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KEITH WHO? MSNBC’S RATINGS UNAFFECTED BY HIS DEPARTURE

June 29, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The departure of Keith Olbermann from MSNBC had little effect on the cable news network’s overall ratings during the last quarter, the New York Times observed today (Wednesday). During the quarter, Olbermann’s replacement, The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, averaged 974,000 viewers, down only slightly from Olbermann’s average of 1.06 million during the same period […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON

June 29, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Reviews for Transformers: Dark of the Moon read like, well, reviews for the other Transformers movies: that is, they’re replete with complaints about a senseless plot, senseless mayhem, and senselessness in general. But a couple of reviewers make the point that that’s the whole point of a Transformers movie. As Betsy Sharkey observes in her […]

STUDIOS DEMAND THAT BRITISH ISP SHUT OUT ALLEGED PIRATE SITE

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Taking a new tack in its fight against online piracy, Paramount, 20th Century Fox and Disney have launched a court battle in London in an effort to force the country’s leading Internet service provider, BT (or British Telecom), to cut off access to Newzbin 2, a U.K.-based website with 700,000 members that the studios claim […]

CALIFORNIA SAYS TAX INCENTIVES ARE DOING THEIR JOB

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While some states are considering cutting back — or even eliminating — the tax incentives that they offer filmmakers, claiming that they’re losing more than they’re gaining from them, California claims that the relatively modest tax incentives that it offers are pumping $3.8 billion annually into the California economy and created 20,000 jobs during the […]

HIGH COURT TO CONSIDER FCC OBSCENITY RULES

June 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review a federal appellate court’s decision that appeared to nullify FCC’s rules on indecent broadcasts. It indicated that its consideration will be limited to whether the commission’s “indecency-enforcement regime violates the First or Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution.” Last year a lower court appeared to toss […]

TBS SHOOTS DOWN RUMORS OF NEW CHARLIE SHEEN SHOW

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A spokesman for TBS has denied rumors, first reported by Radar Online, that spread online Monday that Charlie Sheen was close to signing a deal with Lionsgate to star in a new sitcom that would be carried by the Time Warner-owned cable network. The Hollywood Reporter quoted a TBS spokesperson as saying, “TBS is not […]

SURVIVOR‘S JEFF PROBST TO HOST NEW TALK SHOW

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CTD, the syndication arm of CBS, which had been preparing to announce a new daytime talk show with Katie Couric until Couric jumped to ABC, has a new host for the show that Couric shunned — Jeff Probst, best known for his hosting duties for NBC’s Survivor. Probst is not unfamiliar with daytime talk-show hosting, […]

RATINGS FOR THE BACHELORETTE HIT SEASON HIGH

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On a night that saw reruns filling most of the schedules of its rivals, ABC came out on top Monday with an all-new two-hour edition of The Bachelorette averaging 8.04 million viewers, its best showing of the season, followed by Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition with 6.39 million viewers. NBC also scored solidly at 10:00 […]

NEW ARREST IN U.K. IN CELEBRITY VOICEMAIL HACKING CASE

June 28, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

A reporter for Britain’s Press Association wire service has been arrested on suspicion of hacking into the voicemails of celebrities. Scotland Yard said that it had questioned Laura Elston about allegations that she had intercepted telephone calls in violation of British law. Her arrest appeared to signal that police are widening their investigation of voicemail […]

CARS 2 DRIVES OVERALL BOX OFFICE TO VICTORY

June 28, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

With the top two films raking in far more than even the most optimistic forecasters had envisaged, the box office resumed its summer march forward, erasing a little more of the shortfall from 2010. After two weeks of coming in behind year-ago revenue, last weekend’s total take of $176.2 million came in at 6.8 percent […]

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