Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in a scene from 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'

The desolation of the Weinstein brothers: Film producers sue Warner Bros for $75m over Hobbit films

Harvey and Bob Weinstein claim they are entitled to cash from the three instalments of the film, which was originally a single book

Video streaming giant Netflix has admitted that they study the most popular TV downloads on piracy websites to help decide which content to bring to their service.

Netflix admits they use piracy sites to help pick their shows

Video streaming giant Netflix has admitted that they study the most popular TV downloads on piracy websites to help decide which content to bring to their service.

Icahn finally admits defeat in battle to stop Dell going private

For months now, it has been one of the most high-profile battles on Wall Street: Carl Icahn, the activist investor, leading the opposition to Michael Dell’s plan to take the computer giant he founded private as it struggles to deal with the drop-off in PC sales. But yesterday Mr Icahn finally threw in the towel after a series of defeats.

In fashion: Vice magazine, the scenesters' Bible

Vice Media sells 5% stake to Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox

The company have signed a $70m deal with 21st Century Fox

James Ashton: 'Absentee landlord' shareholders? No, we're all activists now

Outlook The attention that has been given to making sure shareholders are not the "absentee landlords" that Lord Myners grumbled about in the aftermath of the financial crisis should have made redundant the description of any investor as an activist. It clearly hasn't, as Carl Icahn's move on Apple proves.

Breaking Bad: new episode pirated more than 500,000 times in 12 hours

But the show also doubled its TV viewing audience from the first episode of season 5

Nikhil Kumar: Grand bargain? Barack Obama’s corporate tax wheeze is more a grand fantasy

The only way big companies will pay even 28 per cent is if politicians close every loophole

The Business Matrix: Thursday 8 August 2013

Gatsby boosts Warner Bros

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, and Tumblr Chief Executive David Karp after Yahoo's acquisition of Tumblr

Within a week of buying Tumblr, Yahoo joins Time Warner in race for Hulu

The online video service, founded in 2007, allows users to watch TV shows

Actors Michael Douglas and Matt Damon attend the 'Behind The Candelabra' photocall

Television wins new respect from movie elite at Cannes Film Festival 2013 as HBO moves in

Actors and directors gathered for the world's leading movie showcase in Cannes this week said television was increasingly luring top talent and should no longer be seen as artistically inferior to the big screen.

Musician Keith Urban and jury member actress Nicole Kidman attend the 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Premiere during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 19, 2013 in Cannes

Seduced and Abandoned: Cannes Film Festival - where celebrity sells and celebrities sell themselves

Film stars come to Cannes to promote themselves and their projects - so where better to launch a wry documentary bemoaning the seeming dominance of celebrity pulling-power over content?

How crowdsourcing media got it wrong during the Boston bombing investigation

Boston Marathon bombings: How Twitter and Reddit got it wrong

'Horrible' night for family of missing student named as suspect

IPC Media boss Sylvia Auton to step down

Sylvia Auton, the boss of IPC Media, is to step down next month as chairman and chief executive at Britain's biggest magazine publisher. She has worked at the group which owns 'NME' and 'Country Life' for 36 years.

Uncertainty at IPC as Time Inc spins off magazines

The future of IPC Media, the UK-based publisher of Country Life, Marie Claire and NME, was plunged into fresh uncertainty yesterday after its US parent company Time Warner announced plans to spin off its global magazine division.

HBO is celebrating four decades of making great TV. So, what were they up to before The Sopranos and Co?

HBO celebrates forty years of sex, violence and... Fraggles

The grounbreaking cable channel is celebrating four decades of making great TV. So, what were they up to before The Sopranos and Co? Tim Walker finds out

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A new Russian revolution

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Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
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The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
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New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
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The Guest List 2014

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Jokes on Hollywood

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