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    What the Disney-Fox deal means for Marvel, 'Avatar,' and streaming

    Imagine finding Luke Skywalker, Captain America, Moana, the X-Men and the Na'vi of Pandora all housed in one streaming service. That's what a Disney streaming service could look like now that the company is buying up most of 21st Century Fox in a $52.4 billion deal. The deal puts Fox's movie studio, 20th Century Fox, under the Disney umbrella, bringing with it the studio's intellectual property. Having 20th Century Fox's "X-Men" and "Avatar" under the same roof as Disney's "The Avengers" and "Star Wars" could have huge ramifications in both the streaming world and the film industry. Disney announced in August that it will pull its content from Netflix, effectively ending its relationship with

  • BBC News

    These aren't the spoilers you're looking for

    Spoiler alert: The latest Star Wars movie features a 7ft Ewok and cameos from Kirk, Spock, Scotty and Bones. At least, if social media is to be believed. Star Wars: The Last Jedi had its European premiere on Monday and was released in the UK today, with some people pledging to stay clear of social media to avoid having the plot spoiled ahead of seeing the movie. But some Twitter users might have made it easier to dodge any twists by flooding social media with make-believe spoilers of their own. You may also like: This includes Daniel Carlson who tweeted a laundry list of so-called spoilers, including what he called a "bold" choice of music for the end credits. His post inspired many others, and

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    'Great American Baking Show' pulled amid Johnny Iuzzini allegations

    Mic published another story on Tuesday with additional allegations from four more sources. None of the sources were identified by name. ABC's decision to pull the remaining episodes of "The Great American Baking Show" followed. "While I understand ABC felt pressured to make this difficult decision, I am extremely disappointed and saddened that the show will not continue to air as scheduled," Iuzzini said in a statement to CNN on Thursday. "I feel terrible for the bakers, fans of the show, the cast and everyone else involved in the production." Iuzzini apologized in his statement for what he described as "some unprofessional behavior 8-10 years ago," before adding "the sexual harassment allegations

  • BBC News

    Oprah to get top Golden Globe honour

    US television star Oprah Winfrey has been announced as the next recipient of the prestigious Cecil B DeMille award. Golden Globes head Meher Tatna said: "For generations, Oprah has celebrated strong female characters on and off screen, and has been a role model for women and young girls for decades." Oprah's honour was announced by actor Morgan Freeman - who won the same prize in 2012. She will receive her award at January's Golden Globes awards. They are voted for by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HPFA). The Oprah Winfrey Show was one of the most-watched programmes in US history. Tatna described her as "one of the most influential women of our time". The prize is presented annually

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    Care home firm gains breathing space

    Care home company Four Seasons Health Care has won a reprieve on a major debt repayment which threatened the future of the firm. The group, which looks after 17,000 elderly and vulnerable residents, had been due to make an interest payment of £26m by Friday. However, Four Seasons has only £24.8m in cash and is £540.2m in debt. It said the delay "ensures continuity of care for Four Seasons' residents" and stability for its employees. The Care Quality Commission (CQC), the UK's health watchdog, had been forced to step in to ensure that Four Seasons reached an agreement with its biggest creditor, the US fund manager H/2 Capital Partners. Andrea Sutcliffe, chief inspector of adult social care at

  • BBC News

    Bryn Terfel is the latest to quit Tosca

    Bryn Terfel has pulled out of the Met Opera's production of Tosca, to take "enforced rest due to vocal fatigue". His departure means the ill-fated production, which is due to open in two weeks, has lost its entire main cast. First to go was star tenor Jonas Kaufmann, followed by soprano Kristine Opolais, who had the title role. Her husband, conductor Andris Nelsons, was next to go. His replacement, James Levine, was then suspended following allegations of sexual misconduct. Three men have now accused Mr Levine of abusing them decades ago when they were teenagers. Levine has said sexual misconduct allegations against him are "unfounded". 'Terrible shame' The Met Opera, which is based in New York,

  • BBC News

    Hull 2017: Highlights from the City of Culture

    Pop superstars and world-class ballet dancers wowed huge crowds. Tower blocks, wind turbine blades and a tidal surge barrier became giant art installations. Tens of thousands of schoolchildren got creative. And naked women rolled in chip spice. That's just a taste of what has happened in Hull as part of its packed year as UK City of Culture in 2017. There have been more than 2,000 events, exhibitions and cultural activities at more than 250 venues. The year has won over most of those who didn't think the words "Hull" and "culture" belonged in the same sentence, as well as helping the local economy and going some way to reinvent the city's image. The BBC's Hull-based culture correspondents Kofi