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HOLDER TELLS REPORTERS HE’LL NO LONGER TARGET THEM

May 31, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

That “off the record” meeting with reporters that Attorney General Eric Holder had arranged to discuss the DOJ’s investigations of leaks of classified information to the press turned out to be anything but. Although several news organizations, including the Associated Press, Reuters, the New York Times, CNN and NBC, had refused to attend the meeting […]

NETFLIX EXEC: NETFLIX COULD SAVE SERIALIZED SERIES

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Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, says that the television networks may be producing more serialized dramas because they know they can sell them to Netflix, even when those shows prove to be disappointments when they air. “There is still a life for that programming on Netflix … we become the last bit of revenue […]

CABLEVISION DEFIES NLRB — SAYS IT’S ILLEGAL

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Cablevision has asked a federal appeals court in Washington DC to rule that the National Labor Relations Board has no authority to take action against it since it lacks a quorum. The cable company, which principally operates in the New York City area, claims that President Obama acted illegally when he appointed three members to […]

MIKE AND MOLLY SINKS TO SERIES LOW AS IT B[L]OWS OUT SEASON

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CBS’s Mike and Molly turned out to be another victim of the Oklahoma tornado as the delayed season finale of the show, titled “Windy City,” drew just 7.79 million viewers, a series low. That it was scheduled amidst an entire lineup of reruns on CBS was likely responsible for a 25 percent drop-off from its […]

FAST AND FURIOUS WILL LIKELY MOW DOWN WILL SMITH

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Box office forecasters are predicting that this will be one of those rare weekends when a Will Smith movie will open well below the leader. After Earth, a sci-fi action flick starring Will Smith and 14-year-old son Jaden, is likely to earn just $30-35 million this weekend, according to tracking studies. Not bad, but the […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: AFTER EARTH

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If Will Smith had hoped to spend some quality time making a movie with his son Jaden, he should have picked a different screenplay rather than sticking with the one that he himself proposed, most critics suggest. Indeed, Joe Morgenstern begins his review in the Wall Street Journal by asking, “Is After Earth the worst […]

NEXT TRANSFORMERS FLICK WILL BE MOSTLY CHINESE

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Demonstrating China’s growing clout in the movie business, Xinhua, the state-run Chinese news service, reported today (Friday) that the upcoming Transformers 4 will be set in China, feature Chinese stars, and will be otherwise “China-centric.” Marc Ganis, president and co-founder (with cousin Sid Ganis, the former president of the Motion Picture Academy) of the Sino-American […]

SCHISM GROWS BETWEEN OBAMA AND PRESS

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Things may not look so dire for Barack Obama as they did for Lyndon Johnson when Walter Cronkite spoke out against the Vietnam War and it was said that the president had lost the press (and the country), but the recent revelations that the Department of Justice had been secretly tracking the phone records of […]

AMAZON TO OFFER FIVE ORIGINAL SERIES

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Amazon, which operates a streaming video service that competes directly with Netflix, is, like its rival, getting into the business of producing original shows and offering them to its subscribers. After unveiling fourteen pilots online in April and asking for feedback, the Seattle-based company has selected five of them to go into production, including Alpha […]

DISH RAISES ITS BID FOR CLEARWIRE

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DISH Network, which sees itself operating at a disadvantage against cable operators since it cannot bundle phone and Internet services along with its TV satellite service, appears determined to wage a battle to the death with Sprint to acquire Clearwire. On Wednesday it offered $4.40 a share in cash to acquire Clearwire, 20 percent over […]

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