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Shatner, ‘Star Trek’ director to meet about role

NEW YORK (AP) — “Star Trek” may be the next frontier for William Shatner — again. Shatner, who played the original James T. Kirk, says he’s meeting soon with Roberto Orci, who’s directing “Star Trek 3,” to discuss reprising his Kirk in the rebooted franchise. “I had a talk with him the other day,” says [...]

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Truth campaign outs celebrity tobacco users

  By Richelle Hammiel “Unpaid Tobacco Spokesperson” is a message that flashes across television screens and this message has generated the attention of fans, celebrities and lawyers. The Truth Campaign, active enforcers of change, has compiled numerous photos as well as facts to stop the use of tobacco, especially in teens. The photos were made [...]

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“Black-ish” a hit for ABC

    By Sherese Stringfield ABC has announced its fall lineup and its latest offering, “Blackish”, has already gained rave reviews. Premiering on September 24, the show debuted at its 9:30 p.m. timeslot with strong ratings. According to Nielsen the show was viewed by over 11 million viewers, beating out ABC favorites “Modern Family” and [...]

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CBS debuts stand-alone streaming service

  NEW YORK (AP) — CBS is jumping on the cord-cutting bandwagon, launching a stand-alone digital streaming service for $5.99 a month that will offer subscribers access to its current and older shows. The news comes a day after HBO said it plans to offer a streaming-only service next year. Americans are increasingly turning to [...]

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Comedians honor Jay Leno with humor prize in DC

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The joke was on Jay Leno as comedians saluted the former “Tonight Show” host Sunday when he received the nation’s top humor prize. Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld and Wanda Sykes celebrated Leno’s famous work ethic and poked fun as he received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy [...]

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Thai soaps trigger outcry over romanticizing rape

  BANGKOK (AP) — In a famous scene from Thailand’s award-winning soap opera “The Power of Shadows,” the handsome protagonist gets drunk and rapes the leading lady. He later begs her forgiveness, and they live happily ever after. Boy Meets Girl, Boy Rapes Girl, Boy Marries Girl. The premise is so common in Thailand’s popular [...]

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Thai soaps trigger outcry over romanticizing rape

BANGKOK (AP) — In a famous scene from Thailand’s award-winning soap opera “The Power of Shadows,” the handsome protagonist gets drunk and rapes the leading lady. He later begs her forgiveness, and the producers say they will live happily ever after in the sequel. Boy Meets Girl, Boy Rapes Girl, Boy Marries Girl. The premise [...]

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CBS debuts stand-alone streaming service

  NEW YORK (AP) — CBS is launching a stand-alone digital streaming service for $5.99 a month that will offer subscribers access to its current and older shows. The broadcast TV network says current shows such as “The Good Wife” and “Survivor” will be available the day after they air on the service, called CBS [...]

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HBO unleashes streaming from cable contracts

NEW YORK (AP) — Next year HBO is cutting the cord and selling its popular streaming video service HBO Go as a stand-alone product, as more Americans choose to watch the Web, not the TV. Viewers longing to watch “Game of Thrones”, “True Detective” and “Veep” will no longer have to pay big bucks for [...]

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Lawmaker wants to name tunnel after Robin Williams

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California lawmaker said he plans to introduce a resolution to rename a tunnel north of the Golden Gate Bridge after the late comedian Robin Williams. The Waldo Tunnel is in Marin County, where Williams grew up and lived before committing suicide at his home there in August. Democratic State Assemblyman [...]

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Nielsen says ABC didn’t really win in ratings

NEW YORK (AP) — The Nielsen company said Tuesday its report last week that ABC’s evening newscast had broken a 263-week winning streak by NBC was incorrect. The ratings reversal is the most visible example of a software error that Nielsen said had affected its measurement of television audiences since March. Because of the error, [...]

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