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PULITZER WINNER HERSH DAMNS TV NEWS COVERAGE AND NY TIMES

September 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh has unleashed a broadside of criticism against members of his own profession, maintaining that when it comes to covering the Obama administration “they are more than obsequious.” In an interview with Britain’s Guardian newspaper, Hersh singled out the news coverage of NBC and ABC, saying that their news bureaus ought […]

BOX OFFICE FORECAST: SUNNY WITH MEATBALLS

September 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The box office has already experienced a strong September, but the final weekend could become its strongest ever, with several analysts predicting a record opening for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 and solid performances for the debuting romantic comedies Don Jon and Baggage Claim and the expanding Ron Howard Formula 1 racing drama […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2

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For a film contrived principally for the kiddies, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is surprisingly receiving some mighty enthusiastic reviews from ordinarily jaded adult movie critics, although the review by Miriam Bale in the New York Times will likely raise a few eyebrows. “There are moments of visual humor,” she writes, “that are […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: DON JON

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A film about a man who is addicted to pornography hardly sounds like your usual rom-com fare, but critics almost unanimously conclude that Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the writer, director and star of Don Jon, pulls it off. “Who would have thought one of the most amusing and oddly insightful romantic comedies would be built around the […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: BAGGAGE CLAIM

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As for Baggage Claim, critics are suggesting that it will probably end up as lost luggage. It is being excoriated by most critics. Elizabeth Weitzman in the New York Daily News describes it as “fake Tyler Perry” and “a rehash of every rom-com cliché imaginable.” G. Allen Johnson in the San Francisco Chronicle says it’s […]

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE MAKES YOUTUBE DEAL — OVERSEAS

September 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

NBC’s Saturday Night Live may have 39 seasons behind it, making it one of the longest-running television shows in history. And although it airs outside of primetime, it frequently garners ratings that are better than any scripted show on NBC’s primetime schedule. But what it doesn’t have going for it is what every other long-running […]

TIME WARNER’S BEWKES NOT WORRIED ABOUT CORD CUTTING

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Time Warner chief Jeff Bewkes can’t imagine the day that cord cutting will become any sort of threat to cable companies. Speaking at a media conference in New York on Wednesday Bewkes seemed to suggest that the term was misleading since the same “cords” that bring television channels into the home are the same ones […]

TALK TO YOUR DIRECTV

September 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Siri, or one of her relatives, may be coming to your television set — if it’s attached to a DirecTV DVR. The satellite TV company announced on Wednesday that it will launch new technology early next month that will allow anyone with a smartphone to speak commands or ask questions to the DirecTV program guide. […]

RUSSIAN GROUPS SEEK TO BAR GAY WESTERN CELEBRITIES

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Openly gay performers and other celebrities supporting gay rights may find themselves barred from entry into Russia under the recent ban on “homosexual propaganda” if conservative groups in the country have their way. On Wednesday Reuters reported that a Russian “parents’ committee” has demanded that President Putin cancel a scheduled concert by Elton John, saying […]

PREMIUM VIDEO-ON-DEMAND IS HISTORY, SAYS REGAL CHIEF

September 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The battle between movie exhibitors and studios over “premium” video-on-demand (VOD) is over, and the exhibitors have won. That was the implication in Regal Entertainment Group CEO Amy Miles during a talk to the MKM Partners Entertainment and Leisure Conference in New York. As reported by the Hollywood Reporter, Miles told the group that the […]

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