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Lou Ottens, inventor of the cassette tape, dies aged 94
Lou Ottens, inventor of the cassette tape, dies aged 94
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Dutch engineer and inventor of the cassette tape Lou Ottens has died at the age of 94 on 6 March 2021 in his hometown Duizel, Netherlands. For his entire career, he worked for Philips, where he served as the head of the product development department

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Art & Design
Crypto art at Christie's: NFT by Beeple fetches $60 million
Crypto art at Christie's: NFT by Beeple fetches $60 million
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In an online auction by the renowned auction house Christie's, a record work has just been achieved for the NFT artwork "Everydays: The First 5000 Days".

After 353 bids, 60.25 million dollars flowed for a jpeg with a resolution of 21,069 x 21,069 pixels and a file weight of around 319 megabytes. The difference to other jpegs, however, is that the freshly made but still unknown owner can prove his ownership of the file via blockchain. His ownership is permanently recorded in the Ethereum network. The artwork is linked to a non-fungible token (NFT).

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
BAFTA announces 2021 nominees

The British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) has announced the 2021 nominees for its annual award show. Four out of six nominees for the Best Director Award this year are women, ending a decade-long run of all-male nominees in this category: Sarah Gavron (Rocks), Chloe Zhao (Nomadland), Jasmine Zbanic (Quo Vadis, Aida?) and Shannon Murphy (Babyteeth).

Nomadland also sees nominations for Best Film, Best Leading Actress (Frances McDormand), Best Adapted Screenplay (Chloe Zhao), Cinematography (Joshua James Richards), Best Editing (Chloé Zhao), and Best Sound (Sergio Diaz, Zach Seivers, M. Wolf Snyder).

The late Chadwick Boseman is nominated for Best Film, Best Leading Actor for his role in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.

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HBO Max accidentally leaked Zack Snyder's Justice League
HBO Max accidentally leaked Zack Snyder's Justice League
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As various users reported, HBO Max began playing Justice League after pausing an ongoing stream of Tom & Jerry. Some users were able to watch an entire hour before HBO Max corrected the error.

The leak has since been fixed, so DC fans will have to wait until next week after all. Zack Snyder's Justice League will be released worldwide on 18 March.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Billionaire MacKenzie Scott has remarried
Billionaire MacKenzie Scott has remarried
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The writer MacKenzie Scott has married again. Her husband is Dan Jewett, a teacher from Seattle. The couple made the marriage public in a letter to the Giving Pledge organization. MacKenzie Scott was married to Jeff Bezos for 25 years, one of the first employees of his Amazon company, during which time she helped build the mail-order company. In 2019, the couple separated.

With the divorce, Scott received four percent of Amazon shares, then worth about $38 billion. She announced she would donate most of the fortune to charity.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Theater
"The Queen's Gambit" to be adapted into a stage musical
"The Queen's Gambit" to be adapted into a stage musical

Level Forward, a production company led by Abigail Disney, has acquired the rights to adapt Walter Tevis's novel "The Queen's Gambit" into a stage musical.

“It is a privilege for Level Forward to lead the charge of bringing ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ to the stage through the beloved and enduring craft of musical theater,” so Level Forward CEO Adrienne Becker and producer Julia Dunetz. “Told through a brave and fresh point of view, audiences are already sharing in the friendship and fortitude of the story’s inspiring women who energize and sustain Beth Harmon’s journey and ultimate triumph. The story is a siren call amidst our contemporary struggles for gender and racial equity, and we’re looking forward to moving the project forward.”

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
Golden Globe 2021 wins: Nomadland, Borat, The Crown, Chadwick Boseman
Golden Globe 2021 wins: Nomadland, Borat, The Crown, Chadwick Boseman
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The 78th Golden Globes were dominated by streaming services, with Netflix productions winning in four categories.

Hulu's "Nomadland" won Best Picture Drama and Best Director Motion Picture for Chloé Zhao while Amazon's Borat Subsequent Moviefilm won the award for Best Picture – Musical/Comedy.

Netflix took home the most awards: I Care A Lot (Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical), Trial of the Chicago 7 (Best Screenplay), The Crown (Best Drama, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress), The Queen’s Gambit (Best Limited Series, Best Actress in a Limited Series) as well as the award for Best Actor for the late Chadwick Boseman in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Music
New Spotify feature enables filtering by mood and genre
New Spotify feature enables filtering by mood and genre
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Audio streaming application Spotify is rolling out a new feature that will let users filter their liked songs by mood and genre. The feature will be introduced only in its mobile apps, with no desktop version at this stage.

These filters will change as users like new songs. For now, the feature will only be rolling out to English-speaking markets, including the US, Canada, and the UK. It will be rolled out over the coming weeks to Free and Premium listeners on Android and IOS devices.

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Spider-Man movie to be titled "Spider-Man: No Way Home"
Spider-Man movie to be titled "Spider-Man: No Way Home"
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Unveiled via star Tom Holland's Instagram account, the official title for Spider-Man 3 has been revealed to be "Spider-Man: No Way Home".

Spider-Man 3 is currently set for a December 17, 2021 release date, directed by Jon Watts and starring Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Marisa Tomei, and Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange.

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90s TV show "Frasier" reboot confirmed, Kelsey Grammer to return
Kelsey Grammer
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Kelsey Grammer has confirmed that he'll be reprising his role as Dr Frasier Crane in a reboot of the 90's hit TV show "Frasier" to be streamed by Paramount+.

During its first run, Frasier won 37 Emmy Awards over the course of its 11 seasons and is considered one of the most successful TV sitcoms.

"I gleefully anticipate sharing the next chapter in the continuing journey of Dr Frasier Crane," so Grammer.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Literature
Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti dies aged 101
Lawrence Ferlinghetti at Caffe Trieste in 2012 by Christopher Michel
Lawrence Ferlinghetti at Caffe Trieste in 2012 by Christopher Michel Credit: Cmichel67, via Wikimedia Commons

American poet, painter, social activist, and the co-founder of City Lights Booksellers & Publishers Lawrence Ferlinghetti has died at the age of 101 of interstitial lung disease in San Francisco. Lawrence published many of the Beat poets, offered an essential meeting place for the Beats with his City Lights bookstore and was considered a Beat poet as well.

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Electronic music duo Daft Punk has split up
Electronic music duo Daft Punk has split up
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Daft Punk has announced their end - with a YouTube video they released on Monday afternoon, appropriately titled "Epilogue". Featuring footage from their film "Electroma", the electronic duo are saying goodbye to their fans after 28 years. When asked by the music website Pitchfork, the musicians' long-time press agent confirmed the news but did not give any reasons for the split.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West file for divorce
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West file for divorce
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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are getting divorced. This news is not surprising, it had been speculated about for many months; on Friday the documents were received by the Los Angeles Superior Court.

Now at stake are their four joint children, North, Saint, Psalm and Chicago, as well as an estimated fortune of 900 million (Kardashian) and 1.3 billion dollars (West).

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Art & Design
Netflix to offer anime scholarship taught by Studio Ghibli animator
Netflix to offer anime scholarship taught by Studio Ghibli animator
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Netflix has teamed up with Japanese anime studio WIT Studio to offer a 6-month long full scholarship for up-and-coming anime artists created by former Studio Ghibli animator Hitomi Tateno. The scholarship will be offered to ten individuals and will take place at the Sasayuri Video Training Institute in Tokyo. Students between the ages of 18 and 25 can apply and, while non-Japanese citizens may be considered they must have conversational Japanese.

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Corona safe test festivals are held in the Netherlands
Corona safe test festivals are held in the Netherlands
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The Netherlands is planning test events to determine whether live events with audiences can be held safely. The test also includes two outdoor festivals.

Data and information on the risk of contamination at large events will also be collected. The events include soccer matches, a cabaret show and a conference, as well as two outdoor festivals.

Each of the festivals will feature 1500 visitors, who will have to show a negative Corona test beforehand. At the entrance, body temperature will be measured and a portion of the ravers will be randomly subjected to a Corona quick test.

Everyone will also receive a lanyard with a special tag that will make it possible to record contacts with others and their duration. Apart from that and the pre-festival procedure, as well as the use of mouth-nose protection, the festival is supposed to proceed like a "normal" festival. On the site you can move freely and there are several stages.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Music
Defqon.1 2021 music festival canceled due to Covid-19
Defqon.1 2021 music festival canceled due to Covid-19
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Defqon.1 has to pause for another year. After the World Club Dome Winter Edition, the Ultra Miami and the Coachella 2021 Corona had to be canceled due to Covdid-19, now the first Dutch major event follows suit. The Defqon.1 Festival in Biddinghuizen has been affected.

The gigantic festival, which annually attracts hardstyle fans from all over the world, was planned for June 25-27 and was to take place under the motto "Primal Energy".

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
Netflix and Valve announce anime series about computer game Dota 2
Netflix and Valve announce anime series about computer game Dota 2
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Gaming company Valve and video platform Netflix have announced that the computer game Dota2 will become its own anime series.

The series is titled "DOTA: Dragon's Blood" and is to consist of a total of eight episodes, which will be released worldwide on the streaming platform as early as 25 March 2021.

Ashley Edward Miller (X-Men: First Class, Thor and Black Sails) serves as series showrunner and executive producer. Renowned Studio MIR (The Legend of Korra and Netflix's Voltron: Legendary Defender) is responsible for animation, with Ryu Ki Hyun serving as Co-Executive Producer.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Fashion
Adidas puts US brand Reebok up for sale
Adidas puts US brand Reebok up for sale
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Sporting goods manufacturer Adidas is preparing to divest its US subsidiary Reebok. A formal sale process is to be initiated, the company announced. In the future, Adidas wants to concentrate entirely on its brand with the three stripes. The Group had come to the conclusion "that Reebok and Adidas can significantly better exploit their growth potential independently of each other", explained CEO Kasper Rorsted. The Adidas share price hardly reacted on balance.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan expecting second child
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan expecting second child
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Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, are expecting their second child, a spokesperson for the pair confirmed.

"We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother," sp spokesperson. "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to be expecting their second child."

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Rapper Nicki Minaj's father is killed in hit-and-run accident in Long Island
Nicki Minaj at 2018 VMA Red Carpet
Nicki Minaj at 2018 VMA Red Carpet Credit: Nicole Alexander, via Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0)

Nicki Minaj's father Robert Maraj has died in a hit-and-run accident, the Nassau County Police Department said. The 64-year-old was "struck by a northbound, undescribed, vehicle that left the scene of the accident" on Friday while walking in Mineola, Long Island. He was taken to a hospital where he died Saturday. The incident is being investigated by the homicide and was confirmed by Minaj’s representative.

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Jose Molina speaks out against Joss Whedon, saying “‘Casually cruel’ is a perfect way of describing Joss”
Jose Molina speaks out against Joss Whedon, saying “‘Casually cruel’ is a perfect way of describing Joss”
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Screenwriter Jose Molina has responded to a tweet by actress Amber Benson, describing Joss Whedon as "casually cruel" and finding "making female writers cry" hysterical.

"'Casually cruel' is a perfect way of describing Joss. He thought being mean was funny. Making female writers cry during a notes session was especially hysterical. He actually liked to boast about the time he made one writer cry twice in one meeting. #IStandWithCharismaCarpenter," Molina wrote.

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Michelle Trachtenberg speaks out against Joss Whedon
Michelle Trachtenberg speaks out against Joss Whedon
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Michelle Trachtenberg, the actress who portrayed Dawn Summers on Buffy, has spoken out against Joss Whedon, joining Charisma Carpenter and others who worked with the director on both Buffy and Angel.

"Thank you @sarahmgellar for saying this. I am brave enough now as a 35 year old woman....To repost this. Because. This must. Be known. As a teenager. With his not appropriate behavior....very. Not. Appropriate. So now. People know. What Joss. Did. The last. Comment I will make on this. Was. There was a rule. Saying. He's not allowed in a room also," Trachtenberg wrote.

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Anna Sorokin, the woman who pretended to be German heiress Anna Delvey, released from prison
Anna Sorokin, the woman who pretended to be German heiress Anna Delvey, released from prison
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Anna Sorokin has been released from prison in Alabany on Thursday. Sorokin was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison and charged with theft of services and grand larceny in 2019 after authorities became aware of her scheme where she pretended to be Germain millionaire heiress Anna Delvey and scammed $200,000 from banks, hotels and friends.

"I just want to say that I'm really ashamed and I'm really sorry for what I did," so Sorokin during a parole hearing in October of last year. "I completely understand that a lot of people suffered when I thought I was not doing anything wrong."

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Chick Corea, jazz-fusion pioneer, dead at 79
Chick Corea
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Chick Corea, a towering jazz pianist with a staggering 23 Grammy Awards who pushed the genre's boundaries and worked alongside Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock, has died Tuesday from a rare form of cancer. Corea was 79.

A prolific record-maker with nearly 90 albums as a leader or co-leader to his credit, Corea racked up a staggering 22 Grammy Awards (and a total of 63 nominations) and three Latin Grammys. He was named a National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master in 2006.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
Netflix to adapt "Redwall" Book series into animated movie and event series
Netflix to adapt "Redwall" Book series into animated movie and event series
Credit: Cover art for Martin the Warrior by Brian Jacques

Netflix has acquired the rights to the Redwall children’s fantasy book series by English writer Brian Jacques and is turning the 22-book-series into an animated movie and event series. The deal was made between Netflix and Penguin House Children and the feature film will be written by Patrick McHale, who created Cartoon Network's "Over the Garden Wall".

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'The Mandalorian' star Gina Carano is fired from the series over social media posts
Gina Carano during a San Diego Comic Con panel
Gina Carano during a San Diego Comic Con panel Credit: Gage Skidmore (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

After the star of "The Mandalorian" and former mixed martial arts fighter received backlash online Wednesday for sharing a series of incendiary social media posts and memes mentioning Jeffrey Epstein and comparing conservatives in the U.S. to Holocaust victims, Lucasfilm confirmed that Gina Carano is no longer a part of the popular Disney+ show.

The news comes on the heels of the hashtag #FireGinaCarano trending on Twitter Wednesday as fans screen-grabbed the star's deleted posts, including an anti-Semitic Instagram story that she shared from another user that equivocated the treatment of Jews during the Holocaust to a disagreement over beliefs: "How is that any different from hating someone for their political views?"

Carano was a frequent guest star on "The Mandalorian" since the first season, often helping the title character on his mission to keep Grogu, aka Baby Yoda, safe from Imperial forces hunting the tiny alien creature.

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Hustler founder Larry Flynt dies age 78
Hustler founder Larry Flynt dies age 78
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Controversial Hustler founder and free-speech activist Larry Flynt has died in his sleep surrounded by family at the age of 78, so his manager. Flynn created adult magazine Hustler in 1974 after owning multiple strip-clubs in Ohio. He later was left paraplegic after being shot outside a Georgia courthouse during a trial for obscenity in 1978.

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Charisma Carpenter accuses Joss Whedon of misconduct and abuse of power
Charisma Carpenter accuses Joss Whedon of misconduct and abuse of power
Credit: @AllCharisma via Twitter

Charisma Carpenter, who starred as Cordelia Chase on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, has accused Joss Whedon of misconduct and abuse of power on set in a statement published on Twitter.

"Joss Whedon abused his power on numerous occasions while working on the sets of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. While he found his misconduct amusing, it only served to intensify my performance anxiety, disempower me, and alienate me from my peers. The disturbing incidents triggered a chronic physical condition from which I still suffer. It is with a beating, heavy heart that I say I coped in isolation and, at times, destructively," so Carpenter.

Actress Amber Benson replied shortly after, writing that "Buffy was a toxic environment and it starts at the top" and that "there was a lot of damage done during that time and many of us are still processing it twenty plus years later."

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Chucky doll returns as mistaken kidnapper in a Texas emergency alert
Chucky
Chucky Credit: Luis Villa del Campo (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

A test of the Amber Alert system in Texas for missing child reporting caused 3 warnings to be sent publicly with Chucky the doll named the suspected kidnapper.

"We apologize for the confusion this may have caused and are diligently working to ensure this does not happen again," the Texas Department of Public Safety said in a statement to local news outlets.

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Oscar Winner Christopher Plummer dies at 91
Christopher Plummer and Julie Andrews on location in Salzburg during the filming of The Sound of Music, 1964
Christopher Plummer and Julie Andrews on location in Salzburg during the filming of The Sound of Music, 1964 Credit: 20th Century Fox

Christopher Plummer, The Sound of Music star, has died at his home in Connecticut, his manager Lou Pitt said in a statement. Elaine Taylor, his wife for 53 years, was by his side.

The actor won an Oscar for Beginners and was nominated for All the Money in the World and The Last Station. He also won two Tonys and two Emmys awards.

Plummer's other memorable roles included portraying newsman Mike Wallace in "The Insider," "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" and providing the voice of the villain in the Pixar animated movie "Up."