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Time Warner Earnings Beat Expectations on ‘Suicide Squad,’ Election Coverage

Film hits and a pitched race for the White House lifted revenues and profits at Time Warner during the third quarter, helping the company beat Wall Street’s expectations.

Revenues at the media conglomerate behind HBO, Warner Bros., and Turner rose 9% to $7.2 billion, while operating income climbed 10% to $2 billion. Earnings-per-share jumped 48% to $1.87 for the three-month period ending in September.

Analysts had been expecting the company to post revenue of just under $7 billion on earnings of $1.37 a share, according to Thomson Reueters.

Time Warner got a boost from “Suicide Squad,” the hit film about a group of super villains, and Clint Eastwood’s “Sully,” as well as stronger advertising and subscription revenue at Turner, the home of CNN.

The earnings announcement comes two weeks after Time Warner announced that At&T has a deal in place to buy the company for approximately $85 billion. The potential sale has drawn a great deal of scrutiny, with
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Time Warner Earnings Beat Expectations on ‘Suicide Squad,’ Election Coverage

Time Warner Earnings Beat Expectations on ‘Suicide Squad,’ Election Coverage
Film hits and a pitched race for the White House lifted revenues and profits at Time Warner during the third quarter, helping the company beat Wall Street’s expectations.

Revenues at the media conglomerate behind HBO, Warner Bros., and Turner rose 9% to $7.2 billion, while operating income climbed 10% to $2 billion. Earnings-per-share jumped 48% to $1.87 for the three-month period ending in September.

Analysts had been expecting the company to post revenue of just under $7 billion on earnings of $1.37 a share, according to Thomson Reueters.

Time Warner got a boost from “Suicide Squad,” the hit film about a group of super villains, and Clint Eastwood’s “Sully,” as well as stronger advertising and subscription revenue at Turner, the home of CNN.

The earnings announcement comes two weeks after Time Warner announced that At&T has a deal in place to buy the company for approximately $85 billion. The potential sale has drawn a great deal of scrutiny,
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Cold Feet: Where are the cast of ITV's hit series now?

Is ITV really going to bring back Cold Feet?

That's the rumour, with the broadcaster apparently looking to plug the Downton-shaped hole in its schedule with a revival of the popular comedy-drama.

If it's true, they'll have a job bringing the cast back together - some have gone on to be huge telly and film stars, while others have stepped out of the spotlight entirely...

James Nesbitt

Nesbitt's carefree lothario Adam Williams met his match in Helen Baxendale's Rachel - the couple overcame infidelity and infertility but were denied lasting happiness when Rachel was killed in a traffic accident.

Since Cold Feet wrapped, Nesbitt has become one of British television's most in-demand leading men.

He fronted BBC One's gritty cop series Murphy's Law from 2003-07, led Steven Moffat's supernatural thriller Jekyll - also in 2007 - and played the title character in ITV's short-lived medical drama Monroe (2011-12).

Of late,
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SXSW: Brian Grazer, Morgan Spurlock, Russell Brand Set As Guest Speakers

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Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer, Morgan Spurlock, and comedian/actor Russell Brand are set to appear at next year’s South By Southwest confab, which today announced the first wave of 2015 Convergence speakers. The announcement of over 60 sessions includes panels in the growing SXsports program, TV, and Digital sidebars. The 2015 edition runs from March 13 – 22 in Austin, Texas – scroll down for the rundown:

A Curious Mind: The Inspiration for a Creative Life

Brian Grazer (Imagine Entertainment), Charles Fishman (The Big Thirst)

Russell Brand Interview with Brian Solis

Russell Brand (Comedian), Brian Solis (Altimeter Group)

SXsports

Athletes are Suddenly Funny: The Power of Comedy & Sports

Patrick Starzan (Funny or Die)

Battling Tradition to Re-Invent Youth Sports

Matt Farrell (USA Swimming), Kurt Kamperman (Us Tennis Association), Jeff Price (PGA of America)

Beyond the Bar Graph: Insights Over Info

Christopher Glode (Under Armour), Marybeth Thomson (MyFitnessPal)

The Business of Preparing Potential NFL Draftees

Jason
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Pier Paolo Pasolini

Champion of the disinherited of postwar Italy, Pier Paolo Pasolini's masterworks reveal an obsession with martyrdom that foreshadowed his own wretched death

At the end of Mamma Roma (1962), Pier Paolo Pasolini's great film, the hero lies dying on a prison bed like the dead Christ of Mantegna or a barefoot saint by Caravaggio. Much has been made of the Renaissance and baroque iconography in Pasolini's cinema. The implied blasphemy of Caravaggio's grubby, low-life Christs excited the iconoclast in the Italian film-maker, whose wretched death was somehow foreshadowed in his own work. On the morning of 2 November 1975, in a shanty town outside Rome, Pasolini was found beaten beyond recognition and run over by his Alfa Romeo. A woman had noticed something in front of her house. "See how those bastards come and dump their rubbish here," she complained.

The scene of the murder, Idroscalo, recalls a setting for a
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Hugh Bonneville, John Thomson for 'Millionaire' forces special

Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville, The Fast Show's John Thomson and TV presenter Melanie Sykes will appear in a Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? remembrance special to raise money for armed forces charities. The trio will be seen partnering forces personnel on the Chris Tarrant-fronted general knowledge quiz. Bonneville will join Royal Navy submarine engineer Lieutenant Gary Beels, Sykes will team up with Army medic Major Nicole McCullough and Thomson will partner Sergeant Derek 'Dutch' Holland from the Royal Air Force. Bonneville said: "I am absolutely dreading my encounter with the Smiling Tormentor, otherwise known as Chris Tarrant. However, I have every confidence that Lieutenant Beels is a genius. "I only hope that when he realises I am as thick as two short planks he doesn't make me walk one (more)
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James Sutton explains 'Emmerdale' exit

James Sutton explains 'Emmerdale' exit
James Sutton has revealed his reasons for bowing out of Emmerdale, explaining that he wants to "get cracking" with new career projects. The actor's character Ryan Lamb leaves the village in next Tuesday's episode, following in the footsteps of mum Faye (Kim Thomson), who also recently departed. Ryan has been a less prominent fixture on screen in recent months after the high drama surrounding the Wyldes and the Lambs came to an end in late 2010. Speaking to Holy Soap about his Emmerdale exit, Sutton commented: "I was thinking about it last year. Lyndon Ogbourne and Amanda Donohoe left and Kim Thomson said she was thinking about leaving, so my whole family set-up in the village was disappearing. "I came from Hollyoaks before that, so I've done five-and-a-half years on soaps now. I'm privileged to have had that training (more)
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Kim Thomson reveals future plans

Kim Thomson reveals future plans
Kim Thomson has revealed that she is focusing on writing projects following her departure from Emmerdale. The actress recently filmed her final scenes as Faye Lamb, who leaves the village in tomorrow night's double bill of the ITV1 soap. Discussing her time with the Yorkshire-based drama, Thomson told This Morning today: "I'm going to miss it. But two years is quite a long time and I don't live there. I live in London and I spend a lot of time in La, so that's tricky - you only get home one day a week. And I've got other things I want to do as well - I've got other projects. "I've just written my first screenplay and I've got an option on a book - it's a thriller that I'm really excited about, called No Good Deed, and I've just got a final draft of it, so I'm excited. Now
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Atkins reflects on 'Emmerdale' split

Atkins reflects on 'Emmerdale' split
Emmerdale star Emma Atkins has admitted that she has some sympathy for Cain Dingle following his split from her character Charity. The pair broke up last month after Cain was unfaithful by sleeping with Faye Lamb (Kim Thomson) - a misguided attempt at revenge as he believed that Charity was cheating with businessman Jai Sharma (Chris Bisson). In recent weeks, Charity has moved in with Jai, leaving Cain (Jeff Hordley) increasingly jealous and determined to sabotage the pair's relationship by whatever means possible. Atkins told Emmerdale's official website: "I think at this point I would safely say that Charity has broken Cain's heart more times than either would care to remember, so in some ways Cain is used to being treated really badly by Charity and (more)
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Atkins praises 'Emmerdale' feud plot

Atkins praises 'Emmerdale' feud plot
Emmerdale star Emma Atkins has admitted that she is enjoying her character's current feud with schemer Faye Lamb. The actress's alter ego Charity Dingle has clashed constantly with Faye (Kim Thomson) in recent weeks, as the feisty personal assistant has been causing mischief by interfering in her relationship with Cain (Jeff Hordley). Events take a further twist in this week's episodes as Cain sleeps with Faye, determined for revenge as he is under the mistaken impression that Charity is having an affair with her boss Jai Sharma. Speaking to We Love Telly, Atkins confirmed that Charity is "not at all" pleased when she learns of Cain and Faye's one-night (more)
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'Emmerdale' star reveals split plot details

'Emmerdale' star reveals split plot details
Emmerdale star Jeff Hordley has admitted that his character Cain Dingle does not take partner Charity seriously when she dumps him in next week's episodes. Tension between the couple is about to reach fever pitch on screen as Cain has a one-night stand with Faye Lamb (Kim Thomson), determined for revenge as he is convinced that Charity has cheated. In reality, however, Charity (Emma Atkins) has stayed faithful to Cain by spurning the advances of her boss Jai Sharma. Later, when she discovers that Cain has slept with Faye, she declares that their relationship is over. Discussing how Cain reacts to the break-up, Hordley commented: "He's still absolutely convinced Charity has slept with Jai and he wants her to admit something was going on. They've had (more)
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'Emmerdale' star teases infidelity twist

'Emmerdale' star teases infidelity twist
Emmerdale star Kim Thomson has revealed details of a new storyline twist that will see her character Faye Lamb sleep with Cain Dingle. The actress's feisty alter ego has recently been stirring up trouble for Cain's relationship - keen for revenge against his partner Charity due to her recent behaviour at the Sharma & Sharma sweet factory. Speaking to Take It Easy, Thomson confirmed that fans can expect things to go a step further next month when Cain and Faye end up in each other's arms. Thomson explained: "She sleeps with him. There's always been a bit of a spark between them. But it's more of a mutually (more)
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Kim Thomson to leave 'Emmerdale'

Kim Thomson to leave 'Emmerdale'
Emmerdale star Kim Thomson has confirmed that she is to leave the soap at the end of her current contract. The actress will film her final scenes for the Yorkshire serial within the next couple of months after playing the role of Faye Lamb since early 2009. Speaking of her decision to bow out, Thomson told Take It Easy: "I'm sad of course because I've loved working with everyone here, but I found it so hard being away from home. It's just too far from London. "I've got friends I literally haven't seen for two years because I get home at weekends and there's only a 24-hour window to fit everyone in. That's been hard, but I've had an amazing time here and been so lucky with storylines - I'll be sad to go. "I can't say anything about how I leave because the producers want to keep that under wraps for now.
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How Susannah York fell to Earth after the wars of the English roses

Though York couldn't maintain the Christie-like success of her 60s peak, her unusual choices made for an interesting career

There was a rage for Susannah York in the 60s like there was for Julie Christie and Vanessa Redgrave, so it seemed odd when it ended in the mid-70s. All of a sudden, the rush of good parts stopped. This seemed odd, after her Oscar nomination as best supporting actress in They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969). But then, why did she let herself take such roles as that of the superfluous wife in The Battle of Britain in the same year?

In her early career, York had seemed a conventional English beauty: as Alec Guinness's daughter in 1960's Tunes of Glory (her actual debut) and a touching lead performance the following year in Lewis Gilbert's The Greengage Summer as a young woman in France coming to sexual maturity.
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Susannah York obituary

Star of Tom Jones and They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, she defied typecasting

Susannah York, who has died aged 72, was a vibrant, energetic personality with a devouring passion for work, strong political opinions and great loyalty to old friends. Her international reputation as an actor depended heavily on the hit films she made in the 1960s, including Tom Jones (1963) and They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969, for which she received an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress. But, even when her movie career waned, she worked ceaselessly in theatre, often appearing in pioneering fringe productions. It was typical of her that, although diagnosed with cancer late in 2010, she refused chemotherapy and fulfilled a contractual obligation to do a tour of Ronald Harwood's Quartet.

In her early years York was often cast as an archetypal English rose. But, although born in Chelsea, south-west London (as Susannah Yolande Fletcher), she was raised
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The Notable Films of 2011: Part One

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Back for its third year (see the 2010 edition) and bigger than ever, today kicks off the first in a fifteen-part look at the various cinematic releases hitting the U.S. in 2011. Each 'part' contains brief descriptions and editorial opinion/analysis of varying length covering twenty films. Expect the remaining ones to go up between now and the first major releases in mid-January.

Like all cinematic lists set within a timeframe, there's some overlap. Some films here have already opened worldwide but have yet to hit the U.S., some upcoming films you'd expect to be here aren't because they're either still in development or have already announced 2012 release dates, some were on last year's list but got delayed so have been included again (but with all new analysis).

I confined my list to films that have either set 2011 release dates or had begun/completed production, and only films that have
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The Notable Films of 2011: Part One

  • Dark Horizons
Back for its third year (see the 2010 edition) and bigger than ever, today kicks off the first in a fifteen-part look at the various cinematic releases hitting the U.S. in 2011. Each 'part' contains brief descriptions and editorial opinion/analysis of varying length covering twenty films. Expect the remaining ones to go up between now and the first major releases in mid-January.

Like all cinematic lists set within a timeframe, there's some overlap. Some films here have already opened worldwide but have yet to hit the U.S., some upcoming films you'd expect to be here aren't because they're either still in development or have already announced 2012 release dates, some were on last year's list but got delayed so have been included again (but with all new analysis).

I confined my list to films that have either set 2011 release dates or had begun/completed production, and only films that have
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Dales actor "chuffed" over fan response

Dales actor
Lyndon Ogbourne has revealed that he is thrilled by the strong reactions his Emmerdale character provokes from viewers. The actor's twisted alter ego Nathan Wylde returns to screens next week following a break from the village and is expected to cause more trouble for his family in the months ahead. Fans have already seen Nathan try to blackmail mum Natasha (Amanda Donohoe) after she confessed to killing his dad Mark. He has also attacked his father's first wife Faye Lamb (Kim Thomson) in dramatic scenes. Speaking to Inside Soap, Ogbourne admitted: "I already have people giving me jokey abuse while I'm (more)
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Thomson: 'Emmerdale plot gets scary'

Thomson: 'Emmerdale plot gets scary'
Emmerdale actress Kim Thomson has said that she hopes viewers find her forthcoming scenes with co-star Lyndon Ogbourne "hard-hitting". In tonight's episode of the Yorkshire-based soap, Ogbourne's character Nathan Wylde will be seen attacking Thomson's alter ego Faye Lamb - his father's first wife - after misreading her attempts to comfort him as a come-on. Speaking to the Daily Record about the dramatic encounter, Thomson explained: "Since I arrived, there have been lots of fight scenes. I've been the slapper and the slapee. "The moment between (more)
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Dales star Thomson laments pay freeze

Dales star Thomson laments pay freeze
Kim Thomson has claimed that she has been hit by budget cuts, according to reports. However, the star - who plays Emmerdale's Faye Lamb - is thankful of her regular income from the ITV soap. She told People: "We are all earning less now than 10 years ago and that's because there is just no money at the moment. "Everyone has felt it, so it's great to be on a show like Emmerdale where I know I have a regular pay cheque coming (more)
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