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IDOL KEEPS FALLING

January 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Fox’s American Idol remained the highest-rated show on television on Wednesday and Thursday, but its numbers were down by nearly 30 percent from a year ago. Thursday’s telecast, which drew 16.99 million total viewers, was actually beaten by CBS’s The Big Bang Theory among viewers 18-49, Idol‘s primary target demo. Among total viewers, the CBS […]

BRITISH MP’S CONDEMN LENO’S GOLDEN TEMPLE JOKE

January 27, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

The international furor over Jay Leno’s use of a photo of a Hindu shrine in India for a gag about Mitt Romney’s wealth last week shows little sign of abating. On Thursday it reached the British parliament, with Labor Party MPs Virendra Sharma and John McDonnell introducing a motion asking the government to express “concern […]

PUNDITS: PAINT BOX OFFICE GREY THIS WEEKEND

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Box-office pundits, who have been making way-off-the-mark conservative predictions during the past few weeks, are not loosening up their restrained approach to the latest batch of movies, including The Grey, Man on a Ledge, One for the Money and The Descendants, which is finally getting a wide release. They agree that the winner is likely […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: MAN ON A LEDGE

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Virtually all the critics are avoiding using the term “gripping” to describe Man on a Ledge, the drama starring Sam Worthington in which for most of the film he is seen perched on a 14-inch ledge on the 21st floor of the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. The reason, it would seem, has less to […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE GREY

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Box-office forecasters are predicting that The Grey, starring Liam Neeson, will become this weekend’s box office champ. Kyle Smith in the New York Post is not so sure. “It may be too conventional for the art-house crowd, yet too arty for the megaplex. I prefer to call it an unusually reflective blood-and-guts saga,” he writes. […]

NYPD’S TOP OFFICIAL REGRETS ENDORSING ANTI-ISLAM FILM

January 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

New York’s top police official has made a 180-degree shift from a previous stance and has now admitted that he agreed to appear in a documentary that claims that much of Muslim leadership in America is conspiring to “infiltrate and dominate” the highest levels of government, including the White House. The New York Times on […]

COURT BATTLE OVER GOLDEN GLOBES GOES INTO SECOND DAY

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Testifying in the second day of the court battle between The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. and Dick Clark Productions, Fran LaMaina, the former DCP President and COO, said that the HFPA’s Golden Globes event was regarded as “somewhat [of] a joke” before Clark became associated with them. “Dick Clark’s reputation was the antithesis of the […]

PRODUCERS LOOKING FOR X FACTOR FOR THE X FACTOR

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The head of the company that produces Fox’s The X Factor has acknowledged that the show did not achieve Simon Cowell’s goal of reach 20 million viewers because “it wasn’t different enough.” FremantleMedia North America President Cecile Frot-Coutaz told a panel at the NATPE convention in Miami that she plans to meet with Cowell in […]

FORMER TABLOID EDITOR ADMITS USING UNRELIABLE INFORMANTS

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The former investigations editor of the now-defunct British newspaper News of the World has told a panel looking into journalistic ethics that he has used people as sources for stories that police have considered “unreliable.” “I’ve had front page splashes from crack addicts,” Mazher Mahmood told the Leveson inquiry. Mahmood, who moved from the News […]

NETFLIX SHARES ZOOM ON EARNINGS REPORT

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Netflix shares soared 22 percent on the Nasdaq today (Thursday) to $116.01 after the company reported stronger-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings of $41 million on a whopping 43-percent increase in revenue of $876 million. The company, which was beleaguered by subscriber losses and analysts’ downgrades after it substantially raised fees for its combined streaming and DVD-by-mail service, […]

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