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25 Aug 2013 - 04:35:00 pm

Foreign moviegoers are superheroes to Hollywood

He once described himself as a human algorithm because he loved recommending movies based on a customer's previous rentals. And he recounts, with a hint of incredulity, the congratulations he received from such TV titans as "All in the Family" creator Norman Lear and "Charlie's Angels" producer Leonard Goldberg after kim kardashian wedding the news of Netflix's first Emmy nominations. "Ted has two feet on the ground," Lear says. "He's very rare." Still, in a town where people are known by the company they keep, Sarandos, 49, travels in powerful circles. Earlier this month, he and his wife, Nicole Avant daughter of former Motown Records Chairman Clarence Avant threw an 87th birthday celebration for crooner Tony Bennett in the lantern-lit backyard of their $5-million Beverly Hills home.

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In the past two years, eight out of 11 superhero films earned between 58 and 66 percent of ticket sales outside the United States. Those foreign returns are now underwriting the future of lucrative franchises, say analysts. The stakes are high. Disney Studios will spend billions to produce Marvel movies with intertwined storylines over the coming years. Warner Bros. looks prepared to follow suit with its DC Comics properties. "It's a recipe for success, but a recipe that has to have ingredients from all over the world," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of 's box-office division.

Customers who qualify for subsidized groceries kim kardashian official aren't required to pay the bag fee. The plastic-bag ban has met with little resistance, city officials said. San Francisco approved California's first ban on plastic bags in 2007 and since then many municipalities -- including Malibu, Santa Monica and Pasadena -- have followed suit. In June, Los Angeles became the largest city to back a ban on plastic grocery bags by approving an ordinance that applies to both smaller stores and big retail chains like Target and Wal-Mart. Los Angeles ordinance, like West Hollywoods, will go into effect gradually, reaching large stores Jan.

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In light of his alleged PED use, he may be forced to forfeit more than $34 million in salary. It comes as no surprise that few in the Hollywood spotlight admit to imbibing for fear of stigmatization. Oliver Stone, Nick Nolte and Dixie Carter -- who all extol the anti-aging benefits of HGH -- are among the exceptions. Charlie Sheen told Sports Illustrated that he took steroids to prep for his role as a pitcher in 1989's Major League. Mickey Rourke and Arnold Schwarzenegger also have opened up about using PEDs.

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The MPAA is questioning how well voluntary dress like kim kardashian initiatives are working when it comes to piracy. The organization is urging the Patent and Trademark office to evaluate the success of piracy prevention by how eagerly Internet companies pursue violations. The MPAA says that the big Internet companies voluntary efforts to fight piracy have been decent, but not the solution the Hollywood industry is looking for. On the other hand, the Internet Association, which is made up of companies like Google, AOL, eBay, Yahoo, and Facebook, are arguing that there are other ways to fight piracy aside from policing it on their sites. "The Internet Association recommends the [Patent Office] set aside its inquiry of industryas voluntary initiatives to reduce online infringement for a broader review that looks beyond data and metrics of enforcement mechanisms,a the association said in a statement. The association believes that Hollywood should take a look at how easily available pirated content is to the consumer.

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