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‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ Will Be Back Via Disney SVOD – Comic-Con

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The animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars will return with 12 all-new episodes on Disney’s streaming service. The news was announced at the Clone Wars anniversary panel at Comic-Con. The series ran for six seasons between 2008-2013, and the revival announcement drew raised light sabers from some in the audience. The series had multiple Emmy Awards, and its resurrection follows and online and alleged letter-writing campaign to Disney and Lucasfilm seeking its return. Dave Filo… Read

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AMC Theatres And Facebook Team For Ticketing Via Social Media

AMC Theatres and Facebook have teamed up for a new service that enables the purchase of movie tickets in the U.S. via the social-media platform. The exhibition giant is the first theater chain to set a pact with Facebook, though the social media company is working with Fandango and Atom Tickets. With all of these partnerships, customer payments are processed by AMC, Fandango, or Atom Tickets. While box office has been brisk this summer, the movie business remains in an… Read

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Mark Zuckerberg Clarifies Remark About Holocaust Deniers Following Online Furor

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is once again in damage-control mode after remarks that seemed to suggest Holocaust deniers have a place on the social media platform. Zuckerberg was describing how the social media company makes decisions about what content to remove; drawing a distinction between inflammatory hate speech that might incite violence in countries like Myanmar and Sri Lanka, and media operations like InfoWars that peddle in conspiracy theories. "The principles… Read

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Mark Zuckerberg Defends Facebook’s Stance On InfoWars

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Mark Zuckerberg defended the social network’s decision to keep InfoWars on the platform, illustrating the tension between Facebook’s mission to allow people of all viewpoints to express themselves while also preventing harm. In an interview with Recode Decode host Kara Swisher, the 34-year-old chief executive talked about the conspiracy site as occupying a place where those goals collide. “The approach that we've taken to false news is not to say, ‘You can't say something… Read

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eOne To Adapt Graphic Comic ‘Skin&Earth’ For TV & Digital

Entertainment One has secured IP to Skin&Earth, a graphic comic series written and illustrated by alt-pop singer/songwriter Lights, to adapt for television as well as digital and gaming content. eOne will adapt all six issues of the comic, which tells story of a girl looking for hope in a hopeless world. Caught between the romance and cults, gods and mortals, and just trying to find a good borscht, Enaia Jin is led down a dark path by new lovers that reveal a twisted… Read

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John Skipper-Led Streaming Service DAZN Touts September U.S. Launch

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For the first time in decades, John Skipper spearheaded a launch event for a sports network that has nothing to do with ESPN. The longtime former president at the Disney-owned sports mainstay took the stage today as executive chairman of Perform Group (see video below). Perform’s service, DAZN (pronounced “da zone”), operates in several countries around the world and will hit U.S. shores on September 10. The leading edge of its $10-a-month service initially will be boxing… Read

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NBCUniversal Cable Rebrands Craftsy Subscription Service As Bluprint

NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment has rebranded Craftsy Unlimited, the digital service it bought a little more than a year ago, as Bluprint. The new entity’s “expanded subscription service and premier digital destination for lifestyle learning” will cost $15 a month, accessible via apps including one on Roku. It will feature online classes in crafting as well as offering content in complementary lifestyle categories including music, writing, dance, yoga, fitness, home… Read

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InfoWars Dustup Exposes Facebook’s Unease With Conservative News Sites

Facebook is again drawing criticism for its handling of fake news on the platform — this time, around its tentative treatment of InfoWars, one of the Internet’s leading peddlers of conspiracy theories. The social media giant’s executives said Alex Jones’ media operation, which traffics in bogus theories like one recent report about Democrats starting a Second Civil War on July 4, should have a place on Facebook. It’s a question of free speech. “We just don’t think banning… Read

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Instagram Blames “Bug” For Widespread Outage

Instagram blamed a “bug” for causing a problem that rendered users around the world unable to access the photo- and video-sharing network. Users turned to Twitter to complain about being unable to access Instagram, either through the app or desktop. The outage appeared to have been widespread, touching thousands of users in North America, South America and parts of Europe, according to outage reports tracked by the site DownloadDetector. A spokesperson for the Read

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‘Bonding’ Trailer: First Look At Rightor Doyle’s Blackpills Series

Ahead of its premiere at Outfest, we’re getting the first look at Bonding, a short-form dark comedy from Rightor Doyle (You're The Worst). Set for release in 2018, blackpills is the studio, with Anonymous Content executive producing. Written, directed and executive produced by Doyle, Bonding is loosely based on Doyle’s life experiences. Zoe Levin (Palo Alto), Brendan Scannell (Heathers) and Micah Stock (Escape at Dannemora) star in the series that tells the story of long… Read

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YouTube TV Offers Free Week Of Service To Compensate For World Cup Outage

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YouTube TV is offering subscribers a free week of service to compensate for an outage during a 2018 FIFA World Cup semifinal match. The company sent emails today, apologizing for the high-profile service interruption (right smack in the middle of Wednesday’s Croatia-England match). “To help make this right, we’d like to offer you a week of free service,” the email reads. “You’ll receive another email soon, confirming your account has been credited.” The Google-owned… Read

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‘An Emmy For Megan’, The Comedic Web Series About Trying To Get An Emmy, Lands Two Noms

It worked. Television writer Megan Amram’s web series dedicated to her quest to win an Emmy cleared the first hurdle: she collected nominations for outstanding actress in a short-form comedy or drama series and for outstanding series. Released on April 27, just in time to qualify for the 2018 awards, Amram pulls the viewer into her by-the-numbers campaign to grab the television industry’s top award. In the first of six episodes in the series, An Emmy for Megan, Amram… Read