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Disney shifts ‘Black Widow’ and doubles down on streaming

NEW YORK (AP) — The Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday overhauled its upcoming film release plans, postponing some of its biggest films and shifting Marvel's "Black Widow," among other titles, to Disney+ the same time they arrive in theaters. "Black Widow," once planned to debut in May 2020, had been set to kickoff the summer on May 7. It will instead premiere July 9. It will do so simultaneously on […]

today03/24/202118

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Recording Registry adds albums by Janet Jackson, Louis Armstrong and Kermit the Frog

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Janet Jackson's socially conscious album "Rhythm Nation 1814," Louis Armstrong's jazzy "When the Saints Go Marching In" and Nas' debut release "Illmatic" are among 25 recordings being inducted to the National Recording Registry. The Library of Congress announced Wednesday that Labelle's song "Lady Marmalade" and Kool & the Gang's "Celebration" are some of the titles tapped for preservation this year. The national library chose a few […]

today03/24/202141

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Ringo calling! If he wants you to sing, who could say no?

LOS ANGELES (AP) — If beloved Beatle Ringo Starr wants you to sing on his new record, it's tough to say no. That's why a bevy of stars, including Paul McCartney, Sheryl Crow, Dave Grohl, Chris Stapleton, Lenny Kravitz and Jenny Lewis, are all on the chorus of Starr's most recent song, "Here's to the Nights." The 80-year-old drummer and his mates sing, 'here's to the nights we won't remember, […]

today03/22/202141

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Amazon gets Thursday night games, NFL nearly doubles TV deal

The NFL will nearly double its media revenue to more than $10 billion a season with new rights agreements announced Thursday, including a deal with Amazon Prime Video that gives the streaming service exclusive rights to "Thursday Night Football" beginning in 2022. The league took in $5.9 billion a year in its current contracts. Amazon has partnered with the league to stream Thursday night games since 2017, but it will […]

today03/19/202126

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Call of Duty among finalists for Video Game Hall of Fame

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Voting is open for the next inductees into the World Video Game Hall of Fame. Call of Duty, Guitar Hero and Animal Crossing are among the 12 finalists. Also on the ballot announced Thursday are: FarmVille, FIFA International Soccer, Mattel Football, Microsoft Flight Simulator, Pole Position, Portal, StarCraft, Tron and Where in the World is Carmen San Diego. Fans can vote at the hall of fame […]

today03/18/202124

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Grammy Award ratings drop 51 percent to record low

NEW YORK (AP) — Despite what was generally considered a well-produced show, stocked with musical performances and without the Zoom awkwardness of other pandemic-era awards, the Grammys were a bust for CBS. Its audience of 9.2 million was a record low, and just less than half of the 18.8 million who watched last year. It's a concerning trend for television executives who saw a similar steep decline for the Golden […]

today03/17/202122

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PR firms: Golden Globes must reform or stars will boycott

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 100 Hollywood publicity firms that collectively represent the majority of stars in film and television, said they will advise their clients to skip the Golden Globes if the Hollywood Foreign Press Association does not commit to "transformational change." In a letter sent late Monday to the association, the PR companies said it must reform or many of the industry's most prominent actors will boycott […]

today03/16/202119

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‘Mank’ leads Oscar nominations in a year with diverse slates

NEW YORK (AP) — David Fincher's "Mank" has led nominations for the 93rd Academy Awards with 10 nods. For the first time, two women — Chloé Zhao and Emerald Fennell — were nominated for best director. Eight films were nominated for best picture. "Mank" was joined by Fennell's "Promising Young Woman," Zhao's "Nomadland," "Judas and the Black Messiah," "Sound of Metal," "Minari," "The Father" and "The Trial of the Chicago […]

today03/15/202119

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Tape that: Dutch inventor of audio cassette dies at age 94

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch inventor of the cassette tape, the medium of choice for millions of bedroom mix tapes, has died at the age of 94. Philips, the company where he also helped develop the compact disc, confirmed that Lou Ottens died Saturday. Ottens joined Philips in 1952 and was head of the Dutch company's product development department when he began work on an alternative for existing […]

today03/12/202119

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