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Simon Rose

The Business of Film: Talk To Me & The Beanie Bubble

Simon Rose
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The Business Of Film

The Business of Film: Talk To Me & The Beanie Bubble
James Cameron-Wilson takes Simon Rose through the revitalised UK box office which, although down 25% WOW, is still up 137% on this time last year. Barbie, still #1, has taken £48m after just 10 days and is already the 3rd highest grossing film of the year. Oppenheimer remains #2 with a £27.7m total. In at #5 is Australian horror Talk To Me, which James thought a real original. Despite being a hardened fan of the genre, he thought it deeply unnerving. He also enjoyed The Beanie Bubble, the story of Beanie Babies, which is streaming on Apple TV+.
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James Cameron-Wilson


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Simon Rose

Gadgets & Gizmos: Electricity without heat, Meta's Lincoln chatbot & Steve's best of the year

Simon Rose
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Gadgets and Gizmos

Gadgets & Gizmos: Electricity without heat, Meta's Lincoln chatbot & Steve's best of the year
Steve Caplin delves into the latest tech. He is excited about a room-temperature superconductor, producing no heat, which could have extraordinary ramifications. There's a camping induction cooker, a cryptocurrency where you have to prove you're human, Meta's AI chatbot in the persona of Abraham Lincoln, Australian doctors being told not to use ChatGPT for writing medical notes, a new way to recycle tech, an E-trike like a go-cart and Steve's favourite gadget of the year, an autonomous crowd-funded drone that follows you with a palm takeoff and landing.
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Steve Caplin


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Gavin Oldham

Thought for the Week: Account Providers need to Take Action!

Gavin Oldham
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Thought for the Week

Thought for the Week: Account Providers need to Take Action!
Dame Meg Hillier is Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, which has published its 25-page report into Child Trust Funds following the recent National Audit Office analysis. HMRC is asked to follow a series of recommendations to link young adults to their unclaimed accounts, including getting account providers to take more action. Young adults from disadvantaged households are most in need of the c. £2,000 waiting to be claimed in their Child Trust but an estimated one million 18-20 year-olds are not claiming their money because they don't know anything about it. As we said on 22nd May, don't waste the Child Trust Fund harvest! Background music: The Plan's Working - Cooper Cannell Image by Richard Townshend

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Georgie Frost

This Is Money: Energy firms rapped for bad customer service... while still making mega profits

Georgie Frost
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This is Money

This Is Money: Energy firms rapped for bad customer service... while still making mega profits
Energy firms have had their feet held to the fire this week. The industry as a whole has been blasted by the regulator Ofgem over poor customer service, while our investigation revealed that 200 customers don't think Ovo has been billing them properly. Meanwhile, British Gas has been in the spotlight for its bumper profits, which jumped by a whopping 889 per cent for the first half of this year. These firms are certainly making plenty of money - so should they be spending more of it to help their customers? Lee Boyce, Helen Crane and Georgie Frost ask why things are going so wrong, and what people can do if they don't think they are being billed correctly. We also look at what's going on with bank accounts. Crisis-hit Natwest is winning the switching battle thanks to its tasty cash incentives, and it’s not just Farage being 'de-banked'. We hear the story of one vulnerable couple who were left unable to pay bills and buy food after HSBC closed their account. Inheritance tax has also been in the news, as there are noises it might be scrapped - but the Treasury are raking in even more money from it. Will it go? Finally, we explain what blended families need to know about making a will - after one woman was forced to bid for her late mother's belongings at auction when her stepfather amended their mirror wills after she had died.
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Helen Crane


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Motley Fool Money

Motley Fool Money: Show Me the Earnings! (28/7)

Motley Fool Money
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Motley Fool Show

Motley Fool Money: Show Me the Earnings! (28/7)
The earnings parade is on, and this quarter it pays to be in the black. Matt Argersinger and Emliy Flippen discuss the Fed’s latest rate hike and why another seems in the cards, why earnings updates ended epic runs for Chipotle and Spotify, and how big tech’s cost cutting is going. Then, 19 minutes in, bonus earnings coverage from Matt and Emily on Roku, Mastercard, Coca-Cola, and Live Nation. Finally, 31 minutes in, Emily and Matt break down two stocks on their radar: BorgWarner and Invitation Homes. Stocks discussed: CMG, SPOT, META, GOOG, GOOGL, MSFT, ROKU, MA, KO, LYV. Host - Dylan Lewis; Guests - Matt Argersinger, Emily Flippen
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Matt Argersinger, Emily Flippen


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Motley Fool Money

Motley Fool Money: Meta Has 3 Billion Users. Now What? (27/7)

Motley Fool Money
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Motley Fool Show

Motley Fool Money: Meta Has 3 Billion Users. Now What? (27/7)
Meta has our attention but will we follow Mark Zuckerberg into the metaverse? Asit Sharma and Deidre Woollard discuss Meta’s soaring ad impressions amid a tough advertising market, if Mark Zuckerberg will need to choose between AI and the metaverse, and how Chipotle is using robots to boost efficiency. Plus, 20 minutes in, Matt Frankel interviews Walker & Dunlop CEO Willy Walker on commercial real estate debt and the challenges facing multifamily housing development. Companies discussed: META, CMG, SBUX, WD. Host - Deidre Woollard; Guests - Asit Sharma, Matt Frankel, Willy Walker
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Asit Sharma, Matt Frankel, Willy Walker


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Adam Cox

The Hypnotist: The Hypnotic Weight Loss Secret

Adam Cox
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The Hypnotist

The Hypnotist: The Hypnotic Weight Loss Secret
This episode is more about handling the psychology of self-discipline than losing weight per se: developing a balanced approach which doesn't rule out enjoying special occasions such as holidays or going out with friends, but at the same time doesn't put a coach and horses through regular routines: such as losing weight with a regular approach to dieting. It's about making good decisions for the moment, but not letting standards slip, and it can apply to other walks of life such as careers, investments , friendships etc ..

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Simon Rose

The Business of Film: Barbie & Oppenheimer

Simon Rose
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The Business Of Film

The Business of Film: Barbie & Oppenheimer
James Cameron-Wilson reports on an extraordinary week for the UK box office, up 92% WOW and 190% YOY. Barbie, starring Margot Robbie, enters at #1 with an impressive £18.5m weekend take. James found it original, smart, funny, timely and moving, considering it "a cinematic miracle". Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer was #2 with £10.9m. With an all-star cast led by Cillian Murphy, he found it timely and relevant and full of extraordinary moments, let down by an unwieldy final hour (of three). Perhaps not surprisingly, no other big movies are due to open against these two behemoths next week.
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James Cameron-Wilson


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Simon Rose

The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: Energy Transition & How To Invest As We Head To Net Zero

Simon Rose
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The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors

The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: Energy Transition & How To Invest As We Head To Net Zero
Andrew Keen of Edison Group discusses energy transition. With the oil and gas companies in long-term structural decline, wind and solar will be the big growth areas while the materials needed are a fascinating area with not enough investment focus. He discusses the trends and some of the problems. However, he points out that it is a complex field and British investors are fortunate that investment trusts can offer a sensible route in, with the fund managers doing the hard work on research.
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Andrew Keen


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Simon Rose

The Bigger Picture: Alison Rose & Natwest, lessons from the by-elections & Labour dropping trans pledge

Simon Rose
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The Bigger Picture

The Bigger Picture: Alison Rose & Natwest, lessons from the by-elections & Labour dropping trans pledge
Political commentator Mike Indian discusses the ramifications of Dame Alison Rose resigning as head of Natwest. Did she have to go and should the government have intervened? What are the ramifications of banks debanking customers whose views they don't like? Mike looks at the three by-election results, which show rather more than simply an all-score draw for the three main parties. He also reflects on Labour dropping its pledge on trans self-ID and considers briefly the effect that social media is having on effective politics.
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Mike Indian


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