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MERGER TO CREATE WORLD’S LARGEST AD COMPANY

July 28, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

In what would create the world’s largest advertising company, New York-based Omnicom and Paris-based Publicis announced today (Sunday) that they have agreed to merge. Together the two companies accounted for $22.7 billion in total revenue last year. Initially Omnicom chief John Wren and Publicis chief Maurice Lévy have agreed to serve as co-CEOs. However, Lévy, […]

THE WOLVERINE: WEAK IN U.S., MUSCULAR ABROAD

July 28, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Wolverine had its claws clipped as it opened domestically with an estimated $55 million, well below the $70-75 million that many tracking studies had indicated it would earn. It was also well below the $65 million that 20th Century Fox had conservatively predicted for its debut. In 2009, X-Men Origins: Wolverine opened with $85 […]

AMAZON POSTS A LOSS ON $16 BILLION IN REVENUE

July 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Trying to keep up with the free-spending Netflix is proving to be costly to Amazon. Despite posting $15.7 billion in revenue during the second quarter, it wound up with a surprising loss of $7 million, it said in an SEC filing on Thursday. It also reported a loss during the third quarter of 2012. “It’s […]

RATINGS DWINDLE FOR CNN’S MORNING SHOW

July 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

It hasn’t been the same for CNN since the George Zimmerman trial ended. While some critics strongly objected to the cable news network’s decision to relegate other important stories to the equivalent of a newspaper’s back pages, there was no denying the fact that it drew some of its strongest ratings in recent years from […]

SODERBERGH’S LATEST “RETIREMENT” PROJECT: THE KNICK

July 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Well, there goes the retirement. Director Steven Soderbergh on Thursday confirmed a report that original appeared on Deadline.com back in May that he would direct all ten episodes of a series for Cinemax called The Knick. The “Knick” in the title is the Knickerbocker Hospital, one of New York City’s principal hospitals around the turn […]

RIVERA REVEALS WHY HE TOOK DOWN HALF-NAKED SELFIE

July 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Geraldo Rivera says that Fox News did not force him to remove his now-infamous “selfie” photo of himself dressed only in a towel. Conceding that he took the photo after having “a couple of drinks” at around 2:30 a.m., he said that the first negative reaction came when he received an email from his daughter […]

THE WOLVERINE WILL CLAW ITS WAY TO THE TOP

July 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The message of the box office to studios this summer has been: if you’re going to put more than $100 million into a movie, your safest bet is to put it into a superhero flick. While a number of other mega-budget films, including After Earth, The Lone Ranger, White House Down, and R.I.P.D. have turned […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE WOLVERINE

July 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

A lot of critics have their claws out for The Wolverine. Kenneth Turan, like other critics, bestows much praise on the performance of Hugh Jackman in the title role. “Unfortunately,” he adds, “not even Jackman can completely rescue his character’s latest outing. As directed by the usually reliable James Mangold, The Wolverine is an erratic […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: BLUE JASMINE

July 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Opening in just 6 theaters, Woody Allen’s latest film, Blue Jasmine, is receiving some of his best reviews ever, thanks mostly to the performance of Cate Blanchett. Her character, Jasmine French, writes Manohla Dargis in the New York Times, is “brilliantly brought to quivering life by Ms. Blanchett” in Allen’s “most sustained, satisfying and resonant […]

DEVICE DELIVERS VIDEO TO YOUR TV FROM YOUR PHONE

July 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

TV-Internet convergence took another step toward reality with the announcement by Google on Wednesday that it is introducing a $35 device that will let users stream online video directly to their TV sets from phones, tablets or laptops. Somewhat surprisingly, Google said that it won’t require those devices to be equipped with its own Android […]

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