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Two Years for Hogwarts Mystery

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is celebrating two years since release with a few rewards for current players, along with some interesting facts. Starting this Saturday, players will have an opportunity to create and submit their...

New Release Dates for 2020 & 2021 Hollywood Blockbusters

Delays have hit big movies including  Wonder Woman 1984, Marvel’s Black Widow, James Bond thriller No Time to Die, Mulan, F9 and A Quiet Place Part 2. But many of the major movies have now named premiere dates, so we’ve laid...

Apple Adds AFI Movie Club Picks to Apple TV App

The American Film Institute’s AFI Movie Club, daily selections of favorite films new and old to watch during quarantine, is now available directly on the Apple TV app — thereby making it easier to stream the titles from the...

Sega Announces Palm-Sized Game Gear Micro Console

A set of palm-sized Game Gear Micro consoles have been revealed as part of SEGA’s 60th anniversary celebrations. The Game Gear Micro is currently only available to preorder in Japan and will launch on...

CBS Most-watched Network for 12th Year in a Row

CBS has won 17 of the last 18 years, the lone exception coming when Fox topped the chart at the height of “American Idol.” CBS has won for so long the distinction has lost...

Hulu Begins Testing Watch Party Experience

Hulu has begun testing a new co-viewing feature that will help facilitate the type of virtual movie nights that have become popular as Americans isolate at home.  Hulu Watch Party, the streamer’s first social...

“Star Wars” Is Getting a Concept Art Makeover

Disney Plus kicked off the Star Wars Day (May 4) celebrations by refreshing the streaming service’s look with concept art from the entire Skywalker Saga and its spinoffs.  You’ve probably seen Ralph McQuarrie’s iconic 1975 painting of...

Disney+ Launches In Japan June 11

Disney+ is set for a June 11 debut in Japan. The streaming service will launch in Japan via an exclusive partnership with local telecom giant NTT Docomo. Disney+ will be offered in Japan for...

Global Music Revenues Topped $20 Billion in 2019

For 2019, total revenues for the global recorded-music business grew by 8.2% to $20.2 billion, with streaming revenue growing 22.9% to $11.4 billion — accounting for more than half of total revenue for the...

HGTV, Food Network Ratings Soar

Americans stuck at home staring at fading furniture and wondering what to cook for dinner have been a boon for television networks like HGTV and the Food Network. The Food Network’s overall ratings in...

Warner Music Valuing Company at $12.75 Billion

Warner Music Group on Wednesday priced its much-anticipated initial public offering at $25 per share, at the higher end of the $23-$26 range and valuing the company at $12.75 billion. The music major’s shares will trade...

“Avatar” Sequels Set To Restart Production in New Zealand

Production on James Cameron’s long-in-the-making Avatar sequels is set to restart in New Zealand in June, according to producer Jon Landau.  Work on the Avatar sequels came to a halt in mid-March after the New Zealand government instituted a lockdown...

Netflix Prepares Fifth African Original, “JIVA!” (Trailer)

Netflix is in production on its fifth original out of Africa, South African dance drama “JIVA!” Produced by Cape Town-based Blue Ice Africa, “JIVA!” follows talented street dancer Ntombi who slowly realizes dancing may be...

25 Best Selling Audiobooks (2020)

1. “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic) 2. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) 3. ’Untamed” by Glennon Doyle (The Dial Press) 4. “Oh, the Places...

A Labyrinth Movie Sequel is Coming

The beloved ’80s movie starring David Bowie and Jim Henson puppets is getting a sequel. Seeing the original Labyrinth, we were spellbound when David Bowie sang along with Jim Henson’s Muppets about a fantasy world full of bizarre...

Worldwide Video Game Spending Hits Record $10.5B in April (2020)

Digital video game spending hit a record high in April as players continue leisure activities at home amid national stay-at-home orders to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Game spending topped $10.5 billion last month, higher...

A Chance To Join A Virtual “Smallville” Reunion

Actors Kristin Kreuk, Michael Rosenbaum and Tom Welling, stars of the hit television show “Smallville”, are partnering with Trueheart, a full-service creative agency that specializes in producing global social impact campaigns, and Omaze, the...

Latest AI Technology to Predict Hollywood Blockbusters

Warner Bros, one of cinema’s biggest industry leaders, is going to start using Artificial Intelligence in order to gauge the success of their films. Thanks to LA startup Cinelytic, and their AI-driven platform, Warner Bros will...

Facebook Stops Advertisers From Targeting ‘Pseudoscience’ Groups

Facebook will no longer allow advertisers to target their ads at people interested in “pseudoscience.” The move follows a report that said Facebook was allowing such ads even amid companywide efforts to crack down on misinformation about the COVID-19 outbreak...

Cancellations and Delays: Tech Industry

For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website. Several prominent industry events were canceled or revamped because of concerns over the coronavirus. They include: IFA The annual electronics trade...

LiveXLive to Acquire PodcastOne in $18 Million Stock Deal

Music livestreamer LiveXLive is diversifying its business with the acquisition of PodcastOne, a podcast network that hosts shows by Adam Carolla, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Shaquille O’Neal and others, in an all-stock deal valued at about $18...

Movies That will be Available for Streaming Online (2020)

Here are all the films that will be available for in-home viewing earlier than expected: Artemis Fowl Original Release Date: May 29 Digital Release Date: June 12 This adaptation of Eoin Colfer’s bestselling kiddie fantasy series...

Movies That Have Halted Or Delayed Production

The pandemic has hit the movie industry hard, with dozens of films around the world halting production or seeing their starts delayed as the outbreak continues to spread. Have a look at our list of impacted...

YouTube to Stream Tribeca, Cannes, Sundance Films for Free

The 10-day We Are One festival will feature movies from 20 of the world’s most famous film festivals. In light of the closures surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, YouTube announced on Monday a global film festival...

Sports Illustrated Studios Bringing Magazine to TV, Film

Sports Illustrated is branching out into movies and television. Authentic Brands Group and 101 Studios announced on Tuesday that they will launch Sports Illustrated Studios as part of a joint venture between the two...

HBO Max Will Be on Apple TV

HBO Max will get an assist from Apple for the WarnerMedia streaming service’s May 27 debut, in a continuation of their “coopetition” arrangement. At launch, HBO Max will be available on Apple devices and fully integrated with the Apple...

UNICEF Takes Audiences Around The World In Virtual Special

UNICEF USA will host their first ever streaming event on Saturday, May 9th at 8pm ET. “UNICEF Won’t Stop” will highlight UNICEF’s COVID-19 response, frontline workers and experts and the children UNICEF serves. The hour long special will be free...

Comcast Profit Slides as Pandemic Hits Movies, Theme parks

Comcast’s net income slid in the first three months of the year as the coronavirus pandemic forced it to shut down its theme parks and its movies were kept out of shuttered theaters. Comcast...

Cancellations and Delays: Sporting Events

For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website. Here’s how the outbreak is impacting our lives with postponements, cancellations and closures. Sporting Events Tour de France Thecycling race won’t start...

Cancellations and Delays: Cultural Happenings

For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website. Here’s how the outbreak is impacting our lives with postponements, cancellations and closures. Cultural Happenings and Institutions Pebble Beach Concours...

AMC Theaters Axes Universal After It Releases “Trolls” on Demand

If you’ve been anywhere near a TV lately—and you probably have—you likely saw that, amidst theater closings and coronavirus lockdowns, Universal Pictures released Trolls World Tour via video-on-demand a few weeks back. Well, AMC Theatres, which...

A Chance To Join “The Office” Cast For a Virtual Coffee Date

Creed Bratton, Kate Flannery, Melora Hardin and Oscar Nunez, stars of the hit television show “The Office” are honored to team up for a great cause. The actors are partnering with Trueheart, a full-service creative agency that specializes...

Showtime: Which Shows Are Canceled? Which are Renewed?

Find out which of your favorite shows will live on and which you have to say goodbye to below. The Affair: Ended after five seasonsBack to Life: Renewed for Season 2 Billions: Renewed for Season 5...

HBO Max Launching May 27

The streaming service HBO Max will launch May 27. HBO Max will be among the most expensive streaming services, at a price of $14.99 a month. WarnerMedia is hoping a deep library of HBO...

Fox: Which Shows Are Canceled? Which are Renewed?

Find out which of your favorite shows will live on and which you have to say goodbye to below. 9-1-1: Airing Season 39-1-1: Lone Star: Airing Season 1Almost Family: Airing Season 1Beat Shazam: Renewed for Season 4Bless the...

Check Out All The Free Entertainment Content Online

Companies like Pure Barre and Peloton are offering free access to fitness classes. Amazon is giving away book classics like “The Call of the Wild” and “Emma,” and MasterClass has experts offering their wisdom...

CBS: Which Shows Are Canceled? Which are Renewed?

Find out which of your favorite shows will live on and which you have to say goodbye to below. All Rise: Picked up for full first seasonThe Amazing Race: Renewed for Season 32 Big Brother: Renewed for...

The CW: Which Shows Are Canceled? Which are Renewed?

Find out which of your favorite shows will live on and which you have to say goodbye to below. The 100: Renewed for seventh and final seasonAll American: Renewed for Season 3Arrow: Airing eighth and final seasonBatwoman: Renewed...

NBC: Which Shows Are Canceled? Which are Renewed?

Find out which of your favorite shows will live on and which you have to say goodbye to below. America’s Got Talent: The Champions: Renewed for Season 2A.P. Bio: Renewed for Season 3 and moving to...

ABC: Which Shows Are Canceled? Which are Renewed?

Find out which of your favorite shows will live on and which you have to say goodbye to below. America’s Funniest Home Videos: Renewed through Season 31American Housewife: Airing Season 4American Idol: Renewed for Season 18 (Season...

Mattel, Hasbro and Lego Help Stressed Families with Donations

Lego, Hasbro and Mattel have all started initiatives to donate to family-focused organizations or inspire parents with fun activities for their kids while they’re stuck at home. Here’s what each of the companies are...

Hulu: Which Shows Are Canceled? Which are Renewed?

Find out which of your favorite shows will live on and which you have to say goodbye to below. The Bisexual: PendingCastle Rock: PendingDollface: Renewed for Season 2Future Man: Renewed for third and final seasonThe Handmaid’s Tale: Renewed for...

HBO: Which Shows Are Canceled? Which are Renewed?

Find out which of your favorite shows will live on and which you have to say goodbye to below. A Black Lady Sketch Show: Renewed for Season 2Avenue 5: Renewed for Season 2Ballers: Canceled after five...

Apple TV+: Which Shows Are Canceled? Which are Renewed?

Find out which of your favorite shows will live on and which you have to say goodbye to below. Dickinson: Renewed for Season 2For All Mankind: Renewed for Season 2Little America: Renewed for Season 2 ahead...

Disney+: Which Shows Are Canceled? Which are Renewed?

Find out which of your favorite shows will live on and which you have to say goodbye to below. High School Musical: The Musical: The Series: Renewed for Season 2The Mandalorian: Renewed for Season 2The World...

Netflix: Which Shows Are Canceled? Which are Renewed?

Find out which of your favorite shows will live on and which you have to say goodbye to below. 3%: Renewed for a fourth and final season13 Reasons Why: Renewed for fourth and final season1983: PendingAJ...

Amazon Prime: Which Shows Are Canceled? Which are Renewed?

Find out which of your favorite shows will live on and which you have to say goodbye to below. Absentia: Renewed for Season 3Bosch: Renewed for seventh and final seasonThe Boys: Renewed for Season 2Carnival Row: Renewed for...

Disney Plus: More Originals Coming

The release timing of some Disney Plus originals is hazy. In some cases, the company has announced plans for originals without any indication of when they’ll come out:  She-Hulk series, a Marvel original about...

Disney Plus: Year One & Two Original Movies

Generally speaking, you can count on Disney Plus to be the exclusive streaming home for all of Disney’s theatrical releases in 2019 and beyond. It also has original shows and films, and a big library of...

Use Netflix Party To Watch Movies With Family & Friends

The free browser extension will let you play and pause Netflix shows in sync with your friends. Everyone in your group needs a Netflix account In order for this to work, everyone you send...

Disney Plus: Original Shows to Come in First Year

Within its first year, Disney will have more than 25 original episodic series and more than 10 original movies, documentaries and specials. The Mandalorian’s second season will premiere on the service within the first...

New $292 Million Film & TV Studios to Be Built in England

The Creative District Improvement Company has teamed up with property developers Quinn Estates to invest £250 million ($292 million) in Ashford International Studios, a new film and TV studios in Ashford, South-East England, which they say...

Disney Plus: Year One Library Highlights

Marvel will add at least another two movies to the catalog: Avengers: Infinity War – June 25 Ant-man and the Wasp – July 29 Star Wars will complete its full motion-picture library by adding: Solo – July...

Late-night Talk Show Hosts Going Low Tech

Jimmy Fallon is doing mini-episodes from his house too, with cameos from his kids and video chat appearances from the likes of Lin-Manuel Miranda on Thursday’s show.  Similarly, Trevor Noah will be doing shortened versions of The...

“Vibe Check” TikTok Videos Taking the Internet by Storm

A series of short videos known as “Vibe Check” — originally posted to TikTok by Brigham Young University senior Daniel Spencer — has become a sensation. Suffice it to say, this is exactly the kind of ineffably...

“Pokemon Go”‘s Battle League Gears Up (Video)

Pokemon Go’s competitive player vs. player (PvP) scene is entering its first official season. Different leagues limiting the type of Pokemon that can enter, specifically the amount of CP (combat points, a monster’s strength)...

Disney Junior’s “Mira, Royal Detective” is India-inspired

The newest cartoon on Disney Junior, “Mira, Royal Detective” – an Indian girl, has all the hallmarks one would expect from a children’s show — a smart, resourceful lead character, entertaining sidekicks, and a...

Movies Getting Early Digital Releases

Several film studios are taking proactive measures to ensure their newest movie releases are still seen by as many people as possible. Here’s a rundown of movies that are hitting on-demand services ahead of...

Marvel and Netmarble Partner For “Marvel: Future Revolution” (Video)

Marvel and Netmarble are pairing up once again for Marvel: Future Revolution, the comic giant’s first open world role-playing game exclusively on mobile. The game is a follow-up to 2015’s Marvel: Future Fight.  Future Revolution‘s story...

Make Room for Scrabble Go on Mobile

A team-up between Hasbro, Mattel and Scopely is bringing the Classic Scrabble board game to mobile. As a free-to-play game, Scrabble GO offers a classic mode that brings the traditional word assembling strategies to phones, while...

GWENT Arrives to Android

After a year since the initial mobile announcement, CD Projekt Red finally announced a released date of March 24 for Gwent: The Witcher Card Game on Android. The card-based game set in the world of The Witcher was...

Players in China Get Addiction Warnings For Too Much “Fortnite”

Fortnite players in China could soon be getting messages telling them to stop playing after three hours. This is part of the country’s clampdown on gaming addiction, and follows a previous law that stops children from gaming...

Sonic At The Olympic Games

A Sonic-only version of Nintendo Switch title Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is headed to mobile. With the removal of the Mario-themed elements and characters, Sonic at the Olympic Games features 16 Sonic-based playable...

“Mario Kart Tour” Multiplayer (Video)

After two trial runs, multiplayer is officially launching in Mario Kart Tour on Sunday. Three main modes will be included at launch. The first allows you to partner with friends online or with those nearby, while...

Disney+ to Become Available Via Sky U.K.

Walt Disney has signed a nonexclusive distribution deal for its streaming service Disney+ with Comcast-owned European pay TV giant Sky as part of a new multi-partnership between the companies. The fact that it is...

“Angry Birds” Hits the Tennis Court

A very different spinoff of the Angry Birds series sees the colorful avians grab their tennis rackets and hit the court. Angry Birds Tennis quietly released on iOS this past week as a free-to-play game, but only in...

Berlin Market Pushes for Environmental Sustainability

Alongside efforts to cut its carbon footprint, Berlin’s market and film festival are focusing on improving the mental well-being of people working in the industry. EFM took several concrete steps this year to reduce...

Netflix Strikes Deals With Six Anime Creators in Japan

Netflix is partnering with six different Japanese creators in order to expand its slate of original anime content. Among the deals are ones with Clamp, the female manga collective that was responsible for the “Cardcaptor Sakura” franchise....

Walmart Confirms Launch of Rival to Amazon’s Prime

Walmart confirmed it’s developing a competitor to Amazon’s juggernaut Prime membership program. The company declined on Thursday to offer details, but a spokeswoman said it will be called Walmart+. The initiative comes as Walmart...

Ecology Styles Grace Paris Fashion Week

Models wearing animal outfits joined the finale of Stella McCartney’s fur-free and leather-free show Monday, as the British-American designer continued to shine a light on the environment and animal cruelty in the industry. The...

Smithsonian Unleashes 3 Million Images into the Public Domain

The Smithsonian Institution is making 2.8 million high-resolution and 3D images available to all, the organization said Tuesday.    The images come from across the Smithsonian’s libraries, archives, museums, research centers and more, and are...

AT&T Launches Online TV Service

AT&T is launching a new internet-delivered TV service Monday as it struggles with a shrinking DirecTV satellite business. The new service, AT&T TV, will have most of the same channels offered on DirecTV, but...

Spotify Launches Playlists For Pets

Spotify has made playlists and a podcast for dogs to listen to in their owners’ absence, after finding that nearly 74% of pet-owners play music for their animals. The Swedish audio-streaming business company said...

Jane Goodall’s “The Book of Hope” Coming in 2021

Jane Goodall’s next book will be a tribute to her enduring optimism. Celadon Books announced that Goodall’s “The Book of Hope” will be published in fall 2021. The project is a collaboration with Doug...

CBS Streaming Service Adding Viacom, Paramount Videos

ViacomCBS is planning a new streaming service that will combine the existing CBS All Access service with Paramount movies and shows from Viacom channels such as MTV and BET. This means adding content from...

Greta Thunberg Book Details Her Autism Struggles

Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg was “slowly disappearing into some kind of darkness” as she struggled with autism in her pre-teen years, according to a new book written by her mother. Malena Ernman details her...

HBO on YouTube

Live TV streaming service YouTube TV has announced that premium channels HBO and Cinemax will be is coming to its service this spring.  AT&T and YouTube TV announced this morning that its newly expanded carriage agreement will also...

Europe Challenges for Global Digital Dominance

The EU recently unveiled a landmark digital strategy that it hopes will establish Europe as a global tech leader over the next decade and beyond. In the strategy, Europe outlined plans for boosting its “fair and...

The Average Budget of a European Film is $2.2 Million

The average mean budget of a European film was $3.53 million. However, the median figure of $2.2 million is more representative for the majority of European films. Average budgets differed widely among countries, and...

NBC Unveils Peacock

Comcast-owned NBCUniversal presented Thursday the details of its long-anticipated streaming play. It’ll roll out first to Comcast cable and internet subscribers (on April 15) and then go national around the time of the Olympics...

Production Spend Increases in Ireland to $395 Million

Production spend in Ireland rose by 162% to $395 million in 2019, according to the country’s TV, film and animation agency Screen Ireland. Projects such as Netflix’s “Nightflyers,” BBC3 and Hulu drama “Normal People,” Apple...

China has Shut Most Movie Theaters

China has shut down most of its movie theaters in response to the Wuhan coronavirus and it could have massive repercussions on the film industry The deadly Wuhan coronavirus is taking a toll on...