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HANGOVER II: CURE FOR INDUSTRY’S HEADACHE?

May 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The principal complaint from many critics about The Hangover II was that it lacked the surprise element of the first film and amounted basically to a copy of the original. But the actual surprise came at the box office over the weekend as the movie set an all-time record for a comedy. As reported by […]

PIRATES NOT A HIT WITH PIRATES

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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides may be tearing up the box-office charts domestically and overseas, but a pirated copy available via BitTorrent is a veritable flop. The copy was uploaded the day after the movie debuted in theaters overseas. Last week it was No. 4 on TorrentFreak’s list of most downloaded movies on […]

VIACOM EXECS HIGHEST PAID IN U.S. MEDIA

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The three highest-paid media executives in 2010 all worked for companies controlled by Sumner Redstone’s National Amusements, the Los Angeles Times observed today (Monday) citing figures by Redwood City, CA., executive compensation research firm Equilar Inc. The three are Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman, who drew the largest compensation package of any U.S. executive: $84.5 million; […]

DESPITE HUGE GAINS THIS WEEK, SEASON’S AUDIENCE SHRINKS

May 27, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

Although some series and season finales this past week drew record or near-record audiences and some sports telecasts throughout the year did the same, the actual number of viewers watching broadcast television declined during the past season. Moreover, they also grew older, according to several published analyses of end-of-season figures released by Nielsen Media Research. […]

ABC’S NIGHTLINE BEATS TONIGHT, LATE NIGHT FOR 13TH WEEK

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ABC once again boasted that with Nightline it had the biggest late-night audience last week in total viewers and those 18-49. It also claimed it ranked #1 in total viewers for the 13th week in a row. Moreover, it noted, “This is the first time ever that Nightline has been in first place at this […]

ALL NETWORKS (EXCEPT NBC) CLEAN UP DURING MAY SWEEPS

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All major networks except struggling NBC had something to boast about as the May sweeps period came to an end. CBS once again attracted more viewers overall than any other network. But Fox finished No. 1 among adults 18-49, increasing its lead this year thanks to a huge surge of viewers for American Idol. (Final […]

OPRAH’S FINALE: BIGGEST RATINGS SINCE 1994

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Nielsen will not release final figures for another two weeks — ratings for syndicated television shows are traditionally delayed that long — but preliminary ratings for Wednesday’s finale of The Oprah Winfrey Show indicate that the show may have attracted around 18 million viewers. If so, that would have been the talk-show’s biggest audience since […]

BLOCKBUSTER SLASHES RENTAL RATES

May 27, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Blockbuster, which was recently acquired by satellite operator DISH Network, is at last doing what many analysts had been urging it to do for years — compete with rivals like Netflix and Redbox on price. It announced on Thursday that beginning today (Friday) it is lowering the prices of thousands of videos to 99 cents […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE TREE OF LIFE

May 27, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt, which won the top prize, the Palme d’Or, at the Cannes Film Festival last weekend, continues to attract much applause from critics as it opens in limited release this weekend. Ironically, most of the positive reviews anticipate that the film will also receive a negative reaction […]

REDSTONE’S BIRTHDAY PRESENT: $84 MILLION

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Sumner Redstone on Thursday received a fine birthday present, two days before he turns 88. Viacom, home of Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, Spike TV, MTV, BET, TV Land, VH1 and Comedy Central, increased its quarterly dividend to 25 cents a share, up from 15 cents a share — a whopping 67 percent boost — which increases […]

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