LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Two small movies headed to a showdown for the biggest of all film prizes at the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday, in an evening ceremony likely to honor veteran actors along with feats of filmmaking.
Show business satire “Birdman” and the coming-of-age tale “Boyhood” are widely considered favorites in the battle for best picture and best director Oscars. But in one of the least predictable years in recent memory, the races were too close to call and there was room for upsets.
LOS ANGELES, Feb 20 (Reuters) – Netflix Inc, the
streaming video pioneer that shook up Internet television with
“House of Cards,” loped into the heart of the Hollywood film
world this awards season on the backs of some captivating
In a sign of the company’s ambitions, Netflix mounted a
high-profile campaign to win the feature documentary category at
Sunday’s Academy Awards with “Virunga,” the story of rare
gorillas threatened by unrest and oil drilling in the Congo’s
Virunga National Park.
By Lisa Richwine
(Reuters) – Broadband and cable TV provider Cox Communications Inc [COXC.UL] and the Cleveland Clinic medical center will announce on Thursday a new venture to develop in-home healthcare services, stepping into a market that is poised to grow as medical care goes digital.
The joint venture in Atlanta called Vivre Health is designed to help Cox expand its reach into healthcare beyond its current services such as providing broadband for hospitals.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The steamy novel “Fifty Shades of Grey” is a global phenomenon, but fans in China and other countries will not be able to see the movie version in theaters even though the sex scenes have has been toned down for the big screen.
The film adaptation opened this week in 57 international markets, including France, where it was declared suitable for anyone 12 or older.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co (DIS.N: Quote, Profile, Research) named Thomas Staggs, the head of its theme parks and resorts unit, as chief operating officer of the company on Thursday, putting him in the lead to succeed Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger in 2018.
Staggs will assume the role of COO immediately while he continues to run the parks business until a successor is named, Disney said in a statement.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Amy Pascal will step down as co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment after hackers angry about a movie she championed mocking North Korea’s dictator exposed a raft of embarrassing emails between Pascal and other Hollywood figures.
Pascal, one of the most powerful women executives in Hollywood, had kept a low profile since her emails were leaked by hackers and widely reported by media, particularly one in which she made racially insensitive remarks about President Barack Obama’s taste in films. She later apologized.
By Lisa Richwine and Lehar Maan
(Reuters) – Walt Disney Co’s (DIS.N: Quote, Profile, Research) quarterly profit topped Wall Street’s estimates as its blockbuster animated film “Frozen” heated up home entertainment and toy sales, and visitors flocked to the company’s U.S. theme parks.
Disney shares rose 4.4 percent to $98.23 in after-hours trading on Tuesday. The stock reached record highs in recent months on strong performances across its TV networks, theme parks and movie studio. Each of its five divisions reported higher operating income for the quarter, ended Dec. 27.
By Lehar Maan and Lisa Richwine
(Reuters) – Walt Disney Co’s (DIS.N: Quote, Profile, Research) quarterly revenue and profit topped Wall Street estimates as visits to its theme parks rose and last year’s animated film hit “Frozen” drove home video and toy sales.
Disney’s shares rose 4.4 percent to $98.23 after the bell on Tuesday. The stock reached record highs in recent months as the company reported strong performances across its TV networks, theme parks and movie studio. Each of its five divisions reported higher operating income for the quarter.
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Budweiser
capitalized on cuteness with the return of a puppy and Coca-Cola
stood out with an anti-bullying message as many brands
stirred emotions rather than going for laughs during the annual
high-stakes battle of Super Bowl commercials.
Companies paid up to a record $4.5 million for 30 seconds
during the championship game on Comcast Corp’s NBC
network seen by an estimated 100 million-plus viewers, the
year’s biggest television audience. The New England Patriots
defeated the Seattle Seahawks.
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Snickers generated
laughs with a nostalgic nod to “The Brady Bunch” and Budweiser
capitalized on cuteness with the return of a puppy as
advertisers risked big bucks to stand out in the hard-fought
battle to win buzz for their Super Bowl commercials.
Brands paid up to a record $4.5 million for 30 seconds
during the championship game between the New England Patriots
and Seattle Seahawks on Comcast Corp’s NBC network.