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Netflix's Latest Series Draws Enthusiastic Reviews

Analysts may disagree heatedly about the financial solidity of Netflix, but they have almost unanimously concluded that the streaming service has made some savvy decisions about original content. Its latest series, Orange Is the New...

Tribune: Latest Media Conglomerate To Split In Two

Seeming to cast its once powerful newspaper empire adrift, Tribune Co. announced this morning (Wednesday) that its publishing and broadcasting units will become separate entities. In a clear effort to put a good face on...

Movie Reviews: The Way, Way Back

It didn't even open at the beginning of the Fourth of July holiday, and it's only being screened in 19 theaters, but Fox Searchlight's The Way, Way Back is garnering a heap of praise from...

Despicable Me 2: One Thumb Up, Another Thumb Down

With Despicable Me 2 tracking strongly among moviegoers -- analysts are predicting it could earn as much as $110-115 million by Sunday -- and with strong holdover competition, The Lone Ranger could wind up with...

Nearly 17 Million Watched The Dome Premiere

Conventional wisdom is that viewers will not watch new dramas on broadcast television during the summer. (That wisdom apparently was generated from the same seers who maintain that most viewers will not watch anything except...

I'm So Excited! Shines At Art Houses

On a per-theater basis, the top earner of the weekend was not any of the $100-million blockbusters. It was director Pedro Almodóvar's comedy I'm So Excited!, which debuted with $105,000 in five theaters -- or...

Movie Reviews: The Heat

The reviews of The Heat focus mostly on the two stars, Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. The two play police officers -- one uptight and conservative and the other, well, she's played by McCarthy. Bullock...

Movie Reviews: White House Down

oland Emmerich's movies are the kind that are usually described as critic proof, the kind that pull in big audiences looking for action, explosions and more action to go along with their popcorn, rather than...

Movie Reviews: Man Of Steel

Man of Steel is another one of those movies that are often described as critic-proof. Good thing, too, because most critics are flinging kryptonite at it. Referring to the opening scenes, which describe the birth...

Movie Reviews: This Is The End

With nothing short of kryptonite likely to prevent Man of Steel from overpowering every rival in sight at the box office over the weekend, Sony is opening the apocalyptic comedy This Is the End today...

Movie Reviews: The Purge

The Purge is one of those B-movies made on a microbudget of $3 million whose charm principally comes from the fact that it was made on a microbudget of $3 million. It's about a future...

Holder Tells Reporters He'll No Longer Target Them

That off the record meeting with reporters that Attorney General Eric Holder had arranged to discuss the DOJ's investigations of leaks of classified information to the press turned out to be anything but. Although several...

Fast And Furious Will Likely Mow Down Will Smith

ox office forecasters are predicting that this will be one of those rare weekends when a Will Smith movie will open well below the leader. After Earth, a sci-fi action flick starring Will Smith and...

Movie Reviews: After Earth

If Will Smith had hoped to spend some quality time making a movie with his son Jaden, he should have picked a different screenplay rather than sticking with the one that he himself proposed, most...

Schism Grows Between Obama And Press

Things may not look so dire for Barack Obama as they did for Lyndon Johnson when Walter Cronkite spoke out against the Vietnam War and it was said that the president had lost the press...

Al Jazeera America Will Be All American

Al Jazeera has scrapped plans to fill 40 percent of the content for its new American news channel with programming from Qatar-based Al Jazeera English and will instead originate virtually of its programming from the...

Did Doj Warn News Corp About Subpoenas For Reporter's Phone Records

News Corp on Sunday denied that it had received a notice from the Justice Department informing it that a subpoena had been issued for the telephone records of Fox News Channel reporter James Rosen. Lawrence...

Obama "Troubled" By Doj's Press Probes

President Obama said on Thursday that he was troubled by the investigation of reporters by his own Justice Department but said that he is attempting to strike the right balance between our security and our...

Movie Reviews: Fast And Furious 6

Unlike The Hangover Part III, the sixth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise has attracted overwhelmingly positive reviews. Not that the critics are jumping up and down and whooping it up with excitement as...

Nebraska Impresses At Cannes

Alexander Payne's Nebraska immediately entered the frontrunner ranks at the Cannes Film Festival competition -- a portrait of a Montana family in which the patriarch, played by Bruce Dern, is showing repeated signs of dementia...

Probe Of Fox Journalist Broader Than First Believed

It now turns out that the Department of Justice not only seized the email records of Fox News's James Rosen but also accessed his home and cellphone records as well as the phone records at...

Movie Reviews: The Hangover Part Iii

The latest Hangover movie is getting a jump on its primary rival -- the latest Fast and Furious movie -- at the Memorial Day weekend box office by opening tonight (Thursday). It may need it....

Coen Bros. Film Becomes Cannes Frontrunner

The Coen brothers, Joel and Ethan, have directed the most talked-about film at the Cannes Film Festival thus far and are clearly the frontrunners at this point for the festival's prestigious Palme d'Or trophy. Stories...

Investor Urges Sony To Spin Off Entertainment Biz

Hedge-fund manager Daniel S. Loeb, whose Third Point fund holds 6.5 percent of Sony worth about $1.1 billion, is calling for the Japanese company to spin off most of its entertainment operations including Sony Entertainment,...

Bye Bye, Babba Wawa

arbara Walters, who began her network television career in 1961 as a 32-year-old writer on NBC's Today show and eventually became a celebrity in her own right, parodied by the late comedian Gilda Radner as...

Pelley Says Social Media Undermining Solid Reporting

CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley had a response on Friday to those online critics of the mainstream media who say that they would rather get their news from social media than from CBS and...

Movie Reviews: The Great Gatsby

Throughout the week, reports spread that initial reviews of The Great Gatsby were far from great. One website, TheBusinessInsider.com, even headlined, 'The Great Gatsby' Could Be The Biggest Disappointment Of The Year. But in fact,...

Movie Reviews: Iron Man 3

As superhero movies move from one sequel to another, they appear to grow darker, to use a description that pops up a lot in the current reviews of Iron Man 3, with Robert Downey Jr....

Home Video Sales Surge

Sales of DVDs and Blu-ray Discs are making a comeback, an analysis of first-quarter sales appear to indicate. According to the New York Times, which cited a study by the industry organization Digital Entertainment Group...

Movie Reviews: Pain And Gain

Critics are split just about down the middle over Michael Bay's Pain and Gain with some of them expressing their own mixed feelings about it. Slate critic Dana Stevens writes: I'm still not sure whether...

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