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Nov 3, 2013

‘Ender’s Game’ battles to U.S., Canada box office win

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) – “Ender’s Game,” the futuristic story of children forced to fight an enemy race, battled to the top of box office charts in the United States and Canada, defeating senior citizen buddy comedy “Last Vegas” and animated turkey tale “Free Birds.”

Based on a best-selling 1985 novel, “Ender’s Game” collected $28 million in ticket sales over its first three days, according to studio estimates released on Sunday.

Oct 27, 2013

New U.S. TV network fuses news, satire for young Hispanics

LOS ANGELES/MIAMI, Oct 27 (Reuters) – On Monday evening,
U.S. cable network Fusion will launch with interviews of
President Barack Obama and Republican Senator Ted Cruz. Later
that night, four puppets will provide commentary on current
events during a news chat show.

A joint venture between Walt Disney Co’s ABC and
Spanish-language media company Univision Communications Inc
, Fusion will blend hard news, satire and pop culture to
do something other cable news networks have largely failed to
do: lure “millennial” viewers, 18 to 34 years old.

Oct 27, 2013

‘Bad Grandpa’ tops ‘Gravity’ at North American box office

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Prankster comedy “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” kicked Sandra Bullock’s 3D space thriller “Gravity” from the top of weekend box office charts in the United States and Canada, starting off with $32 million in ticket sales over its first three days.

After three weeks in first place, “Gravity” slipped to the No. 2 slot with $20.3 million in domestic ticket sales, according to studio estimates on Sunday. “Captain Phillips,” starring Tom Hanks in the real-life story of a ship hijacked by Somali pirates, finished in third place, collecting $11.8 million.

Oct 27, 2013

New TV network fuses news, satirical views for young Hispanics

LOS ANGELES/MIAMI (Reuters) – On Monday evening, U.S. cable network Fusion will launch with an interview with Republican Senator Ted Cruz about his presidential ambitions. Later that night, four puppets will provide commentary on current events during a news chat show.

A joint venture between Walt Disney Co’s ABC and Spanish language media company Univision Communications Inc, Fusion will blend hard news, satire and pop culture to do something other cable news networks have largely failed to do: lure “millennial” viewers ages 18 to 34.

Oct 22, 2013

Netflix CEO ‘hopeful’ for deals with Comcast, others

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Netflix Inc CEO Reed Hastings said on Monday he was hopeful the company would reach a deal with Comcast Corp and other pay television providers to offer his company’s movie and TV streaming service through cable set-top boxes.

“I’m really hopeful we can do that with Comcast and others in the industry,” Hastings told analysts on a video webcast after Netflix released quarterly earnings.

Oct 22, 2013

Netflix customer gains reinforce growth hopes, shares jump

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Netflix Inc gained more subscribers than expected at home and abroad with help from original series like “Orange is the New Black,” impressing investors who sent its shares surging nearly 11 percent to a record high on Monday.

Netflix, the biggest gainer in the S&P 500 in 2013, quadrupled profit in the third quarter as it added a higher-than-expected 1.3 million customers to its subscription video streaming service in the United States.

Oct 21, 2013

Netflix’s outlook, user gains reinforce growth hopes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Netflix Inc(NFLX.O: Quote, Profile, Research) gained more subscribers than expected at home and abroad, helped by original series like “Orange is the New Black,” and predicted additional growth this quarter, sending its shares surging 9.4 percent to a record high on Monday.

Netflix, the biggest gainer in the S&P 500 in 2013, quadrupled profit in the third quarter as it added a higher-than-expected 1.3 million subscribers to its subscription video streaming service.

Oct 21, 2013

Netflix adds U.S. streaming customers, shares jump 9 percent

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Netflix Inc’s profit quadrupled in the third quarter as it added a higher-than-expected 1.3 million subscribers to its subscription video streaming service, sending shares up 9.3 percent in after-hours trading.

Netflix reported earnings-per-share of 52 cents, beating the average of 49 cents projected by Wall Street analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Oct 13, 2013

Force of ‘Gravity’ foils pirates at North American box office

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK, Oct 13 (Reuters) – The 3D outer space
thriller “Gravity” kept a tight grip on U.S. and Canadian box
offices over the weekend, eclipsing the debut of Somali pirate
drama “Captain Phillips” in a battle between two Oscar hopefuls.

“Gravity,” starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as
astronauts stranded in space, held the top spot on movie charts
for a second weekend, grabbing $44.3 million in domestic ticket
sales from Friday through Sunday.

Oct 11, 2013

‘Glee’ says goodbye to Finn in tribute to late actor Monteith

LOS ANGELES, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Television musical comedy
series “Glee” bid farewell on Thursday to Finn Hudson, the
hunky, kind-hearted jock played by the late Cory Monteith,
offering up songs, remembrances and plenty of tears while
sidestepping the question of how his character died.

Fans had waited to see how the Fox television show would
address the loss of one of its founding cast members following
Monteith’s death in July from an accidental overdose of heroin
and alcohol at age 31.