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  1. The 2013 original grossed $540 million worldwide, but the studio just pulled a follow-up from its 2017 slate without scheduling any future release date.read more View the full article
  2. Warning: there be spoilers ahead if you haven't seen Split yet. M. Night Shyamalan's Split has turned into a genuine box office phenomenon, topping the charts for the third straight weekend. That in itself would no doubt prompt calls for a sequel, but the resolution of the movie suggested that writer/director Shyamalan had a followup in mind. As we've already reported, Kevin Wendle Crumb, the lead character in Split, was originally included in Shyamalan's script for Unbreakable, which introduced the heroic David Dunn (Bruce Willis) and the not-so-heroic Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson), also known as Mr. Glass. Shyamalan has acknowledged that he wants to make a third film in that cinematic universe and even told Entertainment Weekly about an outline he had... Read More View the full article
  3. Ben Affleck flew out of the cave as director last week. read more View the full article
  4. When movies quickly become available online following their theatrical release, it’s likely that a copy has been recorded in a cinema. A wide range of cloaking techniques are used but in basic terms, someone points a camera at the screen and hits record. The copies subsequently made available vary in quality, from passable to absolutely terrible. Nevertheless, so-called ‘cam’ copies of movies maintain their popularity online, and their existence is often referenced as the most damaging form of movie piracy. As a result, copyright holders work hard to crack down on so-called ‘cammers,’ with two of the riskiest places being the United States and the United Kingdom. Cases rarely end well for defendants, with custodial sentences often the outcome. However, it doesn’t always go that way. Back in September 2015, copies of American Ultra and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials were recorded in Cineworld Cinema in Nottingham on their day of release and subsequently uploaded to the Internet. Following a joint operation between EMSOU (the East Midlands Special Operations Unit), FACT (the Federation Against Copyright Theft) and the FCPA (Film Content Protection Agency), investigators found their way to then 33-year-old Shaun Patrick Forry. Officers from the Government Agency Intelligence Network Disruption Team and EMSOU executed search warrants in the Hinkley area, with laptops and other equipment taken away for examination. FACT operatives were also in attendance. Forry was arrested on suspicion of recording both movies and uploading them to the Internet. He was questioned and bailed pending further inquiries. The investigation later revealed that Forry had distributed more than 670 films online since August 2013, some of them while on police bail. He subsequently pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of articles for use in fraud and one count of distributing copyrighted films. Previously, an individual who uploaded Fast & Furious 6 to the Internet received a 33-month jail sentence, but in this case the defendant got off relatively lightly. According to a report from local police, Forry was sentenced yesterday at Nottingham Crown Court. He received an 18-month community order and was told to complete 150 hours unpaid work. But despite the relative slap on the wrist, the Film Content Protection Agency insist this was a serious case. “This is a highly significant case concerning the illegal recording of films belonging to two UK film distributors, followed by the release of those films online,” says Simon Brown, Director of the FCPA. “Over 90% of pirated films originate from a copy recorded during a public performance in cinemas worldwide, so it’s vital that offenders like Mr. Forry are identified and arrested promptly to prevent further damage to our film industry. “Piracy not only costs the film industry millions of pounds but can also affect thousands of jobs, so we welcome this conviction. We thank the East Midlands GAIN for their diligent assistance in this case.” It’s likely that moving forward we’ll hear quite a bit more about the Film Content Protection Agency. While historical camming cases were usually handled by the Federation Against Copyright Theft, a new FCPA unit formed in October 2016 will now spearhead anti-camming activity in the UK. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services. View the full article
  5. Chuck Prophet, "Bobby Fuller Died for Your Sins" (Yep Roc) View the full article
  6. “Maybe they’ll have ‘La La Land’ on the in-flight entertainment,” Abdullah said on Saturday a few hours before he was set to leave Jordan on a plane bound for Los Angeles. “If you don’t like it,” I joked, “don’t tell anyone. They won’t let you into America.” “So many rules,” he said, laughing to... View the full article
  7. Singer-songwriter Sting and saxophonist Wayne Shorter have been named this year's laureates of The Polar Music Prize. View the full article
  8. COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — British musician and singer-songwriter Sting and American jazz saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter have won the 2017 Polar Music Prizes. View the full article
  9. Pirate site blocking has been a topic of ongoing discussion throughout Europe, with The Pirate Bay as one of the main targets. This is also true in Ireland where the notorious torrent site was first blocked in 2009 as part of a voluntary agreement between copyright holders and local ISP Eircom. A few years later other major Internet providers were ordered to follow suit. The High Court in Ireland concluded that the Pirate Bay caused substantial harm to various rightsholders, and ordered several large ISPs to block the site on its networks. Fast forward to today, and another range of blockades is looming on the horizon. The Motion Picture Association (MPA) has filed a case at the Commercial Court, hoping to block access to three popular streaming sites; movie4k.to, primewire.ag and onwatchseries.to. Watchseries is the most popular of the three, according to the movie group, good for nearly two million visitors from Ireland last October. Primewire had 1.26 million Irish visitors in the same month, followed by Movie4k with 200,000 visitors. Watchseries RTE reports that the MPA’s fresh blocking demands are targeting a total of eight ISPs – Eir, Sky Ireland, Vodafone Ireland, Virgin Media Ireland, Three Ireland, Digiweb, Imagine Telecommunications and Magnet Networks. Based on yesterday’s hearing it appears to be only a matter of time before the three sites will be blocked. None of the ISPs have raised principle objections against a court determination in this case. That said, reports suggest that there are still a few finer details that have to be worked out, which could include issues regarding costs and the technical implementation. If granted, the question remains whether any new blocks will be effective to limit the availability of pirated movies in Ireland. The three targeted sites are just the tip of the iceberg, and recent history has repeatedly shown that people quite easily switch to new sources. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services. View the full article
  10. For most, the works “Songs of Innocence” and “Songs of Experience” will forever be linked to the poet William Blake, but to beat-based musicians, producers and legions of jazz-funk fans, they’re the influential first two solo albums by Los Angeles producer, composer and arranger David Axelrod. ...View the full article
  11. Lady Gaga opened her halftime show at Sunday’s Super Bowl with an earnest call for unity. Quoting the Pledge of Allegiance as she stood atop Houston’s NRG Stadium — and let’s pause here to salute her for willing that vision into being — the pop star was asking us to arrange our sorry, sectarian... View the full article
  12. Here's your estimated 3-day box office returns (new releases bolded): 1. Split - $14.5 million ($98.7 million total) 2. Rings - $13.0 million ($13.0 million total) 3. A Dog’s Purpose - $10.8 million ($32.9 million total) 4. Hidden Figures - $10.1 million ($119.4 million total) 5. La La Land - $7.4 million ($118.3 million total) 6. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter - $4.5 million ($21.8 million total) 7. Sing - $4.08 million ($262.9 million total) 8. Lion - $4.0 million ($24.7 million total) 9. The Space Between Us - $3.8 million ($3.8 million total) 10. xXx: The Return of Xander Cage - $3.7 million ($40.0 million total) The Big Stories Next week a lot of money is going to be spent on movies. Sure, M. Night Shyamalan’s Split has turned into the... Read More View the full article
  13. Whatever response singer-songwriter Pegi Young receives for her fifth album, “Raw,” nobody’s going to accuse her of sugarcoating, especially when it comes to the dissolution of her 36-year marriage to rock superstar Neil Young. “Why’d you have to ruin my life,” she sings forcefully in the opening... View the full article
  14. Buzz has increased for the leading award contenders. Of course, this doesn't mean these films are locked to win Academy Awards, but since they're voted upon by experienced industry professionals, some of whom are also voting for the Oscars, the awards given out in the last couple of days are certainly good indicators. The Directors Guild of America has more than 16,000 members. Awards were first handed out in 1948. Nowadays, awards are given for accomplishments in movies, television, documentaries and commercials, as well as special guild service awards. Damien Chazelle (La La Land) won the award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2016. Garth Davis (Lion) received the award for first-time feature film director. Based on a true story, the movie... Read More View the full article
  15. Aquaman: Temuera Morrison, a veteran actor who may be best known for his role as Jango Fett in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (above), is in negotiations to join Aquaman. If things work out, he would play the human father of Aquaman (Jason Momoa). Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe and Patrick Wilson are already confirmed to appear; Nicole Kidman and Yahya Abdul-Matteen II are in early negotiations. James Wan will direct, with production expected to begin in April. [THR] The Strangers 2: In December 2015, we heard that a sequel to the 2008 thriller The Strangers (above) was on its way, heading toward a December 2016 release. That didn't happen, but now the project has a new director, Johannes Roberts (The Other Side of the Door), as well as plans to finally... Read More View the full article
  16. Our guide to this week's (and last week's) album releases also features the week's top new music videos from artists like Father John Misty, Sampha, and The Magnetic Fields, plus brand new streaming music from Mastodon, Depeche Mode, Future Islands, and more. Read and Post Comments | Get the full article at Metacritic View the full article
  17. Juicy J recruits Ty Dolla $ign and Wiz Khalifa for his new banger "Ain't Nothing." http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/juicy-j-aint-nothing-feat-wiz-khalifa-and-ty-dolla-sign-new-song.1972825.htmlView the full article
  18. Bob Ross — the television host/painter/unexpected Netflix star — once said, "We don't make mistakes; we have happy accidents." For Chris Nervegna, a 22-year-old from South River, New Jersey, his now-viral Ross-themed birthday party came together as his own kind of happy accident. SEE ALSO: The joy of betrayal: Bob Ross' famous hair was the result of a perm "Jokingly, we threw the idea of having a Bob Ross and Chill kinda party," Nervegna wrote via email. "I don’t think anyone thought we were being serious. But a few hours before the party, a few friends and I bought a bunch of paint supplies at the local art store just in case. Turned out everyone was SUPER excited about it and turned out to be an absolute success by accident." Read more... More about Twitter, Pics, and WatercoolerView the full article
  19. Kanye West is reportedly so unhappy with President Trump that he's deleted all his tweets that reference him. http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/kanye-reportedly-upset-with-donald-trump-news.28531.htmlView the full article
  20. A round-up of this year's best Super Bowl ads, from avocados to AirBNB. http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/the-7-best-commercials-from-super-bowl-li-news.28525.htmlView the full article
  21. In the Trump era, even a beer commercial can have political consequences, intentional or not, and spark boycotts such as the one facing the makers of Budweiser after their pro-immigrant Super Bowl ad. Specifically, people are mad at Anheuser-Busch for creating and airing an ad that depicts the path taken by Adolphus Busch, the German-born co-founder of the mega-brewery, upon his immigration to the United States in the early 1850s. SEE ALSO: These are the most talked about Super Bowl LI ads that you won't want to miss The ad, which aired during the Super Bowl but debuted on YouTube on Jan. 31, depicts the cold welcome Busch received upon his arrival to the U.S., with one man growling at the young Busch, "You're not welcome here." Read more... More about Boycott, Super Bowl 2017, Budweiser, Business, and AdvertisingView the full article
  22. An unexpected meteor is sure to surprise anyone lucky enough to catch a glimpse. Catching it on camera is a whole separate shock. Marcella Canfora was driving in Caledonia, Wisconsin from work with a friend when a fireball made a sudden appearance in the night sky. In what may be the most perfectly timed Snapchat of all time, Canfora pushed the record button just as the meteor came into frame. "What the fuck?" Canfora says as the meteor zooms across the sky, followed by the sudden realization that she caught it all on video. "What the fuck I caught that. What the fuck?" she says. A perfect reaction to a perfectly WTF scenario. Read more... More about Viral Videos, Meteor, Watercooler, and Videos View the full article
  23. Sous vide Kickstarter darling Anova announced over the weekend that Swedish appliance giant Electrolux has agreed to purchase the cooking hardware startup for $250 million. The Anova brand will remain intact under the deal, retaining its name and the leadership of co-founder and CEO Stephan Svajian, existing as a part of the larger Electrolux umbrella. “With Electrolux, we’ll have… Read More View the full article
  24. Sufjan Stevens has been using his Tumblr account to pen various notes as of late, speaking from his Christian background on subjects such as the Ten Commandments and the refugee crisis. Now, in a new “friendly reminder,” Stevens has addressed other Christians. “A ‘Christian Nation’ is absolutely heretical. Christ did not come into this world to become a modifier. Look at what happened to the Holy Roman Empire,” he wrote. “To gain access to true love and true self, you must die to yourself, to your family, your heritage, your narrow-minded ideology, your ego, your ill-conditioned consciousness, and your false identity.” Later on, Stevens continues, “When Jesus Christ says, ‘Render to Caesar that which is Caesar’s,’ he acknowledges a necessary evil (and throws some shade), but he also compels us to participate honestly and responsibly and with righteousness and stewardship in a faulty and dysfunctional society even as we are called to be ideologically and socially dispossessed... The life your live is not your own. Give your life away.” Read the full note here. View the full article
  25. In the future, we won't just have autonomous drones zooming around over our heads — we'll share the sidewalks with rolling robots, tasked with delivering our groceries and carrying our stuff. A new robot from Piaggio (best known for Vespa scooters) keeps the autonomous focus firmly on solid ground. The company's fledgling autonomous mobility division, Piaggio Fast Forward, has unveiled its first project: the Gita, a two-wheeled personal cargo bot straight out of the Star Wars droid factory. SEE ALSO: Amazon Prime Air drone makes an appearance during the Super Bowl The Gita's designed for a different use than sky-bound delivery drones — its directive is to follow a human, or to move autonomously along pathways it's already traveled. There are already some similarly self-driving droids from Starship Technologies roving the streets making Postmates deliveries in a few cities. Read more... More about Drones, Delivery, Autonomous Vehicles, Droid, and RobotView the full article
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