Adam Aron, CEO and president of the AMC Entertainment theater chain, is opposing Warner Bros.' plan to simultaneously release all of its 2021 movies on HBO Max and in theaters. Aron noted Thursday afternoon that he had backed Warner's previous strategy, unveiled on Nov. 22, to roll out "Wonder Woman 1984″ on Christmas Day on […]
Virginia’s Bluefield Fire Department revealed their clever take on Christmas tree decorations, as seen in footage shared by the department on December 2.Footage posted to the Bluefield Fire Department’s Facebook page shows a Christmas tree decorated with caution tape, a firehose, and a firefighter’s helmet tree topper.Other gear, including a fire extinguisher, a uniform set, and a toy firetruck are seen at the base of the tree.“The firemen with the Bluefield VA Fire Department would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas!” the fire department wrote in a caption. Credit: Bluefield Fire Department via Storyful
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The Philadelphia Eagles are in a desperate situation heading into thir week 13 game against the Green Bay Packers, but coach Doug Pederson says he's not about to start pointing fingers.
Amid the avalanche of disheartening developments this year, few were as dispiriting in Hollywood as the Aug. 12 announcement by the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan that it was eliminating coverage for 11,750 of 32,000 participants, including 8,200 senior performers. The plan and its trustees blamed the COVID-19 pandemic for creating $140 million in losses this year and […]
Israel warned Thursday of an increased threat against its citizens abroad following Iran's call to avenge last week's assassination of its top nuclear scientist.
Rachel Kaplan has signed a multi-year overall deal with Warner Bros. Television Group, Variety has learned. Kaplan, the former head of Keshet Studios, is also launching her own production company -- Absecon Entertainment. Under the deal, she will develop and produce original scripted programming to be produced by Absecon in association with Warner Bros. Television for streaming […]
Confidence was a little shaky on Wall Street Thursday. The Dow rose 85 points. The S&P 500 dipped 2 points after touching an intra-day record high. The Nasdaq tacked on 27 points to a lifetime high. The market had been much stronger for most of the session but a late-day headline about Pfizer let some of the steam out of the rally. Pfizer is reportedly cutting planned shipments this year of its COVID-19 vaccine by half, according to the Wall Street Journal. Shares of Pfizer dropped roughly 2 percent. The Pfizer is news is a reminder of the risks facing the market. Arian Vojdani is an investment strategist at MV Financial. "A lot of investors are forgetting that there is still a timeframe before vaccines are distributed, before people are back - the world is back exactly to the way it was. We're still going to see pain play out in the economic numbers and potential shock the market and we're going to see volatility." Economic data released Thursday fueled concern. Jobless claims remain stuck above the peaks of the financial crisis. 712,000 Americans signed up last week for new unemployment benefits. More than 20 million people received jobless assistance in mid-November. And in another worrisome sign, the Institute for Supply Management's monthly survey of the massive U.S. services sector fell to its lowest reading since May. Bad news for theater chains. Warner Bros. studio said it will debut all its films next year in theaters and on the HBO Max streaming service on the same day. AMC, the world’s largest theater operator, slumped roughly 16 percent. It was an even bigger drop for Cinemark, which tumbled 22 percent. But on the upside: Boeing. The embattled aerospace giant had its first major order for the 737 MAX since the plane was grounded 20 months ago due to two fatal crashes. Boeing shares rallied roughly 6 percent. Spirit Aerosystems, a major Boeing supplier, jumped 7-1/2 percent.
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In what may be a late-breaking contender for the least shocking news of 2020, this year's most-played holiday song so far is, per ASCAP, Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You," the single that finally went to No. 1 on the pop charts last year after 25 years in wait. Carey recorded a […]
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In a break from tradition to mark a tumultuous year, the British Fashion Council's (BFC) annual awards on Thursday honoured 20 individuals and brands, including Chanel and Burberry, who "led change in the industry".
A 10-foot-tall metallic monolith appeared mysteriously atop a Central California mountain this week, then vanished just as suddenly early on Thursday in what seemed to be a copycat of one that appeared and then vanished in a Utah desert. "I can't say it's aliens, but it was here and now it's gone," said Terrie Banish, deputy city manager of Atascadero, California, a city of about 30,000 off U.S. Highway 101 near the central coast city of San Luis Obispo. It hearkened to Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film, "2001: A Space Odyssey", based on a novel by Arthur C. Clarke, in which alien monoliths mysteriously appear.
A set of "neuro-rights" should be added to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations, said Rafael Yuste, a neuroscience professor at New York's Columbia University and organizer of the Morningside Group of scientists and ethicists proposing such standards. Five rights would guard the brain against abuse from new technologies - rights to identity, free will and mental privacy along with the right of equal access to brain augmentation advances and protection from algorithmic bias, the group says.
Joe Biden said Thursday that he will ask Americans to commit to 100 days of wearing masks as one of his first acts as president, stopping just short of the nationwide mandate he's pushed before to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The move marks a notable shift from President Donald Trump, whose own skepticism of mask-wearing has contributed to a politicization of the issue. The president-elect has frequently emphasized mask-wearing as a “patriotic duty" and during the campaign floated the idea of instituting a nationwide mask mandate, which he later acknowledged would be beyond the ability of the president to enforce.
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Next year, you won't need to get off your couch to catch Warner Bros.' biggest 2021 box office titles. Warner Bros. studio on Thursday announced it would make all of its 2021 films available in theaters and on the HBO Max streaming service starting on the same day, an unprecedented shift in movie-viewing in response to the health crisis that has upended the movie industry and shuttered movie theaters around the world. Big titles, which are expected to include "Godzilla vs. Kong" and "Mortal Kombat," a new version of "Dune" and a "Matrix" sequel will be available on HBO Max for one month starting on the same day they debut in cinemas. Studios have been pushing to make their movies available in living rooms sooner than the typical timeline of roughly 90 days after they debut in cinemas, an idea theater owners have been fighting. Warner Bros. executives said the strategy would be in place for one year, beginning this Christmas with the duel release of "Wonder Woman 1984" simultaneously in U.S. theaters and on HBO Max. The new strategy from Warner Bros. unnerved investors in theater chains. Shares of AMC Entertainment, the world's largest theater operator, fell nearly 16%. Rival movie theater operator Cinemark's shares dropped almost 22%.
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If chart momentum keeps apace for Columbia Records in these final days of 2020, the label could lay claim to the No. 1 song in the U.S. for 11 of the last 17 weeks. Among its stable of smashes: Harry Styles’ “Adore You” and “Watermelon Sugar”; Arizona Zervas’ “Roxanne”; BTS’ “Dynamite” (with Big Hit Entertainment); […]
A K9 officer with the Edmond Police Department in Oklahoma was all business as he sat for his departmental portrait, footage shared by police on December 2 shows.Video posted by the police department shows the Dutch shepherd, named Robbie, sitting perfectly still and looking alert for the photographer, then erupting in playfulness once the session concludes.“Whether it’s protecting the Edmond streets, or sitting for his professional headshot, K9 Robbie is all work and no play … until it’s time to play!” the department wrote in a caption. Credit: Edmond Police Department via Storyful