Studio Behind Sonic The Hedgehog Redesign Closes Down

The animation studio that fixed Sonic for his big-screen debut has announced it is closing its doors. The Vancouver studio Moving Picture Company (MPC) sent word to employees on Wednesday that it would be immediately closing its doors, citing “increasing external market pressures” in the area.

CBC reports that the studio employed more than 800 artists, but it’s unknown how large the studio was as of the time of closure. The studio was brought in to animate the revised Sonic the Hedgehog after the look in the first movie trailer was widely panned. The company’s work also included The Lion King, Watchmen, and Call of the Wild. It won an Academy Award for its work on Life of Pi.

The email to employees said, “This decision has not been taken lightly.”

Sonic the Hedgehog is coming on February 14, 2020, having been delayed from its original November release date to work on the redesign. It stars Ben Schwartz voicing Sonic, Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik, and James Marsden as a state trooper who befriends the blue hedgehog.

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Ben Affleck Has the ‘Utmost Respect’ for Ex-Wife Jennifer Garner

Making it work! Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, who finalized their divorce in 2018, are committed to their three children, Violet, 14, Seraphina, 10, and Samuel, 7. A source exclusively reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly that Affleck and Garner, both 47, will continue “to coparent and spend holidays together.”

The 13 Going on 30 actress is supportive of the Argo star, despite his recent sobriety relapse. “Jen puts up with a lot and does everything she can to keep it together — she wants Ben to be in the kids’ lives,” adds the insider. “That means dealing with things she isn’t happy about.”

The source continues, “Ben has the utmost respect for Jen and how she’s supported him through his addiction.”

While Affleck confirmed in October that he is dating following his second split from Lindsay ShookusGarner has been seeing John Miller since 2018. A source previously told Us that the Cali Group CEO, 41, is the “complete opposite” of Affleck.

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From the Archives, 1969: English critics savage George Lazenby’s James Bond

First published in The Age on December 17, 1969

Back to the chocolates, George!

George Lazenby in a still from the James Bond movie ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’Credit:Publicity

London, December 16 – Australian actor George Lazenby was mercilessly attacked today by English critics for his role in the latest James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Service, which opens this week in London.

Critics saw a preview last night.

George Lazenby as 007 in the film ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’.Credit:Publicity

Donald Zec, writing in the Daily Mirror, tells the 29-years-old former advertising model from Queanbeyan, NSW, “Back to the chocolate, George.”

“Lazenby, who acts with his ‘learner’ plates showing, has neither the animal magnetism nor the villainous appeal that hall-marked his predecessor,” Zec says.

“His lines carry about as much conviction as an insecticide salesman at a flea circus.”

Ian Chrisitie, film critic of the Daily Express, says: “I don’t believe for a moment this chap George Lazenby is James Bond.

“In fact, I think the whole thing is a diabolical plot by Goldfinger’s mob, SMERSH, or some other group of international scoundrels to confuse and demoralise the nation and leave us at the mercy of sinister, power-crazed maniacs.”

However, most critics agree that despite Lazenby’s disappointing performance, the film itself is well directed and Diana Rigg, former Avenger’s star, performs very well as a mysterious countess who is saved from suicide by Bond.

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Charlotte Wood: ‘I know the sea has changed me’

I’ve never been a water person. The odds were probably against me from the start, growing up inland, in Cooma south of Canberra, with English parents whose own feelings about the sea were ambivalent at best. There were swimming lessons, of course, and my dad erected a hot blue above-ground pool in our backyard each summer. But while we spent every January at the beach, at Mystery Bay near Narooma, I never learnt to love the ocean itself.

When I was three, my pregnant mother took my five-year-old sister, my younger brother and me by ship to Britain, to meet our grandparents. I can’t imagine how stressful it was for her to make this journey alone – they couldn’t afford for Dad to come, too – and I recall very little about it. Did we kids actually even see the ocean beneath us? Surely we were too small to look over any railings. But I must have internalised some of my mother’s apprehension, or even fear.

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I have only two distinct memories of the weeks on board: first, shuffling along in a little procession of child mermaids, wearing a green crepe-paper costume my mother somehow put together (my sister won the fancy-dress contest: she was the old woman who lived in a shoe with too many children, pushing a pram filled with all our dolls, and our brother).

But my other memory is more potent. There was an enormous gathering on deck in the blinding sunlight, by the swimming pool. As hordes of adult strangers crushed close, we kids pressed nervously against our mother. At a sudden juncture, every hitherto sensible grown-up in the place began screaming and bellowing, violently shoving at one another until they plunged, fully clothed, into the pool. I recall ice-cream being hurled about. Impossibly, in the midst of this horrifying pandemonium, was the sound of scornful, frenzied laughter.

Later I learnt of the traditional “crossing the line” celebrations, as ships traversed the equator. But at three years old, cleaving rigid with fear to my mother’s leg, all I knew was the orderly world dissolving. Water – everywhere outside the ship, and now inside it – brought unstoppable chaos, and terror.

I’ve only just now wondered about the connection between that shipboard incident and a nightmare that recurred throughout my childhood. In this dream my small, powerless self was compressed into a tiny silver ball, and then snatched up by two vast, duelling universes for use in a sickening “game”. These shapeless, unending, dark and starry undulations of malevolent power, existing somewhere far outside the known world, would throw me back and forth to each other in a vast, cosmic game of catch. With each toss the distance between them grew, along with the likelihood I’d vanish into the infinite void beneath if they dropped me. It’s important to tell you, though, that I somehow chose this game, every time. I knew what was to come; I dreaded but also desired it. Terror competed with exhilaration in the sensation of flight: an exhilaration so powerful I’d risk annihilation in its pursuit.

The ocean, the dream, this fear of being swept away: Jung said the sea represents the unconscious, after all.

There are more mundane explanations, of course, for my lifelong fear of the deep. Swimming lessons at the local pool, for starters. Again the blinding sunlight, the crowded space filled with violent splashing and shrieking. I hated it all, the smell of chlorine rising as we pushed through the turnstiles. I feared drowning so much I almost willed it, sinking like a stone, taking huge gulping breaths, and never actually exhaling. I was that kid at the primary school swimming carnival who had to be saved by a teacher leaping into the pool. Soon enough, because of my failure, came the even more humiliating individual swimming lessons after school, jeered at by the tough and rough kids who swam like seals, who bombed you from the diving board, who seemed to breathe as easily underwater as in air.

In high school, the pool was abandoned for the river: more private, wilder, more dangerous. The murky brown water held hidden horrors: river weed, sharp sticks, snakes. Beneath the surface was an old sunken bridge, with its invisible iron bolts and jagged edges waiting to gash your thigh open, rip your costume from your shoulders. The river was where cool kids smoked, and drank beer, and wrestled with one another in the water and out of it. Where hotted-up cars revved and threatened. I smoked my first cigarette there in the bushes: a Craven A Filter, stolen from my father’s packet. I had my first drink at the river, too, and my first kiss, in the summer dark. Wet bathers, wet hair and the dark undertow of desire and trespass now joined the other fears awash in my subconscious. To have a body was awful, menacing. And there was water once again; the threat of a different kind of drowning.

Oddly, despite all this I loved our summers at the beach. Barely clothed, brown as berries (sunscreen back then was only for the fair-skinned siblings, whereas I tanned deeply in an instant), hatless and free, we kids roamed the sand and the rockpools day in, day out. But these blissful memories of the beach are always of the shore. Even those times we set off on great adventures to the rock caves that would fill with rushing water as the tide came in, the sand was always visible through the clear water. My feet could always touch the bottom.

Another family camped at the same spot every year. We didn’t really associate with them, those kids who roared into the surf, invincible, conquering. They were big and wild and loud, like the ocean. Proper Australian children, they were absolutely unafraid. Once, three of them were caught in a rip as they clung to the great black inner tube of a tractor tyre, and were swept out to sea. I remember adults going quiet, staring and staring at the horizon as the little black smudge swept further out, and further still. Eventually they were rescued by a fishing boat and brought home again, triumphant.

My husband was once caught in a rip with his brother and sisters, dragged out just like that, minus the flotation device. At one point, knowing they’d soon drown, they all began to laugh. Laughing and laughing, hysteria sweeping them out with the current. Eventually the rip curled, shifted and dumped them, exhausted, back on the shore. Their parents, dozing on the sand, hadn’t even noticed they were gone.

This is the existential dread that has always haunted me: the undertow, the drag, the mighty power of the deep. And it remains shaming, that a grown Australian should be so afraid of the sea.

But slowly, in recent times, something has begun to change. For more than a year now I’ve lived part-time on the Central Coast of NSW, near Killcare. This is the second December I’ve grown used to sea swimming not once or twice in the month, but once or twice a day. For the first time in my life I own more than one swimming costume, the clothes line always draped with wet bathers and a beach towel. It’s silly, but somehow I feel at last a belonging to the place, this country, because of the sea.

The British Medical Journal published a case study of regular sea swimming as a cure for depression. But even its authors had no idea why it worked. Anti-inflammatory effects on neural pathways from the cold water were posited, or the simple exercise, or social connection. I don’t doubt the finding, but maybe the cause is more poetic, less prosaic. Maybe it’s about surrendering to the great unconscious, about each cold submersion gradually reconciling us to our hidden fears, without striving or resistance.

It’s about surrendering to the great unconscious, about each cold submersion gradually reconciling us to our hidden fears.

I know the sea has changed me, too. I still quail at the sight of a giant swell, but I no longer hover
apprehensively on the shore while others charge into the waves. And that old nightmare, with its dread of the unknown deep, seems so distant now it could have been dreamt by someone else.

Early last summer, as I walked alone back home from a swim, a thought arrived like clear cold water: this is the happiest moment of my life. It had been a rough year in many ways; the future was uncertain. Nevertheless, I was happy. And I’m certain it’s to do with the sea, with taking the sound of the ocean into sleep. The great stretch of water, with its endless sweep and drag, now feels like connectedness: this chill water glazing my body is miraculously joined to every other ocean and sea and bay on the planet. And now being a tiny speck, carried and lifted, is restful and consoling. I’ve found in the ocean some deep release, a rinsed acceptance of how things are.

This morning I stepped into the cold waves beneath a smoky bushfire sky. The breath whooshed out of me, reminding me that I’m more than just neuroses and thoughts. Here in the sea I’m at once all body, and no body at all. It’s no surprise that baptism involves such immersion. The salt water is a blissful shock: of luck. I’m alive, I’m free. I’ve exhaled.

Charlotte Wood’s sixth novel, The Weekend (Allen & Unwin, $30), was released in October.

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'The View' attacks Nikki Haley over Confederate flag comments: 'Disqualifies her' for national office

‘Not gonna happen’: Nikki Haley rejects ex-McCain strategist’s claim she could supplant Pence on Trump ticket

"The View" co-hosts had some strong words for former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley on Thursday after she defended comments she made about the Confederate flag.

Haley had told TheBlaze that gunman Dylann Roof "hijacked" the Confederate flag when he shot up a black church in her state in 2015. After a wave of media backlash, Haley indicated in an op-ed that she opposed the flag as a symbol of hatred, but maintained that politicians should show respect to southerners who see it differently. She pointed to how she called for the flag's removal from the state's capitol.

"Today’s outrage culture insists that everyone who holds a view that’s different from our own is not just mistaken," Haley wrote. "They must be evil and shunned. That’s wrong. I know too many good people in South Carolina who think differently about the flag but who are not the least bit racist."

That op-ed completely "disqualifies her" from running for elected office, according to View co-host Sunny Hostin.

"She's talking out of two sides of her mouth," co-host Joy Behar said. Hostin had a much more fiery response, arguing that Haley's comments diminished her community's oppression.

"I actually think that it's disqualifying for her to run for national office now that she's made this statement. It is completely disqualifying for her — and in that op-ed that she wrote, to try to clean up what she said on air," she said.

Hostin referenced how Haley's op-ed had criticized outrage culture for ruining discourse on the issue.

"She's saying now that it's because of outrage culture that you could never now remove the flag from the South Carolina capitol — and I think what's interesting is she's now trying to diminish the very oppression of my community, of my ancestors, by calling it outrage," Hostin said.

"Well, I am outraged by that position," Hostin added. She went on to claim that South Carolina was the first state to "commit treason" when it declared its reasons for secession.

"Slavery was mentioned 18 times in that declaration — 18 times," she said. "And so for her to somehow say that people think that the Confederate flag is about service and it's about heritage — it is about slavery! It is about the oppression of black people, nothing more. And she knows that!"

Co-host Meghan McCain predicted that Haley's statements will "haunt her" during her career. Both she and Behar suggested that Haley was betraying her conscience in order to shore up support for a future presidential run.

"When I originally saw her interview, I thought, 'oh, she's clearly running for president in four years.' It's very evident that she thinks that Trump is the wave of the future and in order to do it, I'm going to need his supporters," she said.

Behar argued that Haley had to show Trump she was as "narrow-minded and as bigoted as he is."

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The Big Reason Why Some Fans Think Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus Will Get Back Together

More than a decade ago, one of Hollywood’s favorite love stories began on a movie set. What started out as actors portraying a fictional love story, quickly evolved into a real-life romance.

It seems that Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth were brought together by fate, which is one of the reasons why some fans believe they will ultimately end up back together. Their recent split hasn’t deterred fans from having hope.

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth had simple beginnings

Cyrus and Hemsworth’s love story started on the set for Nicholas Sparks’ film The Last Song back in 2009. In the movie, they played a young couple falling in love.

Not surprisingly, the pair subsequently fell in love themselves. Cyrus has always emphasized that the pair were friends first and lovers later. Their relationship was built on a solid friendship which is why they have always worked so well together.

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth’s ten-year relationship has had its ups and downs

In June of 2012, the couple announced their (first) engagement but after postponing their wedding the two officially told People they were calling it quits by September of 2013. Cyrus blamed the breakup on her youth, and her desire to seek out her own happiness.

“I don’t think I realized what 19 truly is, and I got engaged at 19, and I definitely wouldn’t change being engaged. It was so fun wearing a fat rock for a few years,” Cyrus told Barbara Walters. “But now, I just feel like I can actually be happy.”

By January 0f 2016, Cyrus is seen wearing her engagement ring again and the couple is back together. Their ability to ride the ebbs and flows of their relationship is definitely a testament to their friendship.

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth had a short-lived marriage

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Hemsworth captioned a sweet wedding snapshot on his Instagram simply: “my love.” That alone gives hope to fans that the pair will reunite. Their profound love story is reflected in their sweet wedding photos, even if their marriage didn’t last very long.

Cyrus and Hemsworth tied the knot in December of 2018 in a small, private ceremony. Unfortunately, less than a year later, Hemsworth filed for divorce.

Cyrus regularly explained that she wasn’t traditional marriage material and didn’t even like the word “wife,” which is probably part of the reason their marriage collapsed on itself. They’ve split before and reconciled though, so fans are hoping that its just a matter of time.

Liam Hemsworth still has photos of Miley Cyrus on Instagram

Despite their split and rumors that Hemsworth is already dating someone new, Hemsworth keeps photos of Cyrus up on his Instagram account. All of them.

From photos of their early relationship to a sweet shot from their wedding day, Hemsworth has kept them all up. Fans believe that this shows he still has a spark of hope they will reunite. Cyrus, however, has unfollowed Hemsworth and has deleted all evidence of him from her social media.

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth’s relationship has always been on and off

The big reason which some fans on Twitter are holding out hope is the fact that the couple has always gotten back together, no matter how serious the break up has been. Aside from that, Cyrus herself commented on Twitter that she will always love Hemsworth.

That’s why fans believe that the lovebirds will ultimately get back together. Since they’ve bounced back from the many breakups of their youth to find each other again they simply are destined to be together.

In fact, sources close to the couple often have commented that the pair could easily get back together, as they have in the past.

“Their on- and off-again relationship is currently off,” says the source about one of the couple’s many previous breakups. “But you never know with Miley and Liam. They could be back on at some point.”

Fans are holding onto the idea that true love exists, as they wait for Cyrus and Hemsworth to, inevitably, announce they are back together.

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William and Kate Look the Part of Future King and Queen at Reception: Pics

Bow down! Prince William and Duchess Kate radiated regality at a diplomatic reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth II.

The royal couple attended the event at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, December 11. Kate, 37, beamed in a black V-neck, long-sleeved gown, accented by a tiara, blue sash and diamond necklace. William, also 37, sported a black tuxedo and matching sash.

“The reception, hosted by Her Majesty The Queen, was attended by members of the Diplomatic Corps based in London — who support the work of @theroyalfamily in representing the UK at home and abroad,” Kensington Palace’s official Instagram account posted on Wednesday. “This work includes the hosting of State Visits and The Queen’s regular audiences with Ambassadors and High Commissioners.”

William and Kate — who are parents of Prince George, 6, Princess Charlotte, 4, and Prince Louis, 19 months — continue to take on a more public role than Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan as the holidays approach. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who welcomed son Archie in May, opted to skip the queen’s Christmas festivities in favor of a private celebration.

According to Buckingham Palace in November, Meghan, 38, and Harry, 35, “are looking forward to extended family time towards the end of this month. Having spent the last two Christmases at Sandringham, [the couple] will spend the holiday this year, as a new family, with the duchess’ mother, Doria [Ragland]. This decision is in line with precedent set previously by other members of the royal family, and has the support of Her Majesty The Queen.”

Harry admitted to bad blood with William in Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, which aired in October. “Stuff happens,” he explained at the time. “But look, we’re brothers, we’ll always be brothers. We’re certainly on different paths at the moment but I’ll always be there for him and as I know he’ll always be there for me.”

A source told Us Weekly exclusively in November that the feud led Harry to forego Christmas with the royals. “Harry and Meghan are having a small Christmas with just immediate family instead of spending it at Sandringham,” the insider said. “The rift between William and Harry is one of the main reasons behind their decision.”

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The complications Yankees ignored in throwing $324 million at Gerrit Cole

SAN DIEGO — So in the time it took to read a tweet — Gerrit Cole, $324 million — the narrative flipped again from Hal Steinbrenner is cheap to the Yankees buy championships.

It is the organization’s no-win situation. Hal is either going to be criticized for not being his father or too much like him. So just block out the noise when you are a mega-franchise that wants something.

Good for the Yankees that they have incorporated Tampa Bay Rays principles to be able to inexpensively unearth a Mike Tauchman, Gio Urshela and Luke Voit. But you cannot tell a boxer whose best punch is his left cross that he can’t throw it in a fight. The Yankees are financial heavyweights.

Some arduous stuff comes with that, such as the need to write big revenue-sharing checks and the reality of huge pressure to win it all. So the Yankees should never run from their strength — namely that when they want to, they can throw their wallet at someone they want. And, man, did they want Cole.

So, Hal Steinbrenner unlocked his genetic code to channel his dad and hand Cole everything. Nine years. More than $300 million ($324 million). The highest average ($36 million) ever given any player. No deferrals. An opt-out after five years. A no-trade clause. Babe Ruth’s No. 3.

OK, not that last one. But you get the idea.

The Yankees began this process wanting Cole and figured he would cost about $250 million, perhaps edging up with hardcore negotiations vs. Scott Boras. But once Boras landed Stephen Strasburg back with the Nationals for seven years at $245 million on Monday, the idea of $250 million was as quaint as wool uniforms.

Look, Cole and his camp did enjoy the Yankees’ presentation. Andy Pettitte’s presence at the face-to-face last week at a Newport Beach hotel had impact. Cole grew up a Yankees fan admiring Pettitte. He had lots of questions for the lefty. And Pettitte’s folksy way of selling what it means to play for this organization both historically and in having a chance to win each year moved Cole.

The Yankees provided Cole one of their favorite toys: a 30-pound-ish contraption shaped like home plate with a giant interlocking “NY” that when opened reveals a facsimile of Yankee Stadium, with an iPad in the middle that contains pretty much every question you would have about the franchise — from breakdowns of all 27 championship teams to where to live and have your kids go to school, etc. Again, Cole and his wife were impressed.

But in the end, all the legends and gifts are appetizers. Money is the main course. Steinbrenner had shown a breaking point last offseason with the Yankees’ prioritized free-agent option Patrick Corbin, unwilling to go beyond four years. He shunned Bryce Harper, he low-balled Manny Machado. But this was different.

The Yankees have not won a title since 2009, which in Bronx calculations is like saying the Indians haven’t won since 1948. They had drafted and not signed Cole, pursued him in a trade. Failed both times. Now, here was the best version yet of Cole, having in the last two years with the Astros evolved into a starter so good that when Boston manager Alex Cora saw Brian Cashman at the same restaurant Tuesday night — in the minutes after the Cole news broke — he jokingly said to the Yankees GM: “(Bleep you), Cash.”

As one executive who had Cole on his team said, “This is a plug-and-play ace. This is extra easy to understand. Gerrit Cole takes the bump every five days. He plans well and is low maintenance. And he has the best stuff in the game. Don’t complicate it beyond that.”

Steinbrenner didn’t. So on Monday, he authorized Cashman to go from eight to nine years in the bid and remove all the deferrals to meet the requests of the Cole camp. That pushed this negotiation into the end zone. It gave the Yanks the unquestioned ace they felt they needed to finish off this team. Just remember that last year, the Yankees won 103 games with three starts from Luis Severino. The 2020 Yanks might get 60 starts from Cole and Severino.

The Yankees bought high because it is in their DNA, by George.

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'The Voice' Fans Say These 3 Artists Will 'Make It' After Season 17 Ends

The Voice has always managed to conjure diverse talent, as contestants ranging in age, background, and musical genre often find their way to the competition. However, the show hasn’t always been the best at cementing a place for its talent in the contemporary music scene following the season finale. The Voice often fails to provide the fame many would wish to acquire after appearing on the show. In short, many contestants (even the great ones) never quite ‘make it’ to superstardom status. 

American Idol has produced Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Adam Lambert, Jennifer Hudson, and more household names. Clarkson is now a coach on The Voice, has her own show, and pumps out top-selling records. Adam Lambert tours with Queen and performed at the Academy Awards this past year. Hudson is about to portray the most iconic character from Cats in the upcoming movie, and the list goes on and on. 

On the otherhand, many would argue that the most successful contestants from The Voice are Cassadee Pope, Danielle Bradberry, and Jordan Smith; while you may be able to name a few tunes, they’re not boasting multiple Grammy awards and Oscar nominations. However, many fans feel a few contestants from season 17 of The Voice have a shot at “making it” when all is said and one. So, who’s got the best shot at fame? 

Fans of ‘The Voice’ have faith in Ricky Duran, Will Breman, and Katie Kadan 

In an online discussion concerning the contestants most likely to “make it” following their time on the show, a few different names popped up. However, most seem to agree that Katie Kadan, Ricky Duran, and Will Breman are the most likely to wind up with successful music careers. When talking about Duran, fans stated:

I feel Ricky has what it takes! I personally would see him in concert…

Another fan chimed in to agree with the above comment and explained why Duran may become one of the most famous contestants:

I agree – he has a real Springsteen feel to him. With the right songs and some actual promotion (which it seems that contestants / winners never get) he could do really well.

While Duran received a great deal of attention in this forum, Kadan and Breman got their fair share of recognition as well. And while Breman was recently eliminated, fans still think he’s going to have more luck than many others. Fans stated: 

Katie Kadan and Will seem to have the most well defined performances. They know exactly what they are about

I would definitely listen to Will Breman and I’d even like to see him live. He’s got a natural stage presence to him that can’t be ignored.

While Kadan, Breman, and Duran are all talented singers, do any of them have the star quality? Do any of them have what it takes to become an idol? Some fans feel they do, but we will just have to wait and see.

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The Most Expensive Gift Beyonce Has Ever Given to Jay-Z Cost $40 Million

Jay-Z and Beyonce are one of the hottest celebrity couples of our time. They are both A-listers and are known as two of the best artists in hip hop and they both have several platinum albums, countless number one hits, and it seems like every tour that they book gets sold out in minutes.

The couple has been together for over a decade. And like any couple, they like to shower each other with sweet gifts. But for this power couple, a box of chocolates and a dozen roses just simply won’t do.

Instead, they go all-out and buy some of the most lavish gifts for each other in order to show the other person just how much they are loved. So, what is the most lavish and expensive gift that Beyonce has ever bought for her husband? Even though money is no object to this couple, the amount of money that Beyonce spent on Jay-Z’s gift may truly surprise you.

What is the most expensive gift that Beyonce has ever given to Jay-Z?

In 2012, on Jay-Z’s very first Father’s Day, Beyonce bought him a private jet to celebrate. While most fathers are getting toolset and a coffee mug, Beyonce thought it was a better idea to get her man his own personal piece of paradise in the sky.

According to The Travel, the private jet is a Bombardier Challenger 850 and is the largest mid-sized aircraft that the company makes. As you can imagine, private jets are not cheap, and this one certainly wasn’t. It reportedly cost an estimated $40 million. Looks like Beyonce really knows how to set the bar high when it comes to gift-giving.

This luxurious jet has one large bedroom, two bathrooms and is able to sleep up to seven people. There is also a full kitchen on board as well as enough room Beyonce and Jay’s three kids and staff members. 

Jay-Z uses his jet for more than just a luxurious form of transportation

Having your own personal jet is has its obvious advantages. But in Jay-Z’s case, he gained a lot more than just being able to avoid sitting beside strangers in a crowded plane. He has also gained another office space.

That’s right, the jet is so big that not only can you eat, sleep, and relax up there, but Jay has also been able to conduct business while riding on the aircraft. He has been known to hold many business meetings while soaring through the sky on his private jet.

The jet has also given him the inspiration to explore new business ventures. As The Travel reported, after getting the private jet, Jay-Z decided to invest in a company called JetSmarter, which essentially acts as a taxi service — like Uber — but it deals primarily with private planes, instead of cars.

Is Beyonce the only celebrity to ever give her spouse such an elaborate gift?

Many celebrities love to go over-the-top when it comes to showering their special someone with gifts. For example, this year, Kylie Jenner bought her then-boyfriend, Travis Scott, a $280,000 Lamborghini for his birthday. In return, he had a watch customized with an array of diamonds that cost around $100,00 and gave it to her for her birthday.

Jenner and Scott are not the only ones who dish out a lot of cash for high-end gifts. When Justin Bieber had decided to propose to Hailey Baldwin, he had reportedly spent $500,000 on her engagement ring.

While all celebrities spend a lot of money on buying the perfect gift for their significant other, no one has quite been able to top the $40 million price tag that Beyonce spent on Jay-Z. But we suppose it is the thought that counts. 

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