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Apr 23, 2014

AOL, Microsoft lure advertisers with TV-style shows

NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES, April 23 (Reuters) – Technology
powerhouses like Microsoft Corp and AOL Inc are
flexing their muscles as storytellers, parading TV network-style
shows before advertisers at an annual digital content showcase
in New York next week.

With an eye on the big bucks such shows can command,
Microsoft will trot out a soccer reality show called “Every
Street United.” Sony Corp’s digital network Crackle
will serve up Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting
Coffee” and AOL is presenting a documentary drama about five New
Yorkers called “Connected.”

Apr 23, 2014

Amazon grabs rights to stream older HBO shows

By Liana B. Baker and Lisa Richwine

(Reuters) – Amazon.com’s streaming video service will offer some older shows from premium-cable channel HBO starting next month, a deal that intensifies both companies’ competition with subscription-video service Netflix.

This is the first time HBO, owned by Time Warner Inc, has licensed its award-winning programming to an online subscription streaming service, the companies said in a statement on Wednesday.

Apr 22, 2014

Netflix plans price raise as streaming subscribers grow

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Video streaming service Netflix Inc said it intends to raise its subscription price for new customers by $1 or $2 a month to help the company buy more movies and TV shows and improve service for its 48 million global subscribers.

Investors welcomed the announcement on Monday by Netflix, which had suffered from a consumer exodus and stock plunge after it announced an unpopular price increase in July 2011. The company’s shares jumped 6.7 percent in after-hours trading to $371.97, after the company released plans for price hikes and posted a rise in first-quarter profit that beat Wall Street expectations.

Apr 21, 2014

Netflix plans to raise prices as U.S. streaming subscribers grow

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Video streaming service Netflix Inc said it intends to raise the monthly subscription price for new customers by $1 or $2 a month to help the company buy more movies and TV shows and improve service for its 48 million global subscribers.

Investors welcomed the announcement by Netflix, which had suffered from a consumer exodus and stock plunge after it announced an unpopular price increase in July 2011. The company’s shares jumped 6.7 percent in after-hours trading to $371.97, after the company released plans for a price hike and posted a rise in first-quarter profit that beat Wall Street expectations.

Apr 14, 2014

Relativity Media takes on Disney with Maker Studios bid

By Lisa Richwine

(Reuters) – Privately held film and TV studio Relativity Media has offered up to $1.1 billion to buy Maker Studios, whose shareholders are scheduled to vote on Tuesday on a bid by the Walt Disney Co (DIS.N: Quote, Profile, Research), according to a letter provided to Reuters.

Relativity offered $525 million in cash and stock to acquire Maker, one of the largest video production networks on Google Inc’s (GOOGL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) YouTube. It offered an additional $500 million in cash and stock if financial targets are met, plus up to $75 million in stock in a bonus pool for “key talent and executives,” according to the letter to Maker’s board dated Monday.

Apr 13, 2014

‘Captain America’ soars above ‘Rio 2′ birds to win box office

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Marvel’s red-white-and-blue superhero soared to a second straight box office win in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” beating out new animated movie “Rio 2,” the story of a family of Brazilian birds on a trip to the Amazon.

Walt Disney Co’s “Captain America,” which set an April ticket sales record when it opened a week ago, pulled in another $41.4 million from Friday to Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters.

Apr 2, 2014

Summer movie sequels equal profits for Hollywood studios

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Captain America, Spider-Man, the X-Men and Transformers are storming back into movie theaters, returning in sequels to save the world from mass destruction, while at the same time churning out profits for movie studios.

Hollywood will pack 13 sequels into theaters over the next 20 weeks. The parade begins on Friday, when Captain America dons his red-white-and-blue superhero suit for the U.S. debut of Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” and continues through summer, Hollywood’s most lucrative season.

Apr 2, 2014

Chris Evans on ‘Captain America’ and handling fame

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – With a suit of stars and stripes, and a loyal Marvel fan base behind him, actor Chris Evans once again brandishes the shield of superhero Captain America in a new film. In real life, the actor finds himself at odds with the demands of fame.

Walt Disney Co’s Marvel Studios sequel “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” out in U.S. and Canadian theaters on Friday, thrusts the patriotic superhero into battle with an elusive enemy.

Apr 2, 2014

A Minute With: Chris Evans on ‘Captain America’ and handling fame

LOS ANGELES, April 2 (Reuters) – With a suit of stars and
stripes, and a loyal Marvel fan base behind him, actor Chris
Evans once again brandishes the shield of superhero Captain
America in a new film. In real life, the actor finds himself at
odds with the demands of fame.

Walt Disney Co’s Marvel Studios sequel “Captain
America: The Winter Soldier,” out in U.S. and Canadian theaters
on Friday, thrusts the patriotic superhero into battle with an
elusive enemy.

Mar 25, 2014

Universal teases ‘Fast & Furious 7,’ Jolie film

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Cars falling from the sky in “Fast & Furious 7,” clips from Angelina Jolie’s directorial project “Unbroken,” and the first look at erotic novel adaptation “Fifty Shades of Grey” provided a glimpse of Universal Pictures’ upcoming movie slate on Tuesday.

In the footage shown to theater owners at the CinemaCon gathering in Las Vegas, a clip from the seventh installment of the “Fast and Furious” action franchise featured some of the final scenes filmed by actor Paul Walker before his sudden death in a California car crash in November last year.