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Paddington Bear Creator Michael Bond Dies at 91

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Author Michael Bond, the creator of Paddington Bear, has died. He was 91. Bond’s publisher, HarperCollins, said in a statement Wednesday that Bond died at home the previous day after a short illness. “Michael Bond was one of the great children’s writers, and at HarperCollins we are immensely fortunate to have published him and to… Read more »

Hugh Jackman Invents Show Business in ‘The Greatest Showman’ First Trailer (Watch)

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“I can’t just run off and join the circus,” Zac Efron tells Hugh Jackman in the first trailer for the upcoming P. T. Barnum biopic, “The Greatest Showman.” “Why not? You clearly have a flair for show business,” Jackman, who plays Barnum, responds. “For … show business? I’ve never heard of it,” Efron replies, to… Read more »

Tablo Launches Cord Cutting-Ready DVR for Nvidia Shield Game Console

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Ottawa-based consumer electronics upstart Nuvyyo released a new incarnation of its Tablo DVR for cord cutters Wednesday that makes use of Nvidia’s Shield TV game console to record and play programming from broadcasters like ABC, CBS and NBC. Tablo first previewed this product, which is now called Tablo Engine, at CES in Las Vegas earlier… Read more »

Queen, Adam Lambert, Universal Music Team for Virtual Reality Concert ‘VR The Champions’

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Queen and Adam Lambert, who recently kicked off their U.S. tour and played two nights at the Hollywood Bowl, will offer fans a virtual reality concert experience. The band has teamed up with VRTGO, Universal Music Group’s VR platform, for “VR The Champions,” a 360-degree 3-D performance, the footage for which was filmed at Barcelona’s… Read more »

Ad Trade Group Launches Tool to Track Blacklisted Piracy Apps

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An advertising industry coalition is launching a new collaboration tool to track apps that promote content piracy — as a way to help marketers ensure they don’t run ads on apps trying to profit from copyright infringement. Essentially, the tool from the Trustworthy Accountability Group is designed to be a continuously updated blacklist of mobile… Read more »

Amazon’s New Japanese Series ‘FACE’ to Premiere Next Month

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TOKYO – Amazon Prime’s new Japanese original series “FACE: Cyber Crime Special Investigation Unit” is set to premiere on the streaming service July 11. Starring Ayame Goriki as a cyber-crime special agent, the series will be more oriented toward what Amazon describes as a “life or death struggle against criminal hackers” than geeks glued to… Read more »

‘The Beguiled,’ ‘The Double Lover,’ ‘Good Time’ to Compete at Jerusalem Film Festival

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After world premiering at Cannes, Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled,” François Ozon’s “The Double Lover” and the Safdie brothers’ “Good Time” will compete at the 34th Jerusalem Film Festival, which is set to take place July 13-23. The fest’s international competition lineup also includes Lav Diaz’s “The Woman Who Left,” Stéphane Brizé’s “A Woman’s Life,” Valeska… Read more »

ITV, Amazon Team Up on New ‘Vanity Fair’ Adaptation With Olivia Cooke

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A new adaptation of satirical Victorian novel “Vanity Fair” starring Olivia Cooke is coming to TV, and will stream on Amazon and play on Britain’s ITV. Amazon and ITV have joined forces on the seven-part small-screen version of the book by William Makepeace Thackeray, which will be produced by Amazon Studios and Mammoth Screen. Mammoth, which produced… Read more »

Hulu Nabs U.S. Streaming Rights to Teenage Ballerina Series ‘Find Me in Paris’

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PARIS – Hulu has acquired U.S. streaming rights to “Find Me in Paris,” the time-traveling ballerina series produced by French banner Cottonwood Media with German broadcaster ZDF and ZDF Enterprises. The half-hour teenage series has already been acquired by France Télévisions in France, Disney in France and Italy, ZDF in Germany, ABC in Australia, and… Read more »

With ‘Valerian’ Looming, EuropaCorp Posts Record Losses of $135 Million

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PARIS – Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp has posted record losses of 119.9 million euros ($135 million) during the fiscal year ending March 31, driven by a series of English-language flops and its costly U.S. distribution operations. The 17-year-old film studio released its financial results Wednesday, just weeks before the opening of its enormously expensive sci-fi thriller… Read more »