A Tour of Entertainment Legend Tyler Perry’s 300-Acre Studio Compound in Atlanta

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Today we take you to Atlanta, Georgia to tour the sprawling Tyler Perry Studios. Home to productions like Marvel’s “Black Panther” and AMC Networks’ “The Walking Dead,” the self-made entertainment legend’s production compound is larger than Warner Bros. and Walt Disney’s Burbank studios combined.

12 newly-dedicated sound stages are joined by an entire backlot neighborhood called “Maxineville,” featuring a perfect replica of Madea’s house. Tyler Perry Studios is the centerpiece of Georgia’s burgeoning film industry and a testament to the vision, success, and generosity of its founder.

Why Champagne is Often Double The Price of Other Sparkling Wines

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Champagne is only true champagne if it's made in the Champagne region of northern France. All other sparkling wines made outside of this region, even those from neighboring parts of France, must be labeled differently. Champagne often costs double the price of other sparkling wines, such as prosecco or cava. A decent-quality bottle of it can cost you anywhere from $50 to $300, and vintage bottles often sell for thousands.

Tyler Perry on the “poetic justice” of building new studio on former Confederate Army base

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“CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King went behind the scenes at Tyler Perry’s historic 330-acre movie studio complex in Atlanta. The site features a dozen soundstages named after black icons in Hollywood. Perry is the creative force behind 22 movies, 20 plays and eight TV shows. The 50-year-old writer, director and actor told King what inspires him to think big.

Staging A $14 Million NYC Apartment

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Cheryl Eisen is the CEO of Interior Marketing Group, a New York City-based company that does interior design, staging, and marketing for luxury homes. Her past clients include Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West, Bethenny Frankel, and Swedish real-estate broker Fredrik Eklund. The homes she stages? They start at $5 million. She takes us through her 60,000-square-foot warehouse to pick out the pieces to stage a $14 million loft in Tribeca in NYC.

Guy Laliberté The Billionaire Who Cofounded Cirque Du Soleil Debuts Montreal’s PY1 Pyramid

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Guy Laliberté changed the world of entertainment when he cofounded Cirque Du Soleil. Now, he's looking to create a brand new phenomenon with Lune Rouge Entertainment, the corporate parent company of the PY1 pyramid and the psychedelic shows inside. In 2015, he sold off most of Cirque—walking away with $1.5 billion to put into new endeavors.

Two years ago, he launched Lune Rouge Entertainment—he has probably sunk $100 million into it between constructing the pyramid and developing the live entertainment—but it’s certainly the most visible part of his second act. And given how Cirque turned out, it could very well turn out to be more valuable than anything he has done since Cirque.

Why Young Professionals Are Willing to Pay $1,000 For Royal Etiquette Classes

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INSIDER's Emily Christian heads to the Plaza Hotel to find out why young professionals are seeking out etiquette classes. She meets with expert Myka Meier, the founder of Beaumont Etiquette, who teaches Emily the graces of a duchess and explains why etiquette is more important today than ever. Does Emily have what it takes to act like a royal for the day?

Did Samsung prove Apple right by killing the headphone jack?

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The headphone jack has a long legacy in the audio world. So when Apple decided to exclude it from the iPhone 7, consumers were up in arms. In the years since, Samsung has been a champion for those who still wanted the headphone jack Samsung even went so far as to run a headphone jack commercial mocking Apple. But with the release of the Galaxy Note 10, it too has forgotten the decades-old technology. Did Samsung prove Apple right by killing the headphone jack?

Disney And Apple go head-to-head with Netflix In The Streaming Wars

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Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and others are about to come head-to-head with the likes of Disney Plus, Apple TV Plus, HBO Max and CNBC's parent company, NBCUniversal. It's been dubbed the streaming wars. In 2017, 61% of adults 18 to 29 said they primarily watch TV through a streaming service, compared to just 31% who watched cable. So who's going to win, what's going to happen to cable, and how much will it cost customers? Watch the video to find out.

Hasbro snap up Peppa Pig owner Entertainment One in £3.3bn deal

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UK-listed firm is latest to be targeted by a foreign buyer since pound weakened amid Brexit fears

Hasbro, the US toymaker behind My Little Pony and Play-Doh, has snapped up the Peppa Pig owner, Entertainment One, in a £3.3bn takeover.

The deal, which sent Entertainment One’s share price soaring by 30% in early trading on Friday, marks the latest UK-listed company to be targeted by a foreign buyer since the dramatic weakening of the pound over fears of a no-deal Brexit.

Earlier this week Hong Kong’s richest family bought the 220-year old pub and beer company Greene King in a £4.6bn deal. Last month the US private equity group Advent International agreed a £4bn buyout of the UK aerospace and defence supplier Cobham and the Netherlands-based Takeaway.com agreed a £5bn takeover of the UK-listed food delivery rival Just Eat. In June, Merlin, which operates attractions including Alton Towers, Madame Tussauds and Legoland, was taken private by a consortium including the family that controls the Lego toymaking empire.

The deal, the biggest in Hasbro’s history, is more than three times the amount ITV offered in an aborted takeover attempt three years ago.

Entertainment One distributes TV shows including The Walking Dead and films such as the Twilight and Hunger Games series, and its recent film productions include the Oscar winner Green Book.

However, among its most-prized assets are its children’s brands, including the fast-growing PJ Masks and Ricky Zoom.

The crown jewel is Peppa Pig, the muddy-puddle-loving pre-school character, which has become a multibillion dollar global brand spanning TV, merchandise and theme parks popular from the US to China. Entertainment One struck a co-ownership deal with the UK producer of Peppa Pig, Astley Baker Davies, in 2004 and moved to take control in a £140m deal in 2015.

“The acquisition of eOne adds beloved story-led global family brands that deliver strong operating returns to Hasbro’s portfolio and provides a pipeline of new brand creation driven by family-oriented storytelling,” Hasbro’s chairman and chief executive officer, Brian Goldner, said.

Entertainment One will join a stable of products owned by Hasbro – which has a market value of more than $14bn – including Monopoly, Power Rangers, Transformers and Nerf.

“There’s a strong cultural fit between our two companies,” said Darren Throop, the chief executive of Entertainment One. “Hasbro’s portfolio of integrated toy, game and consumer products will further fuel the tremendous success we’ve achieved at eOne.”

By Mark Sweney 

Inside The $2.8 Million Real Life Flintstone Home in Hillsborough, California

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The Flintstone House is an eccentric house in Hillsborough, California. It was designed in 1976 by William Nicholson and most recently purchased by Florence Fang in 2017 for $2.8 million. Large dinosaur statues and other Flintstone-themed artwork cover the front and back yards. Town officials from Hillsborough sued Florence Fang, stating that her property doesn't comply with the community's code.

Inside Sneaker Con: Where Some Sellers Make Millions of Dollars on Pre-Owned Shoes

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Sneaker Con co-founder Yu-Ming Wu and Hayden Sharitt, a 21-year-old resale business owner, take us inside the industry where some sellers make millions of dollars on pre-owned shoes, as they attend a sneaker trading show in Cleveland.

Anna Wintour: A Life in Vogue revealing conversation on fashion, motherhood, and politics

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Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue and Artistic Director at Condé Nast, joins Tina Brown, founder and CEO of Tina Brown Live Media/Women in the World, for a revealing conversation on fashion, motherhood, and politics.

World’s Best Romantic Honeymoon Destinations

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We take a look at 14 hotels and resorts in different countries featuring romantic or unique experiences to share on a honeymoon. You and your partner can have a private lunch in the water in the Maldives, climb a cliff up to your room in Peru, or jump into a lavish flower pool at your villa in Thailand.

Super Break and Late Rooms holiday firms go into administration affecting 50,000 travellers

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Two package holiday firms have collapsed, affecting more than 50,000 travellers.

Malvern Group, which incorporates Manchester-based Late Rooms and York-based Superbreak Mini Holidays, known as Super Break, has ceased trading.

The group said Super Break hotel-only holidays would be cancelled and people currently on holiday might have to pay again.

It said it “anticipated” bookings through Late Rooms would be secure.

Malvern Group said those on package holidays would be protected by the travel association Abta.

But vouchers and tickets for entertainment, attractions or the Incredible North Iceland Charter were no longer valid, it said.

Late Rooms, acting as an agent, had not taken money for bookings, which would be payable to the accommodation supplier direct, the company said.

‘Vast majority' covered

Malvern said its contact centre had closed and it intended to appoint administrators on Friday.

It advised customers to contact Abta, their travel agent or their credit card provider for further help.

Abta has issued advice for customers of Super Break, but said it did not cover Late Rooms.

In a statement, it said the “vast majority” of Super Break holidaymakers' arrangements would be covered through Abta, Atol or their credit card companies.

“These customers will either be entitled to a refund or, if they've booked through another travel company, they should contact them to discuss options which may include continuing with their booking, re-booking or alternative arrangements,” it said.

Super Break has about 250 employees and had approximately 20,000 bookings, involving about 53,000 people.

About 400 customers are currently on holiday.

Abta suggested rail, coach or Eurostar tickets might be valid for travel. Rail company LNER said it would honour all existing tickets.

UK firm Just Eat agrees £9bn merger with Takeaway.com

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British firm joins Dutch rival to form one of the world’s biggest online food delivery companies

Just Eat is merging with its Dutch rival Takeaway.com in a £9bn deal that will create one of the world’s biggest online food delivery companies.

The two companies have reached an agreement in principle on the key terms of an all-share deal in which the Amsterdam-based company will acquire Just Eat at 731p a share, valuing the British firm at £5bn.

The combined group had 360m orders worth €7.3bn (£6.6bn) in 2018 and strong positions in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and Canada.

Shares in Just Eat jumped 25% to 794.28p on the news.

Just Eat shareholders will receive 0.09744 Takaway.com shares for each Just Eat share and will own 52.2% of the combined group. It will be headquartered in Amsterdam and listed on the London Stock Exchange, with a “significant part of its operations” in the UK.

Takeaway.com’s boss, Jitse Groen, is to become chief executive of the new company. It will be chaired by the Just Eat chairman, Mike Evans, while the Takeaway.com chairman, Adriaan Nühn, becomes vice-chairman. The Just Eat chief financial officer, Paul Harrison, will take on the same role for the combined group, and its interim chief executive, Peter Duffy, will leave.

Groen has described the UK as one of the best three markets in Europe, along with the Netherlands and Poland. Takeaway.com was founded in 2000 and operates in 10 European countries as well as Israel and Vietnam but does not have a presence in the UK. The two companies have little geographical overlap apart from Switzerland.

Analysts at Barclays said: “Just Eat shareholders would be getting the best operator in the space to run the business – a notable shift from missed execution from management in the last few years.”

There has been a flurry of deals in the fast-growing online food delivery market, with competition heating up from Uber Eats and Deliveroo. Just Eat bought UK firm HungryHouse in January 2018, and in December Takeaway.com acquired Delivery Hero’s food delivery business in Germany.

The Canaccord analyst Nigel Parson said: “It is a possibility that Delivery Hero could table a rival bid.”

Just Eat has come under pressure from its activist shareholder Cat Rock Capital to merge with Takeaway.com, in which the US hedge fund also holds a stake.

Just Eat gained more than 4 million customers last year across Europe, Canada, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand. Its revenues are expected to top £1bn this year. It made a pretax profit of £101.7m last year, following a £76m loss in 2017. It will publish first-half results on Wednesday.

In 2018, Just Eat had 26.3m customers while Takeaway.com had 14.1m, Just Eat had 221m orders versus Takeaway.com’s 94m; Just Eat’s revenue was £780m versus Takeaway.com’s €232m; and Just Eat’s underlying profit (Ebitda) was £180m versus an adjusted loss of €11m for Takeaway.com.

Launched by five Danish entrepreneurs in 2001, Just Eat originally linked customers to restaurants that handled their own deliveries. Its former chief executive Peter Plumb, who left suddenly in January, upgraded its technology and launched its own delivery service but he came under fire from Cat Rock and other shareholders after his investment drive slowed earnings growth.

By Julia Kollewe