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AT&T trial hears of consequences if Turner networks go dark

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 5:22pm
(Reuters) - Twelve percent of subscribers would quit their cable or satellite companies if Time Warner Inc’s Turner networks were no longer available, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology marketing professor said on Thursday.

After massive ratings, TV's Roseanne Barr gets call from Trump

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 3:36pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comedian Roseanne Barr on Thursday said it was "pretty exciting" to receive a congratulatory phone call from President Donald Trump after the return of her hit 1990s TV comedy "Roseanne," about a working-class American family, drew huge ratings.

Twelve percent of cable customers would switch if Turner went dark, court hears

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 2:38pm
(Reuters) - Twelve percent of subscribers would quit their cable or satellite companies if Time Warner Inc’s Turner networks were no longer available, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology marketing professor said on Thursday.

Lindsay Lohan loses 'Grand Theft Auto' appeal

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 2:06pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York State's highest court on Thursday rejected Lindsay Lohan's appeal accusing the maker of "Grand Theft Auto V" of invading her privacy, concluding that video game characters that the actress said were based on her did not resemble her.

'Chappaquiddick' movie revisits 1969 Ted Kennedy scandal

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 12:43pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Almost a decade after U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy died, director John Curran has made a film that tries to get into his mind during the 1969 Chappaquiddick incident that dogged his career, instead of merely placing blame for the death of campaign strategist Mary Jo Kopechne.

Judge won't remove himself from Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 10:25am
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - The judge presiding over U.S. comedian Bill Cosby's trial for sexual assault rejected a defense request that he remove himself from the trial because his wife is an advocate for sexual assault victims.

U.S. judge to hear last arguments before Cosby sex assault retrial

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 5:03am
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - Comedian Bill Cosby and prosecutors who accuse him of sexually assaulting a former staffer at his alma mater Temple University are due in a Pennsylvania court on Thursday for rulings on issues including what witnesses may speak at his retrial next month.

AT&T judge warns parties to hurry to make June 21 deadline

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 6:35pm
(Reuters) - U.S. judge Richard Leon on Wednesday warned attorneys for the Department of Justice and AT&T Inc to speed up the trial over the proposed merger of the large telecommunications company and Time Warner Inc, or risk missing the June 21 deadline to complete the deal.

New York man pleads guilty to running 'Hamilton' Ponzi scheme

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 6:00pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to running what federal prosecutors called a $60 million Ponzi scheme involving the fake resale of tickets to premium events such as the Super Bowl, the U.S. Open tennis tournament and the Broadway smash hit "Hamilton."

Rapper DMX sentenced to one year in prison for tax fraud

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 5:42pm
(Reuters) - Rap artist and actor DMX was sentenced to one year in prison on Wednesday after he pleaded guilty in a federal case accusing him of dodging $1.7 million in taxes.

Stella McCartney to buy brand in full from Kering

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 1:33pm
PARIS (Reuters) - Kering and fashion label Stella McCartney said on Wednesday they had agreed to end their 17 year partnership, as the British designer behind the brand buys the 50 percent owned by the French luxury goods group.

Turner CEO: No reason to hold back networks post AT&T merger

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 1:29pm
(Reuters) - Turner Chief Executive John Martin told a U.S. court on Wednesday that there is no incentive for the company to hold back its networks, which include CNN, TBS and TNT, from other distributors if parent Time Warner is bought by AT&T Inc.

'Roseanne' returns with monster TV ratings in Trump era

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 12:07pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Roseanne," the 1990s television comedy about a working-class American family, scored monster ratings on its return to ABC after 20 years, attracting more than 18 million viewers.

A Minute with: Lena Waithe as a 'guy or a chick' in 'Ready Player One'

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 9:33am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actress, writer and producer Lena Waithe is enjoying a breakout moment in Hollywood.

Ex-assistant to Weinstein denounces secrecy deal in UK parliament

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 7:31am
LONDON (Reuters) - A former assistant to Harvey Weinstein who signed a non-disclosure agreement in 1998 preventing her from talking about the alleged rape of a colleague told British lawmakers she was left fearing she could go to jail if she spoke out.

Academy says it takes no action against chief, closes harassment probe

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 11:58pm
(Reuters) - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which hands out the Oscars, will not take action against its president John Bailey and has ended its investigation into a sexual harassment allegation against him, the organization said on Tuesday.

Netflix series on corruption scandal angers Brazil's former president

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 7:29pm
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has accused Netflix of political bias and character assassination in its series based on the massive Car Wash corruption investigation that rocked Brazil's political establishment.

Documentary maker Alex Gibney tees up new Tiger Woods biography

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 4:10pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney is to put golfer Tiger Woods under the microscope in an upcoming documentary series based on a new biography of the 14-time major winner, Gibney's company Jigsaw Productions said on Tuesday.

Heineken pulls beer ad after Chance the Rapper complains of racism

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 1:18pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Beer maker Heineken said on Tuesday it had withdrawn an ad for a calorie-light beer after musician Chance the Rapper called the commercial "terribly racist."

Vietnam briefly detains dissident singer after European tour

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 5:59am
HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnamese singer and activist Do Nguyen Mai Khoi, an outspoken campaigner for free speech, was briefly detained at an airport in the capital Hanoi on Tuesday after flying home from Europe, her husband told Reuters.