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CBS BLEEPS TITLE OF NEW SHATNER COMEDY SERIES

March 29, 2010 by · 6 Comments 

In consideration of those who are offended by obscene language, let us just say that the New York Times has learned that CBS has decided on a new title for a comedy series based on a Twitter feed that uses a word that could be described as the present-tense version of the first four letters […]

ENTER THE “DRAGON” — PUFFING

March 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Paramount/DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon didn’t exactly set the box office on fire over the weekend. True, the computer-animated film ended up in first place with an estimated $43.3 million, but much of that figure reflected premium 3D pricing. And it reportedly cost $165 million to make. (Audience members polled by market research […]

INFLATION HITS BOX OFFICE

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Defying the trend in virtually every other U.S. business, prices of movie tickets shot up over the weekend, particularly at IMAX and 3D theaters, with charges rising about 8 percent in 3D theaters, 4 percent in non-3D ones and $5 across the board at IMAX locations, according to various reports. A spokesman for AMC theaters […]

THE MOVIE THAT (ALMOST) NOBODY WENT TO SEE

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Some movies flop at the box office. Others wind up as outright disasters. And then there’s the special case of a film called Motherhood, starring Uma Thurman, Minnie Driver and Anthony Edwards. When it opened in 48 theaters in the U.S. last October it took in $50,081. By the time it faded away three weeks […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: “WAKING SLEEPING BEAUTY”

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In many — if not all — the theaters showing the 3D version of How to Train Your Dragon over the weekend, the coming-attractions presentation was composed exclusively of trailers for upcoming 3D animated features, signaling a new heyday for animation. At the same time, the Disney documentary Waking Sleeping Beauty opened in five theaters […]

ABC NEWS STAFF SUFFERING THROUGH CUTBACKS

March 27, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Former ABC News correspondent Brian Rooney, who was recently fired after 22 years with the network, has told Daily Variety that the mood at the news division is “dark” as the network retrenches with wholesale layoffs. “Friends are disappearing and few people know whether they will have a job or what their job might be […]

AMAZON OFFERS CHEAP BLU-RAY PLAYER

March 26, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

In what could accelerate the adoption of Blu-ray high-definition technology, Amazon.com on Thursday began offering a Sylvania Blu-ray disc player for $59.99, the lowest price ever asked for a Blu-ray player. The player lacks many of the new bells and whistles of other Blu-ray players, including the ability to purchase streaming videos, or, for that […]

NO LION FOR LIONS GATE

March 26, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Lions Gate Entertainment, the parent company of the Lionsgate film studio, has reportedly dropped out of the bidding for MGM, the Wall Street Journal reported today (Friday), citing people close to Lions Gate. The newspaper said that the company had bid around $1.3-$1.4 billion for the studio, a bid that was rejected by MGM’s owners […]

OSCARS TO RETURN TO FEBRUARY

March 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Apparently the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences intends to embark on a schedule to air the Oscar presentations in February for three consecutive years, then move them to March in the fourth year, when they would have to compete with the Winter Olympics. After airing them in March this year, the Academy on […]

SATELLITE OPERATOR DIRECTV MAY LOSE STATIONS

March 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Cable subscribers hoping to avoid getting caught in the crossfire between their providers and network affiliates over retransmission-consent fees by switching to satellite may have to rethink their strategy following word that three stations owned by Citadel Communications may be yanked from DirecTV next week. In a statement, Citadel warned its viewers in Des Moines […]

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