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Several new original series will premiere exclusively to Amazon Prime members in the U.S., U.K. and Germany by the end of the year through its Instant Video service.
“The Man in the High Castle,” based on Philip K. Dick’s 1962 alternative history novel on World War II; comedy “Mad Dogs,” docu-series “The New Yorker Presents,” as well as kids’ programs “Just Add Magic” and “The Stinky & Dirty Show.”
Amazon Studios renewed “Mozart in the Jungle”-a dramatic comedy based on Blair Tindall’s memoir-for a second season in 2016.
Shows were selected based on user feedback on pilots; Amazon has produced 13 series, including Golden Globe winner “Transparent,” and plans to produce original movies for theatrical release.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday night; “Birdman” had a stellar night, taking home honors for both best director and best picture. The film matched “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” collecting wins in four categories.
The ceremony, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, featured several live musical performances-including Lady Gaga with songs from the “The Sound of Music,” sharing the stage with the legendary Julie Andrews.
Each of the best-picture nominees received awards, including Julianne Moore for best actress (“Still Alice”) and Eddie Redmayne best actor (“The Theory of Everything”).
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Apple, seeking to compete against Google and Samsung in the virtual reality (VR) market, has been awarded a patent for an iPhone-compatible headset.
The new technology includes a “head-mounted display” with a slot for inserting an IPhone and viewing screen contents through the device.
Samsung introduced a similar product-the Gear VR- compatible with Galaxy smart phones, and Google released a comparative technology in Cardboard; Facebook acquired gaming headset-maker Oculus Rift last year for $2 billion.
Apple’s patent had been originally filed in September 2008, evolving overtime to include upgraded specifications. While an official release date has yet to be released, virtual reality remains a frontier of interest in addition to the development of driverless cars.
Iconic musical “The Sound of Music” celebrates its 50th anniversary with the release of a special edition soundtrack featuring unreleased songs. The new version contains the original vocal performances and orchestral cues along with a collection of unreleased waltzes (including the “Edelweiss Waltz”), and remastered versions of fan favorites: “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” and “So Long, Farewell.”
“The Sound of Music” remains one of the most frequently performed musicals in live theaters in the United States and around the world. The film version won five Oscars including best picture. The original soundtrack topped Billboard 200 albums chart after its release, and was the UK’s number one selling album in 1965, ’66 and ’68.
The new soundtrack includes rare photographs of the original movie. 20th Century Fox is releasing a remastered, Blu-ray collector’s edition of the film.
Sony’s Legacy Recordings division will release the expanded album on March 10.
Sony’s SmartEyeglass Developer Edition eyewear is available for pre-order in the U.K. and Germany. The product will go on sale next month in the U.S., Japan, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands and Sweden.
The technology connects with smartphones and uses holographic wavelength to display information before the wearer’s eyes. The hardware features 3-millimeter lenses, brightness sensor, accelerometer, electronic compass, gyro and 3-megapixel CMOS image sensor.
The device interprets GPS location data from the attached phone and can respond to requests in real time.
Sony plans to release its SmartEyeglass headset to consumers in 2016.
More than 14,000 attendees are expected to view over 60 art galleries, educational programs and sculpture installations at the Palm Springs Art Fair-which kicked off Thursday.
"We've been able to convince the art world at large, at a national level...this is really a center that needs to be taken seriously," said Rick Friedman, founder and executive director, to The Desert Sun.
The fourth annual event runs through Sunday at the Palm Springs Convention Center depicting works by local and international museums, art organizations and and non-profit institutions.
For show times, registration, general information, visit PalmSpringsFineArtFair.com
The 57th annual Grammy Awards were held Sunday, Feb. 8 at the Staples Center and syndicated around the world through a CBS television broadcast and online stream.
Each year the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences recognizes outstanding achievement in the music industry, feature live performances, and provide a snapshot of the year in music. Since the ceremony's inception, many of the industry’s top talents have received honors, performed and presented awards at the event. The appearances of legendary musicians continues to connect today’s leading acts and new generation of listeners with music as an creative art and cultural phenomena. This year’s show included rare television appearances from Prince, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Madonna, Tony Bennett, and AC/DC.
The festivities began prior to the live broadcast, honoring musicians in a variety of pre-show categories; among winners were: Pharrell Williams, Pentatonix, Jack White, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Beyonce, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga.
Sam Smith won four awards including best new artist, song of the year and record of the year for "Stay WIth Me." Beck took home album of the year for "Morning Phase."
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett bring classic flair and glamour with "Cheek to Cheek," the title track from their duets album.
Miranda Lambert, winner of best country album, takes the stage to perform…Continue
Coming-of-age story “Boyhood” won the best film and director prizes at the British Academy Film Awards on Sunday, while Wes Anderson’s comedy “The Grand Budapest Hotel” received honors in five categories.
The Stephen Hawking biopic “The Theory of Everything” (best British film) and music drama “Whiplash” were among the night’s big winners.
Eddie Redmayne won best-actor for his depiction of Hawking, paying tribute to the physicist and his family for reminding the world “of the great strength that comes from the will to live a full and passionate life.”
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While fans are gearing up for the debut of Fifty Shades of Grey in theaters Feb. 13, news of two proceeding sequels have been confirmed by multiple sources.
The new films will be based on the second and third books in the original series, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. Director Sam Taylor-Johnson made the announcement at an advance screening of the first movie in New York on Friday.
The upcoming release, starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, will premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival on Feb. 11 before its wide release.
It’s official; Google and Fidelity have made a $1 billion investment in SpaceX, the private spacecraft venture backed by Elon Musk-founder of Tesla Motors.
The deal is a part of new initiative by the technology giant to provide internet-by-satellite to consumers, offering a low-cost solution to billions around the world who do not yet have access.
Google and Fidelity Investments will collectively own 10% of SpaceX, joining existing investors: Capricorn, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Equity Partners, Founders Fund and Valor.
The agreement was finalized a week after SpaceX’s largest competitor, Virgin Galactic, secured a partnership with satellite developer OneWeb.
Illusionist David Copperfield released a stunning article in the New York Times entitled “The Power of Magical Thinking.” He described art as playing a significant role throughout the ages, placing particular emphasis on recent events aimed to deter freedom of expression like the attacks in Paris on Charlie Hebdo and hacking of Sony over “The Interview.”
In regards to terrorists and…
Carly Rae Jepsen burst onto the music scene in 2011 with pop hit “Call Me Maybe,” which originally began production as a folk song and later transformed into one of the biggest pop tracks ever.
The Canadian singer-songwriter’s talents and inspiration embrace influence from a variety of musical styles and her Grammy nominated debut album…
Disney released the first trailer for the short Frozen Fever, only a couple weeks before the film debuts alongside the upcoming live-action Cinderella.
The original production team returns for the sequel centering on Elsa, who is…
Ed Sheeran emerged victorious with the most wins at the 2015 Brit Awards held at the O2 arena; the "Thinking Out Loud" singer received honors for British Male Solo Artist and British Album for X.
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