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Amazon is making more ad-free music and podcasts available to Prime members
E-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc said Tuesday it would be making more ad-free music and podcasts available to its Prime members. Prime members, who previously could listen to around 2 million songs ad-free, now have access to over 100 million ad-free songs as well as top podcasts, Amazon wrote in a blog post.
The new TV series, Dangerous Liaisons, is “a prelude, an origin story,” say the creators
The latest film adaptation of the 1782 novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos imagines a backstory to the main characters as they become involved in a game of sex, power and revenge. In the new TV series, the passionate love affair of the protagonists Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont comes to a halt in pre-revolutionary Paris. Young, poor, and traumatized by their past, the kindred spirits are driven apart as they seek a better life for themselves, eventually turning into morally corrupt rivals who use seduction and manipulation to destroy lives around them.
Director Tim Burton on ‘Wednesday’: ‘I felt like it was written for me’
Filmmaker Tim Burton enters the macabre and supernatural world of the Addams Family with the new series Wednesday. The Netflix show, which released on November 23, is based on Wednesday Addams, who usually starred in previous Addams Family shows or films as a child, but is now at an outcast high school trying to regain her psychic powers use and being a teenager.
Disney is testing early merch access for US Disney+ customers
U.S. subscribers to the Disney+ streaming service will be able to purchase new Star Wars lightsabers, Black Panther masks and other merchandise starting Tuesday, a week before the general public, Walt Disney Co said in a statement. The company described the offer as a limited trial of an additional benefit for streaming customers looking to snag coveted items for the holiday shopping season.
Paramount misses revenue estimates due to advertising weakness
Paramount Global on Wednesday reported quarterly earnings that fell short of analysts’ estimates as the media giant grappled with continued weakness in advertising sales, dragging its shares down 9%. Total revenue rose 5% to $6.92 billion for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, but missed the median analyst estimate of $7.01 billion, according to data from Refinitiv.
Imelda Staunton takes the baton as the new queen in The Crown
Imelda Staunton takes over the royal baton as the latest actress to play Queen Elizabeth in hit Netflix drama The Crown, whose new season has been criticized for addressing a difficult era for the British royal family so soon after the late monarch’s death. The award-winning stage and screen actress, whose previous credits include Vera Drake and the films Downton Abbey and Harry Potter, leads a new cast for the fifth season of the royal drama, set in the 1990s Elizabeth’s reign .
Stan Lee’s former CEO cleared of theft charges
A Los Angeles judge on Tuesday acquitted the former executive director of the late Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee of grand larceny charges, ending a four-year criminal case that surfaced in the final year of Lee’s life. Superior Court Judge George Lomeli dismissed three charges against Keya Morgan, 41, after a jury voted 11-1 to acquit. The judge dropped the charges “in the interests of justice,” Variety reported from inside the courthouse.
Taylor Swift announces first US stadium tour in five years
Global pop sensation Taylor Swift announced Tuesday that she is embarking on a tour for the first time in five years, with multiple US stadium concert dates confirmed for 2023 and international stops to be announced later. The 32-year-old American singer-songwriter released her 10th studio album, Midnights, on October 21, and on Tuesday, owing to her surge in popularity, she became the first artist to chart all of the top 10 spots on the Billboard 100, at number 64 on the song chart Chart-topping -year history.
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