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Held every two years in Hanover Germany, Agritechnica is the world’s largest agriculture forum, with over 2,900 exhibitors from 52 countries and 400,000 visitors and has just wrapped until 2017.

The DLG (German Agricultural Society) awards medals for innovations that make “processes  more efficient, precise, environmentally kind and cost-saving “.

This years big winner was John Deere for their new Chemical Application Manager, a sensor-based ProCut forager knife sharpening system and for their Connected Nutrient Management system that was developed in conjunction with Land Data, Eurosoft, Vista, Rauch and Sulky.

Other winners included Fendt, for their VarioGripPro tyre inflation system and Krone for their in-field forage pelleter, the Premos 5000.

But the smell though.

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Top: Paddy Cosgrave and Enda Kenny launching last year’s Web Summit

Read them and weep.

The culmination of soul-crushing, drawn out correspondence between Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave and people in the the Taoiseach’s office which eventually led to the Web Summit leaving Dublin for Lisbon.

Full correspondence here

(RollingNews.ie)

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What you may need to know:

1. This whole financial crash malarkey was spotted by a few shrewd financiers who in turn made a killing off it. Ahem David McWilliams.

2. From the book of the same name by investment banker turned author, Michael Lewis.

3. Doesn’t it look like a trailer for a heist movie?

4. The book was a bestseller but it’s hard to see if there will be enough dramatisation to keep a film going. For a great film about the crash check out Margin Call (2011).

5. Brad Pitt got an Oscar nod for starring in another of Lewis’ tomes, Moneyball (2011).  Lewis also wrote The Blind Side (2009) which earned Sandra Bullock a gong. Will Lewis have the Midas touch again? Steve Carrell, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling and Melissa Leo all hope so.

6. Pitt is also producing this one with Adam McKay of Anchorman (2004) fame scripting. Classy.

7. Broadsheet Prognosis: A kick in the money balls.

Release Date: December 11, 2015

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What you may need to know:

1. Unhinged French fella walks on a wire between the Twin Towers for an hour.

2. It’s a dramatisation of the true story of French acrobat Philippe Petit, subject of the Oscar-winning documentary Man on Wire (2008).

3. Spoilers! CBS news lets us know how it all ended.

4. Joseph Gordon Levitt may feel he struggled with that French accent but I can assure him he did.

5. Levitt was reminded of his  fame in 2013 by some paparazzi and he made a little movie about it.

6. Broadsheet Prognosis: You want Freedom Tower fries with that?

Release Date:  October 2, 2015

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What you may need to know:

1. A new one from David O. Russell. Joy of joys indeed.

2. It’s about Joy Mangano who invented the Miracle Mop and The Huggable Hanger among other really clever things.

3. Joy initially sold 1,000 mops to QVC on consignment who later wanted to return the remaining mops after poor sales. Having invested her savings and borrowing from her family to get the mop into production, she insisted on going on herself to demonstrate it and shifted 18,000 units in twenty minutes. Mmf.

4. American Hustle (2013) kicked us in the senses. Silver Linings Playbook (2012) kicked us right in the feels. It looks like Joy is going to kick us right in that painful lower back area you get from scrubbing or repeatedly having to bend down.

5. Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro are back together again. This time with bonus chizzled jaw courtesy of Édgar Ramírez.

6. Broadsheet Prognosis: Oscar spillage on aisle 3

7. Release date:  January 1,  2016

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What you may need to know:

1. Comic Con came and went. It left behind many trailers. Some that the film distributors wanted you to see and some that they didn’t. Warner Brothers released this trailer, rather begrudgingly, after it leaked online.

2. Doesn’t Will Smith look typically unscary.

3. Captain Boomerang. Snigger.

4. Jared Leto takes on the Joker role. Fair play in fairness.

5. David Ayer directs, promising to stay very faithful to the source material. Which is great. If you like the source material.

6. Sure something has to be done with all those defeated supervillains.

7. Broadsheet Prognosis: The long con

8. Release Date: August 5, 2016

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What you may need to know:

1. Apollo Creed’s son Adonis Johnson joins the fight game and seeks the help of Philly’s number one son, Rocky.

2. Apollo Creed died in the ring while fighting the man mountain Ivan Drago in Rocky IV (1985). Rocky was in Apollo’s corner for the fight and refused to throw in the towel after Apollo made him promise not to. American pride was at stake. Drago was Russian and his trainers were Cuban.

3. What great trainer said “women weaken legs” anyone?

4. Creed is played by Michael B. Jordan, the second most famous Michael Jordan, of the critically acclaimed Fruitvale Station (2013) and Chronicle (2012). Jordan is also doing a turn in the new Fantastic Four (2015) flick as Johnny Storm.

5. Fruitvale Station’s director, Ryan Coogler, takes the helm on this movie too.

6. I see you Mrs. Huxtable (2.02).

7. Broadsheet Prognosis: Time catches up with us all Rock. Yeez.

Release Date: TBC