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The Lord of the Ringos? Peter Jackson to direct a Beatles film

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Beatles in 1964: George Harrison, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney It’s a little-known fact that in the 1960s, The Beatles tried to obtain the film rights to The Lord of the Rings. John Lennon wanted to play Gollum, Paul McCartney would have been Frodo, and the band hoped Stanley Kubrick would direct it. But their plan came to an abrupt halt when JRR Tolkien refused to play ball. Now, in a strange twist of fate, a new Beatles film is being…

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Sofia Coppola to direct Bill Murray in Apple’s first film

Image copyright AFP Image caption Coppola’s first film since 2017’s The Beguiled will be co-produced by Apple Sofia Coppola will reunite with Lost in Translation star Bill Murray to make Apple’s first original feature film. News of the film, titled On the Rocks, comes ahead of the expected launch of the tech giant’s own streaming platform. Rashida Jones will star with Murray in the film, which tells of a young mother who reconnects with her playboy father. Apple is also working with Jennifer Aniston, Steven Spielberg and Reese Witherspoon on…

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Slack ‘seriously considering’ direct market listing: source

FILE PHOTO: The Slack app logo is seen on a smartphone in this picture illustration taken September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration (Reuters) – Slack Technologies Inc is “seriously” considering making its stock exchange debut through a direct listing, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Friday. The Wall Street Journal reported reported earlier in the day that Slack, which operates a popular workplace instant-messaging and collaboration app, is likely to debut in the second quarter and currently expects to do so via a direct listing. The plan for…

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Wilder v Fury II: WBC sanctions ‘direct’ rematch

The WBC has sanctioned a “direct rematch” between heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury. Britain’s Fury and American Wilder shared a controversial and thrilling draw in Los Angeles on Saturday. Fury’s promoter Frank Warren said both parties want a rematch and his fighter is pushing for it to be in the UK. The WBC said in a statement there was a “unanimous agreement” to sanction a rematch in a meeting of the board of governors. “Wilder and Fury gave boxing one of the best fights in the heavyweight division…

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Vision Direct hack puts customers’ money at risk

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Vision Direct says anyone who entered personal details into its site over a six day period could have been exposed Vision Direct is warning customers that a hack attack has exposed their personal data including payment card numbers, expiry dates and CVV codes. It said anyone who entered their details into its site between 3 and 8 November could be affected. The firm describes itself as Europe’s biggest online seller of contact lenses and eye care products. Several experts have said a fake Google…

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Sports Direct to close Evans Cycles stores in rescue deal

Image copyright Evans Cycles Billionaire Mike Ashley has announced a deal to buy Evans Cycles which will see half of the bike chain’s shops close, resulting in hundreds of job losses. The struggling firm was placed into administration before being sold to Sports Direct International. Mr Ashley, who founded Sports Direct, said: “In order to save the business, we only believe we will be able to keep 50% of stores open in the future.” Evans, which is nearly 100 years old, has 62 shops and employs 1,300 people. It emerged…

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James Bond: Carey Fukunaga to direct next James Bond film

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Fukunaga also directed the first series of True Detective Beasts of No Nation director Cary Fukunaga has been named as the director of the next James Bond film. Fukunaga, who is also directing new Emma Stone Netflix series Maniac, replaces Danny Boyle, who dropped out, blaming “creative differences”. “We are delighted to be working with Cary,” said producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. “His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure.” Filming will begin at Pinewood…

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Sports Direct denies it wants Debenhams to fail

Image copyright PA Sports Direct has denied claims that it wants struggling retailer Debenhams to collapse so it can buy it cheaply. Reports had suggested Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley could block Debenhams attempt to raise cash by selling its department store chain Magasin du Nord. A spokesperson said the suggestion was “irresponsible and incorrect”. The sportswear giant recently bought House of Fraser and owns 29.7% of Debenhams, prompting speculation of a possible merger between the two chains. Sports Direct’s spokesperson said that Sports Direct had discussed “various opportunities for…

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Mercedes unveils electric car in direct German challenge to Tesla

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Mercedes showed on Tuesday how it is “aggressively” gunning for top spot in upscale battery cars market currently dominated by Tesla, as it unveiled the EQC, its first fully electric car, at an event in Stockholm. The EQC, the first fully electric Mercedes car is shown at a presentation in Stockholm, Sweden September 4, 2018. REUTERS/Esha Vaish The event marks the start of the German onslaught against the American upstart and showcased a SUV with a 450 kilometer range, distinctively full-width rear light and clean-cut interiors that…

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Trump Kim summit: Talks were ‘honest and direct’, US president says

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionKim: “The world will see a major change” US President Donald Trump says his talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that culminated in a joint agreement were “honest, direct and productive”. Mr Trump said he would halt “war games” while Mr Kim had promised to destroy a missile testing site. Their agreement also included a commitment from Mr Kim to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons. It is the first time a US president and North Korean leader have met.…

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