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Royal photos of Prince George and Princess Charlotte

Kensington Place today tweeted out the first official photos to be released of Prince George and new arrival Princess Charlotte. The very cute pictures reportedly were taken by their mother,  Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge ,in mid-May at Anmer Hall, the family home in Norfolk, England. The little princess, born May 2nd, is scheduled to be christened in a private ceremony on Sunday, July 5.   Prince George and Princess Charlotte together at home #WelcomeToTheFamily pic.twitter.com/ednbofPp7v — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) June 6, 2015

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Web Buzz: Charter-Time Warner deal, Kobe goes Hollywood, and more

As expected, Charter announced its deal to buy Time Warner Cable today. In a news released posted on the Charter website, the company says the deal is valued at $78.7 billion. This could be good news for many local Dodger fans who have been unable to watch home games due to a special arrangement the team made with Time Warner Cable. Included in the announcement today, Charter’s plans to purchase of  the country’s 6th largest Internet provider, Bright House Networks, too. “Put simply, the... Read More →

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President Obama calls on the FCC to keep Internet “free and open”

Today President Barak Obama joined millions of users in support of keeping the Internet “free and open.” President Obama called on the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) to protect the principles of  net neutrality and not let Internet providers “…block or limit your access to a website” or allow cable companies to “decide which online stores you can shop at or which streaming service you can use.” Also, Obama says the agency “… can’t allow any company to pay for priority over its competitors.” The president says these... Read More →

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Facebook makes another multi-million dollar purchase

Facebook continues its buying spree with another multi-million dollar purchase. TechCrunch is reporting Facebook is ponying up between $400-500 million for LiveRail, an advertising company, which focuses on video ads that appear on the web and mobile devices.  The social network announced the acquisition on its website yesterday. “We believe that LiveRail, Facebook and the premium publishers it serves have an opportunity to make video ads better and more relevant for the hundreds of millions of people who... Read More →

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eBay hacked

Internet giant, eBay, is the latest victim of a massive cyber attack. The global marketplace company posted an announcement on its website today “…  asking all eBay users (both buyers and sellers) to change their passwords…” There reportedly are 145 million eBay users worldwide. The security breach apparently occurred sometime between “late February and early March” of 2014, but only detected two weeks ago, according to Forbes. The hackers got into the corporate network through “a number of employee log in credentials.” The company acknowledges, “..... Read More →

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Netflix price hike is coming soon

  Get ready. Netflix price hike is coming soon. The on-demand video streaming company plans to increase monthly rates as much as two dollars “later this quarter for new members only.” Current subscribers’ rates will remain the same for a” generous time period,” but they will be going up. The announcement was made  in a letter to shareholders released today. In the U.S., Netflix has nearly 36 million subscribes who pay around $7.99 a month. Worldwide, the streaming company has 48 million users in more than 40 countries according to... Read More →

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Facebook reportedly buying drone company for $60 million

The social media network with the deep pockets, Facebook,  seems to be on a buying spree. Last month, Facebook bought the mobile messaging service, WhatsApp,for $19 billion. There’s now  a lot of chatter on the Internet about Facebook negotiating to buy New Mexico-based, Titan Aerospace, for $60 million, according to TechCrunch. Titan Aerospace produces solar-powered drones, which can stay up in the air for up to five years without needing to land or refuel. Facebook reportedly is looking at making these drones the work... Read More →

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Rewind: Facebook, WhatsApp, and that $19 billion deal

A lot of chatter on the Internet and elsewhere about the amazing deal Facebook put together to buy mobile messaging service, WhatsApp, for $19 billion. The social media network announced its newest acquisition last Wednesday. Immediately,  there were questions about WhatsApp. Oh, and the money deal made plenty of folks utter: “Say what?” Here’s how it works. WhatsApp uses the Internet instead of a cellular network to send user data like text, images, video, and audio media messages. It’s free for the first year and... Read More →

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“Despicable Me 2” beating “Grown Ups 2” and “Pacific Rim”

  The animated juggernaut, “Despicable Me 2,” is refusing to give up its title as the number one film in the U.S.  Two new contenders, “Grown Ups 2” and “Pacific Rim” put up a fight — but “Despicable Me” appears to be headed for the winner’s circle for the second week in a row. “Despicable Me 2” brought in an estimated $44.7 million this weekend and has a haul of $200 million at the domestic box office since opening on July 3. More on the weekend numbers and... Read More →

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“Grown Ups 2” opens with poor reviews and better than expected performance

“Grown Ups 2” is apparently not for the mature nor anyone looking for anything but a weak story filled with bad jokes. The film is getting slammed by many reviewers including Claudia Puig over on USA Today. The first “Grown Ups” earned $162 million at the box office back in 2010. Despite the bad reviews, apparently a lot of moviegoers still want to see the sequel. The numbers are in for the late Thursday/early Friday morning screenings and “Grown Ups 2” and “Pacific Rim” did better than expected.... Read More →

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Weekend box office: Monsters are beating the Zombies

  The weekend box office is all about the monsters and the zombies. The battle is between the new Disney animation, “Monsters University” and Brad Pitt’s new zombie action flick, “World War Z.” And the monsters are winning. The weekend numbers are estimates today, but “Monsters University” appears to be headed to the top spot with around $82 million verses “World War Z” debut of $66 million. Nikki Finke over at Deadline has more on the weekend box office and how it’s shaping up to be... Read More →

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Disney expansion project clears major hurdle

Another major studio expansion project is working its way through the political process. Disney’s Golden Oak Ranch revamp was approved by the Los Angeles Regional Planning Commission yesterday. Last April, NBCUniversal got the go ahead from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for its  $1.6 billion 25-year Evolution Plan, which the studio says will generate 30,000 jobs. Disney’s Golden Oak Ranch expansion now goes to the Sups for their approval. Golden Oak Ranch is in Santa Clarita and Disney wants to develop 58 acres off Placerita Canyon... Read More →

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Two more sequels for “The Amazing Spider-Man”

Sony Pictures made a big announcement  today about one of its biggest franchises, Spider-Man. Last year, “The Amazing Spider-Man” earned more than $750 million worldwide. A sequel is in  production in New York right now and is due out next May. A news release from Sony Pictures revealed the dates for two more sequels in June 2016 and May 2018. Details on Deadline.

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“Man of Steel” hottest movie ticket this weekend

  The new Superman movie lands in U.S. theaters tomorrow and it’s the hottest ticket this weekend. “Man of Steel” advance ticket sells were soaring high — in the number one spot — as of last Tuesday at Fandango, the popular movie site on the web. The publicity has been incredible. Movie posters and billboards for the comic-book-wonder -turned-big-screen-superstar are all over the Media City and the rest of the Southland. The new superhero flick is opening in 4,200 plus theaters nationwide. There’s no doubt, “Man... Read More →

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Tony Awards 2013:”Kinky Boots” and high TV ratings

  The Internet is buzzing about  the 67th Annual Tony Awards kicking butt in the ratings last night. The celebration of Broadway’s best drew 7.24 million viewers, up 20 percent over last year. “Kinky Boots,” the musical filled with drag queens and big dreams, danced away with the largest haul — six Tonys — including best score for 1980’s rocker, Cyndi Lauper, her first. What’s next, “Kinky Boots” on the big screen? Also, acclaimed actress, Cicely Tyson, picked up her first Tony... Read More →

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UPDATED: Aftermath of deadly shooting spree in Santa Monica

  UPDATED: Sunday, June 9, 2013 3:38 p.m.  A fifth shooting spree victim has died bringing the total to six dead. Details here.   The FBI has joined the investigation into that deadly shooting rampage in the Southland coastal community of Santa Monica yesterday. Five people were killed including the alleged gunman, who apparently died as the result of a shootout with law enforcement on the Santa Monica College campus. The Los Angeles Times has more details on the shooting spree as well as the... Read More →

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Archie and the gang headed to the big screen

  The forever teenyboppers, Archie, Veronica, and Betty are apparently headed to the big screen. Warner Bros. has worked out a movie deal with Archie Comics, according to an exclusive report on Deadline.com. Comic books are fertile territory for films and the superhero flicks have made millions at the box office. It will be interesting to see what kind of spin the producers put on Archie and his friends from Riverdale to attract the number of moviegoers needed for a film to be a hit and... Read More →

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Box office: “Fast & Furious 6” still king, Will Smith’s new film fizzles

Moviegoers are still hot for the fast cars and action of “Fast & Furious 6.” The sequel held onto the number spot at the domestic box office over the weekend leaving two new films eating its dust. “Fast & Furious 6” earned an estimated $34.5 million pushing its two week domestic total to around $170 million. In second, the new magic heist film, “Now You See Me” with about $28 million, and in third, the Will and Jaden Smith sci-fi flick, “After Earth” with around $27 million. The... Read More →

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World’s most powerful women: Oprah, Beyonce, and Hillary are on the list

  Forbes is out with a list of the females who wheel the most power in 2013. Some high-profile women made the list like First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Beyonce Knowles, and Hillary Clinton. Also making the grade, Diane Sawyer, Meg Whitman, Angelina Jolie, Dian von Furstenberg, and Arianna Huffington. However, the woman who rated the number one spot, might surprise you. Details here.

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Entertainment Bits: Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy, “The Great Gatsby,” and Barbara Walters to retire

Angelina Jolie’s breast cancer decision A lot of chatter on the Internet today about actress Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy. The Academy Award winning actress, best supporting for the 1999 film “Girl, Interrupted,” went public in a New York Times opinion piece about her genetic risk of breast cancer and how that prompted a major decision to take preventative action. Jolie’s partner, actor Brad Pitt, reportedly praised Jolie’s courage and that of others in her similar situation. People has that. More discussion of Jolie’s decision... Read More →

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Entertainment Bits: Maria Shriver got a new gig, Jackson trial, and “Iron Man 3” rave review

Maria Shriver returns to NBC News Maria Shriver messy break-up and separation from former California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, apparently has not hurt her reunion with NBC News. In a press release, NBC announced Shriver “… joins NBC News as a special anchor reporting on the shifting roles, emerging power and evolving needs of women in modern life.” Shriver worked for the network as an anchor and correspondent from 1986 until 2004. Shriver’s new role at NBC  reportedly “… will build upon her pioneering... Read More →

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Annette Funicello 1942–2013

A sad day for the Walt Disney Company and fans, family, and friends of Annette Funicello. The former Mouseketeer of The famous 1950s “Mickey Mouse Club” TV show died today of complications of multiple Sclerosis — a disease Funicello had battled for more than 25 years.  The actress/singer, who was know as well for those 1960s “Beach Party” movies, reportedly passed away peacefully at a hospital in Bakersfield. She was 70. On the Disney Post blog,  fellow Mouseketeer and long-time friend Sharon Baird reminisced, “Throughout all the years... Read More →

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