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TV COMPANY ACCUSED OF ETHICS BREACH DECLARES BANKRUPTCY

October 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

A U.K. TV production company, FBC Media, has gone “into administration” — the British equivalent of bankruptcy — following revelations that it produced programs for the BBC about Malaysia while receiving £17 million (about $26 million) from the Malaysian government to promote its image, the London Independent reported today (Friday). The newspaper said that NBC […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: PUSS IN BOOTS

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DreamWorks Animation’s Puss in Boots is garnering the kind of reviews ordinarily reserved for films displaying the Pixar label. Among the country’s leading newspaper critics, only one, Lou Lumenick of the New York Post, has given it a negative review. In fact, Michael O’Sullivan in the Washington Post calls it “almost shockingly good. And not […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE RUM DIARY

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It has been more than three years since Johnny Depp appeared as a character based on gonzo writer Hunter Thompson in The Rum Diary, which, in turn, was based on an early novel by Thompson. During that time, his Pirates of the Caribbean movies have raked in billions of dollars, while Diary has remained all […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: IN TIME

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The critics all seem to agree: the premise of In Time, the sci-fi movie starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried, is intriguing. It concerns a future time when time is literally money — when everyone stops aging at 25. They then receive a year in the bank, but they must buy time to live any […]

NEWS CORP LAWYER TRIED TO THWART BBC HACKING PROBE

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A lawyer representing News International, the News Corp unit in the U.K. that published the now defunct News of the World, accused the BBC last March of pursuing an investigation of claims that reporters at the tabloid were hacking into the voicemail of celebrities and politicians in order to undermine News Corp’s bid to acquire […]

SHOWS WITH GAY CHARACTERS DRAW VIEWERS, ADS

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Television shows featuring gay and lesbian characters accounted for 24 percent of all primetime network programming last season, attracting 28 percent of the total audience and 22 percent of the money spent on primetime advertising, Nielsen said today (Thursday), citing data from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). Those shows were particularly appealing […]

EDDIE MURPHY: WHY HE BOYCOTTED SNL

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Eddie Murphy, who made his television debut at age 19 as a regular on Saturday Night Live, has explained why he has not appeared on the show again in recent years. “They were sh**** to me on Saturday Night Live a couple of times after I’d left the show,” he told the upcoming edition of […]

FORMER ABC CHIEF DAN BURKE DEAD AT AGE 82

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Former Cap Cities/ABC President and CEO Dan Burke died Wednesday in Rye, NY at age 82. He, along with Chairman Tom Murphy, headed the company at the time it was acquired by the Walt Disney Company in 1986. His management style was to recruit talented executives and encourage independent enterprise and originality, a style that […]

IMAX BOASTS RECORD-SETTING QUARTER

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IMAX’s third quarter revenue and profits turned out to be as big as its screens. The company today (Thursday) said that adjusted net income rose 12.2 percent to $11 million from $9.8 million for the same quarter a year ago on record third-quarter revenue of $67.5 million, up 32 percent from $51.1 million last year. […]

ONLINE VIDEO BIGGER THAN EMAIL IN U.K.

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Internet users in the U.K. visit online video sites more often than they do their email providers, Home Media magazine reported on Wednesday, citing a study by London-based Experian Hitwise. According to the study U.K. Internet users registered 785 million visits to online video sites in September, up 36 percent from the same month a […]

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