Coronavirus sleuths say they still see a ‘path forward’ after regulatory snag

Regulators have blocked the Seattle Flu Study’s guerrilla effort to trace the spread of novel coronavirus, citing ethical concerns, but leaders of the effort say they’re working out an alternate path to continue their investigation.

The Seattle Flu Study was set up last year by leaders in the biomedical community — including the Brotman Baty Institute for Precision Medicine, the University of Washington, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital — to use genetic tools to study how influenza spreads.

When the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus started spreading like wildfire through China and other countries, the team began analyzing the samples they were receiving for evidence of the virus’ genetic fingerprint. And when evidence was found, the results were sent onward to public health authorities for follow-up. At least one patient in Snohomish County was identified as a coronavirus case thanks to the team’s work.

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“The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance” Soundtrack Volumnes 1 & 2 Being Released Friday Aug 30

The Soundtrack Volumes 1 & 2 for The Jim Henson Company’s fantasy adventure series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance are being released digitally on Friday, August 30 (the same day as the series launch on Netflix), and on CD and vinyl in the coming months, exclusively through Music.Film Recordings.

Volume 1 of the soundtrack features original music by composer Daniel Pemberton, while Volume 2 consists of tracks by Pemberton and by Samuel Sim.

“I approached the music the same way I approached the filming and the puppetry,” explains executive producer and director Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me, The Incredible Hulk). “I wanted somebody to come on this journey that would be willing to take big risks. I wanted something that was almost tribal. I wanted to hear the strings being plucked and the skin wrapped over the drum. At the same time, I wanted somebody who could write beautiful melodies, understood music, and was a lover of beautiful music. I wanted someone who would approach it in a very organic way and who would tell the story through the score. My search led me to Daniel.”

The 10-episode show is a prequel to the groundbreaking 1982 fan favorite The Dark Crystal, and takes place many years before the events of the film. Leading the voice cast in the series will be Kingsman star Taron Egerton, The Witch actress Anya Taylor-Joy and Game of Thrones’ Nathalie Emmanuel, as ‘Gelfling’ heroes Rian, Brea and Deet. Star Wars’ Mark Hamill, Harry Potter’s Helena Bonham-Carter, Tomb Raider star Alicia Vikander and Outlander’s Caitriona Balfe provide additional voice performances in the new fantasy epic. The series was shot in the U.K., and stars an ensemble of fantastical, state-of-the-art creatures brought to life by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™ and designed by Brian Froud, the original feature’s conceptual designer.
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“gen:LOCK” First Trailer Released

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Fresh off the success of his recent sports drama, Creed II, Michael B. Jordan is back voicing a pilot character in Rooster Teeth’s upcoming American animated web series “gen:LOCK.”

Set in the dystopian future Earth, the sci-fi mecha anime series follows a diverse team of young pilots. Jordan is a Vanguard pilot Julian Chase, the lead character in the series.

Alongside Jordan are Dakota Fanning as his love interest, Maisie Williams as the youngest recruit of the Gen:Lock program, Asia Kate Dillon, Golshifteh Farahani and David Tennant.

gen:LOCK’s first two episodes is set to premiere on Saturday, January 26 on the Rooster Teeth website (RoosterTeeth.com) and is available on iOS, Android, Xbox One, Apple TV. Memberships start at $4.99 per month.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Fifty years in the future, an oppressive authoritarian force threatens to conquer the world. A daring team is recruited to pilot a new form of weaponized neuroscience that powers devastating mecha, but they must be willing to sacrifice everything to save the world.

“Infinity War”, “Ready Player One” Lead Noms In Visual Effects Society Awards

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Visual Effects Society has released their list of nominations for the 17th Annual VES Awards and “Avengers: Infinity War” has received the most nominations, leading the pack with six noms.

The “Incredibles 2” meanwhile, emerged as the main contender in the animated categories with five of its town. On the broadcast categories, Netflix’s “Lost in Space” led the list with six nominations.

The VES Awards is a “yearly celebration that recognizes outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation worldwide in film, animation, television, commercials and video games and the VFX supervisors, VFX producers and hands-on-the-keys artists who bring this work to life.”

The winners are set to be revealed on Feb. 5. Here is the full list of nominees for 17th Annual VES Awards.

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature
Avengers: Infinity War
Christopher Robin
Ready Player One
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Welcome to Marwen

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature
12 Strong
Bird Box
Bohemian Rhapsody
First Man
Outlaw King

Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch
Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode
Altered Carbon; Out of the Past
Krypton; The Phantom Zone
Lost in Space; Danger, Will Robinson
The Terror; Go For Broke
Westworld; The Passenger
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IMAX Earns $1Billion For The First Time

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The IMAX movie format has reached a new milestone, surpassing the $1 billion mark at the global boxoffice in a single calendar year.

This is the first time the company has reached that mark in its 50-year history. This number was powered by a combination of Hollywood blockbusters as well as various local language films from China, Japan, Korea, Russia and India.

Leading the charge were Hollywood tentpoles such as Disney’s “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Black Panther” as well as Universal Pictures’ “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.”

Recently, “Aquaman” has led the global boxoffice for the third weekend and a great part of its success was the 1,227 IMAX screens which played the film worldwide, including 406 screens in the US. Both of these contributed to $16.4 million gross with a week more to go before 2018 comes to a close.

There’s a total of 1,443 IMAX systems as of September 30, 2018, 1,346 of which were in commercial multiplexes.

Here are top 10 films of 2018 on IMAX at the worldwide box office:
1. Avengers: Infinity War
2. Black Panther
3. Jurassic World
4. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
5. Ready Player One
6. Aquaman
7. Venom
8. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
9. Ant-Man and the Wasp
10.The Meg

20 Films In Oscars Visual Effects Race

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Credit: Warner Bros.

20 film advanced in this year’s Oscar visual effects shortlist, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.

Later this month, the executive committee of the visual effects branch will release the 10 shortlisted films where the nominees will be selected.

The nominees will be announced on Tuesday, January 22, 2019. The 90th Academy Awards is set to take place March 4, 2019.

Here is the list in alphabetical order:

“Ant-Man and the Wasp”
“Aquaman”
“Avengers: Infinity War”
“Black Panther”
“Bumblebee”
“Christopher Robin”
“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”
“First Man”
“Incredibles 2”
“Isle of Dogs”
“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”
“Mary Poppins Returns”
“Mission: Impossible – Fallout”
“Mortal Engines”
“The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”
“Paddington 2”
“A Quiet Place”
“Ready Player One”
“Solo: A Star Wars Story”
“Welcome to Marwen”

Satellite Awards 2018 Nominations

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The International Press Academy (IPA) has announced the nominations for the 23rd annual Satellite Awards, which honors outstanding films, performers, tv shows, home video and interactive media.

IPA is a global media association of domestic and foreign entertainment journalists in print, TV, radio, broadcast, and online outlets; including critics, interviewers, reviewers, bloggers, and photographers.

Winners are set to be handed out on February 17, 2019.

Here is a full list of this year’s Satellite Awards nominations.

Motion Picture, Drama (Major)
Black Panther – Walt Disney
First Man – Universal
Hereditary – A24
If Beale Street Could Talk – Annapurna Pictures
Mary Queen of Scots – Focus Features
Widows – Twentieth Century Fox

Motion Picture (Independent)
BlackKklansman – Focus Features
Eighth Grade – A24
First Reformed – A24
Leave No Trace – Bleecker Street Media
Private Life – Netflix
A Private War – Aviron Pictures

Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical (Major, Independent or International)
Crazy Rich Asians – Warner Bros
The Favourite – Fox Searchlight Pictures
Green Book – Universal Pictures
Mary Poppins Returns – Walt Disney
Nico, 1988 – Magnolia Pictures
A Star is Born – Warner Bros

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Comic Book Icon Stan Lee Dies at 95

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Legendary comic-book writer, editor, film executive producer, actor, and publisher passed away at the age of 95, various sources are reporting this morning.

An ambulance was reportedly called to his home at the Hollywood Hills this morning and was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Stan Lee’s daughter broke the news about her father’s passing to TMZ.

Lee started as an assistant in 1939 at Timely Comics, the earliest comic book arm of American publisher Martin Goodman. The entity would later be known as Marvel Comics in the 1960s.

Throughout this period, together with other great comic book artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he would create iconic comic book characters such as Spider Man, The Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Black Panther, the X-Men, The Incredible Hulk among many others.

Lee received a National Medal of Arts in 2008 and was inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 1994.

He has also made cameo appearances in every Marvel movie.

Stan Lee is survived by his daughter Joan Celia “J. C.” Lee.

Global Music Streaming Market is Expected to Grow at a CAGR of 19.8% Through 2026 – Persistence Market Research

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Global Music Streaming Market Revenue to be Fuelled by Increasing Penetration of the Internet and Growing Adoption of Smartphones and Laptops

Persistence Market Research (PMR) has recently published a report titled “Music Streaming Market – Global Industry Analysis 2013-2017 and Market Forecast 2018-2026.” Music streaming has witnessed an upsurge in the past three years with increasing digitalization and increasing adoption of digital music.

As a result of increasing adoption of music streaming, a decline in the market share of downloaded music, in the global digital music market, is witnessed, in terms of value.

The global music streaming market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 19.8% during the forecast period. The music streaming market was valued at US$ 6,423.6 Mn in 2017, and is projected to grow significantly to reach US$ 33,489.4 Mn by 2026 due to complimented by the decreasing data charges and increasing internet speed.

In this report, PMR has segmented the global music streaming market on the basis of type of streaming, end-user, content type and region. By type of streaming, the market is sub-segmented into rugged live streaming and on-demand streaming.

With the increasing introduction of audio music streaming applications, offering advanced features with its subscription based music streaming applications, end-users across the globe have started adopting on-demand music streaming services. However, owing to the presence of huge audience over YouTube, a considerable market share is held by live streaming segment as well.

One of the recent development witnessed across this segment, is the introduction of subscription based YouTube music streaming option. This, as a result, is expected to drive the growth of on-demand music streaming segment.

SiriusXM To Acquire Pandora Streaming Service

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Satellite radio giant SiriusXM is reportedly buying music streaming service Pandora Media Inc. in an all-stock deal said to be valued at $3.5 billion, a press release announced on Monday.

The merger will create “world’s largest audio entertainment company, with more than $7 billion in expected pro-forma revenue in 2018 and strong, long-term growth opportunities.”

SiriusXM has 36 million subscribers across North America while Pandora, a streaming music service founded in 2000, has 70 million-plus monthly active users, the largest digital audio audience in United State. Liberty Media is SiriusXM’s parent company.

There is some precedence that led to the deal. Back in Jun 2017, SiriusXM invested $480 million in Pandora, which gave it 19 percent stake in the streaming service.

Jim Meyer, Chief Executive Officer of SiriusXM, said, “We have long respected Pandora and their team for their popular consumer offering that has attracted a massive audience, and have been impressed by Pandora’s strategic progress and stronger execution. We believe there are significant opportunities to create value for both companies’ stockholders by combining our complementary businesses. The addition of Pandora diversifies SiriusXM’s revenue streams with the U.S.’s largest ad-supported audio offering, broadens our technical capabilities, and represents an exciting next step in our efforts to expand our reach out of the car even further. Through targeted investments, we see significant opportunities to drive innovation that will accelerate growth beyond what would be available to the separate companies, and does so in a way that also benefits consumers, artists, and the broader content communities. Together, we will deliver even more of the best content on radio to our passionate and loyal listeners, and attract new listeners, across our two platforms.”

Roger Lynch, Chief Executive Officer of Pandora, said, “We’ve made tremendous progress in our efforts to lead in digital audio. Together with SiriusXM, we’re even better positioned to take advantage of the huge opportunities we see in audio entertainment, including growing our advertising business and expanding our subscription offerings. The powerful combination of SiriusXM’s content, position in the car, and premium subscription products, along with the biggest audio streaming service in the U.S., will create the world’s largest audio entertainment company. This transaction will deliver significant value to our stockholders and will allow them to participate in upside, given SiriusXM’s strong brand, financial resources and track record delivering results.”

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