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    During Tuesday's third quarter earnings call, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and other executives donned "Stranger Things" Christmas sweaters with embroidered blinking lights in a stunt designed to promote the second season of the hit show and announce a new merchandising deal with Target. "We’re celebrating both the amazing content that’s coming in ten days or so and also Target's great promotion strategy," Hastings said on the call.

    As we can see in this chart from Statista, licensed merchandising has already proven to be a strong business model for media companies like Walt Disney and Nickelodeon. Netflix's business is doing fine as it is — US and international subscriber rates both exceeded Wall Street's expectations, and the company was able to grow its revenue at higher than expected rates as well. But if consumers snap up Netflix-inspired T-shirts, games and action figures, the company could be looking at a new, multi-billion dollar business opportunity. 

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    From left to right, David Parfitt, Donna Gigliotti, Harvey Weinstein, Gwyneth Paltrow, Edward Zwick and Marc Norman all celebrate after receiving the Oscar for best picture for Recently, a wave of sexual harassment and assault allegations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein have emerged through a series of investigations published by The New York Times and The New Yorker.

    Following the reports, more and more women have spoken publicly about their experiences with Weinstein. 

    Most of these alleged encounters follow a similar pattern, of "business meetings" turning into a proposed massage, and hotel room sexual harassment or assault. These accusations start as early as the 1980s and include actresses, assistants, and other employees of Weinstein's companies. 

    With the catalog of alleged abuse growing, women like Gwyneth Paltrow, who accused Weinstein of touching her inappropriately in 1995, want to support women in similar situations by coming forward. 

    “We’re at a point in time when women need to send a clear message that this is over,” Paltrow told The New York Times. “This way of treating women ends now.”

    These are all the women who have come forward with accusations of Harvey Weinstein committing sexual harassment or assault, spanning decades.

    Note: A handful of women told their stories anonymously—including one who described an alleged rape to The New Yorker—but we did not include those stories in this list. 

    SEE ALSO: What 33 Hollywood stars have said about the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment and assault allegations

    Gwyneth Paltrow

    When Paltrow was 22 years old, Weinstein hired her to star in the 1995 movie "Emma." Before filming began, the actress told The New York Times that Weinstein invited her up to his room at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel for what she thought would be a professional meeting.

    Paltrow told the Times that the meeting ended with Weinstein touching her and suggesting they massage each other. "I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified," she said.

    Paltrow said she refused Weinstein's advances. She told her boyfriend at the time, Brad Pitt, about what happened. After Pitt confronted Weinstein, Weinstein told Paltrow not to tell anyone else about the incident, she recounted to the Times. "I thought he was going to fire me," Paltrow said. Pitt confirmed this story to the Times in an email.

    Paltrow, however, continued to appear in Weinstein movies. In 1998, Paltrow won the Oscar for best actress for her work in "Shakespeare in Love," which Weinstein produced, and she thanked Weinstein in her speech. 

    Paltrow told the Times that she felt like she had to keep up appearances to save her career. “He was alternately generous and supportive and championing, and punitive and bullying,” she said.



    Angelina Jolie

    The actress, director, and humanitarian didn't go into detail of her encounter with Weinstein, but she told The New York Times that she had a "bad experience" while shooting the 1998 movie "Playing by Heart."

    “I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did," she said. "This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”



    Ashley Judd

    Judd went on the record in The New York Times that 20 years ago, Weinstein invited her to the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel for what Judd thought would be a professional breakfast meeting.

    Judd said she was shocked when Weinstein sent her up to his room instead. Judd said Weinstein appeared in a bathrobe, offered her a massage, and asked her if she wanted to watch him take a shower. 

    She said she felt "panicky, trapped," and said if Weinstein wanted to touch her, she would have to win an Oscar for one of his movies first.

    “There’s a lot on the line, the cachet that came with Miramax," Judd told the Times. Years later, Judd appeared in two more Weinstein films, but said Weinstein didn't harass her again.



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    Each year in film, one movie stands out from the rest as the most critically acclaimed picture of the year.

    Since the turn of the new century, review aggregator Metacritic has compiled an annual list of the years' most well-received movies by assigning scores based on their composite critical reception.

    We selected the top film from each year's list, starting with 2000 and including the best of 2017 so far.

    The resulting list includes cultural landmarks like "The Social Network" and "Moonlight," and multiple appearances from the "Lord of the Rings" series.

    Check out the best movie of every year since 2000, according to critics:

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    2000: "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"

    Critic score: 93/100

    User score: 8.1/10

    Summary: "In 19th century China, a magical sword given by a warrior to his lover is stolen and the quest to find it ensues. The search leads to the House of Yu where the story travels in a different direction with the introduction of a mysterious assassin and another love story."

    What critics said: "Ang Lee, a world-class director working at the top of his elegant form, has done something thrilling." — Rolling Stone



    2001: "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring"

    Critic score: 92/100

    User score: N/A

    Summary: "An epic adventure of good against evil, a story of the power of friendship and individual courage, and the heroic quest to pave the way for the emergence of mankind, J.R.R. Tolkien's master work brought to cinematic life."

    What critics said: "So consistently involving because the excellent cast delivers their lines with the kind of utter conviction not seen in this kind of movie since the first 'Star Wars.'" — New York Post



    2002: "Spirited Away"

    Critic score: 96/100

    User score: 9.0/10

    Summary: "A young girl, Chihiro, becomes trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free herself and return her family to the outside world."

    What critics said: "The most deeply and mysteriously satisfying animated feature to come along in ages." — New York Magazine



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    Thanks to Miramax — Harvey and Bob Weinstein's first independent film company — writer and director Kevin Smith got his big break in the industry. In the early 90s, Miramax bought the rights to Smith's low-budget comedy, "Clerks," that went on to be a cult hit. 

    But amid the allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Weinstein, Smith has announced that he will donate all future residuals from his movies backed by Weinstein to Women in Film, a nonprofit that supports female filmmakers.

    “My entire career is tied up with the man,” Smith said on the Hollywood Babble-On podcast. “I just wanted to make some f---ing movies, that’s it. And no f---ing movie is worth all this. Like, my entire career, f--- it, take it. It’s wrapped up in something really f---ing horrible.”

    Smith said that he was not aware of Weinstein's behavior. “I know it’s not my fault, but I didn’t f---ing help. Because I sat out there talking about this man like he was a hero, like he was my friend. I didn’t know the man that they keep talking about in the press. Clearly he exists, but that man never showed himself to me.”

    When the allegations first broke out in The New York Times, Smith wrote on Twitter that he felt "ashamed" that he was profiting from Weinstein while others were suffering. 

    More than half of Smith's movies were produced by Weinstein, including "Clerks," "Clerks II," "Chasing Amy," "Jersey Girl," and "Zack and Miri Make a Porno."

    Smith also said that if The Weinstein Company goes under, he will donate $2,000 to Women in Film every month for the rest of his life. 

    You can listen to the Hollywood Babble-On podcast below:

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    • Jesus Campos, a security guard at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in an episode set to air Wednesday, publicly telling his story in detail for the first time.
    • He was hailed as a hero for his actions during the Las Vegas shooting, but disappeared for days after authorities changed key details in the timeline of the massacre.

    Jesus Campos, the security guard injured in the Las Vegas shooting who was lauded by authorities as an "absolute hero" for his efforts assisting police officers, appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Tuesday after disappearing for days.

    For the first time, Campos publicly gave key details of his experience at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on October 1, when Stephen Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor on thousands of concertgoers across the street, leaving 58 people dead and hundreds more wounded. The episode is set to air Wednesday afternoon.

    Campos had fallen off the radar of union leaders, backed out of media interviews, and sparked concern from neighbors who said they had no idea where he was amid a wide-ranging investigation into the shooting that has so far yielded more questions than answers and prompted a proliferation of conspiracy theories.

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    As he told DeGeneres, in clips provided to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Campos arrived on the 32nd floor that Sunday night to investigate a door that was left open. He called engineering to help him fix the door, he said, when he heard drilling sounds. A heavy door slammed, which is what Campos said he thought caught Paddock's attention.

    "I heard rapid fire, and at first I took cover," he said. "I felt a burning sensation. I went to go lift my pant leg up and I saw the blood. That's when I called it in on my radio that shots had been fired, and I was going to say that I was hit, but I got on my cellphone just to clear radio traffic so they could coordinate the rest of the call."

    That's when a maintenance worker named Stephen Schuck arrived from a higher floor, with no knowledge that the gunman was nearby. Schuck recalled walking down the hallway and seeing Campos before hearing shooting that sounded like a jackhammer. Campos told him to get down.

    "Within milliseconds, if he didn't say that, I would have been hit," Schuck said, adding that he could feel the pressure of the bullets going past him.

    A woman came out of a nearby room, and Campos told her to go back inside.

    "Really, he saved your life, and he saved also the woman who came out of the door to go into the hallway," DeGeneres said.

    She said that Campos didn't want to rehash the experience but that she wanted him on the show so he could share his story and so DeGeneres and her viewers could "celebrate him." Campos then thanked the first responders, police officers, the FBI, the community, and hospital workers who came together that night, "even in the darkest hour."

    Schuck added: "Definitely, I'd want to thank the first responders, and people on the ground at the show helping each other out. I think the acts of humanity were major that night. And I want to thank Jesus again, from my family and all my friends and everybody, for saving my life."

    Investigators have still not determined a motive for Paddock's deadly rampage, and Las Vegas authorities have changed their version of the shooting's timeline multiple times.

    Campos was shot in the leg as he approached the door of Paddock's hotel suite on the 32nd floor, and officials said he was "absolutely critical" to the police response to the shooting by notifying his dispatch immediately and advising officers as they arrived.

    But Campos disappeared Thursday before he was supposed to appear for several TV interviews, prompting the Las Vegas police to tamp down conspiracy theories that he was missing or under arrest.

    "We tell people what we know," Larry Hadfield, a Las Vegas police officer, told the fact-checking website Snopes. "If they don't believe it but they're going to believe whatever website, then I don't know what else to tell you."

    Watch a clip of the "Ellen" show from the Review-Journal here »

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    The new "South Park" game is one of the smartest dumb things I've ever experienced. The amount of work put into something so intensely asinine is impressive: It's essentially a playable "South Park" movie.

    South Park: The Fractured But Whole

    More than just looking exactly like the show, "South Park: The Fractured But Whole" is jammed full of the show's characters, rife with in-jokes, and set in the town of South Park, Colorado.

    The game's script clocks in at 360 pages — the size of two feature films, according to "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and roughly double the length of the last game.

    As a bonus, it's actually a pretty fun game to play! I'm about 15 to 20 hours in at this point, and I'm looking forward to playing the rest.

    SEE ALSO: I played 15 hours of the blockbuster new 'Shadow of War' game — here's what it's like

    WARNING: Spoilers ahead for "South Park: The Fractured But Whole," including story and gameplay.

    It probably goes without saying, but I'm going to speak explicitly about "South Park: The Fractured But Whole" — this is a review, after all. If you don't want anything spoiled, turn back!



    Some caveats up front: If you don't like "South Park," you won't like this game. If you don't like role-playing games, you also may not like this game!

    I like "South Park," the show, well enough. I saw the movie in theaters a million years ago. I played the first game (for work, but I enjoyed it!).

    If none of this applies to you, or you outright dislike "South Park," I doubt very much that you'll suddenly turn around on the franchise after playing "The Fractured But Whole." It's essentially a very long episode of "South Park," the show, with a lot of interactivity. You explore the town of South Park, talk to people, collect stuff, and fight enemies. There's a lot of room to explore as you wish, as well as a main progression path to stay on if you'd prefer something a bit more straightforward. 

    And all that stuff is good! But it's the "South Park" writing and voice acting and storytelling that makes "The Fractured But Whole" something unique. 

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    In that same vein, "The Fractured But Whole" is an old-school RPG with modern graphics. Combat is turn-based, meaning that combat is literally on a turn-by-turn basis — it's a tactical system instead of a real-time system. 

    If this all sounds like gibberish to you, you probably don't want to play "South Park: The Fractured But Whole." That said: "The Fractured But Whole" is a very easy introduction to the world of RPGs. If you're looking for an access point to role-playing games, this is it.



    "South Park: The Fractured But Whole" is a direct sequel to 2014's "South Park: The Stick of Truth."

    Like the previous "South Park" game, you're once again playing as "The New Kid" in town. What that means in practice is you can create a character that easily fits into the show's universe — a conceit that "The Fractured But Whole" acknowledges head on, just like every other video game standard it embraces. 

    I made this guy right here:

    South Park: The Fractured But Whole

    You may notice that the game's difficulty slider is directly tied to your character's skin color. This is only true insofar as the game's story is concerned; combat difficulty is set separately. As Eric Cartman puts it: "Don't worry, this doesn't affect combat. Just every other aspect of your whole life."

    Playing as "The New Kid," Cartman and the other usual suspects from "South Park" welcomed me into their new live action role-playing game. This time, instead of a fantasy world, the game is about superheroes — it's a send-up of the Marvel "Civil War" plotline, thus the "Fractured But Whole" name. Also because it sounds like "fractured butthole," of course. 

    Of course.



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    Harvey Weinstein

    • The NYPD and London police have opened up criminal investigations into Harvey Weinstein.
    • Entertainment lawyer Richard Roth weighed in on whether or not Weinstein will face criminal charges.
    • Roth said Weinstein will most likely end up facing a civil litigation, but no criminal charges.


    As more and more women come forward with sexual assault and harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein, the question of whether or not the producer can (or will) be indicted on sexual assault charges looms in the air.

    The NYPD confirmed that it has opened a criminal investigation into the mogul Thursday, as did the London police — but there's no telling what will come of the investigations yet.

    And a major question now is if Weinstein will be slapped with civil lawsuits, or if he'll be pressed with criminal charges.

    Criminal charges can only be brought by the federal or state government, and can result in jail time. A civil lawsuit, on the other hand, is the result of an individual (or entity) suing another individual (or entity), typically for a financial settlement. Civil cases never result in jail time for defendants. Criminal cases are much harder to win because prosecutors need to prove that the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

    Business Insider spoke to entertainment lawyer Richard Roth, from The Roth Law Firm, about the allegations against Weinstein, and what types of possible charges and lawsuits the producer and his company could face in the future.

    The civil case

    According to Roth, if Weinstein's accusers have not reached settlements with the producer already, and if their claims have not surpassed the civil statute of limitations for sexual assault in New York or Los Angeles — three years, and two years respectively — then they could serve him with a civil lawsuit. 

    The Weinstein Company could also get hit with a civil lawsuit, since Weinstein was one of the company's founders and executives, Roth said. 

    "Harvey Weinstein is the company, so if he's doing it [sexually harassing women], it's as if the company knew," Roth said.

    If a manager engages in any misconduct and a company becomes aware, or if there had been a "culture of complicity," or if anyone had aided and abetted Weinstein, then the entire company is liable for his misconduct — regardless of whether or not his accuser reported it, according to Roth.

    "The issue of lack of notice — meaning that the company didn't know [about the harassment] which is applicable in a lot of these cases — goes out the window," Roth said.

    The criminal case

    In The New Yorker's bombshell report of Weinstein's sexual assault allegations, actress Lucia Stoller said the producer forced her to perform oral sex on him in his Tribeca office in 2004 — a Class B felony, punishable by five to 25 years in prison if Weinstein is convicted, according to Variety.

    Roth said there is no statute of limitations for criminal sexual assault in New York, so the NYPD could very well indict Weinstein for the alleged act. But Roth said that the government typically won't pursue charges against someone like Weinstein unless it thinks it has a winnable case.

    "To date the authorities have tried to go after him [Weinstein] and nothing has really stuck yet as far as an indictment, so I don't know if they're really gonna go after him criminally, it doesn't seem like they are," Roth said. "It's a harder standard and it looks like some have tried but they haven't been able to come up with anything yet so my guess is that this will just amount to some kind of civil litigation."

    The celebrity factor

    Roth also pointed out that Weinstein is a celebrity, and that they "have the money, and they have the ability to put on a strong defense." These things comes into play when the government is deciding whether or not it wants to pursue a criminal case, because it can get extremely expensive.

    "There's a lot of money spent in going after these guys criminally, and they have to make a decision," Roth said.

    When asked if the number of women — over 30— who have come forward to accuse Weinstein of sexual assault or harassment would make a difference if Weinstein were to be indicted, Roth was unsure. Despite Weinstein's large number of accusers, it's unlikely that all of their accusations will come into play. 

    Roth referenced Bill Cosby, and said that despite being accused of sexual misconduct by 58 women, only one other woman besides his accuser Andrea Constand was allowed to testify in Cosby's trial, and that resulted in a hung jury in June.

    Each case is judged based on the issue before the jury, and not what happened before or after to other women, so it's unlikely that women other than the accuser in question would be allowed to testify should Weinstein be indicted for sexual assault.

    But Roth also pointed out that unlike Cosby, a lot of Weinstein's accusers happen to be more famous than him, and should stars like Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie testify, the scales would most likely tip in their favor. 

    "You have celebrities testifying against a celebrity. People just want to believe the celebrities, they're in their living room," Roth said.

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    • Amazon scrapped an untitled, Robert De Niro-led series that would have cost $160 million.
    • The company cancelled it following the sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein, a producer on the show, and Amazon Studios boss Roy Price.
    • The streaming service already spent $40 million on the series, according to a new report.

     

    Amazon announced Friday that it had scrapped a reported $160 million series starring Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore, in the light of sexual harassment and assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, who was a producer on the untitled series.

    And according to a new Hollywood Reporter article on the downfall of Amazon Studios boss Roy Price — who picked up the expensive, David O. Russell-directed series — the streaming service already wasted $40 million in pre-production costs for the show. 

    Amazon killed the show one day after putting Price on an extended leave of absence after the sexual harassment allegations made against him by Isa Hackett, the executive producer of Amazon's "The Man in the High Castle." (Price resigned from his job on Tuesday.)

    According to THR, Price helped Weinstein bring the David O. Russell show to fruition in its early stages, after Weinstein insisted that he could keep Russell, who he has previously worked with, and the pricey show on track. 

    Early work on the show was reportedly "chaotic," and now, in the aftermath of Price's resignation, Amazon will have to deal with sending $40 million down the drain for an ill-fated series.

    The show's high price tag, including a requested $1 million per episode salary for De Niro, led other networks like HBO to reject an offer for it, according to Indiewire. The series was set for a two-season, 20-episode production with Amazon. 

    Following Amazon's decision to cancel the show on Friday, Russell, De Niro, and Moore gave the following combined statement"We support Amazon’s decision as in light of recent news and out of respect for all those affected we have decided together that it is best to not move forward with this show."

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    Rapper Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka'oir have tied the knot after almost eight years of dating. The couple got married on live TV Tuesday night, during the premiere of their new BET reality show, "The Mane Event."

    Ka'oir, a model and fitness entrepreneur, stuck by Gucci Mane's side during his time in prison and on house arrest. During the ceremony, she wore a gown adorned with diamonds and held a matching bouquet. 

    See the lavish event, below.   

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    The two got engaged last November. The proposal happened during an Atlanta Hawks basketball game.

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    The diamond in the engagement ring is 25 carats, and it was estimated to cost between $3 million and $5 million.

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    The couple reportedly spent $50,000 on wedding invitations alone.

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    • Game publisher EA just killed a major upcoming "Star Wars" game.
    • The veteran game developer behind the "Uncharted" series was working on it.
    • Now it's being turned into something else, and EA is closing the studio that was behind it.

    A new blockbuster "Star Wars" game just bit the dust before anyone could play it.

    The game didn't have an officially announced name, but it was shown briefly back in June 2016. It was an ambitious new story in the "Star Wars" franchise, with a major game veteran at its helm: Amy Hennig, the creative director and writer behind the first three "Uncharted" games. 

    Now, the game is being turned into something else, and the studio behind it — Visceral Games — is being shuttered. 

    "To deliver an experience that players will want to come back to and enjoy for a long time to come, we needed to pivot the design," EA executive vice president of Worldwide Studios Patrick Söderlund said in a blog post on Tuesday evening. Söderlund described the game as "a story-based, linear adventure game." It also appears to be a third-person game based on the footage from 2016.

    Though this "Star Wars" game may be scrapped, Söderlund said that the project will live on in another form through "a development team from across EA Worldwide Studios." That group includes EA Maxis, Bioware, DICE, and all other internal development studios. Additionally, he said that EA is "shifting as many of the team as possible to other projects and teams." Visceral Games is most well-known for creating the "Dead Space" video game series; it's based out of EA's headquarters in Redwood City, CA.

    It's unclear exactly what form that the new "Star Wars" project will take, but Söderlund described it as "a broader experience that allows for more variety and player agency." The original game, under Hennig's direction, was expected to arrive in 2018; that window no longer applies to the new project.

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    EA has a 10-year exclusive video game license agreement with Disney for creating and publishing games based on the "Star Wars" franchise. "Star Wars Battlefront 2," seen above, is one of many "Star Wars" games in the works at the publisher. It's planned to launch for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on November 17. 

    SEE ALSO: Here are the next 4 'Star Wars' games through 2018 and beyond

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    You may have credits that can be applied to purchases waiting in your Amazon account. 

    The free credits which can be applied to any product on Amazon.com are funded by Apple as result of a class-action settlement over e-book pricing.

    To check if you have credits, simply click this link.

    Amazon sent an additional round of credits on Wednesday after paying out the first batches of credits over the past two years. 

    These new credits are going to people who redeemed credits that were previously sent out. 

    "Customers who redeemed some or all of their credits from the June 2016 distribution are eligible to receive additional credits in October 2017, as mandated by the court," according to the Amazon page. "These credits are funded by Apple."

    The credits expire on April 20, 2018. 

    Here's an email Business Insider received about the credits: 

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    What happened

    In March 2016, the Supreme Court declined to hear a long-running case about Apple price-fixing e-books, making an earlier $400 million settlement final. For the past few years, Apple's been paying it out

    Here's how it works:

    • You're eligible if you bought an e-book from a large publishing company between April 1, 2010, and May 21, 2012.
    • Amazon's only giving people credits in this round who had a U.S. billing address and bought a Kindle book from a big publisher. 
    • Those credits will be automatically applied to the account where you bought the e-books unless you requested a paper check years ago.

    Amazon has a lot more information in its FAQ. Because the settlement is for purchases that were made so long ago, make sure you check your old email address, too.

    If you're wondering why Apple is paying for Amazon credits, it's a long and fascinating story. Essentially, the complaint was that Apple Senior Vice President Eddy Cue strong-armed major publishers into a pricing agreement that ended up causing e-book prices to spike overnight.

    The judgment was handed down in 2013, and Apple started sending iTunes credits to customers in 2014.

    Once again, you can check if you got any Amazon credits here.

    According to Amazon, here is how you apply those credits to a purchase:

    "Amazon added settlement credits to the accounts of eligible customers on October 18th, 2017. You don't have to do anything to claim your credit. We will automatically apply the credit to your purchase of any item through Amazon.com. The credit applied to your purchase will appear as a gift card in your order summary during checkout and in your account history...

    "We will automatically apply your available credit the next time you purchase any product through Amazon.com, an Amazon device or an Amazon app. The credit applied to your purchase will appear as a gift card in your order summary during checkout and in your account history."

    SEE ALSO: How Steve Jobs, Rupert Murdoch, and Stephen King worked to fix the prices of e-books

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    • Netflix's "Mindhunter" is a thrilling origin story of the team that studied the psychology of serial killers.
    • The series includes real-life serial killers like Jerry Brudos, Ed Kemper, and Richard Speck.
    • It is reminiscent of executive producer David Fincher's 2007 film "Zodiac."
    • The show never shows an actual murder or crime scene.
    • Within ten episodes, it successfully reinvents what a crime procedural can be.

    You probably think you know what Netflix's "Mindhunter" is like — but you're wrong.

    The new drama, whose executive producers include David Fincher and Charlize Theron, is set in the late 70s and follows the FBI team that studied the psychology of serial killers and murderers, and even came up with the term "serial killer." Playwright Joe Penhall adapted the series from the non-fiction book co-written by John E. Douglas, the FBI agent who helped invent modern criminal profiling.

    "Mindhunter" is, probably not coincidentally, similar in tone, pacing, and look to Fincher's excellent 2007 film "Zodiac."

    Essentially, "Mindhunter" is an origin story of the team who figured out that serial killers are likely to harm animals, wet the bed over the age of 12, and have terrible relationships with their mothers — and by default, hatred toward women, who are usually their victims. 

    "Mindhunter," like 2016's "Stranger Things," seemingly came out of nowhere.

    Screeners of the first season were not available to the press, which is quite rare especially for new shows. Besides the usual teaser trailer and full trailer, there wasn't much marketing for the show. I live in New York City, where ads for TV shows haunt me for months on my commute. Usually light marketing and no screeners is a sign that a show is really, really bad.

    So I, and many TV critics, were surprised to find that "Mindhunter" is incredible.

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    In ten episodes, you'll never actually see a murder, and you'll barely even get a glimpse of crime scenes. You might see, for example, some episodes begin or end with The BTK killer, Dennis Rader — who wasn't caught until the early 2000s — leave or arrive at a crime scene. But you don't see him kill. The violence is depicted and evident in photos, dialogue, and the tension in every scene with one of the killers in prison. 

    FBI agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) travel around the country educating law enforcement about the psychology of criminals, in hopes that it can help them catch a killer or a criminal. They call this "road school." While they're on the road, Holden and Bill visit high-profile killers in prison. Holden and Bill visit Richard Speck (Jack Erdie) in one of the show's most chilling scenes at a grotesque prison in Joliet, Illinois. In 1966, Speck murdered eight nursing students in Chicago in one night. 

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    At first, their visits are unknown to their boss at the FBI. But after their research helps solve a few murders, their boss gets the project approved, adds Boston University professor Dr. Wendy Dunn (a very excellent and underused Anna Torv) to the team, and gets them funding.

    Every actor playing the real-life killers is so haunting that the performances will stay with you. And though their performances are terrifying, killers like Brudos and Kemper are so charming and empathetic when they share their troubled childhood that you might end up feeling bad for them, just like special agent Holden eventually does.

    What separates "Mindhunter" from other crime dramas is the way it intertwines the agents' personal lives into the story. A lot of crime shows, particularly on network TV, have a heavy-handed approach to applying a law enforcement character's personal life in to their work life, and vice versa. "Mindhunter" is different.

    Holden is a weird guy, but he's a good one — or so we think. We watch his first real relationship with grad student Debbie Mitford (Hannah Gross) blossom, and slowly unravel. As Holden continues his research and casual, explicit, and disturbing conversations with murderers, the sympathetic character established in the first episode shifts completely.

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    Throughout the season we learn more about Bill, who is at first reluctant to do personal interviews with killers. Bill has a wife and an adopted son, who's not adjusting well after three years — and ironically, might exhibit some of the personality traits they're finding in the killers they're studying.

    Dr. Dunn, who unfortunately doesn't get as much alone screen time as she deserves (she likely will in season two), establishes her past and personal life in quick scenes that don't need to explain anything to the viewer beyond what we see. 

    The show's showcase (or lack thereof) of its female characters is its primary flaw, with Dr. Dunn — an educated, intelligent closeted lesbian who doesn't answer to anybody — losing screen time to her partners, Holden and Bill, despite the fact that she's one of the reasons their department exists. Holden's girlfriend, Debbie, only seems to exist so we are aware that Holden has a sex life. Her only thing, really, is that she is a grad student. Bill's wife, Nancy, is arguably the most developed female character. She only appears in three episodes, usually to support her husband, and demonstrates her struggle to parent their adopted son, Brian.  

    In just ten episodes, "Mindhunter" packs significant character development, mystery, subtle-yet-powerful performances, and beautiful (but creepy) cinematography, in what turns out to be a thrilling and educational psychological drama that you should be watching right now.

    You can watch the trailer for "Mindhunter" below:

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    • Asics is launching a new initiative to reinterpret the brand for American consumers.
    • It has enlisted world-famous DJ Steve Aoki as its spokesperson.
    • CEO Gene McCarthy hopes that this will unlock a new customer base for the brand.


    Japanese sportswear brand Asics has a new plan to get cool — and it's enlisted some help.

    The brand is partnering with lifestyle guru and DJ sensation Steve Aoki to launch a new campaign called "I move me."

    Asics America CEO Gene McCarthy called the new initiative a "pivot point" for the brand as it tries to speak more directly to American consumers.

    "Our brand has to move and look at things differently. And it has to echo its voice differently than it has in the past," McCarthy said.

    More than just an advertising campaign, the effort is the first prong of Asics' reintroducing itself into the US market. The brand is known for its running shoes, and McCarthy says that 30% of the runners in the New York City Marathon wear Asics shoes. But runners are a shrinking group, so Asics needs to find new ways to expand its customer base. 

    "The growth in running is flat to slightly declining, so it just doesn't make to sense hang your hat on that," McCarthy said.

    Right now, though, Asics is less popular with non-runners. Only 2% of upper-income teens and 1% of average-income teens said that Asics was one of their favorite brands in Piper Jaffray's semiannual Taking Stock of Teens Survey.  

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    The brand is now striving to reinterpret its mission to capture a new audience. Not content to be a niche running shoemaker any longer, the brand is looking to increase its mainstream appeal, and it's turning its eye to the US with big plans. McCarthy, an industry veteran with decades of footwear experience, including two decades at Nike, was brought on two years ago to lead the charge.

    The Americas now account for a third of the company's revenue, but the goal is now to increase that by expanding its footprint in the world's largest and most influential sportswear market: the US.

    To achieve that, Asics is looking to the past for inspiration.

    Asics was founded in Japan in 1949, in the aftermath of World War II. The brand's founder thought that the youth of Japan would be healthier if they were more active, and so they created a shoe they could move in. The brand's name — an acronym of the Latin phrase "anima sana in corpore sano," which means "of sound mind, of sound body" — came later, in 1977.

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    McCarthy now hopes to take that ethos and apply it to a modern sensibility, creating a brand that will resonate with a customer outside of professional running. Asics is enlisting Aoki to do so. 

    The brand will also be opening new stores in trendy districts of New York City, as well as a flagship store on 5th Avenue.

    But McCarthy says that Aoki's partnership with Asics isn't just about stamping a well-known name on a shoe and sending it out the door to sell.

    "We didn't look for a celebrity. Having a celebrity endorser isn't always meaningful to the consumer, so we weren't looking for that," McCarthy said.

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    Instead, Aoki gives Asics a voice and a chance to reach customers it might not have been able to speak to otherwise. McCarthy also says that Aoki has some qualities that fit in well with Asics' ethos: he's Japanese-American, athletic, and a sneakerhead.

    "[Aoki] may be more fit and more athletic than the actual athletes we have relationships with," McCarthy said.

    Aoki will also act as a curator for Asics' considerable stable of retro designs, and he may in the future experiment with the brand by combining Asics' traditional shapes and soles in new ways. 

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    But McCarthy is under no illusions that the addition of a famous spokesperson and a few new retro designs will suddenly make the brand cool again.

    "You can't just decide that you're a cool brand and make fashion stuff — it doesn't work that way," he said. 

    Instead, McCarthy says that the brand is working on building an emotional connection with new consumers, much like the connection the brand already has with runners.

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    McCarthy says he realizes that now is an "interesting" time to ramp up the brand's focus on the US market, as industry leader Nikesees declining sales and Under Armour sees shoe sales stagnating

    "The waters are muddy out there. When big, powerful brands stub their toe, sometimes they fall hard," McCarthy said.

    He says he's not worried about how stiff the competition is, however.

    He added: "At the end of the day it's: What does the consumer think of you? If they think you have values that they can tap into, think you make something that's precious to them, that's all that matters. The revenue will come."

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    • "Triplets" is a sequel to the hit 1988 comedy "Twins."
    • Eddie Murphy joins original stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito.
    • Schwarzenegger confirms the movie begins shooting early next year.

    Arnold Schwarzenegger has confirmed that a sequel to one of his classic movies from the 1980s is very close to getting off the ground. 

    After years of teasing the project, Schwarzenegger says "Triplets," the sequel to the hit 1988 Ivan Reitman-directed comedy "Twins," starring Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito as twins who are separated at birth, will begin shooting in 2018. And adding to the family will be a third brother played by Eddie Murphy. 

    "I had a conversation yesterday with my agent and he said that the script will be finished in 14 days," Schwarzenegger told Business Insider while promoting his new movie, "Killing Gunther" (currently available On Demand, opening in theaters on Friday). "Ivan Reitman is extremely happy with what he's seen so far, he just wants to make a few tweaks, so that's music to my ears. I think sometime beginning of next year we can shoot the film."

    Schwarzenegger said Murphy is "absolutely" still involved in the movie and that he, DeVito, and Murphy are all excited to get started.

    "We are in touch with each other all the time," Schwarzenegger said. "Everyone is happy to do this movie."

    Reitman will be returning to direct a script written by Ryan Dixon and Josh Gad (yes, Olaf from "Frozen").

    "Twins" was a smash hit when it opened number one its opening weekend in theaters. It went on to earn over $200 million worldwide and showed that Schwarzenegger could do more than just be an action star.

    Audiences have shown in recent years that they don't take too kindly to lazy attempts at reviving popular movies from the past. But hopefully with the years this project has been in development (since 2012), and the addition of Eddie Murphy, "Triplets" can be a surprise hit for Universal.

    Watch the trailer for "Twins" below:

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    • A bombshell report from the New York Times accuses Albany, New York-based group NXIVM of manipulative and abusive tactics.
    • According to The Times, it practices cult-like behavior including branding some of its members and a hierarchical structure of "masters," "slaves," and "Vanguard."
    • Motivational "self-improvement" programs and products are a $9.9 billion market, and self-help has a history of veering into the cult realm.

    The self-help industry is booming.

    Motivational "self-improvement" programs and products including books, speeches and seminars, and self-help organizations are a $9.9 billion market, according to the newest report from independent research firm Marketdata Enterprises.

    One "self-help" organization, NXIVM, illustrates the slippery slope that comes with placing your hopes for success and fulfillment into the hands of a charismatic leader.

    Keith Raniere, who the New York Times describes as "a New Age teacher with long hair and a guru-like manner of speaking," founded NXIVM in 1998. The "self-help" group, based in Albany, New York, with chapters across the country, Canada and Mexico, offers "programs that provide the philosophical and practical foundation necessary to acquire and build the skills for success," according to NXIVM's website.

    On Tuesday, the New York Times reported that the organization practices cult-like behavior including branding some of its members and a hierarchical structure of "masters," "slaves," and "Vanguard."

    Canadian actress Sarah Edmondson told the New York Times that she and other female members in their 30s and 40s were recruited by "rock star" member Lauren Salzman to join a "secret sisterhood" within the organization "created to empower women."

    Here are eight of the wildest details about the secret society from the New York Times report:

    • The sorority reportedly had a number of different circles each led by a "master" who would recruit six "slaves." Eventually, these "slaves" would recruit "slaves" of their own.
    • To gain admission to the sorority, "slaves" were reportedly required to give their "master" naked photographs or other compromising material as "collateral." If they revealed the group's existence, the "collatoral" might be publicly released.
    • Membership is said to have grown steadily. "Slaves added compromising collateral every month to Dropbox accounts, and a Google Document was used to list a timetable for recruiting new slaves, several women said," the New York Times reports.
    • During an initiation ceremony, one "master," a top NXIVM official named Lauren Salzman, reportedly instructed women to say: "Master, please brand me, it would be an honor."

      "A female doctor proceeded to use a cauterizing device to sear a two-inch-square symbol below each woman's hip, a procedure that took 20 to 30 minutes. For hours, muffled screams and the smell of burning tissue filled the room," the New York Times reports.

    • The branding symbol's design is said to have incorporated Ranier's initials as a "tribute." According to the New York Times, Ranier texted a female follower: "if it were abraham lincolns or bill gates initials no one would care.'"
    • "Former members have depicted [Raniere] as a man who manipulated his adherents, had sex with them, and urged women to follow near-starvation diets to achieve the type of physique he found appealing," the New York Times reports.
    • During training, the women were reportedly required to text their "masters," "Morning M" and "Night M." If a "master" texted her "slaves" with a "?" and a "slave" failed to reply, "Ready M," within 60 seconds, said "slave" would have to pay a penalty like fasting or a physical punishment, the New York Times reports.

    • NXIVM-affiliated physician Dr. Brandon Porter reportedly conducted an "experiment" on some women, where he showed them violent footage of women being murdered and dismembered while a brain-wave machine and video camera recorded their reactions.

    The accounts undoubtedly tick many of those boxes used to determine if an organization is a cult.

    Former Harvard Medical School professor and psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton outlined in his paper "Cult Formation" three primary characteristics most commonly shared by destructive cults:

    1. A charismatic leader, who increasingly becomes an object of worship as the general principles that may have originally sustained the group lose power.
    2. A process of coercive persuasion or thought reform — otherwise known as brainwashing.
    3. Economic, sexual, and other exploitation of group members by the leader and the ruling coterie.

    Self-help has a history of veering into the cult realm.

    In 2009, self-help speaker James Arthur Ray, who charged his followers $10,000 to attend a meditation retreat in the desert, asked attendees to shave their heads and huddle within his "sweat lodge" for 36 hours without food or water. Three people died of heatstroke, while 18 others were hospitalized.

    Edmondson and other members eventually left the NXIVM group, despite fears their "collateral" would be used against them. "There is no playbook for leaving a cult," Edmondson told the New York Times.

    Read the full New York Times report »

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    Harvey (L) and Bob Weinstein of Miramax Films arrives at the Miramax party March 24, 1997 at the Mondrian Hotel in Los Angeles. Miramax distributed the films

    On Tuesday night, Bob Weinstein made his first public statement after allegations of sexual harassment and assault by his brother, movie producer Harvey Weinstein, surfaced in stories from The New York Times and The New Yorker last week.

    "My brother Harvey is obviously a very sick man," Bob told TMZ. "I've urged him to seek immediate professional help because he is in dire need of it. His remorse and apologies to the victims of his abuse are hollow."

    Harvey was fired from The Weinstein Company by its board, which includes Bob, who is a cofounder, on October 8. Two days before, however, Page Six reported that tension had been rising between the siblings, referring to them as the "Cain and Abel" of Hollywood.

    "Bob's wanted Harvey out for years," a former staffer told Page Six. Bob Weinstein has denied these allegations. 

    Together, the brothers owned 42% of the company, and while Harvey has resigned from the board, Bob is now currently the head of the company. The Weinstein Company is said to be exploring a sale to Colony Capital, though Bob has disputed this.

    TMZ reported that Harvey believes it was his younger brother who fed information to The New York Times, and it was reported that The Weinstein Company had known of Harvey's payoffs to women since 2015

    Now Bob is also being accused of sexual harassment by TV show executive producer Amanda Segel. While Bob has denied any inappropriate behavior towards Segel, Variety reported a detailed account of her accusations, which reportedly took place in 2016.

    SEE ALSO: Harvey Weinstein has resigned from The Weinstein Company board, as the company struggles to survive

    Harvey and Bob Weinstein are from New York City, and as Bob wrote in a Vanity Fair article in 2003, the two "grew up in a small two-bedroom apartment in a lower-middle-class housing development called Elechester." In that same article, Bob referred to himself as the "quiet brother."

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    Harvey and Bob Weinstein founded Miramax in 1979 and sold it to Disney for around $70 million in 1997. The name was a nod to their parents, Miriam and Max.

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    In 2005, the brothers left the company and began The Weinstein Company with a $1 billion investment from Goldman Sachs.

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    • Harvey Weinstein was allegedly up against a deadline to pay $600,000 to the American Repertory Theater (ART) for staging a trial run of Broadway-bound "Finding Neverland," which he produced.
    • To ensure he made the deadline, he allegedly made a deal with Kenneth Cole to split proceeds of an amfAR auction item, which would allow amfAR to wire $600,000 to ART.
    • After others at amfAR grew skeptical of the agreement, the two allegedly took drastic steps to cover up the deal, which may have been against IRS charity rules.

     

    Since June 2015, the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) has been embroiled in an internal scandal that involves two of the nonprofit's major players, Harvey Weinstein and Kenneth Cole, following a financial deal between the two that's since fallen under scrutiny.

    The scandal has led to numerous board members resigning and an investigation by the New York attorney general's office. The New York Times reported on the news of the investigation in September.

    According to an investigative report from The Huffington Post published Wednesday, Weinstein and Cole — the clothing designer and non-executive chairman of amfAR for over a decade — allegedly covered up an agreement the two had to split the proceeds of an auction item for a 2015 fundraising gala in Cannes.

    The Huffington Post reports that the series of events began when Weinstein needed pay $600,000 by June 1 to the American Repertory Theater (ART) for staging a trial run of the Broadway-bound musical "Finding Neverland," which Weinstein produced. If Weinstein didn't hit the deadline, he and his investors wouldn't recoup the money they initially gave to ART, according to the report.

    What allegedly unfolded is an example of the behind-the-scenes tactics Weinstein had become known for utilizing to get his way, which resulted in an alleged cover up involving Cole that also happened to bring to light the sexual harassment and assault rumors that had been floating around Weinstein for decades.

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    Red flags reportedly started flying at amfAR when executives realized that Weinstein and Cole agreed to split the proceeds on an auction item up to $1.2 million, and that half would go to amfAR and the other half would go to ART. If the auction item ended up going for more than $1.2 million, $600,000 would go to ART and the rest would go to amfAR, according to the report.

    On the night of the auction, the auction item reportedly ended up going for $909,669. According to the HuffPost story, Cole and Weinstein's deal then changed in light of the item going for less than $1.2 million. Now ART would get $600,000 while amfAR would get the rest, $309,669, HuffPo reports, allowing Weinstein to pay ART enough to recoup his earlier investment.Harvey Weinstein amfar Getty

    With amfAR staff asking questions about the agreement and its changing terms, and Cole reportedly being cagey on the full details of the agreement, steps were allegedly made to not pay the money until the auction buyers had completed the experiences they paid for, according to the HuffPost story.

    Meanwhile, the June 1 deadline for Weinstein was looming.

    After numerous frantic emails between both parties, Weinstein reportedly wired $600,000 of his own money to amfAR, to act as a sort of insurance against any failure to pay from those participating in the auction, and in return amfAR would wire the same amount to ART on June 1. HuffPost reports that internal emails revealed that Weinstein expected to be repaid the $600,000 by amfAR.

    The Huffington Post reports that amfAR executives were concerned this deal was against IRS charity rules, which state that “an individual is not entitled to unjustly enrich himself at the organization’s expense.”

    However, Weinstein, who for years helped bring in major celebrities to amfAR fundraisers, reportedly wouldn't relent.

    This reportedly led the amfAR executive committee to retain Texas trial lawyer Thomas Ajamie to independently investigate the transaction.

    The first investigation

    Weinstein made himself unavailable for months to Ajamie, according to the report. Ajamie concluding in his eight-page report on the matter that the deal between Weinstein and Cole “exposed amfAR to material risks to its financial integrity and reputation” and that amfAR not disclosing that some of the proceeds would be shared with ART was a “fraud on the bidders,” according to the HuffPost story.

    Soon after giving his report on the Weinstein transaction, Ajamie also began to get contacted by anonymous people alleging sexual misconduct from Weinstein, according to the story.

    This reportedly led to both Weinstein and Cole using various tactics to bury Ajamie and his report: for Cole it was to keep the negative findings involving his approval of the transaction from spreading, while for Weinstein, it was to keep Ajamie from digging further into the sexual misconduct allegations he was beginning to hear about, according to the HuffPost story.

    In the months that followed, Weinstein reportedly threatened to sue all the board members of amfAR and attempted to persuade at least one board member to vote to allow law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher to investigate the amfAR-ART transaction, along with Ajamie himself. The board member reportedly didn't vote on the firm coming on, but Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher did anyway.

    The second investigation

    One of the firm's partners, Orin Snyder, "regularly attacked Ajamie, questioning his motives and taking actions that protected Weinstein and Cole over the general interests of the organization" over the next six months, according to multiple Huffington Post sources. The additional investigation reportedly resulted in a report to the amfAR board on the amfAR-ART deal in which Snyder concluded that "this contribution was a lawful charitable donation to ART" and "any contrary suggestion is misinformed and wrong.”

    Snyder then allegedly took steps to get the board to sign a nondisclosure agreement on the amfAR-ART matter, HuffPost reports. When some board members refused, Snyder reportedly presented a letter from a Weinstein attorney which said he would contribute $1 million to amfAR over five years if they all signed — but only if Cole remained non-executive chairman, according to the HuffPost story.

    Cole also reportedly sent an email to the board encouraging its members to sign the NDA. The email allegedly included a line that only now, after the Weinstein stories in the New York Times and The New Yorker in the past weeks, makes sense: "We are signing something that promises confidentiality and that we won’t involve ourselves in Harvey’s affairs in the future,” Cole wrote, according to the HuffPost story.

    Multiple board members have resigned since the NDA drama. According to the HuffPost story, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has started an investigation into the amfAR-ART transaction and a probe into amfAR’s corporate governance procedures.

    Business Insider contacted The Weinstein Company and Kenneth Cole for comment but did not get an immediate response.

    For the full deep dive into the scandal and the correspondences involved, head on over to The Huffington Post.

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    CBS' "Young Sheldon" is the most popular new show so far this fall, according to Nielsen ratings data provided to Variety.

    "The Big Bang Theory" prequel has accumulated 22.4 million total viewers, and has a higher number of total viewers than any of the new shows that premiered during the week of September 25. 

    ABC's "The Good Doctor" follows "Young Sheldon" with 19.2 million total viewers, and "Will & Grace" takes third place, with 15.8 million total viewers.

    These are all of the 7 most popular new shows so far this fall based on Nielsen ratings:

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    7. "Me, Myself, & I" (CBS) — 9.2 million total viewers

    The comedy follows Alex Riley throughout three pivotal periods of his life, when he is 14, 40, and 65 years old.



    6. "The Brave" (NBC) — 9.6 million total viewers

    A military team sets out on dangerous, high-risk missions behind enemy lines.



    5. "Wisdom of the Crowd" (CBS) — 10.6 million total viewers

    Tech mogul Jeffrey Tanner (Jeremy Piven) creates a social network platform to crowdsource and evaluate evidence to locate his daughter's killer. 

     



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    Netflix has done some housecleaning in the last few months, cutting high-profile shows like "Sense8" and "The Get Down," and killing flops like "Girlboss" and "Gypsy" after only one season.

    The streaming service most recently canceled "Chelsea," comedian Chelsea Handler's talk show, after two seasons. "Chelsea" aired three days a week, with new episodes on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. 

    Netflix historically has canceled very few shows — only about nine (or up to 11, depending on how you count). But if CEO Reed Hastings gets his way, expect more in the future.

    "We've canceled very few shows," Hastings said at the Code Conference in May. "I'm always pushing the content team. We have to take more risk. You have to try more crazy things. Because we should have a higher cancel rate overall."

    Here are the nine shows Netflix has killed, along with their critic and audience ratings from Metacritic.

    Additional reporting by Jethro Nededog.

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    "Longmire": Canceled after six seasons (three on Netflix)

    Netflix description: "This contemporary crime thriller focuses on a Wyoming sheriff who's rebuilding his life and career following the death of his wife."

    Critic rating: 75/100

    Audience rating: 9.2/10



    "Lilyhammer": Canceled after three seasons

    Netflix description: "They killed his dog. They made him run. Now he's living a new life in a strange land ... like a boss."

    Critic rating: 68/100

    Audience rating: 7.6/10



    "Hemlock Grove": Canceled after three seasons

    Netflix description: "A quaint town links a mangled corpse to a dark outsider with a carnivorous secret. But monsters come in many forms."

    Critic rating: 37/100

    Audience rating: 6.7/10



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    Nintendo's wildly successful Switch console is already pretty great, but a new software update makes it even better.

    Version 4.0 of the console's operating system went live this week, and it adds some hugely important stuff. Here's a breakdown of the big update!

    SEE ALSO: Nintendo learned from 2 huge mistakes with the Wii U to make the Switch a runaway success

    1. Easily record video clips of games.

    That little button underneath the Switch's directional pad is the Record button, and it normally only functions as a means of snapping in-game screenshots. It's a great little addition to the Switch that makes me feel like every game is an adventure to capture. I have dozens of screenshots that I've taken just because. It's so easy to! Why not?

    Now, if you hold down that button for a bit longer, it captures the last 30 seconds of gameplay in an editable video. For some bizarre reason, the new function only works with select games — here's the current list of supported software, as of Thursday:

    - "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild"

    - "Splatoon 2"

    - "ARMS"

    - "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe"



    Check out the new video recording function in this video from Nintendo:

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    2. Transfer data from one Switch to another.

    There are loads of reasons why you might want to transfer saved data from one Nintendo Switch console to another. One such reason is illustrated expertly by Nintendo in the image above: If multiple people have profiles on a single Switch console, and one of those people gets their own console, that person will probably want to move their data to the new console. 

    Now, thankfully, that's possible. 

    It's a relatively simple process that's done over the internet — Nintendo spells out the whole process, step-by-step, on its support site.



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