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Star Wars Han Solo film to be directed by LEGO Movie duo

Star Wars Han Solo film to be directed by LEGO Movie duo

Christopher Miller and Phil Lord are announced to be taking the helm of the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film. This will be one of several Star Wars Anthology movies, the first of which will be Rogue One - a film focusing on the events that lead up to the first Death Star plans being stolen and delivered to the Rebel Alliance. This Han Solo film will focus on the early life of the character played by Harrison Ford in the main Star Wars series.

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Netflix’s original movies start arriving this October

Netflix’s original movies start arriving this October

It wasn't too long ago Netflix announced plans to make some original movies. The backlash in the industry was immediate. Some theaters revolted over same-day streaming releases, others called for boycotts. Not all were upset about the news, though, and it has largely boiled over. Netflix will proceeded with original movies the same way it has with original shows, and hopefully it won't let its users down. Though it has been vocal about its ambitions, the streaming service was quiet about its timeline. Now that has changed.

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Showtime’s Internet streaming service now live

Showtime’s Internet streaming service now live

In early June Showtime announced it would be following in competitor HBO’s footsteps by launching its own online video streaming service, lending fans of the network’s shows a way to watch them without springing for a cable subscription. The online service is simply called “Showtime”, and though we knew it would be coming before July 12, we didn’t know the exact launch date. As it turns out, today is the big day and those with certain devices can now sign up for a subscription.

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The Simpsons voice actor Harry Shearer returning to show

The Simpsons voice actor Harry Shearer returning to show

In mid-May some sad news for The Simpsons fans was announced: Harry Shearer, the voice actor behind several of the shows’ regulars like Mr. Burns and Principal Skinner, was leaving. This left fans in a state of limbo — with Shearer gone the show couldn’t continue the way it was, at least not without a replacement who would be tasked with filling very big shoes. It hasn’t been known whether the series would continue on, but goods news lies at the end of it all: it seems Harry Shearer will be returning.

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Hannibal creator says Netflix, Amazon declined to pick up show

Hannibal creator says Netflix, Amazon declined to pick up show

It was only a few weeks ago that it was announced that NBC was canceling the popular show Hannibal, deciding not to renew the cannibal drama for a fourth season. Unsurprisingly, dedicated fans of the program were upset, and almost immediately went to Twitter to call for streaming services like Netflix and Amazon to pick it up. Even the show's creator, Bryan Fuller, teased the show could continue on another network. Sadly, it looks like both Netflix and Amazon have passed on the opportunity.

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For surprise hit Tangerine, iPhone the movie camera of choice

For surprise hit Tangerine, iPhone the movie camera of choice

Necessity is the mother of invention, but moviegoers were still astonished to hear that unexpected Sundance 2015 hit Tangerine was filmed entirely on iPhone. The high-energy, sharply comic, but also touching film wasn’t the first to rely on Apple’s smartphone, but with a theatrical release this week it’s perhaps the highest-profile. After an early screening in San Francisco, I sat down with Tangerine’s writer/director Sean Baker and co-screenwriter Chris Bergoch to find out how the iPhone helped shape a movie that at times can be as challenging to watch as it is rewarding.

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Bring it! Japan accepts giant robot fight challenge

Bring it! Japan accepts giant robot fight challenge

Oh it's definitely on! Since MegaBots Inc. appealed to nationalism, without anyone asking them to, challenged Suidobashi Heavy Industries to the world's first ever giant robot fight. Of course, the Japanese robotics company had no choice but to accept, also in the name of Japan. Especially after the country's defeat in the Women's World Cup yesterday at the hands of who else but the US. That said, Suidobashi isn't going to simply play into MegaBots' hands and is dictating its own requirements for the battle.

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Roku scores Comedy Central channel with full episodes

Roku scores Comedy Central channel with full episodes

Roku has a new Comedy Central channel, and through it users can now watch a bunch of full episodes of different shows from the network. Some of the content available through the channel requires users to log in with their TV subscription details to prove they subscribe to the network, but other content is freely available for any Roku user to watch regardless of whether they have a compatible cable package. The channel is available now through the Roku channel store.

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Reddit CEO apologizes for surprises, bad management

Reddit CEO apologizes for surprises, bad management

Ellen Pao responds to the community with an apology for not handling moderator concerns in a timely and helpful manner. Pao, interim CEO at Reddit, recently found herself at the receiving end of a bit of fervor over the past week due to a seemingly sudden firing of one Admin for the site by the name of Victoria Taylor. Taylor was also Reddit's director of talent and communications. Pao has suggested that she couldn't speak about one individual employee - but she had plenty of comments on other matters.

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Bubble Wrap will soon lose its pop

Bubble Wrap will soon lose its pop

The one company that makes Bubble Wrap has decided to move forward with a lot less air. They've revealed a new product for shipping that does the same thing for products, but a lot less for those lovers of popping the otherwise-trashed bubbles after the unwrap. Instead of each individual bubble being inflated with air, the new wrap, called iBubble, will come with a row of bubbles connected by tubes. As such, each long tube of bubbles will have one air chamber instead of a bunch. No more popping.

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