What’s Leaving Netflix

Can you believe December is here? As we enter the final month of 2020, Netflix announced which TV Shows and movies will be removed from the streaming service at the end of next month. All of the “Oceans” films, along with my favorite TV series “The West Wing,” all seven seasons. The good news is that the show could move to the new streaming service, HBO Max. Take a look at the list below and catch these titles before they’re removed from the streaming service.

Screenshot of “The West Wing” cast photo from NBC

December 1:

Anaconda (1997)

Bad News Bears (2005)

Cheapest Weddings (Season 1)

Diana: In Her Own Words (2017)

Gridiron Gang (2006)

Hostage (2005)

National Security (2003)

Lakeview Terrace (2008)

Merlí (Season 1) Netflix Original

Moneyball (2011)

Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

Ocean’s Twelve (2004)

Ocean’s Thirteen (2007)

Priest (2011)

Stand and Deliver (1988)

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl (2005)

The Bachelor (Season 13)

The Jaime Maussan Show (Season 1)

The Poetist (Season 1)

The Tribes of Palos Verdes (2017)

West Side Story (1961)

Y Tu Mamá También (2001)

You Don’t Mess with the Zohan (2008)

Zodiac (2007)

December 2:

Borderline (Season 1)

Pacific Heat (Season 1) [Netflix Original]

December 9:

Four Seasons in Havana (2016) [Netflix Original]

Sin senos sí hay paraíso (2018)

December 11:

Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)

December 15:

Bad Education (Seasons 1-3)

Chasing Monsters (Season 1)

Emogenius (Season 1)

Hart of Dixie (Seasons 1-4)

Idiotest (Season 1)

Minute to Win It (Season 1)

Reggie Yates’ Extreme (Season 1)

Shtisel (Seasons 1-2)

Sym-Bionic Titan (Season 1)

Winsanity (Season 1)

December 16:

Sensitive Skin (Season 1)

Removal Date TBA:

The West Wing (Seasons 1-7)

Now that we know what’s schedule to leave the service what show or movie will you be watching before it’s off the streaming service? Let me know on Instagram or Twitter @MikeStarkCA I am thinking a “The West Wing” re-watch is in order for me and checking out all the Oceans movies.

Feature Photo Credit: Screenshot of Ocean 11 Cast from Warner Home Video


Remembering Alex Trebek

The news of Alex Trebek’s death on Sunday, November 9, 2020, hit hard for millions of people worldwide, as the host of the popular game show Jeopardy passed away due to pancreatic cancer at the age of 80. The Canadian-born host was a staple of American Television and entered our homes every weeknight to bring families together before bed, and Alex was part of our families. Previous Jeopardy contestant Ken Jennings tweeted out, “Alex wasn’t just the best ever at what he did. He was also a lovely and deeply decent man, and I’m grateful for every minute I got to spend with him. Thinking about his family and his Jeopardy! family-which, in a way, included millions of us.”

Photo Credit: Screenshot of Photo of Alex Trebek and Ken Jennings from @KenJennings on Twitter

When Alex announced, he had pancreatic cancer in early 2019, the last year (almost two) has made me realized that the most recent episode of Jeopardy! had produced some of the most touching moments. We saw contestants from the show support Alex, as they knew that we were not sure how long we would have Alex. Two of the most popular videos on the internet are Dhruv Gaur’s emotional response to the Final Jeopardy! Question in a Tournament of Champions episode by writing “We Love You Alex” and then-recent champion Burt Thakur’s testimony of how he learned to speak English thanks to Alex by watching Jeopardy! On Television with his grandfather.

For me, and I am sure most of you, losing Alex Trebek has been challenging. I grew up watching the beloved game show weeknights with my grandmother learning something new every night. Something unique about the beloved host is that Alex Trebek created a special memory with everyone he came across. Past contestants, celebrities, and others shared on Twitter the weekend of his death personal memories with the host while others shared brief moments that will last a lifetime. Alex left a mark on the world and millions of people. 

He shared in an interview with Good Morning America’s Michael Strahan, “It’ll be a significant moment for me,” he said. “But I’ve kind of, in my mind, rehearsed it already, and what I would do on that day is tell the director, ‘Time the show down to leave me 30 seconds at the end. That’s all I want.’ And I will say my goodbyes and I will tell people, ‘Don’t ask me who’s going to replace me because I have no say whatsoever. But I’m sure that if you give them the same love and attention and respect that you have shown me…then they will be a success and the show will continue being a success. And until we meet again, God bless you and goodbye.”

Trebek is survived by his wife of 30 years, Jean, and children Matthew, Emily, and Nicky. The family did not immediately announce plans for a service, but gifts in Trebek’s memory could go to World Vision. In July 2020, Alex completed his memoir titled “The Answer Is…Reflections on My Life,” which is available now to get books and e-books

Photo Credit: Screenshot of Alex Trebek book from Apple iBooks

Executive Producer Mike Richards announced on Monday, November 9, 2020, that the final 35 episodes of Jeopardy! will air as they were filmed as he intended in his honor, with Alex last appearance taking place on December 25, 2020. 

Alex, thank you for your kindness, hard work, dedication, and memories all these years. We will miss you.

Share your favorite memories of the Jeopardy! host with me by hitting me up on social at @MikeStarkCA on Twitter and Instagram.

Written by: Mike Stark

Linkin Park Releases Album Hybrid Theory (20th Anniversary Edition)

When you think of Linkin Park, one thing that comes to mind is Chester Bennington, the lead singer. Bennington was 41 years old when we lost the talented singer to suicide; however, his legacy lives today through music with the band Linkin Park. Their music provides the tools in dealing with trauma; both fans and Chester benefited from it.   


Screenshot of Chester Bennington from Instagram: @chesterbe

On October 24, 2000, rock band Linkin Park released their debut album “Hybrid Theory,” which changed the rock music world. Twenty years later, the band releases their highly anticipated “Hybrid Theory: 20th Anniversary Edition” via Warner Records.

The anniversary edition includes original songs from the album and unreleased tracks, including the highly demanded track “pictureboard,” which fans have requested for the past twenty years. The anniversary album also includes never before heard demos from twenty years ago, rarities, B-sides, DVDs, and 95 minutes of never-before-seen footage and other extras. Band member Mike Shinoda did an unboxing of the twenty-anniversary edition, which can be viewed here.

Extras in the limited-edition box set include an 80-page book containing contributions from the band and unseen photos, a cassette reproduction of the original 2-track street team sampler, a poster of Chester Bennington, three lithographs, and replica tour laminate. Purchase of the box set, which includes these items if in stock are at linkinpark.com


Screenshot of Linkin Park Hybrid Theory 20th Anniversary Box Set Contents from linkinpark.com

Linkin Park launched nonprofit 501 (c)(3) Music For Relief in 2005 to support and aid victims of natural disasters and prevent such tragedies. Music For Relief has raised over $9 million for victims worldwide, ranging from disasters including Hurricane Katrina, Wenchuan Earthquake in China, the cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe, and the two 2010 earthquakes in Haiti and Japan, and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. 

Linkin Park Hybrid Theory defined a generation by incorporating alternative rock, hip-hop, and electronic. The album officially certified 12 times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), reports sales of at least 12 million copies. Singles for the album included “Crawling,” “In the End,” and “One Step Closer” with single “In the End,” reaching a milestone of 1-billion views on YouTube this past summer, following the music video for “Numb.” Awards from the album include a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance for Crawling, and then Best Rock Video for “In the End” at the MTV Video Music Awards.

You can stream “Hybrid Theory 20th Anniversary Edition” on Spotify and Apple Music.

Written By: Mike Stark @MikeStarkCA on Twitter and Instagram





New Music Friday with Mike – March 6

New Releases this “New Music Friday” come from Lauv, Katy Perry, Megan thee Stallion, Demi Lovato, and more.

It’s Friday, everybody, we did it. The weekend is finally here. I hope you all had a great work or school week. We had a lot of new music drop today. Because of that, this is going to be a special supersized edition of New Music Friday, so let’s get started.

Lauv – “~how i’m feeling~” (Album)

The long-awaited album from Lauv “~how i’m feeling~ is finally here, and I could not be more excited. The singer tweeted, “MY DEBUT ALBUM IS OUT NOW.” The album is about embracing every aspect of your personality. We are not defined by just one thing, that would make us dull. Every day we do not feel the same. Some days happy, sad, angry, more joyful than the previous day, etc. This album discusses tough issues that we all face head-on. 

Screenshot of Tweet from Lauv announcing his new album is out.

Celebrating the album, Lauv will be going on tour. Unfortunately, he will not be stopping in San Diego, however, if you’re feeling adventurous and love his music and or this album. The nearest show would be in Los Angeles at The Greek Theatre. The first night on August 20 is already sold out, but a second night, on August 30, was added, and tickets can be purchased here and stream ~how i’m feeling~ on all streaming platforms.

Katy Perry – “Never Worn White”

Screenshot Tweet of @katyperry announcing the pregnancy.

Before I get into Katy Perry’s new song. We all need to take a moment and congratulate both her and fiancé Orlando Bloom, who will be becoming parents later this year. That’s right, Katy Perry is pregnant! The singer released her new music video for the song “Never Worn White.” At the beginning of the video, you see Katy placing her hand over what appears to be a baby bump. Fans flocked to social media to find out what this all meant and get confirmation. Katy tweeted on Wednesday, March 4, “omg so glad I don’t have to suck it in anymore.” And then, First thing on Thursday (March 5), the singer jumped on Instagram Live and confirmed that her baby bump is “only getting bigger.”

Screenshot of YouTube Music Video for Katy Perry’s “Never Worn White”

She continued and shared that “We’re excited and happy. It’s probably the longest secret I’ve ever had to keep, but I knew I would tell you in the best way. Which is through a piece of music, because that’s how we speak.” I agree with Katy, music is always the best way to get an announcement out in a fun way. Finally, the singer stated, “There’s a lot that will be happening this summer. Not only will I be giving birth, literally, but also figuratively…to something you guys have been waiting for.” This right here, yes, we are getting an album. The fifth album from the pop singer is coming soon and by the sounds of it, this summer. Katy informed fans that “Never Worn White” is “not the lead single for the album but is a good way to start out.” Looks like Katy is in for one busy summer and we are so happy for her and Orlando. Check out the music video for “Never Worn White” above and stream on all music services.

Megan Thee Stallion – “Suga” (album)

Megan Thee Stallion has officially dropped her debut album, Suga, and this is excellent news. For those of you who don’t know. Last week, the rapper’s label, 1501 Certified Entertainment, was preventing her from releasing any new music after she went to renegotiate her contract. Megan took to Instagram live to explain to fans what’s going on and her frustration. During the IG Live stream, she stated, “I was like 20, and I didn’t know everything that was in that contract. She continued to share, “So when I got with Rock Nation, I got management real management and real lawyers. They were like, ‘Do you know that this is in your contract?’ and I was like, ‘Oh damn, that’s crazy. No, I didn’t know.”

A judge in Texas granted Megan a temporary restraining order on Monday, March 2, 2020, against 1501 entertainment. Due to this temporary restraining order, this allowed Megan to release her album “Suga” today for all of us to enjoy. Former Major League Baseball player and 1501 Certified Entertainment leader Carl Crawford told Billboard the lawsuit is a “whole lie.” “Nothing is true that she said. Me being greedy and taking money from her, that’s crazy. I never tried to take nothing from her,” He went on to say, “The only thing we ever did was give, give, give. Now, she fell for the oldest trick in the industry: the conquer and divide theme.”

Tweet from @theestallion announcing SUGA album.

Megan is clearly moving on and focusing on the album release today and celebrating the new music with fans. She tweeted last night before the release, “I’m super excited for y’all to hear #SUGA” Same Megan, same. The album has some straight bops on there, so be sure to check out Suga on all streaming providers.

Demi Lovato – “I Love Me”

It’s been three years since Demi Lovato album release of “Tell Me You Love Me,” and the singer is back with new music. I could not be happier because “I Love Me” is what everyone needs to hear right now. The upbeat track is about Demi’s mission towards self-love and self-acceptance. A lyric from the song says, “I’m a black belt when I’m beating up on myself, but I’m an expert at giving love to somebody else.” I feel seen. In the music video, which also dropped along with the song. We see Demi use her Mixed Martial Arts skills to fight herself in the music video. Why is she fighting herself? Well, you’ll have to check out the video for yourself. I can’t give you everything. One thing I will say is that Demi is moving on with her life and states that in the song with the lyric, “I’m a 10 outta 10, even when I forget it.”

Screenshot of Demi Lovato “I Love Me” music video on YouTube.

“I Love Me” is just a taste of what is to come for her seventh studio album, which is scheduled to drop later this year. Lovato told host Ellen DeGeneres that “There are songs that are ugly-honest and heavy and will make you cry and will take you there. But I’m so excited.” Demi also took to Instagram and shared a photo of getting her makeup done with the caption “#ILoveMe is OUT NOW!! I can’t put into words just yet what this past year for me has been…but this song focuses on a lot of what’s going on in my head. We have good days, and we have bad days. The best we can do is be the best version of ourselves and celebrate that with those closest to us, Wanted to also give a special shout out to all of my Lovatics for always being there for me. 2020 is OUT year!” I can’t wait for the new album. In the meantime, check out the video for “I Love Me” above and stream on Spotify, Apple Music, or YouTube.

More New Music from March 6

SUGAR Remix (feat. Dua Lipa, Ryan Beatty & Jon B) – BROCKHAMPTON

I’m Sorry – LIL UZI VERT

Young & Alive – Bazzi

Gaslighter – Dixie Chicks

The Book Of You & I – Alec Benjamin

The Steps – HAIM

Past life – Trevor Daniel

That’s your New Music Friday update for this week. What new music do you have on repeat this weekend? Let me know by hitting me up on social media, @mikestarkca on Twitter and Instagram.

Written By: Mike Stark