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Disney Launches Online Movie Service Linked to iTunes (WSJ / Digits)
Tuesday, Disney debuted Disney Movies Anywhere, an app for purchasing movies and storing them in the cloud that is tightly integrated with Apple’s iTunes Store. EW / Inside Movies The multiplatform movie streaming service is available for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and the Web and lets people purchase and watch more than 400 titles from Disney, Pixar and Marvel. The launch coincided with the digital release of the company’s latest hit, Frozen, three weeks before its planned release on DVD and Blu-Ray. TechCrunch Parents can use MPAA ratings to control the movies that are accessible on a device level. The app also allows movies to be either streamed or downloaded, and users can use the app to find new movies and content. The Verge Disney is offering many incentives for customers to try the service: For a limited time, the company will give a free digital copy of The Incredibles to anyone who activates the app and links it with their iTunes account. Those who have special DVDs and Blu-Rays of Disney, Pixar and Marvel movies can also use a code on the packaging to get a digital copy of those films.

Playwright Settles Lawsuit in Philip Seymour Hoffman Scandal (Philadelphia Daily News)
David Bar Katz has settled a lawsuit with The National Enquirer after the paper alleged that he and his friend Philip Seymour Hoffman were gay lovers. Katz discovered Hoffman’s body in his Manhattan apartment earlier this month. Katz’s father, Harry Jay Katz, even reported paparazzi camping outside his home as recently as last week. But there’s a silver lining in the emotional torrent David faced. NYT David, who filed a libel suit against the Enquirer less than three weeks ago, announced Tuesday that he had formed the American Playwriting Foundation, which will give out an annual prize entitled the “Relentless Award” in honor of Hoffman’s death. The article quoted David as saying he and Hoffman were lovers who had freebased cocaine the night before his death, and said David claimed to have seen him using heroin many times. TheWrap The Enquirer and its publisher, American Media Incorporated, plan on publishing a full-page apology in Wednesday’s New York Times and will fund ”an annual prize of $45,000 for an unproduced play” for the Foundation in accordance with a settlement with David. Poynter / MediaWire The Enquirer quoted someone who claimed to be David. Neither the Enquirer nor David’s lawyer disclosed the amount of the settlement, but it’s “enough for the foundation to give out these grants for years to come,” the lawyer said. FishbowlNY Joining David on the selection committee to help decide which unproduced play will receive the first Relentless Award will be Eric Bogosian, John Patrick Shanley and Jonathan Marc Sherman.

Seth Meyers’ Late Night Debut Draws Biggest Audience Since 2005 (Reuters)
Comedian Seth Meyers’ debut as the host of NBC’s Late Night talk show on Monday pulled in about 3.4 million viewers, the show’s highest numbers overall as well as in the 18-49 age group coveted by advertisers since 2005, the television network said on Tuesday. The Associated Press The network says it also beat the 2009 debut of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon by more than a half-million viewers. Fallon began last week as host of The Tonight Show. On Monday, he drew 6.3 million viewers, the largest Monday audience for Tonight in four years, when Jay Leno returned as host to replace Conan O’Brien. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon topped Monday’s combined audience for CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live in the time period.