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MOST PIRATED TV SHOWS OF 2010 NAMED

December 31, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Current U.S. television shows are being downloaded tens of millions of times via BitTorrent sites, mostly by people outside the U.S., according to the website TorrentFreak.com, which tracks BitTorrent activity. The website said Thursday that Lost was the most-pirated title of the year with 5.94 million downloads for a single episode, followed by Heroes with […]

SHUSTER PRAISES MSNBC — WHICH FIRED HIM

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Former MSNBC host David Shuster, who was suspended by the NBC-controlled cable network after it discovered that he had been auditioning for an anchor’s job at rival CNN, had nothing but praise for his former employers on Tuesday. Filling in on a syndicated radio talk show in Wednesday, Shuster, who had worked for MSNBC for […]

CBS RULES ALL-RERUN NIGHT

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All four major networks aired a full schedule of reruns Thursday night. The somewhat surprising result is that CBS managed to do quite well with its mix of comedies and dramas, taking first place in total adults in every half hour of primetime — as well as first in adults 18-49 in every half hour […]

BLUE MAN CREW SAVES 2010 BOX OFFICE

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The total box office for 2010 is expected to come in a tad below 2009’s, but the result could have been an unqualified disaster if it had not been for 20th Century Fox’s Avatar year-end estimated totals indicated Thursday. Although the film had already earned $284 million during December 2009, it went on to earn […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: ANOTHER YEAR

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Ordinariness is at the heart of Mike Leigh’s extraordinary Another Year, the critics all suggest. (The film is opening in limited release this weekend in order to qualify for Oscar nominations.) As Claudia Puig puts it in her USA Today review, “Initially, it doesn’t seem as if much is going on, but the casual details, […]

CONSERVATIVE COMMENTATOR PRAISES 2010’S MOVIES

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CNSNews.com, a unit of the conservative Media Research Center that is generally a harsh critic of Hollywood’s output, has published an end-of-the-year commentary by Ben Shapiro, the young conservative columnist and radio talk-show host, that concludes, “Surprisingly, it’s been a good year for movies.” He notes that the best films of the year “tended to […]

RUPERT EVERETT AGREES: “COMING OUT” CAN RUIN AN ACTOR’S CAREER

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In an interview with BBC Radio, Rupert Everett appears to side with Richard Chamberlain, another openly gay actor, that “coming out” can wreck the chances of a gay actor being cast in romantic lead roles. While a thumbnail biography of Everett appearing on the IMDb website concludes that Everett’s decision to disclose his homosexuality disproves […]

IF IT’S TUESDAY, IT MUST BE … SUNDAY?

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It was reportedly the first professional football game played on a Tuesday since 1946. No matter. Tuesday’s solecistically named Sunday Night Football telecast between the Minnesota Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles, postponed because of the weekend blizzard, attracted 23.74 million viewers, making it one of the highest-rated regular-season football games in history. One day earlier […]

WHY CAN’T NEW TV SETS INCLUDE WIFI?

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TV set manufacturers may be overlooking a potentially lucrative market by focusing on developing 3D and other big-screen home-theater models and failing to produce smaller, low-cost sets that can connect to home computers via wi-fi without the relatively complicated procedure of hooking them up to settop boxes, according to research by Port Washington, NY-based The […]

CBS WINS ON WEDNESDAY — WITH RERUNS

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Despite airing a full night of reruns, CBS once again dominated primetime ratings Wednesday night, winning every half hour in total adults. It was edged out by ABC, however, among adults 18-49. CBS was helped in particular by its hit series Criminal Minds, which attracted nearly 9.3 million viewers at 9:00 p.m. and was the […]

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