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'Guardians of the Galaxy' to give boost to box office

UPDATE: A boost it is for the box office as "Guardians of the Galaxy" took in an estimated $11.2 million from the Thursday showings.
In the Media by Tim O'Brien

China court hears first gay 'conversion therapy' case

Beijing - A Beijing court on Thursday heard a landmark case on "gay conversion" treatment, while outside the courtroom an activist in a nurse's uniform knelt over a patient, wielding a giant needle."Homosexuality doesn't need to be cured!" chanted supporters.
In the Media by Felicia SONMEZ (AFP) - 1 comment

'Lucy' takes down 'Hercules'; both films beat expectations

Even though the two newcomers beat expectations, the box office blues continue for Hollywood. But, "Lucy" did out-muscle "Hercules" to take over the top spot. "Lucy" won out with an estimated $44 million while "Hercules' took in $29 million.
In the Media by Tim O'Brien

'Hercules' and 'Lucy' arrive but Hoffman will get the Oscar buzz

UPDATE: Both "Lucy" and "Hercules" are beating projections as Friday wrapped. "Lucy" took in $17 million while "Hercules" grabbed an estimated $11 million.
In the Media by Tim O'Brien

'Apes' outplays 'The Purge' and takes down 'Planes'

It was a repeat performance for "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" as it wins the box office race. It held off three new wide releases as the turnstiles continue on a slow pace.
In the Media by Tim O'Brien

'Planes: Fire & Rescue' cleared for landing

Kids will return to the theaters over the weekend to board "Planes: Fire and Rescue." Adults may purge and watch a sex tape, however. All this means is that there is a choice among the new wide releases.
In the Media by Tim O'Brien

'Apes' conquer and beat expectations; 'Boyhood' impresses

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" arrived and then conquered the box office with brute force and the competition showed no signs of seizing any staying power.
In the Media by Tim O'Brien - 4 comments

'Game of Thrones' leads Emmy nods with 19; drama category is hot

Los Angeles - The 66th Annual Emmy Awards will take place Aug. 25, but the nominations were handed out early this morning in Los Angeles. "Game Of Thrones" leads all shows with 19 nominations.
In the Media by Tim O'Brien - 3 comments

U.S. campaigners hope to engineer GMO labeling laws

Portland - Two decades after genetically modified foods first hit the shelves of American supermarkets, a fight is sprouting over whether consumers should be told more about what’s in their grocery bags.
In the Media by Thomas Watkins (AFP)

'Transformers 4' takes down 'Tammy'

Usually a holiday box office is something to get excited about. However, when that holiday falls on a Friday like the Fourth of July did, not so much.
In the Media by Tim O'Brien

Huge crowds launch Spain's Pamplona bull-run festival

Pamplona - A red-and-white sea of revellers soaked each other with wine in a packed Pamplona square on Sunday to kick off Spain's most famous fiesta, the San Fermin bull-running festival.A shout from the City Hall balcony of "Viva San Fermin!
In the Media by Sylvie GROULT (AFP)

July 4th weekend starts early at the box office

UPDATE: The newcomers could not overtake "Transformers 4: The Age of Extinction" as the holiday weekend is off and running. "Transformers 4" took in $7.7 million while "Tammy" hauled in $6.2 million on Wednesday.
In the Media by Tim O'Brien

'Transformers 4' is not extinct; boasts biggest opening of year

Call it morphing or transforming, but a movie that did not get praised across the board conquered in a big way at the weekend box office.
In the Media by Tim O'Brien

'Transformers 4: Age of Extinction' morphing into a monster hit

UPDATE: "Transformers 4: Age of Extinction" now boasts the best Friday opener of the year with an estimated haul of $41.6 million. It has a shot at a $100 million weekend.
In the Media by Tim O'Brien - 2 comments

Comedy is king as 'Think Like a Man 2' wins

It wasn't just a comedy win at the box office, it was another win for Kevin Hart. He is on a roll — or make that role. His roles are helping him take his films to the top spot, or at least close.
In the Media by Tim O'Brien

'Think Like a Man Too' looks for laughs while 'Jersey Boys' sing

UPDATE: A solid Friday for comedy as "Think Like a Man 2" beat "22 Jump Street" at the box office. With a haul of $12.2 million for "Think Like a Man 2," it looks like laughs will win out for sure. "22 Jump Street" took in $9.3 million.
In the Media by Tim O'Brien

'22 Jump Street' rides laughs to an easy win

With jump in its title, the movie that won the weekend did just that — it jumped. "22 Jump Street' took that solid Friday opening and rode it to a easy win at the weekend box office.
In the Media by Tim O'Brien

'How to Train Your Dragon 2' and '22 Jump Street' to fight it out

A successful tale of a young man in need of capturing a dragon to prove worthy is back for another ride, and training, no doubt.
In the Media by Tim O'Brien

TV actors take home top awards at Tony Awards

New York - A TV sitcom and drama star took home top honors at the 68th Annual Tony Awards, which were handed out in New York. Neil Patrick Harris and Bryan Cranston took home honors last night.
In the Media by Tim O'Brien

'Fault in Our Stars' cries up a solid win

"Fault in Our Stars" beat expectations and proved the young female audience is not to be ignored at the box office. Going in it was going to beat "Edge of Tomorrow," but it wasn't close.
In the Media by Tim O'Brien

'Fault in Our Stars' is beating expectations

UPDATE: Not only did the tearjerker "Fault in Our Stars" open huge on Friday, it is also beating expectations. The $26 million haul for the film on Friday is better than the other film featuring its stars.
In the Media by Tim O'Brien

Interview: Jill and Jack Kids Jenn Neilson Special

We caught up with Jenn Neilson of Jill and Jack Kids on the eve of her Kickstarter project. Her campaign that was very "grassroots in nature" as she puts it was also quite successful.
Digital Journal Report by Walter McDaniel

Dutch halal sex shop hooks up with German erotic giant

The Hague - A Dutch online shop selling halal sex products announced Wednesday an alliance with Europe's largest erotic retailer to tap into the lucrative Muslim market, potentially worth billions of euros.
In the Media by AFP

'Maleficent' makes it an easy win

"Maleficent" awoke the movie-going audience over the weekend and made a big winner out of Angelina Jolie. "Maleficent" did not post numbers like the recent openings of the superhero films or even "Godzilla," but it was a big one for Disney.
In the Media by Tim O'Brien - 1 comment

Will 'Maleficent' be magnificent?

UPDATE: "Maleficent" is becoming magnificent at the box office as it pulled in an estimated $24.2 million Friday. The projections are now running in the range of a $65-70 million opening weekend. Mainly on the strength of Angelina Jolie.
In the Media by Tim O'Brien - 1 comment

'X-Men: Days of Future Past' takes over Memorial Day

UPDATE: A Memorial Day holiday means more box office talk as Monday dawns. It looks like "X-Men: Days of Future Past" will dominate the long holiday as both the three-day and four-day totals are tabulated.
In the Media by Tim O'Brien

'X-Men: Days of Future Past' primed for a huge opening

UPDATE: "X-Men: Days of Future Past" is making waves this Memorial weekend, which is putting it on par with the other blockbusters this year. It pulled in $36 million on Friday alone.
In the Media by Tim O'Brien

Violin kept in closet 'could fetch $10 million'

Hong Kong - A Stradivarius violin kept in a closet for the past 25 years could fetch as much as $10 million next month, Christie's auction house said Wednesday, in an auction preview in Hong Kong.
In the Media by AFP

Climate change endangers historic U.S. landmarks

Washington - Climate change and sea level rise are threatening historic U.S. landmarks, from the Statue of Liberty to NASA's coastal rocket launch sites, and the nation needs to prepare, scientists said.
In the Media by Kerry Sheridan (AFP)

'Godzilla' stomps, romps and roars to a whopping $93.2 million

It not only beat expectations, it was simply huge. "Godzilla" is a beast of a movie and performed so well it blew away projections by a large margin.
In the Media by Tim O'Brien - 2 comments
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