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HBO chief tells cable companies to give streams a chance, sell HBO Now directly

HBO CEO Richard Plepler recently argued that broadband providers should see the company's standalone streaming service as an opportunity, not a threat.
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Aziz Ansari ponders commitment in trailer for new Netflix comedy series Master of None

Netflix has released the first trailer for Aziz Ansari's upcoming comedy series, Master of None. The show focuses on the life of Dev, a 30-year-old actor.
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Watch: The Today Show reunites Back to the Future cast members Fox, Lloyd, and Thompson

Matt Lauer interviewed three of the Back to the Future trilogy's stars — Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, and Lea Thompson — on The Today Show Wednesday.
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Tracy Morgan to launch comedy comeback with new stand-up tour

Tracy Morgan plans to embark on a cross-country stand-up comedy tour called Picking up the Pieces. So far, 34 shows are scheduled.
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NBC to reboot Cruel Intentions as a TV series

A Cruel Intentions reboot is in the works at NBC. Based on the '90s film, it will focus on the 16-year-old son of two of the main characters.

Vudu launches 12 Ultra HD titles for new Roku 4 owners, broader rollout expected soon

Vudu has announced that it will make 12 ultra high-definition movies available through its channel on the Roku 4 device, which ships today.
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Scott Shepherd joins the cast of Matt Damon’s new Bourne film

Scott Shepherd is the latest actor to join Matt Damon and the rest of the cast of the upcoming Jason Bourne installment.
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Get your multiroom on: Yamaha’s first MusicCast wireless speaker lands today

The Yamaha MusicCast wireless speaker is now on sale, making it the first of the company's multi-room audio system components available for retail.
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens shatters pre-sale records, epic IMAX poster revealed

Star Wars: The Force Awakens sold the most pre-sale tickets in its first day, breaking records, especially for IMAX. A new poster has also been revealed.
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Ulimate Ears app update allows up to three different users to play DJ

Ultimate Ears has updated its speakers' apps to include the UE Block Party feature. Users can now control the speaker with up to three devices at once.
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CNN gets into streaming with new socially distributed network, Great Big Story

CNN has backed Great Big Story, a newly launched streaming-video network that plans to utilize social networks and word-of-mouth distribution.
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Finally! A mug that perpetually keeps your coffee at the perfect temp

Ember has launched an Indiegogo campaign for its smart mug. Ember controls the temperature of users' beverages based on their preferences.
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Too darn loud! This 16-year-old kid’s ear-safe headphone Kickstarter took off like a rocket

Aegis Acoustics, co-founded by a 16-year-old, has launched a Kickstarter for their ear-safe headphones. The campaign exceeded its goal within two days.
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Landmark is working on a virtual reality World’s Fair

Landmark Entertainment Group will launch the Virtual World's Fair, a VR experience, in 2017 with Pavilion of Me.
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Marvel to produce two new X-Men-based TV series, Hellfire and Legion

Marvel is working on two X-Men-based TV series: Hellfire for Fox and Legion for FX. Hellfire is in development while a pilot for Legion has been ordered.
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SeeSo, NBCUniversal’s comedy streaming service, is coming soon

NBCUniversal's plans to appeal to comedy lovers with its forthcoming comedy streaming service, SeeSo, are moving forward. A beta launch is set for December.
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Ezviz Mini is a small security camera with an equally small price tag

EZVIZ Mini, a new cloud-driven home security camera, debuted Thursday. The camera costs less than $70.
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Jennifer Lawrence essay denoucing Hollywood wage gap fueled by Sony hack

Jennifer Lawrence shares in a new essay for Lena Dunham's Lenny newsletter how the Sony Hack opened her eyes to Hollywood's wage gap.
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Janet Jackson has still got it: Singer earns 7th No. 1 album on Billboard 200 chart

Janet Jackson's latest album, Unbreakable, is the singer's seventh to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
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Not your average reboot: New WarGames will be an interactive experience

MGM has teamed up with Interlude for a WarGames reboot that will be an interactive video experience with viewer-controlled outcomes.
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Nucleus makes its intercom smarter and security-focused

Nucleus launched its connected home communication device today. Multifunctional, Nucleus works as an intercom, places video and audio calls, and more.

Get a sneak peek at Daredevil season 2, fresh from NYC Comic Con

The first teaser for Daredevil season 2 was shown at New York Comic Con, as well as released online. In it, fans get a first look at new characters.
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Fantasy Island gets rebooted (again), this time with a female lead

Sony TV is working on another reboot of Fantasy Island, but this time, the drama series will feature a female lead. ABC has ordered a put pilot.
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Leonardo DiCaprio set to produce movie about the Volkswagen emissions scandal

Leonardo Dicaprio, along with Jennifer Davisson, is set to produce an upcoming Paramount Pictures film about the Volkswagen clean diesel scandal.
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Vudu finally dishes up 1080p HDX content for Android while iOS users remain on standby

Vudu has released a revamped Android app that includes the ability to view content in HD and HDX quality.

This crazy subwoofer backpack hopes to let you bring the boom anywhere

bassAware has launched a crowdfunding campaign for Drop, a wearable audio device that provides bass only the wearer can hear.
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Disney opts for Fifty Shades of Grey writer to pen live-action Cruella de Vil movie

Screenwriter Kelly Marcel is attached to write Disney's Cruella, a live-action film based on 101 Dalmatians. She previously wrote Fifty Shades of Grey.
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George Clooney leads star-studded cast for new Coen Brothers comedy Hail, Caesar!

Universal has released the trailer for the Coen brothers' upcoming star-studded film, Hail, Caesar! The movie takes on Hollywood's Golden Age.
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Disney and Pixar set release dates for Cars 3 and Incredibles 2, push back Toy Story 4

Disney and Pixar have announced release dates for Cars 3, Incredibles 2, and Toy Story 4, as well as multiple Marvel movies.
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Practice safe streaming with these Netflix and Chill condoms

Netflix and Chill condoms are now on the market, thanks to two "poor college students" in Austin, Texas.
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LG slashes prices on OLED TVs, bringing the next-gen tech closer to premium LED TVs

LG now offers three times as many OLED TVs and has reduced the prices on certain series by 30 to 45 percent.

HBO Now comes to Roku, closes cord cutter loop

HBO Now, the premium cable network's standalone streaming service, has been added to the Roku store.
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Brian Grazer teases new Netflix movie with Eddie Murphy

Netflix and Imagine Entertainment are looking to team up for a movie with Eddie Murphy. Brian Grazer, co-founder of Imagine, shared the news.
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New trailer for BBC’s Sherlock special shows Holmes and Watson in the Victorian era

The first trailer for the upcoming Sherlock special, expected to air around Christmas, shows Watson and Holmes in Victorian England.