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1. European art house cinemas called on the Berlin Film Festival to remove the Netflix film “Elisa y Marcela” from competition. The calls echo similar complaints at Italy's Venice Film Festival and in France at Cannes, where exhibitors argued that only films that have a theatrical release should compete in festivals. In a recent letter to the Berlin festival's director and Germany's culture minister, independent arthouse cinema operators in Germany said they are protesting how Netflix uses “the big festivals and film awards as a marketing platform ... diminishing the position of cinema as a place of culture." "Elisa y Marcela," Netflix’s third Spanish original film, follows the story of two girls who develop a romantic relationship in 1880s Spain. - THR

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2. Hulu and Marvel are producing four animated series for adults — including a “Howard the Duck” show from Kevin Smith. The three other series will be based on the characters of M.O.D.O.K, Hit-Monkey, and Tigra and Dazzler. Similar to the Marvel-Netflix “The Defenders” series, the characters will also cross over in an animated special, to be titled “The Offenders.” As The Verge reports, it's unlikely any of the shows will debut before 2020. (Click here to read a description of the shows). - ARS TECHNICA

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3. Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese's "The Devil in the White City" will be a streaming TV series rather than a movie. The adaptation of Erik Larson’s non-fiction thriller will premiere on Hulu, said Craig Erwich, Hulu’s senior vice president of originals, during the Television Critics Association press tour on Monday. The story follows the serial killer Dr. H. H. Holmes, who created a "Murder Castle" at Chicago World’s Fair of 1893. DiCaprio, who could star in the series, nabbed the rights to the book back in 2010. - VARIETY

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4. MGM-owned Epix launched its own streaming channel. The cabler unveiled Epix Now on Sunday as part of the winter Television Critics Association press tour in California. Epix NOW is currently available for $5.99 a month as an app for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV and in Google Play for Android phones and tablets. Epix has distribution agreements for films from MGM, Paramount, and Lionsgate, which includes movies like Alex Garland’s "Annihilation" and John Krasinski’s "A Quiet Place". - VARIETY

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5. HBO went live in Portugal on Monday. HBO Portugal has more than 4,500 episodes of original content, including “Game of Thrones,” “Westworld," “Big Little Lies,” and “True Detective."

6. Three new episodes of "The Handmaid’s Tale" will premiere on June 5. Subsequent episodes of season 3 will be released every Wednesday, Hulu announced on Monday.

7. A UBS survey found that Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV are the most popular options for streaming TV. DirecTV Now had the third most users and Sling TV the fourth, followed by PlayStation Vue, Philo, and fuboTV.

8. HBO set a premiere date of March 10 for "The Case Against Adnan Syed." The documentary series takes a new look at the murder case involving Syed, who was the focus of the popular podcast “Serial.”

9. Netflix's “Jupiter’s Legacy” series has found its cast. Josh Duhamel, Ben Daniels, Leslie Bibb, Andrew Horton, Elena Kampouris, Mike Wade, and Matt Lanter are set to star in the series adaptation of the graphic novel, which follows the first generation of superheroes starting in the 1930s.

10. Here's a list of 20 streaming services you can still watch for free, courtesy of Fast Company.

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Written and curated by Beth Duckett in Orange County. Beth is a former reporter for The Arizona Republic who has written for USA Today, Get Out magazine, and other publications. Follow her tweets about breaking news in southern California here.

Editing team: Lon Harris (editor-in-chief at Inside.com, game-master at Screen Junkies) and Susmita Baral (editor at Inside, recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz. Runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram).

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