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AL-MART FINDING SUCCESS WITH DOWNLOAD SERVICE

August 29, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Wal-Mart’s Vudu movie download service has rapidly become the third most popular in its field, putting it ahead of similar services from Amazon and Sony and behind only Apple’s iTunes service and Microsoft’s Zune Video Marketplace, the Wall Street Journal observed today (Monday). “The business we’re in today, offering first-run movies a la carte, is […]

BRITAIN OPENS MASSIVE FILM STORAGE VAULT

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Only weeks after fires set by rioters destroyed thousands of DVDs at a distribution warehouse in the U.K., the British Film Institute announced the completion of construction of a massive $19-million storage facility in Warwickshire that will house some 450,000 cans of film, representing the country’s film heritage. It will also hold the largest collection […]

EX-THAI TOURISM CHIEF TO FACE TRIAL ON TAKING FESTIVAL BRIBES

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Thailand’s Anti-Corruption Commission has recommended that the former head of the country’s tourism office be prosecuted for allegedly taking bribes from a Los Angeles couple who were awarded a contract to run the Bangkok International Film Festival from 2003-2006. In addition to the charges leveled against Thai Tourism Authority Governor Juthamas Siriwan, the NAAC ruled […]

FOREIGN BOX OFFICE BELONGS TO SMURFS

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Overseas, Sony’s The Smurfs held on to first place for the third consecutive week with $25.5 million, down just 28 percent from the previous week, to bring its foreign total to $256 million. Also holding strong was 20th Century Fox’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which collected $22.1 million to lift its overseas […]

APPLE HALTS TV RENTALS ON ITUNES

August 26, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

In a surprise move, Apple has stopped renting TV episodes online from its iTunes Store. Daily Variety, which reported the move, said that the company removed the rental option “quietly.” It quoted an Apple spokesman as saying, “iTunes customers have shown they overwhelmingly prefer buying TV shows.” Only two media companies had agreed to allow […]

NETWORKS BLOWING IN THE WIND

August 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

President Obama today (Friday) urged Americans to take the threat of Hurricane Irene “seriously.” Certainly the broadcast networks and the cable news networks are, as well as local stations on the East Coast in cities that are likely to feel the brunt of the storm. (In fact, in New York City Thursday night, all three […]

ABC’S NIGHTLINE BEATS RIVALS IN ALL CATEGORIES

August 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

It was a week when both The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with David Letterman were both airing reruns — allowing ABC’s Nightline to take over as the late-night ratings champ. The network said Thursday that Nightline ranked No. 1 among total viewers, adults 25-54 and adults 18-49. “This is the first […]

NAACP PRAISES MSNBC FOR ADDING SHARPTON TO LINE-UP

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The NAACP has praised MSNBC for hiring the Rev. Al Sharpton as host of its 6:00 p.m. hour, to be called PoliticsNation. The civil rights organization said that the appointment represents “a positive step toward addressing the dearth of African American voices in prime-time news.” Vic Bulluck, executive director of the Hollywood Bureau of the […]

BRITISH TV WORKERS SAY THEY’RE BULLIED BY BOSSES

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A survey of British TV industry workers has found significant bullying by executives, with nearly 40 percent of the workers claiming that they have been victims. According to a report in the London Independent, the victims told interviewers that the problem has grown worse over the past decade. Only 4 percent of the 500 broadcasting […]

AT THEATERS: STORM OUTSIDE, DOLDRUMS INSIDE

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For three weeks, box-office pundits have been writing that The Help has “exceeded expectations.” Now it’s expected to top the box office again, and the question is: is that expectation too high? Analysts have been searching record books to find another example of a movie that did not open in first place but then moved […]

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