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President Trump, the Animatronic Version, Comes to Disney World

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 22:18:43 GMT

The Hall of Presidents at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. On Monday, an animatronic version of President Trump was added to the exhibit.Mr. Trump joined the Hall of Presidents in the Magic Kingdom on Monday. The exhibit was closed before his inauguration, prompting some people to theorize that Disney was trying to silence him.


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Luke Bryan Is Latest Challenger to Hold Off Taylor Swift for No. 1

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 20:39:46 GMT

Luke Bryan performing in New York this month. His new album, “What Makes You Country,” had the equivalent of 108,000 sales.Last week U2 bumped Ms. Swift’s “Reputation” from the top spot after three weeks. And this week Luke Bryan hits No. 1 with “What Makes You Country.”


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Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge Join With Live Nation

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 13:00:13 GMT

Acknowledging the consolidation in the live music business, Michael Swier, the founder of the Bowery Ballroom and the Mercury Lounge, said, “Going it alone was not an option.”The New York music clubs and the concert giant will create a promotion and booking company, Mercury East Presents. It’s another step in the consolidation of the local concert business.


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A Rainmaker Seeks to Grow His Firm at a Time of Big Media and Tech Deals

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 04:11:03 GMT

Aryeh B. Bourkoff, chief executive of LionTree, in Manhattan. “It’s a fortunate thing that we happen to be at the right place at the right time,” he said.As giants like Disney and AT&T strike huge takeovers, Aryeh B. Bourkoff and his boutique, LionTree, are seeking to seize the moment to grow.


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Checking In on ESPN’s Big Bet on Boxing. (Yes, Boxing.)

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 01:32:43 GMT

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith and other broadcasters were abundant at the Theater at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 9 for the fight between Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux. The network is trying to resuscitate boxing.The Lomachenko-Rigondeaux fight showed how ESPN and Top Rank will try to make boxing a thing again.


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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Has Second-Biggest Opening Ever

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 18:47:43 GMT

Oscar Isaac in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which benefited from rave reviews and Disney’s marketing muscle.“Last Jedi” beat analysts’ high expectations and collected $220 million at theaters in North America, second only to “The Force Awakens.”


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Advertising: Netflix and Spotify Ask: Can Data Mining Make for Cute Ads?

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 18:16:09 GMT

Spotify has begun its third ad campaign that makes use of highly specific listener data.Netflix and Spotify have turned their users’ habits into marketing campaigns to the delight of some. But not everyone.


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Tax Bill Would Curb Breaks for Sexual Abuse Settlements

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 00:11:50 GMT

Harvey Weinstein has reached settlements with numerous women who claimed he harassed them. His use of nondisclosure agreements helped inspire a proposal in the tax bill that would bar companies from claiming deductions for sexual harassment settlements tied to such agreements.Companies will have to pay more in taxes if they use nondisclosure agreements, but experts say it isn’t likely to deter businesses from seeking confidentiality.


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Are High Heels Headed for a Tumble?

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 21:06:57 GMT

With sexual harassment revelations rife and public spaces threatened, some women are wondering just why they wear these things.


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In Italy, #MeToo Is More Like ‘Meh’

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 10:27:42 GMT

Laura Boldrini, center, president of Italy’s lower house of Parliament, turned Montecitorio Palace into a women-only institution on a recent Saturday, seeking to emphasize how sexual harassment and abuse against women are often ignored in the country.Accusations of sexual harassment and assault have not been received with the same uproar and solidarity as in the United States and beyond.


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For Disney’s Iger, a Bold Move That Will Define His Legacy

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 08:25:42 GMT

Robert A. Iger has made several high-profile purchases as Disney’s chief executive, but his deal for 21st Century Fox dwarfs them all.Disney has achieved great success under the leadership of Robert A. Iger. But he is likely to be judged on the success of his 21st Century Fox deal.


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State of the Art: Facebook Conceded It Might Make You Feel Bad. Here’s How to Interpret That.

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:13:28 GMT

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, has been publicly grappling with Facebook’s role in the world.In a remarkable blog post, Facebook cited research showing that “passively consuming” social media made people feel worse. It also said it was trying to fix the problem.


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Apple Adds Another Show to Its Growing Streaming Stable

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:32:41 GMT

Ronald D. Moore, right, with David Eick, his fellow executive producer on last decade’s “Battlestar Galactica.” Mr. Moore’s new TV project is the third acquired by Apple.With competition among streaming services growing, the tech giant added an untitled space drama from an executive producer of the rebooted “Battlestar Galactica.”


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Critic’s Notebook: You Know Your History? These Podcasts Aren’t So Sure

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:09:07 GMT

It seems every podcast company is starting its own counterintuitive take on history. But how effective are they at actually illuminating our past?


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Life on the Meme Council: Meet the Internet’s Gatekeepers

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:41:28 GMT

From left: the very meme-able “Bee Movie,” “Rick and Morty” and Johnny Depp.Know Your Meme, a database for the internet’s inside jokes, runs with the help of 38 volunteer moderators known as the meme council. These are their stories.


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Why Did Disney Expand Its Sports Kingdom With Out-of-Favor Networks?

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:55:14 GMT

Disney’s chief executive, Robert A. Iger, now controls a massive portfolio of sports broadcasting rights.In its megadeal with 21st Century Fox, Disney acquired 22 regional sports networks that it believes will complement ESPN. It’s unclear how that will happen.


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The Streaming Landscape After Disney’s Deal

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 01:32:55 GMT

Netflix has been able to attract subscriptions thanks to original programming like “Stranger Things.”Netflix is the clear leader in the streaming wars, but Disney’s deal with 21st Century Fox changes things. Here’s a look at the various streaming services.


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Stuart Evey, a Founding Force at ESPN, Is Dead at 84

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:32:50 GMT

Mr. Evey in 2004. “There’s absolutely no way Getty would have gone into ESPN without me,” he said.Mr. Evey persuaded his bosses at Getty Oil to invest in the start-up sports network and then helped manage it as it took wing.


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Common Sense: The Disney-Fox Deal Has Friends in High Places

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 03:58:58 GMT

Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of 21st Century Fox, embraces President Trump at an event in New York City in May. Each has described the other as “my good friend.”The Justice Department moved to block AT&T’s attempted acquisition of Time Warner. So why would it approve this $52.4 billion megadeal?


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‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Will Return for Season 10

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:38:26 GMT

Larry David, left, and Lin-Manuel Miranda in “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” The show has been renewed for a tenth season.Larry David’s cringe humor sitcom, which returned this fall after a long hiatus, will begin production on a new season in the spring.


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‘Are You Normal?’ Putin Asks U.S. Congress in Annual News Gathering

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:08:21 GMT

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia at the start of his annual news conference in Moscow.As much circus as news conference, the event provided the Russian president with a platform to bolster his campaign and to attack the United States.


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Morgan Spurlock: ‘I Am Part of the Problem’

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:42:06 GMT

Morgan Spurlock at the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards last year. Mr. Spurlock admitted to sexual misconduct and stated that he was “part of the problem.”The filmmaker stepped down from his production company Thursday, after he wrote that he had engaged in sexual misconduct dating to his college days.


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A.G. Sulzberger, 37, to Take Over as New York Times Publisher

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 03:24:55 GMT

Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the current publisher of The New York Times, and his son, Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, who will assume the job on Jan. 1.An author of the ‘innovation report’ will follow in the footsteps of his father, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., who served as publisher for 25 years.


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Fox-Disney Deal Gives Rupert Murdoch His King Lear Moment

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 22:49:39 GMT

Rupert Murdoch built his empire by following the motto “buy, buy, buy.” Now he has broken it apart to sell significant pieces to The Walt Disney Company.As he prepares to sell off much of 21st Century Fox, the 86-year-old magnate is testing the ties that bind the family-run fief.


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What Disney Is Getting From Fox

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:45:40 GMT

Fox holds the distribution rights to the first “Star Wars” movie (now “Episode IV — A New Hope”) starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford.Benefits include overseas assets, a television hit factory, popular film franchises, regional sports networks and a more diverse pool of executives.


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Tavis Smiley Responds to PBS Suspension of Talk Show After Misconduct Allegations

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:38:07 GMT

Tavis Smiley was to narrate a stage production based on “Death of a King,” his 2014 book written with David Ritz. The touring show was canceled after accusations of sexual misconduct against Mr. Smiley.The network said it had indefinitely suspended distribution of Mr. Smiley’s nightly program after an investigation found “credible allegations” of inappropriate behavior against him.


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Netflix Executive Loses Job After Comment on Danny Masterson Rape Allegations

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:39:25 GMT

Netflix says it has written the actor Danny Masterson out of the comedy “The Ranch” as the Los Angeles police investigate sexual assault claims against him that date to the 2000s. He has denied the allegations.The executive, Andy Yeatman, unwittingly told a woman who had accused the actor of rape that the company didn’t believe the accusers.


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Joe Biden Comforts Meghan McCain in Heartfelt Exchange on ‘The View’

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:24:04 GMT

Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, with his daughter Meghan McCain in August. He announced in July that he had glioblastoma, a particularly aggressive type of brain cancer.“One of the things that gave Beau courage, my word, was John,” Mr. Biden told a tearful Ms. McCain. Her father, John McCain, has the same form of cancer that killed his son Beau.


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Anthony Scaduto, an Early Biographer of Dylan, Dies at 85

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:17:14 GMT

Anthony Scaduto in 1974. As an author, his subjects included the mobster Lucky Luciano and Mick Jagger as well as Bob Dylan and Bruno Hauptmann.Mr. Scaduto, a journalist with a long tenure at The New York Post, also wrote a book challenging the verdict in the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby.


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Is Christmas a Religious Holiday? A Growing Number of Americans Say No

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:50:51 GMT

President Trump and his wife, Melania, at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree near the White House in November.The Pew Research Center said that while most Americans still celebrate Christmas, few of them care that religious elements seem to receive less attention than in the past.


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Website Helps Movie and TV Fans Keep Track of Hollywood’s ‘Rotten Apples’

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:35:38 GMT

A screenshot of the website Rotten Apples after searching for the 1994 film “Pulp Fiction.” The site aims to help users quickly discover which films or television shows are linked to those facing sexual misconduct allegations.Rotten Apples, a new searchable database, aims to help users quickly discover which films or television shows are linked to those facing sexual misconduct allegations.


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Arrests of Reuters Reporters in Myanmar Add to Fears About Press Freedom

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 04:27:15 GMT

The journalists Wa Lone, left, and Kyaw Soe Oo at the Reuters office in Yangon, Myanmar, on Monday. The two could face up to 14 years in prison.The two journalists, accused of trying to obtain official documents illegally, could face up to 14 years in prison.


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The Race to Erase Kevin Spacey

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:16:07 GMT

“This was too damn good to pass up,” Christopher Plummer, right, said of Ridley Scott asking him to take on a role previously completed by Kevin Spacey in “All the Money in the World.”“I took action,” the director Ridley Scott said of his whirlwind reshoot of “All the Money in the World,” which featured Christopher Plummer in a role originally filmed by Mr. Spacey.


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Disney’s Deal for 21st Century Fox Is Said to Be Close

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:26:57 GMT

If Disney buys Rupert Murdoch’s entertainment empire it would control a movie library that includes popular series like “X-Men,” starring Jennifer Lawrence.The $60 billion-plus acquisition would give Disney control of most of Rupert Murdoch’s movie and TV empire, and give a serious boost to the company’s streaming ambitions.


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India Bans Condom Ads From Prime-Time TV

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 04:24:00 GMT

An International Condom Day event in New Delhi in February. Despite government efforts to control population growth, the rate of condom use in India is low.Conservative social groups pressured the government to crack down on the commercials, saying they were inappropriate for children.


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