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

A shot in the arm is in order for the box office and it may come in the form of "Guardians of the Galaxy." Even if the glut of superheroes has taken its toll, this escapism movie may hit the spot.
In the Media by Tim O'Brien

Indianapolis man wins $1 million lottery for 2nd time in 3 months

Indianapolis - In an unbelievable stroke of luck, a man managed to capture the $1 million prize again by playing a scratch lotto ticket. His previous win occurred back in April while he was traveling in to a different part of the state for a conference.
In the Media by Kevin Fitzgerald

Op-Ed: 9 ways to teach your children about money

Let's face it – many kids, teens and adults today are more apt to blow their money faster than it takes to earn it. And with the majority of parents surviving on credit, it's no wonder the concept of saving is a difficult one for all to grasp.
In the Media by Kristyl Clark

'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

Op-Ed: Working after retirement may be the best thing for you

Retirement isn’t just about kicking back and relaxing in your sunset years anymore. Americans are living longer, and many are finding that retirement is really more about finding a second career rather than hanging up their time cards altogether.
In the Media by Elizabeth Brown - 6 comments

'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

'Apes' will rule the planet; Oscar buzz will sound for 'Boyhood'

UPDATE: "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" opened to a solid $27.7 million on Friday and is indeed beating expectations. Now, it may take in around $70 million for the weekend.
In the Media by Tim O'Brien

'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

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

PayPal freezes thousands of dollars in mail funds over encryption

PayPal froze the donations of an encrypted mail site on Tuesday citing concerns about government approval. Now they are simply claiming the entire event was a glitch in their system.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

Diplomat son-in-law admits to orchestrating Monaco heiress hit

It's an event eerily reminiscent of some novels and conspiracy theories. Polish Diplomat Wojciech Janowski allegedly orchestrated the assassination of his mother-in-law Helene Pastor, the heiress to a large amount of real estate.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel - 2 comments

'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

Man calls for help during home invasion, gets voicemail

Port Richey - When four robbers broke into his home, a man in New Port Richey, Florida, called police and was transferred to voice mail.
In the Media by Eliana Robinson - 1 comment

'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

Op-Ed: Only $ will solve VA hospital problems

Washington - There is no issue in the United States where hypocrisy plays as big a role as the failure to care for wounded and ill veterans. It's a job for triage.
In the Media by Robert Weller - 1 comment

'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

ECB fires off volley of anti-deflation shots

Frankfurt - The European Central Bank rolled out Thursday an unprecedented package of measures, including negative interest rates, in its fight to head off the spectre of deflation in the euro area.
In the Media by Simon Morgan (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

Op-Ed: Study finds rich administrators make for poorer students

A recent study found that students pay more and pay longer to go to school in colleges that have more highly paid leaders.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel
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