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HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA‘S TAKE WOULD HAVE GLADDENED SESAME STREET‘S THE COUNT

September 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Sony’s animated Hotel Transylvania turned out to be something of a monster at the box office over the weekend, scaring up some $43 million in ticket sales, a record for September. (The previous record was set 10 years ago when Sweet Home Alabama opened with $35.6 million.) Sony’s other new release, the critically praised time-travel […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: WON’T BACK DOWN

September 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Won’t Back Down is sort of a Norma Rae in reverse. This time, it’s the union — a teachers’ union in Pittsburgh — that’s the villain, and your judgment of the film may very well be colored by the way you regard the performance of unions in general and teachers’ unions in particular. Even if […]

WHY NO LIVE COVERAGE OF THE PARALYMPICS IN THE U.S.?

September 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

In the U.K., Channel 4’s live coverage of the Paralympics set ratings records for the channel last month. In the U.S., it was relegated to a handful of highlight telecasts on the NBC Sports cable network and a 90-minute special about a week after the contests ended. In London on Thursday for an appearance before […]

INNOCENCE FILMMAKER BACK BEHIND BARS

September 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The maker of the Innocence of Muslims video that sparked violence throughout the Middle East earlier this month after it was discovered on YouTube is in jail. Judge Suzanne H. Segal agreed that Nakoula Basseley Nakoula had violated terms of his parole by engaging in a “lengthy pattern of deception” involving his association with the […]

MOST PEOPLE CONTINUE TO RELY ON TV FOR NEWS

September 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Television remains the No. 1 source of news in America, but the news audience is growing older — much older, according to a Pew Research study. And CNN’s audience has taken a big hit. While only four years ago 24 percent of Americans said they watched CNN regularly, only 16 percent say they do today. […]

WILL BOX OFFICE RECOVER THIS WEEKEND?

September 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The box office could begin to sail out of the doldrums this weekend, propelled by the 3D animated monster spoof Hotel Transylvania and a well-reviewed time-travel drama, Looper, each coming from Sony. Tracking surveys indicate that the cartoon, which features the voices of Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, and others, should scare up around $30-35 million, […]

DISH MAY PROVIDE TV CHANNELS ONLINE

September 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Satellite may not be the only way DISH Network plans to deliver content to consumers in the future. It is now considering doing so via the Internet, according to AllThingsD.com columnist Peter Kafka. DISH is planning to employ the settop box developed by Roku, a company in which it has secretly invested, Kafka reported, citing […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA

September 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

What do monster movies and Adam Sandler movies have in common? Well, usually it’s that they both get lousy reviews. But Hotel Transylvania isn’t really a monster movie — the animated monsters in it are rather cute — and it’s not really an Adam Sandler movie — although Sandler does provide the voice of Dracula. […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: LOOPER

September 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Critics are scrambling aboard the time machine that is Looper and are seemingly enjoying the ride. With few exceptions, they are praising the plot, the dialog, the direction, editing, and the performances of Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing the same character at different ages. Manohla Dargis focuses on the director in her New York […]

FOOTBALL: THE “REAL” REFEREES RETURN

September 27, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

After this year’s football season kicked off to more talk about the decisions of the substitute referees called in to replace the ones locked out by the NFL (there was a veritable national uproar over a missed call that gave the Green Bay Packers a win over the Seattle Seahawks Monday night), the league has […]

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