Sprint’s new pricing plans may not be enough to curb churn

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By Marina Lopes - WASHINGTON (Reuters) Sprint Corp's cellular plan with more generous data allowances may fall short in overcoming defections by clients concerned about disruptions in the No. 3 cellular carrier's network, analysts say. The new plan, which doubles the company's data offerings and … [Read more...]

Saturday Night Live announcer Don Pardo dead at 96

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) Veteran broadcaster Don Pardo, the seldom-seen, booming-voiced announcer for NBC's television sketch comedy show "Saturday Night Live" for nearly 40 years, died on Monday aged 96, the New York Times and other media reported. Pardo's death at his home in Tucson, Arizona, … [Read more...]

Actress Debbie Reynolds to receive SAG lifetime honor

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) Debbie Reynolds, the star of such enduring Hollywood films as "Singin' in the Rain" and "How the West Was Won," will be honored with a lifetime achievement award by her peers, the Screen Actors Guild said on Monday. Reynolds, 82, will be given the accolade at the acting … [Read more...]

Ninja Turtles tops again, beats Guardians of the Galaxy at North American box office


By Ronald Grover and Chris Michaud (Reuters) "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," last weekend's most popular film, collected ticket sales of $28.4 million to top the U.S. and Canadian box office rankings for a second consecutive week, beating" Guardians of the Galaxy" in a battle of superhero … [Read more...]

U.S. extends deadline for ‘net neutrality’ comments to Sept 15


WASHINGTON (Reuters) U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Friday said it would accept public comments on its proposed new "net neutrality" rules through Sept. 15, giving Americans extra time to weigh in on how they think Internet traffic should be regulated. The FCC has received more than 1 … [Read more...]

Sarajevo’s film festival marks 20th birthday with record line-up

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By Maja Zuvela - SARAJEVO (Reuters) Sarajevo's film festival, founded as an act of defiance while the city was besieged during the 1992-95 Bosnian war, marks its 20th anniversary on Friday with its biggest line-up of movies. Nine films are competing for the top Heart of Sarajevo Award, among … [Read more...]

Butler director Lee Daniels faces $25 million suit by hip-hop mogul

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By Daniel Wiessner (Reuters) Director Lee Daniels is facing a $25 million lawsuit over claims he failed to pay back hip-hop mogul-turned-fashion entrepreneur Damon Dash, or give him production credits, after Dash invested millions of dollars in his projects. Attorneys for Dash, the former … [Read more...]

Amazon takes on PayPal, Square with credit card reader

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By Deepa Seetharaman - SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) Amazon.com Inc unveiled a $10 credit-card reader and mobile app for businesses on Wednesday, expanding further into bricks-and-mortar retail and the rapidly evolving mobile payments arena. The move pits Amazon against a slew of rivals including … [Read more...]

Senator urges FCC net neutrality hearings outside Washington


WASHINGTON (Reuters) U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy on Wednesday called on the Federal Communications Commission to host hearings on its new proposed "net neutrality" rules outside of Washington, not just at its offices in the U.S. capitol. The FCC is working to write new … [Read more...]

Times Square’s costumed superheroes fight back against bad press

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By Jonathan Allen - NEW YORK (Reuters) After a spate of arrests and bad publicity, the costumed characters who pose for tourist photographs in New York's Times Square in the hopes of a cash tip have formed an association to preserve a livelihood that has come under increasing scrutiny. Dozens of … [Read more...]

Actress Lauren Bacall dies at 89: Bogart Estate

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By Bill Trott (Reuters) Lauren Bacall, the sultry actress with the heavy-lidded eyes and husky voice who captured Humphrey Bogart's heart both on and off the movie screen, died on Tuesday at the age of 89. "With deep sorrow, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing … [Read more...]

‘Naked PCs’ lay bare Microsoft’s emerging markets problem

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By Jeremy Wagstaff and Gerry Shih (Reuters) On a trip to Beijing a decade ago, Bill Gates was asked by a senior government official how much money Microsoft Corp made in China. The official asked the interpreter to double check Gates' reply as he couldn't believe the figure was so low. It's a … [Read more...]

U.S. judge orders websites to stop Expendables 3 film piracy


By Andrew Chung (Reuters) Citing lost box office sales that are "impossible to calculate," a California federal judge has issued an order to stop the operators of several websites from distributing stolen copies of the upcoming film "The Expendables 3." The movie, distributed by Lionsgate Films, … [Read more...]

Met Opera extends lockout deadline in labor dispute

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NEW YORK (Reuters) Talks between New York's Metropolitan Opera and its musicians and other unionized employees will resume this week after the opera company agreed to extend its deadline for a threatened lockout by another week, federal mediators said on Monday. The contract negotiations, the … [Read more...]

Amazon stops some Disney movie preorders – WSJ

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NEW YORK (Reuters) Amazon.com Inc has halted pre-orders of some Disney movies, the Wall Street Journal reported, in what appears to be another contract dispute after the online retailer began a protracted spat with publisher Hachette Book Group this year. Physical copies of titles such as … [Read more...]

Ninja Turtles beats Marvel’s Guardians at U.S., Canada box office

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By Lisa Richwine and Chris Michaud (Reuters) The return of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" earned $65 million (£38.7 million) in ticket sales at U.S. and Canadian movie theatres over the weekend, easily winning a box office battle with Marvel's outer space hit "Guardians of the … [Read more...]

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