2019 Movie Preview: Disney Is About To Have One of The Greatest Years Ever

2019 Movie Preview: Disney Is About To Have One of The Greatest Years Ever

2019 is going to be another big year for movies, but it may be the biggest year ever for Disney. The Mouse House is expected to roll out one major title after the next, including new installments in four of their most popular and recognizable franchises spread across their four main movie houses: Avengers: Endgame (Marvel Studios), Toy Story 4 (Pixar), Frozen 2 (Disney Animation) and Star Wars Episode IX (LucasFilm).

If they stopped there at just those four titles, they'd be looking at…

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2019 Movie Preview: How ‘Shazam!’ Expands DC’s Growing Cinematic Universe

2019 Movie Preview: How 'Shazam!' Expands DC's Growing Cinematic Universe

DC Films is about to show both how light and how dark their movie adaptations can get with their two very different 2019 releases.

For the latter, the Martin Scorsese-inspired Joker will star Joaquin Phoenix as a failed comedian who becomes the titular iconic Batman villain. Co-written and directed by Todd Phillips, the aim there is a gritty, potentially R-rated crime drama. The former is Shazam!, a bright ‘80s-style comedy in which Zachary Levi plays a teenage boy whose mind is…

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2019 Movie Preview: ‘Pet Sematary’ Is a Dark and Powerful Take on Stephen King’s Classic Novel

2019 Movie Preview: 'Pet Sematary' Is a Dark and Powerful Take on Stephen King's Classic Novel

2019 sees multiple big-screen adaptations of Stephen King's most notable titles, IT: Chapter 2 and Pet Sematary. The first IT was a record-breaking hit back in 2017, and its sequel will no doubt make waves later in the year. First up, however, is Pet Sematary, a huge fan-favorite thanks to a freaky and wicked story that plays right into the intense emotional connection we have with our pets and our loved ones.

The first adaptation of King's 1983 novel followed a family who discover…

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Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ Open Enrollment And A Midterm Preview

Nov. 1 marks the start of Open Enrollment for people buying their own coverage for 2019 in most states. Despite the turmoil surrounding the Affordable Care Act, most consumers will have more choices and mostly flat — and in some cases lower — premiums.

What will happen to the health law going forward, however, will depend largely on what happens in the midterm elections Tuesday. Important health decisions will result not just from which party controls the U.S. House and Senate, but who wins governorships and comes to control state legislatures as well.

This week’s panelists for KHN’s “What the Health?” are Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Anna Edney of Bloomberg News, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times and Joanne Kenen of Politico.

Among the takeaways from this week’s podcast:

  • With changes in the ACA marketplace for 2019, it will be very important for consumers to look at the variety of options. Those earning less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level (just under $ 24,300 for an individual) are likely well served by silver plans on the federal health law’s exchanges. But the choices for benefits and prices are much more complicated for people earning more than that.
  • People who don’t get insurance through work or the government and earn too much to qualify for premium subsidies under the health law might be tempted to try the new, less-expensive short-term plans being touted by the Trump administration. But they should be cautious and consider two major downsides: The plans likely won’t cover preexisting conditions, and the benefits will be skimpier than those of ACA plans. For example, many short-term plans are expected not to cover mental health and maternity services or prescription drugs.
  • Federal officials announced Wednesday that Wisconsin could implement work requirements for some Medicaid enrollees. They also said, however, that the state could not begin drug testing for the enrollees.
  • If Democrats take control of the House or Senate, it’s possible that they could work with President Donald Trump on some specific issues, especially efforts to bring down drug prices or consumer protections against surprise medical bills.
  • Perhaps the biggest change that could come from the election results is an increase in the number of states that expand Medicaid under a provision of the ACA. Seventeen states have not taken that step, but several deep-red states in the West have the question on their ballots, and the outcomes from governors’ races in other states could also lead to expansion.

Rovner also interviews Barbara Feder Ostrov, who wrote the latest “Bill of the Month” feature for Kaiser Health News and NPR. It’s about a California college professor whose skin rash led to a $ 48,000 bill for allergy skin testing. You can read the story here.

If you have a medical bill you would like NPR and KHN to investigate, you can submit it here.

Plus, for extra credit, the panelists recommend their favorite health stories of the week they think you should read, too:

Julie Rovner: The Washington Post and Kaiser Health News’ “For The Disabled, A Doctor’s Visit Can Be Literally An Obstacle Course — And The Laws Can’t Help,” by Rachel Bluth.

Anna Edney: Bloomberg Businessweek’s “Your DNA Is Out There. Do You Want Law Enforcement Using It?” by Drake Bennett and Kristen V Brown.

Margot Sanger-Katz: The Federalist’s “How An Obscure Regulatory Change Could Transform American Health Insurance,” by Christopher Jacobs.

Joanne Kenen: The Atlantic’s “The Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger Language Of Dieting,” by Amanda Mull.

To hear all our podcasts, click here.

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The Uni Watch NBA season preview

In baseball, the starting pitcher often chooses which uniform his team will wear for each game. In the NFL, the entire season’s game-by-game jersey schedule is usually set up by the end of July, but only a handful of teams bother to share that information. And then there’s the NBA, where we have now entered the era of LockerVision. LockerVision is a publicly available NBA web interface that shows which uniforms teams will wear for every game of the season. The site was created last season, although its existence wasn’t announced until March, at which point many fans — including your friendly uniform columnist — were surprised to learn that the league’s game-by-game uni pairings had all been scripted in advance. With the 2018-19 season set to tip off Tuesday, all of the uni matchups have already been loaded into LockerVision. The interface can be filtered by team, by date, and by game location. Want to know, say, what the…
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