December 2010 Archive

TV

ANALYSIS: Lessons Of The Fall & What Lies Ahead For The Big 4 Broadcast Networks

As broadcast network executives were leaving for their holiday destinations last week, most of them were certainly glad to get away, and not only because of  the dreary wet Los Angeles weather. The broadcast networks had little to cheer about this fall, which failed to produce breakout hits of the size of Modern Family or Glee a year ago. This year, the breakout hits were all on cable: The Walking Dead on AMC and Rizzoli & Isles on TNT, which ranked as the top basic cable… Read

TV

Discovery's Michael Jackson Autopsy Documentary 'Postponed Indefinitely'

Two days after Michael Jackson's estate blasted Discovery Channel for their decision to air a documentary about the autopsy of the late pop star, the cable channel has pulled the program off the schedule. "Given the commencement of legal proceedings beginning next week, and at the request of Michael Jackson's estate, the scheduled broadcast of the medical documentary related to Michael Jackson's official autopsy has been postponed indefinitely," the network said in a… Read

Film

Reports Of Sony Courtship Of IMAX Drives Stock Price Spike

Fueled by a speculative report in Britain's Daily Mail that IMAX is being courted by Sony Corporation, the oversized screen company's stock price rose from $27 to $32 per share, ending at $28.07. The report asserted that Sony would pay $40 per share for the publicly traded company. The pre-holiday stock run prompted IMAX to respond to a request from the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada on behalf of the Toronto Stock Exchange. “IMAX Corporation is not… Read

Film

In Other New Year's Eve News…

In a tough blow for the brick and mortar bookstores coming out of the holidays and heading into the new year, Borders has acknowledged that it delayed payments to vendors. In a statement released yesterday to PublishersMarketplace.com, Borders claimed restructuring its vendor financing was part of an ongoing potential refinancing of its existing credit facilities. Without such a move, the company faces a liquidity shortfall. The Wall Street Journal reports that the… Read

Film

Warner Bros Wins 2010 Film Market Share; Year's Box Office Grosses Not A Record; Overall Movie Attendance Down Sharply; Should Studios Slash Number Of 3D Pics?

The movie moguls hate it whenever their studios are judged by market share. Which is why it's so much fun to spotlight at the end of the year. Final figures aren't in yet, but the order isn't going to change: Warner Bros is No. 1 (for the third straight year), followed by Paramount, then Fox, then Disney, then Sony, and finally the bomb factory known as Universal. Next comes the mini-majors with Summit Entertainment, and Lionsgate bringing up the rear. The only surprise… Read

Awards

Flackery Humiliates 'Buried' Screenwriter By Helping Him With Oscar Rule-Breaking

And here I thought only Los Angeles flackery mPRm's name was moronic. Turns out this fish stinks at the head because its co-founder and president Mark Pogachefsky is now blaming his own client for an Oscar rule-breaking situation that the PR firm should have prevented instead of aided and abetted. After a lot of Sundance hype because of its claustrophobic nightmare premise and star Ryan Reynolds, this movie came and went at the box office in record time after making only… Read

Film

UK Honors Film Director Steve McQueen And TV's 'Poirot' Detective David Suchet (Oh, And Annie Lennox, Too)

UPDATE: This New Year's UK Honours list from the Queen includes only two names of major film/TV interest for CBEs (one notch below knighthood): film director Steve McQueen (Hunger) who's about to start shooting Shame in January with Michael Fassbender, and actor David Suchet, best known for playing Belgian detective Hercule Poirot in those marvelous Agatha Christie mysteries for ITV and PBS. Music legend Annie Lennox was on the list, too, but a notch below with an OBE. I… Read

TV

Comcast's E! and Style Face Blackout On Dish Network In Carriage Dispute

UPDATED: The countdown to New Year's eve is on, and so are the countdowns to a couple of possible channel blackouts as a number of carriage agreements expire at midnight on Dec. 31. Comcast's E! and Style just issued a statement warning viewers that the two networks may go dark on DISH Network. Also tomorrow night, another satcaster, DirecTV, could drop the Golf Channel. Additionally, Sinclair's 33 broadcast stations face blackout on Time Warner Cable systems as the two… Read

Box Office

Wednesday: Holiday Box Office Grosses

THURSDAY AM: Here are unofficial numbers from my sources for Wednesday's box office as the holidays continue. The Weinstein Co's Blue Valentine opened in 4 theaters; the Derek Cianfrance film starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams logged an estimated opening day gross of $47K for a best day location average of $11,750. Sony Pictures Classics' Another Year debuted in 6 runs: Top 10 1. Little Fockers (Universal) Week 2 [3,536 Theaters] Monday $8.4M, Tuesday $7.7M… Read

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