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Netflix Inks Entertainment Deal With Marriott (NASDAQ:NFLX) (NASDAQ:MAR)

Netflix has announced that the company has reached a deal with Marriott Hotels to provide entertainment for the hotel chain’s guest rooms. Many hotels have found that their guests regularly stream video from services like Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, and HBO Go while they’re in hotels. Over the past few years, streaming services have surged while traditional television viewing has declined. Marriott says that the Netflix app will be added to the in-room television sets in several hotels initially, with the program being rolled out to... 
 

Super Bowl: 1.25 Billion Chicken Wings Will Be Consumed

Forget about the GoDaddy ad that has raised controversy and the deflategate. The big story of Super Bowl XLIX is about what Americans are estimated to spend in celebrating the big games. According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend $14.31 billion. What is even more remarkable is the tab for the partying has increased by close to 65% over the past eight years. In 2007, the price tag was just $8.71 billion despite TV viewership increasing at a much lesser pace during that time from 93 million to 111 million. The tab for the Super... 
 

Tips On Planning Your Evening Wedding Reception

There’s no doubt that your wedding day will be one of the most important – and memorable – days of your life. People spend months, if not years, planning their big day, with friends and family all lending a helping hand to ensure that the wedding is truly magical. From booking the venue to selecting table decorations, there’s so much to consider when organising your wedding. And the part that will require the most planning is often the evening wedding reception. With this in mind, here are some tips: The venue For most weddings,... 
 

Oregon and DC Voters Approve Pot Use

District of Columbia and Oregon voters have legalized the recreational use of pot. This has elated activists in favor of marijuana legalization who are hoping to extend their current winning streak across the U.S. Oregon will now join Washington state and Colorado, where voters approved recreation marijuana use over two years ago. The District of Columba is nearly on the same path unless the U.S. Congress, which has the power to review, blocks the move. Another measure for the legalization of marijuana in Alaska also was approved by state voters. Other... 
 

‘Blackfish’ Documentary Blamed For Lower Profits At SeaWorld (NYSE:SEAS)

SeaWorld Entertainment is pointing the finger at a documentary released last year called “Blackfish” for lower attendance and profit for the second quarter of the fiscal year. The documentary focused on the theme park operator’s treatment of killer whales and how the whales were trained to perform tricks. The film appeared to suggest that the way the whales were treated resulted in violent behavior that resulted in the killing of their trainers. The negative publicity surrounding the theme park after the release of the documentary... 
 

SeaWorld’s Earnings Beat Expectations (NYSE:SEAS)

Even though SeaWorld has been embroiled in controversy since the documentary “Blackfish” was released, the company still managed to beat analysts’ expectations for its fourth quarter results. SeaWorld reported a loss of 13 cents a share and revenue of $272 million. This was higher than analyst estimates of a 15-cent loss and revenue of $271.42 million. The company expects to see fiscal year 2014 revenue of $1.49 billion to $1.52 billion while analysts predict revenue of $1.53 billion. Orlando-based SeaWorld operates 11 parks total, including... 
 

Casinos in Macau Record $45 Billion in Revenues

Macau, the tiny Chinese city, has once again broken its yearly record for earnings at casinos as last year’s revenues reached an incredible $45 billion, which further underlined its status as the biggest gambling market in the world. Macau has close to three dozen different casinos and between them took in over $4.2 billion in just December, according to recent data supplied by the Gaming Inspection Bureau on Thursday. The bureau is the gambling regulator for the country. The December revenues brought the total for 2013 up to $45 billion, which... 
 

Baldwin Says Relationship did not Exist

Alec Baldwin the Hollywood actor shed some tears while speaking against an actress from Canada in New York on Tuesday. The actress has been charged with stalking Baldwin and his wife. The actor denied there was a relationship between him and Genevieve Sabourin, saying he had only met the woman after a mutual friend requested he do so, to offer her career advice. Sabourin has been accused of leaving as many as 30 voicemails per night along with arriving at his residences as well as a public appearance. The star of 30 Rock, said he and his wife had... 
 

Thor Takes Top Spot at Box Office

At North America box offices, superheroes continue to win. Thor: The Dark World, by Disney earned more than $86 million to dominate the box office over the weekend in its domestic debut. Chris Hemsworth stars as the Marvel superhero. The movie earned over $109.4 million in its debut last weekend overseas and another $94 million this weekend internationally. An executive from Walt Disney Studios called it extraordinary. The people at Marvel, said the executive, have been so consistent when it relates to making their movies and making big events that... 
 

New York Marathon to have Unprecedented Security

On Sunday, the New York City Marathon will be held with the weather expected to be partly cloudy. A huge contingent of security that is unprecedented at the event will be on hand to give protection to the 45,000 plus runners that hope to traverse the 26.2-mile course that runs through the five boroughs of the Big Apple. Scuba divers from the police department have secured each of the bridges that will be used in the race, while boats from the harbor police will escort the ferries that bring runners over to the starting line on Staten Island. Helicopters... 
 

Anheuser-Busch Inbev Reports Rise In Third Quarter Profits

During its earnings report, Anheuser-Busch InBev reported that its third-quarter profits rose by 31%. According to the company’s report, net profit increased 31 percent to come in at $2.37 billion (1.73 billion euros). This was up from $1.81 billion in the same quarter a year earlier. Revenue reportedly rose 14 percent to come in at $11.6 billion. The rise in revenue was attributed to a takeover, currency effects and growth in the company. While the company has been reporting lower sales volumes, the takeover of new brands and higher selling prices... 
 

Surfer Rides Big Wave to New Record

Carlos Burle a surfer from Brazil might have set a new world record for surfing the largest wave after he rode a wave estimated to be 100-feet high off Portugal’s coast. Burle took on the ominous looking wave while he was surfing Monday off Praia do Norte, which is a fishing village on the Atlantic coast of Portugal. Media reports from agencies covering surfing and witnesses that were there suggested it might have been the largest wave ever surfed. Witnesses said a great deal of screaming and shouting took place when Burle began riding the wave.... 
 

Fliers on Spirit Revolt Due to Delays

Wednesday night Broward County Sheriff Deputies were called by authorities at the Fort Lauderdale International Airport after passengers from a Spirit Airlines flight, that had been delayed, started to become unruly. Deputies did not make any arrests, though additional delays were reported Thursday morning. The disruption in the Spirit schedule was apparently caused by aircraft inspections that Spirit were conducting after one of its fleet suffered engine failure in Texas last week. A spokesperson for the airline said that after reviewing maintenance... 
 

Sweden Tops List for Global Visa-less Travel

Citizens from Sweden can travel to 173 different countries across the globe without the need for applying for a single visa. That puts the Nordic country tied at the top of the list for visa-free traveling. The country at the bottom of the list is Afghanistan were citizens of that nation can only travel to 28 other countries without a visa required. Sweden was not alone at the top however, as its neighbor Finland and Britain citizens can travel to the same number of countries without needing to receive a visa. The rankings were taken from an annual... 
 

BT TV and the Right Package for you

No matter what you demand from your cable experience, a bt tv package may be just what you’ve been searching for. Whether selecting a cable package based on your budget, personal interests, or simply on a channel preference, bt tv packages are affordable with many channel options. There are three basic packages to choose from, but many other channels may be added to your bt tv package, customizing your cable experience to fit your specific needs and interests. The first, most basic package, TV Essential, available with BT Broadband service, consists... 
 

Labor Day Travel Predicted to be Higher

AAA has predicted that the highest number of travelers will hit the road since the recession and they will average 594 miles for a round trip this Labor Day weekend. AAA Travel predicts that over 34.1 million people living in the U.S. will make a journey of at least 50 miles during the upcoming three-day Labor Day Weekend. That figure is an increase of 4.2% from last year when 32.7 million made the same type of trip. The amount of holiday travelers for this Labor Day has been predicted to reach a post recession high. Labor Day is on Monday September... 
 

Cruise Liner Fails Unexpected Health Inspection

The Center for Disease Control conducted a surprise health inspection on one of the world’s plushest cruise ships, which resulted in the ship receiving a failing grade. A report released by the Vessel Sanitation Program of the CDC said that Silver Shadow, the luxury line was cited many times for using a group effort to remove trolleys of food from the galley on the ship to individual cabins of crew members to avoid them being inspected. The Silver Shadow underwent a snap inspection June 17 while in Skagway, Alaska. It was conducted following photographs... 
 

Woman Dies on Roller Coaster at Six Flags

Investigators are now attempting to determine how a woman fell from the world’s tallest steel and wooden roller coaster and died at the amusement park Six Flags Over Texas. At 6:30 pm on Friday, the incident took place in Arlington. A spokeswoman for the Park, Sharon Parker was able to confirm the woman’s death, but would not give any specifics as to how she had been killed. Eyewitnesses however told local media that the woman had fallen to her death. One witness was in line waiting for the next ride when the victim was secured for her ride.... 
 

Reasons to Embrace the Onesie Now

There are some fashion trends you just can’t escape, and the ‘onesie’ is one of them. They’re everywhere: designer boutiques, high-street stores, online retailers, eBay, Gumtree, reality TV, magazines, music videos… The thing with trends-that-are-everywhere is, the fact they’re mainstream puts some people off all together. If you’re yet to own an all-in-one suit for this very reason, this article is for you. Having just bought my own onesie, following much hesitation, the reasons to embrace one are finally clear! The reality is you’ve... 
 

Newsreader Reportedly Being Developed By Facebook (NASDAQ: FB)

Facebook, the world’s largest social network, has announced plans to develop a new mobile device that will highlight and showcase news from Facebook users and media organizations. The device is designed to offer news items that a user’s friends are sharing or stories that are trending on the site. Providing a good way to review news stories on the device could encourage people to spend more time on Facebook where they could be shown more ads. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, the mobile product is codenamed “Reader” and... 
 

New Marriott Campaign Aimed At Younger Travelers (NYSE:MAR)

Marriott International is introducing a new advertising and branding campaign to attract younger travelers to Marriott Hotels and Resorts, its largest brand. The campaign, named “Travel Brilliantly,” is directed at frequent business travelers who were born between the early 1960s to the 1990s, known as part of Generation X and Generation Y or referred to as millennials. Previous advertising strategies from the brand did not focus on these individuals. Mara Hannula, vice president for global marketing of Marriott Hotels, said that the campaign... 
 

Netflix Secures Deal With DreamWorks For New Shows (NASDAQ:NFLX)

Netflix has announced a multiyear deal with DreamWorks Animation for new TV shows for its Internet streaming service. DreamWorks will provide new episodic TV programs inspired by characters from past DreamWorks Animation franchises, including “Shrek” and “The Croods,” and its upcoming feature films. Characters from Classic Media, which the studio bought last year, are also included in the deal, so shows may be developed around Casper the Friendly Ghost, Lassie, She-Ra and Mr. Magoo. The deal is for 300 hours of original programming. DreamWorks... 
 

June 7, National Doughnut Day

Dunkin’ Donuts as well as many other national doughnut chains along with numerous local shops are giving away free doughnuts Friday June 7 in recognition of the holiday dating back to 1938. The holiday was designed to honor volunteers at the Salvation Army. Dunkin’ Donuts, on Friday for National Doughnut Day, will be giving its customers one free donut of their choice when they make a beverage purchase of any kind. Not all stores are taking part and supplies will be limited. The offer is being made available globally this year for the first... 
 

Prices at Disney Theme Parks on the Rise

For those families or friends heading to one of the Disney theme parks in Anaheim, California or Orlando, Florida to visit with Cinderella, Mickey Mouse or anyone of their friends, the price of admission has just gone up. Experiencing the magic of Disney’s parks will take a bigger bite out of the wallets of those wanting to attend. Officials at Disney have announced that starting Sunday a one-day ticket to the Magic Kingdom in Orlando would increase from $89 to $95. The price for the same pass at Disneyland in California was increased to $92 from... 
 

Security at Theme Park Questioned after Gun Found

A grandmother and grandson visited Orlando and Disney World’s Animal Kingdom last weekend. They boarded the Dinosaur ride and were hunting for a couple of thrills. However, what they found was not what they expected – a load gun on the seat near them. The owner of the Cobra .380 caliber pistol quickly claimed his firearm. The man from Florida told security at the park that he had the weapon in his pocket and it must have fallen out while he was on the ride. Angelo Lista, a resident of Royal Palm Beach, who has a valid concealed weapons permit,... 
 

Box Office Race Won by Iron Man 3

Disney’s most recent sequel Iron Man 3 took home over $175.3 million for its debut weekend in North America that was spread across 4,352 cinemas. It was the second best debut weekend ever behind just the $207.4 million that The Avengers posted a year ago, on the same weekend. The film earned a healthy $41,218 per cinema and was helped immensely from the extra boost by the IMAX screens, which represented nearly $16.5 million of the movie’s opening weekend take. Nearly 45% of the tickets sold were for the 3-D format. Just as with The Avengers,... 
 

Five Snowboarders Killed in Colorado Avalanche

On Saturday afternoon, five snowboarders lost their lives after an avalanche they apparently triggered in the backcountry at Loveland Pass in Colorado, fell on them. Search crews and rescue personnel recovered the five bodies a number of hours after the avalanche. The slide was over 600 feet wide with snow that was up to eight feet deep, Sheriff Don Krueger of Clear Creek said. Another snowboarder who was caught in the same avalanche survived after digging himself from the snow and calling for assistance. It was not known what that snowboarder’s... 
 

Maine Fitness Instructor Pleads Guilty to Prostitution

A Maine Zumba fitness instructor who used her studio to run a prostitution ring has pleaded guilty and faces time in jail. The case has captivated the quiet town that sits on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean known more for beaches and expensive homes than for prostitution rings. Alexis Wright’s plea agreement calls for her to spend 10 months in jail, but spares her and her clients from a high-profile court trial that would feature exhibitionism, sex videos along with pornography. The judge announced that Wright would be sentenced on May 31. Wright... 
 

Barnes & Noble Rethinks Nook’s Future

Barnes & Noble warned that its third quarter results will be lower than the previous year, partly due to losses in the Nook Media division. The company has not been successful investing in digital media over the last few years. The problem that Barnes & Noble faces is not loss of sales, but how it can focus on licensing digital content and move away from manufacturing devices. Abandoning the Nook would be a complete turn around for the company, who promoted the device as its future late last year. That means the company will have to partner... 
 

Moore Asking Court for Alimony from Kutcher

Hollywood actress Demi Moore filed a set of divorce papers Thursday in a courtroom in Los Angeles. Her divorce papers seek alimony payment from her estranged husband, actor Ashton Kutcher. The actor is starring in Two and a Half Men, the hit comedy on CBS. Kutcher filed his own set of divorce papers in December of last year after the couple had been legally separated for more than 12 months. Both Moore and Kutcher stated in separate divorce papers that the reason for the divorce was irreconcilable differences. Moore, who is 50, was one of Hollywood’s... 
 

Celebrities’ Favorite Cars

It’s no secret that celebs absolutely love their wheels. From Jay Leno to Taylor Lautner, every Hollywood icon has a super cool, super-expensive vehicle that they adore to death. With Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Rolls Royces and Bentleys, there is no shortage of amazing cars in LA. We’ve rounded up a list of celebs and their favourite cars, so you can take a peek and see just what rides the rich and famous have. Taylor Lautner After starring in all of the Twilight films, it’s no wonder that Taylor Lautner has all the money in the world to buy... 
 

Hawaii Has Country’s best well-being amongst Population

For most people in the U.S. a vacation in sunny Hawaii would be at the top of their lists. However, living in Hawaii is even better than that said Hawaiians. For the fourth consecutive year Hawaii was given the ranking as No. 1, as the U.S. state where residents report the best sense of well-being overall, based on their physical health, job satisfaction, outlook on life as well as other factors affecting the quality of life. This is according to an annual Gallup Well-Being Index released this week. There are other states consistently ranking in... 
 

United Now Offering Baggage Delivery Service for Passengers

United Airlines has joined American Airlines in offering its travelers the option of having their checked baggage delivered to their home, hotel or office if they are in too much of a hurry to wait for it. There is a fee that accompanies this service, but it appears some travels are not bothered by the price. BagsVIP, which is an arm of Bags, Inc., operates the new service. The delivery services pledges to deliver the luggage to its destination within a 40-mile radius away from the airport within four hours from the time the flight arrived. Passengers... 
 

Unbelievable Ski Deals

Skiing is one of the most common snow activities in the whole world. Skiing can even become a competitive sport. Whether you are traveling for pleasure or for business, skiing can be a great past time. During the year, there are many places in the United States that you can go skiing. Many people travel all around the world for the perfect spot to ski. The cost can be overwhelming at times. It is greatly important to know how to find the best luxury ski deals. People may think they can’t afford to even go skiing. With so many deals out there,... 
 

How to Order Blinds Online

The internet has made shopping for a lot of the things that people want a lot easier and much more convenient. Because of the power of the internet, many people spend more of their time shopping online; from the comfort of their homes, instead of bouncing from store to store. Most people have found that shopping this way has made it easier for them to compare products while avoiding lines altogether. People can buy all types of goods online. Everything from clothes to cleaning supplies can be purchased with the click of a mouse. Some of the most... 
 

Finding Cheap Holiday Flights

Cheap holidays. Not words you normally see together in the same sentence, especially when it comes to airfare. However, if you plan well and purchase early, you can save substantially. Here are some great tips that can help you put the phrase ‘cheap holidays’ back on the proverbial Thanksgiving table. • Purchase your airline tickets on Tuesdays, specifically, 3 p.m. eastern time on Tuesdays. If you go online at this time, you will find some of the best prices to be had. Be forewarned, this is no longer a secret, so there will be hundreds if... 
 

Sexting Tied to Risky Sex amongst Teenagers

One of seven high school students in Los Angeles who have a cell phone has sent photos or a test message that are sexually explicit, according to a survey. In addition, the survey said that sexters are more apt to take part in sexual behavior that is risky. The Los Angeles teens that had sent the text or photos that were racy were seven times more apt to be active sexually than those teenagers who claim to have never sexted. What the surveyors wanted to find out was if a link existed between taking risks with your own body and sexting. The answer,... 
 

Weak Demand Reduces Sony’s Quarterly Profit (NYSE: SNE)

Sony reported a 77% decrease in operating profit for the quarter that ended in June, a result far below analysts’ expectations.  Operating profit for the period fell to ¥6.28 billion, or $80 million.  Analysts had expected a 36% decrease.  Sony reduced its forecast for operating profit in the current financial year to ¥130 billion, from a previous forecast of ¥180 billion.  Analysts forecast annual operating profit of ¥139 billion. The company has been battered by the weak global economy, shifts in the exchange rate, and the crisis in... 
 

Phyllis Diller Dies at 95

Phyllis Diller, who was 95, died on Monday said her manager of many years. One of her closest friends, Joan Rivers the host of a cable television show, said she was with Diller about three weeks ago and she was all dressed up, running around and very happy. Rivers said she enjoyed the time she spent three weeks ago with Diller and she said that Diller had led a full and complete life. Diller died in Brentwood, California in her home where she had been receiving hospice care following a fall. The Queen of Comedy helped to open doors for other female... 
 

Aniston Engaged To Theroux

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux announced over the weekend that they were engaged. The couple has been together for over a year. Theroux enjoyed his birthday party on Friday even more than usual, as Aniston accepted his proposal of marriage, said his publicist. The engagement was also confirmed by one of Aniston’s reps. This weekend’s news came the same weekend that Brad Pitt, the ex-husband of Aniston, was rumored to be getting married at his estate with his partner Angelina Jolie. The couple held a huge party at their castle and rumors... 
 

Lopez Turns 43

Jennifer Lopez the superstar entertainer and former judge on American Idol celebrated her 43rd birthday today. Lopez has two beautiful twins Emme and Max who are four years old. She is currently touring with Enrique Iglesias and has a new dancer boyfriend by the name of Casper Smart. Some place Lopez’s net worth at over $150 million due to her singing career and successful movie roles. She currently is appearing in a recently released movie titled What to Expect When You’re Expecting. She was listed in Forbes magazine this year as no. 1 in the... 
 

Passenger Gets Strip Searched Due To Feeding Tube

John Deaton from North Texas announced that his wife was strip searched and had her feeding tube touched by Transportation Safety Administration screeners prior to one of her flights. His wife, Melinda Deaton, has a feeding tube that was medically implanted into her stomach and sticks out almost four inches. She needed the tube to be implanted after suffering complications from a prior gastric bypass operation. Deaton uses the airport frequently, as she has to fly on a regular basis to the Mayo Clinic in Minneapolis from Dallas. She said that agents... 
 

Family Blasts Tour for Son’s Death

On Monday, Hawaii law enforcement officials said that the tour operator, which took a group of adolescents on a tour where a teenager from New York was killed when he was swept out to sea, did not have the permit needed to be in the area of the tide pool where the tragedy took place. The tour company, Hawaii Pack and Paddle has state permits to take kayaks to a specific spot and hike along a trail that is designated by the permits. However, the Department of Land and Natural Resources said the area of the tide pool is outside the area that the permit... 
 

Usher’s Stepson is Brain Dead

Usher’s stepson, who is just 11, was declared brain dead by his doctors. The youngster collided with a jet ski on Sunday. Kyle Glover, Usher’s estranged wife’s son, has not had brain activity since he arrived at the hospital but no decision as of yet has been made whether or not he will be left on or taken off life support. Usher arrived on Sunday at the hospital and his wife Tameka has not left her son’s bedside since she arrived, said sources. Despite the acrimonious divorce from Foster, Usher chartered a plane to have Tameka, who was... 
 

Former My Three Sons Actor Dies

Don Grady played Robbie Douglas the dimpled-chinned son on My Three Sons, a hit sitcom on television from 1962 to 1970. He also was a Walt Disney Mouseketeer at 12, on the original Mickey Mouse Club. According to a reporter in Hollywood, Grady died in Thousand Oaks, California following a long battle with cancer. Grady was 68. My Three Sons started on ABC before it moved over to CBS. The show was squeaky clean, looking for the gentle laugh. Fred MacMurray played the father in the show, who was widowed and easygoing. Another well-known actor on the... 
 

Disney Opens Revamped California Adventure Park (NYSE: DIS)

The Walt Disney Company unveiled its revamped California Adventure park, sporting $1.1 billion worth of improvements.  The overhaul was five years in the making.  California Adventure is under pressure to live up to its promise, as the entertainment company depends on its $12 billion theme park business for growth. California Adventure opened 11 years ago over the old parking lot of the original Disneyland.  The theme park was intended as a complement to its sister park and was expected to turn Anaheim into a multi-day vacation hub.  Mr. Iger’s... 
 

G20 Leaders Laud Role of Tourism and Travel

In Los Cabos, Mexico the G20 world leaders, during their recent summit, recognized the important role that travel and tourism plays in fueling economic development and job growth. It was the first time the leaders had recognized this in the history of G20 summits. Leaders of the nations also committed to promoting initiatives that facilitate immigration procedures that are more efficient thus helping to expand tourism. The summit declaration said that the leaders recognized the crucial role of travel and tourism as a means of creating jobs, economic... 
 

Jenner Defends Decision to Put Daughter on birth control

Kris Jenner, the mother of reality star and model Kim Kardashian, took heat this week for putting Kim on birth control when her daughter was just 14. The matriarch of the Kardashian family defended her decision saying her liberal way of parenting was a strategy to help to protect her children. The mother of six, five daughters and a son admits she did not hesitate putting all of her daughters on birth control as soon as they starting showing an interest about sex. She said you want to protect your children. She said that Kim approached her and said... 
 

Come Close but Walk Softly

Sustainable tours are becoming more and more popular around the world. The tours concentrate on cultural heritage and conservation. Tour operators are now becoming certified in sustainable tourism that takes the visitor up close, but does not harm the environment or local people. Imagine riding elephants in Thailand, rafting through the rainforest in Costa Rica or staying amongst the indigenous in Ecuador. Today tour operators are pushing those types of activities to travelers that are in search of a truly authentic experience. Often times the tour... 
 

Bieber Battery Case Sent to District Attorney

The Sheriff’s Department in Los Angeles has completed its investigation and handed it over to local prosecutors Tuesday to determine if prosecutors will bring charges against Justin Bieber for the alleged brawl that took place between he and a paparazzi photographer. The District Attorney now has the case, said a sheriff spokesperson and it is up to them if they will press charges against Mr. Bieber or not. The D.A. will decide whether to proceed with criminal prosecution for what took place in a shopping center in the city of Calabasas, California.... 
 
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