Apple tried to sign Chris Rock to iTunes movie deal

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Making TV shows is just one of Apple's many hobbies.
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Cupertino’s slow flirtation with Hollywood nearly landed Apple an exclusive iTunes movie deal with comedian Chris Rock, according to a new report.

Apple has shown interest in producing original video content of its own. The company bought the rights to James Cordon’s Carpool Karaoke TV show, and it appears Apple has some tepid interest in making the type of movies you’d find on Netflix.

Jessica Alba will mentor devs on Apple’s Planet of the Apps show

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You could be the star of Apple's first reality TV show.
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Apple has added movie star turned business woman Jessica Alba to the cast of its first unscripted TV Series, Planet of the Apps, and just like her future co-hosts Will.i.Am and Gwyneth Paltrow, she’ll use her nonexistent coding skills to “mentor” developers.

We talk iPhone 7s features and Tesla’s Model 3 on The CultCast

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The new and very svelt Tesla Model 3.
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This week on Cult of Mac’s: Rumors point to an iPhone 7s with a drastic redesign, facial recognition and the return of the glass front and back. Plus: Folks around the world line up for the Tesla Model 3; Apple is making a show about apps hosted by technology expert musician Will.i.am; why the new iPad Pro is not a notebook replacement for the masses; and, in a bizarre plot twist, Apple seeks FBI’s iPhone unlocking secrets.

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Apple is making a TV show about apps with Will.i.am

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Apple's first documentary is all about apps.
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The next piece of original video content coming out of Cupertino is going to look more like a big iPhone ad than a TV show.

Apple revealed today that is working with Black Eyed Peas singer and failed tech visionary Will.i.am to create a new unscripted TV series that’s all about apps.