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NBC’S PHEASANT UNDER GLASS?

January 28, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Employees of NBC, Universal Studios, and their affiliated companies received a gift package when they arrived for work on Thursday, a day before Comcast takes over control of their professional lives. The package included a coffee-table book describing the history of the companies, a letter from the new CEO Steve Burke forecasting that NBCUniversal would […]

FORMER U.K. MEDIA MINISTER CLAIMS PHONE WAS HACKED

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Tessa Jowell, who held the position of Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in Tony Blair’s cabinet, is the latest public figure to claim that her phone was hacked — possibly by reporters for the Sunday tabloid News of the World. She disclosed today (Friday) that she had learned that her phone had […]

SUPERMARKET COVERS UP GAY COUPLE ELTON JOHN & DAVID FURNISH

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The 65-store Harps supermarket chain, which operates in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri, was fielding complaints on Thursday after it was disclosed that one of its stores in Mountain Home, Arkansas had covered copies of the current issue of US magazine featuring the gay couple Elton John and David Furnish, together with their recently born baby, […]

BOX OFFICE LIKELY TO GO TO THE DEVIL

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There are probably enough moviegoers eager to watch Anthony Hopkins exorcising demons and succumbing to them to drive New Line’s The Rite to the top of the box office this weekend with about $15-20 million. The horror film is expected to beat out CBS Films’ action flick The Mechanic, starring Jason Statham, which is likely […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE RITE

January 28, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

What we have with The Rite is another horror movie of the exorcist variety — with a difference. That difference is Anthony Hopkins, who plays the exorcist. “Mr. Hopkins gives the production what he was hired for,” writes Joe Morgenstern in the Wall Street Journal. “At least you can count on Mr. Hopkins … to […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE MECHANIC

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CBS Films simply can’t win for trying. The wannabe contender has produced a string of flops since it was launched early last year, and its latest release, The Mechanic, starring Jason Statham, seems destined to join them. Liam Lacey in the Toronto Globe and Mail compares it to “a jalopy with dirt in the fuel […]

BBC ENGINEER MAY HAVE CURED THE KING’S SPEECH

January 28, 2011 by · 5 Comments 

It now turns out that a young BBC engineer was responsible for editing out the stammering from King George VI’s speeches during World War II. The work of the engineer, David Martin, who was only 19 when he was called upon to remove the stutters came to light in a letter released by his daughter, […]

HACKERGATE SCANDAL ESCALATES; MURDOCH FLIES TO U.K.

January 27, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Stung by charges that it failed to fully investigate charges of widespread eavesdropping on the voicemail of celebrities and politicians by reporters for Rupert Murdoch’s London tabloid News of the World, Scotland Yard announced today (Thursday) that it had launched a new investigation of the charges. Reports of the new investigation came as News International, […]

WILL MTV CANCEL SKINS?

January 27, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

A report appearing in the New York Post on Wednesday quoting an MTV source as saying that the racy new teen drama Skins “may soon be off the air — for good” quickly drew a denial from the cable channel, which issued a statement saying, “MTV stands by the US adaptation of Skins and the […]

WILL FERRELL COMING TO NBC’S THE OFFICE

January 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

While NBC’s The Office has always been a favorite with critics and Emmy voters, it has never been a big hit with viewers. (Last week it ranked No. 28 on the Nielsen ratings chart.) Hoping to lift the show’s numbers during the final weeks of the season as Steve Carrell departs and a new series […]

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