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The Fifth Beijing International Film Festival

The Fifth Beijing International Film Festival

The fifth Beijing International Film Festival kicked off on Thursday with a new European chief adviser and a crop of heavyweight judges, who organizers hope will boost the event’s profile. At the opening ceremony in the Chinese capital, action movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger, scheduled to make a speech, walked the red carpet and greeted fans […]

Netflix Changed The Game, Now Reaping Rewards

Netflix Changed The Game, Now Reaping Rewards

Netflix is enthralling viewers and investors alike as popular original programming such as “House of Cards” lure subscribers at a quickening pace. Netflix said Wednesday that it gained 4.9 million subscribers in the first three months of the year, more than any other quarter since the video streaming service’s debut eight years ago. About 2.3 […]

Podcasting Patent Invalidated

Podcasting Patent Invalidated

The U.S. Patent Office on Friday revoked key elements of a Texas company’s patent, which the firm deployed in high-profile legal actions to claim ownership over a method for distributing podcasts and video episodes on the Internet. Personal Audio LLC has drawn criticism for demanding licensing fees under its patent protections, which detractors like podcasters […]

Richard Dreyfuss Takes The Mouse To Court

Richard Dreyfuss Takes The Mouse To Court

Actor Richard Dreyfuss has taken legal action against Walt Disney Pictures over his slice of profits made from the 1991 film What About Bob?. The case also involves Christine Wagner, whose late husband produced Tom Hanks’ 1989 film Turner and Hooch. Both parties have said Disney has refused demands to allow their chosen auditors access […]

From Captain To Prison Chief

From Captain To Prison Chief

“I’m not one of those who will ever say to you ‘No regrets.’ I have serious regrets,” says actress Kate Mulgrew. “And I think most thoughtful people do, if they live a life as I have lived mine, with a great deal of abandon and passion.” Even if you don’t know Kate Mulgrew’s name, you […]

Capital Dames, The Women Of Washington’s Past

Capital Dames, The Women Of Washington’s Past

It’s an overcast morning outside President Lincoln’s Cottage, a national historic site in Washington, D.C., and Erin Carlson Mast is struggling to open a pair of huge, historic wooden pocket doors. “When we began the restoration these had been closed for over 100 years,” Carlson Mast, the site’s executive director, tells NPR’s Steve Inskeep. ¬†Abraham […]

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