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The Obamas & Netflix

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Netflix states the partnership has the potential to include scripted, unscripted, and documentary series, as well as stand-alone documentaries and feature films. The Obamas created their own production company, Higher Ground Productions, for the announced (and likely future) projects.

The Obamas hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world. Sources close to the deal indicated at the time that the series might focus on inspirational stories or feature moderated discussions of the topics that were highlights of the Obamas’ time in the White House. The report also indicates that some episodes could feature conversations on health care or voting rights moderated by Barack Obama, while Michelle Obama might moderate a show focusing on nutrition, for example.

Executives from Apple and Amazon have also reportedly been in talks with the former president and first lady. Financial terms of the Netflix deal are unknown at this point, but the streaming service’s recent surge in spending on original content could give us a hint.

One thing the Obamas’ content on Netflix reportedly won’t do, however, is directly respond to his current critics in the White House, Congress, or right-wing media.

 

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Stream A Movie With Your Library Card

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  • You’ll need to go to nypl.kanopystreaming.com, or bklynlibrary.kanopystreaming.com, or access the site via the Library’s Articles & Databases page.
  • You will need to create a sign-in, and then punch in your library card number and PIN.
  • You can view up to 10 movies per month with an NYPL card, and 6 per month with a BPL card.
  • Once started, you will have three days to watch each movie.

Black Panther has T’Challa returning home to Wakanda after the events of Captain America: Civil War to take his place on the powerful nation’s throne. His return is met with trouble, however, in the form of competing factions challenging his rule and a dangerous enemy from his past. He must prove that he has the wisdom and strength to serve as both the king of Wakanda and its protector, the Black Panther.

Black Panther is scheduled to hit theaters February 16, 2018

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Famous Teen Author Anthony Horowitz Warned Against Creating Black Characters In His Book

Famed white author warned against creating black characters in his books

Famed British author Anthony Horowitz says he’s been “warned against” creating black characters for his novels. “This is maybe dangerous territory but there is a chain of thought in America that it is inappropriate for white writers to try to create black characters,” Horowitz said. (Getty Images)

 

Film Student Spied On Thief Who Stole His Smart Phone

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After his smartphone was stolen, a film student allowed his smartphone to get stolen again. This time it was filled with spyware to keep tabs on the thief.

An iPhone was not used to lure the thief. You can’t run spyware apps on the iPhone, and you don’t have the same level of control you do with Android.

The filmmaker used an HTC One preloaded with a special type of app that would give him total remote control of the phone. He could also use it to spy on everything the thief did, provided there was an active internet connection at the time. He could take photos and record videos, enable the microphone of the device to snoop in on conversations, collect all location data, read all the text messages, access call history, check contacts, and see all the contents of the phone.

It all happened thanks to a spyware app installed on the device that the thief didn’t even know was there. van der Meer also blocked the phone’s ability to receive Android updates in order to make sure his malware app wasn’t wiped out by a knowledgeable thief.

 

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures, a biographical film about the African-American women who worked at NASA in the 1950s and 60s.

Amy Schummer To Play Barbie in Sony’s New Film

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The PG movie will begin production in the spring for a global summer 2018.

Schumer will play a character who lives in Barbie land where Schumer’s Barbie gets kicked out, basically because she’s not perfect enough, a bit eccentric and doesn’t quite fit the mold. She then journeys on an adventure in the real world and by the time she returns to Barbie land to save it, she has gained the realization that perfection comes on the inside, not the outside, and that the key to happiness is belief in oneself, free of the obligation to adhere to some unattainable standard of perfection. Mattel, with a lot at stake since the toyline has generated $3 billion in sales, signed off on the take.

 

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