Actor Ralph Waite, patriarch of The Waltons, dies at 85

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By Eric Kelsey - LOS ANGELES (Reuters) Ralph Waite, who played the good-hearted but soft-spoken patriarch on the 1970s U.S. television drama "The Waltons," died on Thursday in Southern California, the actor's manager said. He was 85. Waite, who served in World War Two and was an ordained … [Read more...]

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Final Season Coming to Netflix


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Well, it looks like I'm going to have to renew my Netflix subscription, as news has come out that Disney has done a deal with to stream the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars beginning in March. The final 13-episode series arc will be dubbed "The Lost … [Read more...]

Comcast plans to acquire Time Warner Cable in $45.2 billion deal-sources

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(Reuters) Comcast, the largest U.S. cable company, plans to acquire No. 2 Time Warner Cable for $158.82 (95.56 pounds) per share in an all-cash deal worth $45.2 billion that is expected to be announced on Thursday, according to two sources familiar with the matter. Comcast is planning to acquire … [Read more...]

Comic great Sid Caesar of “Your Show of Shows’ dies at 91

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By Alex Dobuzinskis and Steve Gorman - LOS ANGELES (Reuters) Sid Caesar, who pioneered TV sketch comedy during the 1950s as the star and creative force of "Your Show of Shows," a launch pad for the likes of Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner and Woody Allen and an inspiration to generations of comedians, died … [Read more...]

New Apple TV Rumored to be Introduced in April


Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) The first Apple TV was unveiled back in September 2006 by the late Steve Jobs and since then-- well, it's been refreshed a few times. Jobs initially referred to the device as an Apple "hobby" and while they've supported it over the years, it's never really felt like a … [Read more...]

Charter names board nominees to Time Warner Cable, begins proxy battle

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By Liana B. Baker (Reuters) Charter Communications Inc took its first step in its pursuit of Time Warner Cable Inc on Tuesday, preparing for a proxy fight by announcing a slate of 13 nominees to the larger cable operator's board. The nominations are Charter's latest move to try to acquire Time … [Read more...]

Shirley Temple, former Hollywood child star, dies at 85

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By Eric M. Johnson (Reuters) Shirley Temple Black, who lifted America's spirits as a bright-eyed, dimpled child movie star during the Great Depression and later became a U.S. diplomat, died late on Monday evening at the age of 85, her family said in a statement. Temple Black, who lured millions … [Read more...]

Charter to name nominees for Time Warner Cable board as soon as Monday – source

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(Reuters) Charter Communications is planning to announce 13 nominees to Time Warner Cable Inc's board as soon as Monday, setting the stage for a proxy fight with the larger cable operator, according to a person familiar with the matter. A full slate to replace the entire Time Warner Cable board … [Read more...]

Can You Handle The Zombeavers Trailer?

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) If the internet has proved anything, it's that silly humor sells. Now Hollywood is trying to capitalize on this by producing a raft of tongue and check horror movies aimed at online hipsters whose only purpose in life is making themselves look good on social … [Read more...]

Jay Leno ‘Tonight Show’ goodbye gets more viewers than first farewell

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By Eric Kelsey - LOS ANGELES (Reuters) Jay Leno's send-off as the host of NBC's late-night talk show the "Tonight Show" drew 14.6 million viewers, Nielsen Media Research said on Friday, topping the audience that bid adieu to the host when he left the show for the first time in 2009. Leno's … [Read more...]

Star Wars Rebels to Launch with Feature This Summer

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Star Wars Rebels will launch the next Disney animated series with a feature film that will air on the Disney Channel, and will cover the gap between the two trilogies. Then the series will launch on Disney's older kid network Disney XD. Telling the story of the … [Read more...]

Fox’s revenue rises as cable business grows

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By Liana B. Baker (Reuters) Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox, the television and film company that split from News Corp last June, posted higher December quarter revenue, driven by advertising growth at its sports channels and European satellite business. The company, which owns cable networks … [Read more...]

Final Draft 9 Review

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By Jeremiah Hall (doddleNEWS) Final Draft 9, the latest version of the legendary screenwriting software, was released last month; is it worth the purchase or upgrade price? Read on to find out. I thought about it the other day, and of all the software I use – discounting operating systems - … [Read more...]

Time Warner highlights HBO growth, Gravity boosts results

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By Liana B. Baker (Reuters) Time Warner Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue on Wednesday, helped by the success of the space thriller "Gravity" released by its movie studio, and shed light on the performance of its cable units. The media company, which is focusing … [Read more...]

Former Academy of Motion Pictures president Tom Sherak dies

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) Tom Sherak, the former president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, died on Tuesday after a long struggle with prostate cancer, his family said in a statement. He was 68. Sherak served as president of the Academy, which organizes Hollywood's annual Oscars … [Read more...]

Doritos Picks Crash the Super Bowl Winner

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Million Dollar Winning Ad featured on Super Bowl Sunday Telecast By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Doritos held its annual Crash the Super Bowl commercial contest again, and they chose a pair of fun and witty commercials, with the winning director receiving not only a $1 million cash prize, but … [Read more...]