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Apple nears TV deal with Spielberg for ‘Amazing Stories’

LOS ANGELES, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Apple Inc is finalizing a deal to make 10 new episodes of Steven Spielberg's 1980s science fiction anthology series "Amazing Stories," landing a premiere Hollywood talent for its plunge into original TV programming, a source with knowledge of the discussions said. The series would be produced for Apple by Spielberg's Amblin Television and Comcast Corp's NBCUniversal television production unit. "Amazing Stories" originally ran on the NBC broadcast network. "We love being at the forefront of Apple's investment in scripted programming," NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said in a statement about the show's planned revival. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment. Amblin did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The deal is the first to be made public since Apple hired veteran Sony executives Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg in June to expand the iPhone maker's push into original programming, a field crowded with streaming services and traditional networks. It is unclear how people will be able to watch "Amazing Stories" or when it will debut. Apple has not divulged if it will put its own TV series in the iTunes Store, where it sells shows made by other companies, or on another platform. The deal with Spielberg fits with a strategy Apple executives have outlined in meetings with Hollywood executives. Apple has emphasized in the discussions that it wants prestigious programming and to work with A-list actors, producers and writers, according to sources with knowledge of Apple's plans. The company already has placed bids on other projects, including for a comedy series about morning television starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, sources said. "They are looking for really high-end premium stuff they feel is creatively in line with the Apple brand," one source said of Apple's strategy. The technology company is competing with several established players that have hooked big name stars, such as Netflix Inc and Time Warner Inc's HBO, plus newer entrants like Facebook Inc. Apple has committed $1 billion to start its programming push, the sources said. Netflix, by comparison, says it will spend up to $7 billion on content next year. The budget for "Amazing Stories" will be more than $5 million per episode, according to The Wall Street Journal, which first reported that Apple had reached a deal for the series.

LOS ANGELES, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Apple Inc is finalizing a deal to make 10 new episodes of Steven Spielberg’s 1980s science fiction anthology series “Amazing Stories,” landing a premiere Hollywood talent for its plunge into original TV programming, a source with knowledge of the discussions said. The series would …

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France pass test to clinch World Cup spot

Paris (AFP) – France clinched qualification for the World Cup thanks to goals from Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud in a hard-fought 2-1 win over Belarus on Tuesday. Didier Deschamps’s side successfully completed their tricky challenge of beating Bulgaria and Belarus in their final two qualifiers. The victory at the …

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Catalan leaders sign declaration of independence from Spain

Catalan leaders sign declaration of independence from Spain

Carles Puigdemont, the Catalan leader, and other regional politicians signed a document declaring Catalonia’s independence from Spain on Tuesday night, but suspended its implementation as they pushed for talks with Madrid. “Catalonia restores today its full sovereignty,” says the document, called “declaration of the representatives of Catalonia”. It was unclear …

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Ronaldo, Portugal lock down World Cup spot

Ronaldo, Portugal lock down World Cup spot

Lisbon (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal defeated Switzerland 2-0 in Lisbon on Tuesday to earn a place at the 2018 World Cup and consign their opponents to next month’s play-offs. An own goal from Johan Djourou handed Portugal the lead on 41 minutes and Andre Silva netted a second before …

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2018 World Cup: Rohr ready to drop Mikel Obi, Ighalo

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has admitted he might have to leave out captain John Obi Mikel and Odion Ighalo, from their 2018 World Cup qualifier against Algeria on November 11. The fixture has become a mere formality, after Nigeria booked their place at next year’s tournament, …

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Mourinho wants Barcelona’s Roberto at Old Trafford

Mourinho wants Barcelona’s Roberto at Old Trafford

Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho has told the club’s chiefs to sign Barcelona star, Sergi Roberto. Mourinho wants the Red Devils executives to bring Roberto to Old Trafford during January transfer window. According to Spanish transfer outlet, Don Balon, Mourinho is a huge admirer of Roberto. Roberto has been used …

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Hollywood’s long ugly history with sexual harassment

Hollywood's long ugly history with sexual harassment

For anyone thinking the days of the so-called casting couch were long gone, this past week has been eye-opening. The growing list of women directing allegations at Harvey Weinstein suggests they never left Hollywood. Here’s a look at some cases from the past and present. FIRST MAJOR SEX SCANDAL In …

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Catalan leader suspends Declaration of Independence

Catalan leader suspends Declaration of Independence

Catalonia’s leader Carles Puigdemont said Tuesday he accepted the “mandate of the people” for the region to become “an independent republic,” but proposed suspending its immediate implementation to allow for dialogue, AFP reported. “I assume the mandate of the people for Catalonia to become an independent republic,” he told Catalan …

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Cavani backs Neymar to win 2017 Ballon D’Or

Cavani backs Neymar to win 2017 Ballon D’Or

Edinson Cavani is backing his Paris Saint-Germain team-mate, Neymar, to win this year’s Ballon D’Or prize. PSG trio Neymar, Cavani and Mbappe were all named among the 30 contenders for the 2017 Ballon d’Or on Monday. Cavani and Neymar had a well-publicised spat over who would take a free kick …

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Catalan parliament session on possible independence opens

Catalan parliament session on possible independence opens

BARCELONA: A Catalan parliamentary session that could see regional president Carles Puigdemont declare independence opened on Tuesday, under intense scrutiny from the rest of Spain and Europe. “The session begins,” regional parliamentary speaker Carme Forcadell said, with all eyes on a speech by Puigdemont in which he may announce a …

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Aguero returns to Manchester City training

Aguero returns to Manchester City training

Sergio Aguero is back training with his Manchester City team-mates, after suffering a broken rib in a car accident. Aguero makes a quick return, after being injured in a car crash in Amsterdam, at the end of September. He was expected to be out of action for two to four …

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One dead, 19 rescued in Lagos boat mishap

One dead, 19 rescued in Lagos boat mishap

One passenger has been confirmed died on Tuesday while 19 others were rescued in a boat accident at the Oworonsoki end of the Third Mainland Bridge area of Lagos. Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, the Managing Director of the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), who confirmed the mishap in a statement, said the …

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Kenyan opposition leader withdraws from repeat presidential poll

NAIROBI, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga said on Tuesday he would not stand in a court-ordered re-run of August’s presidential election that is scheduled for Oct. 26, saying the polls would not be free or fair. President Uhuru Kenyatta said the election would proceed as planned, …

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Brazilian military return to Rio favela after gang shootout

Rio de Janeiro Oct 10 (AFP) – Some 500 soldiers, some in armored vehicles, swept into Rio de Janeiro’s Rocinha favela Tuesday to support a police raid after gun fights broke out between rival drug gangs. Officials said the operation was focused on the outskirts of Rocinha, especially in the …

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Egypt court upholds death sentence on eight Muslim Brotherhood members

An Egyptian court on Tuesday upheld the death sentences passed on eight members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood convicted of assaulting a police station in 2013, official MENA news agency reported. The Cairo Criminal Court made the decision after receiving the approval of the Grand Mufti, the highest religious authority …

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