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BBC-TV LOSING PUBLIC’S TRUST

October 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The British public’s sense of trust in the BBC has plunged in the wake of reports that top executives of the public broadcaster ignored rumors that the late Jimmy Savile, long one of their biggest stars, had been a serial child molester, often abusing underage girls in his dressing room. A survey conducted by the […]

CHINA INCREASING CENSORSHIP

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The Chinese government appears to be stepping up its crackdown on Western journalists attempting to cover issues and events that appear to be critical of the Communist regime. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists reported that on Monday plainclothes officers blocked a crew from Britain’s Sky News TV who were filming a group of […]

AT BOX OFFICE, THREE’S A CHARM FOR ARGO

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Four new films opened over the weekend, all of them disappointments — and two were outright flops. Warner Bros.’ ambitious Cloud Atlas, which had been expected to earn a modest $11-12 million, ended up with just $9.6 million and a C+ grade from moviegoers polled by CinemaScore. (That was nevertheless somewhat better than Sunday’s estimates […]

FINAL WEEKEND BOX OFFICE 10/26-10/28

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The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date): 1. Argo, Warner Bros., $12,085,059, 3 Wks. ($60,510,347); 2. Cloud Atlas, Warner Bros., $9,612,247, (New); 3. Hotel Transylvania, Sony, $9,444,014, 5 Wks. ($130,380,355); 4. Paranormal Activity 4, Paramount $8,510,186, 2 Wks. […]

NIKKI FINKE AND LA PRESS CLUB HAVE AT IT

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It’s hard to figure out what precisely ticked irascible entertainment journalist Nikki Finke off, but on Monday she wrote that she is “boycotting” this year’s National Entertainment Journalism awards, presented annually by the Los Angeles Press Club. Finke, who has won numerous awards from the organization in the past, may have been upset about finding […]

DESPITE STORM, MONDAY’S RATINGS LOOKED THE SAME

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Judging just from the overnight ratings, you’d hardly know there had been a vicious storm, or that power had gone out to millions of homes with TV sets, or that the CBS station in San Francisco had preempted network programming to simulcast ESPN’s telecast of Monday Night Football. Most of the numbers seemed comparable to […]

THEY DON’T CALL HIM LETTER-MAN FOR NOTHING

October 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

That old motto about “neither rain, nor sleet nor dark of night” apparently applies in spades to the No. 1 letter man working in the dark of night. While some late-night talk-show hosts will be sitting out the storm, David Letterman is set to return to his studio in New York tonight (Monday) and tomorrow […]

IN ITS THIRD WEEK ARGO RISES TO THE TOP (Updated)

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Propelled by terrific word of mouth, Facebook, and Twitter, Ben Affleck’s Argo rose to the top of the box office in its third weekend, falling just 24.9 percent from a week ago to an estimated $12.26 million. With solid weekday business, the film has now grossed $61 million. In an interview with the Associated Press, […]

NETWORKS GO WITH THE WIND

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Ordinarily, the major broadcast and cable networks would be devoting most of their news coverage this week to the final campaigning of the 2012 presidential election, expecting some sort of traditional “October surprise” from one or each of the candidates. But many of the reporters who have been assigned to augment the work of the […]

FOOTBALL BEATS FINAL GAME OF WORLD SERIES

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The San Francisco Giants swept the Detroit Tigers in the fourth game of the World Series on Sunday, but they were no match for Sunday Night Football. Fox’s telecast of the final game of the Series averaged 13.76 million viewers. Ironically, those ratings were boosted by an earlier football overrun, which drew 28 million viewers […]

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