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  • Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- 

Starting a $75 million national advertising blitz, both parties' House campaign arms on Tuesday began running television spots that are not expected to relent before November's elections.

In New York and New Jersey, the Democratic Congressional Committee began spending $2.3 million on ads in districts represented by Republicans. In Florida, the National Republican Congressional Committee started what will be a $1.7 million campaign to defend Rep. Steve Southerland, who risks being voted out of Congress after two terms.

The early spending is only expected to escalate as voters start paying closer attention to elections. Democrats face a steep climb in their bid to oust House Republicans from their majority. Despite long odds, donors have helped Democrats outraise the National Republican Congressional Committee in 16 of the last 18 months and build a mountain of campaign cash to spend on ads against More

  • Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014
BEIJING (AP) -- 

China's Tencent Holdings Ltd., which operates online games and the popular WeChat messaging service, said Wednesday its quarterly profit rose 59 percent due to strong growth in its mobile business.

The company based in the southern city of Shenzhen earned 5.8 billion yuan ($949 million) in the three months ended June 30, or 0.63 yuan (10.2 U.S. cents) per share. Revenue rose 37 percent to 19.7 billion yuan ($3.2 billion).

Tencent and other Chinese Internet services are spending heavily to expand mobile services as the country's Web surfers shift to going online wirelessly through smartphones and tablet computers.

Tencent's online games revenue rose 7 percent over the previous quarter, driven mostly by higher revenue for smartphone games integrated with WeChat. Revenue from social networks rose 15 percent over the previous quarter, also driven by mobile services.

"We deepened user More

  • Monday, Aug. 11, 2014
This photo released by AMC shows Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman in a scene from "Better Call Saul." (AP Photo/AMC)
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- 

AMC-TV says that "Breaking Bad" spinoff, "Better Call Saul," will debut in February.

The network recently released a clip of sleazy attorney Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk, arguing about the importance of always having a lawyer. After the clip the word "February" is shown.

Previously, AMC said "Better Call Saul" would premiere in November 2014.

The series will follow Goodman as he defends drug lords, petty criminals and those allegedly injured in minor traffic accidents.

In "Breaking Bad," Odenkirk played the lawyer of meth lord Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston.

The New Mexico Film Office said in May that "Better Call Saul" would be filmed in Albuquerque.

  • Monday, Aug. 11, 2014
This Aug. 9, 2014 photo released by "Antiques Roadshow" shows Leila Dunbar appraising a collection of early Boston baseball memorabilia for the program "Antiques Roadshow" in New York. This is the largest sports memorabilia find in the program's 19-year history, valued at $1 million. (AP Photo/Leila Dunbar, Meredith Nierman)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

The PBS series "Antiques Roadshow" says it hit a home run with a collection of 1870s Boston baseball memorabilia.

A trove of signatures and rare baseball cards from Boston Red Stockings players was appraised at $1 million for insurance purposes, series producer Marsha Bemko said.

She said it's the largest sports memorabilia find in the history of the 19-year-old public TV show, which travels America looking for varied heirlooms and treasures.

The collection was brought to an "Antiques Roadshow" taping Saturday in New York City. The owner inherited it from her great-great-grandmother, who ran a Boston boarding house where the team lived in 1871-72, PBS said.

The owner's identity was kept private for security reasons, PBS said Monday. The collection had not been formally valued before but the owner had once received a $5,000 offer, PBS said.

According to "Antiques Roadshow" More

  • Monday, Aug. 11, 2014
Kodak's headquarters in Rochester, NY (AP file photo).
LOS ANGELES -- 

Kodak and the University Film and Video Foundation (UFVF) have announced the recipients of the 2014 Kodak Student Scholarship Awards and Kodak Student Cinematography Scholarship Awards. The presentation was made Saturday night during the annual banquet and awards ceremony at the UFVA Conference, which was held last week at Montana State University. Kodak’s annual global competition is designed to recognize emerging talent that demonstrates superior filmmaking skills and creativity.

Selected by a panel of judges led by award-winning cinematographer John Bailey, ASC, this year’s winners represent film schools in Hungary, Russia, Singapore, and the United States.

The Kodak Student Scholarship Program Award winners are:

Gold Award ($5,000 tuition scholarship award and $5,000 Kodak Motion Picture product grant) – Timothy Yeung from New York University’s (NYU) Tisch School of the Arts Asia in More

  • Monday, Aug. 11, 2014
This May 12, 2014 file photo shows actress Julia Roberts at the premiere of HBO Films' "The Normal Heart" at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. Roberts, Bryan Cranston, and Gwen Stefani are among a group of presenters announced for the Emmy Awards on Aug. 25. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Film stars Julia Roberts, Matthew McConaughey and Halle Berry are among the first presenters announced for this month's Emmy Awards ceremony.

In a statement Monday, executive producer Don Mischer said 13 celebrities have been confirmed so far as trophy presenters for the Aug. 25 awards.

The three Oscar-winning actors have small-screen credentials: Berry is starring in the summer series "Extant," Roberts is nominated for the TV movie "The Normal Heart" and McConaughey is up for honors for the drama series "True Detective."

Their willingness to dabble in TV is a sign of the medium's creative strength and increasing appeal to top-tier actors and others in Hollywood.

Other presenters will include Emmy nominees Bryan Cranston of "Breaking Bad," Woody Harrelson of "True Detective," Julia Louis-Dreyfus of "Veep," Julianna Marguilies of "The Good Wife," Jim Parsons of "The Big Bang Theory," Amy More

  • Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014
In this May 17, 1987 file photo, Swiss movie director Jean-Luc Godard, left, and Israeli producer Menahem Golan, right, gesture as they speak to the press in Cannes, France, after the screening of Godard's out of competition "King Lear," produced by Cannon group, as part of the 40th Cannes Film Festival. (AP Photo/Pierre Gleizes, File)
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) -- 

Menahem Golan, a veteran Israeli filmmaker who built an empire on the back of brawny men beating others senseless across a host of 1980s action films, has died in Tel Aviv. He was 85.

Throughout his long career, Golan produced more than 200 movies and directed a fourth of them. But while others attended the Cannes film festival in tuxedoes, Golan wore rainbow-colored suspenders over his T-shirts and proudly hawked a different type of fare.

It was the 1987 film "Bloodsport" that he produced that introduced American audiences to the face — and kicks — of a then-unknown Jean-Claude Van Damme. He produced Sylvester Stallone's take as a stone-faced cop in "Cobra" and later directed him as a truck-driving arm-wrestler in "Over The Top." And he produced Charles Bronson's "Death Wish" — sequels two through five.

"Schlock is entertainment for the masses," he told The Associated Press in 1985. "It's More

  • Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014
Electronic cigarette (AP file photo).
ALBANY, NY (AP) -- 

Attorneys general from more than two dozen states want federal regulators to impose restrictions on electronic cigarettes, including a ban on the more than 7,000 flavors now available.

In a letter Friday to the Food and Drug Administration, they say limits on advertising and prohibiting flavors besides tobacco and menthol will help protect minors.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says that while they contain no tobacco, e-cigarettes have all the same addictive qualities as regular cigarettes.

In April, the federal agency proposed treating e-cigarettes as tobacco products, putting them under its regulatory control.

Cigarette maker Altria says the FDA should determine appropriate product standards and marketing restrictions based on science and evidence, respect adult consumer preferences and not automatically apply cigarette restrictions to e-vapor products.

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  • Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014
In this March 13, 2014, file photo, provided by Starpix, Maria Shriver attends the premiere of the documentary "Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life & Times of Katrina Gilbert," in New York. Baby boomers Billy Joel, Shriver and Samuel Jackson will be among those featured in an upcoming PBS documentary about the post-World War II generation. (AP Photo/Starpix, Dave Allocca, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Billy Joel, Maria Shriver and Samuel L. Jackson — baby boomers all — will be among those featured in an upcoming PBS documentary about the post-World War II generation.

PBS announced Thursday that "American Masters: The Boomer List" will air Sept. 23 on member stations. The 90-minute production, directed by filmmaker-photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, will include 19 notable public figures. Their years of birth represent each of the years commonly associated with the baby boom era, 1946-64. The list also includes Rosie O'Donnell, Tommy Hilfiger and Steve Wozniak.

Greenfield-Sanders' portraits of the interviewees will be included in a companion coffee table book and in an exhibit at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. "The Boomer List: Photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders" will run at the Newseum from Sept. 26 through June 2015.

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