LOS ANGELES-- Critics don't like "Taken 2," but Liam Neeson's action sequel has proved twice the hit among fans as the original movie was. "Taken" went on to become a $145 million smash for Neeson, the Academy Award-nominated star of " Schindler's List" who has become an unlikely action hero in his 50 s.
LOS ANGELES, Oct 7- Liam Neeson thriller "Taken 2" captured the No. 1 spot on movie box office charts over the weekend with a brawny $50 million take from theaters in the United States and Canada.
The sequel starring Liam Neeson as a former CIA agent who gets captured in Istanbul pushed last weekend's winner, family flick " Hotel Transylvania," to second place. "Taken 2" was released by 20th Century Fox, a unit of News Corp. Sony Corp's movie studio distributed " Hotel Transylvania."
Cybercrime is becoming increasingly commonplace and insidious and yet, time and time again, corporate America appears ill-prepared.
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TOKYO, Oct 5- Sony Corp said it has halted sales of its Xperia tablet PCs, a month after its launch, after discovering gaps between the screen and the case that make some of the machines susceptible to water damage.
TOKYO, Oct 5- Sony Corp has halted sales of its Xperia tablet PCs, which the Japanese electronics firm launched to compete with Apple Inc's iPads, after finding some models had low water resistance, Jiji News Agency said on Friday.
LOS ANGELES-- In an Oct. 3 story about the James Bond franchise, The Associated Press erroneously reported that all of MGM's owners booked a loss on $5 billion in loans to the studio backing the franchise. In fact, whether the owners gain or lose in the deal will depend on how much they can reap from their ownership stakes and for how much they obtain the bonds.
NEW YORK, Oct 4- British buyout mogul Guy Hands heard a panel of U.S. judges pick away at his lawyer's arguments in an appeal of the fraud case he lost to Citibank over his takeover of music group EMI.
*James Bond films celebrate 50 years on Friday. LONDON, Oct 4- As a new documentary shows, the real story behind the James Bond film franchise is almost as dramatic as the 007 fantasies themselves, full of twists and turns, personality clashes, heroes, villains, beautiful women and narrow escapes.
DUBAI, Oct 4- Indebted Zabeel Investments, which is owned by Dubai's crown prince, has reached a $956- million debt deal with lenders, according to al-Khaleej newspaper on Thursday. A Dubai government official confirmed this week that the management of Zabeel had been taken over by state-owned Dubai Real Estate Corp..
Every Wednesday, a bar in central Tokyo hosts an unusual speed-dating event. There are drinks and plenty of coy looks. But the young people at the bar aren’t here for romance. The NYT reports.
LOS ANGELES-- Over the last 50 years, the owners of the James Bond movie franchise have had heart-stopping crises as thrilling as the ones that face their fictional secret agent. "Cubby used to say, `This is the goose that laid the golden egg, keep it safe,'" said Broccoli's youngest daughter, Barbara, now the series' co-producer, in a phone interview from London. "
DUBAI, Oct 2- State-owned Dubai Real Estate Corp. has taken over the management of Zabeel Investments, the indebted firm owned by Dubai's crown prince, the chief executive of Investment Corporation of Dubai said on Tuesday. It owns the lavish Zabeel Saray hotel on Dubai's man-made Palm Jumeirah island.
TOKYO, Oct 2- Japan's Nikkei share average was set to rise on Tuesday after data showed U.S. manufacturing expanded in September, beating expectations, while a softer yen should lend support to export-driven stocks.
SEOUL, Oct 2- Following is a list of events in South Korea as well as news stories and press reports that may influence financial markets. TOP STORIES> Cheaper smartphones boost Sony, Microsoft in Europe.
HIGH-TECH MEDICAL DEVICES: Sony's new alliance with Olympus will focus on producing endoscopes and other surgical tools packed with the Japanese electronic maker's three-dimensional imaging and super-clear "4 K" display technologies. NEW CHALLENGE: Sony said it's not clear when the alliance's first products will become available.
*Moody's says that Sony Corporation's alliance with Olympus Corporation will make it more challenging for Sony to reduce its high leverage in a timely manner.
Several factors have fundamentally disrupted the economic and power dynamic of the traditionally studio dominated entertainment industry.
THE business deal from hell began to crumble even before the Champagne corks were popped. The $580 million sale of Dragon Systems had just been approved by its board and congratulations were being exchanged. But there was a sense that something was amiss, the New York Times reports.