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Kathy Karadza is a contributing writer for WebProNews. Follow Kathy on Twitter @KathyKaradza and/or StumbleUpon at Kathy_K.
Sofia Coppola in Talks to Direct ‘Little Mermaid’

Sofia Coppola is apparently in talks to direct a live-action version of the 1837 Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, The Little Mermaid, for Universal and Working Title, THR reported Wednesday. The “intention is to move quickly,” sources said. Coppola, director of Lost in Translation and Marie …

Paul Walker Film ‘Fast & Furious 7′ Back on Set

Filming of Fast and Furious 7 was put on hold after actor Paul Walker’s death last year, but shooting has resumed in Atlanta, Ga. this week. The cast and crew of the franchise’s seventh film officially headed back to work, less than …

Brittany Murphy Final Film Gets Release Date

Brittany Murphy’s final film, Something Wicked, has a release date, more than four years after the actress’ unexpected death. The movie will first be screened Apr. 4 in Eugene, Oreg., at the Regal Valley River Center 15, where the psychological thriller was …

Oscar Pistorius Knew Gun Safety Laws; Trial Day 11

Oscar Pistorius was aware of gun safety laws restricting the lethal force against intruders at the time he shot his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day last year, a gun dealer testified at the Paralympian’s trial Monday in Pretoria, South Africa. On …

HTC One (M8) Available From Tuesday

Carphone Warehouse said in a statement that the next HTC One (M8) smartphone will be announced at press events in London and New York on March 25, and immediately be available for purchase at select retailers in London. “In a …

Microsoft Office for iPad: CEO May Unveil Next Week

Microsoft will reportedly introduce Office for  iPad at an event in San Francisco on March 27. Satya Nadella will host his first event next week as CEO of Microsoft and invitations to the event have been making the rounds. Nadella …

Laura Prepon is Back as Alex Vause in ‘OITNB’

After some initial doubts, it became clear this week that Laura Prepon will return in her role as Alex Vause in Season 2 of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black. Netflix released photos this week of the new season of the …

Graduate Student Loans Regulations Proposed by Obama

The Obama administration took new steps on Friday and proposed “gainful employment” regulations to hold for-profit colleges and other career training programs accountable for producing graduates who can earn enough money to pay back student loans. The regulations are intended …

Hellfire Missiles: U.S. Delivers Ammunition to Iraq

The United States delivered 100 Hellfire missiles, as well as ammunition and M4 rifles to Iraq as part of its anti-terrorism assistance to the country, the U.S. embassy in Baghdad said in a statement Sunday. According to the statement, the …

Jennifer Hudson, Weight Watchers Part Ways

After four years and losing 80 pounds,  singer-actress Jennifer Hudson ended her stint as a Weight Watchers spokesperson, Us Weekly reported Saturday. The American Idol alum first teamed up with the company in 2011 when she was a size 12. She now fits …

Mike Schmidt of Phillies Battled Stage 3 Skin Cancer

Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt is currently recovering from Stage 3 melanoma and spoke publicly for the first time about it Sunday from Bright House Field, the Phillies’ Spring Training camp in Clearwater, Fl. Schmidt, 64, was in camp and …

Deontay Wilder Remains Undefeated with KO of Scott

Deonay Walker remained undefeated with his 31st straight knockout, beating Malik Scott in their first round in their heavyweight fight in Bayomon, Puerto Rico Saturday night. Wilder, 28, landed with a solid left and followed with a quick right that …

Pinkberry Co-founder Gets Seven Years in Prison

A co-founder of the Pinkberry frozen yogurt chain who was convicted last year of beating a Los Angeles homeless man with a tire iron over a tattoo he considered disrespectful was sentenced on Friday to seven years in prison. Young …

Quiznos Bankruptcy Filed Days After Sbarro

Quiznos announced Friday the restaurant chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, five days after Sbarro pizza chain did the same. The company, known for its toasted sandwiches,  said it agreed to a restructuring plan that will reduce its debt …

McAfee Report Sheds Light on the ‘Dark Web’

McAfee Labs released the McAfee Labs Threats Report: Fourth Quarter 2013 this week, highlighting the role of the malware industry as a key enabler of the data breaches in consumer credit card information and identity theft in fall 2013. The report, which …

Tina Fey Dispels Rumors of ‘Mean Girls’ Sequel

Tina Fey shut down rumors that there would be a Mean Girls sequel while doing press this week for her latest film, Muppets Most Wanted. The 2004 comedy, which starred Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams, celebrates its 10-year anniversary in April. …

DeMarcus Ware Signs $30 Million Deal with Broncos

DeMarcus Ware became the Denver Broncos’ last defensive addition in free agency Wednesday, when he agreed to a three-year, $30 million deal with the team. The deal will reportedly pay Ware $13 million in 2014 – $250,000 more than he …

At Least Six Killed in East Harlem Gas Leak Blast

At least six people are dead after an explosion reportedly due to a gas leak at 1644-46 Park Avenue in East Harlem Wednesday morning. Con Edison received a call at 9:13 a.m. Wednesday from a resident at 1652 Park Avenue about …

Chromebook Owners Get Free Google Music Trial

Google is offering a 60-day free trial of its Google Music All Access, which normally costs users $9.99 per month, to Chromebook users, the company announced via its Google+ page Monday. A new post on the company’s Google+ page states: …

Kitty Genovese Murder, 50 Years Later

This week marks 50 years since the murder of Kitty Genovese outside her apartment building in New York City. Genovese was stabbed by Winston Moseley in Kew Gardens, Queens, on March 13, 1964, and her murder became a sensation when …

Sbarro Pizza Chain Files for Bankruptcy Again

Pizza chain Sbarro LLC filed for bankruptcy protection Monday for the second time in less than three years and less than three weeks after being forced to close more than 40 percent of its locations. The Melville, NY based restaurant chain filed …

Genetic Mutation Kills Off Type 2 Diabetes

U.S. researchers earlier this week released the results of a study based on the genetic testing of 150,000 people that found a rare mutation that protects individuals from Type 2 diabetes, even the obese or elderly. David Altshuler, co-senior author, …

Safeway Sold for About $9.4 Billion

Safeway Inc., the second largest U.S. grocery store chain, said Thursday it agreed to be acquired by the supermarket chain Albertson’s, which is backed by the private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management, for about $9.4. billion. Albertson’s offer price was …

Ray Liotta Sues Skin Care Company

Ray Liotta filed a lawsuit Wednesday against skin care company Nerium International for using his likeness in fake advertisements. Nerium has reportedly been marketing a skin care product called “Nerium AD” using Liotta’s name and photographs to demonstrate “before and …