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IDENTITY THIEF WINS, BUT ITS HAUL IS SMALL

February 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

It was a pitiful weekend at the box office for the major studios but a very nice one for the smaller, independent ones. Of the top ten films, only three were distributed by one of the Big Five: Identity Thief from Universal; A Good Day to Die Hard, from 20th Century Fox; and Beautiful Creatures […]

TOP TEN FILMS — FEB. 22-24

February 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The top ten films at the box office over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date):1. Identity Thief, Universal, $14,017,085, 3 Wks. ($93,619,615); 2. Snitch, Lionsgate/Summit, $13,167,607, (New); 3. Escape From Planet Earth, The Weinstein Co. $10,682,037, 2 Wks. ($34,812,699); 4. Safe Haven, […]

PIRATE BAY SAILS FOR NORWAY AND SPAIN

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Threatened by legal action from the major motion picture and recording companies, the BitTorrent site Pirate Bay has pulled up anchor in Sweden and has headed for Norway and Spain. For the last three years, the Swedish Pirate Party has provided the Pirate Bay with Internet connectivity, but the website TorrentFreak.com, which keeps tabs on […]

SENATE COMMITTEE DROPS PROBE OF ZERO DARK THIRTY — BUT WHY?

February 26, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

Without explanation, the Senate Intelligence Committee has decided to drop its investigation into the degree of access the producers of Zero Dark Thirty had at the CIA, Reuters reported on Monday. The film had drawn criticism for its suggestion that torture — or “enhanced interrogation” — produced information that helped lead to the hiding place […]

CHINESE CALL FOR END OF CENSORSHIP FOLLOWING LEE’S OSCAR WIN

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Ang Lee’s selection as the winner of the Best Director Oscar of 2012 for his The Life of Pi has triggered controversy on the Chinese mainland over the country’s tight controls on filmmaking, the Indian newspaper The Hindu reported today (Tuesday), noting that film regulators SARFT had just two days earlier passed new rules dealing […]

PRELIMINARY OSCAR RATINGS: DOWN

February 25, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Preliminary ratings indicate that the audience for Sunday night’s Academy Awards ceremony on ABC was down slightly from last year, with an average of 37.9 million tuning in during the primetime period between 8:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. In addition, 24.9 million viewers watched the 90-minute red-carpet arrivals beginning at 7:00 p.m. Ratings for the […]

CRITICS GIVE MACFARLANE TEPID APPROVAL

February 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Critics gave Oscar host Seth MacFarlane OK reviews for his work Sunday night, , which, unlike his predecessors, left him attracting neither passionate raves nor slams. Typical was film critic Mick LaSalle’s take in the San Francisco Chronicle. In an 889-word summary of the night’s proceedings, he devoted just 36 words to MacFarlane’s performance: “Seth […]

MISS THE OSCARS? THEY’RE ONLINE NOW

February 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Oscars telecast is one of the few programs that the broadcasts can sell to advertisers with the assurance that they’re DVR-proof. People watch them live, commercials and all. That may be one reason why ABC waited until late on Sunday to issue a press release saying that the telecast will be available online beginning […]

NBC HAS WORST SWEEPS MONTH IN HISTORY

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It now appears virtually certain that NBC will close out the month of February — a sweeps month — in fifth place, falling even behind Spanish-language Univision. “No broadcast network has ever before finished a television season sweeps month in fifth place,” the New York Times observed, while noting that the network’s ratings have collapsed […]

SHARES OF TIME WARNER CABLE GET A LIFT

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Shares of Time Warner Cable, which have fallen 11 percent this year, were up a fraction today (Monday) one day before he company’s ex-dividend date. Current shareholders will be eligible to receive a dividend of 65 cents per share — a yield of 3 percent based on the current price of about $87. The stock […]

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