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WILL CONTROVERSY AID OR HURT NOAH’S PROSPECTS?

March 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Will moviegoers flood theaters this weekend to see Darren Aronofsky’s Noah? Box-office pundits are hedging their bets. The movie has opened strongly in some overseas markets and sold about $1.6 million worth of tickets domestically on Thursday night, but those facts provide not much of a clue to how well it will do this weekend, […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: NOAH

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With Noah, the biblical epic returns to the screen bigger and louder than ever, and, critics suggest, more imaginatively as well. “Noah,” writes Kenneth Turan in the Los Angeles Tiems, “manages to blend the expected with the unexpected and does it with so much gusto and cinematic energy you won’t want to divert your eyes […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: SABOTAGE

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The last time Arnold Schwarzenegger was attacked as viciously as he has for his performance in Sabotage, he was still governor of California. Scott Bowles in USA Today: writes: “Someone needs to get impeached for his star vehicle Sabotage, indisputably the most violent film of the year and disputably the worst.” Post-governator, says Manohla Dargis […]

CABLE COMPANIES RECEIVE FAILING GRADES FROM CONSUMERS

March 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Among 19 industries surveyed by the Temkin Experience Ratings, which examines the quality of customer experiences with those industries, TV service providers — i.e., cable, satellite and fiber-optic systems — rated dead last in 2013. In its ratings, a score of 70 percent or more is considered “good,” and a score of 80 percent or […]

ARE DISH AND DIRECTV PLANNING TO MERGE?

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A report by Bloomberg News on Wednesday that DISH Network Chairman Charlie Ergen recently contacted DirecTV chief Mike White about the possibility of merging the two satellite TV companies caused shares of both of them to leap. DISH was up 6.3 percent; DirecTV’s 5.7 percent. In a note to clients, however, media analyst Craig Moffett […]

AEREO FILES SUPREME COURT BRIEF, FIGHTING FOR ITS LIFE

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In a 100-page brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, Aereo argued that it should be permitted to continue to operate its system in which tiny antennas capture the broadcast signals of over-the-air TV stations and relay them to subscribers via the Internet. The broadcast networks, the brief said, “object that Aereo is […]

REPORT: LACHLAN MURDOCH FOUND LITTLE SUCCESS — IF ANY — ON HIS OWN

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Lachlan Murdoch may be returning to his father’s companies as heir apparent, but he is leaving behind him in Australia a trail of failure and mismanagement as chairman of the Ten Network, Sydney Morning Herald columnist Michael Idato observed today (Thursday). “History will not be kind to his reign as chairman of the Ten Network,” […]

HOME VIDEO: IT’S ALL FROZEN

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On the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert top twenty list of DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales for last week, one film generated more sales than the other 19 combined. In fact it generated three times as many sales as all the others.That film is Frozen, which sold 3.2 million copies on the first day alone. Disney […]

WARNER BROS. PLANNING 75TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS FOR BATMAN

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It may not have a new Batman feature to promote this year, but Warner Bros. and corporate sibling DC Comics are planning to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the caped crusader throughout the year, the companies announced today (Thursday). The companies were vague about what will be included in the celebrations except to say that […]

GONE WITH THE WIND PREQUEL TO BE PUBLISHED IN OCTOBER

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A prequel to Gone With the Wind, focusing on Mammy, the slave who is a central character in the original novel, is scheduled to be published in October, the New York Times reported today (Thursday). The book, Ruth’s Journey, by Donald McCaig, has received the backing of the estate pf Margaret Mitchell, who wrote the […]

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