January 30, 2014 |
JERUSALEM - It's a rare thing when a Hollywood actress and a kitchen appliance spark a debate about policies in the Middle East. But that's what happened after Scarlett Johansson filmed a Super Bowl advertisement for a company that employs Palestinians to produce seltzer-making machines in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. The company, SodaStream International Ltd., is a target of a growing boycott movement of products made on land seized by Israel in the 1967 Middle East War and claimed by Palestinians for a future independent state.
January 26, 2014 |
[Updated 5:42 p.m. Jan. 26: Hey all, the red carpet's over, but you can still check out who was there and what they wore in the photo gallery above. ] The Grammys red carpet can be one of award season's wildest, with the full array of music genres represented, hip-hop to country to R&B, rock and beyond -- and you can check out the stars as they arrive in the live-streaming video above. The fashion is as diverse as the audience, with some stars showing up surprisingly in casual attire while others break out the glitziest finery -- you never know what you'll get. Grammys 2014: Red carpet arrivals The Grammys show itself airs at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time, and will feature performances by Beyoncé, Hunter Hayes, Chicago, Robin Thicke and many more.
January 17, 2014 |
The Internet music service Rdio is now letting people in the U.S. access its 20-million-song library on the Web without paying -- though those users will hear ads. The change is part of a deal announced last year in which terrestrial radio company Cumulus Media acquired a minority stake in San Francisco-based Rdio, which was launched in 2010 by Skype co-creator Janus Friis. Rdio's on-demand Web version was previously available only to paying subscribers. The company had already made its algorithm-based, Pandora-esque stations feature available free of charge through its mobile app. To get unlimited, ad-free Web and mobile, users must upgrade to the $10 monthly fee. On the set: movies and TV Rdio has never revealed how many users it has, but it's thought to lag behind Swedish company Spotify, which has also expanded its offerings.
January 16, 2014 |
The 2014 Academy Awards nominations are set for Thursday morning, and you can watch them live above. The Oscars announcement is expected to start at 5:38 a.m. and 30 seconds Pacific time. (Why the extra 30 seconds? At that hour, we're willing to take any additional sleep we can get.) Actor Chris Hemsworth and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs will read the list of nominees, which is expected to include best picture candidates such as "12 Years a Slave," "Gravity," "Captain Phillips" and "American Hustle.
January 11, 2014 |
The U.S. Supreme Court could settle the fate of a new technology company that television broadcasters fear would destroy their business. On Friday, the high court said it would hear arguments that Aereo Inc., a start-up firm, violates copyright law by enabling its customers to stream local television stations over the Internet and that it should be shut down. The major media companies seeking the court's review include CBS Corp., 21st Century Fox, Walt Disney Co. and Comcast Corp. FACES TO WATCH 2014: Digital media Launched in 2012 and backed by media mogul Barry Diller, Aereo is currently available in 10 cities, including New York, where it is based.
January 10, 2014 |
Throughout the history of boxing, the sport's appeal has been its undoing: A contest between equally matched opponents will always attract bettors, and betting begets corruption. With the rise of the National Football League, boxing has waned in popularity. Thanks to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, which recently celebrated its 20th year of promoting mixed martial arts events, boxing is not even the most popular combat sport. While the sport may be in serious decline, the boxing novel is alive and well, thanks to Michael J. Seidlinger's audacious new book, "The Laughter of Strangers.