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JAZZ’S VOICE, BILLY TAYLOR, DEAD AT 89

December 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Pianist Billy Taylor, widely regarded as jazz’s most articulate spokesman, has died at age 89. “Before Wynton Marsalis, he was probably the most famous representative the jazz world ever had, a familiar presence on TV and radio, as well as the force behind jazz at the Kennedy Center in Washington,” jazz critic Will Friedwald wrote […]

TANGLED CROSSES $150-MILLION MARK

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After years of being overshadowed by corporate sibling Pixar, Disney Animation Studios’ has a bona fide hit. Its Tangled crossed the $150-million mark at the domestic box office on Tuesday as it continues to pack ’em in despite having opened five weeks ago during the Thanksgiving weekend. Daily Variety reported today (Thursday) that Tangled grossed […]

STEPHEN KING BOOK TO BE BOTH TV AND MOVIE SERIES

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In a unique movie/TV package, Stephen King’s The Dark Tower will be adapted into a series of movies and television dramas to be directed by Ron Howard. According to the New York Post, the drama will begin with a feature theatrical film. It will then continue as a TV series, followed by a second film […]

DESPICABLE ME OUTSELLS INCEPTION

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Universal’s Despicable Me beat out Inception to remain the top DVD seller during the week ended Dec. 26, which included the final days of Christmas shopping, according to Nielsen’s VideoScan First Alert survey. While Inception only sold 64 percent as many copes as Despicable Me on standard DVD, it outsold the animated film on the […]

CBS A SMASH DURING XMAS WEEK

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During a week that saw millions of folks doing last-minute Christmas shopping instead of watching TV, network schedules that included as many reruns as a week in July, and a blizzard that knocked out Sunday Night Football, usually the most popular telecast of the week, CBS utterly dominated primetime TV. Every scripted show in Nielsen’s […]

58 SINCLAIR-OWNED STATIONS MAY GO DARK ON TIME-WARNER CABLE

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Another dispute over retransmission consent fees is going down to the wire as Sinclair Broadcast Group, which owns 58 stations in 35 markets across the country, is threatening to yank those stations from Time Warner Cable at midnight on Friday unless Time Warner Cable agrees to pay it an additional 10 cents per customer per […]

WEATHER CHANNEL: LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW

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There’s nothing like foul weather to send ratings for the Weather Channel through the roof, and last weekend’s blizzard in the Northeast and heavy snow along most of the East Coast represented a ratings blowout for the channel. It said on Tuesday that it was the No. 1 cable news network between 7:00 a.m. and […]

WGA RULES OUT AWARDS FOR SOME TOP FILMS

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The Writers Guild of America (WGA) is being stricter than other industry unions that hand out annual awards by insisting that scripts submitted for its annual awards presentations be produced under WGA jurisdiction. Daily Variety observed today (Wednesday) that the guild’s stance makes several critically praised screenplays ineligible for WGA nominations, which are due to […]

BLOCKBUSTER REPORTS ON HIGH COST OF BANKRUPTCY

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Business does not appear to be improving for struggling Blockbuster. In the past, it was weighted down with back-breaking debt; now, it is shouldering the high costs of bankruptcy reorganization. In a bankruptcy court filing reported today (Wednesday) by Home Media magazine, the movie “rentailer” declared a net loss of $42.1 million on $142.6 million […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: BLUE VALENTINE

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Fresh off their victory in persuading the MPAA ratings board to reduce the rating of Blue Valentine from NC-17 to R, the Weinstein Brothers are receiving much critical praise for the film as it opens in limited release today (Wednesday), in time for Oscar consideration. Betsy Sharkey in the Los Angeles Times calls the film, […]

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