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  • Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
This file image released by CBS shows Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick in a scene from "The Good Wife." (AP Photo/CBS, David Giesbrecht, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

CBS is jumping on the cord-cutting bandwagon, launching a stand-alone digital streaming service for $5.99 a month that will offer subscribers access to its current and older shows.

The news comes a day after HBO said it plans to offer a streaming-only service next year. Americans are increasingly turning to digital media to watch TV and movies. About 45 percent of Americans stream television shows at least once a month, according to research firm eMarketer. That number is expected to increase to 53 percent or 175 million people by 2018, it says.

"With video consumption habits changing all the time, it is very important that we continue to provide the best local news, entertainment and sports via a service like CBS All Access," said Peter Dunn, president of CBS Television Stations, in a statement. "Television stations have been the fabric of local broadcasting for 75 years, and today's announcement is More

  • Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
In this Oct. 14, 2014 photo released by Starpix, director Jason Reitman poses at the after party for a special screening of "Men, Woman and Children," at the Hudson Hotel in New York. (AP Photo/Starpix, Kristina Bumphrey)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

While he's not exactly yelling at kids to get off his lawn quite yet, Jason Reitman says he has a hard time relating to teenagers and it's all because of the Internet.

The 37-year-old director says when he talks to kids who are 15 to 20 years younger, they "might as well be 100 years younger than me because their life they grew up with doesn't resemble my childhood at all."

He says while "a cordless phone versus a wired phone" separated him and his parents, newer generations are growing up with "the Internet as a fact of their life." "And we'll just be old people who don't understand," Reitman says.

That generational relationship with technology is the focus of Reitman's new movie, "Men, Women & Children," which expands to wide release Friday. It focuses on a group of high school students and their parents dealing with the way the Internet affects their lives.

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  • Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
LOS ANGELES -- 

The Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry’s global professional honorary society, announced that award-winning actor/comedian/author Patton Oswalt will serve as host of the 13th annual VES Awards on February 4, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. This marks Oswalt’s fourth engagement as host of the annual celebration that recognizes outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation. 

Oswalt continues to find success in all areas of entertainment, from his Grammy-nominated comedy specials to his many memorable TV guest roles (including Parks and Recreation, for which he received a TV Critics Choice Award) and narrator on ABC’s breakout comedy The Goldbergs, in addition to recent roles in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Adult Swim’s The Heart, She Holler. In 2013, Oswalt was nominated for a Critics Choice Award for his performance in Young Adult and More

  • Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014
This July 16, 2013 file photo shows a sign at eBay headquarters in San Jose, Calif. (AP file photo)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

EBay Inc. on Wednesday reported better-than-expected earnings for the third quarter as its PayPal payment unit continued to have strong growth.

But revenue missed expectations and the company cut its sales forecast for the year, hurt by the stronger dollar and lower-than expected traffic in its marketplace division.

The company's PayPal business had another strong quarter. Revenue grew 20 percent to $1.95 billion and mobile payment volume jumped 72 percent to $12 billion. PayPal remains on track to process 1 billion mobile transactions this year. Earlier this month eBay said it would split off the payment processor, its fastest growing unit, late next year.

The marketplaces business grew revenue 6 percent to $2.16 billion, and gained 3.4 million new buyers to end the quarter with 152 million active buyers, up 13 percent. That fell short of expectations, CEO John Donahoe said in a call with More

  • Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014
In this Sept. 28, 2011 file photo released by CNN, HLN correspondent Jane Velez-Mitchell reports on the Conrad Murray trial for the death of Michael Jackson from outside the Los Angeles Courthouse in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/CNN, Mark Hill, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

CNN's "Crossfire" and Jane Velez-Mitchell's nightly show on HLN are both being canceled as a result of budget cuts at CNN Worldwide.

Velez-Mitchell's program, which aired for six years at 7 p.m. Eastern on the CNN sister network, ended Monday. Mitchell was told of the layoff on Tuesday, and she was one of 12 people with the show let go with the cut, said executives Wednesday at CNN who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss personnel matters. The show is being replaced temporarily by "Forensic Files."

CNN boss Jeff Zucker revived the long-running political debate show "Crossfire" after it had spent several years off the air, but it never really caught on. The show has recently been on hiatus. The show's hosts, Newt Gingrich, Stephanie Cutter, S.E. Cupp and Van Jones, will stay on as commentators at CNN, but others with the show have been laid off.

CNN has also disbanded More

  • Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014
In this March 22, 2003 file photo, actress Elizabeth Pena flashes a peace sign as she arrives for the 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, file)(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, file)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Elizabeth Pena, the versatile actress who shifted between dramatic roles in such films as "Lone Star" and comedic parts in TV shows like "Modern Family," has died. She was 55.

Pena's manager, Gina Rugolo, said Wednesday the Cuban-American actress died Tuesday in Los Angeles of natural causes after a brief illness. No other details were provided.

Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, to Cuban immigrant parents, Pena's Hollywood career spanned four decades and included roles in such movies as "La Bamba," ''Down and Out in Beverly Hills," ''Jacob's Ladder" and "Rush Hour." In filmmaker John Sayles' "Lone Star," she memorably portrayed a history teacher who rekindles a romance with an old flame, played by Chris Cooper.

Pena appeared on such TV shows as "L.A. Law," ''Dream On," ''Resurrection Blvd." and "Modern Family," where she played the mother of Sofia Vergara's character, Gloria.

She starred in More

  • Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014
In this May 29, 2014 file photo, actor Neil Patrick Harris speaks at Book Expo America in New York. Harris is set to host the Oscars next year. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Neil Patrick Harris is going for an awards-show trifecta, set to host the 2015 Oscars after four hosting stints at Broadway's Tony Awards and two at TV's Primetime Emmy Awards.

"To be asked to follow in the footsteps of Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, and everyone else who had the great fortune of hosting is a bucket list dream come true," Harris said in a statement Wednesday released by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The 41-year-old entertainer announced his Oscar gig online Wednesday. He posted a video on Twitter of him on the phone saying, "I'm in," then showing a close-up of his bucket list and circling "Host the Oscars."

Academy Awards co-producer Neil Meron confirmed the casting on Twitter. He and co-producer Craig Zadan said they've known Harris "his entire adult life."

"We have watched him explode as a great performer in feature films, television More

  • Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
WGN's "Manhattan"
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- 

Executives at WGN America have ordered another season of the TV drama "Manhattan."

The announcement came Tuesday as the cable network prepares to air the first season's finale this weekend. The network's president and general manager, Matt Cherniss, says he's thrilled with the show's success so far.

Cherniss says writer-producer Sam Shaw and director Thomas Schlamme have brought to life the World War II-era Manhattan Project in a brilliant way.

The drama follows a group of scientists and their families as they attempt to navigate a world of secrets and lies while developing the first atomic bombs. The drama is set in a makeshift, desolate community in northern New Mexico.

At its peak, the Manhattan Project employed 130,000 workers, but it was kept largely secret and out of public view.

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  • Monday, Oct. 13, 2014
Indonesian President-elect Joko Widodo, left, speaks with Facebook Mark Zuckerberg, second from left, as they arrive at a market in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. Zuckerberg and Widodo discussed ways to take advantage of the online social networking service for beneficial of national development. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- 

On his first visit to Facebook-crazy Indonesia, Mark Zuckerberg met the president-elect, spread the word about his company's global Internet-access initiative and posted a photo of himself at an ancient Buddhist temple.

The Facebook CEO arrived Sunday, when he climbed Borobudur temple in Central Java and posted a widely shared photo of himself atop its stupas on his Facebook page. On Monday he met Indonesian President-elect Joko Widodo, who used social media extensively in his campaign.

"It was a great conversation," Zuckerberg said. "One of the big priorities that he communicated was growing jobs and growing the economy. I think that growing the Internet and connectivity is one of the best ways we can do that."

The 30-year-old billionaire is traveling to help advance the Facebook-led project Internet.org.

"We are trying to get free basic services and affordable access to the two-thirds More

  • Monday, Oct. 13, 2014
Steven Yeun, from left, Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus attend the PaleyFest New York "The Walking Dead" panel discussion during The William S. Paley Television Festival at The Paley Center for Media on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, In New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

The Nielsen Company says the 17.3 million people who watched the fifth season opener of "The Walking Dead" Sunday is a record both for the show and for a cable television program.

Nielsen said that represented the biggest audience ever for a single non-sports program on cable TV. The AMC drama beat its previous record audience of 16.1 million for the fourth season opener last October.

"The Walking Dead" also had a staggering 11 million viewers among 18-to-49-year-olds, considered most valuable to advertisers. That beats every other scripted show on TV this season, with CBS' premiere of "The Big Bang Theory" coming closest with 6.9 million in that demographic.

Those numbers will only increase when time-delayed viewership is counted in. The discussion show, "The Talking Dead," had 6.9 million viewers.

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