Archive for month: August, 2015

John Legend, David Bowie to write for ‘SpongeBob Musical’

NEW YORK (AP) -- There's a "SpongeBob" musical in the works but the music is no kiddie stuff. Nickelodeon said Monday it will produce the world premiere of "The SpongeBob Musical" in Chicago next summer with original songs from John Legend, David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Dirty Projectors, The Flaming Lips, T.I., Plain White T's, They Might Be Giants, Lady Antebellum, Panic! At the Disco, and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry. It is co-conceived and directed by Tina Landau with a book by Read more [...]

Memorial held in New York for Broadway actor who died at 21

NEW YORK (AP) -- About three dozen friends, colleagues and former classmates of Kyle Jean-Baptiste have gathered in Central Park to mourn the accidental death of a rising Broadway actor who had already made history at just 21. Clutching flowers at Bethesda Fountain, the tearful group honored Jean-Baptiste, the first African-American and youngest person to ever play the role of Jean Valjean in "Les Misrables" on Broadway. They hugged and told stories of the young man, concluding the Monday Read more [...]

President to take wilderness trip with Bear Grylls

NEW YORK (AP) -- Survival expert Bear Grylls has bagged his biggest celebrity yet for a walk in the wilderness - President Barack Obama. NBC and the White House said Monday the president will meet with Grylls during his visit to Alaska to discuss climate change, then spend some time in the wilderness. NBC said Grylls would give the president a crash course in survival techniques for an episode of his show, "Running Wild," to air later this year. Grylls has taped previous episodes of his Read more [...]

Epix reaches multiyear Hulu deal, ends Netflix agreement

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The cable network Epix jumped from Netflix to Hulu, landing a multiyear, digital subscription video on demand deal with the streaming service. Beginning Oct. 1, Hulu subscribers will get films from Lionsgate, MGM and Paramount, the companies announced late Sunday. That includes "Hunger Games: Catching Fire," "Wolf of Wall Street," as well as new titles, library films and Epix original programming. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. It's a "huge expansion" for Hulu's premium programming, Senior Read more [...]

Apple aims to boost mobile device sales with Cisco’s help

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Apple is leaning on Cisco Systems' Internet networking expertise in its latest attempt to sell more iPhones and iPads to corporate customers. The alliance announced Monday calls for Cisco to ensure that corporate Internet connections relying on its gear deliver content quickly and securely to iPhones and iPads. Cisco will also help Apple develop ways for iPhones to interact more smoothly with workers' office phones. Financial terms of the partnership weren't disclosed. Read more [...]

Google tries to woo iPhone owners with Android watch app

31 Aug 2015 0 Comments
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google is introducing an application that will connect Android smartwatches with Apple's iPhone, escalating the rivals' battle to strap their technology on people's wrists. The move thrusts Google on to Apple's turf in an attempt to boost the lackluster sales of watches running on its Android Wear software. The program uniting the devices running on different operating systems is being released Monday in Apple's app store. Until now, Android watches only worked with Read more [...]

2 arrested for enjoying meal on boat while family slept

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NORWALK, Conn. (AP) -- Police in Connecticut have charged two people they say broke into a boat at a Norwalk marina to enjoy a fast food meal and take some selfies while a family of five slept on board. Police tell The Hour ( ) the family was awoken at about 2 a.m. Sunday by the flash from a camera. One family member confronted the intruders, and they ran away. Police found a receipt inside a bag of still warm fast food and used the receipt to track down 20-year-old Read more [...]

$20 found in San Francisco leads to $1 million lottery win

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A San Francisco Bay Area man won $1 million in the California Lottery after buying a winning ticket with money he found at the airport. The California Lottery said Sunday that Hubert Tang had not bought a lottery ticket in 10 years. When he found a $20 bill on the street outside San Francisco International Airport last week, he used it to buy two scratch-off tickets at a market in Millbrae. One of them led to the $1 million top prize. He told the California Lottery Read more [...]

Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift set for MTV VMAs

The M in MTV will stand for Miley on Sunday night. Miley Cyrus is set to host the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards - two years after she stole the show with a risque, but memorable performance with Robin Thicke, and a year after winning the top prize for "Wrecking Ball." The 22-year-old will be in good company: Justin Bieber will perform his new single, "What Do You Mean," and Taylor Swift, the leader with 10 nominations, will attend the show. Nicki Minaj will open the show at the Microsoft Theater in Read more [...]

‘Awakenings’ author, neurologist Oliver Sacks dies at 82

NEW YORK (AP) -- There was the blind man who had the disastrous experience of regaining his sight. The surgeon who developed a sudden passion for music after being struck by lightning. And most famously, the man who mistook his wife for a hat. Those stories and many more, taking the reader to the distant ranges of human experience, came from the pen of Dr. Oliver Sacks. Sacks, 82, died Sunday at his home in New York City, his assistant, Kate Edgar, said. In February, he had announced that Read more [...]
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