Look: Netfix releases photos of Zach Galifianakis in 'Between Two Ferns: The Movie'

Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Zach Galifianakis turned his satirical talk show Between Two Ferns into a movie for Netflix. Netflix released three new photos from Between Two Ferns: The Movie Wednesday. One of the photos clearly shows Galifianakis standing between two ferns. Another shows him wheeling the ferns across the street. A third photo shows Galifianakis...

Watch: Charlie Puth debuts new song and video 'I Warned Myself'

Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Charlie Puth released a new single and accompanying music video on Wednesday. Puth had teased "I Warned Myself" in a Monday Instagram post and the song dropped as promised Wednesday morning. "I warned myself that I shouldn't play with fire, but I can tell that I'll do it one more time," Puth's song begins. The song is available through...

CropX rakes in $10 mln

CropX, a provider of a farm management platform, has raised $10 million in funding. The investors included Sumitomo, Armada Capital, TaL Capital, Finistere Ventures, Germin8 Ventures, GreenSoil Investments, Innovation Endeavors and OurCrowd.Read More

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees joins Franworth as partner

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has joined Franworth, a franchised-focused growth equity firm, as a partner and member of its board. Brees is also a multi-unit operator of Jimmy John's and Walk On's Bistreaux & Bar locations as well as a partner of Title Boxing Club.Read More

Cofense procures additional funding from BlackRock

Leesburg, Virginia-based Cofense, a provider of intelligent phishing defense solutions, has secured additional financing from BlackRock Private Equity Partners. No financial terms were disclosed. BlackRock acquired an ownership stake in Cofense after having acquired the equity of former investor Pamplona.Read More

PMC Capital completes buyout of StyroChem

Los Angeles-based private equity firm PMC Capital has acquired StyroChem from WinCup. No financial terms were disclosed. Based in Montreal, StyroChem is a maker of expandable polystyrene grades used in food service, packaging, construction, casting and specialty applications. Stone Mountain, Georgia-based WinCup is a manufacturer of disposable polystyrene...

VC-backed VenatoRx beefs up team with three new hires

Malvern, Pennsylvania-based VenatoRx, a pharmaceutical company focused on developing novel anti-infectives to treat multi-drug-resistant bacterial infections and hard-to-treat viral infections, has expanded its team with three new additions. Jennifer Ellis is now senior vice president of quality; Dr. Paul McGovern is vice president of medical sciences;...

Icelandic Glacial garners $66 mln

Icelandic Glacial, a spring water brand from Iceland, has raised $66 million in financing. Included in that amount is $35 million in funding from BlackRock's U.S. private credit team and $31 million in equity from unnamed investors.Read More

PE-backed Quorum Software buys OGsys

Quorum Software, a portfolio company of Thoma Bravo, has acquired Fort Worth-based OGsys, a provider of cloud-based oil and gas accounting software for small and medium-sized businesses. No financial terms were disclosed. Kirkland & Ellis LLP was legal adviser to Quorum while Holland, Johns & Penny LLP did likewise to OGsys.Read More

Energy storage firm Yotta lands $1.5 mln seed

Austin, Texas-based Yotta, an energy storage company, has raised $1.5 million in seed funding. The investors were not named. Read More

Mira Sorvino western 'Badland' finds distributor

Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Cinedigm announced Wednesday that it acquired the North American rights to the film Badland from production company Papa Octopus. Mira Sorvino, Kevin Makely, Trace Adkins, Bruce Dern, Tony Todd, Wes Studi and Jeff Fahey star in writer/director Justin Lee's film. "Badland is set in the unincorporated areas of the West, where renegade...

'Rock 'n' Roll High School' 40th anniversary Blu-ray special features announced

Aug. 21 (UPI) -- The Ramones' movie vehicle Rock 'n' Roll High School turns 40 this year. To commemorate the film's anniversary, Shout Factory announced a 40th anniversary Blu-ray release with all new bonus features. The Blu-ray is available for pre-order on Amazon and Shoutfactory.com and will be in stores November 19. The Rock 'n' Roll High School...

Fed Was Divided About Interest Rate Cut

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve officials were sharply divided when they voted to cut interest rates for the first time in a decade in late July, newly-released minutes from their meeting last month show.Officials lowered borrowing costs by a quarter of a percentage point at their last meeting, citing slowing global growth, uncertainties from President...

Why Markets Are Not Panicking About Italy (Yet)

A country with one of the scariest debt loads on the planet slips into political chaos. The market reaction: a shrug. At first glance, it makes no sense that Italian bond yields edged lower after Matteo Salvini, the leader of the populist, right-wing League party, provoked the collapse of the Italian government Tuesday. Investors and economists have...

Elizabeth Warren Wants Wells Fargo to Explain Fees on Closed Accounts

Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has asked Wells Fargo’s interim chief executive to explain the bank’s policies for charging overdraft fees on transactions in accounts its customers believed to be closed, costing them hundreds or even thousands of dollars.In a letter to C. Allen Parker on Monday, Ms. Warren asked how much money the bank...

StepStone appoints Hart as co-CEO

StepStone Group, a private markets specialist, has appointed Scott Hart as co-CEO. Hart joined StepStone in 2007 after working at Morgan Stanley and TPG Capital.Read More

Dwayne Johnson named Forbes' highest-paid actor for 2019

Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Dwayne Johnson has been deemed the world's highest paid actor by Forbes for 2019 ahead of Avengers stars Chris Hemsworth and Robert Downey Jr. Johnson earned $89.4 million in pretax earnings from June 2018 to June 2019 due to his upfront salary for sequel Jumanji: The Next Level, his role on HBO's Ballers, royalties from his Under Armour...

Watch: Amazon announces streaming date for Mindy Kaling's 'Late Night'

Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Late Night, written by and starring Mindy Kaling, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and opened in theaters in June. On Wednesday, Amazon announced the film would be available on Amazon Prime September 6. Amazon also released a new trailer announcing the date. Kaling plays Molly, a novice writer who gets a job on Katherine...

Watch: BTS teases new mobile game with Netmarble

Aug. 21 (UPI) -- South Korean boy band BTS is giving fans a first glimpse of its new mobile game with Netmarble. The K-pop group shared an official concept art teaser for the project Wednesday. The dramatic promo opens with a chaotic scene of people fighting and burning down a warehouse. The scene switches to a party and glimpses of what appears to...

Bill Bellamy joins Octavia Spencer in Netflix series 'Madam C.J. Walker'

Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Bill Bellamy has joined the cast of the Netflix series Madam C.J. Walker. Deadline reported Wednesday the 54-year-old actor and comedian will star in the new limited series about black hair care mogul Madam C.J. Walker, played by Octavia Spencer. Madam C.J. Walker is based on the biography On Her Own Ground by A'Lelia Bundles. The...