Archive for month: June, 2016

Wisecracking De Niro touts Catskills with NY governor

BETHEL, N.Y. (AP) -- Robert De Niro is conjuring the legacy - and the stand-up jokes - of comedians like Rodney Dangerfield, Henny Youngman and Milton Berle while praising the natural beauty of New York's Catskills region. Appearing with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday, the actor, who owns property in the area, rattled off several one-liners made famous by the comedians who regularly appeared at Catskills resorts in the mid-20th century. Most of the resorts closed decades ago, Read more [...]

Moviegoers to Hollywood: It better be good

NEW YORK (AP) -- As Hollywood girds for a low-key Fourth of July box office weekend and watches its summer season dip 15 percent below last year's, an even more worrisome trend has taken shape: Moviegoers are growing pickier. Business has never been better for big, crowd-pleasing movies. Disney's acclaimed sequel "Finding Dory" passed $300 million domestically after just 12 days of release - a pace that could make it the highest grossing animated film of all time. Despite a trio of Read more [...]

Scarlett Johansson ranked Hollywood’s top-grossing actress

Scarlett Johansson has taken the crown as Hollywood's highest-grossing actress ever. A website called Box Office Mojo that tracks how much money movies make lists Johansson as the top-earning actress . It says her films have made more than $3.3 billion. Cameron Diaz is the second-highest-grossing actress, at just over $3 billion. Johansson's status on the list is no doubt helped by her recurring role as Black Widow in the Avengers series and other Marvel blockbusters, including this year's "Captain Read more [...]

Samsung sells Galaxy S7 phones that aren’t tied to carrier

30 Jun 2016 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- Samsung will sell unlocked versions of its flagship Galaxy S7 phones in the U.S. so consumers can switch carriers more easily. Although two-year service contracts are now rare, consumers are instead stuck with two-year installment plans and cannot take a phone to a rival until it's paid off. Unlocked phones have no such restrictions. They are also free of carrier-specific apps for messaging, video and other tasks, though Samsung still adds several beyond the standard Read more [...]

Netflix to boost original series, films in and from Asia

30 Jun 2016 0 Comments
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Netflix plans to expand its Asian offerings to subscribers around the world by tapping more creators in the region, including "Snowpiercer" director Bong Joon-ho, its chief said Thursday. CEO Reed Hastings said the U.S. streaming service company is looking at many projects throughout Asia, including original series by Asian creators, following its investment in the South Korean filmmaker's new movie "Okja." Hastings did not elaborate. He said more details Read more [...]

Here come the virtual reality Olympics … for Samsung users

30 Jun 2016 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- Athletes in Rio will compete to be the fastest sprinter and highest jumper at the Olympics this August. But there's another test underway as well: How well can virtual reality capture sporting events? NBC says it will provide 85 hours of virtual reality programming during the Rio Olympics in August - though only to users of Samsung Galaxy smartphones and the Samsung Gear VR headset. It's the first time Olympics programming will be available in VR. Virtual reality Read more [...]

Hawaii to websites: Stop touting closed cultural site

30 Jun 2016 0 Comments
HONOLULU (AP) -- Hawaii officials are asking websites and blogs to stop pointing people to the off-limits crumbling remains of a Hawaiian monarchy palace. Officials said last week vandals etched crosses on 180-year-old walls of King Kamehameha III's former summer palace in Honolulu. The palace named Kaniakapupu is in a closed watershed area. The state says those caught trespassing will be cited. However, social media and various websites lure people to the area by touting it as a Read more [...]

Party foul? $90K worth of stolen beer set to be thrown away

30 Jun 2016 0 Comments
ATLANTA (AP) -- Authorities have found most of the nearly 80,000 bottles of beer that were stolen from an Atlanta brewery last week, but the company says every last drop will have to be thrown away. SweetWater Brewing Co. spokeswoman Tucker Berta Sarkisian said in a news release that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Southeastern Transportation Security Council on Wednesday returned 30 of the 40 pallets of beer that had been stolen, minus a few cases. The other 10 pallets had Read more [...]

Theater shows R-rated comedy trailer with "Finding Dory"

30 Jun 2016 0 Comments
CONCORD, Calif. (AP) -- The owner of a California movie theater is apologizing after a trailer for an R-rated upcoming Seth Rogen comedy was shown ahead of a screening of Disney's "Finding Dory." The East Bay Times reports ( moviegoers eager to see the PG-rated "Dory" at a Brenden theater in the Bay Area city of Concord were surprised earlier this month with a preview of Rogen's "Sausage Party," animated film with dark themes about what happens to food after Read more [...]

Miss Teen USA pageant replaces swimsuits with athletic wear

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The Miss Teen USA pageant is dropping the swimsuit portion of its competition. The Miss Universe organization announced Wednesday that the pageant will replace the bathing suit section with an athletic wear competition. The 2016 Miss Teen USA pageant will be held in Las Vegas on July 30. "This decision reflects an important cultural shift we're all celebrating that empowers women who lead active, purposeful lives and encourage those in their communities to do the Read more [...]
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