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Planet Green redirected

Planet Green is changing course.

Its corporate parent, Discovery Communications, announced Wednesday that the cable channel will change its emphasis on nature and ecology and focus instead on the country’s spirit and culture under the name Destination America starting May 28.

Destination America will tackle subjects such as American cuisine – including Tex-Mex and barbecue – and American mysteries including Jesse James’ lost fortune and Area 51.

Other shows will visit amusement park thrill rides and ghost towns.

Burger King cites license in pulling ad

A Burger King commercial featuring Mary J. Blige singing about chicken has been pulled. But the fast-food chain is blaming music licensing issues for the decision – not criticism of the ad.

The spot debuted this week. In it, Blige sings about chicken snack wraps.

But as the video went viral, some in the black community criticized the ad as stereotypical.

Burger King said Tuesday the commercial was pulled because of a licensing concern. The company said it hopes to have the Blige “ads back on the air soon.”

YouTube to rent Paramount films

YouTube and Paramount Pictures have reached a deal to make nearly 500 films available to rent online.

The agreement announced Wednesday makes Paramount the fifth major Hollywood studio to join YouTube’s online video store.

Some Paramount films have already been added, such as “Hugo,” “Transformers” and Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather” trilogy.