Toronto International Film Festival unveils premieres as scheduling criteria tightens

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By Cameron French - TORONTO (Reuters) Noah Baumbach's "While We're Young" and Ed Zwick's "Pawn Sacrifice" will be among the world premieres at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, one of the top movie showcases and a favored platform to unveil Oscar contenders. The festival on … [Read more...]

EU antitrust regulators likely to step up Google probes: WSJ

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) European Union antitrust regulators are preparing to step up investigations of Google Inc's practices on several fronts and are likely to revise certain terms of a settlement involving its search engine that was proposed earlier this year, the Wall Street Journal reported on … [Read more...]

Douglas, Keaton get second chance at love in ‘And So It Goes’

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By Patricia Reaney - NEW YORK (Reuters) Michael Douglas is more accustomed to playing dashing leading men and corporate types, so he took a deep breath when offered the role of an ornery widower with a second chance for love in the romantic comedy "And So It Goes." The film reunites the … [Read more...]

Google must face U.S. privacy lawsuit over commingled user data

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By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) A federal judge rejected Google Inc's bid to dismiss a privacy lawsuit claiming it commingled user data across different products and disclosed that data to advertisers without permission. Saying his decision was a close call, U.S. District Judge Paul Grewal in San … [Read more...]

Singer Billy Joel to be honored with U.S. Gershwin Prize

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NEW YORK (Reuters) Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter Billy Joel, who penned hit tunes such as "Piano Man" and "New York State of Mind," will receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, the U.S. national library said on Tuesday. Joel, 65, is the sixth recipient of the … [Read more...]

Gannett profit and revenue led by TV stations

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(Reuters) Newspaper and broadcast company Gannett Co reported higher revenue and earnings on Tuesday, benefiting from its acquisition of Belo's TV stations. The company said total second-quarter revenue increased 12.1 percent to $1.46 billion from a year earlier. Analysts on average were … [Read more...]

Comcast profit beats estimates on internet subscriber growth

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(Reuters) Comcast Corp, the largest U.S. cable operator, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by strong growth in high-speed internet subscribers. The company's shares rose 2 percent to $54.96 (32.2 pounds) in premarket trading on Tuesday. The stock has gained 3.6 percent so far … [Read more...]

Comcast, Lionsgate add more app content for film buyers

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(Reuters) Lionsgate Entertainment Corp will provide extra content through apps for dystopian thriller "Divergent" and other films to Comcast Corp customers who purchase digital versions of the film through Xfinity On Demand, the companies announced on Tuesday. The additional features are designed … [Read more...]

A Fox-Time Warner deal would give Murdoch new heft in China

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By Ronald Grover (Reuters) Rupert Murdoch's plan to buy Time Warner would help the Twenty-First Century Fox chairman make larger inroads in China, a fast-growing market that media moguls are finding hard to crack. Time Warner's board rejected Murdoch's $80 billion offer, but the Fox chairman is … [Read more...]

Iron Man Robert Downey Jr. highest-earning actor: Forbes

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NEW YORK (Reuters) Robert Downey Jr., the star of Disney's Marvel superhero film franchises "Iron Man," and "The Avengers," is Hollywood's highest paid actor for the second consecutive year, with estimated earnings of $75 million, according to Forbes.com. The 49-year-old star made most of his … [Read more...]

Italy gives Google 18 months to change data use practices

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MILAN (Reuters) Italy's data protection regulator has given Google 18 months to change the way it treats and stores user data, bringing to an end an investigation that is part of a European drive to reform the internet giant's privacy practices. Regulators in several European nations including … [Read more...]

Ex-Autonomy CFO opposes HP shareholder settlement

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(Reuters) A former chief financial officer of Autonomy Corp is opposing a settlement between Hewlett-Packard Co (HP) executives and directors and the company's shareholders over HP's troubled $11.1 billion (6.5 billion pounds) acquisition of the British software company. In a Monday court filing, … [Read more...]

BlackBerry names ex-Sybase executive as chief operating officer

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TORONTO (Reuters) BlackBerry Limited named Marty Beard as its chief operating officer on Monday, filling a position that had been vacant since November following a management reshuffle. Beard was most recently chief executive officer of LiveOps Inc, a provider of cloud applications for customer … [Read more...]

Apes rules North American box office for second straight weekend

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By Lisa Richwine and Chris Michaud (Reuters) Sci-fi sequel "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" beat a new horror flick, an animated family film and an adult comedy to keep its grip on the U.S. and Canadian box office title for a second straight weekend. "Apes" collected $36 million in domestic … [Read more...]

Actor James Garner of ‘The Rockford Files’ dead at 86

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By Steve Gorman - LOS ANGELES (Reuters) Actor James Garner, best known for his prime-time television roles as the wisecracking frontier gambler on "Maverick" and as an ex-con turned private eye on "The Rockford Files," has died at age 86, Los Angeles police confirmed early on Sunday. Garner, who … [Read more...]

U.S. judge OKs warrant for Google user’s emails, stoking debate

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By Joseph Ax - NEW YORK (Reuters) A federal judge in New York has granted prosecutors access to a Gmail user's emails as part of a criminal probe, in a decision that could fan the debate over how aggressively the government may pursue data if doing so may invade people's privacy. U.S. Magistrate … [Read more...]

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