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1. Disney signed a new pact with Charter Communications that could bring the company's streaming content to Spectrum cable subscribers. The deal guarantees that Spectrum customers will continue to receive Disney channels, including ESPN, as part of their cable subscription package. (Spectrum subscribers will also have the option to receive ESPN's latest channel, ACC Network, when it launches later this month.) According to a Charter spokesperson, the deal also "makes possible future distribution by Spectrum of Disney streaming services" such as Disney+ and Hulu. – THR

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2. Comedian Dave Chappelle announced his upcoming fifth Netflix special, "Sticks & Stones." Chappelle and Netflix made the announcement by releasing a surprise trailer, featuring narration from Morgan Freeman. The stand-up and actor initially signed a deal to release three Netflix specials in 2016; a surprise fourth was released in late 2017. – VARIETY

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3. WHAT'S NEW ON STREAMING TODAY?

WHY WOMEN KILL: This new dark comedy-drama series comes from "Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry. Ginnifer Goodwin, Lucy Liu and Kirby Howell-Baptiste star as three women living in the same house in different eras, who all discover that their husbands have been unfaithful. [CBS All Access]

CANNON BUSTERS: Animated fantasy series based on LeSean Thomas' comic book about an epic journey across a war-torn kingdom undertaken by two robots and a human fugitive. Thomas published the book in 2005 and has been working on the animated series since 2014. [Netflix]

OWN THE SKY: Feature documentary from Australia about the team of three men who joined forces to design, build and fly the world's first jetpack. [Hulu]

DOGMAN: Marcello Fonte stars in this 2018 Italian crime drama as a mild-mannered village dog groomer who comes into conflict with a violent former boxer. [Hulu]

RATTLESNAKES: British thriller, based on the play by Graham Farrow, about a man who's held hostage by three angry husbands who believe he has slept with their wives. [Hulu]

ZOO-HEAD: In writer-director Navin Dev's indie sci-fi feature, a man addicted to a drug that impacts his memory (Daniel Ahmadi) undergoes an experimental treatment. [Hulu]

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4. HBO ordered a six-episode first season for the skateboarding comedy series "Betty." The series continues the story of the 2018 indie drama feature "Skate Kitchen," and the film's stars -- including Rachelle Vinberg, Nina Moran, Moonbear, Dede Lovelace and Ajani Russell -- are expected to reprise their roles as a group of young women in New York City operating within the male-dominated world of skateboarding. Crystal Moselle, who wrote and directed "Skate Kitchen," co-created the new series along with Lesley Arfin, and also plans to direct. – THR

["Skate Kitchen" is currently available to stream on Hulu. - Lon]

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: PROPOSED "ST. ELMO'S FIRE" TV SERIES (8/13/2009)

Co-writer/director Joel Schumacher's 1985 comedy-drama "St. Elmo's Fire" is probably best remembered today for its association with the infamous "Brat Pack" and English singer John Parr's theme song, "St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)," which held the #1 spot on the Billboard charts for two weeks. Despite negative reviews, and no subsequent remakes or sequels, the film -- about seven friends and recent college grads who meet up regularly and local hangout St. Elmo's Bar -- has remained part of the pop culture zeitgeist. So much so, that there have now been two attempts to reboot it as a TV series, almost exactly 10 years apart.

In August of 2009, Schumacher himself -- along with "That '70s Show" star Topher Grace -- attempted to reboot the film as a drama series for ABC. Dan Bucatinsky wrote a script for Sony TV, which was only loosely based on the film, following six new characters on their own post-collegiate adventures. At the time, "St. Elmo's Fire" was one of several '80s-inspired TV projects in development, alongside updates of the film "Parenthood" and the limited series "V." Ultimately, the plans fell through, and the ABC project never made it to television.

Now, almost a decade later TO THE DAY, NBC has revived the idea of a new "St. Elmo's Fire" once more, with a planned update that will reportedly hew closer to the original film. Schumacher's not attached to this new version, which will be scripted and executive produced by "Drop Dead Diva" vet Josh Berman. It's still early in the development cycle, so this new series could go the way of ABC's failed 2009 attempt. But you have to admire their determination.

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5. Amazon's upcoming series based on Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" fantasy novels added a number of new cast members. Madeleine Madden, Marcus Rutherford, Barney Harris, Zoë Robins, and Josha Stradowski will join series lead/producer Rosamund Pike, whose casting had already been announced. The books are set in a world where magic exists, but can only be wielded by women; Pike will play a member of an order known as Aes Sedai, on an epic quest to save humanity. – IO9

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6. A new YouTube AR feature allows viewers to virtually try on and purchase make-up while watching online tutorials. YouTube announced that the feature -- which is only available on the YouTube mobile app -- earlier this summer. Now, the first campaign to utilize the technology -- a collaboration between MAC Cosmetics and YouTube creator Roxette Arisa -- has officially launched. While Arisa's tutorial plays, a button marked "Try It On" will appear; when selected, it launches the phone's camera and allows viewers to see how various shades of lipstick would look on their face. YouTube's aim was to make the effect appear more natural than similar Instagram or Snapchat filters. – TECHCRUNCH

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7. The new Netflix reality series "Styling Hollywood" will debut on August 30. The series follows both the personal and professional lives of stylist Jason Bolden and his husband, interior designer Adair Curtis. Through their lifestyle company, JSN STUDIO, the duo works with a number of celebrities who will serve as guest stars on the series, including Yara Shahidi, Dulé Hill, Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union, and Ava DuVernay. – TVGUIDE

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8. Kyle Chandler has joined the cast of a still-untitled post-apocalyptic sci-fi film from director George Clooney. The film centers on a lonely scientist in the Arctic who's helping to guide a far-flung team of astronauts back home to Earth. Clooney will portray the Earth-bound scientist while Chandler will portray one of the astronauts. Felicity Jones has also been cast in an undisclosed role. The film is based on the 2016 novel "Good Morning, Midnight" by Lily Brooks-Dalton. Chandler previously worked with Clooney on Hulu's adaptation of the Joseph Heller novel "Catch-22." – DEADLINE

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9. Roku added five live TV channels, available free to anyone with a Roku-enabled TV or streaming device, including the fubo Sports Network.

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10. Netflix released a trailer for the romantic comedy feature "Falling Inn Love," starring Christina Milian as an American who starts a new life in New Zealand after winning an online contest. 

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Lon Harris is the writer and editor of Inside Streaming, and was the very first person to ever write an Inside newsletter. He lives in Los Angeles, California, and also writes about TV and film for Fandom, Screen Junkies, Rotten Tomatoes, Gamma Ray and others. He competes on The Movie Trivia Schmoedown as "The Professor." You can follow him on Twitter @lons

Edited by: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside).

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