China’s Baidu Ups Investment in iQiyi Video Website

China’s Baidu, the massive search engine whose iQiyi video website unit is making a major push into the film business, reported a 52-percent increase in revenues in the third quarter, and said it was upping its investment in content.

Total revenues in the third quarter of 2014 were $2.203 billion, a 52 percent increase from the corresponding period in 2013.

The group said that it was investing more in iQiyi, a Netflix-like site that recently unveiled plans to make seven local films and one Hollywood film next year.

Read more China’s Alibaba Reportedly Eyeing 37 Percent Stake in Lionsgate

Content costs, which are mainly related to iQiyi, as a component of cost of revenues were $81.2 million in the third quarter, 3.7 percent of total revenues, compared to 2.5 percent in the same quarter last year, and 3 percent in the previous quarter.

China’s online giants, including Alibaba and Tencent, are launching a big push into the film business, and iQiyi has been busy of late.

iQiyi has said it is stepping up its plans to stream movies from film fests to Chinese viewers, and plans to work with traditional film companies in order to raise film funding, conduct market research through ‘big data,’ deliver marketing and promotional support, as well as operate cinema ticketing services.

In September Baidu launched its own Kickstarter-style investment fund, Baifa Youxi, to help ordinary investors participate in the funding of big movie projects.

Read more China’s Huayi Brothers Sees Film Business Income Fall 75 Percent in First 9 Months

Yang Xianghua, vice president of iQiyi, said this month that China’s online film market was growing at a furious rate and revenues should match theatrical box office within the next five years.

“We had another very strong quarter as we continued to leverage our tremendous assets, especially in mobile. This quarter, mobile traffic surpassed PC traffic and mobile revenue contributed 36 percent of our total revenue,” said Robin Li, chairman and chief executive officer of Baidu.

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Why CBS’ Late Night VP Opened a Musical About What Happens After You Die

“Sometimes you have to die to be larger than life,” says a character of Hereafter, the passion project from CBS’ VP of late night Vinnie Favale that officially opened at New York City’s Snapple Theater this past weekend for an unlimited commercial run.

The musical, which follows three heartbroken women who meet with a medium in the hopes of communicating with lost loved ones, doesn’t necessarily answer the question of whether heaven, hell or both do exist, but it does theorize on another postmortem topic: those who leave this world are held back after death by those still alive who can’t let go of them.

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“I still think of them every day,” says Favale, who lost two siblings within a short period of time, and drew from such experiences of loss to pen the show with writing partner Frankie Keane. “They’re the same stories, because I don’t have any new ones. … Though I still see my other two siblings, my [deceased] older brother is a rock star, and if he didn’t die, it would be great, but would I be thinking about him? Would he be larger than life?”

Such a looming presence of the departed is felt by the characters in the Off-Broadway musical: a mother who lost her teenage son in a car accident; a mother whose overachieving daughter committed suicide; a newlywed daughter whose mother had cancer. Additionally, the medium himself has lost the love of his life, a famous actress.

While not commenting on any specific religion’s afterlife explanations — “We all have something we believe in, even if it’s, ‘I don’t know what I believe in,'” explains Keane — the show focuses more on how the living cope, even years and years after the loss. “People get uncomfortable when you grieve long after the expiration date,” says Keane, who with Favale turned their personal losses into archetypes onstage. “Afterwards, other people move on with their lives — the food and the cards stop coming, and you’re still stuck in that same place. … And no one wants to hear about it either.”

Favale began writing songs over ten years ago to help handle being “haunted” by the fact that his young neighbor died in a car accident. He met Keane in 2008 and continued sharpening the show via workshops with the help of some television friends. After a successfully-funded Kickstarter campaign for a two-week run in 2012, Hereafter is now housed at the Snapple Theater for shows once a week (Saturdays at 4:45 p.m.), which often end with audiences tearing up not because of the sad subject matter, but because the show urges the viewer to confront his or her own suppressed grief.

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For example, Favale recalls how previous attendees have walked out of the show specifically due to “that kind of depression” that’s touched on by the suicide-related storyline. “I personally don’t think that’s a solution — it’s a horrible thing and the damage that you leave behind can sometimes make someone’s life worse than whatever yours was when you take it. So we wanted there to be regret with that, but also to acknowledge the reality that it does happen. I can’t reconcile it sometimes.”

The musical — with Keane, Deborah Tranelli, Pierce Cravens, Michele Cabinian, Paul Blankenship, Eileen Faxas, Carolyn Mignini, Courtney Capek, Tanisha Gary, Kissy SimmonsMargaret Kelly and Alan Kalter (announcer for the Late Show with David Letterman) in the cast — also comments on celebrity deaths, but more for effective comic relief.  “That’s a cliche — dying was the best career move someone ever made,” says Favale of the character played by Keane.

So why on earth would the CBS exec choose to open a musical during the biggest year of the network’s late-night landscape, which sees David Letterman and Craig Ferguson being succeeded by Stephen Colbert and James Corden?

“It’s the worst timing, I know!” admits Favale. “I had no idea Dave was gong to announce his retirement — it caught me off-guard like it caught a lot of people off-guard. It’s weird because, to me, it’s like a death in the family. It’s a big deal because people I’ve worked with for almost twenty years are gonna be leaving too. It’s like there’s a passage of time. … I’m very excited for Colbert, but there’s gonna be a hole in my life. All of this change is definitely overwhelming.”

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Metallica Lands Week-Long ‘Late Late Show’ Residency





The band known for the hit “Enter Sandman” is about to assist a talk show host in preparing his exit. 

Venerable rockers Metallica have been slotted for a weeklong residency on the Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson in November, with the band confirming the news on Twitter. 

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“We’ll be playing on @LateLateShowCBS for an entire week starting Monday, November 17th! #LateLateShow,” the band posted on Oct. 29.

The performances help mark the 10th-anniversary reissue of the Metallica documentary Some Kind of Monster, which will be available on Nov. 24 as a digital release and on Blu-ray.

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The band’s residency comes as Ferguson is nearing the end of his late-night CBS run. He took over from Craig Kilborn as host of the show in January 2005, and his final episode is set to air on a yet-to-be-announced date in December. James Corden will grab the reins in March 2015.

Booking musical acts for weeklong stints has become somewhat trendy for late-night shows, as the Foo Fighters had such a gig on the Late Show earlier this month. 

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‘Ghost Train’ on Track as American Remake of Japanese Horror Movie (Exclusive)

The 2006 Japanese horror movie Otoshimono will get an American makeover as Ghost Train as part of an agreement announced Thursday between All Nippon Entertainment Works (ANEW), Japan’s Shochiku Company and producer Depth of Field.

Aimed for production in 2015 and release in 2016, Ghost Train will Americanize the story of what happens to a group of commuters who get on a subway train at a station deep underground and are terrified as the train disappears. Part of the movie is about a woman trying to find out what happened to her sister who was on the train.

ANEW is financing development. When the script and package are ready, probably early next year, ANEW and Depth of Field will seek partners (likely a Hollywood studio) to finance and distribute the movie, which is expected to have a budget of about $5 million. They are aiming for a wide release.

Read more Japan Box Office: ‘Hercules’ Opens in Top Spot

This is the third Japanese movie to be put into development in Hollywood by ANEW, which has offices in Tokyo and Los Angeles. The company founded in 2012 by L.A. producer entrepreneur Sandy Climan is a private-public partnership with the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan. It is funded in part by the Japanese government with an initial capitalization of $80 million. 

ANEW was created to find and clear rights to Japanese intellectual property, mainly horror and anime that lends itself to a Hollywood remake and popular storytelling.

“Film projects based on, or inspired by, Japanese storytelling,”  said Annmarie Bailey, senior vp, creative affairs for ANEW, “have been very successful internationally in recent years and the adaptation of the fresh and original Ghost Train for the English-speaking audience builds on this trend,”

It took nine months for ANEW to clear the chain of title on Otoshimono/Ghost Train and its Japanese sequels, which is quick by Japanese standards. ANEW is expected to announce several other projects in the coming months.

“The model is for the Japanese and Americans is to be full  partners,” said Climan. “The goal is for us to enable the creative collaboration that is endorsed by the Japanese and to have a meeting of the minds as to why this property should be translated and why the U.S. partner is the right creative partner for what is a long-term collaboration.”

The other two movies already in process are Soul ReViver, which is being done in association with Fields Corp. and filmmakers Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz of Bedford Falls, who are writing that script; and a live action remake of Toei Animation’s robot anime Gaiking, with producer Gale Ann Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment.

Read more Japan’s Koji Yakusho Wins Best Actor at Sitges Fest

Otoshimono, which was never released in the U.S., was produced by for Shochiku Co. It was written and directed by Takeshi Furusawa and produced by Yoshitaka Ishizuka, who will both consult on the development of the adaptation.  

“The original inspiration for Otoshimono was numerous American horror titles which makes this remake feel like a homecoming for the property,” Furusawa said. “I’m very excited to see how the original version evolves in the American remake version.”

They have already held video teleconferences with Depth of Field’s Dan Balgoyen (Admission), who is overseeing the English language remake, and writers, Josh Miller and Patrick Casey (Golan the Insatiable for Fox TV).

“Our goal,” said Balgoyen, “in working with the writers and conversing with the original filmmakers was to get their insights and what they were trying to do. We want something that’s not reminiscent of The Ring (2002) or The Grudge (2004)or that sort of horror film from the 1990s and early 2000s. We want to make a supernatural scare fest set in and interesting environment we haven’t really seen before.”

Depth of Field was founded in 1999 by brothers Chris and Paul Weitz (American Pie) along with Andrew Milano (Being Flynn, A Single Man).

Milano said they immediately wanted to get involved with Ghost Train because “it’s original and cool and something that hasn’t been widely seen here,” adding: “Horror is not a genre we have developed a lot in. Maybe we will be able to put a little spin on it.”

Read more Oscars: Japan Nominates ‘The Light Shines Only There’ in Foreign-Language Category

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AFM: Dev Patel Attached to Star in Weinstein Company’s ‘Lion’ (Exclusive)

Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman are attached to star in Lion, a new drama that The Weinstein Company will be pitching to buyers at the American Film Market in Los Angeles next week.

The drama, based on an Vanity Fair article, follows a street kid from Calcutta (Patel) who is taken in and adopted by a couple in Australia, played by Kidman and Jackman. Jackman and Patel co-starred in Chappie, the upcoming sci-fi thriller from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp. Kidman and Jackman last appeared together in Baz Luhrmann‘s Australia in 2008.

The script to Lion, which TWC sent out to key international buyers ahead of the AFM, has generated major buzz and many expect the title to be among the top sellers at this year’s market. TWC bought worldwide rights to Lion, from the producers of The King’s Speech, in Cannes for $12 million and views it as a potential awards player. 

Patel, the star of Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire, is shaping up to be one of the stars of this year’s market.

Read More Slumdog Millionaire’ Kids Reunite, Five Years Later

In addition to Lion, Patel plays self-taught Indian math genius Srinivasa Ramanujan in Matt Brown‘s period drama The Man Who Knew Infinity, which Mister Smith Entertainment is pitching to buyers; and co-stars in Lionsgate’s Soviet-era thriller Child 44 and Annapurna’s The Road Within, a remake of the hit German dramedy Vincent Wants to Sea.

Patel also appears in John Madden‘s upcoming The Second Best Marigold Hotel, the sequel to the 2011 hit, which Fox Searchlight will release in the U.S. next year.

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China’s Alibaba, Youku Tudou Pact on Video Marketing

Youku Tudou and Alibaba, the “biggest entertainment company” in the world, announced Wednesday that the two companies will work together to drive the adoption of big data in video marketing in China. 

Alibaba’s online marketing technology arm Alimama will use its data and technology to support the innovative online video marketing techniques of Youku’s View and Buy and Tudou’s Merchant’s Video Channel as well help small companies by making online video marketing service more accessible to them. 

Read more Alibaba’s Jack Ma Reportedly Meeting With Hollywood Studios to Buy Online Content

The announcement is another move by Alibaba away from its core business of e-tailing, and further into marketing, advertising and Internet services. Alibaba, much like Youku Tudou has been very aggressive in diversifying its business, both companies most notably seeing movie production as a lucrative industry in the world’s second biggest movie market. 

Earlier this year, Alimama launched online video marketing services in collaboration with other major video websites in China to help widen the relevance and reach of online video marketing by Alibaba’s Taobao Marketplace and Tmall.com merchants to a broader base of customers. 

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Youku Tudou and Alimama will also jointly establish a Marketing Innovation Lab, the aim of which is to create online video marketing products like View and Buy and Merchants’ Video Channel. View and Buy’s technology allows consumers to click on merchandise that appears in the video they’re viewing and make a purchase without interrupting the playback. The Merchants’ Video Channel, on the other hand, gives merchants an opportunity to market their products and services by themselves where they can create fun videos to promote their products, get consumers’ attention and trigger purchasing actions.

 

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‘Game of Thrones’ Shoot Boosts Tourism in Spain’s Seville 15 Percent

U.S. Ambassador to Spain James Costos says that initial figures show that shooting parts of the fifth season of HBO hit series Game of Thrones in Spain has already boosted local tourism by 15 percent just two weeks into filming.

“The intial information shows that Seville and Osuna, the two locations for the shoot, have already increased their visitor numbers around 15 percent,” Costos said.

The former HBO executive spoke Wednesday at the first CreaCulture Forum to defend intellectual property and create awareness about the consequences of not protecting intellectual property.

“Spanish culture is an important element for the Spain brand, which the Spanish government and the embassy actively promote to promote investment in this country,” Costos said. “That investment has a direct impact in the creation of jobs and increasing the awareness of Spain as a competitive and welcoming place for production.”

Read more ‘Game of Thrones’ Brings Economic Boost to Northern Ireland

Costos said the embassy has been fielding calls from U.S. producers looking to shoot in Spain ever since Game of Thrones announced it would shoot parts of the fifth season in southern Spain, specifically Seville and Osuna, thanks to the Moorish fortresses and surrounding landscape.

“Film will be an indirect motor for increasing tourism in Spain,” Costos said, highlighting the 15 percent bump in local tourism in Seville, where Game of Thrones actors like Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Toby Sebastian have had to fight off hordes of fans, according to reports. 

“The creative industries create employment and protecting intellectual property is crucial for this activity,” Costos continued. “Strengthening intellectual property rights is not an end in itself. It is a means to guaranteeing a healthy industry that creates employment and takes advantage of the creativity in the Spanish population.”

Read more Spanish Industry Divided Over ‘Game of Thrones’ Recovery Plan

More than 86,000 people showed up for auditions when Spanish production company Fresco Film said it needed 600 extras for Game of Thrones.

Spain suffers rampant piracy, with a reported 84 percent of all downloaded digital content coming from unlicensed sources. Most Spaniards don’t consider illegal downloading a crime and legal alternatives have failed to enjoy widespread success because they say its “hard to compete with free.”

The U.S. ambassador said the “almost 230 movie theaters that have closed in the last three years, causing not only the closing of movie theaters, but the loss of hundreds of jobs in the country” clearly demonstrated the consequences of infringing on property rights.

 

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‘Big Bang Theory’s’ Kunal Nayyar to Voice Dog in ‘A Hollywoof Tale’

Kunal Nayyar, from hit show Big Bang Theory, is set to voice a street dog called Santoosh in the upcoming live-action family drama A Bollywoof Tale.

The film, to be helmed by Racing Stripes and Underdog director Frederik Du Chau, is being produced by Jason Newmark (Triangle, Severance), who developed the project with the British Film Institute. The script has been written by Stephen Leslie, while Nisha Parti (Honour) is also attached to produced.

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To be shot in London and India in the first quarter of 2015, A Bollywoof Tale tells the story of Basil, a pet spaniel who moves with his family from London to Delhi, only to find himself lost in Kolkata after his crate is misplaced. He must team up with Santoosh and a Holy cow named Uma to help reunite with his owners.

Independent will be handling international sales at AFM, and has already found a U.K. home for the film with Icon Film Distribution.

Oct 30. 6:34 a.m. Updated to correct title of film

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‘Big Bang Theory’s’ Kunal Nayyar to Voice Dog in ‘A Hollywoof Tale’

Kunal Nayyar, from hit show Big Bang Theory, is set to voice a street dog called Santoosh in the upcoming live-action family drama A Bollywoof Tale.

The film, to be helmed by Racing Stripes and Underdog director Frederik Du Chau, is being produced by Jason Newmark (Triangle, Severance), who developed the project with the British Film Institute. The script has been written by Stephen Leslie, while Nisha Parti (Honour) is also attached to produced.

Read more ‘Big Bang Theory’s’ Big Bucks: Why the Cast Will Earn $1 Million Per Episode

To be shot in London and India in the first quarter of 2015, A Bollywoof Tale tells the story of Basil, a pet spaniel who moves with his family from London to Delhi, only to find himself lost in Kolkata after his crate is misplaced. He must team up with Santoosh and a Holy cow named Uma to help reunite with his owners.

Independent will be handling international sales at AFM, and has already found a U.K. home for the film with Icon Film Distribution.

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Rihanna’s Nipples Sparkle at amfAR L.A. Gala

Over the weekend, Rihanna kept her look pretty tame in a bralet crop top and full-length skirt by designer pal Adam Selman. But at the amfAR L.A. gala on Wednesday night, she turned up the sex appeal in the most RiRi way possible.

The CFDA Fashion Icon arrived at the carpet in a risqué Tom Ford gown that featured a bodice cut-out, thigh-high slit in the center and lavendar embellishments placed not-so-subtly over her nipples. Talk about drawing attention toward the bosoms — but hey, when you’ve got a figure like Rihanna, why not?

Before the gala, she wrote on her Twitter: “Tonight I’m presenting the # amfARInspiration Award to my friend @Tom_Ford. His commitment to @amfAR is truly inspirational.”

Rihanna and Tom Ford were joined by Michelle Rodriguez, Miley Cyrus, Lea Michele, Gwyneth Paltrow, Camilla Belle, January Jones, and 2 Broke Girls’ Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs at the star-studded event.

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‘Ghost Train’ on Track as American Remake of Japanese Horror Movie (Exclusive)

The 2006 Japanese horror movie Otoshimono will get an American makeover as Ghost Train as part of an agreement announced Thursday between All Nippon Entertainment Works (ANEW), Japan’s Shochiku Company and producer Depth of Field.

Aimed for production in 2015 and release in 2016, Ghost Train will Americanize the story of what happens to a group of commuters who get on a subway train at a station deep underground and are terrified as the train disappears. Part of the movie is about a woman trying to find out what happened to her sister who was on the train.

ANEW is financing development. When the script and package are ready, probably early next year, ANEW and Depth of Field will seek partners (likely a Hollywood studio) to finance and distribute the movie, which is expected to have a budget of about $5 million. They are aiming for a wide release.

Read more Japan Box Office: ‘Hercules’ Opens in Top Spot

This is the third Japanese movie to be put into development in Hollywood by ANEW, which has offices in Tokyo and Los Angeles. The company founded in 2012 by L.A. producer entrepreneur Sandy Climan is a private-public partnership with the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan. It is funded in part by the Japanese government with an initial capitalization of $80 million. 

ANEW was created to find and clear rights to Japanese intellectual property, mainly horror and anime that lends itself to a Hollywood remake and popular storytelling.

“Film projects based on, or inspired by, Japanese storytelling,”  said Annmarie Bailey, senior vp, creative affairs for ANEW, “have been very successful internationally in recent years and the adaptation of the fresh and original Ghost Train for the English-speaking audience builds on this trend,”

It took nine months for ANEW to clear the chain of title on Otoshimono/Ghost Train and its Japanese sequels, which is quick by Japanese standards. ANEW is expected to announce several other projects in the coming months.

“The model is for the Japanese and Americans is to be full  partners,” said Climan. “The goal is for us to enable the creative collaboration that is endorsed by the Japanese and to have a meeting of the minds as to why this property should be translated and why the U.S. partner is the right creative partner for what is a long-term collaboration.”

The other two movies already in process are Soul ReViver, which is being done in association with Fields Corp. and filmmakers Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz of Bedford Falls, who are writing that script; and a live action remake of Toei Animation’s robot anime Gaiking, with producer Gale Ann Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment.

Read more Japan’s Koji Yakusho Wins Best Actor at Sitges Fest

Otoshimono, which was never released in the U.S., was produced by for Shochiku Co. It was written and directed by Takeshi Furusawa and produced by Yoshitaka Ishizuka, who will both consult on the development of the adaptation.  

“The original inspiration for Otoshimono was numerous American horror titles which makes this remake feel like a homecoming for the property,” Furusawa said. “I’m very excited to see how the original version evolves in the American remake version.”

They have already held video teleconferences with Depth of Field’s Dan Balgoyen (Admission), who is overseeing the English language remake, and writers, Josh Miller and Patrick Casey (Golan the Insatiable for Fox TV).

“Our goal,” said Balgoyen, “in working with the writers and conversing with the original filmmakers was to get their insights and what they were trying to do. We want something that’s not reminiscent of The Ring (2002) or The Grudge (2004)or that sort of horror film from the 1990s and early 2000s. We want to make a supernatural scare fest set in and interesting environment we haven’t really seen before.”

Depth of Field was founded in 1999 by brothers Chris and Paul Weitz (American Pie) along with Andrew Milano (Being Flynn, A Single Man).

Milano said they immediately wanted to get involved with Ghost Train because “it’s original and cool and something that hasn’t been widely seen here,” adding: “Horror is not a genre we have developed a lot in. Maybe we will be able to put a little spin on it.”

Read more Oscars: Japan Nominates ‘The Light Shines Only There’ in Foreign-Language Category

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AFM: Dev Patel Attached to Star in Weinstein Company’s ‘Lion’ (Exclusive)

Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman are attached to star in Lion, a new drama that The Weinstein Company will be pitching to buyers at the American Film Market in Los Angeles next week.

The drama, based on an Vanity Fair article, follows a street kid from Calcutta (Patel) who is taken in and adopted by a couple in Australia, played by Kidman and Jackman. Jackman and Patel co-starred in Chappie, the upcoming sci-fi thriller from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp. Kidman and Jackman last appeared together in Baz Luhrmann‘s Australia in 2008.

The script to Lion, which TWC sent out to key international buyers ahead of the AFM, has generated major buzz and many expect the title to be among the top sellers at this year’s market. TWC bought worldwide rights to Lion, from the producers of The King’s Speech, in Cannes for $12 million and views it as a potential awards player. 

Patel, the star of Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire, is shaping up to be one of the stars of this year’s market.

Read More Slumdog Millionaire’ Kids Reunite, Five Years Later

In addition to Lion, Patel plays self-taught Indian math genius Srinivasa Ramanujan in Matt Brown‘s period drama The Man Who Knew Infinity, which Mister Smith Entertainment is pitching to buyers; and co-stars in Lionsgate’s Soviet-era thriller Child 44 and Annapurna’s The Road Within, a remake of the hit German dramedy Vincent Wants to Sea.

Patel also appears in John Madden‘s upcoming The Second Best Marigold Hotel, the sequel to the 2011 hit, which Fox Searchlight will release in the U.S. next year.

Twitter: @sroxborough

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‘Big Bang Theory’s’ Kunal Nayyar to Voice Dog in ‘A Hollywoof Tale’

Kunal Nayyar, from hit show Big Bang Theory, is set to voice a street dog called Santoosh in the upcoming live-action family drama A Bollywoof Tale.

The film, to be helmed by Racing Stripes and Underdog director Frederik Du Chau, is being produced by Jason Newmark (Triangle, Severance), who developed the project with the British Film Institute. The script has been written by Stephen Leslie, while Nisha Parti (Honour) is also attached to produced.

Read more ‘Big Bang Theory’s’ Big Bucks: Why the Cast Will Earn $1 Million Per Episode

To be shot in London and India in the first quarter of 2015, A Bollywoof Tale tells the story of Basil, a pet spaniel who moves with his family from London to Delhi, only to find himself lost in Kolkata after his crate is misplaced. He must team up with Santoosh and a Holy cow named Uma to help reunite with his owners.

Independent will be handling international sales at AFM, and has already found a U.K. home for the film with Icon Film Distribution.

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French Director Agnes Varda to Receive Lifetime Honor at European Film Awards

French director Agnes Varda, who has won acclaim for the strong feminist and social commentary in her work, will receive this year’s lifetime achievement honor from the European Film Academy.

Read More ’12 Years a Slave Director Steve McQueen to Get European Film Award Honor

Born in Belgium to French and Greek parents, Varda escaped the Nazi-occupied country as a teenager and fled to France, where she has remained. Her work was initially closely associated with the French Nouvelle Vague cinema movement, in particular the politically active Left Bank Cinema group. Her films have primarily focused on the marginalized and rejected members of society. Female characters are often at the center of her films, leading Varda to be hailed as a pioneering director in the feminist movement.

In her first feature, La Pointe Courte (1954), Varda already shows the components of her very personal style, including the combination of professional actors with ordinary people in the small fishing town where the film is shot.

Varda has been described by movie academics such as Ginette Vincendeau as the “grandmother” of the French New Wave, and she was a key figure among the so-called Left Bank directors. 

Read More The European Film Academy Names Animated Nominees

The documentary style is something Varda would return to time and again in her features. She also has shot several award-winning non-fiction films, including The Beaches of Agnes, which won a Cesar for best documentary in 2008 and was nominated for a DGA award.

Other honors include the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1985 for Vagabond; Berlin’s Silver Bear for Happiness in 1965 and a European Film Award in 2000 for The Gleaners and I.

Varda will receive her lifetime achievement award at the 27th European Film Awards on Dec. 13 in Riga, Latvia.

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Decoding autism: Studies link over 100 genes to developmental disorder

October 30, 2014, 8:14 AM|Two new studies have identified more than 100 genes involved in Autism spectrum disorders. Scientists are calling the findings a major turning point in understanding how mutations disrupt nerve networks in the brain. Dr. David Agus joins “CBS This Morning” from Fort Lauderdale to discuss the findings.

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‘SIT DOWN, SHUT UP’ Christie hammers heckler interrupting Sandy speech

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Oct. 29, 2014: As wife Mary Pat Christie, left, looks on, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tells heckler Jim Keady to: “Sit down and shut up,” during a event marking the second anniversasry of Superstorm Sandy (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

The second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy arrived Wednesday in a region where recovery in New Jersey and New York is happening unevenly, with many houses, boardwalks and businesses rebuilt but many people still unable to return to their homes.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spoke to a crowd in Belmar, N.J., a town damaged by the storm, defending his administration’s handling of the rebuilding. Christie repeatedly was interrupted by a heckler — who happens to be a former Asbury Park city councilman and local activist — which prompted him to tell the man, “Sit down and shut up.”

The heckler, Jim Keady, harassed Christie about the pace of storm aid. Keady was holding a sign that read, “Finish the Job,” The Star-Ledger reported. He also yelled at the governor, “Do your job!”

Christie continued to challenge Keady.

“I’ll be more than happy to have a debate with you anytime you like, guy, because somebody like you doesn’t know a damn thing about what you’re talking about except to stand up and show off when the cameras are here,” Christie said. “I’ve been here when the cameras aren’t here, buddy, and done the work. … Turn around, get your fifteen minutes of fame, and then, maybe, take your jacket off, roll up your sleeves, and do something for the people of this state.” 

Keady runs an advocacy group called Finish the Job, which has been critical of the pace of rebuilding in the area. Once Keady tried to explain how he was here a month after Sandy, the governor interrupted him. 

” … and there’s been 23 months since then, when all you’ve been doing is flapping your mouth and not doing anything. So listen, you want to have the conversation later? I’m happy to have it, buddy. But until that time, sit down and shut up.”

After a few minutes more of dialogue, the argument between the two was over.

“It seems like a lot longer than two years,” Christie said after the incident was over. “This has been a long, long two years and a long struggle. Time doesn’t move as quickly as we might like it to.”

Officials in both states visited houses and businesses badly damaged by the storm to meet with victims still rebuilding and promised to keep working until the recovery is complete.

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro and federal officials toured a flood-ravaged neighborhood near Raritan Bay in Union Beach where many residents are struggling to rebuild.

Andrea Kassimatis held her 6-month-old daughter as she described living with four other relatives in a 37-foot trailer next to a partially built home.

“It’s been a rough and grueling process,” she said. “You feel like your government has forgotten you.”

Kassimatis received a $150,000 rebuilding grant from New Jersey but only got a third of what her flood insurance policy was supposed to pay — a common refrain up and down the coast.

“Don’t believe what you have from a flood insurance policy,” she warned. “Because what you’re sold is not what you’re going to get.”

She voiced her complaints to Castro, to New Jersey’s two U.S. senators, Robert Menendez and Cory Booker, and to Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., all of whom said more “accountability and transparency” is needed in Sandy aid distribution.

The Oct. 29, 2012, storm, which was spawned when Hurricane Sandy merged with two other weather systems, devastated the coast and caused catastrophic flooding in New York and cities in New Jersey. It was blamed for at least 182 deaths and $65 billion in damage in the U.S. It’s New Jersey’s worst natural disaster.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio joined City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and other elected officials to work with Habitat for Humanity at a storm-damaged home in Brooklyn. The group has helped rebuild 100 homes in New York. He also toured a Staten Island neighborhood named Ocean Breeze and recounted the destruction.

“This borough, this island, in many ways bore the brunt of the storm: 44 lives lost due to Sandy, 23 from Staten Island,” he said. “A lot of pain, and a lot of memory. We are now safer than we were two years ago, that is a matter of fact. But we have a lot more to do. I can say with assurance, when we gather a year from now, we will be safer than we were in 2014.”

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said his state has supported the repair and rebuilding of nearly 10,000 households, provided $20.8 million in grants to small businesses and facilitated the proposal of approximately 600 projects through the NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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LOVE IS FOREVER Pic of widower dining with his love grabs Web’s heart

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This man never dines without a picture of his sweetheart. (Madina Bashizaduah)

Every picture tells a story.  

But a photo making the Internet rounds of a man eating at a California In-N-Out Burger alongside a picture of his deceased wife has uncovered a story of true love that will make you squeeze your honey extra hard tonight.

Two weeks ago, imgur.com user “soulrose” posted a picture of a man perched in a red and white booth gazing longingly at a photo, with his walker nearby.

“I saw this elderly gentleman dining by himself, with an old picture of a lady in front of him. I though [sic] maybe I could brighten his day by talking to him,” soulrose writes.

After talking to the man, the user found out it was indeed his wife, and proceeded to be blown away by the story of how they met and their enduring love.

“They met when they were both 17. They dated briefly, then lost contact when he went to war and her family moved. But he said he thought about her the entire war. After his return, he decided to look for her. He searched for her for 10 years and never dated anyone,” soulrose wrote.  

“People told him he was crazy, to which he replied ‘I am. Crazy in love.’ On a trip to California, he went to a barber shop. He told the barber how he had been searching for a girl for ten years. The barber went to his phone and called his daughter in. It was her! She had also been searching for him and never dated either.”

According to the story, the unnamed man proposed right then and there was married to his wife for 55 years before she died 2009.

Madina Bashizaduah from San Francisco posted a similar image on Twitter on Oct. 22 of the same man—just with a different shirt and new picture. She said he always leaves home with a picture of his sweetheart and recounted the same story of a fateful love for the ages. 

Soulrose said the man had a few nuggets of wisdom, saying:  “I was a very rich man. Not with money, but with love” and “Tell your wife that you love her everyday. And be sure to ask her, have I told you that I love you lately?”

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DIPLOMATIC DON’T White House tries defusing its Israel ‘chickens***’ furor

The White House on Wednesday sought to tamp down the controversy over a magazine piece that detailed deep tensions between the U.S. and Israel – and quoted an unnamed senior Obama administration official calling the Israeli leader a “chickenshit.” 

Administration officials, including White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, did not deny the quote. They also did not signal there would be any robust effort to find out who said it. 

But Alistair Baskey, spokesman for the National Security Council, said the criticism does not reflect how the rest of the administration views Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  

“Certainly that’s not the administration’s view, and we think such comments are inappropriate and counter-productive,” Baskey said in a statement. “Prime Minister Netanyahu and the president have forged an effective partnership, and consult closely and frequently, including earlier this month when the president hosted the prime minister in the Oval Office.”

At the same time, Baskey acknowledged they “do not agree on every issue,” including on settlement activity that the U.S. considers “illegitimate.”

Officials quoted in The Atlantic magazine article, written by Jeffrey Goldberg, were far more blunt in their characterization of those differences. Goldberg quoted one anonymous senior administration official saying: “The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit.”

The article said Obama administration officials have also described Netanyahu over the years “as recalcitrant, myopic, reactionary, obtuse, blustering, pompous, and ‘Aspergery.’”

The comments prompted criticism among Republican and Jewish leaders.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Tuesday accused the administration of “hurling expletives” at the Israeli leader. 

House Speaker John Boehner also condemned the “disrespectful rhetoric used time and again by this administration with respect to the special relationship the United States has with the state of Israel.” 

He added: “The president sets the tone for his administration. He either condones the profanity and disrespect used by the most senior members of his administration, or he does not. It is time for him to get his house in order and tell the people that can’t muster professionalism that it is time to move on.” 

That statement led to a pointed rebuke from Earnest, who said Boehner himself is known for using “salty” language. 

“It’s a little rich to have a lecture about profanity from the speaker of the House,” Earnest said, while also saying the reported comments do not reflect the administration’s views. Earnest said he’d be “surprised” if Obama knows who made them. 

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and others “don’t view” the language used in the article as “appropriate or accurate.” 

Dan Gillerman, former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, told Fox News that if the quotes are accurate, “I think it’s shameful.”

“This is not the way you speak about your only ally, about the only democracy in the Middle East, especially not when the Middle East is so volatile,” he said Wednesday.

The Atlantic piece described a relationship that has steadily gone south over the years, and that it claimed is moving toward a “full-blown crisis” – which could get worse after the midterm elections next week. A possible nuclear agreement with Iran is a major factor that could cause more friction.

Goldberg, in his piece, laid plenty of blame on Netanyahu, and reported that sources say he’s likewise “written off” the Obama administration. He noted that the U.S. is angry with him for his settlement stance in the West Bank.

One official also told The Atlantic they don’t think Netanyahu would launch a preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear infrastructure.

“The good thing about Netanyahu is that he’s scared to launch wars,” another official was quoted as saying. The official reportedly criticized him, though, for doing little to reach an accord with the Palestinians and allegedly being more interested in political preservation.

In the wake of the article, Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, called for President Obama to “name, apologize for, and repudiate” the person who offered the “chickenshit” insult, according to The Algemeiner.

“It is rather ironic that a senior American official is prepared to curse his friends, yet when it comes to the mortal enemies of the United States — as the Iranians discovered during the recent nuclear negotiation — praise is heaped on them,” Hier said.

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TOP VOTER CONCERN Think Ebola, terror, ISIS on voters’ minds? Think again

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In this Oct. 7, 2014 photo, people wait in line to enter the Nassau County Mega Job Fair at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (Reuters)

On any given Election Day for the past two decades, the old Bill Clinton campaign mantra of, “It’s the economy, stupid,” would have held up as THE defining issue. Jobs, housing, taxes — pick one, all or more, and it was sure to hit home with voters.

But with Ebola, terror threats and scandals dominating the news — and Wall Street continuing its record climb — it might be somewhat surprising that as House, Senate and gubernatorial candidates head into the final weekend of campaigning before next Tuesday’s elections, pocketbook issues still resonate most with voters.

The latest Fox News poll shows 43 percent of voters believing the economy is the most important issue facing the country, far outpacing health care and foreign policy. And while Americans view the economy more positively than they used to, just one-in-five would give it good marks.

“The economy is important and it’s always a main driver,” Lara Brown, associate professor at the Graduate School of Political management at George Washington University, said. And despite upticks in financial data, “Americans just don’t feel like the economy is getting better and until there are many evidences of it in their own lives, they don’t see it,” she said.

Elizabeth Sanders, election expert and government professor at Cornell University, said Democrats have suffered as President Obama has turned his attention away from the economy and toward other pressing issues.

“A president, I think, simply can’t manage multiple wars and pay attention to the economy and the complex domestic institutions he’s responsible for,” she said in a recent Cornell paper. “So it’s no wonder that in year six, all the chickens have come home to roost and the president’s party seems doomed to pay the price of the endless, costly, cycle of wars that demand precious attention stolen from domestic policy implementation.”

The economy is a tricky topic for both parties. While Democrats can point to a steady drop in the unemployment rate — the percentage of Americans reported to be out of work — Republicans point to the number of Americans who have stopped looking for work or are under-employed, and other less-rosy news, like modest economic growth.

So while the economy remains top-of-mind for many voters, a crisp economic message in the muddy recovery is difficult to craft.

And without a clear message, Democrats in particular face a hard sell convincing voters that better times are here. For instance, despite a surge of new data showing the U.S. economy has moved to solid ground following years of uncertainty, “seven in 10 Americans rate the nation’s economy negatively and just 28 percent say it’s getting better,” according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll.

But data shows the “fundamentals of the economy are stronger now,” Gus Faucher, a senior economist at PNC Financial Services, told MarketWatch. “We don’t have the same drag from government-spending cuts. Corporate balance sheets are pretty good. Households have less debt. The economy is adding 200,000 jobs a month.”

With Obama’s job approval and discontent with Congress hitting new lows — and Democratic candidates shunning the president during their campaigns — convincing voters that the economic tide has turned seems a near impossible task.

Still, Obama persists, telling a recent crowd at an event at Northwestern University that the midterms should be a referendum on “two starkly different visions” for the economy, arguing that it’s “stronger today than it was when I took office,” and that progress “has been hard, but it has been steady and it is real.”

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., told the New York Times that “whether it’s addressing his constituency on things they most care about or whether it’s helping us in the midterm elections, the economy is the right thing to talk about,” adding: “I know the president has had a lot of other things on his plate, but to keep the economy front and center is where America is at.”

In fact, the roadmap to long-term economic health still needs a lot of work.

For example, even though the country’s unemployment rate is down — 5.9 percent in September, down from 7.2 percent a year earlier — the figure fails to tell the whole story. The number does not reveal how many Americans have stopped looking for work or address people who are working but earning less.

Here’s one window into a less-active job market: The labor participation rate, which measures the percentage of adults who are employed or actively looking for work, is 62.7 percent — the lowest it’s been in 36 years.

The Federal Reserve, meanwhile, has kept interest rates near zero, signaling inflation may be too low and worker wages too stagnant.

Retail sales ahead of the holiday season also are showing signs of stress. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., recently cut its annual sales forecast and predicted slower profit growth over the next three years.

Some polling shows voters generally trust Republicans more to execute a full economic recovery. 

In a recent George Washington University Battleground Poll, voters by 49-42 percent said Republicans likely would do a better job addressing economic concerns over their Democratic counterparts.

Democrats still are hoping to get voters to give them some credit for the economic bright spots. It remains a key issue in next Tuesday’s midterms, where 36 out of 50 state governors and more than one-third of the Senate as well as all 435 seats in the House of Representatives are up for grabs.

In Virginia, Democratic Sen. Mark Warner spent much of his second debate with GOP challenger Ed Gillespie promoting his economic policies.

“Everything in my career has been about creating jobs,” Warner said, adding that, if elected, he would promote economic development and job growth in the state. 

Gillespie wasn’t buying it.

“Sen. Warner voted for the failed stimulus: $1 trillion, wasted money. He voted for the excessive regulations in the Dodd-Frank bill that are making it hard for small businesses to get capital and get loans,” he argued.

In Georgia’s tight Senate race, GOP candidate David Perdue told Fox News that the “number one thing that we need to be talking about is who’s going to go to the Senate and add value to the debate of how to get the economy going to get people back to work again right here in Georgia.”

Perdue’s general message has been echoed nationally by Republicans looking to unseat Democrats. 

In New Mexico, new polls show that GOP challenger Allen Weh has narrowed a double-digit gap against Democratic incumbent Sen. Tom Udall. A Vox Populi poll, which puts Udall up only 4 points over Weh, also shows voters in the state are motivated by the economy and jobs.

Public-sector economic forecasters, including the Congressional Budget Office and the Federal Reserve, meanwhile, have revised down their projections for U.S. economic growth. In June, the Fed amended its projection for annual GDP growth to 2.3 percent, down from 3 percent, after disappointing first-quarter growth, lending concern to why the U.S. economy still hasn’t made up lost economic ground from the recent recession.

Brown said that if Ebola and ISIS fears hadn’t flared, candidates would be focusing on these economic issues more.

“Americans want to feel safe about asking for a raise and not fearing they’ll be fired,” Brown said. “They want their neighbors to have jobs, they want to feel safe about buying a house, not losing equity, not losing their job.”

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FREED TO FIGHT: Former Gitmo detainees suspected of joining ISIS

As many as 20 to 30 former Guantanamo Bay detainees released within the last two to three years are suspected by intelligence and Defense officials of having joined forces with the Islamic State and other militant groups inside Syria, Fox News has learned. 

The development has cemented fears that the U.S. military would once again encounter militants taken off the battlefield. 

The intelligence offers a mixed picture, and officials say the figures are not exact. But they are certain at least some of the released detainees are fighting with the Islamic State, or ISIS, on the ground inside Syria. Others are believed to be supporting Al Qaeda or the affiliated al-Nusra Front in Syria. 

A number of former detainees also have chosen to help these groups from outside the country, financing operations and supporting their propaganda campaigns. 

Sources who spoke to Fox News were not able to provide the identities of the fighters. 

Senior Defense and intelligence officials say the vast majority of detainees released from Guantanamo don’t return to the fight — and of those who do, relatively few have made it to Syria. 

Of the 620 detainees released from Guantanamo Bay, 180 have returned or are suspected to have returned to the battlefield. 

Of those 180, sources say 20 to 30 have either joined ISIS or other militants groups in Syria, or are participating with these groups from outside countries. Officials say most of those 20 to 30 are operating inside Syria. 

The development underscores just one of many long-running complications for efforts to shutter Guantanamo Bay, a promise President Obama made within hours of taking the oath of office in 2009. 

Nearly six years later, that effort has run aground, complicated by problems with relocating prisoners, by concerns about fighters returning to the battlefield and by Congress’ resistance to allowing any to be detained on the U.S. mainland. 

A majority of the jihadists released to their home countries tend to stay and fight locally. Afghans who return to the battlefield, for instance, tend to stay in Afghanistan. 

But these officials said the former detainees who have joined ISIS in Syria have migrated from the European and African countries which agreed to receive them from the United States.
Egypt and Tunisia, as well as six European countries, are among them. 

According to a senior U.S. official, there are between 150 and 160 detainees still at Guantanamo Bay, many of them from Yemen.

Jennifer Griffin currently serves as a national security correspondent for FOX News Channel . She joined FNC in October 1999 as a Jerusalem-based correspondent. 

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: ‘I’m Proud to be Gay’

Apple CEO Tim Cook has come out as a gay man in an essay for Bloomberg Businessweek posted online on Thursday.


“I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,” Cook writes in what is the Apple CEO’s first public acknowledgment of his sexuality.


Cook’s sexuality wasn’t the most closely guarded secret. Rumors had swirled that he was gay, particularly given his support of LGBT rights. He was named the most powerful LGBT person on Out‘s 2013 power list. And CNBC’s Squawk on the Street co-host Simon Hobbs accidentally outed Cook on CNBC in June, saying “I think Tim Cook is fairly open about the fact that he is gay at the head of Apple, isn’t he?” only to be greeted with silence and a terse “no” from New York Times columnist James R. Stewart, who was talking about gay CEOs.


“Oh dear. Was that an error?” asked Hobbs.


In his essay, Cook explained that he’s “been open with many people about [his] sexual orientation” including “plenty” of his Apple colleagues.


Of how those at Apple who know he’s gay have reacted, Cook writes, “it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me. Of course, I’ve had the good fortune to work at a company that loves creativity and innovation and knows it can only flourish when you embrace people’s differences. Not everyone is so lucky.”


He also writes about why he decided to come out now and hasn’t in the past.


“Throughout my professional life, I’ve tried to maintain a basic level of privacy,” Cook writes. “I come from humble roots, and I don’t seek to draw attention to myself. Apple is already one of the most closely watched companies in the world, and I like keeping the focus on our products and the incredible things our customers achieve with them. At the same time, I believe deeply in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, who said: ‘Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ ’ I often challenge myself with that question, and I’ve come to realize that my desire for personal privacy has been holding me back from doing something more important. That’s what has led me to today.”


He writes that being gay has given him an understanding of the challenges faced by minorities, making him empathetic to such struggles, but that it’s also given him the confidence to be himself and made him thick-skinned.


He also hopes that his disclosure can help others.


“I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others. So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy,” Cook writes.

And he hopes that he’ll be able to retain some of his privacy, stay focused on being the best CEO for Apple that he can be and that his sexuality won’t define him.

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Taylor Swift Teases ‘1989’ Tour During ‘Good Morning America’ Concert





Taylor Swift is currently in the middle of jam-packed press tour, but she’s already excited about getting out to arenas for a 1989 tour.

The singer teased what will definitely be a hot ticket during an outdoor concert on Good Morning America on Thursday morning.

“I am gonna be going out on tour very soon! We’re in the early stages of planning the actual show,” she told Robin Roberts. “I’m excited about announcing things when I can announce them, but it’s going to be happening!”

Read more Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’: What the Critics Are Saying

Between performances of “Welcome to New York,” “Out of the Woods” and “Shake It Off,” Swift also reiterated that all proceeds from the sales of “Welcome to New York” will benefit New York City schools, and noted how excited she is to be NYC’s global ambassador for tourism.

And she praised her fans for supporting her album, released earlier this week: “You guys are so fast at learning lyrics!” she said. “I’m having the best week of my life, thanks to you.”

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San Francisco Giants Win World Series: What Hollywood Is Saying

It was a seven-game nail-biter, but the San Francisco Giants managed to win baseball’s 2014 World Series by beating the Kansas City Royals 3-2 on Wednesday.

Even though both L.A.-area teams were bounced from the playoffs in the early going, many Hollywood stars still had strong feelings about the series.

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Here are how celebs have been reacting on Twitter to the Giants’ third World Series title in five years.

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Of course, not everyone was entirely thrilled with the result.

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Stan Lee Beats Namesake Company in Fight Over ‘Spider-Man’ Rights





Stan Lee will forever be a comic book legend, but the company he left behind will also be a bit of an embarrassment to his legacy. The latest news about Stan Lee Media Inc. comes on Wednesday in the form of a short memorandum by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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SLMI was founded in 1998 during the height of the dot-com boom, but when Lee later returned to Marvel and his namesake company declared bankruptcy in 2001, it triggered suspicion that SLMI’s assets were improperly raided. For a time, SLMI shareholders had difficulty asserting standing, and when they finally got the house in order to properly sue, judges kept ruling that SLMI’s claims over being denied the fruits of such characters as the X-Men, the Incredible Hulk and Iron Man had been previously adjudicated. This included U.S. federal judge Stephen Wilson‘s dismissal in July 2012 of SLMI’s lawsuit against Lee himself.

The 9th Circuit won’t revive the case.

SLMI might contend that it was assigned rights to valuable comic book characters, but a panel of appellate judges writes, “The record demonstrates that, between the date the [1998] agreement was signed and the filing of related litigation in 2007, SLMI never announced that it owned rights to these characters (even when publicly disclosing company information pursuant to a securities offering), licensed the characters, produced content related to the characters, or asserted or attempted to enforce its ownership rights.”

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The inability to do anything during the five-year-long bankruptcy appears to have doomed the company.

“Meanwhile, others were openly producing content and generating revenues from the characters,” continues the memorandum. “Given the significant value of these franchises, SLMI’s failure to publicize, protect, or exploit its right to profit from the characters establishes that these claims are simply implausible.”

This won’t be the last SLMI decision.

The company has a couple of pending appeals in the 10th Circuit that challenges a judge’s dismissal of its billion-dollar copyright infringement claims against Disney. There’s also a case in Pennsylvania, where Disney brought a lawsuit against a musical production titled Broadway: Now & Forever, which included Spider-Man scenes. SLMI intervened in that case, hoping to get a judge to address its claimed entitlement to the character. The 9th Circuit decision isn’t technically binding on either the 10th Circuit or a Pennsylvania federal judge, but those judges will likely hear about the supplemental authority calling the claims “implausible.”

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Watch a Paranoid Jim Carrey Test David Letterman for Ebola





Even if the odds of contracting Ebola are perhaps one out of a million, Jim Carrey doesn’t want there to be a chance. 

The Dumb and Dumber To star appeared as a guest on the Late Show on Wednesday and did his best to ensure that David Letterman was Ebola-free.

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After taking Letterman’s temperature and asking if he’s traveled abroad lately, Carrey followed up with a rather unusual query: “Have you ever kissed a monkey or licked an airport toilet seat?” Let’s just say that Letterman’s response is probably not what you’re expecting.

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Somehow, Carrey also squeezes in a crack about Chris Christie for good measure. See the video clip below. 

Earlier in the show, Carrey proved that he is willing to go to great measures to nab an Oscar. 

But is the prize really worth depriving yourself of oxygen?

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China’s controversial "baby hatches"

June 27, 2014, 7:16 PM|Controversy surrounds the “baby hatch,” a place where desperate parents in China can leave a baby they can’t care for. The increasing number of abandoned newborns has overwhelmed the government system, causing hatches to shut down. One family faces criminal charges after finding out they left their baby to die at a closed “hatch.” Seth Doane reports.

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China’s controversial "baby hatches"

June 27, 2014, 7:16 PM|Controversy surrounds the “baby hatch,” a place where desperate parents in China can leave a baby they can’t care for. The increasing number of abandoned newborns has overwhelmed the government system, causing hatches to shut down. One family faces criminal charges after finding out they left their baby to die at a closed “hatch.” Seth Doane reports.

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High tech lighting and AC system protects Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel masterpiece

October 30, 2014, 8:04 AM|Michelangelo painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel by the light of the sun coming through small windows, and now 450 years after his death, his masterpieces are being seen in a whole new light provided by 7,000 LEDs. The chapel is also getting a new ventilation system. Allen Pizzey reports.

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