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Alibaba Buys $380 Million Stake in Chinese Production Firm Enlight

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Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has bought an 8.8 percent stake in Enlight Media, one of China’s leading private film and TV companies, for $380 million, the latest acquisition in its strategy of expanding in the entertainment business. The news came in a stock market announcement to the Shenzhen stock exchange. Alibaba spent over $3 billion in the entertainment industry last year, and the cash-rich company went window shopping for content and even potential acquisitions in Hollywood last year, but has yet to make a major move there. Read More China's Alibaba Pictures Pacts with Shenzhen Media to

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- Clifford Coonan

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'Agents of Shield' EPs: Bobbi and Mack's Secret Will Rock The Team

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[Warning: Spoilers ahead for Tuesday's midseason premiere of Agents of Shield, "Aftershocks."] Agents of Shield returned  to a house divided. The team dealt with loss and fighting within its own ranks in Tuesday's episode. Mack (Henry Simmons) has an extreme outburst against Coulson (Clark Gregg), while Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) speaks out at length against aliens, not knowing Skye has the Kree to thank for some newfound superpowers.  Meanwhile Mack and Bobbi (Adrianne Palicki) are looking more and more like they are up to no good as they attempt to unlock Nick Fury's (Samuel L. Jackson) secrets. Read more 'Agents

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- Aaron Couch

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Jon Stewart Blasts Benjamin Netanyahu Speech, Republican's "Blowjob" Response

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Jon Stewart had plenty of fun with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to the United States. Netanyahu addressed Congress, arguing that President Barack Obama shouldn't be negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran. Critics called the speech an extended campaign speech for the prime minister.  Netanyahu came at the invitation of Republican leadership, with Obama suggesting if the tables were reversed and Democratic leadership had invited the President of France during the Iraq War, Republicans would have called it disrespectful to President George W. Bush. Stewart took it a step further. "They would have gone f—ing bananas. Republicans would have demanded the inviters be arrested

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- Aaron Couch

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'The Voice': Two Judges Form an Unlikely Alliance

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The Blind Auditions are almost over, and The Voice coaches Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Pharrell Williams are feeling the pressure to round out their teams of artists for the season. Ashley Morgan takes the stage first with Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody," and Shelton and Pharrell go head-to-head for her. "I'm still trying to figure out who I am as an artist," the full-time freelance musician says. She picks Pharrell as her guide to help her with that process. Read more 'The Voice': The Coaches Fight for Their Favorites Next in

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- Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya

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Oscars: Academy Weighing Return to Five Best Picture Nominees (Exclusive)

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is seriously considering a return to its former policy of having only five best picture nominees, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. That number would be down from a maximum of 10 that are allowed by the current rules. The potential move, which is being pushed by a significant fraction of the Academy, would be a radical shift for the 6,000-member organization and a tacit acknowledgement that its six-year-old strategy of boosting the number of best picture nominees has failed. "They tried it, and it really didn't do us

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- Stephen Galloway

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