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“Mockingjay” sets box office record for 2014

washingtonpost.com — The latest installment of the "The Hunger Games" set another box office record, with "Mockingjay, Part 1″ drawing the year's biggest opening weekend with an estimated $123 million in ticket sales.

Obama Lifts Broad Set Of Sanctions Against Cuba

washingtonpost.com — President Obama yesterday announced a series of steps aimed at easing the U.S. relationship with Cuba, breaking from policies first imposed by the Kennedy administration and stepping into an emotional debate over the best way to bring democratic change to one of the last remaining communist regimes.

Disney’s global success with ‘Frozen’ took lots of translation, investment

washingtonpost.com — The global blockbuster success of Disney's "Frozen" was not by accident. The company put a huge investment into making the animated film as accessible in Beijing as in Buenos Aires. The movie is translated into 41 languages, which included an international cast of more than 900 people. They worked on 1,300 recording sessions.

DreamWorks merger talks fail, raising new questions about the company’s future

washingtonpost.com — For DreamWorks Animation, the third time was not a charm. The animation studio this week was reportedly rebuffed by potential buyer Hasbro, sending the animation company's stock lower and renewing questions about its future. DreamWorks' negotiations with suitors SoftBank and 21st Century Fox also broke down.

Will we pay to watch 'High Maintenance'? Vimeo is finding out

thecannabist.co — When "High Maintenance" was first released two years ago on the Internet as free, bite-sized vignettes about bourgeois Brooklyn as navigated by a marijuana dealer, it became a surprise hit. Now, its creators are testing the loyalty of fans by charging for new episodes on video-sharing site Vimeo.

Will people pay to watch a Web series? Vimeo is trying to find out.

washingtonpost.com — When "High Maintenance" was first released two years ago on the Internet as free, bite-sized vignettes about bourgeois Brooklyn as navigated by a marijuana dealer, it became a surprise hit. Now, its creators are testing the loyalty of fans by charging for new episodes on video-sharing site Vimeo.

Spotify responds to Taylor Swift: We pay more than $2 billion in royalties

washingtonpost.com — Taylor Swift has criticized streaming services like Spotify for not sharing enough of its revenues with musicians. On Tuesday, Spotify chief executive Daniel Ek responded, saying that that streaming service is paying more than $2 billion in royalties. Ek defended the streaming service, calling it is the fastest growing source of new revenues for the music industry.

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Taylor Swift takes on the streaming services in effort to save CDs

washingtonpost.com — The music album has been written off for dead - but not for Taylor Swift. Swift's new "1989" album is the first to go platinum this year with 1.287 million copies sold in its first week, the most successful record debut since 2002.

Taylor Swift’s ’1989′ becomes the first platinum album of the year

washingtonpost.com — Taylor Swift's album "1989″ is officially a monster hit, going platinum with 1.287 million copies sold in its first week in the biggest debut of an album since 2002. The album is a rare success in an era of streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify that have made music easy to get for free or very cheaply.
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Nov 23, 2014

Reese Witherspoon on female roles "First I got mad, really mad" now, she's changing the movies wapo.st/1BQ8ZJw @alyssarosenberg

Nov 23, 2014

Beyoncé, all hail the (marketing) queen. Building buzz ahead of album debut Monday wpo.st/T2ev @mjcotrera

Nov 23, 2014

Kudos @sabrinarerdely for deeply reported UVA campus rape. Here's result: UVA Suspends Fraternities rollingstone.com/culture/news/u… via @rollingstone

Nov 23, 2014

Bill Cosby’s legacy, recast: Accusers speak in detail about sexual-assault allegations wpo.st/80ev

Nov 21, 2014

First FackChecker post by @MyHLee. #FF her!: Has the medical device tax shipped jobs overseas and stunted innovation? wapo.st/1zHIYay

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