Apple Music Is Paying Just $0.0017 Per-Stream on Trial Accounts

Apple Music said they’d pay artists. They just didn’t say how much. Last year, Apple Music got off to a rocky start with artists after it was discovered that artists wouldn’t be paid anything on free trial plays.  That stung pretty badly, considering that virtually zero users would be paying for Apple Music during the […]

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Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Central Intelligence’ Breaks $200 Million at Global Box Office

“Central Intelligence” has crossed the $200 million milestone at the global box office, making it the highest-earning action comedy this year. “Central Intelligence,” starring Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson, is being handled by New Line Cinema domestically and Universal Pictures internationally. The film opened with $35.5 million in its first weekend in North America and… Read more »

19 Mind-Bending Videos From Advertising’s Stop-Motion Master

Short film maestro PES has just signed with BlinkInk, a sensible arrangement that positions the guy who made Honda’s Emmy-nominated “Paper” under the same roof as the Layzell Bros (of Harvey Nichols’ “Shoplifters”) and Greg Barth (whose Hello Play! 360-degree video has the kind of dreamworld weirdness that Michel Gondry pines for).

To celebrate—because we’ll take any excuse to celebrate—we’ve compiled this handy retrospective of ads PES has directed over the years. 

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Watch Sharon Van Etten Cover The Squidbillies Theme Song

Watch Sharon Van Etten Cover The Squidbillies Theme SongAs they have been for a while now, Adult Swim cartoon Squidbillies has been rounding up some music notables to cover their theme song. So far this year, we’ve heard renditions from Father John Misty and Kurt Vile, and this week’s cover comes courtesy of Sharon Van Etten. You can watch her record … More »

ABC News Serves Up 28 Million Facebook Live Video Streams During Political Conventions (EXCLUSIVE)

ABC News is touting huge reach beyond the TV from its deal with Facebook, delivering more than 28 million views of its video coverage on the social service from the Republican and Democratic conventions over the past two weeks. The Alphabet net’s news division, which has more than 8.7 million followers on Facebook, live-streamed a… Read more »

John Carpenter Wins Second Round of Plagiarism Case vs. Luc Besson Over ‘Lockout’

ROME — A Paris appeals court on Friday found French director-producer Luc Besson guilty of plagiarizing John Carpenter’s 1981 cult classic “Escape from New York” with the 2012 space-set movie “Lockout.” The court ordered his EuropaCorp production company to pay  450,000 Euros ($502,000) in damages to the U.S. horror helmer, according to a report on French news service BFMTV…. Read more »

John Cena’s ‘American Grit’ Renewed For Second Season By Fox

Fox has ordered a second season of competition series American Grit, hosted and executive produced by WWE star John Cena.
The series from Leftfield Pictures showcases competitors pushed beyond their limits in the ultimate test of strength, human spirit and  teamwork. Season 2 is currently casting. The series is looking for everyday individuals who have overcome great odds and are ready to confront their next challenge, according to Fox.
The first season of American Grit