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Amazon is streaming Transparent free this Saturday

Still apparently feeling pretty good about itself after its big Golden Globe wins, Amazon has announced that it will make Transparent free for all on its streaming service for 24 hours this Saturday. – Katie Rife, The A.V. Club
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Now the FBI is investigating whether North Korea leaked Annie

Now the FBI is getting involved, joining private cybersecurity firms and other law enforcement to find out who would dare to cross both the producers of Annie and whatever power metal band from whom they stole that totally extreme red skeleton design. Sony’s best guess at the moment is North Korea, which the studio claims hacked its computers in retaliation for making The Interview in a scenario that sounds like marketers making cyber-lemonade but might have some sort of basis in reality. (Perhaps tellingly, The Interview was not among the movies stolen from Sony’s servers—the seemingly random list includes Fury, Annie, Mr. Turner, Still Alice, and To Write Love On Her Arms.) – Katie Rife,The A.V. Club  
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Dave Grohl enters the Spotify debate, says he “doesn’t fucking care”

The newest iteration of those statements comes courtesy of Dave Grohl, who responded to Digital Spy’s questions about his stance on The Great Taylor Swift Spotify Debate by quite literally saying, “I don’t fucking care.” [….] Grohl went on to explain that his dismissive attitude comes not from being a salty old punk rocker who’s been slamming in the pit since before any of you twerps were born, but from his reliance on live music for his income stream. Using the record mainly as a promotional item and making most of their money from touring is a tactic that bands have been relying on since the days when it was record labels ripping them off, not Swedish streaming services. “You want people to fucking listen to your music? Give them your music. And then go play a show,” Grohl said. “They like hearing your music? They’ll go see a show. To me it’s that simple, and I think it used to work that way.” – Katie Rife,The A.V. Club
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Amazon renews Transparent for a second season

Amazon Studios has renewed Transparent for a second season, an entirely predictable move considering the show has been number one on Amazon Prime since its launch two weeks ago. Jill Soloway’s dramedy starring Jeffrey Tambor as the transgendered matriarch of a dysfunctional L.A. clan has been a hit with critics—Variety’s Brian Lowry calls the series “the sort of breakthrough” Amazon has been looking for in its bid to challenge Netflix. – Katie Rife,The A.V. Club
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Netflix might have ulterior motives for the whole Crouching Tiger thing

Michael Nathanson of “independent research boutique” MoffettNathanson, […], tells Variety that he thinks Netflix’s claim that it has several other simultaneous “day-and-date” releases in the works is bullshit. “We are skeptical that any other major movie studio would be willing to go down this path as it jeopardizes the entire profit model,” he says. “As long as none of the major studios break rank, we feel like this Netflix test will ultimately fizzle away just like premium VOD.” So if its strategy won’t result in any real change, why pursue it at all? Publicity, of course. – Katie Rife,The A.V. Club  
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Party Down is coming to Hulu

Party Down has taken it on the chin many times over the years—first getting the dreaded Friday 10 p.m. time slot, then losing Jane Lynch to other, bigger shows, then being canceled (by STARZ of all places) after only two seasons. But these are all badges of pride for a cult comedy, really, and the show’s reputation will only continue to grow, thanks to a new distribution deal with Hulu. – Katie Rife,The A.V. Club
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These are the TV shows and movies your neighbors steal the most

[A] recent series of infographics (produced by a real estate blog, of all things) is so interesting. The methodology is as vague as can be—the website simply says it “collected data about the location of seeding nodes for the top 300 most popular torrents,” meaning that this is technically a study about who seeds the most, rather than who torrents the most. But if that data is correct, Florida, Vermont, and Washington are the nation’s top pirates, while West Virginia, Iowa, and South Dakota the least piracy-inclined. (Which seems odd, because there’s a lot more to do in Seattle than there is in Sioux Falls.) – Katie Rife,The A.V. Club