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HUNGER GAMES EXPECTED TO KILL ALL RIVALS (Updated)

March 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

There’ll be no slaking moviegoers’ thirst for Hunger Games this weekend, according to box office pundits. After opening with $152.5 million last weekend, the movie was averaging about $10 million a day midweek, and most box-office forecasters are predicting that it will rake in another $50-60 million this weekend. Two big-budget films will be trying […]

AFTRA-SAG MERGER OVERWHELMINGLY OK’D

March 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

After decades of often hostile rivalry, members of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) overwhelmingly approved the merger of the two unions. Eighty-six percent of AFTRA members approved the merger, a percentage that was expected. But it was also approved by 82 percent of SAG members, […]

KEITH OLBERMANN FIRED BY CURRENT TV

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Keith Olbermann is out of work again. This time he was fired by Current TV, the channel founded by Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, who contended that Olbermann had broken his five-year, $50-million contract. Gore and Hyatt issued a statement announcing Olbermann’s departure but included no mention of any specific action by the liberal commentator […]

CBS BLOCKS PLANS TO FILM 45-YEAR-OLD STAR TREK EPISODE

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Plans to film an episode of Star Trek that was written for the original 1960s series but was never produced have been blocked by CBS, which claims that the production would violate its copyright. The episode, “He Walked Among Us,” was originally penned by frequent Star Trek writer Norman Spinrad and was to have starred […]

GOOD MORNING AMERICA SET TO OVERTAKE TODAY NEXT WEEK

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It may turn out to be the irony of ironies. For the first time in seven years, ABC’s Good Morning America seems likely to overtake NBC’s the Today show in the ratings next week, the New York Times observed today (Friday). Already, GMA has moved to within 137,000 viewers behind Today, according to last week’s […]

GOVERNMENT CUTS CANADIAN NETWORK’S FUNDING

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The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is expected to be hit hard by the decision of the Stephen Harper government to cut funds for itself, Telefilm Canada, and the National Film Board of Canada. The cuts were announced Thursday and will take effect gradually over the next three years. Daily Variety quoted Ian Morrison, spokesman for Friends […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: MIRROR MIRROR

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The verdict of most critics on Mirror Mirror: fair. No poison apples but plenty of daggers. We take it back — there are a few bad apples. Kyle Smith’s review in the New York Post is utterly lethal (and probably funnier than the movie itself, judging from the other critics’ remarks). “As garish-looking as Versailles […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: BULLY

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The Weinstein Co.’s Bully is garnering some of the strongest reviews of the year, with several critics stepping out of their roles as appraisers and becoming advocates for it — many of them condemning the Motion Picture Association of America for its decision to slap the film with an R-rating because of language. (The Weinstein […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: WRATH OF THE TITANS

March 30, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

The reviews for Wrath of the Titans are about as wrathful as those for Clash of the Titans were two years ago. Those negative reviews did not hinder the movie from earning nearly a half-billion dollars in 2010. And there’s a legitimate question about who actually reads reviews of movies like this. The best that […]

RUPERT MURDOCH TAKES OFF THE GLOVES

March 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Amid new allegations of potentially criminal wrongdoing by units of his News Corporation, Rupert Murdoch took to Twitter today (Thursday), vowing to fight back. “Seems every competitor and enemy piling on with lies and libels,” he said in his first tweet, adding, “So bad, easy to hit back hard, which preparing.” His comments came following […]

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