John Oliver's legal tussle with a man he once called a "geriatric Dr. Evil" is over and the HBO late night host has every reason to be happy.
West Virginia judge Jeffrey Cramer has dismissed the defamation lawsuit filed against Oliver by Robert Murray, the coal baron behind Murray Energy Corp.
Murray, along with his company, had sued HBO in June over a Last Week Tonight with John Oliver segment which focused on American coal mining, and took a particularly close look at Murray's role within that industry.
The (rather hilarious) lawsuit did not come as a surprise to HBO. In that same segment, Oliver revealed that Murray had already sent him a cease-and-desist just for investigating. "I know you are probably going to sue me, but you know what, I stand by everything I said," he said, addressing Murray through his show. Read more...More about Tv, Lawsuit, John Oliver, Last Week Tonight, and Robert Murray
You know Will Smith is rather good at Instagram, but you might not know he's doing the vlog thing now.
In his latest video, which covers his recent fun-looking trip to Australia, Smith reviews the Australian meat pie (1:10 in the video) — a national icon and a source of criticism when Americans don't eat it correctly.
Fortunately, Smith eats the Four 'N Twenty pie properly with some guidance (with your hands, always) and seems to be a fan, but wonders why Aussies always scald their mouths while eating it.
"It's really, really good. But why don't y'all wait until it gets cool?" Smith asks. Read more...More about Australia, Celebrities, Food, Will Smith, and Meat Pies
A media organization known for dealing in half-truths and complete falsehoods found itself on shaky ground this week after YouTube pulled one of its videos. Alex Jones, a purveyor of far-reaching conspiracy theories aimed at the right — and pills that apparently turn you red — received a warning from YouTube after portraying survivors of the Parkland school shootings as paid crisis actors. The video focused on David Hogg, a survivor of the Parkland massacre on Valentine’s Day that saw 17 of his classmates gunned down. Hogg, a 17-year-old senior fell into the spotlight over the past week after a…
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Jack Dorsey invested in the music streaming service in 2016; last year he wrote off the deal.
One more reminder that digital music remains a very, very difficult place to make money: Twitter has written off a $70 million investment it made in SoundCloud, the music streaming service.
Twitter put the money into SoundCloud in in 2016, via its Twitter Ventures unit, in a deal that valued the company at $700 million. Now Twitter, via its 2017 annual report, says it has written off $66.4 million it invested in SoundCloud because that money is “not expected to be recoverable within a reasonable period of time.”
Variety first reported the news. For context: Twitter generated revenue of $2.4 billion in 2017, and ended the year with $4.4 billion in cash and short-term investments.
Twitter’s SoundCloud writedown isn’t a surprise, since almost all of SoundCloud’s existing investors were crammed down in a last-ditch funding deal last summer, which also brought in a new management team.
But it should be a formal coda to Twitter’s on-off infatuation with SoundCloud. Two years before the investment, Twitter had looked at buying SoundCloud for more than $1 billion, but didn’t.
And it’s a reminder that even though consumers have embraced free and paid music streaming services, the companies that run those services generally aren’t making a profit.
For giant tech guys like Apple and Google who run streaming music as a side business, that’s probably OK. For standalone companies like Pandora and Spotify, that’s not (reminder: Spotify is planning on going public in the next couple months).
Meanwhile SoundCloud, which had been pushing a $10-a-month subscription service like the one Apple and Spotify offer, is changing its strategy.
The new plan, as outlined by CEO Kerry Trainor at our Code Media conference this month: Focus on a more limited $5-a-month plan, as well as a renewed emphasis on a subscription service SoundCloud has always sold to music creators, producers and other prosumers.
Here’s my Code Media chat with Trainor:
Late rocker David Bowie memorably played the Goblin King in the 1986 fantasy cult classic.
From the producers of Fruitvale Station and Dope comes Netflix's new biopic unpacking the life of New York rapper Roxanne Shanté.
A Sundance favourite, Roxanne Roxanne follows the turbulent life of the 14-year-old Queens battle MC, set in the early 1980s. Shanté made a name for herself as part of the Juice Crew collective, breaking through with her one-take freestyle response to a derogatory UTFO single dubbed "Roxanne Roxanne."
Starring Mahershala Ali, Nia Long, Beastie Boys’ Ad-Rock (Adam Horovitz) and introducing Chanté Adams, the film will land on Netflix March 23.
Pharrell Williams, Mimi Valdes, and Forest Whitaker all co-produced, so expect one heck of a soundtrack. Read more...More about Movies, Netflix, Hip Hop, Rapper, and Netflix Original Film
I saw Black Panther twice over the holiday weekend and both times times I was asked by the (in one instance white) people I saw it with what I thought. The first time […]
It’s hardly a surprise that too much alcohol is bad for the body, including the brain. But a new study published Tuesday in The Lancet suggests that even doctors are underestimating its impact on our risk of developing dementia.
Paramount is now collaborating with Sega to bring the iconic mascot to the big screen November 15, 2019. The adaption will include a mix of CGI and live action, meaning Sonic will hang around humans.
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