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  • Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023
A Nintendo sign is seen outside Nintendo's official store in the Shibuya district of Tokyo, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. Nintendo reported an 18% rise in net profit for the first fiscal half on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023, as sales continued to get a boost from its hit Super Mario movie, as well as the popularity of various new video game software.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
TOKYO (AP) -- 

Nintendo reported an 18% rise in net profit for its first fiscal half on Tuesday, as sales continued to get a boost from its hit Super Mario movie, and the popularity of its software for various new video games.

April-September profit at Nintendo Co., which didn't break down quarterly results, totaled nearly 271.3 billion yen ($1.8 billion), up from 230 billion yen a year earlier. Sales surged 21% to 796 billion yen ($5.3 billion).

Demand remained strong for Nintendo Switch game software, which got a healthy lift from the film starring the jumping plumber, "The Super Mario Bros. Movie."

Among the games that sold well as a result of the film was "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe," which sold 3.2 million units during the period, for cumulative sales of 57 million games, Nintendo said.

This year's Super Mario movie is one of the top-selling animation films on record, second only to "Frozen II," and the top animation film based on a video More

  • Monday, Nov. 6, 2023
The Cinderella Castle is seen at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, July 14, 2023, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Since allies of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis took over Walt Disney World's government earlier this year, morale and trust have deteriorated, the governing district has been politicized and cronyism permeates the organization, according to many employees who have departed in recent months. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- 

Morale and trust within the Walt Disney World government has deteriorated since allies of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis took it over earlier this year, according to many employees who have departed in recent months saying the governing district has been politicized and cronyism now permeates the organization.

More than 30 out of about 390 employees have left the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District since it was taken over in February, raising concerns that decades of institutional knowledge is departing with them, along with a reputation for a well-run government.

"When I first joined the District, I found an organization that strived to be the very best at serving our community, sought the very best employees and valued those employees above all else," a former facilities manager with three years of experience said in an employee exit survey last week. "I find myself leaving a completely different District. A District that prioritizes More

  • Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023
This image released by @2023 TOHO CO., LTD. shows Godzilla in a scene from “Godzilla Minus One.” Godzilla, the nightmarish radiation spewing monster born out of nuclear weapons, has stomped through many movies, including several Hollywood remakes. (@2023 TOHO CO., LTD. via AP)
TOKYO (AP) -- 

Godzilla, the nightmarish radiation spewing monster born out of nuclear weapons, has stomped through many movies, including several Hollywood remakes.

Takashi Yamazaki, the director behind the latest Godzilla movie, set for U.S. theatrical release later this year, was determined to bring out what he believes is the essentially Japanese spirituality that characterizes the 1954 original.

In that classic, directed by Ishiro Honda, a man sweated inside a rubber suit and trampled over cityscape miniatures to tell the story of a prehistoric creature mistakenly brought to life by radiation from nuclear testing in the Pacific. The monster in "Godzilla Minus One" is all computer graphics.

"I love the original Godzilla, and I felt I should stay true to that spirit, addressing the issues of war and nuclear weapons," said Yamazaki, who also wrote the screenplay and oversaw the computerized special effects.

"There is a concept in Japan More

  • Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023
A Turkish police officer walks past a picture of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi prior to a ceremony, near the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, Oct. 2, 2019. A Dubai-based broadcaster cut substantial portions of a recent episode of the satiric news program "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" over references to Saudi Arabia's crown prince being implicated in the 2018 killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- 

A Dubai-based television network broadcasting across the Middle East cut substantial portions of an episode of the satiric news program "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" over references to Saudi Arabia's crown prince being implicated in the 2018 killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

The decision by OSN highlights the continued limits of speech in both the United Arab Emirates, which has vowed it will allow protests at the upcoming United Nations COP28 climate talks the Gulf Arab country will host later this month, as well as neighboring Saudi Arabia.

It also highlights just how sensitive the slaying of Khashoggi, who was dismembered in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, remains more than five years later as Prince Mohammed has sought to rehabilitate his image through diplomatic efforts.

"Criticizing the royal family, criticizing the crown prince in Saudi Arabia is a terrorist offense and you can be prosecuted for More

  • Friday, Nov. 3, 2023
Matthew Perry arrives at the premiere of "Ride" at The Arclight Hollywood Theater in Los Angeles. Perry, who starred as Chandler Bing in the hit series "Friends," has died. He was 54. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File)

Less than a week after his death, a foundation has been established in the name of Matthew Perry to help people dealing with addiction.

"In the spirit of Matthew Perry's enduring commitment to helping others struggling with the disease of addiction, we embark on a journey to honor his legacy by establishing the Matthew Perry Foundation, guided by his own words and experiences, and driven by his passion for making a difference in as many lives as possible," said an inaugural statement establishing the Matthew Perry Foundation on Friday.

The Emmy-nominated "Friends" star often spoke publicly about his struggles with drug and alcohol addiction. The foundation, which is now accepting donations, cited his desire to be remembered as someone who helped others with substance abuse even more than his sitcom stardom.

The foundation will be maintained by the National Philanthropic Trust. No further details on the organization were immediately More

  • Friday, Nov. 3, 2023
Texas Rangers catcher Jonah Heim, left, and relief pitcher Josh Sborz celebrate after Game 5 of the baseball World Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023, in Phoenix. The Rangers won 5-0 to win the series 4-1. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

The Texas Rangers 5-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks for their first championship on Wednesday night drew the largest audience of this World Series. However, it was not enough to prevent the five-game series from being the least-watched Fall Classic in recorded TV history.

Nielsen and Fox said Thursday the World Series averaged 9.11 million viewers, less than the 9.79 million average from the 2020 series, when the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Tampa Bay Rays in six games.

It was a 23% decline from last year's series, when the Houston Astros beat the Philadelphia Phillies in six games and averaged 11.78 million.

Wednesday night's game averaged 11.48 million on Fox, a jump of 3 million compared to Tuesday night's audience. The total audience across Fox, Fox Deportes and Fox streaming platforms was 11.64 million.

It was the first audience over 10 million for this year's series. Monday night's Game 3 set the record for the More

  • Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023
This image released by Paramount Network shows Kelly Reilly, left, and Kevin Costner in a scene from "Yellowstone." (Paramount Network via AP)

The long-awaited final installment of "Yellowstone" — featuring Kevin Costner 's final episodes — has been delayed until November 2024, the Paramount Network announced Thursday.

Originally scheduled to return this month, Paramount says production was delayed by this year's strikes by actors and screenwriters. The first half of the fifth season debuted in November 2022.

Paramount also announced two spin-offs, a prequel tentatively called "1944" and a sequel to the current series, called "2024." There's no word yet on any casting for either series.

"Yellowstone" has been a phenomenon for Paramount Network. The premiere episode of season five was watched by 12.1 million people, more than for any other scripted series airing at the time.

CBS also began airing "Yellowstone" from the beginning this fall to help fill out its primetime schedule due to the strikes, and 21.6 million people tuned in to season one. It's now begun airing More

  • Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023
In this courtroom sketch, Robert De Niro testifies in Manhattan federal court, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2023, in New York. (Elizabeth Williams via AP)

Actor Robert De Niro shouted "Shame on you!" as he testified Tuesday in a New York courtroom, directing the comments toward his former executive assistant and vice president who seeks millions of dollars after accusing her onetime boss of being abusive.

Graham Chase Robinson watched with her lawyers while De Niro's anger built as attorney Andrew Macurdy pelted him with some tabloid-style accusations his client made about De Niro's behavior toward Robinson as she served his needs, large and small, from 2008 until several months into 2019.

Robinson, 41, seeks $12 million in damages for emotional distress and reputational harm that she claims has left her jobless and unable to recover from the trauma of working for De Niro. She was making $300,000 annually when she quit, frustrated by her interactions with De Niro's girlfriend and the effect she believed the girlfriend was having on the actor.

The jury is also considering evidence More

  • Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2023
Rita Ferro

The Ad Council has elected 18 new members to its Board of Directors, chaired by Verizon CMO, Diego Scotti. In addition to the new Board members, the nonprofit elevated Rita Ferro, president, global advertising, Disney, and Kirk McDonald, CEO of North America at GroupM, to the roles of vice chair.

For more than 80 years, the Ad Council has been at the forefront of driving the communications industry’s social impact efforts at scale. Its Board of Directors is comprised of a prestigious group of senior marketing, media and business executives who provide expertise, insights and financial support to ensure the Ad Council’s social impact campaigns are effective and drive measurable change. Working in close collaboration with the Ad Council’s leadership, the Board helps spearhead the communications industry’s efforts to address critical issues such as gun violence, mental health, the drug overdose epidemic, and racial justice.

The new members of More

  • Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2023
Cans of Bud Light chill in a refrigerator in Oakland, Calif., Friday, April 28, 2023. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Anheuser-Busch InBev said Tuesday that revenue growth in most of its global regions was offset by a drop in North American sales, in a sign of continuing fallout from a promotion with a transgender influencer that cost it sales.

The world's largest brewer and parent company of Bud Light said adjusted earnings for the latest quarter rose 4.1% to $5.4 billion on revenues that climbed 5% to $15.6 billion.

Revenue in the United States for the July-September period, however, tumbled 13.5%. AB InBev, based in Leuven, Belgium, noted that sales to retailers were down "primarily due to the volume decline of Bud Light."

Bud Light sales plunged amid a conservative backlash after the brand sent a commemorative can to transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney in early April.

The controversy toppled Bud Light from its position as America's best-selling beer for more than two decades. In June, it dropped to second place in U.S. retail sales More

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