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RATINGS FLAT FOR OBAMA’S STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

January 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Some 20.7 million viewers watched President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night on the four major broadcast networks — plus not-yet-counted millions more on the cable-TV news networks. CBS drew the most viewers — 7.43 million, largely due to the fact that its lead-in was a rerun of NCIS, which drew 11.43 million […]

WOLF OF WALL STREET DVD TO OFFER 4-HOUR VERSION

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People who eventually buy The Wolf of Wall Street DVD will be able to see it pretty much the way it was when it was first submitted to the MPAA ratings board — that is, before director Martin Scorsese was forced to cut it to avoid an NC-17 rating. Besides the three-hour version that was […]

TRIBUTES POUR IN FOR TOM SHERAK FOLLOWING HIS DEATH AT AGE 68

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Studio executives, film stars, producers, directors, and Los Angeles leaders paid tribute on Tuesday to Tom Sherak, the longtime studio executive, former Academy president and L.A. film “czar,” who died after a long battle against prostate cancer. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti led the final salutes, saying that he was “devastated to learn of the passing […]

KIRK CAMERON BLASTS GRAMMYS, PROMOTES MOVIE ON FACEBOOK

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Some 1.5 million fans of former child-star-turned-Christian-advocate Kirk Cameron “liked” his Facebook post that appeared on Monday and Tuesday, condemning the mass marriage of gay and straight couples during Sunday night’s Grammy awards. The post included a photo of Cameron standing in front of an American flag holding an electronic tablet displaying an ad for […]

I, FRANKENSTEIN COULD BECOME A HIT OVERSEAS

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I, Frankenstein, which appeared to have arrived stillborn at the domestic box office over the weekend, is putting on the ritz overseas, according to a studio summary of ticket sales in several foreign countries. Although the film placed sixth on the North American box-office list for the weekend, it was in first place in Russia, […]

RATINGS RISE FOR NBC (BUT REVENUE LAGS)

January 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Comcast Chairman/CEO Brian Roberts boasted during a conference call today (Tuesday) that “the turnaround in broadcast is happening even faster than we had anticipated.” Roberts was referring to the NBC television network, which Comcast owns as part of its NBCUniversal acquisition. But while Roberts touted NBC’s ratings improvements, NBCUniversal chief Steve Burke observed later that […]

REPORT: CHARTER IN CAHOOTS WITH COMCAST TO BUY TIME-WARNER

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Charter Communications, which operates the fourth-largest cable-TV company in the U.S., is reportedly teaming up with Comcast, the nation’s largest cable operator, in a takeover bid for Time Warner cable, the Los Angeles Times reported today (Tuesday), citing several people familiar with the talks. According to the Times reporter Charter is expected to proceed alone […]

WITH FADING COMPETITION ON MONDAYS, CBS RETURNS TO FIRST PLACE

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With NBC’s The Voice, ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and ESPN’s Monday Night Football now out of the picture, CBS has taken a firm mid-season hold on first place in the ratings on Monday night. According to TVbytheNumbers.com, the network’s How I Met Your Mother, 2 Broke Girls and Mike and Molly grabbed their highest […]

EBAY FOUNDER TEASES PLANS FOR NEWS SITE

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EBay founder Pierre Omidyar has released a first look at First Look Media, the news site that he is launching with former Rolling Stone executive editor Eric Bates overseeing the editorial side of the operation. A newly unveiled landing page for the First Look webpage (www.firstlook.org/#/home) announces: “We’ll cover the world, from sports and entertainment […]

I, FRANKENSTEIN LIFELESS IN DEBUT

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The same films that finished in the top five last week repeated again over the past weekend, with Ride Along taking the No. 1 position with $21.3 million. Universal’s Lone Survivor also repeated in second place with $12.9 million and is expected to pass the $100-million mark by next weekend. I, Frankenstein, the only film […]

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