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NO ESTIMATES FOR ANY FILM THIS WEEKEND

July 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

All major and independent studios have joined Warner Bros. in withholding weekend estimates in what they said was an effort to focus attention on the Aurora, CO shootings that occurred during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises early Friday. Veteran box-office analyst Paul Dergarabedian of Hollywood.com said it was “the right way to […]

RATINGS FOR ALL STATIONS CONTINUE TO PLUNGE

July 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

This is turning out to be a summer of discontent for TV viewers, who are abandoning both traditional favorites and summer-replacements in droves. The highest-rated newcomer has been TNT’s Dallas, which has averaged 6.1 million viewers, but even that is a far cry from the crushing numbers it produced as the highest-rated show on television […]

ANDY GRIFFITH DEAD AT 86

July 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Andy Griffith, the venerated star of two television classic series, The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock, died at his home in Dare County, North Carolina this morning at age 86. Griffith’s death was announced by Bill Friday, a former president of the University of North Carolina and a close friend of the actor.

NBA FINALS JUMP THROUGH HOOPS FOR RATINGS

June 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Ratings for almost everything else on television appear to be falling, but those for sports telecasts continue to improve, as the current numbers for ABC’s coverage of the 2012 NBA finals attest. All three of last week’s matches lined up at the top of the Nielsen ratings list for the week, with Thursday’s telecast of […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THAT’S MY BOY

June 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Critics have never figured out just what accounts for the box-office appeal of Adam Sandler. But if they’ve been critical of his performances in the past, they are reviling his latest one in That’s My Boy. Consider some of the adjectives used to describe this movie: bottom-of-the-barrel; moronic; lowbrow; puerile; mean-spirited; charmless; beyond bad; wince-inducing; […]

CANNES LINE-UP UNVEILED

April 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Some familiar figures will be returning to the Cannes Film Festival next month. Among the filmmakers whose works have been selected for the competition are Jacques Audiard, Ken Loach, Michael Haneke, Walter Salles, Leos Carax, David Cronenberg, Thomas Vinterberg, Lee Daniels and Wes Anderson. Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom has also been selected as the opening-night film. […]

JAMES CAMERON LANDS AT BOTTOM OF DEEPEST ABYSS

March 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Director James Cameron has arrived at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, seven miles below the ocean’s surface, the deepest place on Earth, National Geographic reported today (Sunday). He is the first person to attempt such a solo deep-sea voyage. Arriving at the bottom, he signaled “All systems OK” to his support crew at the […]

CASABLANCA RETURNING TO THEATERS AFTER 70 YEARS

March 6, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Casablanca, which is on just about every film critic’s top-ten-of-all-time list, has received another digital facelift and is being re-released again on March 21, its 70th anniversary. But not just on DVD and Blu-ray Disc — that comes on March 27 — but also in brick-and-mortar theaters. “There are few things more thrilling for movie […]

ABC’S WORK IT OUT OF WORK

January 14, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

After airing only two episodes, ABC has axed Work It, a show that had drawn fire from GLAAD, the gay-rights group, and from virtually every TV critic. TV Guide critic Matt Roush called it “atrocious” and “an instant early candidate for Worst Show of 2012.” Robert Lloyd in the Los Angeles Times remarked: “If you […]

THE BIGGEST ELECTION MONEY CAN BUY?

December 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Political advertising is expected to rise 30 percent in 2012 over 2008’s ad spending, according to research from MediaVest, a unit of French ad giant Publicis Groupe. Local TV is expected to be the chief beneficiary of the increase, which MediaVest predicts may rise to $4 billion, although spending on social media is also expected […]

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