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TIME WARNER CABLE TO ADD BBC WORLD NEWS

December 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

As previously reported, Time Warner Cable seems determined to drop cable networks that don’t draw significant ratings when their annual contracts expire next week. But on Thursday it added a network that it presumably believes will draw ratings, the BBC World News channel. The channel, which became available to 15 million Comcast subscribers last year, […]

FAMED NATURE FILMMAKER TO REVEAL WHEN SCENES ARE FAKED

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We have apparently come a long way from the time — more than a half century ago — when a Disney nature documentary had us believing that lemmings committed suicide en masse by hurling themselves over a cliff into the sea. (Many years later, it was revealed that the scene had been faked.) Last year, […]

BOX OFFICE JUMPING POST XMAS

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Boxing Day — the day after Christmas — is not celebrated in the U.S., but it certainly seemed as if a lot of people had taken the day off from work on Wednesday as the top three films each posted grosses in excess of $10 million. Leading the pack was Universal’s Les Miserables, which posted […]

RAUNCHY COMEDY IS BEST-SELLING XMAS ITEM

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it would seem. The best-selling DVD and Blu-ray title to land under the tree during the week before Christmas was Universal’s raunchy comedy Ted. (It had also scored the top spot in its debut the previous week.) Warner Bros.’ The Dark Knight Rises remained in second place, according to the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales […]

ROGER EBERT LISTS HIS FAVORITE FILMS OF 2012

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Until Roger Ebert was sidelined recently by a hairline hip fracture, he had been on a tear, turning out 300 reviews this year — an average of nearly one review a day — a personal record, he said on his blog Thursday. The venerable Chicago Sun-Times columnist, who has been sidelined in the past by […]

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL WASN’T NO. 1

December 27, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

With viewers making a mass exodus from their TV sets on the weekend before Christmas, NBC’s Sunday Night Football slipped to No. 2 on the Nielsen ratings chart for last week, edged out by CBS’s NCIS among total adult viewers. The show’s companion, NCIS: Los Angeles, came in at No. 3. The evening newscasts lined […]

MEDIA OUTRAGED OVER PROBE OF MEET THE PRESS HOST

December 27, 2012 by · 3 Comments 

The brouhaha over host David Gregory’s display of a high-capacity ammunition magazine on last Sunday’s Meet the Press escalated on Wednesday after the tabloid website TMZ reported that the program did receive police permission to display it. According to TMZ, which cited well-placed law-enforcement sources, an MTP staffer phoned the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, […]

TIME WARNER CABLE WARNS CHANNELS THEY’LL BE DROPPED

December 27, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

A week after giving arts channel Ovation the boot, today’s (Thursday) Time Warner Cable may be about to do the same to IFC, WE-TV, and NuvoTV, the New York Post reported today (Thursday). Those niche channels have been informed that Time Warner Cable is willing to carry them but is not willing to pay them […]

MOVIE ATTENDANCE RISES: FIRST TIME SINCE 2009

December 27, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

End-of-the-year domestic box-office estimates released on Wednesday gave studios and theater owners cause for celebration. Not only was total revenue up 6 percent over 2011 — it has risen nearly every year as exhibitors nudge ticket prices upwards — but for the first time in three years the number of actual tickets sold (“admissions,” as […]

CHRISTMAS DAY BOX OFFICE SOARS

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Moviegoers who appeared to have little interest in last weekend’s box-office fare, returned to theaters in impressive numbers two days later, with the Universal musical Les Miserables setting records for the highest gross ever for a non-weekend Christmas Day and the highest opening-day gross ever for a musical. With an opening take of $18.1 million, […]

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