Netflix movie 'Bird Box' draws 80 million viewers; no data for 'Roma'

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Netflix Inc on Thursday said more than 80 million member households will have watched its thriller movie “Bird Box” in its first four weeks, but the streaming giant gave no viewing data for Oscar hopeful “Roma.” “Bird Box,” starring Sandra Bullock and set in a post-apocalyptic society where survivors must wear blindfolds, was released on Netflix on Dec. 21 and triggered a viral sensation when fans posted their own blindfolded “Bird Box Challenges” on social media. Netflix does not routinely release viewing data for its movies…

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Luxury leader LVMH planning fashion brand with Rihanna: report

PARIS (Reuters) – Louis Vuitton parent owner LVMH is developing a luxury brand with singer Rihanna, in a rare move by the acquisitive group towards building a new fashion label from scratch, industry news site WWD reported on Wednesday. Paris-based LVMH – also the owner of Christian Dior and Givenchy, among a host of other luxury brands also spanning champagne and cosmetics labels – declined to comment. It already has a partnership with the “Umbrella” singer in make-up. Fenty Beauty, which was developed with Rihanna via LVMH’s Kendo “brand incubator”,…

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Supermodel Bundchen responds to Brazil's farm minister in Amazon spat

BRASILIA (Reuters) – A high-profile dispute between supermodel Gisele Bundchen and Brazil’s agriculture minister over deforestation escalated this week, coming as activists worry about new President Jair Bolsonaro’s environmental policies. The Brazilian model replied to criticism from Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina Dias by arguing that despite the existence of preserved areas, deforestation in the Amazon rainforest is on the rise. The letter, seen by Reuters on Thursday, challenged Dias to show progress toward sustainability, saying, “I will be very happy to announce positive actions that are taken in this direction.”…

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BritBox streaming service grows by catering to U.S. women over 45

(Reuters) – BritBox, a streaming service that brings British television to the United States, has attracted more than 500,000 subscribers thanks to growing interest from women over 45 in cities across the country, the company said on Thursday. A joint venture between Britain’s BBC Studios and ITV Plc, BritBox is one of dozens of niche streaming services trying to lure customers alongside Netflix Inc and Hulu that aim for broad audiences. BritBox launched less than two years ago with popular British shows such as soap opera “EastEnders” and comedy “Fawlty…

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'Better than ever,' Paris Jackson dismisses treatment report

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Paris Jackson, the only daughter of late singer Michael Jackson, on Wednesday played down reports that she is undergoing treatment, saying she is “happy, healthy, and better than ever.” Jackson, 20, said in an Instagram post that she had taken a break from work and social media. But she said, “The media is exaggerating” when it reported earlier this week that she had checked herself into a treatment facility for her “emotional and physical health.” “Yes i’ve taken a break from work and social media and…

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Beyonce drops lawsuit over 'Feyonce' items

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A lawsuit brought by Beyonce over the sale of “Feyonce” items to engaged couples has been dismissed at the singer’s request, court documents showed on Wednesday. The pop superstar had complained in a 2016 lawsuit that the shirts, hoodies and other items sold to engaged couples by a Texas company under the name Feyonce infringed on her trademark rights and would confuse customers. One of the Feyonce items was a mug with the phrase “he put a ring on it,” which Beyonce said was intended to…

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Singer Mariah Carey sues former executive assistant

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Singer Mariah Carey on Wednesday sued her former assistant for breaking a nondisclosure agreement, negligence and theft, according to court documents. Carey, one of the world’s best-selling singers with 200 million records sold and hits including “We Belong Together,” is seeking at least $3 million in damages from Lianna Azarian and a restraining order to keep her former assistant from further breaking the nondisclosure agreement, according to papers filed in New York State Supreme Court. Azarian worked for Carey from March 2015 through November 2017 as…

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ABC documentary on Theranos features ex-CEO deposition tapes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A television documentary about the rise and fall of Theranos Inc will include deposition tapes from founder and former Chief Executive Elizabeth Holmes and other key players in the downfall of the high-tech blood-testing company. ABC News said on Wednesday that “The Dropout” was the result of a three-year investigation of the self-made Silicon Valley entrepreneur and her company, which was worth as much as $9 billion before it became clear that many of its claims were bogus. The documentary will be previewed on ABC’s “Nightline”…

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Rihanna sues dad to keep hands off her Fenty trademark

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Rihanna has sued her father for trading on her Fenty brand name and suggesting that a business venture he set up in 2017 is associated with her. The “Diamonds” singer, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, filed a lawsuit in U.S. federal court in Los Angeles on Tuesday accusing Ronald Fenty and two business partners of fraud and false advertising over his Fenty Entertainment talent and production company. The Barbados-born Rihanna, who uses the Fenty trademark to sell cosmetics, lingerie and sneakers, asked the court…

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Carol Channing, Broadway's iconic 'Dolly,' dead at 97

(Reuters) – Carol Channing, who won over audiences with her giddy, guileless charm in signature roles in Broadway’s “Hello, Dolly!” and “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” died in her California home on Tuesday at the age of 97, according to her publicist. Channing died of natural causes in Rancho Mirage after having suffered multiple strokes last year, publicist Harlan Boll said. In a career that spanned seven decades, the saucer-eyed, raspy-voiced musical-comedy star never shook her association with the role of matchmaker Dolly Levi in the 1964 musical “Hello Dolly!” or gold…

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