Category Archives: Pandora’s Box

Another Mega Deal Lost

You can probably pack a potential mega deal between Verizon and The Walt Disney Co. along with all the other wished-for-but-never-realized mergers gathering dust in your media Hope Chest. But don’t throw away the key just yet.

Fox Business Network got a chance to shout out a question to Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam from behind the barriers at the Allen Co. summit in Sun Valley, Idaho, Wednesday asking the phone company chief if he was pursing a deal to buy the Walt Disney Co., to which he simply responded, “No.” 

The Allen conference is the annual retreat for media giants and has been a veritable petri dish for some of the biggest deals in the space – Disney CEO Michael Eisner hatched the plan to buy Cap Cities ABC after bumping into Warren Buffett, who was on his way to the golf tees at the conference,

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Discovery wants India among its top 10 markets

NEW DELHI: US-based Discovery Communications Inc expects India to become one of its top 10 markets globally in the next decade as it takes steps to cater to mass viewing segment including sports.

As TV viewership undergoes a change in India with the advent of digital technology, the company is adopting a hybrid strategy of expanding in traditional segment as well as a preparing platform to tap on-the-go content consumers.

“If you look at pure number’s prospective then I would love India to be among top 10 markets for Discovery globally. At core, we want a scalable play to be the among top 10 markets in 10 years,” Discovery Networks Asia Pacific SVP and GM South Asia, Karan Bajaj said.

Right now India ranks between 15 to 20 global markets of Discovery Communications.

Bajaj said for

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Vashon Nature Center ED Talks

For the past few months Vashon Nature Center scientists have been out in the field with Vashon High School sophomores​, researching important questions about our island’s’ wildlife and habitats. Students​ are just wrapping up their citizen science field research this month. Through Vashon Nature Center’s Scientists in Schools programs, students​ participate in multi-year research studies ​that build on data from previous class years and ​investigate relevant local environmental issues. This year, students have worked with their ​teachers​, Dr. Melissa Kehl and Mr. Jordan Browning, along with staff from Vashon Nature Center to assist in research regarding forage fish, juvenile salmon, and sea star wasting disease, among other topics​.  

​Their projects will culminate with a presentation of their work at Ed Talks ​alongside professional scientists.

Research is presented through a series of fast-paced 10 minutes talks or as a poster defending their research. 
Presenting side-by-side is a rare opportunity for both the

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‘Buffy’ Fans, Geek Out at WhedonCon + More Events LA Actors Should Check Out This Week

‘Buffy’ Fans, Geek Out at WhedonCon + More Events L.A. Actors Should Check Out This Week

The majority of this week’s activities have one thing in common: film. (We’re assuming that if you’re here, you like that kind of thing.) See a 1920s starlet do her thing, learn how it doesn’t take mega-production value to make a movie, and step inside your favorite Tim Burton classic. Each of these activities will inspire you in different ways and remind you that there are many ways to achieve your celluloid dreams. 

Kick it old school.
In 1987, Fisher-Price introduced its PXL-2000 video camera, a bare-bones, black-and-white, lo-fi children’s toy. Three years later, after artists and filmmakers discovered the wonders of this no-frills recorder, PXL THIS became the first festival to showcase

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Verizon Backs Off

Less than a month after he goosed the stock by saying he was open to a mega deal with Comcast, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam turned down the hype notch a few ticks at Verizon’s much anticipated Analyst Day Monday (May 8), claiming the telco is under no pressure to do transformative MA.

Verizon has been dogged by analysts and investors that have insisted the telco has to do a big deal along the lines of rival ATT, which in October announced a $108.7 billion merger with Time Warner Inc. That deal, still pending, came just a year after ATT purchased DirecTV for $48.5 billion.

Verizon has focused instead on smaller deals – after much agita, it expects to close its $4.5 billion purchase of former internet icon Yahoo in the second quarter – but some analysts have called for the

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xXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE Debuts on 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray/DVD & Digital HD This May

xXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE Debuts on 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray/DVD   Digital HD This May

Hailed as “a crazy, stunt-filled action spectacular” (Scott Mendelson, Forbes) and “a shot of pure adrenaline” (Joey Nolfi, Entertainment Weekly), xXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE x-plodes on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand May 16, 2017 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. X-cited fans can be the first to get it two weeks early on Digital HD May 2.

When a group of lethal mercenaries steal a hi-tech weapon that poses a global threat, the world needs superspy Xander Cage (Vin Diesel). Recruited back into action, Xander leads a team of death-defying ADRENALINE JUNKIES on a mission to kick some ass, save the day, and look dope while doing it. Packed with some of the most mind-blowing stunts ever caught on film, xXx: RETURN OF XANDER

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Humans: Colin Morgan Talks About the Show’s Future & Doctor Who Rumors

Humans TV show on AMC: (canceled or renewed?)

What’s in store for Humans? Recently, star Colin Morgan spoke with TVInsider about the future of the AMC series.

The sci-fi drama takes place in a parallel present, where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a Synthetic—a human-looking robotic servant. The cast includes Gemma Chan, Katherine Parkinson, Tom Goodman-Hill, and William Hurt.

Humans is currently in its second season on AMC. In the interview, Morgan said there’s room for more seasons of the sci-fi show:

There’s definitely more to tell. As you see Season 2 progress, I feel like your hunger is going to grow for more, I think, as an audience member. It takes you in a completely different direction. I think it is very unpredictable. It is very surprising and I think people will enjoy being challenged in that way. Season 2

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‘Humans’ star Colin Morgan says he’s not courting ‘Doctor Who’ role

Photo of “Humans” stars Colin Morgan and Gemma Chan, courtesy of AMC

Feb. 25 (UPI) — Irish actor Colin Morgan says he isn’t chasing the title role of “Doctor Who” now that Peter Capaldi has announced he is leaving the beloved, sci-fi series.

Morgan’s name has been bandied about online by fans and journalists as a possible replacement. However, the 31-year-old “Humans” star seems content to stay where he is for now.

“It all comes around, I guess, when the re-generation of the new Doctor comes along. It’s been asked of me before,” Morgan told UPI in a recent phone interview. “I guess, in all honesty, it’s not something I have my sights set on at the moment, but who knows?”

Morgan emphasized there is enough rich material to continue exploring his robot-themed drama “Humans” over several more seasons, should AMC keep renewing it.

“There’s definitely more to

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Taboo From the Black Eyed Peas Opens Up About His Cancer Battle: ‘Nothing Prepares You for Cancer’

World Cancer Day is on Feb. 4, and Black Eyed Peas star Jimmy Luis Gomez, better known as Taboo, is honoring it by sharing his story of strength and resilience in the face of cancer, which he says has been his greatest challenge in life.

Jimmy Luis Gomez, far right, performs with the Black Eyed Peas. (Photo: Courtesy of Taboo)Jimmy Luis Gomez, far right, performs with the Black Eyed Peas. (Photo: Courtesy of Taboo)

Gomez thought he was healthy when he was diagnosed with stage II testicular cancer in 2014. He had been eating right and working out, but he had also been neglecting a nagging pain in his back since about 2006. His busy touring schedule led

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