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Entertainment

  • Netflix raises rates, irks subscriber

    SAN FRANCISCO — Netflix has provoked the ire of some of its 23 million subscribers by raising its prices by as much as 60 percent for those who want to rent DVDs by mail and watch video on the Internet.
    The company is separating the two options so that subscribers who want both will have to buy separate plans totaling at least $16 per month. Netflix Inc. had been bundling both options in a single package, available for as low as $10 per month.
    New subscribers will have to pay the new prices immediately. The changes take effect Sept. 1 for Netflix’s current customers.

  • 'Transformers' stay in shape

    LOS ANGELES — “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” now rules this year’s box office as the blockbuster sequel became 2011’s top domestic hit with $261 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.
    Paramount Pictures’ sci-fi smash starring Shia LaBeouf remained No. 1 in its second weekend with $47 million and shot past “The Hangover Part II” to first-place on the domestic chart.
    Debuting in second place with $28.1 million domestically was the Warner Bros. comedy “Horrible Bosses,” featuring Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis as bumblers plotting against their nasty supervisors.

  • Best Sellers 07-14-11

    The Los Alamos Monitor has the inside scoop on what locals are reading. Otowi Station issued a current list of  popular books for Los Alamos readers.

  • Rock out with the Iguanas
  • ABQ concert to benefit firefighters

     Ned’s on the Rio Grande hosts a benefit concert for firefighters fighting the Las Conchas fire. Local bands will perform this Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. both days. Admission is $5.00 per person and all proceeds will be donated to relief efforts via American Red Cross.
    Ken Gattas, owner of Ned’s on the Rio Grande, says the concert is meant to celebrate firefighters and provide resources for those who risk their lives and work incredibly hard to fight these devastating fires. “We hope this concert will help raise money to purchase supplies needed for these firefighters.”

  • OspreyFest launches Friday

    Raptor lovers from New Mexico and surrounding states are preparing for the annual trek to OspreyFest at Heron Lake State Park in north central New Mexico, scheduled this year for Friday-Sunday.
    The fledge of osprey chicks resulting from the return of more than 20 nesting pairs of osprey to Heron and El Vado Lakes is cause for celebration, with parks’ visitors treated to a a bird’s eye view of flight training from vantage points in campgrounds and along the park roads.
    OspreyFest kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday at the Heron Lake State Park Visitor Center with live uncaged raptors meeting bird and nature lovers of all ages, at the combination welcome reception and birthday party.

  • Beck has last show 


     NEW YORK — Glenn Beck said goodbye to Fox News Channel on Thursday, airing his final show before going into business for himself. He told his fans that he was determined “to his last breath” to fix this country.
    The colorful commentator will begin streaming a daily two-hour show for paying customers on his own Internet network, GBTV, in September.
    His finale was vintage Beck, a continued monologue walking among his signature chalkboards. He took some shots at critics, promised fealty to his fans, came close to tears but didn’t succumb and even poked some fun at his image.

  • ‘Transformers’ shape up

    LOS ANGELES — “Transformers” robots have lost some of their money-making power but delivered the biggest opening weekend domestically so far this year.
    Distributor Paramount Pictures said Sunday that “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” took in $97.4 million domestically in its first weekend. That beat the $90.2 million debut of Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”
    But the domestic haul for the sci-fi sequel was down from the $109 million first weekend for 2009’s “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.”

  • Can’t ban violent video sales to kids, court says

    WASHINGTON — States cannot ban the sale or rental of ultraviolent video games to children, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, rejecting such limits as a violation of young people’s First Amendment rights and leaving it up to parents and the multibillion-dollar gaming industry to decide what kids can buy.
    The high court, on a 7-2 vote, threw out California’s 2005 law covering games sold or rented to those under 18, calling it an unconstitutional violation of free-speech rights. Writing for the majority, Justice Antonin Scalia, said, “Even where the protection of children is the object, the constitutional limits on governmental action apply.”

  • 07-07-11 Top 10 movies

    1.  “Transformers; Dark of the Moon” weekend gross, $97.8 million

    2.  “Cars 2,”  weekend gross,
    $26.2 million

    3.  “Bad Teacher” weekend gross, $14.5 million

    4.  “Larry Crowne,” $13 million

    5. “Super 8,” weekend gross, $7.9 million

    6.  “Monte Carlo,” weekend gross,$7.4 million