Plex Introduces New Desktop App, Ends Home Theater PC Support

For the uninitiated, HTPCs are dedicated PCs connected to TVs or projectors to access streaming services and downloadable media. This used to be the primary way for early adopters to bring digital media to their TV screens, and apps like Plex owe much of their early popularity to this use case. In fact, Plex, XMBC / Kodi and Boxee all gained significant traction after Microsoft stopped investing resources into its own HTPC solution, dubbed Windows Media Center. – Janko Roettgers, Variety » https://trib.al/3X83tjM

Aubrey Plaza Feature Comedy ‘Hope’ Set At Netflix With Jackie van Beek & Madeleine Sami Directing

Hope, whose plotline is under wraps, marks the second feature to be directed by van Beek and Sami following their female-driven comedy The Breaker Upperers, which they also co-wrote and starred in. That pic, which was produced by Taika Waititi’s company Piki Films, premiered on Netflix in February. The Breaker Upperers made its world premiere at SXSW in March 2018. – Anthony D’Alessandro & Mike Fleming Jr, Deadline Hollywood » https://ift.tt/2MleFq2

Ewan McGregor to Return as Obi Wan Kenobi in Disney Plus Series

The Obi Wan series would be the third live-action “Star Wars” show on Disney Plus. The nascent streamer has previously announced “The Mandalorian” from Jon Favreau starring Pedro Pascal as well as a series based on Cassian Andor, the character first introduce in the film “Rogue One” with Diego Luna reprising his role from the film. – Joe Otterson, Variety » https://trib.al/vryOGT0

YouTube’s new AR feature lets you virtually try on makeup while watching videos

Makeup tutorials are hugely popular on YouTube, so an integration where you can try on the suggested looks yourself makes a ton of sense. While a lipstick try-on feature isn’t exactly groundbreaking — plenty of social media apps offer a similar filter these days — it could lead to more complex AR makeup integrations further down the road. – Sarah Perez, TechCrunch » https://tcrn.ch/31M7afL

Charter and Disney are going to crack down on cable password sharing

The news release doesn’t get into details, but sources told Bloomberg in 2017 that Charter has been pushing programmers to offer fewer simultaneous streams and requiring customers to reenter their account credentials more often. According to that same report, Disney had already cut simultaneous streams from 10 to five in the ESPN app and had been considering further limits to just three streams at a time. – Jared Newman, Fast Company » https://ift.tt/2TFdZwO

‘Love, Simon’ Series at Disney Plus Casts Michael Cimino in Lead Role

Michael Cimino has been cast as Victor in the Disney Plus series. Victor is a new student at Creekwood High School on his own journey of self-discovery, facing challenges at home, adjusting to a new city, and struggling with his sexual orientation. When it all seems too much, he reaches out to Simon to help him navigate the ups and downs of high school. – Joe Otterson, Variety » https://trib.al/bj88Gqb
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