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LAUER DIDN’T BOOT CURRY, I DID, SAYS TODAY EXEC PRODUCER

September 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Jim Bell, the executive producer of NBC’s Today show, insists that it was he and not Matt Lauer who made the decision to replace Ann Curry with Savannah Guthrie as co-anchor. “He is the host and does not have management responsibility,” Bell told the New York Times. “It was not his call. That was my […]

COMPETITORS STEAL APPLE’S TV THUNDER

September 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

While Apple reportedly struggles to find a way to introduce a next-generation television set that will offer simplicity of use together with an unlimited array of content in the cloud, its competitors are moving ahead with incremental improvements — ironically incorporating some of Apple’s own products. AT&T U-verse announced on Wednesday that it will become […]

HACKING VICTIMS WON’T ASK FOR PUNITIVE DAMAGES

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Some of the alleged victims of phone hacking by the now defunct British tabloid News of the World who are suing News International, News Corp’s British newspaper subsidiary, have agreed to drop their demands for punitive damages so as not to prejudice the criminal proceedings against several NI executives and journalists. NI had protested the […]

ANOTHER SILENT FILM LOOKING FOR OSCAR VOTE

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Only months after The Artist received the best picture award at the Oscars, another black-and-white silent film produced by a European company is garnering rapturous reviews and could wind up competing with Hollywood’s best in the awards voting next year. On Wednesday, Spain selected Pablo Berger’s Blancanieves as its entry in the competition for the […]

DOTCOM PROSECUTION CONTINUES TO BACKFIRE

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The prosecution of alleged online piracy tycoon Kim Dotcom and his associates is quickly becoming the backfire heard ’round the world. In the latest revelations about alleged law enforcement and prosecutorial improprieties in the case, court documents now suggest that New Zealand police provided inaccurate information to the country’s equivalent of the CIA that led […]

ACADEMY RACING TO MAKE PRINTS OF RESTORED FILMS

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Smaller theaters, including those showing vintage films and art houses, many of which have not been able to afford the costs of converting to digital, are now finding it difficult to find 35mm prints to show to their patrons, the Los Angeles Times reported today (Thursday). It quoted film historian Allan Rode as saying, “There […]

AFTER FIVE-YEAR DECLINE, SMOKING IN MOVIES RISES

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After five years of declining instances of smoking scenes in movies, onscreen smoking rose last year, according to a study conducted by the University of California at San Francisco. The study found that several films with smoking scenes particularly attracted a younger, more impressionable audience, like Rango and X-Men First Class. The study was published […]

FOOTBALL+VOICE+REVOLUTION ADD UP TO #1 FOR NBC

September 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s probably a given that between now and the Super Bowl in February football will hold the top spot in the weekly Nielsen ratings. Last weekend’s NBC coverage of the game between Baltimore and New England drew 21.3 million viewers, while the pregame show pulled in 14.7 million to place second. (On cable, ESPN’s telecast […]

CABLE COMPANIES DIVE INTO VIDEO GAMING

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Cable-TV settop boxes may soon become video-game devices, according to a report by Bloomberg News. Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon and AT&T are all reportedly in talks with data streaming specialists to bring streaming game technology to subscribers. Tests could begin as early as next year. Online game streaming has been around for a while […]

TRIAL OF MURDOCH’S TOP ASSOCIATES SET FOR NEXT YEAR

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Several top executives and journalists for Rupert Murdoch’s now-defunct News of the World returned to court today for pretrial formalities that included the judge’s announcement that their trials will begin in September of next year. Among the former News of the World employees who face a general charge of “conspiracy to unlawfully intercept communications” were […]

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