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CRUISE’S NEW M:I: WILL THIS TITLE SELF-DESTRUCT?

October 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Reporters were left scratching their heads after Tom Cruise revealed on Thursday that the title of his fourth Mission: Impossible movie will be Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol. “All I wanted is not to have a number [after the title],” said Cruise, at a news conference at the Doha Film Festival in Dubai, the city where […]

IMAX CREDITS INCEPTION FOR BIG BOOST IN PROFIT

October 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Christopher Nolan’s Inception was not filmed in 3D, and there was never any public talk about converting it in order to take advantage of 3D premium pricing. But it was shown on virtually every IMAX screen available at higher prices, which helped lift it into the box-office stratosphere and boosted IMAX’s profits in the bargain. […]

ICAHN MAKES NEW MGM MOVE, IS SUED BY LIONSGATE

October 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Continuing to play a fascinating game of high-stakes chess, activist investor Carl Icahn on Wednesday made his third offer within a week to MGM debtholders. Icahn said he would pay 50 cents on the dollars to acquire MGM senior debt — if they submit the shares to him by Friday. (His previous offers stipulated minimum […]

WORLD SERIES A SLOW STARTER

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It may not have been on the same scale as the Texas Rangers’ loss to the San Francisco Giants Wednesday night (the Giants won 11-7), but Fox nevertheless took a beating in the first game of the World Series, which averaged 13.44 million viewers. That figure is down more than 31 percent from Game 1 […]

LEBRON TURNS UP RATINGS HEAT

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Despite an avalanche of criticism of his decision to ditch the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat, LeBron James demonstrated on Tuesday that he still can draw a crowd. In fact, Tuesday night’s Miami Heat-Boston Celtics game turned out to be the most-watched regular season game in cable-TV history, attracting 7.4 million viewers and breaking […]

CBS: NO 3D IN ITS FUTURE

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CBS may have attracted much attention earlier this year when it aired the 2010 NCAA Men’s Final Four semifinal and national championship games in 3D and later the U.S. Open to a handful of theaters and a handful of homes that have installed 3D television sets, but it has no plans for additional 3D telecasts. […]

FOX SELLS OUT SUPER BOWL SPOTS EARLY

October 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

A day after Fox announced that it had just two 30-second commercial availabilities yet to be sold in next February’s Super Bowl telecast, the two avails have been snapped up, Broadcasting & Cable reported on Wednesday, citing a source familiar with the negotiations. The advertiser was not identified. The trade publication said that the $3-million […]

CABLEVISION, FOX TAKE THEIR DISPUTE PUBLIC

October 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

As the dispute between Fox TV and Cablevision over retransmission consent fees headed into its 13th day of stalemate, there were these new developments: Cablevision, which serves some three million homes mostly around New York City, informed its subscribers via email that it would reimburse them $10.00 for the $9.95 fee that MLB.com charges to […]

COMCAST SEES 275,000 SUBSCRIBERS FLEE

October 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Comcast, the nation’s largest cable operator, laid out an array of reasons Wednesday for a third-quarter, 8.2-percent plunge in earnings. First of all there were all of the legal and administrative costs associated with its efforts to merge with NBC Universal. Then there was a drop in fees paid by subscribers for pay-TV programming as […]

WERE N.Z. ACTORS HOBBLED BY HOBBIT DEAL?

October 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Union leaders in New Zealand were up in arms Friday (New Zealand time) over the deal struck between Warner Bros. executives and Prime Minister John Key that requires changes in the country’s labor laws to define film workers as independent contractors rather than employees. “That a foreign corporation can come into this country and demand […]

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