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Life imitates art with new ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ costume

BY Allison Cerra

This Halloween, getting rid of the “mean reds” will be as easy as dressing up as “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” heroine, Holly Golightly.

The beloved film is being immortalized with the help of Paramount Licensing and California Costumes. The “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” costume includes a floor-length black gown with a cut-out back, a stunning multistrand pearl necklace and a tiara.

First released in 1961, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” tells the tale of Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn), a quirky, young New York socialite who becomes interested in a young man (George Peppard) who moves into her brownstone on Manhattan’s swank East Side. The love story became an instant pop-culture and film classic, and won two Academy Awards.

The costume retails for $45 and will be available in stores and online beginning this summer.

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Season 13 of ‘The Simpsons’ arrives on Blu-ray, DVD this summer

BY Allison Cerra

LOS ANGELES Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is bringing the residents of Springfield to Blu-ray and DVD this August.

The complete 13th season of television’s longest running comedy — “The Simpsons” — will arrive Aug. 24. The season features 22 episodes including two noteworthy standouts: the Simpsons’ trip to Brazil in “Blame It On Lisa” and Homer’s foray into medicinal marijuana in “Weekend at Burnsie’s.” Once again, a talented line-up of guest stars lend their voices including Ben Stiller, Reese Witherspoon, Richard Gere, Pierce Brosnan, Matthew Perry, R.E.M. and Paul Newman.

“The Simpsons” the complete 13th season is packed with special features including deleted scenes, audio commentaries on every episode, featurettes, storyboards, animatics, easter eggs and much more. The Blu-ray release also includes specially created menus with additional animation that does not appear on the DVD. The set comes in collectible packaging modeled after Springfield’s “special” child, Ralph Wiggum. The Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $59.99 and $49.98, respectively.

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Decision Resources: Atrial fibrillation treatments will expand market size to $7 billion

BY Alaric DeArment

WALTHAM, Mass. Launch and use of new heart drugs will drive the market for drugs to treat atrial fibrillation and increase its size to nearly $7 billion in less than a decade, according to a new report from market analysis firm Decision Resources.

The report found that new drugs from Boehringer Ingelheim, Sanofi-Aventis and partnerships between Bayer and Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer and Bristol-Myers Squibb –– specifically anticoagulant and antiarrhythmic drugs –– will drive most of the atrial fibrillation drug market in developed countries and increase it more than eight-fold, from $843 million in 2009 to $6.8 billion in 2019.

The drugs cited include Boehringer Ingelheim’s Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate), Sanofi-Aventis’ Multaq (dronedarone), apixan, by Bristol and Pfizer, and Xarelto (rivaroxaban), by Bayer and J&J. These drugs are expected to drive three-quarters of the market in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Germany and Japan.

The report found that while Multaq would face challenges due to competition from another Sanofi drug, Cordarone (amiodarone), which also is available as a generic, it would likely have sales of more than $650 million in 2019.

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