Comcast Beats Out Fox to Acquire Sky

Comcast topped 21st Century Fox in a weekend auction for Sky, winning the British broadcaster with a $ 38.8 billion bid that ends a monthslong takeover battle and promises Comcast a greatly expanded international footprint.
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Anderson beats Isner in epic men’s semifinal

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Beats by Dre Partners With Violet Grey on Limited-Edition Headphones

Beats by Dre, the multibillion-dollar, Apple-owned headphones company, is venturing outside its music/sports/youth comfort zone by partnering with a select few specialty retailers, including Los Angeles-based beauty retailer Violet Grey.
Violet Grey’s branded digital content appealed to Beats, as did the opportunity to gain exposure to a hip and cultured group of women. Meanwhile, Violet Grey will gain exposure to Beats’ urban, streetwear-oriented crowd.
“Beats has always been on our list of brands we love,” said Violet Grey founder Cassandra Grey. “I’m a marketer at heart and the story of how Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine marketed the headphones through sports culture really inspired me. When it comes to curating nonbeauty products we think about what brings us joy, what’s convenient and what could most benefit our lives. Headphones are one of those accessories that have become a staple in our wardrobes. They’re a necessary luxury.”
Beginning Thursday, the Beats Studio3 Wireless headphones in matte black will be available for $ 349.95 among the rest of the Violet Code-approved product lineup on VG.com.
The partnership will be feted tonight during a private event at Violet Grey’s Melrose Place retail studio, where the two companies will host about 40 female celebrities and influencers including January Jones,

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Babylon claims its chatbot beats GPs at medical exam

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BAFTAs: Newcomer beats Hollywood heavyweights

Rising star Molly Windsor has beaten Hollywood heavyweights Claire Foy and Thandie Newton to clinch the leading actress gong at the BAFTA TV Awards.
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Unique fish ‘beats’ evolutionary rulebook

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Dua Lipa beats Sheeran in Brits nominations

Pop artist Dua Lipa has beaten Ed Sheeran for most nominations at this year’s Brit Awards.
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Vicky Chen wins best supporting actress at the Golden Horse awards for her role in a crime drama.
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Tesla Loss Widens But Beats Expectations

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Banksy’s famous stencil of a girl losing a heart-shaped balloon has been chosen as Britain’s favourite artwork.
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‘Alien: Covenant’ Just Barely Beats ‘Guardians’ At The Weekend Box Office

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – As this weekend approached, the question lingered if “Alien: Covenant” would be able to unseat “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” from the top spot at the domestic box office.

Now, we have an answer. As of Sunday morning, “Covenant,” from 20th Century Fox and Scott Free Productions, looks to be the winner with a three-day estimate of $ 36 million (27.6 million pounds) from 3,761 locations. That’s just above Disney’s “Guardians” sequel which is raking in an additional $ 35.3 million from 4,347 spots. The super sequel is seeing only a 46% drop from last weekend, and its total domestic earnings now exceed $ 300 million.

While “Alien” may have won, the film’s price tag in the $ 100 million range and marketing costs detract from the victory. The sixth installment in the Alien franchise (not counting the two Alien vs. Predator films) was directed by Ridley Scott and stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, and Danny McBride. It holds a 73% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is in line with 2012’s “Prometheus.” Although it came in already having made $ 42 million overseas and $ 36 million was enough to land in the top slot, “Alien” grossed less during its first weekend in the U.S. than “Prometheus” did in 2012 ($ 51 million). Its final domestic earnings also came in below earlier projections, which pegged the horror flick at least $ 40 million.

Fox’s president of domestic distribution Chris Aronson chalked the lower totals compared with “Prometheus” to the “normal course of business.” He added that “Alien: Covenant” gives fans of the franchise since the 1979 original the chance to share with the younger generation (60% of the opening weekend audience was in the 18-34 demo). “Teenagers likely haven’t seen ‘Alien,’” he said, “This movie creates a generational bond.”

While the “Alien” franchise is still able to generate decent interest, the same cannot be said for Fox’s other release this weekend, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.” The fourth live-action movie based on Jeff Kinney’s middle school-centric book series opened to $ 7.2 million from 3,157 locations. David Bowers, who directed movies two and three, returned to the helm nearly five years after the last iteration, and anointed a new titular wimp in Jason Drucker.

The only other major release of the weekend was “Everything, Everything,” from Warner Bros. and MGM. The sick-lit adaptation will earn $ 12 million by the end of the weekend from 2,801 locations. That’s enough to land in the top three. “Hunger Games” standout Amandla Stenberg stars as a girl with an autoimmune disease that keeps her locked up indoors. Nick Robinson plays her love interest named Olly. “Everything, Everything” earned the highest CinemaScore of the new released (an A- overall). 82% of its audience was female, and 74% were under 25 years old.

“Along with our partners, MGM, we’re thrilled that we hit our key demo,” commented Jeff Goldstein, domestic distribution chief at Warner Bros.

Amy Schumer’s “Snatched,” also from Fox, will see an additional $ 7.6 million in earnings from 3,511 theaters, putting it in the fourth slot, ahead of “Wimpy Kid.” Also in its second weekend, “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” continues to flop miserably with a weekend total of less than $ 7 million.

With Memorial Day weekend on the horizon, the overall domestic summer box office is ten percentage points lower than it was at this time last year. That means all eyes are fixed on a duo of splashy summer releases ― Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” and Paramount’s “Baywatch” ― to hopefully make up some ground.

“The dominance at this point by Disney and Marvel’s early summer entry “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is impressive having earned more than all the other films combined,” said Paul Degarabedian, senior media analyst at ComScore, who noted that “Captain America: Civil War” accounted for more than half of the summer take at this point last year. “However, a slow start does not portend a slow overall summer as many have predicted,” he added, “though if the ebb and flow of this season’s fortunes thus far is any indication we may have to buckle up for a pretty bumpy ride.”

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‘The Lego Batman Movie’ Beats ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ At The Box Office

Costumed avengers, a billionaire with a kinky side, and a brutally efficient hit man proved to be just the tonic for an ailing domestic box office.

”The Lego Batman Movie” bested “Fifty Shades Darker” at the multiplexes over the weekend, earning a robust $ 55.6 million to capture first place. “Fifty Shades Darker,” the sequel to 2015’s “Fifty Shades of Grey,” couldn’t quite match its predecessor’s $ 85.2 million launch. It had to settle for a still sizable $ 46.8 million debut and second place on the box office chart.

Not to be outdone, Lionsgate’s “John Wick: Chapter 2,” a followup to 2015’s “John Wick,” picked up a smashing $ 30 million. That’s more than double what the first film racked up during its debut. The headlines will inevitably be about “Fifty Shades Darker” and “The Lego Batman Movie,” but the “John Wick” follow-up’s numbers are more impressive. It grew its audience substantially, adding more female viewers to the mix. Like “Pitch Perfect” and “Austin Powers,” both of which saw a major increase in ticket sales between their first and second installment, “John Wick” has now made a case for itself as a certifiable franchise.

“The interest in it will spread out more,” predicted Carpou. “With next weekend being a holiday, it gives us a chance to have repeat business.”

Universal’s “Split” surrendered the first place it had occupied for three consecutive weekends to the barrage of newcomers. The hit thriller took in $ 9.3 million to capture fourth place on the chart, while pushing its domestic haul to $ 112.3 million.

Fox’s “Hidden Figures” rounded out the top five, earning $ 8 million. The Oscar-nominated drama about African-American NASA employees fighting racial prejudice in the early days of the space program has made $ 131.4 million stateside.

In milestone news, Universal and Illumination’s “Sing” topped $ 500 million globally. The animated film about a talent competition has launched a new animated franchise for the studios.

On the indie front, Fox Searchlight’s “A United Kingdom” opened in four theaters, grossing $ 70,000 for a per-screen average of $ 17,500. The drama chronicles a love affair between the King Seretse Khama of Botswana (David Oyelowo) and Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), a white woman from London, and the controversy it sparked.

The Weinstein Company’s “Lion” continued to chug along in its twelfth weekend, seeing its numbers rise even as it lost 68 screens. The drama about a man who uses Google Earth to find his long lost family in India grossed $ 4.1 million to push its domestic returns above $ 30 million. David Glasser, the company’s COO, argued that the story, which touches on immigration, has struck a nerve in a political climate dominated by talk of travel bans from certain countries. India is not one of the country’s targeted by the Trump administration, but “Lion” star Sunny Pawar, a native of the country, did have trouble getting permission to enter the U.S. for the film’s premiere.

“This is a zeitgeist movie,” he said. “As people discover it, you wouldn’t believe the emails that are pouring in. Every day we wake up to notes from politicians, tennis players, even a woman I know from Middle America all saying this couldn’t be more timely.”

Overall ticket sales did slide, and were unable to match the year-ago period, a weekend that saw the $ 132.4 million debut of “Deadpool.” Still, analysts note that weekend was President’s Day, a holiday that’s been pushed back by a week in 2017, making comparisons difficult. Some box office sages predicted that this will be the start of a torrid run at the multiplexes, one that will ultimately eclipse the high-water mark established last year.

”This is the true kickoff of what could be the biggest year ever,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at ComScore. “This weekend is the star of our record run.”

 

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Muslim Woman Coolly Beats Trolls At Their Own Game

Islamophobes know how to use the anonymity of social media to spread misinformation about Muslims and their faith. And Muslim women who try to speak up and create spaces for themselves online often find that they become targets of this cyber harassment.

Farha, a 19-year-old Canadian college student, told The Huffington Post that she’s used to receiving these kinds of ridiculous (and utterly ignorant) messages about her faith. The student, who asked to withhold her last name for her safety, said she usually ignores these messages. But a few months back, when some anonymous trolls tried playing games with her, she decided to get creative ― and serve them a smooth, chilled glass of their own haterade. 

Farha said she received an anonymous question on her Tumblr account, the bootydiaries, about six months ago. The user asked, “why can’t muslims tell other muslims to stop killing people? [SIC]” Farha said she kept thinking about the message and “chuckling at how illogical it was.”

So this time, she decided to give the troll a long, satirical answer, mocking the idea that the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims are a well-organized monolith.

When she received a response that seemed to be defending the first questioner, Farha kept dishing it out.

Farha told The Huffington Post that she’s often been on the receiving end of hateful Islamophobic and racist messages.

She said decided to share these conversations on Twitter last week because of President Donald Trump’s actions against Muslims, and after hearing about the attack on a mosque in Quebec. Farha said she feels like it’s  “getting more and more socially acceptable to hate Muslims.” 

The Twitter post has gone viral, with more than 19,000 retweets.

“There are like 1.6 billion of us yet we’re held responsible for something caused by few, asked why we don’t condemn them when we do, asked why we don’t ‘stop ISIS’ when we’re the ones they target,” she wrote in an email.

Farha said that being a Muslim online right now means “being careful with your words and having thick skin.” She’s found a way to deal with those pressures by using humor to address hate. 

“I use sarcasm because I’m tired of constantly having to smile as I answer ignorant hateful comments from fear that they’ll label me as an evil and mean Muslim. Wearing a hijab suddenly means representing every Muslim on Earth, and if you answer hate with hate then you get a nice meal of ‘wowwww’ with a side of ‘all muslims are hateful!!!’,” she said. “But I’m on a diet.”

“Sarcasm is a fun route, but more importantly, it’s a safe route. I want to make people laugh but also make a point.”

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