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Roman Polanski extradition request rejected by Poland's top court

Director Roman Polanski scored a key legal victory in Poland on Tuesday when the country’s top court rejected an extradition request from the U.S. stemming from the filmmaker’s 1977 Los Angeles case in which he pleaded guilty to having sex with a minor. The Polish Supreme Court in Warsaw ruled...

  • Matt Lauer signs on for more 'Today' through 2018

    Matt Lauer signs on for more 'Today' through 2018

    Matt Lauer has quietly signed on for two more years as co-anchor on NBC’s “Today.” Citing unnamed sources, the New York Post said late Tuesday that Lauer agreed to extend his commitment to the morning program through 2018. An NBC News representative is not officially commenting on the report. But...

  • 'Fantastic Beasts' tops China's box office, opening with $41.2 million

    'Fantastic Beasts' tops China's box office, opening with $41.2 million

    The Harry Potter spinoff “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” topped China’s box office last week, racking up $41.2 million in three days.  The Warner Bros. fantasy film, produced and written by J.K. Rowling, was released in China on Nov. 25, more than two weeks after its New York City premiere....

  • 'Moana' looks like another Disney hit. But will 2016 be another record box-office year?

    'Moana' looks like another Disney hit. But will 2016 be another record box-office year?

    After weathering a lackluster fall, Hollywood is looking to lift itself out of the doldrums this holiday season in what could end up a record year in ticket sales. The movie business is enjoying a satisfying run of recent hit films, including Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” DreamWorks Animation’s “Trolls”...

  • NFL ratings get a post-presidential election lift after weeks of declines

    NFL ratings get a post-presidential election lift after weeks of declines

    There is no dancing in the end zone yet, but the NFL is seeing a post-election day bump in its TV ratings. The total Nielsen overnight ratings for NFL telecasts in Week 11 of the season were up 3% compared with last year, the first time in the 2016 season that viewing has increased. The rise follows...

  • What a Trump administration means for Fox News and other cable news networks

    What a Trump administration means for Fox News and other cable news networks

    Election night coverage on the cable news networks reached new heights Tuesday. But Fox News, CNN and MSNBC have to focus on how to keep audiences now that the contentious and expectation-defying 2016 race for the White House is over. CNN had 13.3 million viewers in prime time to watch the election...

  • Viacom quarterly profit plummets; Paramount loses $137 million

    Viacom quarterly profit plummets; Paramount loses $137 million

    Closing the books on a bruising year beset by weak ratings, lower ad sales and box office duds, Viacom Inc. reported a fiscal fourth-quarter profit that plummeted 71% compared with a year ago.  The prospect of a union with CBS Corp. looms large over Viacom as the two entities mull whether a marriage makes...

  • SAG-AFTRA's video game strike could spark unrest in other Hollywood labor unions

    SAG-AFTRA's video game strike could spark unrest in other Hollywood labor unions

    As an experienced voice actor in video games, Sunil Malhotra has exerted his vocal cords to the breaking point while performing blood-curdling screams and monster grunts for numerous titles including the popular “Diablo” and “X-Men” series. “I’ve lost my voice for weeks at a time. I had to see...

  • Sony Vue dumps Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, MTV and other Viacom channels

    Sony Vue dumps Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, MTV and other Viacom channels

    Sony’s PlayStation Vue is adjusting its lineup of television channels and dumping Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon and other Viacom-owned television networks. Viacom’s networks no longer will be part of the subscription service as of Friday, Dwayne Benefield, vice president and head of PlayStation...

  • 'Doctor Strange' rules China's box office in opening weekend

    'Doctor Strange' rules China's box office in opening weekend

    An American superhero film conquered the Chinese box office last weekend, pulling in more than twice the total cash of its closet rival. “Doctor Strange, ” a Marvel Studios production staring Benedict Cumberbatch as a surgeon turned sorcerer, drew $44.4 million in its first three days, according...

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