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CNN’S HILLARY CLINTON DOCUMENTARY IS DEAD

September 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The director of a much-wrangled-over documentary about Hillary Clinton that was due to air on CNN has pulled the plug on it, blaming not Republicans, who had maintained that the film amounted to a ploy to aid Clinton’s presumed presidential campaign, but — primarily — Democrats, who, he said, had refused to cooperate, including Clinton […]

BREAKING BAD GOES OUT WITH A BANG

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At last — a popular television series that did not fade out into a twilight of controversy. Unlike the final episodes of The Sopranos, Lost, and, most recently Dexter, the finale of AMC’s Breaking Bad elicited much praise from critics and an overwhelming number of positive tweets from the Twitterverse. “The finale had all the […]

BROADCAST RATINGS FALL AS CABLE’S BREAKING BAD ENDS

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Since ratings for cable TV shows are released after those for broadcast network shows, it’s too early to tell how the final episode of Breaking Bad — and its presumed massive (for cable) audience — affected the primetime ratings of ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox Sunday night. A quick glance at the preliminary numbers released […]

TV VIA THE INTERNET? IT WILL HAVE TO WAIT

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Plans announced by Intel and Sony to deliver broadcast and cable networks to subscribers over the Internet have been scaled back and delayed, the New York Times reported today, suggesting that they may never come to fruition. Intel’s OnCue, which reportedly will record three days of programming on every channel, giving subscribers the opportunity to […]

MOVIEGOERS FEAST ON MEATBALLS

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It rained Meatballs at the box office over the weekend — not as many as some of the wilder forecasts had predicted, but Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 did take in around $35 million, and that amount was significantly higher than the $30.3 million that the original took in over its opening weekend […]

PIRATES SEEM TO LOVE BOX-OFFICE DUDS

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Seeming to lend some credence to the theory that many people will pirate movies that they wouldn’t pay good money to see, Sony’s expensive flop After Earth, starring Will and Jaden Smith was the most pirated film last week, according to TorrentFreak.com, which tracks BitTorrent usage. The film, which brought in just 60.5 million domestically […]

DIRECTV GETS INTO THE MOVIE BUSINESS

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It may be less costly for DirecTV to finance its own movies than buy the rights to them from the studios. At any rate, that may well be the thinking behind the satellite company’s announcement that it will finance films by studio A24 and offer them to customers 30 days before they hit the big […]

GMA WINS SEASON FOR FIRST TIME IN 19 YEARS

September 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

For the first time in 19 years, ABC’s Good Morning America has won its first full season against NBC’s Today show among total viewers and, for the first time in 20 years, the crucial (for a morning show) 25-54 demo. “We know our competition is strong and bringing it every day,” GMA senior executive producer […]

WILL GAY PROTESTS DETRACT FROM WINTER OLYMPICS?

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Raising new concerns that protests over Russia’s new anti-gay laws could overshadow coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the gay rights organization Human Rights Campaign on Thursday condemned the conclusion by the International Olympic Committee that the laws do not violate the Olympic Charter’s anti-discrimination clause. Earlier in the day, Jean-Claude Killy, the […]

WINFREY’S CABLE NETWORK BUYS MOVIE IN WHICH SHE STARS

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The power of Oprah Winfrey to bring films before the general public that might otherwise have wound up with a short art-house run was demonstrated again on Thursday with the announcement that her OWN cable network had secured the network television rights to Lee Daniels’ The Butler beginning in 2017. Winfrey’s co-starring role in the […]

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