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  1. a****** has triggered the Freeleech Pool! The following films have been randomly selected and are now freeleech for the next 48 hours. Explorers Malena Paycheck The Big Short Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Nemesis 2: Nebula Thanks to users S****, a*****, S*******, k********, and a******* who donated to the pool. Now go drop some of your own orbs into the next pool!
  2. If you have ever counted down the hours as your (often illegal) music file downloaded, then you probably remember the heady days of Napster and Lime Wire, as peer to peer file sharing was the norm. As internet speeds got faster, interest in P2P wained and by the time streaming services such as Netflix arrived, the market was all but forgotten about but for techies. Still, like the arcade game of Tekken, there's something that draws this millennial back to the P2P market. Which is why I was fascinated to hear that one of the largest blockchain based operating systems, Tron, has bought out Napster rival BitTorrent. I grabbed the opportunity to chat to Tron CEO, Justin Sun, to find out exactly why he thinks P2P will bring blockchain to the masses, currently predicted to add 100 million monthly users to the blockchain sector. Millennial market With most of the Tron’s users being millennials like me, the 25 to 35-year-old age bracket is set to be the first major market that will be adopting peer to peer sharing on the blockchain. Sun told me that he is hoping the platform will create a file transfer ecosystem where users are incentivized by the idea of sharing their content with others. Tron is already an innovator in increasing the use of blockchain and hopes that by easing the learning curve needed to use the technology, it will make the uptake more straightforward. In terms of what will be shared via BitTorrent, the possibilities are varied, but Sun sees music as a particularly promising sector. He said, “Our plan is to have lots of the artists share their work, but also even bring on board some independent directors they can share their films.” As it stands, BitTorrent already has over 170 million monthly users, with their protocols moving up to 40% of the world’s Internet traffic every day. Often cited as a conceptual prototype of a decentralized internet, currently, files are not streamed by a central server but by the users themselves. The key part about this type of P2P protocol is that the more users who have a copy of the file, the faster it becomes downloaded as each user streams just part of the file. This means that movies can be downloaded in minutes. With the arts set to be one of the main beneficiaries of the technology, Sun sees the future of P2P and decentralized technology combining with blockchain as a way to bring the technology into the mainstream, something that other concepts have yet to succeed in doing. Tron is planning on adding a token system to BitTorrent to incentivise sharing on the platform, until now, users would choose to block the system from seeing when a file had finished downloading. But with the introduction of the incentivisation, Sun hopes it will encourage people to leave their computer open continuously in order to upload to the network. "Very successful" Sun says, "I think BitTorrent technology has lots in common with blockchain, for example, they both use like a P2P structure and also both use the decentralized technology. So that's why I think there will be very successful if we can combine that bit harder with the blockchain together. "There is a problem inside of the BitTorrent ecosystem is there is no incentive for ceding and hosting the files. So that's why a lot of the people stop once they finish downloading. First of all, we are introducing the token incentive into the ecosystem so that people can leave their computer open and continuously upload to the network. Ultimately, it will benefit yourself so that's why I think it will work. I mean the whole robustness will see more downloading and the ecosystem will prosper. In quarter 3 we'll be asking artists to come on board, I see it as a platform for all file sharing. From music to art." The platform economy has been receiving increasing amounts of attention, at upcoming Marketplace Risk Conference in San Francisco, Eleanor Tucker, a Gang Leader at GangHut will say that people should be paying more attention to the concept’s game-changing potential. She told the CBI “At the ‘business end’ of the platform economy are marketplace platforms: they allow you to exchange goods or services with other people, whether that’s by buying or selling (Etsy or Shpock) or by sharing (anything which could be described as ‘the Airbnb of…’). Exchanging services as opposed to goods is often described as the ‘gig economy’ (think TaskRabbit or Lyft) and exchanging money in the form of investment or loans is known as ‘peer to peer’ or ‘P2P’ finance (Zopa or Funding Circle).” When it comes to the benefits of P2P transactions, Tucker says there are many, including the fact that resources are being re-used, as opposed to extra resources being created, people have easier access to assets, and P2P sharing also allows users to become more empowered by taking greater control of their lifestyle. Tron and BitTorrent are set to join a host of other successful P2P businesses that operate in a broad range of sectors. BookAClassic is an Airbnb-style platform that allows users to share their classic cars and for renters to enjoy driving cars that were previously solely driven by their owners. KERB operates a peer-to-peer parking rental system, where landowners can rent out parking spaces to those who are looking for affordable off-street parking. It has a broad spectrum of services on offer that allows even large businesses or organizations to benefit from the system by allowing a single user to register multiple parking spaces. Even Boataffair works on a similar principle to BookAClassic, but allows P2P sharing of boats. Whereas Car & Away also offers users the chance to share their vehicles but uses cars that are parked in airport car parks, allowing car owners to make money from their cars when they are on vacation. With users interested in 'what's in it for them?' Could this be it? Only time will tell but maybe Tron will crack the blockchain market via P2P– After all, we millennials do love a revival.
  3. As reported by local dailies, reportedly among the most-visited movie piracy sites in the world shut down this week, following a growing number of complaints from original content producers regarding the violation of intellectual property law. Owners of announced that their website was no longer operational on their site. The website which boasted a “Made in Egypt” tagline, offered users access to pirated copies of movies and TV-shows which could be downloaded and streamed for free. In a message on the site’s official Facebook account, which has since been removed, the admins mentioned that several Egyptian ISPs had started to block the site. As a result of which the site shut down. Local dailies reported that ISP blockades were instituted recently, these didn’t solely target but others including Arab Lions, Akoam, Movies land, Arab Seed, Mazzika Today, Shahid4u, and Cima4up.
  4. Do you feel like a rogue bandit every time you log in to a friend’s streaming account? If you do, you probably shouldn’t feel that way. Streaming services don’t care about account sharing. Streaming websites don’t want to give their service away for free. They just don’t punish users for account sharing, and they usually enable the practice by allowing multi-device simultaneous streaming. In fact, some streaming services have figured out how to capitalize off of account sharing and quietly encourage it. Netflix Netflix doesn’t care about account sharing, even though an estimated twenty-four million people use an account that they don’t pay for. And while you’d assume that twenty-four million moochers would hurt Netflix’s profits, that isn’t necessarily the case. In the words of Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, the company is “doing fine as is,” in spite of account sharers. And, because of “legitimate password sharing, like you sharing with your spouse,” the phenomena is just something Netflix has to “learn to live with.” It seems Netflix has learned to “live with” account sharing by encouraging it, rather than trying to squash it. The website’s “profiles” feature makes account sharing super convenient, and four-screen “Premium” subscription plans, which cost an extra $7 a month, provide Netflix with an extra $100 million or more per year. Hulu While Netflix is relatively lax about account sharing, Hulu takes a more conservative approach. The website doesn’t explicitly state that it has multi-screen plans during the signup process, but both the “Basic” and the “Ad-Free” plans can stream to two devices simultaneously. This gives family members the ability to share a plan without encouraging illegitimate or excessive account sharing. But don’t worry, Hulu knows that account sharing is a thing, and it makes a ridiculous amount of money from the phenomena. If you don’t already know, Hulu offers a “Hulu + Live TV” plan. This plan costs $45 a month ($51 for no ads), and it’s basically a cheap cable package that you can stream to any device. Like cable, this plan has optional add-ons, like HBO subscriptions, DVR upgrades, and the mythical Unlimited Screens add-on. Now, the Unlimited Screens add-on costs an extra $15 a month, and that’s on top of the $45 a month for a basic Hulu + Live TV subscription. Do a little math, and a shareable Hulu account will cost you a decent $720 a year ($792 with no ads). And of course, that number can only go higher if you pony up for some sports and network TV add-ons. Amazon Prime Video Unlike Hulu or Netflix, Amazon Prime Video is part of a package service—Amazon Prime. As you’re probably well aware, your Amazon Prime account comes with free e-books, free 1-day shipping, music streaming, Twitch Prime, and a mess of other benefits. Obviously, Amazon doesn’t want to give all of these benefits away for free. But the company doesn’t have to worry too much about account sharing, because every Prime account is linked to a credit card and the Amazon marketplace. When you share your Netflix account with a stranger, you have nothing to lose. That stranger can’t access your credit card or steal your identity. But if you start handing out your Prime login at some bar (or among actual friends), you’re putting yourself at significant risk. Anyone with access to your Amazon account can order products using your credit card. As a result, Amazon is pretty lax about account sharing. Because the practice carries a load of consumer-level risks, the company doesn’t have to put much effort into moderation. In fact, Amazon has a Household feature that makes it easy for you to share and organize your account among family members. You can add up to six people to an Amazon Household, and Prime Video can be streamed to three separate devices simultaneously. HBO NOW and HBO GO HBO says “members of your household” can sign into your account from multiple different devices. HBO doesn’t say how many people can watch at once, but you may see a message about too many simultaneous streams “for security reasons.” Like other services, HBO insists that you shouldn’t share your account with anyone “outside your household.” But what’s a household? Are your kids who went off to college part of your household? What about all your roommates? If your kids can keep watching HBO in a different state after they move out, what about your parents across town? This gray area is pretty standard for HBO. Using a relatives’ cable login to access HBO GO was a tried and true method for watching HBO when getting HBO required a cable subscription. That same gray area applies if you subscribe to HBO Now directly. YouTube TV and Google Play In the past few years, Google Play transformed from an individual service to one with family sharing. This is great news for account sharers, and it’s probably a result of products like Google Assistant and the Chromecast, which need to operate seamlessly for each person in a household. Google’s new focus on families has extended to its premium digital services. Both YouTube TV and Google Play allow users to create 5-person family groups (using separate Google logins), and those five “family members” can access all of the content that’s available to the group’s “family manager.” Sadly, only three devices in a group can stream video at a time. Google knows that its family-oriented features are used for illegitimate account sharing. But YouTube TV is just getting its feet off the ground, and Google Play is a store, not a subscription service. If four people mooch a Youtube TV subscription, the service will only become more popular. And if someone creates a Google Play group for four friends, then that’s just four more people that could buy a show or movie on Google Play. Sling, fuboTV, DirecTV Now, and Philo As you can imagine, small cable-like services aren’t always open to account sharing. It’s difficult to compete with billion-dollar brands like YouTube TV and Hulu + Live TV, especially when a bunch of other tiny cable-streaming companies is trying to steal your customers. Of the small cable-streaming sites, Philo is the best for account sharing. Its basic plan only costs $20 a month, but users can stream content on up to three devices at a time. Similarly, Sling’s $25 a month “Blue” program allows users to stream on three devices at a time, but “Blue” users miss out on some TV channels. Oddly enough, the expensive cable-streaming services are less open to account sharing than their cheaper counterparts. fuboTV’s $45 basic package allows for streaming on two devices at a time, and you have to pay an extra $6 a month if you want to share to three devices. And DirecTV Now only allows you to stream to two devices at a time, whether you’re paying for the $50 or $70 plan. VUDU When you think of streaming services, Walmart’s VUDU rarely comes to mind. It’s really just a digital store, like iTunes, and most of its bells and whistles (like the disc-to-digital program) have fallen by the wayside. One of those bells and whistles was the Share Movies Anywhere feature, which essentially eliminated the need for account sharing. This feature allowed users to share their library with other accounts. But now that the feature’s gone, users have to share their login credentials to share libraries, and a VUDU account can only stream content to two screens at a time. Why the change? Well, VUDU needs money. We’re here to talk about account sharing, not failing businesses. But VUDU’s account sharing situation is directly tied to its failing business model. People don’t want to pay for digital copies of movies. If anything, it’s seen as a last resort. So VUDU has to bulk its library up with exclusive content, like Disney movies and the new Jersey Shore dating show. To land these deals with Disney and MTV, VUDU has to cut back on account sharing features, like Share Movies Anywhere. We’ve Never Heard of Someone Being Banned While many services say you should only share accounts with people in your household, we’ve never once heard of a video streaming service banning someone for account sharing. At most, you might see a message saying you’re watching too many streams at once on the same account.
  5. On April 24, 2019, within hours of Avengers: Endgame being released in China, at least two copies of the movie appeared online after being recorded in cinemas. The movie industry is determined to counter this 'camming' threat but is there really a technological solution? A China-based partnership claim they have the answer - but do they? During February, China’s National Copyright Administration (NCAC) announced that it would be upping efforts to deal with copyright infringement. On top of a promise to “dig deep” into the sources of piracy and “sternly investigate” online platforms that help to distribute pirated content, the NCAC said it would also target unauthorized “camming”. Camming, the act of recording movies in theaters with video cameras, has been a major headache for the entertainment industries for decades. Illegal copies often hit the Internet within hours of a movie’s premiere, as was the case last month with Avengers: Endgame. While the NCAC clearly couldn’t do anything about that serious event, the question remains whether physical deterrents (such as bag searches and action against complicit theater owners) can also be augmented by technical measures. Before Endgame dramatically hit the web, the China-based partnership of Ogilvy and Focus Film Media, part of Focus Media Group, announced that they had developed a new system to prevent camming taking in place in cinemas. “Originality is the soul of the film industry and the foundation from which it thrives upon; it is our job to protect this originality,” said Jason Jiang, Founder and Chairman of Focus Media Group. “We are delighted to have gone beyond a conventional approach and develop the ‘Piracy Blockr,’ which allows us to address the problem in a discrete but effective way, ensuring that the film industry is protected for years to come.” Piracy Blockr in action? (Credit: Ogilvy/Focus Film Media) The image above, although clearly mocked up, provides an idea of how the system is supposed to work. A watermark, invisible to the viewer, is captured by camcorders when an attempt is made to record the screen. So how does it work? TorrentFreak spoke with Ogilvy to find out. “There is a lot more to light than what mere human eyes can detect, but a device in your pocket can help you see beyond your biological limits. Our eyes can only detect colors of light that we see as a rainbow, primarily shades of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet,” says Silvia Zhang, Ogilvy Marketing & Communications Manager. “So while our naked eyes can’t pick up on the wavelength of infrared light, the sensors in your phones and cameras can – essentially making the invisible visible.” Image: Supplied by Ogilvy Anyone with a smartphone can easily see what the system is about. Simply press a button on an infrared remote control and point it at the camera lens and the image on the screen will display the infrared light emitted by the device. The camera can ‘see’ the infrared light, we can’t. “We used this to our advantage to combat the multi-billion dollar illegal cam recording industry by embedding panels of infrared light powered watermarks, which we call the ‘Piracy Blockr’, behind cinema screens in China,” Zhang adds. The idea of using infrared light to foil pirates isn’t new. A report dating back almost 10 years reveals that Japan’s National Institute of Informatics had teamed up with Sharp to pulse infrared light through cinema screens to disturb digital recording devices. Since we haven’t heard of any such devices actually being deployed in cinemas, we asked Ogilvy how many screens its system currently ‘protects’ in China. The company didn’t respond to our question, despite repeated attempts. We also asked how the Piracy Blockr system is able to defeat determined cammers who attach infrared filters to their devices. The company didn’t respond to that question either. A request for a real-life image or video clip of Piracy Blockr in action received the same response. Some research appears to have been carried out in India (pdf) which considered the challenges presented by pirates who deploy infrared filtering but the problem clearly isn’t straightforward. If it was, someone would be making millions by now while resigning ‘camming’ to history. As for Piracy Blockr, we won’t be holding our breath while waiting for a live demo.
  6. GAME of Thrones season 8 episode 6 is airing soon, and ahead of it GoT fans have been warned about the dangers of leaked finale downloads. Game of Thrones season 8 episode 6 will be broadcast soon, with the finale of HBO’s hugely popular fantasy epic about to shown. The last ever episode of Game of Thrones is airing soon, with fans left wondering how the Song of Ice and Fire will be wrapped up. Fans have already been warned that Game of Thrones season 8 episode 6 will bring with it a “bittersweet ending” to the saga. A short trailer for the Game of Thrones finale hasn’t revealed much, simply showing part of it is set in the aftermath of the Battle for King’s Landing. Game of Thrones fans have been left divided by season 8, with the last instalment - The Bells - proving especially controversial. It remains to be seen if Game of Thrones season 8 episode 6 wraps things up in a way most fans find satisfying, or if it will be divisive once again. Either way, the upcoming Game of Thrones finale is the moment the show has been building towards ever since it first hit our screens in 2011. Game of Thrones fans will be on tenterhooks wondering what the finale holds for Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow and the whole of Westeros. Game of Thrones season 8 episode 6 is undoubtedly the biggest episode of TV to air in 2019, and fans will surely be keeping an eye out for any leaks. The first two episodes of Game of Thrones season 8 leaked early while an alleged leaked synopsis for the finale has also been posted online. These Game of Thrones season 8 leaks came after two major episodes of Game of Thrones season 7 also leaked early. These episodes of Game of Thrones were S7 E4, called The Spoils of War, and S7 E6 Beyond The Wall. These Game of Thrones leaked episodes appeared on torrent download sites as well as illegal streaming portals. And these Game of Thrones episodes had massively important plot points as well as game-changing moments for the narrative of the HBO fantasy epic. Game of Thrones fans will have to wait and see if the season 8 finale leaks early as well. At the time of writing Game of Thrones season 8 episode 6 - which is the last ever episode - has not leaked early. But if it does get leaked then the Game of Thrones finale is likely to end up on torrent download and illegal streaming websites. And if that happens Game of Thrones fans need to be aware of something important. Game of Thrones viewers have been warned that cybercriminals regularly try to load malware onto GoT episodes that end up on sites that enable piracy. A study by Kaspersky Lab found that Game of Thrones was the number one target for crooks trying to spread malware online. And the cybersecurity experts warned that the first and last episode of a Game of Thrones season tends to be the most dangerous episodes to illegally download. Kaspersky Lab said: “Game of Thrones led the list of TV shows targeted by cybercriminals to use as a disguise for malware. “In 2018, the show accounted for 17 per cent of all infected pirated content, with 20,934 attacked users. “This is despite the fact that in 2018, there were no new episodes of Game of Thrones released, while the other top shows in the rankings were promoted with high profile marketing campaigns.” They added: “In every case observed, the malware distributors focused on targeting the first and the last episode of each season, with the launch episode the most actively used. “For example, the Game of Thrones season 1 episode Winter is Coming was the most commonly targeted episode of the show.” So, if you’re trying to watch the Game of Thrones finale through illicit means it could leave your computer with a crippling piece of code. If you’re planning on tuning into Game of Thrones season 8 episode 6 as and when it’s first broadcast then you don’t have much longer to wait. Game of Thrones season 8 episode 6 will air in the UK on Sky Atlantic at 2am BST on Monday May 20. Game of Thrones episodes are simulcast so fans in the UK get to watch it at the exact same time as our counterparts in the US. After that the Game of Thrones season 8 finale will be available to watch on demand on NOW TV. And then the final ever episode of Game of Thrones will air once again on Sky Atlantic at 9pm UK time on Monday May 20.
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  8. The Pirate Bay has been around since 2003 and is still going strong. The longest surviving torrents on the site recently turned 15 years old. While these torrent files are still being seeded after many turbulent years, the file-sharing world and the web itself have completely changed. When The Pirate Bay launched in the second half of 2003, the World Wide Web looked nothing like it does today. Mark Zuckerberg was still preoccupied with “Facemash,” the “hot or not” site he launched before Facebook was invented. YouTube wasn’t around yet either, nor were Twitter and Instagram, which launched years later. At the time nearly everyone used regular computers to access the web. Smartphones and tablets didn’t exist, and high-quality online video streaming was unthinkable on most residential Internet connections. If there was anything to stream at all. People interested in watching a movie could use the Internet to buy a DVD at one of the early webshops or sign up with Netflix, which shipped DVDs through the mail. There were no download stores yet. Given this context, imagine the appeal of a website that offered a high-quality archive of digital movies and tv-series to download, for free. That site was The Pirate Bay. TPB in 2014 Remarkably, many of the videos that were posted on the site during the early days remain available today. In fact, quite a few torrents on The Pirate Bay have been around longer than some of the site’s users. This is quite an achievement, as torrents require at least one person with a full copy of the file to keep it alive. This prompted us to take a look at the oldest Pirate Bay torrents that are still being shared today. During the early months of the site, it appears that some torrents were purged or otherwise lost. The oldest ones we can find data back to March 2004, which means that they are well over 15 years old today. An episode of “The High Chaparral” has the honor of being the oldest torrent. The file was originally uploaded on March 25, 2004, and although it lists zero seeders in search results, there are still several people actively sharing the torrent. Many of the other torrents in the list above need some help. However, the Top Secret Recipes E-Books and a copy of the documentary Revolution OS, which covers the history of Linux, GNU, and the free software movement, are doing very well. While these torrents have survived one-and-a-half decades of turmoil, including two raids, they’re still going strong. In part, perhaps, because some people want to keep history alive. “To maintain history, I will gladly put this on my seedbox forever,” one commenter writes below the High Chaparral torrent, with another one adding “I will save this torrent for history!!!” History indeed, as it is clear that things have changed over the past 15 years. In the early days, The Pirate Bay wasn’t just popular because people didn’t have to pay. It was often the only option to get a digital copy of a movie, TV-show, or even a music album. It was a revolution in a way. This is still the case to a certain degree in some countries, but to many, the magical appeal has gone now that there are so many legal alternatives online. It’s worth keeping in mind, though, that these legal alternatives were in part a direct answer to sites such as The Pirate Bay. In fact, if piracy hadn’t existed the world might have looked entirely different today. Piracy showed the entertainment industries that people wanted instant online access to media, a demand that was later fulfilled by iTunes, Netflix streaming, Spotify, and many others. Today The Pirate Bay remains online. Despite several raids, criminal prosecutions, dozens of website blockades, and other anti-piracy measures, the site continues to thrive. And so do its torrents.
  9. Bruce Springsteen agreed to be part of director Tom Jones' new documentary about The Boss' beloved Asbury Park, New Jersey after seeing a rough cut at a film festival. Jones feared his film, Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock 'n' Roll, would fall flat after Springsteen's aides turned down an interview request, but he pressed on with the project and eventually Bruce came to him. "I put together a package and sent it off to Bruce's management and they declined, so we put it away, and then they started this film festival in Asbury Park and asked me to show clips from the film I shot," the filmmaker tells WENN. "We did 76 interviews but we did not have Bruce in it. It was becoming the world's most expensive home movie! "We put it up at the Asbury Park film festival two years ago and Bruce surprised us and came... Then he called the next day and said, 'Hey, it's a really great film. I'd like to be in it!' Bruce saved me... and now we have a theatrical release. "We've had to be very careful about Bruce and the way he's used and the way we've marketed the film. He did us a huge favour and we tried to be respectful of that." Jones always felt he was destined to meet Springsteen one day, because the rocker has always loomed large in his life. "When I was a kid Bruce roomed for a while with my best friend's older brother - before he had an album...," the filmmaker recalls. "His music was the soundtrack of my childhood. "We also owned the house that was next to Bruce's house in New Jersey, that he sold about six months ago and I never met him! He was so nice to my grandfather, who, at the time, was in his 80s and who was a crossing guard at the little school across from his (Springsteen) house. He used to come out and say hi. "They were pals and it's ironic that I never got to meet him. I didn't meet him until we finished the first version of the film."
  10. The Police star Stewart Copeland never resented the fact Sting became the star of the band, because it meant he could get to hotel rooms much faster. The drummer has worked through his vast archive of home video for new DVD Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out, and admits it all brought back some great memories from a time the trio was the biggest group in the world. And Stewart admits his frontman's mega-fame helped him and bassist Andy Summers out of tight squeezes. "It was to our benefit that we had one member of the band who was just drop dead gorgeous," the rocker tells WENN. "You have your front person and that's what you expect. "Then, in fact, a car pulls up, there's a mob and we throw Sting out the door first and while the piranhas are going after him we get out the other side and sneak into the hotel." But he admits there were times when all the adulation was a little much: "We never feared for our life. It was more anxious than scary; all that success was anxiety-inducing. It was what we always dreamed of and paid our dues for and yet it was not entirely pleasurable. "There is such a thing, it turns out, as too much love and affection. As I say in the film, adoration turns into obligation. It wasn't all roses. I pulled out the camera when fun things were happening and not so much when they weren't. There was a strange unsettled feeling from it all, which was unexpected."
  11. Mariah Carey made a surprise appearance at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday (17May19). The Heartbreaker singer took to the stage at the Chopard party during the prestigious film event in the south of France on Friday, and many attendees took to social media as the pop diva stepped out onto the stage wearing a black, sparkly, curve-hugging gown. Opening her 30-minute set with Emotions, she also performed her hits Touch My Body, Always Be My Baby and Hero, according to Variety. However, in true diva style, the singer took a moment midway through her gig to get a touch-up from her trusty glam squad. In a video captured by Variety journalist Marc Malkin and shared on social media, Mariah's team can be seen powdering her nose, fixing her hair and shining her diamonds. "Dust them off please, waiter. Thank you," she joked, as she was fanned by one of her assistants. "I appreciate you, thank you my darlings." Her Cannes show comes just after she stole the spotlight at this year's Billboard Music Awards, when she delivered a performance of some of her biggest and most beloved hits. Mariah took to the stage before receiving the show's Icon Award, and accepted the prestigious honour from Jennifer Hudson, who was almost overcome with emotion as she handed the music legend the coveted trophy. Thanking her fans, Mariah expressed how they are "unlike any other entity I have ever known." "And to anyone who's ever told me that a song I wrote helped save your life, I thank you, because you saved mine," the mother of two added. "And I'll be eternally grateful for that. I love you so much."
  12. Britney Spears has assured fans that she will be back on stage soon. The Toxic hitmaker cancelled a string of planned dates for her upcoming Britney: Domination residency in Las Vegas earlier this year (19), after her father Jamie underwent life-threatening surgery, and she subsequently checked into rehab amid reports of "emotional distress". Earlier this week (begs13May19), Britney's longtime manager Larry Rudolph told that she was not in the right mental or physical state to perform, but when approached by the publication while shopping in Thousand Oaks, California, on Friday, Britney assured fans she will be back. When asked by a TMZ reporter whether or not she'll be performing soon, the 37-year-old, who was accompanied by her 25-year-old beau Sam Asghari, replied, "Of course." The Gimme More popstar, who seemed in good spirits, was then asked if she had a message for her fans, to which she responded, "I love you guys." The couple's outing came shortly after Britney praised her boyfriend on Instagram. She shared three selfies with her love in which they were wearing matching white T-shirts, and wrote in the caption, "I love this man." Since her rehab stint, Britney has alleged that she was held in the facility and forced to take drugs against her will by her father, her conservator, and a hearing reviewing the conservatorship was held earlier this month as the singer attempted to have the terms adjusted. A judge presiding over the arrangement has now appointed a probate court investigator to look into the singer's case and produce a full report before a further hearing takes place in September, according to The Blast.
  13. Star Trek: Picard is one of the most highly anticipated projects in the science fiction institution's storied history. To the shock of virtually everyone, Patrick Stewart announced his return to the franchise that made him an international star in the '80s and '90s at a Star Trek convention in 2018. Stewart last played Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: Nemesis, the final film to feature the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and had reiterated for years that he'd left the character behind him. But now Picard is back, and along with Star Trek: Discovery, figures to be a cornerstone of CBS All Access's ongoing efforts to revitalize the franchise. Details have been kept under heavy guard, with information leaking out very gradually over the last few months. Only recently was the series given an official title, the appropriately to-the-point Star Trek: Picard; we also got a brief glimpse of Picard himself, looking a bit older and seemingly not wearing a Starfleet uniform. So what will those show be about? Other than the presence of one of Star Trek's most towering figures, there are still a lot of unanswered questions, but we do know enough to start connecting the dots to surmise what's become of the captain of the USS Enterprise-D. Here's everything we know about Star Trek: Picard so far. PATRICK STEWART IS BACK AS PICARD After 17 years away from the character, virtually everyone assumed Patrick Stewart had moved on from Star Trek and Jean-Luc Picard. Stewart had another wildly successful genre franchise in the X-Men movies, where he played powerful mutant telepath Charles Xavier off and on for over two decades. He's also still one of the most highly regarded stage actors in the world, and somehow still finds time to voice CIA director Avery Bullock on American Dad. Stewart has said he took the meeting with Star Trek: Discovery producer Alex Kurtzman as a courtesy and fully intended to decline a Star Trek return. However, Stewart found the story pitch - reportedly the brainchild of longtime Star Trek novelist Kirsten Beyer - so intriguing that he reversed course and signed up for another trip to the 24th century. STAR TREK: PICARD RELEASE DATE INFO CBS All Access hasn't announced an official release date for Star Trek: Picard just yet. Production began in April 2019, and every indication has been that the Star Trek: Picard season 1 will release in late 2019. CBS All Access brass have stated that one of their longterm goals is to always have new Star Trek content in production, and as Star Trek: Discovery season 3 isn't likely to debut until well into 2020, Star Trek: Picard figures to be Star Trek's flagship series for awhile. The first season will consist of 10 episodes, and Stewart has said he's committed to multiple seasons. Star Trek: Picard will air on CBS All Access in the United States, and on Amazon Prime in most other territories. THE STORY OF PICARD So what is the story pitch that managed to convince Stewart to return to Star Trek? We don't actually know yet. There's been no official plot synopsis for the series; all we know for sure is what we've heard from Stewart and Kurtzman. We know Star Trek: Picard takes place roughly 20 years after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis, and that Picard is no longer a Starfleet captain. He is apparently a deeply changed man, owing at least in part to the destruction of Romulus by a massive supernova, as seen in the first Abrams Star Trek film. We don't know how or why Picard would be so fundamentally affected by the plight of one of his greatest enemies, but there may be clues in the classic TNG episode "Unification". In that two-parter, Picard encountered Spock, who had begun an underground movement on Romulus attempting to reunite the cousin races of Vulcans and Romulans. Kurtzman has described Picard as a more cerebral, meditative show than Discovery, and has noted it's a rarity for a TV show to star someone as advanced in age as Picard will be here (Stewart himself is 78 but does not appear to have aged a day in the last twenty years). Kurtzman also suggested this is the first step in diversifying the sort of stories Star Trek can tell for CBS All Access; the animated comedy Lower Decks figures to be as radically different from Picard as that series will be to Discovery, and there's no telling what will come of the proposed Section 31 spinoff starring Michelle Yeoh's Mirror Universe Philippa Georgiou. THE STAR TREK: PICARD CAST Stewart will have a brand new supporting cast for his return to the future in Star Trek: Picard. Heroes and Merlin star Santiago Cabrera will play the pilot of Picard's ship, and Law & Order: SVU veteran Michelle Hurd will play an intelligence officer with substance abuse issues. Evan Evagora, Alison Pill, Harry Treadaway, and Isa Briones have joined the Star Trek: Picard cast in undisclosed roles. At this point there's been no mention of the role Stewart's The Next Generation cast mates will play in Star Trek: Picard; indeed, there's no guarantee the likes of Worf or Data will even show up in the series. Stewart will have an old friend, though - Jonathan Frakes will direct at least two episodes of Star Trek: Picard. Frakes played Commander William Riker on all seven seasons of TNG, Picard's reliable second-in-command. There's been no mention of Frakes reprising the role of Riker, but at the very least it'll be nice to know Picard's Number One is still on hand behind the camera for some episodes of Star Trek: Picard.