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Oil rising; China’s new tech market; Flat beer

Oil rising; China’s new tech market; Flat beer

1. Oil prices: Oil is rallying as global tensions with Iran continue to escalate, sparking concerns about supply. Brent crude, the global benchmark, rose 2.3% on Monday to $63.91 per barrel. US oil prices are up 2.1%.The gains follow news on Friday that Iran seized a British tanker in the Strait of Hormuz. Britain has…MORE

Tencent-backed ‘Top Gun’ cuts Taiwan flag from Tom Cruise’s jacket

Tencent-backed ‘Top Gun’ cuts Taiwan flag from Tom Cruise’s jacket

A new trailer for the sequel of 1986 blockbuster “Top Gun” is stirring up controversy after it shows Tom Cruise putting on the iconic bomber jacket he wore in the original film — but with two key changes. In the Paramount Pictures trailer of “Top Gun: Maverick,” two jacket patches that had originally shown the…MORE

Mueller’s big moment is make or break for Democrats

Mueller’s big moment is make or break for Democrats

Democrats are pinning their last, best hopes of proving that President Donald Trump committed impeachable crimes on former special counsel Robert Mueller who is set to reluctantly serve as a star witness in Wednesday’s televised spectacle. Mueller’s date before two back-to-back House committees represents Democrats’ most powerful weapon in a war for public perception over…MORE

China’s answer to the Nasdaq just started trading. One stock soared 500%

China’s answer to the Nasdaq just started trading. One stock soared 500%

China launched its latest bid for tech superpower status by opening a Nasdaq-style stock market in a frenzy of buying by investors. Trading on the new tech board of the Shanghai stock exchange, known as the Star Market, began on Monday, less than a year after the initiative was unveiled by President Xi Jinping. Shares…MORE

‘Big Little Lies’ finale explores the cost of keeping secrets

‘Big Little Lies’ finale explores the cost of keeping secrets

Nothing about “Big Little Lies” demanded an encore, although the casting of Meryl Streep — and reuniting of the big-name cast — provoked understandable excitement about the return of the Emmy-winning limited series. Yet after a solid start — exploring how the members of the “Monterey Five” would deal, individually and collectively, with the aftermath…MORE

The Russo brothers on the past obsessions that fuel their filmmaking future

The Russo brothers on the past obsessions that fuel their filmmaking future

As they close a chapter — for now, at least — on shaping the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s of-the-moment mythology, Joe and Anthony Russo are enjoying a bit of a victory lap, while still keeping an eye on a future full of projects, some once again drawn from their own pop culture fandom, others featuring some…MORE

Kevin Feige reveals the thinking behind Marvel’s Phase Four

Kevin Feige reveals the thinking behind Marvel’s Phase Four

As always, there’s a method to the Marvel madness. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige near simultaneously broke the Internet and San Diego Comic-Con International with long-awaited mega-announcement of the Disney-owned powerhouse studio’s “Phase Four” slate of television projects, promising new big-and small-screen adventures of fan-favorites, the ascent of headliners previously little known outside of comic…MORE

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