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SHATNER SAYS HE WAS “SHOCKED” BY PRICELINE DECISION

January 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

William Shatner maintains that he did not learn that his iconic Priceline character The Negotiator would be killed off in a new commercial until he was handed the script for it. “No one was more shocked than I was,” he told Advertising Age magazine. He said that “after they picked me up off the floor,” […]

LIST OF SAG AWARDS TV WINNERS

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Top SAG awards in the television categories: Drama Series Cast: Boardwalk Empire (HBO); Comedy Series Cast: Modern Family (ABC); Actor in a Drama Series: Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire (HBO); Actress in a Drama Series: Jessica Lange American Horror Story (FX); Actor in a Comedy Series: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock (NBC); Actress in a Comedy Series: […]

FOUR MORE NEWS CORP REPORTERS ARRESTED

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Opening a new phase in the investigation that began with allegations of voicemail hacking by reporters for the now defunct London tabloid News of the World, police on Saturday arrest four current and former reporters for the Sun, another London newspaper owned by Rupert Murdoch. A serving police officer was also arrested as Scotland Yard […]

WILL DREAMWORKS SURVIVE?

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The ability of DreamWorks to continue turning out costly productions may be tested in coming weeks as it exhausts its first round of financing, including its $325 million from partner Reliance Entertainment and a matching $325-million loan from J.P. Morgan Securities. According to the New York Times, while the original deal called for Reliance and […]

WALMART TO OPEN STORES AT MIDNIGHT FOR BREAKING DAWN SALE

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If movie theaters can release potential blockbusters at midnight on the day of their release why couldn’t stores selling DVDs follow a similar tactic? That apparently is the thinking of Walmart stores, the largest sales outlet for DVDs in the country — it reportedly accounts for 40 percent of all DVD and Blu-ray sales — […]

SAG, AFTRA BOARDS APPROVE MERGER

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The national boards of each of the primary TV and movie performers’ unions, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), have overwhelming approved a merger plan. While in the past AFTRA members have supported such a merger, SAG members have shot it down. This time, however, SAG […]

THE HELP NABS THREE TROPHIES AT SAG AWARDS

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Cast members of The Help helped themselves to three top SAG Awards on Sunday, including best cast, the equivalent to best film in other awards competitions. Viola Davis won the best actress award, while Octavia Spencer was named best supporting actress. The two have been nominated for Oscars in the same categories. The best actor […]

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD TAKES TOP PRIZE AT SUNDANCE

January 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Benh Zeitlin’s critically applauded Beasts of the Southern Wild has won the top Grand Jury Prize for drama at the Sundance Film Festival. The fantasy/reality film, picked up by Fox Searchlight for a reported $2 million, had been favored to win following adulatory reviews by many critics attending the festival, several of whom used the […]

REPORT: BBC CHIEF TO STEP DOWN

January 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

BBC Director General Mark Thompson is expected leave the publicly supported broadcaster following its coverage of the summer Olympic Games this year, Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported today (Friday) citing unnamed insiders. The newspaper also quoted friends as saying that he has told them that he is “psychologically ready” to step down from the job that […]

TWC: FEWER SUBSCRIBERS, GREATER PROFITS

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Time Warner Cable saw a 44-percent increase in its net income during the last quarter despite the fact that it lost 129,000 customers and its gross revenue rose only 4 percent. The rise in profits was attributed to cheaper-to-operate Internet and telephone services as well as existing subscribers to its video service opting for more […]

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