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AOL Launching Free Streaming Movies Service With Miramax

The website will feature ad-supported titles from the company's library of films. read more

'Fading Gigolo' Director John Turturro Touts 'Positive Sides' of Prostitution

Discussing his Wood Allen-starring romantic comedy, Turturro said, "People sometimes go to [sex workers] for reasons beyond just sexual contact -- and sometimes they are truly helped." read more

HBO Signs Exclusive Licensing Deal With Amazon Prime

SEATTLE—April 23, 2014—(NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon.com, Inc. today announced a content licensing agreement with HBO, making Prime Instant Video the exclusive online-only subscription home for select HBO programming. The collection includesShow More Summary

SFXE Picks Up Merchandising Co. Perryscope Productions, Takes Tomorrowland 2014 To MTV

SFX Entertainment [SFXE] has announced the acquisition of licensing and merchandising company Perryscope Productions. Team Perryscope will bring their expertise to all of SFXE's operations completing another major piece of the puzzle. Show More Summary

Rob Lowe Tapped To Narrate Nat Geo Miniseries ‘The 90s: The Last Great Decade?’

EXCLUSIVE: National Geographic Channel wants to stay in business with Rob Lowe. After starring as President John F. Kennedy in last year’s Killing Kennedy and narrating The ’80s: The Decade That Made Us last spring, NGC has signed Lowe to narrate the sequel. Show More Summary

What Three Startup Founders Learned About Industry Networking On Their First Trip To SXSW Music

When I interviewed two of ToneDen's co-founders back in February, they told me they were planning a trip to SXSW to broaden their music industry contacts. So I decided we should touch base afterwards and find out what they learned on their first music industry networking excursion beyond the Bay Area. Show More Summary

NBC turnaround and Winter Olympics help lift Comcast earnings

Comcast's first-quarter profit increases 30% from a year earlier to $1.87 billion. The cable giant's revenue soars 14% to $17.41 billion. The NBC broadcast network, after trailing in the ratings for nearly a decade, could finish the TV season in first place among viewers prized by advertisers.

When Reaching The Youth Goes Wrong: B-Classic Gets Cheeky

A variety of classical music groups are trying to reach new audiences these days. I've written about some of them (see links below) but until B-Classic came out with its K-Pop choreography music video featuring the music of Dvorak, I had yet to see an approach that truly missed the mark. Show More Summary

Austrian Director Michael Glawogger Dies During African Shoot

The director of “Slumming” and “Whores' Glory,” who was 54, died in Liberia of Malaria.

AM NEWS BRIEF: Vevo Up 50%, Tango + Spotify, Shuffler.fm's Pause To iPhone, ShowMobile & More

WEDNESDAY 4.23.2014 Music Business News & Views From Around The Web CLICK HERE Updated Continuously @ Hypebot's More News Tab

Justin Bieber Visits Controversial Japanese Shrine, Burial Ground of WWII War Criminals

The popstar posted an Instagram photo of himself bowing reverentially before the tome, before replacing it with an apology, saying he was unaware of the highly controversial nature of the place. read more

Why The Wu-Tang Fan Kickstarter Trying To Raise $5 Million Is Already A FAIL

The attempt to raise $5 million on Kickstarter to buy Wu-Tang's upcoming single copy release seems like a positive move based on what the creators told a media outlet. But the campaign has numerous flaws that suggest it's unlikely to reach its stated goals of raising the money and of purchasing the album. Show More Summary

Hypebot Is Back Online !

After almost a week of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on our blog platform provider Typepad, Hypebot.com is back online and publishing a backlog of great posts. Please help us spread the word that Hypebot is back onlin...

'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' Prequel to Film in New Zealand

The Weinstein Company-produced martial arts film will take advantage of the country's newly increased production incentives, as will the trilogy of "Avatar" sequels when they go into production there. read more

Will Interactive, Hands-Free Audio Ads Fund The "Internet Radio Revolution"?

A new BIAKelsey report is out titled "The Internet Radio Revolution Has Arrived." It was sponsored by XAPPmedia whose XAPP Ads are designed for voice interaction so that mobile listeners on the move can still engage. The report itself is a nice overview of the business of internet radio. Show More Summary

Hot Cannes Trailer: Ken Loach’s ‘Jimmy’s Hall’

Cannes Film Festival Competition title Jimmy’s Hall is expected to be the last narrative feature from veteran helmer Ken Loach. This year will mark British director’s 12th time in Competition. He won the Palme d’Or in 2006 for The Wind...Show More Summary

Cannes: European Film Promotion Names 'Producers on the Move'

The 24 up-and-coming producers from across the EU will take part in the two-day networking session organized by European Film Promotion. read more

Chinese Director to Oliver Stone: Mind Your Own Business

Ning Hao challenged the Hollywood director's recent criticisms of the Chinese film industry, saying "foreigners alone don't decide good and bad films" and securing free speech in China will be a gradual process. read more

China's Wanda Group Eyeing IPO for Cinema Chain

The country's largest movie theater chain, Wanda Cinema Line, plans to raise $325 million in a listing on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. read more

Global Showbiz Briefs: Warner Bros Germany Courts ‘Madame Bovary’; ‘Jamaica Inn’ Off To Strong Start On BBC One; More

Warner Bros Germany Picks Up ‘Madame Bovary’ Warner Bros Germany has acquired all German-speaking rights to Sophie Barthes’ Madame Bovary from A Company Filmed Entertainment. Based on the classic Gustave Flaubert novel, the film stars Mia Wasikowska, Rhys Ifans and Ezra Miller. Show More Summary

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