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Still a year away from launch, Meg Whitman and Jeffrey Katzenbergs Quibi keeps adding talent

Video won’t start rolling on Meg Whitman and Jeffrey Katzenberg’s new bite-sized streaming service with the billion-dollar backing until the end of 2019, but talent keeps signing up to come along for their ride into the future of serialization. The latest marquee director to sign on the dotted line with Quibi is Catherine Hardwicke, who will be helming a story around the creation of an artificial intelligence with the working title “How They Made Her,” according to an announcement from Katzenberg onstage at the Variety Innovate summit. Whistle called “Benedict Men”…

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Hackers claim to have looted some treasure from Disneys Magic Kingdom

At a town hall meeting in New York earlier today, The Hollywood Reporter. Needless to say, the king of Disneys castle is refusing to pay the demanded ransom. Instead, the company is working with federal investigators and holding their breath to see if the online pirates will release their booty into the wild, according to the report. Citing multiple sources,The Hollywood Reporter wrote that the hackers were demanding a huge ransom in bitcoin be paid out or theyd release the film into the wild. Specifically, the hackers threatened to release…

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