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'Annihilation' author Jeff VanderMeer compares book, film

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 23:33:20 GMT

TALLAHASSEE On a late Friday afternoon at the crowded Ology Brewing Co. pub in Midtown, best-selling novelist Jeff VanderMeer visibly winces when an old pal jokes "there's a famous writer at the table."




Evan Spiegel wasn't the only Snap executive who got a huge...

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 09:17:01 GMT

Evan Spiegel wasn't the only Snap executive who got a huge bonus last year - CFO Imran Khan got $100 million FILE: Snap Inc. reported 166 million active users for a growth rate of 5 percent in 2017 Q1. NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 2: Snapchat co-founders Bobby Murphy, chief technology officer of Snap Inc., and Evan Spiegel, chief executive officer of Snap Inc., prepare to ring the opening bell as Thomas Farley, president of the NYSE, looks on, March 2, 2017 in New York City.




Liam Gallagher attends same BRITs bash as estranged daughter

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 04:45:45 GMT

Liam Gallagher almost came face-to-face with the daughter he's never met at a BRIT Awards after-party on Wednesday night . The 45-year-old rocker gave a moving performance of Oasis' 'Live Forever' in memory of those who lost their lives in the Manchester Arena terrorist attack last May at the ceremony at The O2 arena in London.




NPR adopts new measures after sex harassment investigation Source: AP

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:01:07 GMT

National Public Radio has adopted a series of measures to improve its workplace culture, following an independent investigation into sex harassment issues stemming from the ouster of a top executive. The new measures, adopted unanimously by NPR's board, include changes in management structure, a diversity and inclusion committee, and pay audits to assess fairness.




CBS names Margaret Brennan as 'Face the Nation' anchor

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 21:42:47 GMT

CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan arrives at the 7th Annual Women in the World Summit opening night at the David H. Koch Theater on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, in New York. CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan arrives at the 7th Annual Women in the World Summit opening night at the David H. Koch Theater on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, in New York.




Toys R Us reportedly planning to close 200 more stores, corporate layoffs

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:55:50 GMT

Toys R Us, squeezed by Amazon.com and huge chains like Walmart, has announced plans to close about 170 of its U.S. stores, including this location at the Wayne Hills Mall. At some other locations, the retailer is combining its Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores.




Review: 'Annihilation' is a trippy and frightful fantasia

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:02:32 GMT

This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Natalie Portman in a scene from "Annihilation." This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Natalie Portman in a scene from "Annihilation."




Trumpa s former bodyguard paid $75,000 by RNC for security consulting

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 07:28:02 GMT

A firm run by Keith Schiller, the loyal bodyguard who followed Donald Trump from the boardroom to the Oval Office and then abruptly departed in September, has been added to the payroll of the Republican National Committee, federal campaign filings show. Schiller's firm, KS Global Group LLC, has received several payments totaling $75,000 for "security services " beginning in October, just weeks after Schiller left his White House post as director of Oval Office operations.




Charges: Minneapolis father beat, raped twin daughters

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 02:47:17 GMT

A 51-year-old Minneapolis man is accused of beating his mentally disabled twin daughters, raping them and chaining them to a bedroom door in a case described as torture. The man was charged this week with several felonies, including first-degree criminal sexual conduct, first- and second-assault and abuse of a vulnerable adult by a caregiver.




Talk-show host sues PBS for breach of conduct after firing

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:20:18 GMT

Talk-show host Tavis Smiley is suing his former employer, the Public Broadcasting Service, for breach of contract after he was fired over sexual harassment allegations. The Washington Post reports that the lawsuit was filed Tuesday in D.C. Superior Court against PBS, based in the Washington suburb of Arlington, Virginia.




Universal launches plans for third 'Jurassic World' film

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:20:17 GMT

Universal says "Jurassic World 3" will land in June 2021. The film is to be written by Emily Carmichael and Colin Trevorrow, the director of 2015's "Jurassic World."




Amazon closes in on Prime discounts at Whole Foods

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:39:39 GMT

On Feb. 20, 2018, new Whole Foods parent Amazon announced 5 percent back in rewards to Amazon Prime members who pay with an Amazon Rewards Visa card, with the company having yet to set a target date for a promised customer rewards program for Amazon Prime members, regardless of their payment method.




Prosecutor-turned-TV personality fined for driving 95 mph

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:00:53 GMT

Fox News personality and former New York prosecutor Jeanine Pirro has pleaded guilty to driving 95 mph in a 65 mph zone. Authorities previously said that a state trooper clocked Pirro's Cadillac going 119 mph on Route 17 in Nichols, New York, on Nov. 19. The Journal News says Pirro - who negotiated a plea deal with the Tioga County district attorney's office - has been fined $300 plus fees and has to take a defensive driving course.




AT&T Loses Bid for White House Communications About Time Warner Deal

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:30:00 GMT

A federal judge on Tuesday denied a request by AT&T Inc to compel the U.S. Justice Department to disclose any records of communications between the White House and government lawyers that detail President Donald Trump's views on the company's proposed $85 billion merger with Time Warner Inc. The Justice Department on Friday moved to prevent AT&T from arguing that politics played a role in the government's decision to stop the merger, which Trump has publicly criticized. "We respect the judge's decision and look forward to the upcoming trial," said Dan Petrocelli, lead trial attorney for both AT&T and Time Warner.




Review: Bateman, McAdams anchor lively and fun 'Game Night'

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:45:13 GMT

This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Rachel McAdams, left, and Jason Bateman in a scene from "Game Night."




MGM misses 4Q profit forecasts, shows effects of shooting

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 03:02:40 GMT

MGM Resorts International on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $1.4 billion, which came almost entirely from its massive one-time windfall from the nation's new tax law. The company also provided a clear picture of how the mass shooting at the Mandalay Bay casino-resort last fall affected its operations.




Disney unions file federal complaint over promised $1,000 bonuses

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:27:21 GMT

Cast members and employees of Walt Disney Co. are getting $1,000 bonuses split into two payments.