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Hulu extends Criterion deal, adds ‘Great Beauty’

The Criterion Collection and Hulu have extended their deal to keep the video platform as the exclusive streaming home of Criterion’s vast library of art house films.

Terms of the deal, revealed exclusively to The Associated Press, weren’t disclosed, but Hulu and Criterion said it will run for several years.

Since 2011, Criterion Collection films have streamed exclusively on Hulu Plus, Hulu’s monthly subscription streaming service. In a fractured streaming landscape, the partnership has been a rarity, making Hulu Plus the digital home to more than 800 movies in Criterion’s singular collection.

The Criterion-Hulu partnership is for many movie lovers the chief draw of the $7.99-a-month Hulu Plus. The service has more than 5 million members, according to Hulu. Hulu Plus is otherwise mostly driven by television content, featuring in-season shows from NBC, ABC and Fox.

The audience for Criterion titles on Hulu Plus increased by more than 25 percent from 2012 to 2013, Hulu said.

Criterion kicked off its new chapter with Hulu Plus on Tuesday with the streaming addition of the Oscar-winning Italian film “The Great Beauty.”

London to host Victoria’s Secret

London is getting a new fashion extravaganza – the Victoria’s Secret Show, which will take place for the first time in the British capital this year.

Victoria’s Secret models Adriana Lima and Candice Swanepoel joined Chief Marketing Officer Ed Razek at the company’s London flagship store for the announcement Tuesday.

The annual show, known for its unique lingerie and live performances by top entertainers, will be taped at Earls Court in the fall for later broadcast on CBS. No specific dates were given.

Previous host cities have included New York, Miami and Los Angeles. The event is televised to 192 countries.

‘Horse’ musicians lose lawsuit

Musicians who performed in the London production of “War Horse” have lost a legal bid to stop the National Theatre from replacing them with a recorded soundtrack.

The five performers, laid off last month, asked the High Court for an injunction so they could keep their jobs pending a legal challenge.

Judge Ross Cranston refused Tuesday, saying reinstating the musicians would cause “not insignificant practical difficulty” for the company. But he said the five had a strong case to argue for breach of contract.

The story of a horse serving during World War I is one of the National Theatre’s most successful shows, with productions running in Britain, the United States and Germany. Steven Spielberg directed a film adaptation.

The theater says none of the other productions features live musicians.

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