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DAUGHTER OF “WOLF’S” ASSOCIATE BLASTS FILM

December 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Wolf of Wall Street had seemed like it stood a chance of becoming the top film of the holiday weekend. That was on Thursday, when the movie opened to huge ticket sales and mostly solid reviews. But it also opened to a “C” Comscore grade from first-night moviegoers, and business spiraled downward quickly on […]

RUSSIA WON’T ALLOW PUSSY RIOT FILM TO BE SCREENED IN MOSCOW

December 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Russian authorities have blocked a Moscow screening of the film Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer just hours before it was to been screened on Sunday afternoon. The action was taken days after two members of the feminist group, which opposes the government of Vladimir Putin, were released from prison. They had been convicted of “hooliganism […]

TV Critic Blows the [Duck] Whistle on A&E

December 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Baltimore Sun TV critic David Zurawik commented on Sunday that A&E channel’s shifting statements in reaction to Duck Dynasty‘s Phil Robertson’s comments about gays and blacks were dictated not by principle but by business. Appearing on Howard Kurtz’s Media Buzz on Fox News, Zurawik remarked, “This is money, money, and more money. … A&E has […]

Russian Car Commercial Figure Skates to 2.5 Million Views

December 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

A Russian car commercial that hit the Internet in the fall has now been watched nearly 2.5 million times on YouTube. The commercial, which features a pair of figure-skating humans choreographed with a pair of figure-skating cars, has also touched off a bit of a controversy among skating fans and professional skaters on various blogs […]

SMAUG NO. 1 AT HOLIDAY BOX OFFICE; FROZEN SURPRISES AT NO. 2

December 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Five films debuted over the Christmas holiday, but not one was able to challenge The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which retained the lead for the third consecutive weekend with an estimated three-day total of $30 million and $49.4 million for the five days. What was able to mount a strong challenge to the Hobbit […]

DUCK DYNASTY PROTESTERS SHOOT DOWN RATINGS FOR A&E

December 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Calls for a boycott of the A&E channel by supporters of Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson have apparently had their desired effect. AdWeek, citing Nielsen live-plus-same-day data, reports that during the week of Dec. 16-22, the channel averaged 1.51 million viewers in prime time, down 13 percent from 1.73 million during the comparable period a […]

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: YEAR’S MOST-WATCHED CABLE-TV PROGRAM

December 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

For the eighth consecutive year, ESPN’s Monday Night Football ranks as the most-watched program on cable-TV. In a news release the Disney-owned sports network said six MNF telecasts were among the top ten cable telecasts of the year, with the NFL series drawing an average 13.68 million viewers each week. It was also the top […]

BOX OFFICE OVERLOAD HITS NEW FILMS

December 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

One lesson that many movie studio executives have apparently not learned yet is that when they release a lot of movies at the same time, the audience for them does not significantly expand to embrace them all. As the Wall Street Journal observed in a headline, “Christmas Box Office Splintered.” It noted that the top […]

HOLIDAY SHOPPING DRIVES UP AMAZON PRIME STREAMING SERVICE

December 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Many holiday shoppers apparently realized that if they signed up for the Amazon Prime movie service for $79 a year, they not only could watch a virtually unlimited number of movies but also get free two-day shipping for many of their holiday gifts. That could explain why Amazon reported a record number of enrollments for […]

DESPICABLE ME 2 TOP-SELLING HOLIDAY DVD

December 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

If there’s a kid in your home, chances are that there was a copy of Despicable Me 2 under the Christmas tree this year. The animated movie from Universal Studios Home Entertainment remained at the top of the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart for the second week in a row. It was followed by […]

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