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TWO AND A HALF MEN SINKS TO LOWEST RATING EVER

January 31, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Increasing speculation that this will likely be the final season for CBS’s Two and a Half Men, the show hit a series low Thursday, with 8.6 million viewers tuning in. While it remained the highest-rated show in its time period, it is also for advertisers one of the most expensive shows on the air, given […]

CONTRACT TALKS WITH WGA TO BEGIN ON MONDAY

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Contract negotiations between the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) are set to begin on Monday, with a likely focus on cable-TV payments and residuals. A breakdown in talks over cable-TV issues resulted in a 14-week strike that paralyzed Hollywood in 2007 and 2008. At the […]

FOX NEWS MOST TRUSTED — AND LEAST TRUSTED

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Once again, the Fox News Channel has been voted the most trusted cable or broadcast news network in a poll conducted by Public Policy Polling. The poll found that 35 percent of respondents regarded Fox News has more worthy of trust than any other news outlet. PPP found that “It leads the way because of […]

BRITISH TV PRODUCERS PREPARING FOR LANDSLIDE BUSINESS

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British television producers are expecting to receive a huge international boost as a result of the growing popularity in online video. The British trade publication Screen Daily quoted Carnival Films managing director Gareth Neame as saying, “If you’ve got Apple TV or Hulu you can watch new U.K. shows before they reach a TV network. […]

FORWARD TO THE PAST: 1985 HIT FILM HEADING FOR THE STAGE

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Time was when hit musicals produced for the stage eventually wound up on movie screens. These days the migration often is reversed. Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported today (Friday) that Back to the Future, the 1985 hit movie that starred Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, will come to London’s West End next year, marking the […]

MOVIE BUSINESS WILL NOT BE SUPER THIS WEEKEND

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Theaters will be competing with the Super Bowl this weekend — and they’ll lose. Only two relatively low-budget films are opening this weekend, each of them, slammed by critics and each of them primarily aimed at women: That Awkward Moment, starring Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan, and Labor Day, starring Kate Winslet […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THAT AWKWARD MOMENT

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That Awkward Moment may have been shot in New York, but the New York film critics clearly don’t love it. Indeed, Stephen Holden in the New York Times describes it as “a vile, witless sex comedy set in contemporary Manhattan.” Rafer Guzmán in Newsday writes that the movie “tries to borrow some wit and charm […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: LABOR DAY

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Labor Day, comments Joe Morgenstern in the Wall Street Journal, “might better be called Labored Day,” a movie that “moves at a sluggish pace, while the emotion ratio for each character is one per scene.” It is not, most of the critics observe, the sort of film one might expect from director Jason Reitman, who […]

TWC LOSES SUBSCRIBERS BUT INCREASES PROFITS

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Time Warner Cable lost some 217,000 video subscribers during its fourth quarter — bringing its total number for the year to 825,000 — but its profits for the quarter rose 5.3 percent to $540 million by offsetting the subscriber loss with higher fees for those who remained. Average monthly bills were up 2.2 percent to […]

VIACOM: TV REVENUE SOARS; MOVIE REVENUE DIVES

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Viacom said today (Thursday) that its profit soared 16 percent in its first quarter despite the fact that overall revenue fell 4 percent. There was a striking difference between the performance of its cable networks and that of its filmed entertainment unit — principally the Paramount movie studio and its home-entertainment division. At the cable […]

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