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New York Times Posts Strong Q2 Earnings: Digital Revenue Surpasses Print for First Time

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The New York Times announced its earnings for the second quarter of 2017 on Thursday morning and the paper continues to show significant digital growth, bringing in $407 million in revenue for the quarter, beating Wall Street expectations. The paper reported second-quarter net income of $15.6 million. On a per-share basis, the paper had profit of 9 cents. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to 18 cents per share. For the first time ever, digital-only subscription revenue of $83 million exceeded print advertising revenue  of $77 million, the company announced. President Trump called the paper “failing” in a Thursday morning tweet but »


- Brian Flood

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Anthony Scaramucci Cites Disgraced Joe Paterno on ‘Honor and Dignity,’ Sparks Twitter Firestorm

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White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci created another Twitter firestorm on Thursday when he went on CNN and quoted disgraced former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in a discussion of “honor and dignity.” “Why don’t you honor the job?” Scaramucci told CNN “New Day” anchor Chris Cuomo about his crusade to stop media leaks by White House staffers. He continued, “Remember Joe Paterno? What would he say? ‘Act like you’ve been there before.’ Act with honor and dignity and respect and hold the confidence of the presidency in his office.” Scaramucci phoned into “New Day” after the publication of his financial. »


- Thom Geier

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‘Suburbicon,’ ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Victoria & Abdul’ Headed to Venice Film Festival

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George Clooney’s “Suburbicon,” Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” and Stephen Frears’ “Victoria & Abdul” are headed to the 2017 Venice International Film Festival, Venice organizers announced on Thursday. Those three films that will be joined on the Lido by a roster of high-profile international films that includes Martin McDonagh‘s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Koreeda Hirokazu’s “The Third Murder,” Adbellatif Kechiche’s “Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno,” Paolo Virzi’s “The Leisure Seeker” and Darren Aronofsky‘s “mother!” Also on tap for Venice are new films from American directors Paul Schrader (“First Reformed”), James Toback (“The »


- Steve Pond

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Comcast Q2 Earnings: ‘Fate of the Furious’ Box Office Drives NBCU Parent to Strong Growth

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Comcast is sure going to miss NBCUniversal’s “Fast and Furious” franchise. The publicly-traded corporation unveiled strong second-quarter 2017 financials early Thursday morning, reporting 52 cents in earnings per share (Eps) on $21.165 billion in revenue. Considering Wall Street had forecast Eps of 48 cents on $20.86 billion in revenue, per Yahoo Finance, today is a good day for Brian L. Roberts. The Comcast chairman and CEO called his company’s Q2 results “terrific,” and thanked “Fate of the Furious” specifically for its box office contributions. Comcast’s board of directors celebrated the results by declaring a quarterly dividend of $0.1575 a share on common stock, »


- Tony Maglio

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Veteran Kirstie Ennis Makes Historic Summit Climb for Heroes Project

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It has been a summer of firsts for Usmc Sergeant Kirstie Ennis. After becoming the first veteran to pose for Espn the Magazine Body Issue last month, she went on to become the first above the knee amputee female veteran to summit the Carstensz Pyramid in Indonesia, which is considered to be the most technical of the Seven Summits, The Heroes Project announced Wednesday. Led by Heroes Project founder Tim Medvetz, Ennis and her team reached the top of Carstensz after a grueling 12-hour push that saw them navigate the summit ridge while enduring the full force of a storm that had previously delayed their. »


- Debbie Emery

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June Foray, ‘Rocky and Bullwinkle Show’ Voice Star, Dies at 99

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June Foray, a voice actress best known for playing Rocky the Flying Squirrel and Natasha Fatale on “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show,” has died. She was 99. Her death was confirmed on Facebook late Wednesday night by her friend Dave Nimitz, who said she is “resting peacefully now.” Among her accolades during a lengthy career, Foray also voiced animated characters such as Looney Tunes’ Witch Hazel, Nell from “Dudley Do-Right,” Granny in the “Tweety and Sylvester”, Lucifer from Disney’s “Cinderella,” Cindy Lou Who and Jokey Smurf. Also Read: Barbara Sinatra, Wife of Frank Sinatra, Dies at 90 She went on to »


- Debbie Emery

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Stephen Colbert on Trump’s Transgender Ban: ‘Today He Went From Crazy to Cruel’ (Video)

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At the top of tonight’s episode of “The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert took a moment to lay into Trump’s announcement Wednesday morning that he intends to ban transgender people from serving in the military. (Spoiler alert: Colbert isn’t a fan.) “I began my day today as I often begin my days by checking Donald Trump’s Twitter feed to see how far the crazy has spread,” Colbert said. “Today, I really think he’s off his meds because today he went from crazy to cruel.” Also Read: Trump Bans Transgender People From Us Military 'In Any »


- Ross A. Lincoln

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‘Game of Thrones’ Hot Pie Actor Opens Real-Life Bakery

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On Sunday’s episode of “Game of Thrones,” Arya Stark came face-to-face with her past with two surprise encounters. The one that everyone was talking about, of course, was her unexpected reunion with her now-feral direwolf, Nymeria. But the other, less expected reunion was with her former fugitive buddy, Hot Pie, who had the pleasure of informing Arya that Jon and Sansa are alive and have taken back Winterfell. Ahead of his surprise return to the HBO hit, Hot Pie actor Ben Hawkey opened a bakery of his own on July 17 and is offering “GoT” fans in Britain some Westerosi treats. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Caitlyn Jenner Breaks up With Donald Trump in Long Essay

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Longtime Republican Caitlyn Jenner supported Donald Trump’s bid for president in 2016 and has stuck with him through controversies such as the Muslim travel ban and the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, along with the ongoing Russia scandal. But Trump’s announcement-via-twitter on Wednesday that he plans to ban transgender Americans from serving in the U.S. military seems to be the last straw for the former Olympian. Hours after tweeting her displeasure with the president’s decision, Jenner penned what amounts to a political “Dear John” letter, declaring that her “allegiance is with them and our country, not you. »


- Ross A. Lincoln

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Larry David is Related to Bernie Sanders. Yes, Really

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Saturday Night Live” got the perfect Bernie Sanders impersonator during the 2016 election when they booked “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star and creator Larry David, but they didn’t realize how perfect it was. In a TCA panel talking about the upcoming ninth season of his HBO comedy classic, a reporter spilled the beans about a previously unannounced episode of the PBS show “Finding Your Roots” with David. And the show revealed something fascinating. David is related to Sanders. No, really. Also Read: 'Curb Your Enthusiasm': Larry David Is Emperor in First Season 9 Teaser (Video) “I thought there must have been some connection to. »


- Carli Velocci

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Will Darth Vader Appear in Han Solo Film? A Cancelation Drives Speculation

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Lucasfilm has been notoriously tight-lipped on details about upcoming “Star Wars” movies, but a cancellation by one actor at a fan convention may have accidentally revealed that cinema’s most famous villain, Darth Vader, may appear once again in next year’s untitled Han Solo movie. Spencer Wilding, who wore the Vader suit in last year’s “Rogue One” — James Earl Jones, of course, voiced the Sith Lord — was slated to appear at Fandom Fest in Louisville, Kentucky. However, on Tuesday Wilding was added to the convention’s cancellation list because he was “filming the newest film in the Star Wars Universe. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Maggie Gyllenhaal on How ‘The Deuce’ Uses Porn, Prostitution to Look at Current Political Reality

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HBO has been accused of glamorizing the objectification of women in its drama series in the past, but Maggie Gyllenhaal says “The Deuce,” a period drama set in the early days of the pornography industry, is doing something different. The show — from executive produced David Simon, which is produced by and stars Gyllenhaal — examines a world that was built on the backs of abused women, and could help people to understand issues that women still face in the present day. “I think it’s become clear (in a way that it wasn’t totally clear a year ago) that there is a huge. »


- Reid Nakamura

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Mark Wahlberg in Talks to Replace Ben Affleck in ‘Triple Frontier’

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Mark Wahlberg is in talks to join Netflix’s “Triple Frontier,” TheWrap has learned. The “Transformers” franchise star would replace Ben Affleck in the J.C. Chandor border thriller, two individuals familiar with the project said. Affleck remains a producer on the film, which has also seen exits from actors Tom Hardy and Channing Tatum and originally-attached director Kathryn Bigelow. Also Read: Mel Gibson Is Mark Wahlberg's Womanizing Dad in 'Daddy's Home 2' Trailer (Video) Atlas Entertainment is producing the Netflix original, who inherited the project from Paramount. Wahlberg will next be seen in “Daddy’s Home 2,” and »


- Umberto Gonzalez and Matt Donnelly

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Quincy Jones Awarded $9.4 Million in Trial Over Michael Jackson Royalties

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Music producer Quincy Jones was awarded $9.4 million by a Los Angeles jury Wednesday in a trial over royalties and production fees from the recordings he made with Michael Jackson, the Associated Press reported.

Jones had sought $30 million in his suit, which he filed in 2013. Michael Jackson’s estate had countered that the producer was owed $392,000.Last week, Jones took the stand to testify that he to testify on how he “was cheated out of a lot of money — a lot of money,” according to the New York Daily News. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Why Jordan Spieth, Lawrence Walker and Michael Phelps Are TV’s Social Media MVPs of the Week

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The Wrap has partnered with Canvs, the emotion analytics company, for a weekly look at some of the characters and personalities that have TV viewers the most worked up on social media. The data below covers July 19-25 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to television shows, including broadcast, cable, streaming and PPV. On Sunday, American golfer Jordan Spieth was crowned champion of the 2017 British Open, which garnered 46,816 Emotional Reactions (ERs) and aired on NBC and Golf Channel as well as being simulcast online. Congratulatory messages poured in for the young athlete (he turns 24 on Thursday) »


- Fabric Media

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Alison Sweeney Has Restraining Order Against Fan Who ‘Harassed and Threatened’ Her Extended

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Alison Sweeney has received extra protection from a fan who she says threatened and harassed her with a barrage of messages. A judge extended “Days of Our Lives” veteran Sweeney’s restraining order against Oklahoma man Jon Christopher LuVisi, who allegedly harassed and threatened her “via online social media platforms visible to hundreds of thousands of people,” causing her to suffer “significant emotional distress, lack of sleep, and fear for the safety of herself and her family, including her children, resulting from Defendant’s repeated harassment and threats.” Under the extended order, which was issued Wednesday and now extends to »


- Tim Kenneally

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Tech Execs Rally Against Trump’s Military Transgender Ban: ‘Unbelievably Horrible Policy’

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Some of the biggest names in the tech industry are coming out strongly against President Trump’s decision to ban transgender Americans from serving in the military “in any capacity.“ Apple CEO Tim Cook — perhaps the most important voice in tech — clearly disagrees with the president’s move, tweeting “we are indebted to all who serve. Discrimination against anyone holds everyone back.” He then added a #LetThemServe hashtag for good measure. We are indebted to all who serve. Discrimination against anyone holds everyone back. #LetThemServe — Tim Cook (@tim_cook) July 26, 2017 Also Read: Sarah Huckabee Sanders: Trump Hasn't Ruled Out 'Immediately' Removing Transgender. »


- Sean Burch

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Sean Spicer Courted by ‘Dancing With the Stars’ (Report)

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Sean Spicer has never been so popular. The now-ex White House Press Secretary is currently being courted by a number of TV news channels, as well as one entertainment show that he may not be as natural a fit for: ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” Page Six reported Wednesday that Spicer has “been seen coming out of high-level meetings at ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox News in Manhattan.” That ABC one wasn’t for David Muir’s benefit, however — it was apparently for Tom Bergeron’s. Also Read: Colbert Goes 'Goodfellas' Billy Batts in Anthony Scaramucci Impression (Video) Humorously, »


- Tony Maglio

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‘Game of Thrones': HBO Says Final Season Scripts Done, Air Date Still Not Decided

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There’s still more winter to look forward to, even in the midst of summer. At the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour on Wednesday, HBO programming head Casey Bloys said that all six scripts for the final season of “Game of Thrones” are now in, but the network still hasn’t been decided whether it will air in 2018 or 2019. Bloys says HBO is currently determining the logistics of shooting the final episodes and what the production schedule will be. “It’s a big season,” he explained. “So they’re trying to get a sense of how long they »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Facebook’s WhatsApp Jumps to 250M Daily ‘Status’ Users, Proves Every App Will Soon Have Stories

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg just shared a staggering statistic on his company’s Q2 earnings call, saying its messaging platform WhatsApp now has a whopping 250 million daily active users for its “Status” feature. Status is WhatsApp’s version of Instagram Stories — which is coincidentally a copy of Snapchat’s Stories feature — allowing users to post pictures and video for their contacts to see. Zuckerberg reiterated the dominance of Instagram Stories as well, with the popular photo sharing app also boasting more than 250 million daily Stories users. The two Facebook-owned apps are now lapping their chief competitor — Snapchat — which »


- Sean Burch

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