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MICHAEL JACKSON REIGNS AS KING OF DEAD CELEBRITIES

October 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

It is ironic that Michael Jackson, who was reportedly struggling to avert bankruptcy at the time of his death in 2011, has now topped Forbes magazine’s list of the ten highest-earning dead celebrities with earnings of $160 million last year. He regained the top spot after Elizabeth Taylor took it over last year after auctions […]

TIVO’S NEW DVR NOW ALLOWS VIEWING ANYWHERE

October 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Certain to anger broadcasters and cable-TV providers alike, TiVo today (Thursday) launched a new feature allowing users of its Roamio DVRs to watch live or recorded programs anywhere via wi-fi on Apple’s iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices. Beginning next month, users of TiVo’s older DVRs may attach a separate TiVo Stream unit, which sells […]

BBC’S IPLAYER NOW USED MOSTLY FOR MOBILE VIEWING

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The BBC’s iPlayer was originally intended to allow persons who paid the BBC’s license fee to watch the public broadcaster’s programs on their personal computers. But the BBC disclosed today (Thursday) that for the first time its shows were watched on tablets and smartphones more than they were on PCs. It noted that just three […]

THE HEAT HEATS UP HOME VIDEO SALES

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Twentieth Century Fox’s The Heat, which surprised at the box office earlier this week when it racked up $159.4 million in domestic ticket sales, took over the top spot on the list of leading home-video sellers for the week ended Oct. 20, according to the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart. It beat out another […]

DGA TO START EARLY NEGOTIATIONS WITH PRODUCERS — WAY EARLY

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The Directors Guild of America, which usually begins contract negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers early and rarely finds them volatile, has agreed to begin them a full seven months ahead of the expiration of the current agreement. In a statement issued jointly by the DGA and the AMPTP, they said […]

DIRECTOR LOACH APPEALS FOR VANISHING FILM EDITING SUPPLY

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Ken Loach (The Wind that Shakes the Barley) is one of those dying breed of directors who still makes films with film. And that has presented the award-winning British filmmaker with a threatening problem as he attempts to complete his latest feature, Jimmy’s Hall. It seems that he is running short of “numbering tape,” a […]

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY OPENS AS WEST END MUSICAL

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The enduring 1953 film classic From Here to Eternity has been brought to the stage as a musical — the London stage, as unlikely as that may seem for such a quintessentially American story, written by James Jones and brought to on-screen life by Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, Montgomery Clift and Frank Sinatra. The West […]

NFL SCORING BEST PRIMETIME RATINGS IN 17 YEARS

October 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

NBC’s Sunday Night Football is averaging the highest ratings for the NFL primetime package in 17 years — 22.7 million — last exceeded in 1996 when it was Monday Night Football and carried by ABC. Last Sunday the game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos averaged 26.9 million viewers, making it the most-watch […]

TOP TEN TV SHOWS WEEK OF 10/14/13-10/20/13

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The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research: 1. Sunday Night Football, NBC, 15.9/26; 2. NCIS, CBS, 11.6/18; 3. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 10.9/18; 4. 60 Minutes, CBS, 9.4/15; 5. Football Night in America Pt 3, NBC, 9.0/15; 5. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 9.0/14; 7. Dancing with the Stars (Monday), ABC, […]

ICAHN SELLS HALF HIS STAKE IN NETFLIX FOR NEARLY $1 BILLION

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Maverick investor Carl Icahn may have sold his shares in Lionsgate prematurely, but he’s not going to make that mistake with his shares of Netflix. Saying it was now time “to take some chips off the table,” Icahn has sold more than half his shares in the online video company for almost $1 billion. Shares […]

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