carbon Freeze, Oga’s Obsession, and Cliff Dweller
Photo: Kent Phillips/Disney Parks

Non-alcoholic drinks (all $6-$7.50) include Hyperdrive, Jabba’s Juice, Blurrgfire, Carbon Freeze, Cliff Dweller (which comes with an exclusive Porg mug), Oga’s Obsession, and Blue Bantha. Breakfast drinks include Black Spire Brew, Moogan Tea, and Tarine Tea. If you’re going the non-alcoholic route, we vouch for the Carbon Freeze which takes inspiration from passion fruit bubble tea with pearls.

In addition to its robust drink menu, Oga’s also has one food option during the day, a snack mix called Batuu Bites. Breakfast food includes Mustafarian Lava Roll and Rising Moons Overnight Oats.

Ronto Roasters

The barbeque meat inside the Ronto Wraps is cooked up on a large pod racing engine.

A Ronto wrap

The morning menu includes the $12.49 Ronto Morning Wrap — scrambled eggs, cheese, peppercorn sauce wrapped in pita — as well as Rising Moons Overnight Oats ($6.99). The regular Ronto Wrap, made up of roasted pork, grilled sausage, and slaw, will be available all day for $12.99. Nuna Turkey Jerky is also available at Ronto’s. A collision of familiar foods — hotdog, pork sandwich, and gyro — we like how the salty fat of the meat mixes with the vinegary slaw. Our pita did a commendable job of not getting soggy.

Photo: David Nguyen/Disney Parks

The barbeque joint also features non-alcoholic beverages like the Sour Sarlacc, the Tatooine Sunset, and Meiloorun Juices.

Photo: James Bareham/Polygon

The Milk Stand

Ever wanted to try the ... Green Milk that Luke Skywalker obtained from a creature in The Last Jedi? Or the Blue Milk he served during a family meal during A New Hope? Now you can for $7.99. What can we say? Luke Skywalker really likes his calcium.

The Blue Milk has a fruity, unexpected taste. We like it! The Green Milk... maybe just stick with the Blue Milk! You can read more about the Milk Stand in our Blue Milk review.

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2019-05-31 16:02:46Z
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Trump threatens tariffs on Mexico over immigration: Live updates - CNN

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders dismissed any legal concerns with the President’s tariffs announcement.

Asked if there are concerns the action will get tied up in court, Sanders said:

“Not at all. The President has the legal authority to do this through IEEPA. In fact, that give him much broader authority than he’s taken on this front.”

For context: IEEPA is the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, which authorizes the President to regulate commerce after declaring a national emergency.

She continued, “This is a measured response to the authority that he has, there’s case law that supports it from precedent where this has been done in the past. And again, the President’s going to fulfill his duty, it would be nice if Congress would fulfill theirs.”

However: As CNN reported yesterday, privately, officials have conceded it’s not clear the White House has the legal authority to impose tariffs on this scale. They are concerned that, because of the scope, the mandate will potentially face legal challenges that could leave it tied up in the courts before June 10 even gets here. 

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2019-05-31 16:12:00Z
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Update: Robert Pattinson Reportedly Approved to Play Batman - IGN

The chin is in?

Update 05/31/2019: Deadline reports that Warner Bros. has approved Robert Pattinson for the title role in Matt Reeves' The Batman.

Following a screen test with Pattinson and Nicholas Hoult, it was the former who apparently won out, despite Tolkien star Hoult impressing.

Warner Bros. has told IGN that Pattinson is now in negotiations, despite reports saying he'd already signed a deal.

We'll update this story as we learn more.

Robert Pattinson and Nicholas Hoult will reportedly be screen testing in full costume to potentially play the Caped Crusader in the upcoming film The Batman.

Revealed by The Wrap reporter Umberto Gonzalez on Twitter, he suspects the two are "screen testing in the Batsuit because Wardrobe Department will need full wardrobe test. Additionally, the film will now start production in Q1 2020.”

Pattinson is known for his work on Good Time, The Lost City of Z and the Twilight films. Hoult is known for playing Beast in the current X-Men films, and his roles in Tolkien, The Favourite and Mad Max: Fury Road. Earlier reports indicated that both actors are frontrunners for the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in Matt Reeves’ upcoming film.

If Pattinson does earn the starring role, here are some of his movies we think fans should check out. For more on The Batman, its list of villains has reportedly been revealed.

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Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to newstips@ign.com.

Colin Stevens is a news writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.

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2019-05-31 15:14:04Z
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Trump threatens tariffs on Mexico over immigration: Live updates - CNN

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders dismissed any legal concerns with the President’s tariffs announcement.

Asked if there are concerns the action will get tied up in court, Sanders said:

“Not at all. The President has the legal authority to do this through IEEPA. In fact, that give him much broader authority than he’s taken on this front.”

For context: IEEPA is the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, which authorizes the President to regulate commerce after declaring a national emergency.

She continued, “This is a measured response to the authority that he has, there’s case law that supports it from precedent where this has been done in the past. And again, the President’s going to fulfill his duty, it would be nice if Congress would fulfill theirs.”

However: As CNN reported yesterday, privately, officials have conceded it’s not clear the White House has the legal authority to impose tariffs on this scale. They are concerned that, because of the scope, the mandate will potentially face legal challenges that could leave it tied up in the courts before June 10 even gets here. 

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2019-05-31 14:58:00Z
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Why Mexico is so important to the American auto industry - CNN

Every American auto factory depends on Mexican parts to build its cars or trucks. That's why President Donald Trump's threat to impose tariffs on Mexican imports of up to 25% by October is rattling the US auto industry. The tariffs could raise costs in the United States by tens of billions of dollars in the auto industry alone.
Car buyers would probably pay the cost of those tariffs.
"We believe the tariffs on vehicles would undoubtedly be passed on to consumers," wrote Emmanuel Rosner, auto analyst for Deutsche Bank. If the Trump administration enforces the full 25% tariff, it would increase the price of vehicles sold in the United States by an average of about $1,300, Rosner said.
That price increase would hurt demand for cars, perhaps cutting US auto production by as much as 3 million vehicles a year, an 18% drop from current levels, Rosner estimates.
If that happened, it would be the greatest blow to the US auto industry since the Great Recession sent the industry hurling toward near collapse 10 years ago.
The industry imported $59.4 billion in parts from Mexico last year, according to US government trade data. That includes parts used in factories and those sold in auto parts stores and repair shops.
Mexico is by far the largest foreign source of parts used by the industry. About 16% of all auto parts used by US assembly plants come from Mexico, according to an estimate from the Center for Automotive Research, a leading industry think tank.
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Automakers can't easily shift to other suppliers to avoid using parts from Mexico. Mexican parts suppliers specialize in providing low-cost, labor-intensive components, which don't make economic sense to build elsewhere, said Kristin Dziczek, vice president of industry, labor and economics at the center.
For example, 70% of wire harnesses, the collection of wires that carry power throughout a vehicle, come from Mexico. Few if any wire harnesses are made in the United States. Much of the rest of the harnesses arrive at the US-Mexican border from countries south of Mexico.
"It's one of the first pieces you install when you're assembling a car," she said in April when Trump was threatening to close the border with Mexico altogether. Such a move would have shut the entire US auto industry within a week, she estimated.
"You can't build the whole car and slap the wire harness in later. This is a big critical part that shuts down the assembly line if you don't have it."
Finished cars and trucks also come into the United States from Mexico — about 2.7 million autos were imported from Mexico last year, worth $52 billion, according to the US Commerce Department. That's nearly a million more autos than came from Japan, the No. 2 source of auto imports.
A 25% tariff on all imports from Mexico would add about $28 billion a year to the cost of completed vehicles and parts.
Automakers are strong supporters of the new trade deal that the Trump administration negotiated with Mexico and Canada designed to replace NAFTA. That trade agreement, the US Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA), would continue to allow most auto parts and vehicles to cross the border in both directions without tariffs. But it needs Congressional ratification before it takes effect.
The USMCA "relies on duty-free access to be successful. The imposition of tariffs against Mexico will undermine its positive impact and would impose significant cost on the US auto industry," said Matt Blunt, president of the American Automotive Policy Council, an industry group representing GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler.
The US auto industry is already struggling with increased costs because of the Trump administration's tariffs on steel and aluminum. Both General Motors (GM) and Ford (F) have estimated that rising commodity prices from those tariffs have raised their costs by more than $1 billion each.
The entire industry has been trying to cut costs to free up cash for the expensive research and development challenge of developing the next generation of electric and self-driving cars. That is the reason GM cited for its plans to close four US factories this year.
That means automakers probably wouldn't assume the cost of the tariffs. Instead, they would pass them onto consumers. That could hurt American auto sales and cost additional jobs in the United States. Last year, GM warned that a proposal to put tariffs on all cars and auto parts imports from around the world would lead it and other automakers to cut US jobs.
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Costs would rise even further if Mexico responds by imposing tariffs of its own on American goods. That would be a double blow to the US auto industry, because Mexico is a major market for both its cars and its parts.
Mexico bought 140,600 cars from the US last year, about 8% of all car exports, making it the fourth largest market behind Canada, China and Germany, according to the US Commerce Department. Those cars cost $3.3 billion.
More importantly, US parts makers shipped another $32.5 billion worth of parts to Mexico, mostly to use in Mexican auto plants.

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2019-05-31 14:52:00Z
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