The News Corp. who owns the Dow Jones and Company which publishes the Wall Street Journal and Barron’s weekly business magazine among many others in the U.S. is considering a company breakup into two entities. It would separate the media giant’s underperforming newspaper business from its lucrative entertainment assets. Approximately 70 percent of the company profits come from television. The new newspaper business could include The Wall Street Journal, The Times of London, The New York Post, and as many as other 175 newspapers worldwide. These publishing enterprises contributed $8.8 billion in revenue in 2011. On the other hand, the much more lucrative entertainment enterprises contributed $23.5 billion in revenue in 2011 to the media empire.

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Rupert Murdoch who is the Chairman and CEO of the News Corp. built the company from a single newspaper in Adelaide, Australia into a billion dollar multi-media giant. The Murdoch family owns 40 percent of the empire and will continue to handle both parts once separated.

Rupert Murdoch’s media empire is valued at about $53 billion. A recent phone-hacking scandal at its News of the World British tabloid caused it to close the publication. It is faced with enormous financial strain and decline in print advertising revenue.

Robin Gibb and the Bee Gees

The 1970’s dominant music group, Bee Gees, singer Robin Gibb died on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at age 62 due to his long battle with colorectal cancer and intestinal surgery. The group included Robin and his two fraternal brothers Barry and Maurice. Robin Gibb was born on December 22, 1949 in Isle of Man and grew up in Australia and U.K.

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Robin was a solo artist prior to Bee Gees and he became the lead singer for the group. Trio owned 1960’s pop songs like “I’ve Gotta Get a Message to you”. Bee Gees carrier spans more than five decades and sold over 200 million records worldwide. Robin was a singer as well as a song writer. The trio wrote most of their number one hits. Bee Gees were the gold standard for pop and R & B.

Bee Gees also produced materials for such artist like Barbara Streisand, Dionne Warwick, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers.

Robin Gibb received a CBE from the Prince of Wales for his contribution to music.

Robin’s twin brother Maurice died in 2003 and only surviving Bee Gees is Barry, age 65. Robin was married to Molly Hullis in 1968 and together they had two daughters. They got divorced in 1980.

Chipmunks

Ross Bagdasarian Sr. spent $190 of his last $200 in 1958 to buy a state-of-the-art tape recorder that can playback at various speeds. He recorded “Christmas Don’t Be Late” with a fictitious group known as Chipmunks who sang with a high pitched obscure voice. The song later became the No. 1 Billboard chart, sold over four million copies and created the now famous three Chipmunks: Alvin, Simon and Theodore. Today, Chipmunks is a family owned business based in Montecito, California. Ross Bagdasarian Jr. with his wife now owns the right to the Chipmunks empire.

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Over the years, Chipmunks popularity came in waves. However, Fox bought the three characters in 2007 and this resulted in creating three hit movies: Alvin and the Chipmunks, Squeakquel, and Chipwrecked. Besides the major movies, there are many other productions, a TV series, several movies on DVDs and other merchandize. The company is also exploring an idea to make a live show that can travel around the world.

The current owners are very involved with the business and tightly control the branding of Chipmunks. Once they refused a proposal to manufacture and market a sugary cereal using the brand name. The owners are also involved in several law suits to protect the brand from exploitation.

The award season typically starts with the infamous Golden Globe Awards. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association honors the best in film and television both domestic and foreign productions with the Golden Globes. The 72nd Golden Globe Awards are scheduled for January 11, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, California where the show was held since 1961. This year’s hosts of the awards ceremony will be Tina Fey and Amy Poehler who are returning for the third time. The awards were first offered in 1944 for productions that took place in 1943. The NBC will carry the awards ceremony live on its television network. Many consider Golden Globes as an indicator of what’s coming at the Academy Awards.

Awards will be given in 15 motion picture categories and 11 television categories. Some categories offer more than one statuette. Among film categories best motion picture, best director, best actor and best actress are highly regarded by many. Similarly, best drama and best comedy are important for success of each production in terms of ticket sales. Nominees for the 72nd Golden Globe Awards are expected to be announced on December 11, 2014 at the same venue for the gala event.

Will 2015 be better for movies?

Movie ticket sales in the United States are dwindling for many years. The number of movie goers dropped from 1.5 billion ten years ago to 1.3 billion in 2013. Availability of titles online and bigger and better TVs are in the market, ticket sales may continue its slippery slope. However, movie theaters are counting on blockbuster releases in 2015. In the pipeline include super heroes such ad James Bond, Luke Skywalker and Tony Stark. Star Wars, Avengers film series from Marvel, Paranormal Activity and Mission Impossible from Viacom’s Paramount Pictures are also scheduled for release during the next year along with the finale for The Hunger Games from Loins Gate Entertainment. Twentieth Century Fox is also scheduled to release its Taken 3 and The Fantastic Four.

Summer time is the most important period for movie ticket sales. However, 2014 summer has seen almost 20 percent drop in ticket sales. Who is to blame for the lost sales? Netflix streaming services has seen growth during the same period. A-list movie stars are doing more and more television productions. To attract more viewers into theaters, theater owners are now planning to add laser projections which will improve the quality of film screen images.

By Soccer Garage

In households throughout the world, nothing compares to the day when the big match is on. Families all over the globe will gather around their televisions, bars and restaurants will become swollen to the doors with ardent fans, people will tune out the world with their headphones so they can listen to the match no matter where they are.

If you’re a fan who lives and breathes soccer like this, then you probably already know what this is like. However, this also means you should look the part with the right soccer equipment. While the right soccer gear can make all the difference when you’re actually on the pitch, don’t forget that looking the part can also make the game that much more enjoyable.

Wear the jersey of your favorite player proudly as you cheer them on to victory. Of course, as you’re not actually playing, you can also wear a scarf, hat and more. This way, everyone around you will know where your loyalties lie and you’ll have an even easier time getting lost in all the action.

So show off the type of fan you are with the right soccer gear for the big day. Chances are you’ll enjoy it even more.

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No matter what kind of equipment or supplies you need to enjoy the game, head to Soccer Garage today. The company carries the very best soccer bags plus any and all jerseys you want to wear on the pitch to look your best and play like a pro.

Is curved TV the future?

LG and Samsung believe that curve TV is the future direction of the TV industry. So they are coming up with large curved screens including LG 55EA980W OLED model and Samsung’s UE65H8500 model UHD LED and UE55H800 full HD LED model.

Beside its cool factor, the best argument for curved TV is it provides a “wrap around” view enhancing your peripheral vision and draws you more into what you are watching. The curving also provides a false sense of 3D yet you are watching 2D. This is due to the perception of depth of what you are watching. Curving also brings images closer to you and promoters of curved TV argues that light is more focused on you compared to flat screens. It tracks curvature of your eye better than any other screen. With 70 inches and more coming to the market, this fact will be proven in the future.

However, opponents of curved TVs are not convinced that it is the future of TV technology. They argue that curve limits your viewing angles and exaggerates reflections by stretching and distorting the picture over wider area. The only best view point is right in front of the center of the TV and the new curved TVs cost far more than larger flat screens available in the market.

By Soccer Garage

Although the World Cup has finally come to an end, there is still plenty of soccer (or football) to be watched. So even if you weren’t cheering for Germany, you can still feel like a winner in the months to come. However, no matter how good your team is, you’ll have that feeling a lot more if you’re dressed that way. Don’t just cheer for winners, dress like one while you do it.

One way to go about this is with an Adidas soccer jersey. The company is obviously well known for being one of the best in the industry when it comes to making any type of soccer equipment. Obviously, Adidas soccer cleats are known the world around for how amazingly effective they are. So it goes without saying that they can make plenty of other important pieces of clothing and equipment too.

So the next time your team plays, whether you’re showing up to the corner pub or just your living room, do so in style. While you probably don’t want to wear cleats indoors, it’s easy to put on your favorite jersey and scarf to cheer your team on toward victory.

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When you want to do your best on the pitch, you better bring the right equipment with you—sadly, natural talent and ability just aren’t enough. Fortunately, Soccer Garage is around to offer you high-quality items like Adidas soccer shoes and just about every form of equipment you could ever need.

The summer of 2014 brought in two successful movies, Paramount Pictures Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Teenage Ninja Turtle pocketed more than $120 million in the U.S. and Canada within the first 11 days of screening. This success is mainly due to kids who are at home during the summer. This is why 2014 summer releases were jam packed. Among movies successfully released includes Godzilla which raked in $93 million within the weekend following the opening in May and X-Men: Days of Future Past which came in the following weekend took the helm and earned $90 million. Maleficent followed them the next weekend and grossed more than $68 million. By late July, Transformers: Age of Extinction which opened in late June earned more than $243 million in total ticket sales. All these summer blockbusters are expected to do exceptionally well in other countries.

Summer releases traditionally crowd the season and more and more studios are advancing release dates earlier to avoid other known movie releases basically extending the summer forward. One big problem for movie makers is dwindling numbers of teenagers going to movies. Data indicates that this group dropped by more than 17 percent in year 2013.

By Soccer Garage

When it comes to the game of soccer, there are those who play it, those who love it and those who live it. Which one are you? Being the first two is pretty easy. Even playing it doesn’t have to be the biggest challenge if you are only kind of into the game. It’s when you decide to take the leap and live for the greatest game ever that the stakes become higher and more is asked of you. That’s when you become the type of person who wears goalkeeper gloves to watch your favorite team play at a bar. That’s when you carry soccer equipment in your car, just in case. That’s when you wear cleats to bed and sing your team’s song in the shower.

So do you live for the game or not? If so, buy the best gear and wear it proud (and shame anyone who doesn’t anything else). After all, this is more than just a game we’re talking about. It’s more than just a way of life. This is soccer.

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Whether you still play the game or it’s just a sport you watch on TV, there’s no such thing as a semi-serious soccer fan. That means you probably want all the best gear for this obsession of yours (and understandably so). Head over to Soccer Garage then for everything from the best ball to the reusch gloves  you want on your hands.

Written by Kaki West

kaki-west-0959bAs a follower of my blog, you might already know that I love Tea Tree Oil. I use it as my miracle pimple cure, but there are many other reasons to purchase and keep this product in your medicine cabinet. Here are two unique reasons to buy tea tree oil.

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