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MURDOCH’S TO TESTIFY UNDER OATH ABOUT HACKERGATE

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Brian Leveson, the English judge who will head the inquiry into phone hacking, is expected to call Rupert Murdoch and his son James to testify under oath about their knowledge of the activity at News of the World, the London Daily Telegraph reported today (Tuesday), citing no sources. He is also expected to call Prime […]

BBC COMEDY WRITERS BATTLE CENSORING “POLICE”

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Comedy writers for the BBC now must answer to “commissioning, legal, compliance and editorial policy police” who are determined to erase “the merest potential offense” from programs, veteran British TV comedy producer and writer John Lloyd has written in the BBC news magazine Radio Times. In the article, Lloyd complains that BBC executives have imposed […]

IRENE PASSES; BOX OFFICE RETURNS TO NORMAL

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Tropical Storm — & Hurricane — Irene did not have the impact on Sunday’s box office that studio executives had feared. As the storm, for the most part, failed to live up to its killer image, people returned to their normal activities, which included taking in a movie on Sundays. The result was that while […]

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE IN LINE WITH RECENT YEARS

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The last weekend of August is generally a weak period at the box office. According to Box Office Mojo, last year the gross for the top 12 movies came to $90.1 million. In 2009 it was $109.8 million; in 2008, just $74 million; in 2007, $97 million; and in 2006, $84.1 million — an average […]

CHINESE MOVIE THEATERS TO PRESENT LIVE U.S. OPERAS

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Movie theaters in China have been added to the National CineMedia (NCM) network that is scheduled to present 11 live and pre-recorded Metropolitan Opera productions during the 2011-12 Met season, the company announced Tuesday. China is one of five countries added to the foreign lineup and its addition may provide a wedge in China’s policy […]

BOX OFFICE: A VICTIM OF IRENE

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With Hurricane — now Tropical Storm — Irene shutting down around 1,000 theaters on the East Coast and many moviegoers steering clear of the theaters that remained open, the box office tumbled to its lowest point of the year. Analysts estimated that revenue was down nearly 25 percent from the same weekend a year ago. […]

DID TV OVERHYPE IRENE?

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Notwithstanding the destruction and death wrought by Hurricane — now Tropical Storm — Irene over the weekend, the damage actually fell far short of TV doomsayers’ forecasts. (Britain’s Guardian newspaper described it as “the storm that wasn’t.) But preliminary figures suggest that it likely produced record ratings for The Weather Channel, a unit of Comcast-controlled […]

NO SURPRISES AT MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS

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The MTV Video Music Awards show was staged without controversy or surprise Sunday night (no interruptions by the likes of Kanye West, no meat dresses worn by the likes of Lady Gaga), with top awards going to Katy Perry for Video of the Year (“Firework”); Justin Bieber for Best Male Video (“U Smile”); Lady Gaga […]

U.K. LAWMAKERS SEEK TO LOCK DOOR ON ANOTHER MURDOCH BID FOR BSKYB

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Leaders of Britain’s opposition Labor Party are attempting to line up multipartisan support for a measure that would block News Corp from renewing its bid to acquire full ownership of BSkyB, the satellite broadcaster that it presently controls, Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported today (Monday). The new law would impose a public interest test on new […]

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL KICKS OFF WITH RATINGS BLAST

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Football madness showed no sign of abating this season as Sunday night’s Chargers-Cowboys game on NBC averaged 10.7 million viewers, making it the highest-rated television program of the week. It was also the highest-rated NFL preseason game of the last five years. NBC noted that last season each Sunday Night Football telecast came in first […]

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