AT&T antitrust win may herald new wave of media mergers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Brace yourself for a likely new era of media megamergers.

AT&T's victory over the government's attempt to block its $85 billion takeover of Time Warner underscores just how much the way people watch — and pay for — TV has changed. It also highlights how corporate America wants to adapt to deal with its new environment. In short: Bigger is better.

After AT&T-Time Warner win, is Comcast-Fox a done deal?

NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast will likely bid for Fox's entertainment business as early as Wednesday now that a federal judge has cleared AT&T's $85 billion takeover of Time Warner.

Judge's ruling on AT&T's bid for Time Warner likely to spur merger rush

NEW YORK — Now that a federal judge has cleared AT&T's $85 billion takeover of Time Warner, other companies are likely to rush to consolidate.

Tuesday's ruling signaled that federal regulators will have a hard time stopping companies from growing by gobbling up rivals and their content.

Box Office | 'Ocean's 8' steals top spot

NEW YORK — "Ocean's 8," the female-fronted overhaul of the starry heist franchise, opened with an estimated $41.5 million at the box office, taking the weekend's top spot from the fast-falling "Solo: A Star Wars Story."

Setting the stage: A look at the Virginia Theatre's 2018-19 schedule

Wow. There's almost too much to write about the Virginia Theatre's fall and spring schedule highlights. You already know that Roger Ebert's Film Festival makes April 10-14 super special. The theater has already announced "Annie" (Aug. 2-5) and Taj Mahal and the Keb' Mo' Band on Aug. 9; we'll be writing about both of them. And of course we'll be writing about Pens To Lens on Aug. 11.

Who lives here? June 9, 2018

Each week on this page, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie or television show and ask readers, "Who lives here?" Email your guess of a character who resides there to, and we'll give a winner a shout-out on next week's page. Be sure to include your full name and town of residence.

Weekend Top 10, June 8, 2018

Places to be and things to see this weekend, courtesy of staff writer Tim Mitchell:

Spitting image

Folks line up to spit crickets at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Old Glory Festival in Bement. Organizer Pat Hunter says participants pop crickets in their mouths and spit, trying to break the record of 32 feet.

Amazon unveils new streaming-TV device that's almost hands-free

NEW YORK (AP) — Alexa for couch potatoes is coming: Amazon's new streaming-TV device will let users shout out when they want to turn on the TV, flip channels or search for sitcoms — all without pushing any buttons.

Top of the Morning, June 8, 2018

An update on MIKE RENNER:

The former Uni High basketball star and Pro Football Focus analyst continues to gain notoriety as a contestant on ABC's "The Bachorette."

Though the taping of the show is over, Renner can't talk about the results until the entire season airs.

Chuck Koplinski | 8 is not enough: Newest 'Ocean's' sinks more than it swims

One of the reasons Stephen Soderbergh's "Ocean's Eleven" was such a success is that it contains an effortless sense of cool from a bygone era.