Heres How the Russia-Friendly Far-Right Demagogues of Europe Buy and Bury the Press

You may not have heard the crash of Austrias government collapsing on Monday, but the circumstances that brought it down are, shall we say, instructive about the way far-right populists in Europe, and at least one very prominent American politician, suck up to Russia. More important still, the background to the debacle in Vienna speaks […]

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Julian Assange: WikiLeaks says spies at work in Ecuadorian embassy

Spanish police uncover videos, documents and photos taken from inside embassy in sting operation WikiLeaks has said it has uncovered a surveillance operation at the Ecuadorian embassy against Julian Assange and that images, documents and videos gathered have been offered for sale. Spanish police mounted a sting operation against unnamed individuals in Madrid who offered […]

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ has already broken the global box office record

New York (CNN Business)“Avengers: Endgame” has made an estimated $644 million at the worldwide box office. That makes it the biggest global opening in film history. The Disney (DIS) and Marvel film surpassed the record held by “Avengers: Infinity War,” which made $641 million for its opening around the world last April.

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NBA Coach Luke Walton Sued for Sexual Assault by Sports Reporter Kelli Tennant

Current Sacramento Kings and first reported by TMZ. In the lawsuit, Kelli Tennant, who was working as a reporter with SportsNet LA, claims she met Walton at the Hotel Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica, California, per the married his current wife in 2013, suggested they return to his hotel room. There, he pinned Ms. […]

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‘Dumbo’ underwhelms but ‘Us’ crosses $100 million at the box office

New York (CNN Business)“Dumbo” didn’t fly quite as high as expected this weekend. Peele’s follow up to “Get Out” has now made $174.5 million globally. The second weekend total for “Us” marked a 53% drop from its opening weekend haul. But “Us,” which cost $20 million to make, surprised Hollywood with a $71 million opening […]

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HBO chief Richard Plepler leaves network he spent decades building in post-AT&T shakeup

New York (CNN Business)HBO chief Richard Plepler announced Thursday that he is leaving the company after nearly 28 years. Plepler said in his memo that he had informed John Stankey, the chief executive of WarnerMedia, that he would “work closely with him to assure a seamless and organic transition.” HBO’s future under AT&T (T) ownership […]

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Appeals court backs AT&T acquisition of Time Warner

(CNN Business)An appeals court has rejected the Justice Department’s bid to overturn a ruling that cleared the way for AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner. AT&T, the Justice Department claimed, would have greater bargaining leverage over rival TV distributors because the company would have valuable live content from Turner’s networks, like the sports that TNT carries […]

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Pittsburgh newspaper union wants publisher barred from newsroom over ‘violent’ incident

New York (CNN)What was described as a “bizarre” and “violent” encounter with the paper’s publisher has prompted dramatic action from the union at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Additionally, the Guild has filed an unfair labor complaint with the National Labor Relations Board over Block’s conduct. The complaint, a copy of which was shared with CNN Business, […]

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‘Rowing with the current:’ Hulu’s CEO on the future of streaming TV services

New York (CNN Business)Hulu’s increasing investments in programming will include some fresh bets on news and documentary content, Hulu CEO Randy Freer said in an interview at CES this week. As for other forms of news programming, Hulu is “exploring” those options, Freer said. Hulu is best known for its on-demand library of network TV […]

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Lionsgate lays off 25 staffers

New York (CNN Business)Lionsgate, the entertainment studio which has struggled in recent years, laid off approximately 25 employees on Friday, people familiar with the matter told CNN. In a note sent to employees, Joe Drake, chairman of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, said he wished departing staffers “the very best on their continued career trajectory.” “We […]

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