Christmas is boom-time for manufacturers and retailers as consumers engage in an annual shopping frenzy that sends profits soaring and can give a much-needed boost to ailing economies.
But it’s not just the makers and sellers of the perfumes, handbags and watches we buy who are cashing in. Counterfeiters are increasingly getting in on that act, thanks to advances in technology and a change in the law in Europe.
Pope Francis is Time’s 2013 Person of the Year. He beat out a list that includes President Barack Obama, Edward Snowden, Bashar al-Assad and Miley Cyrus. Patrick Jones (@Patrick_E_Jones) has the rest.
Kate Winslet gives birth to baby boy; Damien Hirst artworks stolen from London gallery; 2nd man accused of stealing Paul Walker wreckage booked. (Dec. 11) https://twitter.com/ap
The “Masters of Sex” star chats with Chelsea Handler about her experiences stripping down on the set of “True Blood.”
Uruguay has become the first country in the world to legalize both the sale and production of marijuana.
President Jose Mujica has championed the measure as a way of combatting the illegal drug industry that has decimated parts of Urugua
Tempers flare during the tial of newlywed Jordan Linn Graham who is accused of pushing her husband of only eight days off a cliff to his death
Thompson plays P.L. Travers, author of Mary Poppins, defending book from being turned into movie.
US Release trailer for the Israeli Thriller “”Big Bad Wolves”" directed by Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado and starring Guy Adler, Lior Ashkenazi, Dvir Benedek
A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: The father of the latest victim now out for revenge, a vigilante police detective operating outside the boundaries of law, and the main suspect in the killings – a religious studies teacher arrested and released due to a police blunder. https://twitter.com/filmisnow
The Fantasy Football Today crew talks to Survivor finalist Hayden Moss about his Fantasy teams and his experience on the hit reality show.
The actor stars in the new movie ”Her” that features the actor falling in love with an operating system. Rough Cut
The White House has released photographs of the flight that carried former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush to Nelson Mandela’s memorial service. http://www.nbcnews.com/
Brazil’s Public Prosecutor’s office has launched an inquiry into whether a new Facebook app “offends the honour” of Brazilian men.
The Lulu app allows female users to rate publicly the men they know. It has 3 million users worldwide, and has clocked up half a billion profile views, according to Lulu.
read with Video
Italian film La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty) cleaned up at this year’s 2013 European Film Awards taking home four awards for best European editor, actor, director and best film.
Paolo Sorrentino’s film is a dizzying exploration of hollow contradictions, indifferent beauties and immoral scenes as seen through the indolent, disenchanted eyes of Jep Gambardella – all against the backdrop of a stupefyingly beautiful Rome at the height of summer.
A 32-year-old Los Angeles man has been arrested for allegedly recording phone calls with high-profile sports figures without their consent and hoaxing them to believe other teams were interested in hiring them.
New Day Midday looks at Ben Affleck and Jennifer Gardner’s struggle with the paparazzi and the coldest day on earth.
Anti-Mafia prosecutors ordered dragged away in handcuffs Cipriano Chianese , an entrepreneur boss of the ecomafia already under house arrest who allegedly oversees the illegal trafficking of waste for the Casalesi clan of the Camorra
Chianese is accused of extorting a company which deals with the transportation of municipal and special waste. According authorities, Chianese used mafia methods to take control of the company
Prosecutors say for 20 years the name of Chianese has been connected to the traffic of toxic waste , so much so, he was dubbed ”The Don” of garbage.
LiLo may be out of rehab, but that doesn’t mean she’s not getting into trouble. Hear about her alleged Miami mishap on “Chelsea Lately.”
TMZ Hollywood==Jay Z performed a show-stopping tribute to Nelson Mandela in L.A. — and if it sounds familiar … that’s because he laid down the same exact tribute to Trayvon Martin months ago.
Murray to return to court; Bieber in the Philippines; Miley is MTV best artist of 2013. (Dec. 10) https://twitter.com/ap
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un just got rid of one of the highest ranking members of his inner circle, his uncle. Seth Doane reports.
Pablo Escobar: blood-thirsty drug lord or Colombia’s Robin Hood?
Colombian drug lord and elusive cocaine dealer, Escobar left a deep impression on his local community: a scar for some, but a blessing for others, he is remembered for his violent drug wars as well as his generosity with the poor. Duration: 02:26
The Oscar-nominated actress talks about what it was like shooting her new film
Pete Prisco breaks down the NFL Playoff Picture after week 14 of the NFL season with Erin Sharoni.
The al Qaeda-affiliated groups in Syria have started working with crime syndicates and racketeering thugs for kidnappings, arms-smuggling, and widespread looting.
Rebels forging alliances of convenience with organized crime is often a feature of uprisings and civil wars and was rampant in the Balkans, where nationalists formed close ties with organized crime groups
What up brotha?” opened the latest jailhouse letter written by Aaron Hernandez that was acquired and posted online by the celebrity gossip site, TMZ.
The missive, dated Nov. 17, 2013, offered a rare glimpse of what life inside prison is like for the former New England Patriots tight end and accused murderer of 27-year-old semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty
Dec. 9 (Bloomberg) — Mike Paul, president and senior counselor at MGP & Associates PR, dissects the public relations fallout for celebrity chef Nigella Lawson as she fights allegations of drug abuse on Bloomberg Television’s “In The Loop http://www.bloomberg.com/
The Marrakech Film Festival has come to an end with a glittering awards ceremony.
Winners were chosen from the 15 films in competition. The president of the jury, ==Martin Scorsese==, announced each of the laureates.
There were 19 seconds left in the first half when the Staples Center crowd rose to its feet and roared. It’s been nearly eight months, but everybody remembered what was happening next.
Kobe Bryant had the basketball. His teammates stepped out of the way. This was his moment. This was his memory. This was his comeback.
Listen up, chaps. There’s no better place to make a good impression career-wise, than at your work holiday party. Recognize your place in the office hierarchy and follow the Commander’s simple tips, and you’ll find yourself climbing the corporate ladder in no time. http://www.vanityfair.com/
Which teams will be looking for new quarterbacks after the season? CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora fills you in on everything from Week 14 in the NFL.
A ‘Mary Christmas’ at the WSJ Cafe
Just a fantastic treat, Mary J. Blige sings “This Christmas,” from her new album, “A Mary Christmas,” in a performance at the Wall Street Journal accompanied by Ray Chew. http://online.wsj.com/home-page
TMZ Hollywood == Apparently, in order to bone Ryan, that’s what you’ve gotta say!
Prosecutor Mark E. Feldman’s probe of the Gambino family’s control of the New York waterfront led to the conviction of the crime boss Peter Gotti, pictured in blue
A former punishing prosecutor who built a big reputation as a mob buster by convicting top members of New York’s crime families is being appointed to the No. 2 position at the Brooklyn district attorney’s office, the incoming district attorney, Kenneth P. Thompson, said Sunday
Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell sat down with “60 Minutes” correspondent, Anderson Cooper to discuss the battle that claimed the lives of the rest of his SEAL Team, and left him alone, and fighting for his life in the Afghanistan wilderness
Susan Boyle diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome; Paris Hilton’s brother assaulted at Miami party; Billy Joel, 4 others receive Kennedy Center Honors (Dec. 9)
The Oscar winner discusses taking on the role of Walt Disney.
Brian Todd looks at the NSA program that reportedly tracks the whereabouts of cellphones.
Host Paul Rudd welcomed co-stars Will Ferrell, Steve Carell and David Koechner on an episode that also featured a parody of “The Sound of Music Live!”
Saturday Night Live and Paul Rudd delivered in a big way during the actor’s opening monologue, which featured a showdown between Rudd, his Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues co-stars and musical guest One Direction;
read with Video
‘I’m locked in the plane’: Man’s layover worst ever
Investigators are trying to find out how a man who fell asleep during a United Airlines flight, only to wake up and find himself trapped and alone on the plane, was not noticed by any of the crew members. NBC’s Janet Shamlian reports http://www.nbcnews.com/
Based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel Xerxes, and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster “300,” this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield—on the sea—as Greek general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the wa
300: Rise of an Empire” pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes, and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.
Starring: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, David Wenham, Rodrigo Santoro
Official Trailer #1 for the erotic thriller “Nurse 3D” starring Paz de la Huerta, Judd Nelson, Corbin Bleu, Katrina Bowden and directed by Douglas Aarniokoski
Paz de la Huerta (HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”) turns up the body heat in this wickedly entertaining story of a fatal attraction. By day, nurse Abby Russell (de la Huerta) lovingly attends to the patients at All Saints Memorial Hospital; by night, Abby prowls nightclubs, luring unfaithful men into dangerous liaisons.
Mob City: A True-ish Crime Story That Never Gets Old
This three-week, six-hour miniseries about cops and mobsters in 1947 Los Angeles is a post-hip variant on film noir, since it looks less like a 1940s crime drama than a vintage musical.
But if the top half of tonight’s two-part premiere often feels flimsy and overdone at once, the second hour—which is when things start to click not only plot-wise but style-wise—is worth sticking around for.