BT Sports buys live football rights

BT has boosted its new sports channel ahead of launch next summer by snapping up rights to live football matches from Italy, France, Brazil and the US.

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Kids always dreamt of tickets to Disneyland? Well get them quick, because they may soon cease to exist. Disney is reportedly preparing to replace paper with electronic "magic bands" for visitors to its parks. The devices, patent applications for which have been filed with the US Government, would work like Oyster cards, the swipe passes used on buses and Tubes in London, and give access to hotels and other products and services provided by Mickey.

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Hollywood appeal may help to sell Twenty20 cricket franchises in US

Hollywood stars such as Australians Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman are among the celebrities targeted by organizers of a new US-based Twenty20 cricket competition to help sell six $40 million franchises.

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Whedon to direct Avengers sequel

Joss Whedon has been hired again as boss of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and their superhero pals for a sequel to The Avengers.

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Room service: Castello di Casole, Tuscany, Italy

Country life goes lux in Tuscany

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Julia Roberts is pantomime-level awful as the wicked Queen eager to dispose of her pretty young charge, Snow White (played by a bored-looking Lily Collins), in this clumsy, unfunny adaptation of the creepy Brothers Grimm fairytale.

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Jonathan Ross to become cartoon star

Jonathan Ross is to become a cartoon character in TV hit Phineas And Ferb.

BSkyB launches movies-on-demand internet service

The pay-TV giant BSkyB has launched its own cut-price movies-on-demand internet service, called Now TV, in an attempt to challenge digital upstarts NetFlix, Amazon's LoveFilm and Tesco's Blinkbox.

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Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

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