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LADY GAGA’S PERFORMANCE IGNITES COMPLAINTS IN U.K.

October 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Britain’s TV watchdog OFCOM has received more than 150 complaints about a performance by Lady Gaga on the UK edition of The X Factor Sunday night. A spokesperson for the regulator told the Daily Mirror: “There was a high volume of complaints relating to performance, costume and lyrics. We will assess all the complaints received […]

BOX OFFICE RISING AGAIN

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The 2013 box office moved into plus territory versus 2012 over the weekend as the top ten films produced revenue that was nearly 17 percent higher than for the comparable weekend a year ago, when the third weekend of Argo led with $12.1 million and the debut of Cloud Atlas came in second with a […]

TOP TEN FILMS WEEKEND OF 10/25/13-10/27/13

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The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Rentrak (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date): 1. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, Paramount, $32,055,177, (New); 2. Gravity, Warner Bros., $20,135,387, 4 Wks. ($199,649,748); 3. Captain Phillips, Sony, $11,642,040, 3 Wks. ($69,916,083); 4. The Counselor, 20th Century Fox, $7,842,930, (New); 5. […]

MPAA SLAMS “NOTORIOUS” PIRATE DVD MARKETS IN AUSTRALIA

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The Motion Picture Association of America has accused Australia of failing to enforce its own laws banning the sale of pirated DVDs in the country. According to today’s (Tuesday) Sydney Morning Herald, the MPAA charged that Australia’s state and federal police have “shown no interest in enforcing the issue despite multiple entreaties from rights holders.” […]

WORLD SERIES BEATS NFL FOR MOST EYES ON SUNDAY

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For the first time this season, Sunday Night Football was not Sunday’s top-rated television show. The World Series was — at least among total adults. Fox’s coverage of the baseball contest between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals captured 15.39 million viewers, peaking in the 8:30 p.m. half-hour with 15.92 million viewers, […]

BLACKFISH A WHALE OF SUCCESS FOR CNN

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Blackfish, a two-hour documentary that essentially indicts the sea-park industry that captures killer whales and turns them into performers, captured huge ratings when it was broadcast by CNN Thursday night. Bill Carter, who covers television for the New York Times, noted on Saturday that the documentary not only was No. 1 among the 25-54 age […]

AWARE OF TWITTER’S LIMITS, NETWORKS SELECT ONE-WORD TITLES

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If you want a new show to go viral, it’s a good idea to keep the title short, preferably one word, the New York Post observed today (Monday), noting that some of the one-word titles this season include Revenge, Suits, Glee, Betrayal, Dads, Hostages and Reign and that coming up will be Intelligence, Believe, Crisis, […]

TRIAL OF MURDOCH’S TOP EXECS BEGINS IN LONDON

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In what is being called by members of the British press “the trial of the century,” Rupert Murdoch’s longtime protégé Rebekah Brooks, the former CEO of News International, and Andy Coulson, the onetime editor of Murdoch’s tabloid News of the World who became Prime Minister David Cameron’s spokesman, appeared in London’s Old Bailey today (Monday), […]

BLUE IS GREEN AT INDIE BOX OFFICE

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Opening in limited release, this year’s Cannes Film Festival winner Blue Is the Warmest Color turned out to be very green as it brought in $101,116 from two theaters in New York and two in Los Angeles. Its NC-17 rating did not appear to affect ticket sales as its $25,279 per-screen average topped last year’s […]

NETFLIX’S SARANDOS: EXHIBITORS ARE STIFLING INNOVATION

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One week after announcing plans to begin producing feature-length motion pictures, Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, told an industry conference in Hollywood, “The reason why we may … release some big movies is I am concerned that theater owners are trying to stifle innovation.” Sarandos was referring to exhibitors’ longstanding opposition to early release […]

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