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ABC’S NO ORDINARY FAMILY DEBUTS WITH SOLID RATINGS

September 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

ABC’s new drama No Ordinary Family drew decent ratings in its debut Tuesday night, capturing 10.54 million viewers despite facing competition from CBS’s NCIS, which drew 18.74 million viewers and Fox’s Glee, which attracted 13.26 million. NCIS remained the highest-rated show of the night, followed by ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, which drew 17.09 million […]

ALL NETWORKS JOIN SUIT TO SHUT DOWN NEW TV WEBSITE

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All four broadcast networks, PBS, and Major League Baseball have filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against a video website, Ivi.tv, claiming that it is violating their copyrights by putting their shows online. “This is a company that’s simply stealing our broadcast signals and copyrighted programming and streaming them on the Internet without permission,” the complaint […]

WATCHDOG GROUP PROTESTS PAY-TO-PLAY NEWS

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The Washington D.C.-based media watchdog Free Press has filed a complaint with the FCC about the use of “experts” on shopping channels and television news and talk shows who are actually shills for the companies they’re talking about. The complaint cited articles by Los Angeles Times media columnist James Rainey in which he described numerous […]

TV TECHNICAL PIONEER TRACHINGER DIES AT 86

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Robert “Bob” Trachinger, who pioneered such technical innovations in TV’s early days as slow-motion videotape and the handheld camera in sports coverage, died September 19 in La Jolla, CA of heart failure at age 86, it was announced on Tuesday. He spent nearly all of his career at ABC, where he also produced documentaries, including […]

WATCHING MOVIES ONLINE: NOT READY FOR PRIMETIME

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Only a handful of consumers have connected their TV sets to the Internet so that they can download or stream movies onto them, according to NPD Research. The researchers found that 75 percent of U.S. consumers do not download or stream movies or TV shows at all. Of those who do, 15 percent do so […]

THEATER CHAIN BANS TEXTING

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Harkins Theaters, a 30-theater chain operating in five states, mostly in the Southwest, has initiated a campaign to halt texting during movie screenings. It has begun replacing movie posters in its theater lobbies with signs emblazoned “NTDM,” which stands for “No Texting During Movies.” A writer on the blog CinemaBlend.com remarked on Tuesday, “They’ve been […]

BUBLÉ VIDEO GOES VIRAL WITH CELEBRITY SPOOF

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A video spoofing Hollywood celebrity by Canadian crooner Michael Bublé has quickly gone viral on YouTube, drawing more than 100,000 views since Monday. In the video promoting his latest single, “Hollywood,” Bublé gives some uncanny impressions of an assortment of celebrities, ranging from Justin Bieber to Keith Richards, to Tom Cruise, to James Dean (and […]

CONFIRMED: STAR WARS BEING CONVERTED TO 3D

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George Lucas’s Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) special-effects unit has begun work on converting Star Wars: Episode 1: The Phantom Menace to 3D but does not expect to release it for two more years, the Los Angeles Times reported today (Wednesday). The newspaper said that it had obtained a press release that corporate parent LucasFilm […]

ISLAMIC PROTESTERS DISRUPT GAY FILM FESTIVAL IN JAKARTA

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Islamic protesters have succeeded in shutting down several venues screening films at a gay film festival in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported today (Wednesday) that the protesters threatened to burn down one of the venues if the screening was not canceled. Organizers of the Q! festival conceded that they had been […]

NO LOST LOVE FOR KLEIN AMONG EX-CNN’ERS

September 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Former CNN staffers and on-air personalities are shedding few tears publicly over the firing of Jon Klein as U.S. president of the cable news network. Miles O’Brien, who had once co-anchored American Morning with Soledad O’Brien but was sidelined two years later, given fill-in work by Klein, who fired him only last week, tweeted on […]

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