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  1. The Sony romantic sci-fi opened to $17.5 million, easily topping the 'Star Wars' standalone, which declined 71 percent in its second weekend. read more View the full article
  2. Sometimes even just defining the problem you’re trying to solve is the hardest part. We need human intelligence to decide how and when to use machine intelligence, and the more sophisticated the uses we make of machine intelligence, the more critically we need human intelligence to ensure it’s deployed sensibly and safely. Read More View the full article
  3. Mark Fisher, the cultural theorist and music writer also known as k-punk, has died. He was 48. His publisher Repeater Books confirmed the news on Twitter. Fisher wrote multiple books and kept up his influential k-punk blog since 2003. His writing appeared in publications including The Wire, FACT, and The Guardian. His 2014 book Ghosts of My Life: Writings on Depression, Hauntology and Lost Futures included writing about Burial, Joy Division, and more. In 2009, he was the editor behind the essay collection The Resistable Demise of Michael Jackson. His latest book The Weird and the Eerie was just released. Several artists have shared words in tribute to Fisher: Watch one of Fisher’s lectures in 2011: View the full article
  4. With YouTube as one of its flagship services, Google has a dominant market share when it comes to online video. However, behind the scenes it is also becoming a primary source for pirate streaming sites, generating millions of views per day. While it’s no secret that there are pirated videos on YouTube, there is an even greater concern for copyright holders behind the scenes. As highlighted before, streaming sites often use Google’s services as a hosting ‘provider.’ On YouTube, they likely upload material without publicly publishing it. Instead, they grab “private” direct links to these videos and embed them on their websites. These videos are served directly from the GoogleVideo.com domain without being listed on YouTube. This means that they also bypass the Content-ID takedown system. Interestingly, the adult community has discovered this trick as well. While YouTube doesn’t allow people to upload porn, there are many adult sites that use the site as a hosting provider. This hasn’t gone unnoticed by the California-based adult producer Dreamroom Productions, which is very active on the anti-piracy front. “There is a big loophole on YouTube. Copyright infringers take advantage of a private-video-share setting. They upload and store videos, and freely use them on third party websites to earn profits,” the company informed us. According to Dreamroom, the embedded videos are available on a wide variety of streaming sites. Since the content is not publicly listed on YouTube it’s harder to take down. A typical link, tied to an IP-address and with an expiry time While the content is eventually removed, the adult producer says that this can take up to three weeks. However, instead of removing the videos they would rather have YouTube plug this hole, to stop the abuse once and for all. “YouTube should be aware of this. They are allowing the situation to continue by not plugging this hole, which could be done by disabling the sharing function of videos under those special settings.” TorrentFreak contacted Google several weeks ago asking for a comment, but the company has yet to release an official statement. As said before, the issue isn’t limited to adult content or even YouTube. The Google hosting ‘exploit’ has been and still is used by a wide variety of popular streaming sites, with some clearly revealing what their sources are. Googlevideo.com…. Google’s own Transparency Report also shows that the search giant received tens of thousands of notices for the Googlevideo.com domain. These links typically have source=youtube or source=drive as a referrer. The latter suggests that videos are also uploaded to Google’s cloud hosting service, Drive. For pirate streaming sites the trick provides a cheap way to store videos, although they still have plenty of other options as well. According to Dreamroom, however, YouTube itself could very well be the largest pirate service of all now. “The world biggest TUBE site may have become one of the world’s largest databases of copyright infringing material,” a company spokesperson said. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services. View the full article
  5. 'When We Rise,' Gus Van Sant and Dustin Lance's Black's ABC miniseries about the gay rights movement, won the audience award for best narrative feature.read more View the full article
  6. 2 Chainz has revealed in the below Instagram clip that he was asked to perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration. After saying he wishes he’d been invited to the White House by President Obama, he says that Trump’s team contacted his management. “I know they only doing this because they can’t get nobody else, and they want me to perform for the inauguration. I had to say ‘nah,’ no matter how much money it was. I probably won’t be going to the White House no time soon.” Inauguration performers include 3 Doors Down, Toby Keith, and teen opera singer Jackie Evancho. Broadway singer Jennifer Holliday was confirmed to perform, but backed out today in an open letter apologizing for her “lapse of judgment.” 2 Chainz joins the likes of Moby, Elton John, and Andrea Bocelli, who have also publicly rejected invitations to perform at inauguration events. View the full article
  7. Yesterday it was reported that Jennifer Holliday, the singer best known for her performance in Dreamgirls, would perform at a Donald Trump inauguration event that will also feature 3 Doors Down and Toby Keith. Today, Holliday announced that she’s had a change of heart and will not be performing at the event. In an open letter, she explained that she wanted to perform in an attempt to be “a healing and unifying force for hope through music to help our deeply polarized country.” She apologized specifically to the LGBT community, calling her decision to perform “a lapse of judgment.” Find her full letter below. TO MY BELOVED LGBT COMMUNITY: Please allow me this opportunity to speak to you directly and to explain why I originally made my decision to perform at the inauguration which was what I had thought would be my simply keeping in my tradition of being a “bi-partisan songbird” having sung for Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush. I was asked to sing a song for what was presented to me as the “Welcome Concert For The People”– in my mind I was reflecting on the past times of being asked to sing for presidents and I only focused on the phrase “For The People”… I thought, For America! I was honestly just thinking that I wanted my voice to be a healing and unifying force for hope through music to help our deeply polarized country… Regretfully, I did not take into consideration that my performing for the concert would actually instead be taken as a political act against my own personal beliefs and be mistaken for support of Donald Trump and Mike Pence. In light of the information pointed out to me via the Daily Beast article on yesterday, my only choice must now be to stand with the LGBT Community and to state unequivocally that I WILL NOT PERFORM FOR THE WELCOME CONCERT OR FOR ANY OF THE INAUGURATION FESTIVITIES! I sincerely apologize for my lapse of judgement, for being uneducated on the issues that affect every American at this crucial time in history and for causing such dismay and heartbreak to my fans. Please know that I HEAR YOU and I feel your pain. The LGBT Community was mostly responsible for birthing my career and I am deeply indebted to you… You have loved me faithfully and unconditionally and for so many years you provided me with work even though my star had long since faded. Thank you for communicating with me, I had no idea that I still meant so much to all of you. Thank you for your posted comments both the good supportive ones as well as the ugly hurtful ones. With LOVE & Appreciation, JENNIFER HOLLIDAY “The Original DreamGirl” Artists including Moby, Elton John, Andrea Bocelli, and as of today, 2 Chainz have publicly rejected invitations to perform at inauguration events. View the full article
  8. The nominations for the 2017 BRIT Awards have been announced. David Bowie, Radiohead, Anohni, Adele, Skepta, Coldplay, Zayn, Stormzy, and the 1975 are some of the British artists that have been nominated for awards. International artists that picked up nominations include Rihanna, Solange, Beyoncé, Bon Iver, Drake, A Tribe Called Quest, Sia, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Leonard Cohen, and the Weeknd. David Bowie’s Blackstar and Skepta’s Konnichiwa have both been nominated for album of the year. Check out the full list of nominees here. The BRITs take place on February 22 at the O2 Arena in London. The 1975, Little Mix, and Emeli Sandé are the first performers announced. Michael Bublé will host. View the full article
  9. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds have kicked off their tour behind their excellent 2016 album Skeleton Tree. During their first show in Hobart, Australia, the band performed songs from that record live for the first time. Watch them perform “I Need You,” “Girl in Amber,” “Magneto,” and the title track below via NME. Also, find the band’s upcoming tour dates. Cave also gave a rare interview about the album’s creation in the aftermath of his son Arthur’s death. “I was a mess, big time,” he told The Australian (via NME). He said that going in the studio a few months after Arthur passed was “not a good idea, and I hope I never have to do anything like that again.” He called the experience “crazy,” “terrifying,” and “difficult.” He also discussed the reaction to the film One More Time With Feeling: “You know, I saw the things people wrote about the film on social media ... the way the film seemed to open something very deep for people, and how so many people out there had lost people they loved, you know, just how many grievers there were. It was a very powerful feeling, and ultimately shifted something in me, and Susie too, and stopped us feeling so completely hopeless all the time. It was like we had done something good for Arthur, all of us, and had placed the memory of him up there in the stars.” Read more excerpts from the interview here. One More Time With Feeling is discussed in “What Does It Mean to Experience an Album for the First Time as a Film?” on the Pitch. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: 01-15 Ballarat, Australia - North Gardens 01-17 Wellington, New Zealand - TSB Bank Arena 01-18 Auckland, New Zealand - Vector Arena 01-20-21 Sydney, Australia - ICC Sydney Theatre 01-22 Newcastle, Australia - Newcastle Entertainment Centre 01-25 Brisbane, Australia - Riverstage 01-27 Melbourne, Australia - Sidney Myer Music Bowl 01-28 Melbourne, Australia - Sidney Myer Music Bowl 01-29 Adelaide, Australia - Adelaide Entertainment Centre 01-31 Perth, Australia - Perth Arena 05-26 Brooklyn, NY - Kings Theatre 05-29 Montreal, Quebec - Metropolis 05-31 Toronto, Ontario - Massey Hall 06-01 Toronto, Ontario - Massey Hall 06-03 Detroit, MI - Masonic Temple Theatre 06-05 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory 06-07 Asheville, NC - Thomas Wolfe Auditorium 06-08 Pittsburgh, PA – The Warhol at Carnegie Music Hall 06-10 Boston, MA - Boch Center Wang Theatre 06-13 New York, NY - Beacon Theatre 06-14 New York, NY - Beacon Theatre 06-16 Chicago, IL - Auditorium Theatre 06-18 Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre 06-19 Salt Lake City, UT - Kingsbury Hall 06-21 Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall 06-22 Vancouver, British Columbia - Queen Elizabeth Theatre 06-24 Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre 06-26 San Diego, CA - Civic Theatre 06-29 Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre View the full article
  10. There are all kinds of strategies aimed at curtailing piracy but in the end it is only a change in human behavior that can really make a difference. Tempting people to do the ‘right thing’ by offering cool services is a nice one but there are other options available. Writing in the Huffington Post this week, Liz Bales, CEO of The Industry Trust for IP Awareness, asked parents if they were aware of the dangers posed by piracy-enabled set-top boxes – aka Kodi devices with third-party addons. “Unauthorised apps installed on the boxes and sticks ‘scrape’ content from illegal file-sharing sites, cyber-lockers and streaming sites to download and stream infringing film, TV and sports content,” Bales said. “In doing so, they expose users to many of the security and safety risks traditionally associated with pirate websites, but deliver these through a much more trusted and social family viewing medium – the television.” Bales then went on to cite statistics from a new study that reportedly found that 10% of people engaging in this kind of piracy have been exposed to either age-inappropriate or adult content. TF contacted The Industry Trust hoping to get a look at the full report, but they were only prepared to share a small set of figures due to an exclusivity deal with another publication. Nevertheless, if we take Bales’ reporting at face value, we still have room for meaningful discussion. At the core of the issue appears to be pirate services’ lack of adherence to the British Board of Film Classification’s age ratings system when offering up content. For example, films that are only suitable for teenagers can be available to younger children while 18+ content isn’t fenced off from either group. “What’s most concerning in the research is the tendency for families to engage in Digital TV Piracy, usually through their trusted family TV and, more often than not, leaving children to use the technology on their own,” Bales continued. “In fact, more than three quarters (79%) of parents who have participated in Digital TV Piracy report that their children are allowed to access unauthorised content unattended, with 7% saying they have actually installed the technology in their children’s bedrooms.” To the casual reader, this might sound like an apocalypse waiting to happen. Kids, sitting alone in their rooms, huddled around dangerous technology somehow intent on polluting their young minds with violent filth. To others, who understand a little bit more about the technology at play here, Welcome to the Internet. The devices featured in the survey are Android-type mini computers with access to the Internet – nothing more, nothing less. Kids have computers already, whether they come in desktop, tablet, or mobile phone form. No matter which device we use to access it, the Internet as a whole does not know the age of the person browsing its pages. Perhaps what we should be concentrating on here is parents’ role in deciding what content children should have access to, no matter how it’s delivered. Let’s not forget, since they were almost certainly the people to buy the Kodi stick and plug it into their kids’ TV in the first place, parents already know what these devices can do. Equally, they also know what the Internet as a whole serves up on a daily basis. If the Kodi stick needs parental guidance controls, so does the Internet, period. Parents should perhaps think about this problem as a whole, not on a per device basis. Fortunately, help is at hand. TVaddons, one of the world’s largest repositories of third-party Kodi addons, has already considered that parents might want to restrict their kids’ access to inappropriate content. To that end they published a guide some time ago, which gives concerned adults the ability to lock down any addons they like with a secret code. That’s even one up on the BBC. In closing, Bales points to a resource published by FindAnyFilm, a site that enables consumers to find places where they can obtain legitimate content. It’s a good service that many people find useful. It too mentions a new set-top box study, almost certainly the one commissioned by the Industry Trust. In addition, FindAnyFilm offers up some advice of its own, including getting content from legitimate ‘safe’ sources such as the iPlayer. While that’s good advice (the iPlayer is an excellent service), the interface does not stop people viewing inappropriate content, other than to ask whether the user is above a certain age via a tick box. Apparently, kids can be trusted to always tell the truth. While the rest of the advice is mostly reasonable, the site does make one last-ditch effort to scare parents away from using TV apps that aren’t available from places such as Google Play or Samsung and LG’s stores. “Never install apps from an unofficial source,” FindAnyFilm warns. “Doing so could put your TV at risk and could void your manufacturer’s warranty.” Protecting children and indeed hardware from harm is always welcome, but it’s not difficult to read between the lines here. Kodi sticks with third-party addons are now considered a major threat to IP holders, so diminishing their attractiveness in the eyes of the general public is now a priority. We look forward to reading the full report, whenever it becomes available. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services. View the full article
  11. Detroit's Icewear Vezzo drops off a new video in response to his recent sentencing called "Freedom Of Speech." http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/icewear-vezzo-freedom-of-speech-video-new-video.39578.htmlView the full article
  12. Problem releases a new double video for his #Chachiville records "Betta Watch Yo Self/ LightWork." http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/problem-betta-watch-yo-self-lightwork-video-new-video.39577.htmlView the full article
  13. The Important News Awards: La La Land broke the Golden Globes winner record. Deadpool shocked with a PGA Award nomination. And Deadpool was also nominated for a DGA Award. Marvel Cinematic Universe: Thor and his roommate will return on the Doctor Strange Blu-ray. Zoe Saldana confirmed she'll be in Avengers: Infinity War. Tom Holland confirmed Spider-Man will be in Avengers: Infinity War. Peter Dinklage will also be in Avengers: Infinity War. D.C. Extended Universe: Ben Affleck told everyone to chill out about The Batman. Ares is the villain in Wonder Woman. Green Lantern Corps will be like Lethal Weapon in space. Dwayne Johnson had another meeting at DC about his role as Black... Read More View the full article
  14. Problem's new mixtape "Chachiville" will be arriving next Friday. http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/problem-announces-release-date-for-chachiville-mixtape-news.27447.htmlView the full article
  15. Eric Bellinger drops off a new video for his track "Sometimes." http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/eric-bellinger-sometimes-video-new-video.39576.htmlView the full article
  16. Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Awards Consideration Promo of the Day: Now that Deadpool is getting so many awards nominations, the Oscars might be next. So here's a promo for consideration: Reimagined Movie of the Day: Guillermo del Toro is no longer attached to direct Justice League Dark, but Sam Ibrahim made a trailer for what it could've looked like: Reworked Movie of the Day: Every other movie gets a Lego-fied version, so here's a poster for one for Manchester by the Sea from a new episode of Billy on the Street: If ur excited about Lego Batman you'll love Lego Manchester By the Sea! Brought to you by #BillyOnTheStreet... Read More View the full article
  17. Fabolous & Jadakiss link up with Tory Lanez for the new collab "Rapture," off their upcoming "Freddy Vs. Jason" project. http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/fabolous-and-jadakiss-rapture-feat-tory-lanez-prod-by-vinylz-new-song.1972548.htmlView the full article
  18. Nintendo Switch to hit the market on March 3, San Francisco District Attorney brings lawsuit against Lily, Moon Express is going to the Moon and Microsoft buys AI startup Maluuba. All this on Crunch Report. Read More View the full article
  19. With Deadpool such a big awards contender right now, it's a good time to look at what else is on the way from the X-Men franchise. Get updates on the main series and spinoffs Logan and Gambit below. X-Men: Supernova The next sequel in the main series is X-Men: The New Mutants, but that's sort of another reboot spinoff with a new team of characters. As for the mutants we already know, their next feature appears to be titled X-Men: Supernova, as spotted in a recent Production Weekly listing. The name sounds like it could be in reference to the Phoenix Saga plotline centered around Jean Grey (Sophie Turner). Or maybe it's set in space. It can't have anything to do the Nova Corps, though, as... Read More View the full article
  20. Listen to a new song off Curren$y, Cornerboy P & T.Y. "Jetlanta" EP called "Paper Doe." http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/currensy-paper-doe-prod-by-don-cannon-new-song.1972547.htmlView the full article
  21. A Mississippi city was at the center of Twitter rage Friday after calling Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by another name. While announcing municipal offices would be closed Monday, the city of Biloxi's official Twitter and Facebook accounts said the absence was due to "Great Americans Day." Non-emergency municipal offices in Biloxi will be closed on Monday in observance of Great Americans Day. — City of Biloxi (@CityofBiloxi) January 13, 2017 No mention of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, which is celebrated as a national holiday honoring the man who fought for civil rights before he was assassinated in 1968. Read more... More about Twitter, Mississippi, Robert E Lee, Martin Luther King Jr., and WatercoolerView the full article
  22. Recorded in ATL, download the new 6-track EP from Jetlifers' Curren$y, Corner Boy, & T.Y. called "The Jetlanta." http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/currensy-corner-boy-p-and-ty-the-jetlanta-ep-new-mixtape.116774.htmlView the full article
  23. Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde's toddler is a proud member of the Beyhive: For his second birthday, he wanted a Beyoncé-themed party. But he didn't just get the party of his dreams. According to a new interview with Sudeikis, the Queen also gave him a gift. SEE ALSO: Jason Sudeikis and Joe Jonas play something called 'Tandem Sculptionary' with Jimmy Fallon ?❤❤ A photo posted by Olivia Wilde (@oliviawilde) on Jan 4, 2017 at 6:28pm PST "She sent him a signed photo for his second birthday though, which is pretty adorable," Sudeikis told Andy Cohen on Thursday night's episode of Watch What Happens Live, multiple outlets report. Read more... More about Conversations, Watercooler, Andy Cohen, Beyonce, and Olivia WildeView the full article
  24. Lloyd Banks releases the 8th song in his #BlueFriday series "Temptation." http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/lloyd-banks-temptation-new-song.1972546.htmlView the full article
  25. There is a much-loved aphorism used by parents of all generations that says “you are what you eat.” I would also suggest that a similar phenomenon holds true for career choices: “You become what you see.” Unfortunately, cinema often does society a disservice in that very few strong, independent women present compelling career choices for our young girls. Read More View the full article
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