According to the report, the country allegedly also used Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and YouTube in an attempt to galvanize racial tensions. Russia's foreign ministry has ridiculed CNN's report that Russia allegedly tried to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election using Tumblr, YouTube and Pokemon Go, in addition to Facebook and Twitter. According to the report, an account called Don'tShoot.Us was created on all of those platforms, posing as a part of Black Lives Matter movement and "trying to galvanize African-American outrage over police brutality." The account, advertisements for which were allegedly paid from Russia, directed Pokemon Go players to sites of police brutality against black people in a bid to instigate racial tensions. The Russian foreign ministry denied any attempts on the part of Russia to meddle in the U.S. election, as it always has, ridiculing the report. "Based on that logic, African-Americans form their civil stance by playing Pokemon Go," Maria Zakharova, … [Read more...] about Russian Foreign Ministry Ridicules CNN Report About Country Meddling in U.S. Affairs Through Pokemon Go
The show, set in the Scandinavian porn industry, was selected as one of the top new European series at the MIPDrama Screenings in Cannes in April. Hulu has snatched up U.S. streaming rights to Veni Vidi Vici, a drama series set in the Scandinavian porn industry. Thomas Bo Larsen (The Celebration) stars in Veni Vidi Vici as Karstan Daugaard, a struggling Danish film director who decides to take a job in porn, forcing him into a double life that endangers his whole family. The ironic title is Latin for "I came, I saw, I conquered." Rafael Edholm and Santiago Gil co-wrote the series, with Edholm producing. Edholm also co-stars alongside Westworld's Michael Wincott and Scandi stars Livia Millhagen and Michael Segerstrom. Hulu acquired Veni Vidi Vici from DRG, who are handling worldwide sales. MTG is quickly becoming a leading player in high-end drama series in Europe. Recent productions include the political thriller Occupied and L.A.-based comedy noir Swedish Dicks co-starring Keanu … [Read more...] about Mipcom: Hulu Takes Scandi Drama ‘Veni Vidi Vici’ for U.S.
Downton Abbey: The Exhibition, which opened in Singapore this summer, will debut in New York on Nov. 18. U.S. fans of Downton Abbey will get a chance to visit the sets and revisit some of their favorite characters in the Crawley household – both upstairs and downstairs – starting next month. Downton Abbey: The Exhibition, which launched in Singapore this summer, is coming to the U.S. on a multi-city tour, starting with New York. NBCUniversal's NBCUniversal International Studios said Thursday that the immersive exhibit about the multiple-award-winning Carnival Films/Masterpiece co-production, which has been seen in more than 250 territories and ended in 2015, would make its New York debut on Nov. 18. Downton Abbey: The Exhibition wants to "connect fans with their favorite characters, costumes, locations and historic events of the era, as well as showcase never-before-seen footage," the company said. "Debuting in 2010 and now seen in over 250 territories, Downton … [Read more...] about ‘Downton Abbey’ Exhibition Coming to U.S.
Judging by papers filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit this week, a dispute over the streaming of a Polish broadcaster's programming is likely to become an important one. The U.S. government is warning that it could hamper the ability of the Justice Department to crack down on large-scale criminal piracy abroad. And Disney, Fox, Warner Bros. and the leading trade groups in the music industry are hoping the federal appellate circuit clarifies that proof of infringement doesn't require what's known as "volitional conduct." This case is more than two decades in the making. In 1994, Poland's national public television broadcast company Telewizja Polska (TVP) granted Spanski Enterprises (SEI), a Canadian corporation, the exclusive right to distribute its content in North and South America for 25 years. About a decade ago, the two sides engaged in arbitration and open-court litigation over internet rights. The result was a settlement agreement that, among other things, … [Read more...] about U.S. Government, Hollywood Studios Weigh in on Dispute Exploring Reach of U.S. Copyright Law
Judging by papers filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit this week, a dispute over the streaming of a Polish broadcaster's programming is likely to become an important one. In fact, the U.S. government is warning that it could hamper the ability of the Justice Department to crack down on large-scale criminal piracy abroad. And Disney, Fox, Warner Bros. and the leading trade groups in the music industry are hoping the federal appellate circuit clarifies that proof of infringement doesn't require what's known as "volitional conduct." This case is more than two decades in the making. In 1994, Poland's national public television broadcast company Telewizja Polska (TVP) granted Spanski Enterprises (SEI), a Canadian corporation, the exclusive right to distribute its content in North and South America for twenty-five years. About a decade ago, the two sides engaged in arbitration and open-court litigation over internet rights. The result was a settlement agreement that … [Read more...] about U.S. Gov’t, Hollywood Studios Weigh in on Dispute Exploring Reach of U.S. Copyright Law
The price of the most popular plan is going up by 10 percent to cover rising content costs, starting in November. Netflix is raising its subscription prices, again. The cost of the video streaming giant and TV game-changer's most popular U.S. plan is going up by $1 to $10.99, it was announced Thursday. The aim is to cover sky-high content costs as the search heats up for the next Orange Is the New Black or House of Cards for Netflix to go up against Amazon's Transparent and Hulu's Emmy-winning The Handmaid's Tale. "From time to time, Netflix plans and pricing are adjusted as we add more exclusive TV shows and movies, introduce new product features and improve the overall Netflix experience to help members find something great to watch even faster," Netflix said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. The changes impact Netflix's 53 million U.S. subscribers binge-viewing on films and TV series as the video platform has emerged as a major buyer of original content. … [Read more...] about Netflix Hikes U.S. Subscription Prices Amid Spending Spree
The Canadian province is questioning Netflix's avoiding a federal sales tax by agreeing to invest $400 million in local series like 'Alias Grace.' Quebec has unveiled plans to impose a provincial sales tax on Netflix, Amazon and other U.S. video streamers operating locally. The move follows the federal government last week saying it won't force U.S. digital services to collect the HST goods and services tax from local subscribers after Netflix agreed to invest CAN $500 million (US $400 million) in local TV series. "I find it very odd that the federal government would exempt one company from a tax that all companies should collect,” Quebec finance minister Carlos Leitao told reporters in Quebec City. He added the French-speaking province wants to see Netflix's agreement with the federal government in Ottawa before unveiling his own tax plan for U.S. digital services. "I need to know what's in that deal.... Once we have that, then we will be able to prepare a more effective … [Read more...] about Quebec Moves to Tax Netflix, Amazon, Other U.S. Streaming Services
Megaupload's Kim Dotcom couldn't get a date with the U.S. Supreme Court. On Monday, the high court announced that it wouldn't be reviewing his challenge to the U.S. government's seizure of tens of millions of dollars in Megaupload assets. Megaupload, once one of the world's biggest internet sites, was shut down in 2012 when the U.S. government charged its leaders with racketeering and criminal copyright infringement in connection with the distribution of movies, television shows, songs and other copyrighted content. Dotcom is still fighting extradition from New Zealand. In the meantime, prosecutors brought a forfeiture action in 2014 claiming that money held in bank accounts, luxury cars, big televisions, watches, artwork and other property were tied to the "Mega Conspiracy." Dotcom argued that the court had no jurisdiction over foreign property and that his due process rights were being violated. He and former Megaupload associates lost the argument at a district court. … [Read more...] about U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Review Kim Dotcom Case
Designer Humberto Leon said Fashion Month is "one big run-on sentence" when addressing critics of the brand's theatrical shows. Kenzo traditionally throws some of the best bashes — from an '80s punk prom theme to a taco truck feast a few seasons back — and this year, the second of its Fashion Week fetes was to celebrate the opening of its new Marais store. Kenzo presented its collection Thursday as the intermission of a traditional Japanese Kagura performance. It made for good Instagram, but left some editors grumbling at the hour-plus running time. Designer Humberto Leon addressed the critics, saying it was needed to stand out in a crowded Fashion Month. “We’ve been really thinking about what the experience is and I know that for a lot of journalists, it might be easier to come in and come out, but in many ways I feel like Fashion Week is such a big run-on sentence," he told Pret-a-Reporter. "When I’ve gone to shows as a buyer, the shows are … [Read more...] about Kenzo Eyes Retail Return to U.S.
Ottawa says it won't tax local subscribers of U.S. digital services as Netflix announces a $500 million investment over five years in local series like 'Alias Grace.' As Canada rolls out a new digital strategy, the government has decided against imposing a sales tax on U.S. streaming video and digital services like Netflix, Amazon and iTunes operating in the country. "We are absolutely not committed in any way to raising taxes on the middle class," Sean Casey, parliamentary secretary to the Canadian heritage minister, told The Hollywood Reporter while attending the annual Canada Media Fund content showcase in Ottawa on Wednesday night, which brought together on- and off-screen talent, broadcasters and local politicians. Casey's comments came ahead of Netflix on Thursday announcing it will invest $500 million over five years to help produce Canadian content for its worldwide platform, and establish a "production presence" north of the border, its first-ever outside the … [Read more...] about Canadian Streamers See U.S. Rivals Avoiding Sales Tax as Threat
Russian authorities hint at investigations of U.S. journalists working in the country in the wake of the FBI questioning of a former correspondent with Sputnik. On Sept.19, three Democratic lawmakers urged the Federal Communications Commission to investigate if the Kremlin-funded news site and radio station Sputnik broke government regulations by broadcasting propaganda. The move came as more proof that diplomatic tensions between the U.S. and Russia have spilled over into the media industry. "In Washington, D.C., listeners need only tune their radios to 105.5 FM to hear the Russian government’s effort to influence U.S. policy," reads a statement signed by Representative Frank Pallone of New Jersey, the top Democrat on the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Representatives Anna Eshoo (Dem-CA) and Mike Doyle (Dem-PA). Last week, the FBI questioned Andrew Feinberg, Sputnik's former White House correspondent as part of a probe into whether the news outlet, which is part … [Read more...] about U.S., Russia Spar Over Kremlin-Funded News Outlet
The Wolf of Wall Street producer Red Granite Pictures and the U.S. government have resolved the civil forfeiture case related to a Malaysian embezzlement investigation, according to a notice of settlement filed Friday in California federal court. The feds had been seeking seizure of more than $1 billion in assets that were allegedly diverted by high-level Malaysian officials into shell companies, some of which may have been used to fund Red Granite's films. The company is run by CEO Riza Aziz, the stepson of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, and prosecutors believed it received about $100 million of the embezzled funds. A separate civil forfeiture targeting profits from Red Granite's Daddy's Home and Dumb and Dumber To has also settled. "The parties are pleased to inform the Court that Red Granite and the government have reached a settlement in principle. The contemplated settlement, which remains subject to final documentation and necessary approvals within the government, will … [Read more...] about ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Producer Red Granite Settles Forfeiture Case With U.S. Government
From a subway premiere in Moscow and White Walkers in London to a "marathron" in Italy and a show of water, fire and more in Dubai. With Game of Thrones kicking off season 7 on HBO in the U.S. this weekend, fans worldwide are gearing up for the return of the hit show to see the latest twists and turns in the battle for the Iron Throne. HBO already brought winter to downtown L.A. for the season premiere. And networks around the globe have been promoting the launch date of the new season, some with marketing stunts using key characters of the drama based on George R.R. Martin's best-selling book series. Here is THR's look at some of the promotions and events tied to the season 7 launch in various countries. Britain - White Walkers hit London Winter arrived early in Great Britain. Fans and passersby in London may have shocked this week when they spotted The Night King descending on the capital on horseback from Hadrian’s Wall, joined by a troop of White Walkers. Sky, which airs the … [Read more...] about ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7: How Its Launch Is Getting Promoted Outside the U.S.
The devastation in Japan after the massive earthquake and tsunami last month appears to have no end, and within a year's time much of what was destroyed may end up on U.S. shores. Scientists are now predicting that it will take a year for the wreckage from towns essentially erased off the map to end up in Washington, Oregon and California, wreckage including whole houses, cars, and human remains. Several news outlets have reported on the astronomical amount of debris floating in the ocean near Japan- more than 200,000 buildings have been estimated to have washed into the ocean, along with thousands of people, cars, boats, and miscellany. The Daily Mail reports: Scientists say the first bits of debris from Japan are due to reach the West Coast in a year's time after being carried by currents toward Washington, Oregon and California. They will then turn toward Hawaii and back again toward Asia, circulating in what is known as the North Pacific Gyre, said [oceanographer Curtis] … [Read more...] about Cars, Houses, Other Japan Earthquake Wreckage En Route To The U.S. West Coast
Having trouble using Twitter or watching Netflix? You’re not alone. Large portions of Internet users in the U.S. and in Europe are struggling to access several popular websites and services due to a massive DDoS attack. Isn’t technology fun? The DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack is targeting DNS hosting company Dyn. What does that mean exactly? Well, in simple terms, Dyn’s servers accept your computer’s request to get an actual address to go along with whatever URL you type into your browser, and that address allows information to be routed back and forth between your computer and the servers a website actually lives on. However, a DDoS attack floods a server like Dyn’s with a ton of useless requests, until the server can’t handle it anymore, and it crashes. DDoS attacks can be used to take out specific sites and services, but attacking a major DNS host like Dyn can result in what the Internet is seeing today, which is many Internet users … [Read more...] about A DDoS Attack Is Ruining the Internet for Parts of the U.S. and Europe
Bill Moyers will present the 'All in the Family' creator with the Evelyn F. Burkey Award All in the Family creator Norman Lear will be honored with the Evelyn F. Burkey Award at the 2015 Writers Guild Awards East Coast ceremony. Bill Moyers will present Lear with the Burkey Award, which recognizes a person or organization whose contributions have brought honor and dignity to writers. Read more Exclusive Norman Lear Memoir Excerpt: Throwdowns With Carroll O'Connor, Race Battles on 'Good Times' In addition to All in the Family, Lear, 92, wrote sketches for Jack Haley, Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis and Martha Raye and wrote and produced Maude, Sanford and Son, Good Times, The Jeffersons and One Day at a Time. He also is known for his social activism, including co-founding People for the American Way in 1981. “Over several decades, the Writers Guild East has presented the Burkey Award to celebrate the achievements of leaders — in the arts or politics — who have advanced … [Read more...] about WGA Awards: Norman Lear to Be Honored at East Coast Ceremony
NBC, ABC and CBS broke in with coverage of the 5.9 magnitude quake that hit Virginia, while cable news networks dispatched reports from locations that have been affected. NBC, ABC and CBS all interrupted regular programming Tuesday to report on the earthquake that hit the East Coast. The 5.9 quake was centered in Northern Virginia and felt throughout the region in cities like Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York. PHOTOS: Earthquake on East Coast: Scene from New York and D.C. The earthquake is the biggest domestic story of the day on news sites, second only to the coverage of unrest in Libya. CNN dispatched reporters to various locations including the New York Stock Exchange, where business correspondent Alison Kosik reported that traders felt the shaking and shouted at each other to "keep trading!" MSNBC reports that all memorials and monuments on the National Mall were evacuated and closed. Quake coverage now dominates Fox News.com, which is reporting that U.S. aviation … [Read more...] about East Coast Earthquake News Coverage Interrupts Programming
UDPATED: CNN, MSNBC and Fox News are just some of the networks covering the storm. On Saturday, Hurricane Irene hit the coast of North Carolina, making its way up the East Coast. CNN has dispatched reporters up and down the coast to cover Hurricane Irene every step of the way. Throughout the day, the news network plans to update viewers with scene reports and first-person accounts. In addition, its reporters have posted updates from the East Coast. One reporter, Aaron Brodie, wrote from the road in New Jersey early Saturday afternoon: "I had a nice motel all to myself on Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey before my CNN bosses told me they needed me to go to Atlantic City. Now I have a nice freeway all to myself." President Barack Obama met with FEMA officials on Saturday and made a statement about Hurricane Irene. "It's going to be a long 72 hours," he said. (Watch the video below.) Time was just one of several news organizations tracking the storm with up-to-the-minute updates, … [Read more...] about Hurricane Irene: News Channels Airing Live Coverage From East Coast
The $12 million trip produced four episodes and feature Hugh Jackman, Nicole SYDNEY -- The Oprah Winfrey Show's $12 million-plus, four-episode Australian specials will go to air next week in the U.S. and here, premiering Oprah's Ultimate Australian Adventure on Tuesday, Jan. 18 in the U.S., airing until Friday, Jan. 21. It will also premiere in prime time on Australian affiliate Network Ten on Wednesday, Jan. 19 with the finale at the Sydney Opera House airing here Sunday Jan. 23 -- three days before the nation's official day, Australia Day. Winfrey and her 302 fellow travelers made the trip down under in mid-Dec., after Harpo Productions struck a deal with Tourism Australia, Qantas and other state tourism bodies, for two shows to be filmed following the TV host and her guests around the country, to celebrate the final season of her talk show. That was expanded to four programs during the tour. After a whirlwind six days traveling the length and breadth of the country, which … [Read more...] about ‘Oprah’s Ultimate Australian Adventure’ Premieres in U.S., Australia Next Week
The 5.9 earthquake that originated in Virginia and felt in other cities on the East Coast, including New York City and Washington, D.C. was decidedly less disastrous than Hollywood has portrayed the rare natural occurrence. STORY: Earthquake Sends Shocks From Washington DC to New York City; Industry Reacts In several movies and television specials, the film and TV industry has tried to instill fear in the minds of East Coasters who aren’t used to the land tremors like those of us who live on the West Coast. Crumbling buildings, huge tsunamis, and people running in fear – that’s how we’re told an East Coast earthquake is supposed to go down. PHOTOS: Earthquake on East Coast: Scene from New York and D.C. Here are 5 outrageous Hollywood portrayals of earthquakes hitting the East Coast. Aftershock: Earthquake in New York – This two-part series aired on CBS in 1999 and starred Charles S. Dutton and Sharon Lawrence. Let’s just say the poster portrays the … [Read more...] about Earthquake on East Coast: 5 Over-The-Top Hollywood Portrayals (Video)