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  • Wednesday, Jul. 30, 2014
In this March 27, 2014 photo, a woman shops at the Whole Foods Market in Woodmere Village, Ohio. Whole Foods reports quarterly financial results on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Whole Foods is getting ready to launch its first national marketing campaign and expand home delivery as it looks to fend off bigger players muscling into the organic and natural foods category.

The company, based in Austin, Texas, said the marketing campaign this fall will explain to customers what makes it different and why it's better than other supermarkets.

"We believe there are real and substantive differences in the company and in the values and the foods that we sell," said Walter Robb, co-CEO of Whole Foods, during a conference call with investors.

In addition, he said the company will partner with third parties to offer home delivery in 12 to 15 major markets, with plans for a wider rollout over time. Whole Foods declined to give details about which cities will get home delivery, but it already offers delivery in select markets, including New York City. Other major players such as Wal More

  • Wednesday, Jul. 30, 2014
SANTA FE, NM (AP) -- 

The city of Santa Fe, New Mexico, is trying to land the "The Bachelor," and it may shell out some money for the mission.

The Albuquerque Journal reports councilors are expected Wednesday to consider a request to spend between $50,000 and $100,000 from Tourism Santa Fe's reserve budget in an effort to attract the popular ABC-TV dating show.

Officials want the show to film one of next season's episodes in Santa Fe. The New Mexico Department of Tourism already has agreed to a letter of intent to commit $50,000 to the effort.

Randy Randall, Tourism Santa Fe's executive director, says the show's producers approached Santa Fe two weeks ago about possibly shooting in the city.

"The Bachelor," which debuted in 2002, follows a single man as he goes on dates and chooses a potential bride from 25 women.

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  • Wednesday, Jul. 30, 2014
SANTA FE, NM (AP) -- 

A new television series starring Anne Heche and Jason Isaacs is moving some of its production from Israel to New Mexico.

New Mexico Film Office director Nick Maniatis says the USA Network series "Dig" filmed its pilot in Jerusalem but is moving in light of the recent unrest in Israel and Gaza. The film office says the show will film interior scenes in Albuquerque while it looks for new international locations for shooting exteriors.

"Dig" stars Isaacs as Peter Connelly, an FBI agent stationed in Jerusalem who uncovers a conspiracy 2,000 years in the making.

  • Wednesday, Jul. 30, 2014
HONOLULU (AP) -- 

A court hearing in Honolulu has been scheduled for lawyers who want out of a case accusing 'X-Men' director Bryan Singer of sex abuse.

The Aug. 6 hearing will discuss a request by attorneys Jeff Herman and Mark Gallagher to withdraw as counsel for Michael Egan III. They say they no longer talk to Egan except through a new lawyer.

Egan, 31, accuses Singer in a lawsuit of sexually abusing him during trips to Hawaii when he was 17 in 1999. Singer has denied the allegations.

A hearing for Singer's motion to dismiss the lawsuit is scheduled for Sept. 9.

Egan previously dropped three similar lawsuits against other entertainment figures.

The lawsuits were filed under a Hawaii law that allowed civil actions in abuse cases where the statute of limitations had passed.

  • Wednesday, Jul. 30, 2014
This publicity image released by CBS shows, from left, Kunal Nayyar, Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons and Simon Helberg in a scene from "The Big Bang Theory." (AP Photo/CBS, Monty Brinton, FIle)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Production on a new season of "The Big Bang Theory" is being delayed because of a contract dispute with its top actors.

The Warner Brothers Television studio, which makes television's most popular comedy, said that Wednesday's scheduled first day of work after the summer hiatus was postponed. There's no word on when "The Big Bang Theory" team will be back at work.

The CBS series is heading into its eighth season, and the studio is trying to hammer out new deals with actors Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar.

Contract disputes aren't unusual at popular, long-running TV series, and CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler seemed to take it in stride when asked about the negotiations two weeks ago.

"I just love being able to answer these questions year after year, primarily because we have successful shows," she said. "And when you have successful shows More

  • Wednesday, Jul. 30, 2014
This May 5, 2014 file photo shows Allison Williams at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating "Charles James: Beyond Fashion," in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

NBC has picked its Peter Pan: high-flying "Girls" star Allison Williams.

The network announced Wednesday that Williams will play the boy who refused to grow up in NBC's new staging of "Peter Pan Live!" The live telecast of this musical classic will air Dec. 4.

The 26-year-old actress-comedian plays Marnie Michaels on HBO's comedy "Girls," for which she has recorded several songs. She is the daughter of NBC News anchor Brian Williams and has also appeared on "The Mindy Project" and "The League."

NBC recently announced that Oscar winner Christopher Walken will play the villainous pirate Captain Hook.

"I have wanted to play Peter Pan since I was about three years old, so this is a dream come true," said Williams, who added, "What could go wrong in a live televised production with simultaneous flying, sword fighting and singing?"

This musical version of "Peter Pan" has a long More

  • Tuesday, Jul. 29, 2014
This Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, file photo shows a Twitter app on an iPhone screen, in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

The little blue bird is flying high. Stronger-than-expected financial results pushed Twitter's stock sharply higher on Tuesday after the short messaging service said its revenue more than doubled in the second quarter.

The San Francisco-based company's stock jumped 29.6 percent to $50.01 in extended trading after the results came out.

Twitter posted a net loss of $144.6 million, or 24 cents per share, in the April-June period. That compares with a loss of $42.2 million, or 32 cents per share, a year earlier when Twitter was still a private company.

Adjusted earnings were 2 cents per share in the latest quarter, beating analysts' expectations of a loss of 1 cent, according to FactSet.

Revenue was $312.2 million, up from $139.3 million.

Analysts polled by FactSet were expecting lower revenue of $283.3 million.

Mobile advertising revenue was $224 million, or 81 percent of the More

  • Tuesday, Jul. 29, 2014
HONOLULU (AP) -- 

Lawyers for a former child model accusing 'X-Men' director Bryan Singer of sex abuse say they want out of the case because their relationship with the accuser has deteriorated.

Attorneys Jeff Herman and Mark Gallagher filed a motion in U.S. District Court in Honolulu on Tuesday asking to withdraw as counsel for Michael Egan III. They say they no longer talk to Egan except through a new lawyer.

Egan, now 31, accuses Singer in a lawsuit of sexually abusing him during trips to Hawaii when he was 17 in 1999. Singer has denied the allegations.

Egan previously dropped three similar Hawaii lawsuits against other Hollywood figures.

The lawsuits were filed suit under an unusual state law that created a window for civil cases in sex abuse cases where the statute of limitations has passed.

  • Sunday, Jul. 27, 2014
Benedict Cumberbatch, from left, Cate Blanchett and Orlando Bloom attend the Warner Bros. Pictures panel for "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" on Day 3 of Comic-Con International on Saturday, July 26, 2014, in San Diego. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (AP) -- 

"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" launched a full-scale assault on Comic-Con.

The cast and crew from the final installment of "The Hobbit" trilogy showed off the first trailer for the fantasy film at the pop-culture convention, as well as a blooper reel from both "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" movies.

Stephen Colbert, dressed as the shaggy-haired character he cameoed as in "The Hobbit," enthusiastically moderated Friday's panel at the San Diego Convention Center.

The trailer conjured up for the audience of 6,500 attendees gathered inside Hall H showed the dragon Smaug setting Lake-town ablaze, Cate Blanchett's royal elf Galadriel kissing the forehead of Ian McKellen's beleaguered wizard Gandalf and legions of elves and orcs racing into battle.

"That was really just for you, Stephen," filmmaker Peter Jackson said to the talk show host and J.R.R. Tolkien super-fan. "I More

  • Sunday, Jul. 27, 2014
Paul Rudd, left, and Michael Douglas, cast members in the upcoming Marvel film "Ant-Man," take part in the Marvel panel at Comic-Con International on Saturday, July 26, 2014 in San Diego, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (AP) -- 

The "Ant-Man" cast is set.

Paul Rudd was previously revealed as the tiny title superhero. But at Marvel's Comic-Con panel Saturday, Evangeline Lilly confirmed she'll play Hope Pym. Michael Douglas plays her dad, Dr. Hank Pym. And Corey Stoll is set to play the villain Darren Cross, also known as Yellowjacket.

Rudd called the role "a mind-bender." Douglas said he'd long looked at Marvel films "from afar with tremendous envy" and was excited to join the comic-based world.

Director Peyton Reed, who took over for Edgar Wright after he exited over creative issues, has been coming to Comic-Con for 20 years and been an "Ant-Man" fan for even longer.

Rudd confessed in an interview after the panel that Wright's departure was "a bit intense" for the cast.

"It undoubtedly hit some speed bumps," Rudd said. "I'm just thrilled that we're at where we're at now. . And I know it will continue to More

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