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$2 BILLION — THE MAGIC NUMBER FOR L.A. DODGERS

March 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

In 1957, in an effort to entice Walter O’Malley, the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, to move his team to Los Angeles, the city and county of Los Angeles offered to give him 300 acres of public land in Chavez Ravine, grade it and provide access roads at a cost of $4.7 million. In return, […]

LATEST BBC NEWS CUTBACKS DECRIED BY JOURNALISTS’ UNION

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The British National Union of Journalists has denounced the latest cutbacks at the BBC, which will see 140 jobs eliminated in the news division over the next year. NUJ General Secretary Michelle Stanistreet lashed out at BBC director general Mark Thompson, accusing him of engaging in “shabby, behind-closed-doors” dealings with the David Cameron government. “The […]

ICAHN ON HIS LIONSGATE DEBACLE: “YOU CAN’T WIN ‘EM ALL”

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Carl Icahn, who dumped nearly all his shares of Lionsgate last August for about $7 per share, only to see it rise to more than double that amount in recent days following the success of Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games, has waxed philosophical about his unlucky move, which cost him $345 million. Icahn, who at one […]

HUNGER GAMES CONTINUES TO DEVOUR BOX OFFICE

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The Hunger Games continued to pack ’em in on Monday, selling tickets at a clip that would have delighted any studio on a weekend day. The movie earned $10.82 million, the most any film has ever earned on a non-holiday Monday in March. The film is also likely to perform solidly throughout the week, given […]

CAMERON IN LONDON FOR TITANIC PREMIERE ONE DAY AFTER DIVE

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James Cameron turned up in London Tuesday night for the premiere of his 3D-enhanced re-release of Titanic — just one day after completing his voyage to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, seven miles below the surface of the Pacific. “I felt like I literally, in the space of one day, had gone to another […]

AMC CHAIN WILL PERMIT CHILDREN TO SEE BULLY WITH PARENTAL OK

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The AMC movie chain on Tuesday said that it will allow children under 17 to see The Weinstein Co.’s Bully documentary if they receive written permission from their parents or if the parents speak to a ticket seller via their children’s cellphone. The theater chain has posted permission slips on its website. (They are also […]

BULLY GOING OUT UNRATED

March 27, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Harvey Weinstein is making good on his threat to release his documentary Bully next weekend in New York and Los Angeles without a rating, after the decision by the Motion Picture Association of America’s ratings board to slap it with an R-rating because of the repeated use of the f-word. Ads for the film appearing […]

MURDOCH AND CO. FACE NEW SCANDALS

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While it is unlikely that any coordinated planning was involved, several news outlets yesterday and today (Tuesday) rolled out investigative projects targeting Rupert Murdoch and News Corp, — among them Britain’s BBC, the London Independent, and America’s PBS. The BBC report claimed that the News Corp software company NDS cracked the access codes used by […]

TRIBUNE STATIONS MAY GO DARK ON DIRECTV

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A battle between Tribune Corp. and DirecTV over retransmission fees is coming down to the wire, with each side maintaining it will not budge another inch. Despite our best efforts, DirecTV is refusing to offer a fair deal and we remain far apart in negotiations,” Tribune Broadcasting President Nils Larsen said. If the two sides […]

COFFEE, TEA OR BASEBALL?

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Giving new meaning to the term “fly balls,” Major League Baseball’s Advanced Media unit announced today (Tuesday) that it will deliver in-flight live streaming of games to passengers aboard planes equipped with Row 44 wi-fi technology. The deal is presumably a straight programming-for-equity pact. Howard Lefkowitz, Row 44’s chief commercial officer, said that it represented […]

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