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TRIBUNE EMERGES FROM BANKRUPTCY

December 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Tribune Co. is due to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today (Monday) with a new board composed mostly of TV and movie executives who have had little experience running either newspapers or television stations, Tribune’s principal properties. It owns eight newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the Baltimore Sun, and the […]

REPORT: TV VET LIGUORI TO HEAD TRIBUNE

November 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Peter Liguori, who built the News Corp-owned FX cable network into a powerhouse and later, as COO of Discovery Communications, oversaw the launch of Oprah Winfrey’s cable network, will become CEO of Tribune Co. when it emerges from bankruptcy, the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times (both Tribune-owned newspapers) reported today (Saturday), citing sources […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: PROMETHEUS

June 8, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Clearly, given the reputation that Ridley Scott’s Alien had as one of the great classics of sci-fi film, his prequel, Prometheus, has fostered high expectations. Several critics have suggested that they have gone unfulfilled. “Watching Prometheus is like opening a deluxe gift box from Tiffany’s to find a mug from the dollar store,” writes Ty […]

WILL TRIBUNE MEDIA EMPIRE NOW BE BROKEN UP?

June 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The once-mighty Tribune Corporation, which owns a slew of newspapers, radio and TV stations and interests in cable channels is about to exit bankruptcy protection, but with a future no brighter than it was when it entered it three years ago. The company will emerge with new owners — principally the companies that lent it […]

WOODY ALLEN MOVIE TO BE REBOOTED

August 18, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

Sony Pictures Classics, which had to compete with summer blockbusters to line up theater screens for Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, plans to “re-expand” the movie into around 1,000 theaters on August 26. (It is currently still playing in about 250 theaters.) The film, which has grossed about $50 million domestically, received much critical praise […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: FINAL DESTINATION 5

August 12, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Horror movies rarely receive positive reviews, and the fifth Final Destination movie is no exception. (The previous four didn’t fare much better.) Mike Hale refers to a line in the movie in which a character remarks, “It’s just that I’ve seen this before.” Hale calls the line “too depressingly true to be funny.” Likewise Betsy […]

NEWS CORP GOT SOME GOOD NEWS, TOO

August 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Shares in News Corp jumped more than 17 percent by midday today (Thursday) after the company posted quarterly results that beat Wall Street estimates. The news was trumpeted by Fox Business Network, which itself contributed to an unexpected surge in earnings by the media conglomerate. “Fox Business has made great strides,” News Corp President/COO Chase […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE HELP

August 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

For a film with such a charged subject matter — how African-American maids living in Mississippi during the 1960s viewed their employers — it seems odd that many critics focus their attention not on the plot of The Help but on the performances of the lead actors, in particular Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, who […]

EARLIEST HITCHCOCK FILM FOUND

August 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

In what one film historian called “the missing link” between Alfred Hitchcock’s early days in the movie business and his career as a celebrated director has been discovered in New Zealand. The first 30 minutes of the silent movie The White Shadow, made in 1923 when Hitchcock was 24 years old, was located in the […]

DID KATZENBERG HIT PARAMOUNT WITH SURPRISE KUNG FU CHOP?

August 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Just days after DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg said that there was no reason for him to make an immediate decision on whether to renew his distribution agreement with Paramount since the current one doesn’t expire until 2013, DWA has reportedly made the decision. According to the Los Angeles Times, it has told Paramount that […]

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