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“AMERICAN IDOL” COMPANY MAY BE SOLD TO SHOW’S CREATOR

May 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Simon Fuller, the creator of Britain’s Pop Idol, America’s American Idol, and their assorted offspring, is teaming up with former Barclays Capital banker Roger Jenkins to buy CKX Inc., the company that now owns American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance and other lucrative TV properties, the Wall Street Journal reported today (Friday), citing […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: “PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME”

May 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Films based on the videogames have mostly had a dreadful track record at the box office and an even worse one with critics. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time appears to be no exception. Some critics observe that there appear to be as many digital effects in the film as in the game. One […]

THE LADIES HAVE IT (THE BOX OFFICE, THAT IS)

May 28, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

You could operate an entire multiplex off the methane gas given off by the reviews for Sex and the City 2 (Rex Reed in the New York Observer, for example, commented that it “is to movies what fried dough is to nutrition.”), but that didn’t deter fans of the TV series and the movie franchise […]

MONEY STARTS FLOWING INTO MOVIES AGAIN

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In what today’s (Friday) New York Times described as “the strongest indication yet that money is starting to flow back into the movie industry,” Village Roadshow Pictures Group, a unit of Australia’s media conglomerate Village Roadshow Ltd., said Thursday that it had closed on a $1-billion facility to finance its current slate of films in […]

RATINGS LESS HUGE FOR “IDOL” FINALE

May 27, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

As expected, the season finale of American Idol, broadcast on the last day of the 2009-2010 broadcast season, produced the biggest ratings of the season for an entertainment show. According to preliminary Nielsen numbers, the two-hour show averaged 23.15 million viewers, peaking in the final half-hour (when the winner was announced) with 28.83 million. As […]

SEN. KOHL PUTS CONDITIONS ON COMCAST TAKEOVER OF NBC

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If Comcast takes over control of NBC Universal, it should divest NBC’s interest in Hulu, the second largest video website behind YouTube that the network owns with the Walt Disney Co. and News Corp, Wisconsin Sen. Herb Kohl said Wednesday. Kohl, who chairs the Senate antitrust, competition policy, and consumer rights subcommittee, which is considering […]

SPANISH-LANGUAGE STATION TOPS IN L.A.

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In yet another demonstration of the robustness of the Hispanic market, Nielsen reported on Wednesday that Univision’s KMEX-TV was the top-rated station in the Los Angeles market among adults 18-49 during the May sweeps. The station’s telenovelas — limited-run soap operas — drew greater numbers of viewers than those for KTTV, the Fox-owned outlet in […]

REDSTONE SPELLS IT OUT — HE’LL N-E-V-E-R SELL CBS OR VIACOM

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Sumner Redstone, whose National Amusements holding company controls CBS and Viacom, reiterated on Wednesday that he has no plans to sell either company. In fact, addressing shareholders in New York, Redstone spelled it out: “I’ve said from the beginning I will never, N-E-V-E-R, sell Viacom and CBS,” he said. Redstone’s remark was prompted by a […]

VETERAN TV HOST ART LINKLETTER DIES AT 97

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Art Linkletter, a daytime fixture on radio and television throughout most of the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s with his Art Linkletter’s House Party and in primetime with People Are Funny, died Wednesday in Los Angeles at age 97. The cause of death was not disclosed. Linkletter is perhaps best remembered for his interviews with children, […]

REAL-LIFE INSIDER COMEDY PLAYS OUT AT DISNEY

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In what one former prosecutor described as a caper worthy of a Disney comedy movie, a secretary to Zenia Mucha, Disney’s chief spokesperson, has been arrested along with her boyfriend for allegedly trying to pull off an insider-trading scheme. According to the FBI, Bonnie Jean Hoxie and her boyfriend, Yonni Sebbag, sent anonymous letters to […]

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