How Starbucks Is About to Become More Important to Hollywood


So does that mean if I praise this new development, will I get free Skinny Chai Lattes for life???

Originally posted on Variety:

As Hollywood takes advantage of new digital platforms to distribute — and monetize — its content, Starbucks is about to play a more important role for studios as a revenue source.

The coffee chain said Wednesday it has brewed up a new deal with Google to provide free in-store Wi-Fi to customers using laptops, tablets and smartphones in its stores that will be ten times faster than the current wireless service it offers through AT&T.

Starbucks plans to convert more than 7,000 stores in the U.S. to the faster network. AT&T will continue to provide Internet access during the transition.

Starbucks and Google will also co-develop a new Starbucks Digital Network, which currently provides access to news and entertainment from sources like the Wall Street Journal, Apple’s iTunes, USA Today, ESPN, Yahoo! Finance, Zagat, Marvel Digital Comics, Nick Jr. Boost, SnagFilms, Yahoo! entertainment and Starbucks’ own entertainment arm.

Expect Google-owned…

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Denzel Washington Talks Up Broadway Return


I am SO EXCITED about this news! I better save my pennies for Spring 2014.

Originally posted on Variety:

For anyone worried that all the really big stars would be packed onto Broadway in the fall, Denzel Washington has come along to add some wattage to the spring lineup.

Nothing has been confirmed on the Main Stem, but during press duties for his new film “2 Guns,” the thesp, one of Broadway’s top box office draws, has been talking up a starring gig in a new revival of “A Raisin in the Sun.” To hear Washington tell it, the show will start previews in March in a production that will reunite him with director Kenny Leon and producer Scott Rudin, also collaborators on his Tony-winning turn in “Fences” in 2010. Diahann Carroll, Anika Noni Rose and Sophie Okonedo are among the actresses rumored to be joining him in “Raisin.”

If it materializes, “Raisin” — a textbook example of what has become one of Broadway’s most consistently profitable production models — would…

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CBS Earnings: Ads, Online Streaming Boost Second Quarter


With its luxe “Watch” lifestyle magazine (thanks for the free issues!) and an exciting Fall season of new shows, is anyone REALLY surprised of the success? I’m not.

Originally posted on Variety:

CBS Corp. said earnings per share rose 12% in its second quarter  as the broadcaster of such hits as “NCIS” and “The Big Bang Theory” enjoyed a surge of revenue from the online streaming of its programming as well as an increase in advertising revenue.

Overall, net earnings came to $472 million, up from $427 million. Diluted earnings per share came to 76 cents per share , up from  65 cents per share in the year-earlier period.

The New York owner of CBS and Showtime said revenue increased 11% to $3.7 billion, up from $3.33 billion in the year-earlier period. Ad revenue, the bulk of the company’s business,  rose to $2.09 billion from nearly $2 billion in the year-earlier period. The company said advertising revenue rose 5%, owing to the timing of NCAA Division 1 Semifinals, which aired in the second quarter this year instead of the first quarter and some…

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Is Solange Set To Play Aaliyah In An Upcoming Biopic?


Interesting . . .

Originally posted on Black America Web:


Word on the street is Beyonce’s little sister is trying her hand at acting. Rumor is Solange landed her first major role as R&B princess Aaliyah an upcoming biopic.

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According to All, the solo star went out for the role earlier this month and she found out she received the part this week.

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“She reportedly will be working with the same people that did the movie Think Like A Man,” the site reports.

As we reported earlier, the mother of 8-year-old Daniel Julez Smith Jr. recently canceled her European Summer Tour to be with to her son as she starts a new school and makes new friends.

“I wish I could put in words how much of a difficult decision this was but between moving part-time to a new city…

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Justin Timberlake Tributes Michael Jackson In New Song ‘Take Back The Night’ + 6 Of Our Favorite MJ-Inspired Videos


I love this song and its new video that debuted on Twitter yesterday.

Originally posted on Black America Web:

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Let the hype for Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience sequel officially begin!

Today, the blue-eyed soul star dropped the visuals for his new record “Take Back The Night,” the first single lifted from his upcoming The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2 album.

When Timberlake laid the vocals for the groovy track, produced by Timberland, it’s obvious that he channeled his inner Michael Jackson — most likely from the King of Pop’s Off The Wall days. The video shows the singer dancing to the old-funk sound on the streets of New York City and live onstage.

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The clip’s release was accompanied by an online scavenger hunt, where fans hod to tweet out a URL to unlock snapshots from the five-minute video.

Part two of  The…

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