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Jul 18, 2013

Netflix streams into Emmys race in test of TV’s future

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “House of Cards,” a sleek 13-episode political drama released all at once gave Internet-streaming service Netflix its first Emmy nominations on Thursday in a closely watched contest for the future of television entertainment beyond broadcast and cable.

Netflix landed 14 nominations, nine for “House of Cards,” its biggest original programming bet so far. It is the first time a program not produced specifically for television won Emmy nominations in the top categories, with “House of Cards” competing for best drama, and Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright nominated for best actor and actress.

Jul 18, 2013

Dark drama leads Emmy nominations, Netflix enters race

LOS ANGELES, July 18 (Reuters) – Television thriller
“American Horror Story: Asylum” and medieval fantasy “Game of
Thrones” led nominees for primetime Emmy Awards on Thursday,
while the Internet streaming service Netflix made history with
nods for its first foray into original programming.

Netflix landed a total of 14 nominations between political
drama “House of Cards,” comedy “Arrested Development” and
triller “Hemlock Grove,” a validation of its challenge to
broadcast and cable networks. It is the first time programs not
produced specifically for television have won Emmy nominations
in the top categories, with “House of Cards” competing for best
drama and leading stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright in best
actor and actress groups.

Jul 12, 2013

Sorkin delves into frenzied ‘Newsroom’ for second season

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – In the first 10 minutes of the second season of HBO drama “The Newsroom,” creator Aaron Sorkin hits viewers with half a dozen news themes, an intense legal discussion, a flashback and SOPA.

Yes, SOPA, the acronym for the Stop Online Piracy Act being debated in Congress. It’s the kind of complex topics that will keep news junkies and fans of Sorkin’s chaotic television newsroom on their toes for season two, which premieres Sunday.

Feb 3, 2013

Affleck wins directors award as ‘Argo’ hurtles to Oscars

LOS ANGELES, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Actor-turned-filmmaker Ben
Affleck won the top honor from his peers at the Directors Guild
of America on Saturday for the movie “Argo”, cementing the Iran
hostage drama’s frontrunner status for the Oscars.

The Hollywood directors’ recognition for Affleck, however,
is an awkward result for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and
Sciences, which failed to nominate him for Best Director in what
is considered one of the biggest snubs of this year’s Oscars.

Feb 3, 2013

Affleck wins directors’ top award as ‘Argo’ hurtles toward Oscars

LOS ANGELES, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Actor-turned-filmmaker Ben
Affleck won the top honor from his peers at the Directors Guild
of America on Saturday for the movie “Argo”, cementing the Iran
hostage drama’s frontrunner status for the Oscars.

The Hollywood directors’ recognition for Affleck, however,
is an awkward result for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and
Sciences, which failed to nominate him for Best Director in what
is considered one of the biggest snubs of this year’s Oscars.

Jun 13, 2012
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Washington Extra – Dimon jubilee

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Jamie Dimon managed to turn a multibillion-dollar trading loss into a winning moment.

The CEO of JPMorgan came sailing into the Senate office building this morning with a smile, and gave a pitch-perfect performance in explaining how a small group of traders in its London office screwed up a hedging strategy so badly that they lost at least $2 billion.

Apr 27, 2012
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Washington Extra – Kids, cover your ears

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It’s true, you learn much more out in the real world than you do in school. Just look at the kids who today attended the State Department press briefing for Take Your Child to Work Day. Instead of lessons in nation-building or food aid, they were treated to a discussion of prostitutes and strip clubs. 

With Washington gripped by a widening Secret Service scandal, reporters just couldn’t steer clear of the salacious story. Soon after spokeswoman Victoria Nuland saluted the handful of underage observers, the questions moved to charges that Secret Service agents and other government workers cavorted with strippers and prostitutes while on overseas assignments. Nuland lamented the topic du jour and one Department employee jokingly moved to cover his daughter’s ears.

Apr 26, 2012
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Washington Extra – Moonshot no more

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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich bows his head in prayer before speaking at First Redeemer Church while on a campaign tour in Cumming, Georgia, February 26, 2012. REUTERS/Tami Chappell

Earth calling Newt: When the biggest news of your presidential campaign is the penguin biting your hand at the zoo, it’s probably time to pack it in.

Apr 25, 2012
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Washington Extra – The bench’s backstories

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As the Supreme Court justices convene Wednesday to hear arguments in the case Arizona v United States, will their thoughts drift to Italy, Ireland, Poland and Puerto Rico? 

The challenge to Arizona’s tough immigration law may have the justices thinking about their own families’ origins and journeys to America. As Reuters reports today, nearly all of them, like their countrymen, descend from people who came looking for a better life (the notable exception is Justice Clarence Thomas whose great-grandmother was a slave).

Apr 24, 2012

Kimmel to “feast on stupid comments” at White House dinner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Late-night TV comedian Jimmy Kimmel admits he is anxious about headlining his first White House Correspondents Dinner this coming Saturday, and his self-confessed lack of insight into Washington doesn’t help calm his nerves.

The star of ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” told Reuters his interest in politics is roughly equal to his interest in sports — and in reality TV star Kim Kardashian.

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      "Mary Milliken is Entertainment and Lifestyle Editor for the Americas since July 2013, based in Los Angeles. In 15 years with Reuters, she been bureau chief in Washington DC, the West Coast and South America and has organized news teams covering everything from presidential elections to economic crises to natural disasters. She speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese."
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