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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Lacks the Majesty the Franchise Is Known for

One of the things that makes the Jurassic Park franchise so memorable is John Williams’ score. The majestic music is one of the legendary composer’s most recognisable compositions. That score is teased, but never truly unleashed, in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which is also the perfect analogy for the movie as a whole. Everything feels held back and small. There’s never a moment worthy of that iconic music. Read More >>

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Amazon and Netflix Are Suing a Shady Streaming Service for $150,000 Per Copyright Violation

Amazon, Netflix, and several major Hollywood studios are all suing Set TV, a seemingly too-good-to-be-true streaming service that offers 500 channels for $20 per month. The copyright suit seeks $150,000 per work infringed, and it sure looks like they have a case against the cord-cutting company. Read More >>

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In the New Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Trailer, It’s the Dinosaurs’ World, and We’re Just Living in It

Well, if you count “constantly running away from carnivorous dinosaurs” as “living,” I guess. Read More >>

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Guillermo del Toro Wishes He’d Taken Over Universal’s Monster Movies (and So Do We)

Universal’s plans for a shared universe of monster movies is all but dead after the creative team tapped to build out the franchise left the project. The news wasn’t exactly surprising when it first broke considering the reception to The Mummy, but it did beg the question: what might have happened if Guillermo del Toro, Universal’s first pick to craft the Dark Universe, had said yes. Read More >>

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Universal Adds Phantom of the Opera and Hunchback of Notre Dame to Its Monsterverse, Which Is Very Dumb

Universal is desperate to create a franchise out of the classic “monsters” that ruled the studio from the 1920s to 1960. It’s calling this thing “Dark Universe” and it’s all kicking off with that ridiculous Tom Cruise-starring Mummy. And now we get word about more monster movies being planned and they make no sense. Read More >>

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Bride of Frankenstein Will Be the Next Monster Movie in Universal’s ‘Dark Universe’

Universal has officially unveiled the “Dark Universe,” the name for its shared universe of monster movie reboots now kicking off with The Mummy next month. It’s also confirmed some major cast members and the next ghoulish entry in the franchise. Read More >>

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Walt Disney World Won’t Say The Word Zika

Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld Florida have all put up signs about mosquito prevention efforts today. The Florida theme parks will also start offering free mosquito repellent to any visitors who ask for it. But curiously you won’t find the one word that matters on any of the signs or handouts: Zika. Read More >>

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Frank Ocean’s Shenanigans Break Apple Music Exclusives for Everyone Else

Frank Ocean, a man some people knew of before 10:41am today who makes music that some people also know and like, infuriated his record company bosses by doing a weird double-release deal that saw two albums appear within days of each other -- and now Universal has banned all streaming exclusives going forwards. Read More >>

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Why Winning the Dancing Baby Lawsuit is a Big Deal for the Internet

In 2007, a home video of a baby dancing to Prince’s 1984 masterpiece Let’s Go Crazy was uploaded onto YouTube. Eight years and a few dozen lawyers later, a federal appeals court in the US has ruled that uploading the video was an OK thing to do — a judgement that is of surprising importance to the rest of the internet. Read More >>

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Classic Music Videos Getting Re-edited to Include Modern Product Placement

Music giant Universal has signed a deal with advertising specialist Mirriad to bring in-video ads to its back catalogue. Expect to see modern banner ads for beer and energy drinks pasted over billboards in reworked versions of old videos. Read More >>

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The Cabin In The Woods Cabin Is Gonna Exist, and It Sounds Terrifying

If you didn't see Cabin In The Woods, that was stupid of you. It's really great. Scary, meta and pretty gutsy. And like all good things, well okay like all things, its brilliance is being exploited for a theme park attraction. But it sounds awesome. Some sort-of-not-really spoilers lay ahead... Read More >>

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Report: Apple Is Finally Sealing Deals For Its Internet Radio

The New York Times is reporting that Apple's much-rumoured music streaming service may soon be ready — even in time for next week's WWDC — thanks to the company finally signing contracts with major music labels. Read More >>

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Universal’s Simpsons Land Theme Park Includes Krusty Burger and Moe’s

a few years ago Fox and Pepsi had a contest where the winner would get their own real-life version of The Simspons' house. But taking things about a million steps further, Universal Orlando is adding the entire town of Springfield to its theme park—at least the parts that fans really care about. Read More >>

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YouTube Took 2 Billion Views Away from Sony, Universal, and Others

While Gangnam style was out racking up a billion views, channels owned by Sony and Universal have moved twice as far in the other direction. YouTube has stripped them of these views alleging a violation of the YouTube terms of service which prohibit the artificial inflating of view-counts. Read More >>

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HP’s Music Streaming Service Will Power Windows 8 Computers (Good News If You Like Rihanna)

HP's partnership with Universal Music was unveiled several months back, but it's taken until now for the full bevy of info-children to tumble out: basically, HP Connected Music will be pre-loaded onto all of HP's Windows 8 computers, offering up free streaming access to Universal (and EMI's, don't forget) entire catalogue of music, plus a bunch of rewards (exclusive gigs; VIP trips etc). Read More >>