Archive for month: March, 2014

Review: Menzel shines but ‘If/Then’ too sloppy

NEW YORK (AP) -- The new musical "If/Then" is all about imagining different scenarios, so let's get straight to it: If you love Idina Menzel, then go see it - she tears the rafters off the theater while going through a mid-life crisis. But if you like smooth, tight shows, then find something else to do. An uneven - maybe not completely finished - show opened Sunday at the Richard Rodgers Theatre with an intriguing, ambitious premise and a leading lady with a shockingly good voice, but a Read more [...]

Orson Welles’ camera, other items up for auction

PHOENIX (AP) -- The youngest daughter of director and writer Orson Welles is giving film buffs a chance to buy some of his personal possessions, including a camera, scripts and photos from the set of "Citizen Kane." Beatrice Welles discovered the relics last year in boxes and trunks and decided to put them up for auction. She said her father would have preferred making the memorabilia available to film buffs and fans as opposed to sending them to a museum. "It's about the last thing he would've Read more [...]

ABC’s Josh Elliott leaving show for NBC Sports

NEW YORK (AP) -- ABC's top-rated "Good Morning America" has suffered its second personnel defection in four months, with news anchor Josh Elliott telling the network on Sunday that he's leaving for a job at NBC Sports. ABC News President Ben Sherwood moved quickly to replace him, appointing Amy Robach as the "Good Morning America" news anchor. Elliott follows former "GMA" weather forecaster Sam Champion out the door. Champion joined the NBC Universal-owned The Weather Channel, where he began Read more [...]

Hourslong protest turns to ‘mayhem’ in Albuquerque

31 Mar 2014 0 Comments
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Albuquerque's mayor said that a more than 10-hour protest over recent police shootings turned from peaceful into "mayhem," as officers in riot gear clashed with hundreds of protesters who blocked traffic, tried to get on freeways and shouted anti-police slogans. Richard Berry said Sunday that one officer was injured, rocks were thrown and at one point protesters trapped police in a vehicle and tried to break the windows, the Albuquerque Journal reported (http://bit.ly/1lxuypl Read more [...]

Another Apple-Samsung skirmish heads to court

31 Mar 2014 0 Comments
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- The fiercest rivalry in the world of smartphones is heading back to court this week in the heart of the Silicon Valley, with Apple and Samsung accusing each other, once again, of ripping off designs and features. The trial will mark the latest round in a long-running series of lawsuits between the two tech giants that underscore a much larger concern about what is allowed to be patented. "There's a widespread suspicion that lots of the kinds of software patents at Read more [...]

Shirley Jones wants a high-flying 80th birthday

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Inspired by a former president, Shirley Jones can't wait to jump into her birthday plans. The Oscar-winning actress and singer says she'll take her very first skydive on Monday - her 80th birthday. "That's something I wanted to do all my life," Jones said Friday. The inspiration to try comes from former President George H.W. Bush's jumps on several birthdays, including when he turned 85 in 2009. "When I saw him do it I thought, `Wow, if he can do this, I can,'" Jones Read more [...]

One Direction cleans up at Kids’ Choice Awards

Robert Downey Jr. turned inspirational speaker at the Kids' Choice Awards, Pharrell set another fashion trend, David Blaine lost his head during a slime-induced illusion, One Direction and Jennifer Lawrence cleaned up, and the green goo bath finally caught up with Mark Wahlberg - thanks to some unlikely slimers. Nickelodeon's 27th annual awards show was among its more entertaining, opening with a sprawling and colorful Todrick Hall-choreographed performance and closing with Wahlberg's eventual sliming Read more [...]

Officials: Reality TV star Benzino shot by nephew

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) -- Reality TV star Benzino was injured after being shot by his nephew on a Massachusetts highway Saturday while riding in a funeral procession for a family member, according authorities and Benzino's hip-hop magazine. Benzino, whose real name is Raymond Scott, is a cast member of the VH1 reality show "Love Hip Hop: Atlanta" and CEO of Hip-Hop Weekly. The magazine confirmed on its website Saturday night that Benzino had been shot. The 48-year-old Benzino was traveling Read more [...]

Turkey defends YouTube ban

30 Mar 2014 0 Comments
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has defended Turkey's move to block access to YouTube, citing national security concerns. Turkey shut down access to the video-sharing website on Thursday, after an audio recording of a government security meeting was leaked. In the recording, senior officials appeared to be discussing a possible military intervention in Syria. Davutoglu said the telecommunications authority requested that YouTube take down the audio recording but the Read more [...]

BlackBerry revenue falls below a $1 billion

30 Mar 2014 0 Comments
TORONTO (AP) -- BlackBerry reported a steep drop in profit and revenue Friday as it transitions from a smartphone company to a software business under its new chief executive. Shares rose five percent in morning trading as CEO John Chen cut expenses quicker than expected. The Canadian company lost $423 million, or 80 cents per share. Adjusted for one-time items, however, the company lost 8 cents per share, much better that the losses of 56 cents per share that Wall Street had expected, according Read more [...]
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