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May 5, 2013

‘Iron Man 3′ soars with huge $175.3 million in U.S., Canada debut

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Superhero sequel “Iron Man 3″ rocketed to the top of U.S. and Canadian box office charts, kicking off Hollywood’s summer movie season with $175.3 million in weekend ticket sales for the second-biggest film opening of all time.

Combined with international sales, the movie from Walt Disney Co’s Marvel studio brought its global haul to an estimated $680.1 million, Disney said on Sunday.

May 5, 2013

‘Iron Man 3′ soars with huge $175.3 mln in US, Canada debut

NEW YORK, May 5 (Reuters) – Superhero sequel “Iron Man 3″
rocketed to the top of U.S. and Canadian box office charts,
kicking off Hollywood’s summer movie season with $175.3 million
in weekend ticket sales for the second-biggest film opening of
all time.

Combined with international sales, the movie from Walt
Disney Co’s Marvel studio brought its global haul to an
estimated $680.1 million, Disney said on Sunday.

May 1, 2013

CBS profit gains on advertising, cable revenue

May 1 (Reuters) – Broadcaster CBS Corp reported a
better-than-expected first-quarter profit, boosted by
advertising during February’s Super Bowl telecast and a jump in
revenue from Showtime and its other cable channels.

The company recorded $463 million in net earnings for the
January through March period, a 17.5 percent increase from $394
million a year earlier, CBS said on Wednesday.

May 1, 2013

DreamWorks Animation to buy teen YouTube channel AwesomenessTV

By Lisa Richwine

(Reuters) – DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc has agreed to buy teen- oriented YouTube network AwesomenessTV, to secure an online platform to showcase family-focused movie franchises such as “Shrek” and “Kung Fu Panda.”

DreamWorks said on Wednesday it will pay about $33 million in cash to acquire AwesomenessTV, with additional payments of up to $117 million if earnings targets are met in 2014 and 2015. The transaction is expected to be completed this month, it said.

Apr 28, 2013

Wahlberg’s “Pain & Gain” knocks Cruise from box office lead

By Lisa Richwine and Andrea Burzynski

(Reuters) – Mark Wahlberg’s dark comedy “Pain & Gain” brought enough box office muscle to knock Tom Cruise out of the No. 1 spot on movie charts in the United States and Canada.

Another box office heavyweight, Robert Downey Jr., scored big overseas with the international debut of Marvel superhero sequel “Iron Man 3.”

Apr 26, 2013

Back from the dead, two soap operas woo viewers online

LOS ANGELES, April 26 (Reuters) – The biggest drama in soap
operas these days isn’t who’s cheating, fighting amnesia, or
waking up from a coma. It’s whether the backstabbing and love
triangles that hooked afternoon TV viewers will work on the
Internet.

In a bold wager to revive canceled ABC soaps “All My
Children” and “One Life to Live,” a pair of Hollywood veterans
are taking the 40-year-old dramas online, remaking them for
lifelong fans and a younger, Internet-savvy audience.

Apr 23, 2013

Netflix has good hand with “House of Cards,” shares soar 24 percent

By Lisa Richwine

(Reuters) – Netflix Inc (NFLX.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) impressed investors with solid subscriber growth and better-than-expected profits in the first quarter, sending shares of the video subscription service soaring 24 percent higher in after-hours trade.

A big push into original shows, a strategy aimed at hooking new customers with content they can’t get anywhere else, seems to be working, with its February release of the series “House of Cards”, a drama starring Kevin Spacey, generating plenty of buzz.

Apr 23, 2013

Netflix has good hand with ‘House of Cards’, shares soar 24 pct

April 22 (Reuters) – Netflix Inc impressed
investors with solid subscriber growth and better-than-expected
profits in the first quarter, sending shares of the video
subscription service soaring 24 percent higher in after-hours
trade.

A big push into original shows, a strategy aimed at hooking
new customers with content they can’t get anywhere else, seems
to be working, with its February release of the series “House of
Cards”, a drama starring Kevin Spacey, generating plenty of
buzz.

Apr 22, 2013

Netflix adds 2 million US streaming customers, shares jump 24 percent

By Lisa Richwine

(Reuters) – Netflix Inc (NFLX.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) reported on Monday a first-quarter profit that beat Wall Street expectations as the dominant video rental service added 2 million new U.S. streaming subscribers, and its shares soared 24 percent.

Netflix shares rose to $216.62 in after-hours trading, after closing at $174.37 on Nasdaq.

Apr 22, 2013

Netflix adds 2 mln US streaming customers, shares jump 24 pct

April 22 (Reuters) – Netflix Inc reported on Monday
a first-quarter profit that beat Wall Street expectations as the
dominant video rental service added 2 million new U.S. streaming
subscribers, and its shares soared 24 percent.

Netflix shares rose to $216.62 in after-hours trading, after
closing at $174.37 on Nasdaq.