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MOVIE REVIEWS: TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION

June 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Transformers: Age of Extinction has received not a single positive review from any of the country’s leading newspaper film critics, many of which came away saying that they felt as if they had been bludgeoned for three hours. Few critics simply dismiss the movie, however. A. O. Scott in the New York Times comments: "You […]

POSTER CAMPAIGN USING DISNEY PRINCESSES WARNS AGAINST INCEST

June 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Many of those princesses who in Disney movies have been kissed by their fathers and kissed again by handsome princes — often in their sleep — have reappeared in a series of posters created by artist Saint Hoax. In the ones featuring the princesses and their fathers, the posters are captioned: "Forty-six percent who are […]

NORTH KOREA CALLS ROGEN-FRANCO MOVIE “AN ACT OF WAR”

June 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-Un, has found out that the upcoming Seth Rogen-James Franco movie The Interview is about two reporters who are recruited by the CIA to kill him — and he’s not at all pleased to be figuring in the plot in such a way. North Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs […]

CRITICS DECRY RETURN OF ALL-WHITE, ALL-MALE ANCHORS

June 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

ABC News’s decision to appoint the relatively untested David Muir to replace Diane Sawyer as anchor of its nightly newscast has touched off a barrage of criticism by media analysts. Temple University associate professor Karen Turner, whose research focuses on journalism and race, commented, "In this growing multicultural nation, it’s unconscionable that as of September […]

AEREO — ITS FUTURE IS STILL UP IN THE AIR

June 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Broadcasters on Wednesday hailed a Supreme Court decision upholding their contention that the Aereo system represented a theft of their signals, while the technology industry decried it. "We are very pleased," CBS chief Les Moonves told Bloomberg News. Referring to the court’s 6-3 decision, Moonves said, "We expected to win, but it certainly feels good […]

BIG BROTHER RETURNS — BIGGER THAN LAST YEAR

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CBS’s Big Brother returned for a 16th season on Wednesday as the highest-rated program of the night on any network. The episode, which introduced eight of the 16 housemates, attracted 6.64 million viewers, up 2 percent from the season 15 debut a year ago. The episode was also the highest-rated of the night among the […]

SPANISH-LANGUAGE TELEMUNDO TO PRODUCE LES MISERABLES

June 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Telemundo, the Spanish-language network owned by NBCUniversal, announced on Wednesday that it has begun production of Los Miserables, a Spanish version of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables. In a news release, the network, which apparently plans to broadcast the drama as a "telenovela," a limited dramatic series, said it will be set in the present and […]

JUDGE BLASTS U.K. PRIME MINISTER FOR REMARKS ABOUT COULSON

June 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Judge John Saunders, who presided over the trial of former News of the World editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, took the unusual step Wednesday of castigating British Prime Minister David Cameron for his remarks following Coulson’s conviction in which Cameron apologized for hiring Coulson as his press secretary. Cameron’s remarks came as jurors were […]

THE LEGO MOVIE FLIES OFF RETAIL SHELVES

June 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Nothing sells better on DVD and Blu-ray Disks than animated family movies. And Warner Bros.’ The Lego Movie is no exception. While studios don’t release actual sales figures, The Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart indicated on Wednesday that the movie, which theatrically broke a President’s Day record when it opened with $69.1 million in […]

U.K.’S PINEWOOD SHEPPERTON STUDIOS REPORTS PROFITABLE YEAR

June 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Reflecting Hollywood’s continued preference for producing some of its biggest blockbusters at Britain’s Pinewood Shepperton Studios, the U.K. company reported "unprecedented" demand for its facilities during its fiscal year ending on March 31. Revenue, it said, was up 16.5 percent from the previous year to £64.1 million ($109.1 million), while operating profit surged 29 percent […]

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