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Netflix sinking deeper into debt to fuel subscriber growth

SAN FRANCISCO—Netflix is sinking deeper into debt in its relentless pursuit of more viewers, leaving the company little margin for error as it tries to build the world’s biggest video subscription service. The big burden that Netflix is shouldering hasn’t been a major concern on Wall Street so far, as CEO Reed Hastings’ strategy has …

James Corden catches flak for joking about Harvey Weinstein

LOS ANGELES — Television talk show host James Corden is facing a backlash over jokes he made about Harvey Weinstein. Corden made a string of quips about Weinstein and the sexual misconduct allegations against him during a Hollywood charity event Friday. Corden joked about Weinstein in a bathtub and said “he’ll settle for whatever potted …

‘Happy Death Day’ scares off ‘Blade Runner’ at box office

LOS ANGELES — The box office might be struggling this year, but the horror genre is alive and well. This weekend the “Groundhog Day”-like horror pic “Happy Death Day” scored a first-place finish, surpassing expectations and blowing the much costlier and star-driven “Blade Runner 2049” out of the water. Studio estimates Sunday show “Happy Death …

Nearly 3 decades later, Anita Hill sees the needle moving

It’s been 26 years since Anita Hill, soft-spoken and deliberate in her bright blue suit, sat before a Senate panel and detailed the lurid sexual harassment charges that would transfix a nation. Clarence Thomas went on to the Supreme Court, but Hill’s testimony was a watershed moment that raised awareness in incalculable ways. Will the …

Motion Picture Academy expels movie mogul Harvey Weinstein

LOS ANGELES — In a move virtually unprecedented, disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was revoked Saturday by its board. The decision was reached in an emergency session by the academy, the world’s top movie organization and home to the Oscars. The expulsion was effective immediately. …

Two Canadian actresses join list of Harvey Weinstein accusers

TORONTO — Two Canadian actresses have spoken out against embattled Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein as he faces mounting allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault. In an interview with the CBC Thursday night, Erika Rosenbaum of Montreal alleged the fallen movie mogul made aggressive sexual advances during three separate meetings nearly 15 years ago. Weinstein, …

Woman who accused rapper Nelly of rape won’t testify

SEATTLE — A woman who said the rapper Nelly raped her on his tour bus in a Seattle suburb last weekend is dropping her pursuit of criminal charges. News outlets report that Karen Koehler said in a statement Friday that her client wanted to stop the investigation and would refuse to testify in court. Koehler …

Standout ‘Jeopardy!’ player’s streak ends with narrow loss

LOS ANGELES— The winning streak of standout “Jeopardy!” contestant Austin Rogers is at an end. Rogers, a New York City bartender, lost narrowly on Thursday’s show after a 12-game winning streak. A “Jeopardy!” spokeswoman said Rogers’ $411,000 put him in fifth place in “Jeopardy!” all-time regular season winnings. The new “Jeopardy!” champ is Scarlett Sims …

Musician Liona Boyd says Weinstein reports echo memories of sexual harassment

TORONTO — Classical guitarist Liona Boyd says the mounting allegations of sexual harassment against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein have stirred up painful memories. The five-time Juno Award winner says she encountered powerful entertainment leaders in the 1970s and 1980s who pressured her to trade sex for a chance at fame. “I was in that position too many …

‘Fixer Upper’ stars Joanna and Chip Gaines talk show’s end

NEW YORK — The couple behind HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” is opening up about the reasons for ending the show after its fifth season, which premieres next month. In an interview with People magazine, Chip and Joanna Gaines cite a grueling 11-month production schedule as a reason for the show’s end. Chip Gaines says the show …

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