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’19 Kids and Counting’ Removed From Hulu

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Hulu appears to have removed “19 Kids and Counting” from its streaming library in the wake of a child molestation scandal surrounding the reality show. Episodes were up on the site on Wednesday. Although they still surface as search results, the videos cannot be played. A “404” error message notifies visitors that the “page does… Read more »

TV Review: ‘The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe’

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It takes some chutzpah to title something “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe,” given all the books and movies devoted to her life. But Lifetime has taken the 2009 tome, and turned into an eponymous four-hour miniseries. What sets this latest rehash of the star’s existence apart, marginally, is a knockout performance by Kelli Garner… Read more »

Cannes: Patrick Stewart’s Grisly ‘Green Room’ Goes to Picturehouse-Altitude in U.K.

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LONDON — Picturehouse Entertainment and Altitude Film Entertainment have jointly acquired the U.K. distribution rights to Jeremy Saulnier’s ultraviolent backwoods horror pic “Green Room,” which played in Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes. Pic stars Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots and Patrick Stewart. The film centers on a group of punk rockers who have to escape the clutches… Read more »

Michael King, TV Exec Who Helped Launch Oprah Winfrey’s Talk Show, Dies at 66

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Michael King, the syndication mogul who, with his older brother Roger, helped launch Oprah Winfrey’s talk show, “Dr. Phil,” “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy” into hugely profitable syndication franchises, died Wednesday at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 66. King reportedly died after contracting a virus several weeks ago. He had mostly… Read more »

California Rebounds Sharply in 2014 Feature Film Production

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Amid rising optimism about California’s status as a production center, producers returned to California last year in a big way as the state became the top site for major feature films with 22 of the top 106 projects, according to a new Film L.A. study. The number of California-made projects — 18 live action and… Read more »

Netflix Bandwidth Usage Climbs to Nearly 37% of Internet Traffic at Peak Hours

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Netflix, which already eats up the fattest chunk of downstream bandwidth, is taking an even bigger bite: The No. 1 subscription-video service accounted for 36.5% of all downstream Internet bandwidth during peak periods in North America for March, according to a new report. Indeed, Netflix boosted its share of downstream bandwidth usage in primetime hours… Read more »

Stockholm Fest Launches Impact Award For Best International Film

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Stockholm International Film Festival is launching the Stockholm Impact Award, a kudo that will go to an international movie. The Impact Award will be given to a film presented in the newly-created Impact selection, which will be dedicated to “headstrong visionaries who reflect our contemporary world,” stated the fest. The Impact lineup will comprise seven… Read more »

Shazam Visual Recognition Launches with Disney ‘Tomorrowland,’ Other Media Partners

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Shazam Entertainment’s app has listened — and now it can see. The app from the U.K.-based company, which uses audio to identify songs and TV shows, has added the ability to recognize images from participating partners. The new visual-recognition feature uses a mobile device’s camera to scan static images, including posters, print media and packaged goods, and then present interactive content,… Read more »

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