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Editor's picks: 'The Grudge' remake; Apple/Imagination licensing deal


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Editor's picks: 'The Grudge' remake; Apple/Imagination licensing deal

Here are the editor's top picks for the week.

'Grudge' remake no match for holiday box office leftovers

Sony Corp. is bringing "The Grudge" back to life, in line with the studio's recent efforts to remake some of the biggest hits from its past. The 2020 iteration of "The Grudge" is an R-rated revamp of the 2004 PG-13 film of the same name, which itself was based on the Japanese horror movie "Ju-on: The Grudge." As with the previous films, the story centers on vengeful ghosts and the victims ultimately consumed by them.

Apple/Imagination licensing deal could boost iPad, Apple Watch performance

Apple Inc.'s new licensing deal with Imagination Technologies Group PLC could see the British chipmaker's components make it into iPads, the Apple Watch and a rumored augmented reality headset, according to analysts.

NFL games score gains for 2nd straight season

The National Football League closed its centennial regular-season with game-audience growth of almost 5%. Citing data from Nielsen, the pro football league reported that contest coverage across CBS (US), FOX (US), NBC (US), ESPN (US) and its in-house NFL Network (US) averaged 16.5 million viewers, a 4.7% advance from 15.8 million in 2018. The delivery, fueled by increases by each of its four primary carriers, came on top of a 6% gain in 2018.

College Football Playoff semifinals average grows 6% to 19.3 million viewers

Clemson's comeback over Ohio State scored the largest audience for a College Football Playoff semifinal not played on New Year's Day.

NCTC, Fox ink long-term carriage deals for cable networks

The National Cable Television Cooperative Inc. and Fox Corp. reached a new multiyear carriage deal covering a number of the programmer's cable networks. The deal, terms of which were not disclosed, enables members of the NCTC to provide continued carriage of several Fox networks to their subscribers.