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Jun 18, 2012

Microsoft announces Surface tablet

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp unveiled a tablet called Surface on Monday, in a move to rival Apple Inc’s massively successful iPad.

The world’s largest software maker is on track to launch its touch-friendly Windows 8 operating system this autumn and wants to make a big impact with its own device to kickstart demand.

Jun 17, 2012

‘Madagascar 3′ romps over Cruise, Sandler films

LOS ANGELES, June 17 (Reuters) – The animals of “Madagascar
3: Europe’s Most Wanted” held the top spot on U.S. and Canadian
box office charts for a second straight weekend with $35.5
million, beating new films from Tom Cruise and Adam Sandler,
according to studio estimates on Sunday.

The third “Madagascar” movie about the misadventures of
escaped zoo animals lifted the animated family film above new
release “Rock of Ages,” a 1980s-era musical starring Cruise that
was No. 3, and comedy “That’s My Boy,” which landed with a thud
at No. 5 in what box office watchers said was the worst opening
for a live-action Sandler movie since 1996′s “Happy Gilmore.”

Jun 16, 2012

Ryan Seacrest looking at Dick Clark Productions – sources

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest and others are considering bids to buy Dick Clark Productions, the company founded by the late TV icon and Seacrest’s mentor, people with knowledge of the matter said.

Ryan Seacrest Media, Core Media Group and Colony Capital are among the potential bidders who have requested information from Raine Group, which was retained by Dick Clark Productions to run a possible sale.

Jun 16, 2012

Seacrest looking at Dick Clark Productions-sources

LOS ANGELES, June 15 (Reuters) – “American Idol” host Ryan
Seacrest and others are considering bids to buy Dick Clark
Productions, the company founded by the late TV icon and
Seacrest’s mentor, people with knowledge of the matter said.

Ryan Seacrest Media, Core Media Group and Colony Capital are
among the potential bidders who have requested information from
Raine Group, which was retained by Dick Clark Productions to run
a possible sale.

Jun 15, 2012

Exclusive: Seacrest looking at Dick Clark Productions: sources

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest is considering a bid to buy Dick Clark Productions, the company founded by the late TV icon and Seacrest’s mentor, people with knowledge of the matter said.

Ryan Seacrest Media is among the potential bidders who have requested information from Raine Group, which was retained by Dick Clark Productions to run a possible sale.

Jun 15, 2012

Disney steps up efforts to bring “Avengers” to parks

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co’s design team has increased its efforts to bring the Marvel superhero team “The Avengers” to the company’s theme parks after the film’s smashing success, the head of Disney’s parks unit said on Thursday.

Speaking as Disney unveiled the final attractions of a $1 billion investment to boost its laggard Disney California Adventure park, Tom Staggs said he intends to bring “The Avengers” characters to the Anaheim resort and other parks outside the United States.

Jun 10, 2012

“Madagascar 3″ cruises to N.America box office win

LOS ANGELES, June 10 (Reuters) – The third animated
“Madagascar” film stampeded past sci-fi thriller “Prometheus” to
top U.S. and Canadian box office charts with nearly $60.4
million in ticket sales over the weekend.

“Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” also performed well in
its debut in 28 international markets, bringing global ticket
sales to $135.8 million in its opening weekend, according to
distributor Paramount Pictures.

Jun 8, 2012

Disney bets $1 billion on Pixar-driven park revamp

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Disney California Adventure theme park in Anaheim, a dud since it opened in 2001, will unveil the fruits of a five-year, $1 billion renovation next week — and there’s a lot more riding on the effort than ticket sales.

Disney is counting on the overhauled park to entice visitors at adjacent Disneyland to stay another day or two, preferably in a Disney hotel. It is also a riposte to rival Universal Studios, which just launched a heavily promoted thrill ride based on the movie “Transformers.”

Jun 5, 2012

Exclusive: Disney to stop some junk-food ads on kids’ TV, websites: sources

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co, owner of the ABC broadcast network and a suite of cable channels, will stop accepting some junk-food ads on TV programs, radio shows and websites aimed at children, according to sources with knowledge of the plan.

Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger and first lady Michelle Obama plan to make an announcement on Tuesday in Washington, the sources said.

Jun 5, 2012

Disney to stop some junk-food ads on kids’ TV, websites-sources

LOS ANGELES, June 4 (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co (DIS.N: Quote, Profile, Research),
owner of the ABC broadcast network and a suite of cable
channels, will stop accepting some junk-food ads on TV programs,
radio shows and websites aimed at children, according to sources
with knowledge of the plan.

Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger and first lady Michelle
Obama plan to make an announcement on Tuesday in Washington, the
sources said.