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U.S. TV Operators Seek Silver Bullet to Fight Online Rivals

The empire has not yet figured out how to strike back.

The major legacy television companies are struggling to find the formula to stem the loss of customers to Internet rivals like Netflix, Amazon and others.

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'Nice Guy' Trump Hosts 'Saturday Night Live'

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump hosted the sketch-comedy show "Saturday Night Live," defying protesters to make the highly anticipated but controversial primetime television appearance.

Wearing a dark suit, white shirt and red tie, the bombastic Trump stepped on stage to cheers and insisted in a nearly five-minute opening monologue that saw him flanked by two lookalikes: "I am a nice guy."

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Beatles Guitar Fetches $2.4 Mn at U.S. Auction

A guitar beloved by John Lennon for writing Beatles hits such as "She loves you" and "All my loving" sold for a record $2.41 million on Saturday, a U.S. auction house said.

The 1962 J-160E Gibson Acoustic guitar was bought by the famous Beatle in Liverpool in September 1962 for 161 pounds, Julien's Auctions said.

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Delon, France's Greatest Screen Seducer, Turns 80

To some he was the sexiest man of the 20th century, to others he is an egotistical cad. But as the actor Alain Delon turns 80 on Sunday, France still can't make up its mind about its greatest screen seducer.

As a slew of new French and Italian television documentaries puzzle over the enigmatic star, even Brigitte Bardot, one of Delon's oldest friends, has admitted she, too, has never quite solved the riddle.

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Dutch PM Wades into Sesame Street Row

A mini storm has broken out in the Netherlands ruffling some feathers amid plans to move popular children's program "Sesame Street" away from its regular early evening slot.

But Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who declared he's a fan of the show known as "Sesamstraat," backed public broadcaster NPO's decision.

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Activision Launches Film Studio to Showcase Games

U.S. video game giant Activision Blizzard on Friday announced the creation of its own television and film studio to bring titles such as "Skylanders" and "Call of Duty" to the big and small screens.

Activision Blizzard Studios' first production will be "Skylanders Academy," an animated TV series based on the award-winning game, followed by several films based on the best-selling "Call of Duty" franchise and possibly television adaptations too.

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Elvis Tops UK Charts with Orchestral Album

Elvis Presley went straight back to the top of the UK album charts on Friday with a collection that backs the king of rock and roll's voice with Britain's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

"If I Can Dream" gave the late U.S. legend his 12th chart-topper in Britain, meaning he now has more UK number one albums than any other male solo artist.

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Jolie and Pitt Seek to Rekindle their Romance in 'By the Sea'

Hollywood power couple Angelina Jolie and husband Brad Pitt were all smiles at the world premiere of "By the Sea", her latest directorial outing and their first on-screen pairing in a decade.

The much anticipated movie, which had its official opening at the American Film Institute festival late on Thursday, is an intimate drama about a married couple in the 1970s whose relationship is verging on collapse. 

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Seoul District to Erect "Gangnam Style" Statue

A statue dedicated to South Korean singer Psy's global music video hit "Gangnam Style" is to be erected in the eponymous, upscale Seoul district made famous by the song.

Gangnam district council said Friday that the statue -- modelled after Psy's signature horse-riding dance move -- would be unveiled next month outside the COEX shopping and exhibition centre, where the first part of the video was shot.

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U.S. Creator of the Iconic 1960s Batmobile Dies

George Barris, the man who designed and built the black, fire-spitting vehicle made famous in the 1960s "Batman" television series, has died in Los Angeles, his son Brett announced on Facebook.

Known as the "King of the Kustomizers," the 89 year-old Barris died at home in his sleep on Thursday.

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