‘Game of Thrones’ Finale Draws Record Viewers for HBO

The final episode of “Game of Thrones” drew 19.3 million viewers, a record for HBO and the fantasy drama that became one of TV’s rare collective viewing experiences. The audience for the medieval-themed show has been climbing, overcoming weak reviews this season and complaints by some fans that the saga lost momentum. The penultimate episode […]

In an Unusual Move, Amazon Debuts Its New ‘Counter’ Offering Outside the U.S.

Amazon.com Inc. is launching a delivery option that will let customers retrieve parcels from staffed counters at U.K. and Italian retailers, aiming to take advantage of the popularity of click-and-collect services across Europe. The U.S. online retailer has struck a partnership with Next Plc to operate the counters at the apparel chain’s more than 500 […]

Felicity Huffman Pleads Guilty in College Admissions Scandal

Felicity Huffman faces months behind bars after she pleaded guilty to fraud in the U.S. college admissions scandal for paying $15,000 to cheat on her eldest daughter’s entrance exam. Huffman wept as she discussed her daughter with U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani in Boston on Monday. Devin Sloane, a Los Angeles-based water-services executive, also pleaded […]

Doris Day, Singer and Star of ’50s and ’60s Romantic Comedies, Dies at 97

Doris Day, the bubbly, blonde actress and singer who starred in “Pillow Talk” and other romantic comedies in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and who later became an animal-welfare advocate, has died. She was 97. She died Monday at her Carmel Valley, California, home, according to the Associated Press, which cited the Doris Day […]

Chevron Drops Out of Bidding War with Occidental for Anadarko Petroleum

Chevron Corp. is abandoning its $33 billion offer for oil driller Anadarko Petroleum Corp., the culmination of a month-long bidding war in which Occidental Petroleum Corp. prevailed over a rival five times its size. The most ambitious foray of Chevron Chief Executive Officer Mike Wirth’s tenure ended Thursday after the world’s third-largest oil explorer by […]

Ahead of Uber IPO, Biggest Shareholder SoftBank Is Already Reaping Rewards

Hours ahead of Uber Technologies Inc.’s market debut, the ride-hailing company’s biggest shareholder, Masayoshi Son’s SoftBank Group Corp., is already reaping rewards, if only on paper. SoftBank’s operating income more than tripled to 494.9 billion yen ($4.5 billion) in the three months to March 31, helped by a 418 billion yen valuation gain from its […]

Disney Announces New ‘Star Wars’ Films and Delays ‘Avatar 2’ Release

“Avatar” fans will have to wait another year. Walt Disney Co., which acquired the franchise when it bought 21st Century Fox Inc.’s entertainment assets this year, will delay “Avatar 2” to December 2021 from 2020. Additional sequels also were pushed back, meaning a proposed “Avatar 5” won’t debut until 2027. The move cuts what could […]

Why Adidas Shares Are Soaring

Adidas AG shares soared as growth in Asia and online helped maintain its half-decade hot streak. The German sports apparel maker benefited from double-digit growth in China in the first quarter, which pushed the proportion of sales from the Asia-Pacific region to more than a third. E-commerce revenue gained 40%. The combination helped Chief Executive […]

Star Wars Fans Snatch Up Reservations for Galaxy’s Edge Within Two Hours

Reservations for Disneyland’s new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge disappeared in less than two hours, demonstrating strong demand for the attraction opening May 31. Walt Disney Co. began taking reservations at 10 a.m. Pacific time Thursday, and they were gone by about 11:45 a.m. Worried about crowd control, the entertainment giant is requiring customers to book […]