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Directv Gets Into The Movie Business

It may be less costly for DirecTV to finance its own movies than buy the rights to them from the studios. At any rate, that may well be the thinking behind the satellite company's announcement...

Movie Reviews: Don Jon

A film about a man who is addicted to pornography hardly sounds like your usual rom-com fare, but critics almost unanimously conclude that Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the writer, director and star of Don Jon, pulls it...

Sony Chief Hints Shakeup May Be Near At Film Unit

Changes may be afoot at Sony Pictures -- changes that will be pressed by company management in Tokyo, Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai has told the Wall Street Journal. In an interview with the newspaper, Hirai...

Tivo's New Roamio Device Praised By Wsj Reviewer

TiVo, which pioneered at-home digital video recording but which has struggled against copy-cat competition, has received a solid endorsement for its new Roamio devices from Walt Mossberg, who reviews consumer digital hardware and software for...

Dish Director Resigns Over Ergen's Alleged Conflict Of Interest

An eight-year member of DISH network's board of directors resigned over the manner in which a bid for the bankrupt telecommunications company LighSquared was handled -- a bid that, if accepted, could result in millions...

Surprise Shakeup At Universal

Despite the fact that the top executives at Universal Pictures had been responsible for making the studio the No. 2 moneymaker among Hollywood studios this year, a shakeup by owner Comcast on Monday saw the...

Finke To Penske: Let Me Go

Nikki Finke has confirmed that she is attempting to sever her business relationship with Jay Penske, who purchased her Deadline.com in 2009 and Variety in 2012. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal Finke...

North Carolina Likely To Cut Off Film Tax Incentives

North Carolina, one of the states that have benefited the most from tax credits extended to movie and TV studios, is about to drop them, the Wall Street Journal reported over the weekend. Because of...

Movie Reviews: The World's End

Opening in only about 1,500 theater the British comedy The World's End is getting the same sort of overwhelmingly ecstatic reviews that director Edgar Wright's previous films, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, did....

Nfl On The Web? Mark Cuban Thinks It Could Work

Mark Cuban, who pioneered streaming video with Broadcast.com in the 1990s (becoming a billionaire when he sold it to Yahoo! in 1999), thinks Google would be making a savvy move if it obtained the rights...

Viacom And Sony Set To Sign Historic Agreement

With many analysts predicting that the networks that now use cable TV for distribution will one day use the Internet instead, Sony, which is seeking to become an online gateway for those networks, appeared to...

Movie Reviews: Lee Daniels' The Butler

Lee Daniels' The Butler, in which Forest Whitaker portrays Cecil Gaines, a butler who served eight U.S. presidents at the White House (the character is based on the real-life Eugene Allen), is drawing much critical...

New Anti-piracy Weapon: An Audio Watermark

Hollywood has a new weapon in its war against piracy -- a virtually imperceptible audio watermark that is added to the soundtrack of a movie. As reported by today's (Tuesday) Wall Street Journal, the watermark,...

Amazon Posts A Loss On $16 Billion In Revenue

Trying to keep up with the free-spending Netflix is proving to be costly to Amazon. Despite posting $15.7 billion in revenue during the second quarter, it wound up with a surprising loss of $7 million,...

Cbs And Time Warner Continue Talks

CBS will remain on Time Warner Cable systems until at least Monday. The two sides said late Wednesday that they had agreed to extend their current contract until at least 5:00 p.m. ET on Monday...

Netflix Shares Continue To Dive

Shares of Netflix continued to slide today (Wednesday) after dropping 5 percent on Tuesday following an earnings report that disappointed Wall Street. They were down nearly 2 percent at midday. Analysts were particularly concerned about...

Netflix Signs Up 630,000 New Subscribers; Stock Sinks

With Netflix debuting a number of critically praised -- but costly -- new shows during the quarter ended June 30, analysts had expected a big rise in its subscriber base. And there was such a...

Movie Reviews: The Conjuring

It's certainly rare when a horror flick is even screened for critics in advance of its opening. It's rarer still when such a movie receives overwhelmingly positive reviews. But such is the case with director...

How Popular Was House Of Cards Anyway?

Netflix may have made a big publicity splash with its original drama House of Cards, which garnered solid reviews, nine Emmy nominations, and appeared to help lift the company's stock. However, according to a study...

Report: Apple Tv To Skip Ads, Compensate Advertisers

Apple is attempting to get the broadcast and cable networks to sign off on a plan that would allow users of its Apple-TV settop box to skip commercials on both live recorded shows automatically, Former...

A Whole New Game For Sports Tv?

With ESPN and regional sports networks accounting for 19.5 percent of their total fees, cable-TV and satellite operators are employing usage data gathered from settop boxes to resist further increases in the cost of sports...

Movie Reviews: Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim has continued to pile up mostly positive reviews from critics whose opinions only appear in the Friday editions of their papers. Steven Rea in the Philadelphia Inquirer observes that unlike the directors of...

Lone Ranger Flop Fails To Hurt Disney Stock

Go figure. Despite the fact that some analysts were predicting that Disney might have to take a $150-190 million write-off on The Lone Ranger following a disastrous start over the Independence Day holiday, the company's...

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...

Protest Mounted To Remove Big Brother Contestant

The talent agency representing Big Brother contestant Aaryn Gries has dropped the actress following a flood of complaints about her remarks concerning blacks, gays and women during the reality show's live Internet feed (but removed...

Divided News Corp Shares Remain Virtually Flat

Investors made no mad rush to buy shares of either the new 21st Century Fox or the new News Corp in their first day of trading as separate entities on Monday. Fox, which includes the...

Ray Donovan Sets Showtime Record

ay Donovan, the new drama starring Liev Schreiber, drew 1.35 million viewers in its debut Sunday night, the most ever to watch an original series premiere on Showtime, the pay-TV channel owned by CBS. A...

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...

Murdoch's News Corp Has Now Split In Two

This is the day (Friday) that News Corp officially splits in two -- with its entertainment assets, including its 20th Century Fox studio and Fox Television Network, being grouped under the brand name 21st Century...

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...

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London-based Dornik may be new on the scene, but his latest single 'Drive' is set to become an instant-classic and to provoke interest from fans of...

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Iggy Azalea Blames Lack Of Promotion For Britney Spears Duet 'Pretty Girls' Flopping

The single didn't make a big impression on the charts when it was released last month.

Could Glastonbury Be Moving To London?

Could the Glastonbury Festival one day be moving to London? An idea to temporarily...

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