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PBS TO ISSUE $100 DOWNTON ABBEY BOXED SET<

July 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

PBS’s broadcasts of the first three seasons of Downton Abbey, produced by Britain’s ITV, drew more viewers than any other drama ever aired by the public broadcaster. Now it will see whether that popularity can translate to home video sales of a limited-edition boxed set of those seasons can help lift PBS’s precarious finances. The […]

WASHINGTON BROADCAST JOURNALIST HERB KAPLOW DEAD AT 86

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Renowned broadcast journalist Herb Kaplow, who spent 21 years at NBC News’s Washington bureau, beginning in 1951, then moved to ABC News, where he spent another 22 years before his retirement, has died at age 86. In a statement noting his passing, ABC President Ben Sherwood said, “With a front row seat to history Herb […]

WOLVERINE TAME; BOX OFFICE WILD<

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Twentieth Century Fox’s debut of The Wolverine brought in just $53.1 million domestically over the weekend, well below tracking projections, according to final figures released by the studio on Monday. That was 15 percent below the $62.1 million that The Dark Knight earned in its second weekend a year ago. Nevertheless, the overall box office […]

TOP TEN FILMS WEEKEND OF JULY 26-28

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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. The Wolverine, Fox, $53,113,752, (New); 2. The Conjuring, Warner Bros., $22,208,389, 2 Wks. ($83,945,017); 3. Despicable Me 2, Universal, $16,424,135, 4 Wks. ($306,812,720); 4. Turbo, Fox, $13,740,247, 2 Wks. ($56,183,245); […]

ACTIVIST INVESTOR LOEB BLASTS SONY’S FILM CHIEFS

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Investor Daniel Loeb, whose Third Point hedge fund reportedly owns about 6 percent of Sony Corp., has called again for the company to spin off 20 percent of its entertainment division and use the funds derived from that sale to prop up its electronics business. In doing so, however, he tore into the management of […]

DEPP “NOT TOO FAR AWAY” FROM CALLING IT QUITS

July 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Johnny Depp, once Hollywood’s highest-paid actor, said today (Monday) that he is “not too far away” from quitting acting altogether. Interviewed by the BBC in London where he is promoting the U.K. opening of The Lone Ranger on August 7, Depp said, “When you add up the amount of dialogue you say per year and […]

NBC WANTS LENO TO REMAIN IN ITS STABLE

July 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

NBC wants Jay Leno to stick around after he hands over the Tonight show to Jimmy Fallon early next year. Speaking to members of the Television Critics Association on Saturday, the network’s entertainment chief Robert Greenblatt said, “Nothing would make us happier than to have him, a la Bob Hope, stay at the network.” Hope, […]

ANALYST: TIME WARNER WILL WIN BATTLE WITH CBS

July 28, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The CBS eye will go blind over Time Warner cable systems today (Monday) barring a last-minute breakthrough in negotiations between the television network and the cable system. While broadcasters have traditionally had the upper hand in dealing with cable providers over retransmission consent agreements, BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield said in a note to clients on […]

TV CRITICS FACING THE FATE OF THE DINOSAURS?

July 28, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

In a blog post, Rob Salem, who has been the TV critic for the Toronto Star for some 20 years, tells why he is not attending the summer tour of the Television Critics Association this year. Last April, his newspaper, he writes “decided in its infinite wisdom that it no longer needs a TV column, […]

WOODY ALLEN SCORES HIS BEST OPENING WEEKEND EVER

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In limited release, Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine opened in six theaters with $612,767, selling out in virtually all of them. That’s an average of $102,128 per screen — the best of Allen’s career and the highest of the year for any film. (By contrast, The Wolverine‘s per-theater average over the weekend was $14,000.) The result […]

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