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Variety is an American media company owned by Penske Media Corporation. The company was founded by Sime Silverman in New York City in 1905 as a weekly newspaper reporting on theater and vaudeville. In 1933 it added Daily Variety, based in Los Angeles, to cover the motion-picture industry. Variety.com features breaking entertainment news, reviews, box office results, cover stories, videos, photo galleries and features, plus a credits database, production charts and calendar, with archive content dating back to 1905.Source
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Rotten Tomatoes Revamps Movie Audience Scores to Focus on Verified Ticket Buyers

Rotten Tomatoes Revamps Movie Audience Scores to Focus on Verified Ticket Buyers

Rotten Tomatoes is dramatically changing its Audience Score methodology for movies: The site’s standard user rating will now reflect only moviegoers who can prove they’ve bought a ticket to see it in a theater. It’s another troll-fighting move by Rotten Tomatoes, designed to curb coordinated “review bombs” aimed at pushing down the Audience Score for films that certain bad-faith actors dislike. In February, the site disabled user comments prior to a movie’s release and changed the “Want to See” rating from a percentage score (which had been subject to tampering by trolls) to show the raw...

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May 23, 2019
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Bernie Sanders Hospitalized For Artery Blockage, Cancels Events

Bernie Sanders Hospitalized For Artery Blockage, Cancels Events

Senator Bernie Sanders was hospitalized Wednesday and treated for an artery blockage after suffering from chest pains, his campaign confirmed. The presidential hopeful is canceling forthcoming events and appearances until further notice. “During a campaign event yesterday evening, Sen. Sanders experienced some chest discomfort. Following medical evaluation and testing he was found to have a blockage in one artery and two stents were successfully inserted,” Sanders senior adviser Jeff Weaver said in a statement. “Sen. Sanders is conversing and in good spirits. He will be resting up over the...

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Rebecca Rubin
Oct 2, 2019
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Jeff Bezos to Step Down as Amazon CEO

Jeff Bezos to Step Down as Amazon CEO

Amazon announced that founder Jeff Bezos will step down as CEO in the third quarter of 2021, moving into a new role as executive chair. Andy Jassy, currently CEO of Amazon Web Services (AWS), will become Amazon.com’s CEO at that time. The ecommerce giant made the announcement alongside blowout fourth-quarter 2020 earnings. Bezos didn’t directly address the executive transition plan in his prepared remarks. “Amazon is what it is because of invention,” Bezos said in a statement. “We do crazy things together and then make them normal. We pioneered customer reviews, 1-Click, personalized...

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Vox Media Acquires New York Magazine

Vox Media Acquires New York Magazine

Vox Media is taking over New York Magazine and its related sites such as Vulture. According to the New York Times, Vox Media agreed Tuesday to acquire New York Media, the company which oversees the print magazine, in an all-stock transaction. Neither company confirmed the deal’s price tag. “No one had to do this,” Pamela Wasserstein, the chief executive of New York Media, told the Times. “It’s a brilliant, in our view, opportunity, so that’s why we leaned into it. It’s not out of need. It’s out of ambition.” Jim Bankoff, Vox Media’s chief executive and chairman, also confirmed that the...

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Sep 25, 2019
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Twitter Suffers Widespread Hour-Long Outage on Mobile Apps, Web

Twitter Suffers Widespread Hour-Long Outage on Mobile Apps, Web

UPDATED: Twitter users worldwide were unable to access the social-networking site for about an hour Thursday, with an outage that affected both mobile and web platforms. On the web, users saw an error message that said, “Something is technically wrong. Thanks for noticing —we’re going to fix it up and have things back to normal soon.” An error message in the Twitter app said, “Tweets aren’t loading right now.” According to website DownDetector.com, Twitter began experiencing issues around 2:46 p.m. ET on Thursday. The highest concentration of user-reported technical problems were from...

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Todd Spangler
Jul 12, 2019
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'Walking Dead' Stuntman Wrongful Death Trial to Begin in Georgia

'Walking Dead' Stuntman Wrongful Death Trial to Begin in Georgia

A trial will get underway Tuesday in a Georgia courtroom to determine whether AMC Networks was at fault in the death of “Walking Dead” stuntman .Bernecker’s parents, Susan and Hagen Bernecker, accuse the network of cutting corners and ignoring its own safety standards, leading to their son’s death. Bernecker died in July 2017, after falling 22 feet from a balcony and landing on his head and neck on a concrete floor. AMC has denied responsibility, saying that Bernecker’s death was an “unforeseeable accident” caused by his own negligence.Susan Bernecker will be represented by Jeffrey Harris,...

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Dec 11, 2019
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'The Mandalorian' to Return in October, 'The Falcon and the Winter Solider' to Premiere in August

'The Mandalorian' to Return in October, 'The Falcon and the Winter Solider' to Premiere in August

’ “Star Wars” original spinoff series “” is returning for Season 2 in October, said Disney chief Bob Iger on the company’s earnings call Tuesday.’s “” will premiere in August, while “” will make its debut on the streaming service in December.Iger also floated the possibility of infusing “” with more characters and taking their “stories in new directions,” nodding to potential for spinoff series.The chief exec disclosed that , as of Monday, had , confirming Variety‘s earlier reporting of an expected 25 million to 30 million subs. By Dec. 28, the streamer had 26.5 million paid subscriptions,...

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Elaine Low
Feb 6, 2020
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Disney Delivers Impressive Streaming Numbers, Tops Wall Street Expectations With Earnings

Disney Delivers Impressive Streaming Numbers, Tops Wall Street Expectations With Earnings

is getting the year off to a strong start, beating Wall Street’s expectations for the quarter that encompassed the company’s giant leap into the new era of direct-to-consumer business operations.Plus delivered an impressive 26.5 million subscribers, starting from Nov. 12 through year’s end. The Mouse’s earnings per share and revenue numbers for its fiscal first quarter (ended Dec. 28) met or topped analysts consensus opinions, indicating that the company is on strong footing even as it pours billions of dollars to support the growing suite of streaming platforms.The Disney Plus launch is a...

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Feb 6, 2020
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Taylor Swift Opens Up About Overcoming Struggle With Eating Disorder

Taylor Swift Opens Up About Overcoming Struggle With Eating Disorder

Taylor Swift tells Variety more about "how unhealthy that's been for me — my relationship with food," a subject boldly broached in her Sundance documentary, "Miss Americana." In the new Taylor Swift documentary, “Miss Americana,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival Thursday night, there’s a montage of derogatory commentary about the singer that has appeared on cable shows over the years. One of the less nasty remarks: “She’s too skinny. It bothers me.” As it turns out, it eventually bothered Swift, too. In one of the most revealing and surprising segments of the Netflix film,...

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Jan 30, 2020
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Trump Says U.S. Will Examine Google's China Ties After Peter Thiel Accusations, Which Google Says Are False

Trump Says U.S. Will Examine Google's China Ties After Peter Thiel Accusations, Which Google Says Are False

President Trump has tech giant in his crosshairs again, tweeting that the administration will look into allegations by billionaire tech tycoon that has provided technology to China’s military.In a speech Sunday at a conservative conference, Thiel called on the FBI and the CIA to probe Google. Thiel asked rhetorically whether Google “consider[s] themselves to be so thoroughly infiltrated that they have engaged in the seemingly treasonous decision to work with the Chinese military and not with the U.S. military,” according to .Thiel also queried, “Does Google’s senior management consider...

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Todd Spangler
Jul 17, 2019
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