March 2012 Archive

Film

‘Hunger Games’ Passing $250M Domestic For #1 Again, #2 ‘Wrath Of The Titans’ Can’t Beat Original, #3 ‘Mirror Mirror’ Disappoints

SUNDAY AM, 8TH UPDATE: It's another huge weekend for the North American box office with $150M, or +25% from last year. Lionsgate's humongous holdover The Hunger Games won the weekend domestically and nearly internationally again despite two new major releases opening against it. Warner Bros/Legendary Pictures' 3D action fantasy sequel Wrath Of The Titans failed to come close to the original's grosses, while Relativity Media's Snow White comedy Mirror Mirror failed to… Read

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Al Jazeera Hires Former Endemol, Reed Midem Exec Paul Johnson

Al Jazeera Media Network has appointed former Reed Midem and Endemol executive Paul Johnson as executive director marketing and distribution. The company said Johnson will oversee the expansion of Al Jazeera's global footprint and brand, working closely with all Al Jazeera executive directors and offices worldwide to initiate and manage all communication and distribution relationships with broadcast partners. Johnson's portfolio will include all the company's global… Read

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UPDATE: Tribune Stations Will Go Dark On DirecTV At Midnight

UPDATE, 7:50 PM: Tribune confirms that its stations and WGN America will vanish from DirecTV at midnight in their local time zones. Tribune “simply cannot get fair compensation from DirecTV and we cannot allow DirecTV to continue taking advantage of us," the company's broadcasting president, Nils Larsen, says. Tribune adds that up to now DirecTV hasn't paid a fee to carry the TV stations and says that it “is asking for an agreement that is similar to those that DirecTV… Read

Actress' Suit Vs. IMDb To Proceed But Some Claims Dropped

The actress suing Amazon.com and IMDb.com for publishing her real age on the web retailer's popular entertainment information web site has dismissed her allegations of fraud, invasion of privacy and request for $1 million in punitive damages, but allowed her case to proceed on charges of breach-of-contract and violation of consumer protection law. The court's actions Friday represented partial victories for both the plaintiff, actress Huong Hoang, and defendants Amazon… Read

Sirius XM Challenges Liberty Media Effort To Take “De Facto Control”

The only thing riskier than being an enemy of Liberty Media's John Malone is to be his friend — as Sirius XM's Mel Karmazin is discovering. They developed a corporate bromance in 2009 when Malone rescued the satellite radio company as it struggled to keep up with its debt payments: Liberty invested $530M, and received preferred stock convertible into 40% of Sirius' voting shares. But Sirius has just disclosed that Malone quietly asked the FCC this month to give his… Read

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RHI Renamed Sonar Entertainment With Stewart Till As CEO

RHI Entertainment Inc. has rebranded as Sonar Entertainment Inc. and appointed Stewart Till CEO, board chairman Gabriel de Alba announced at MIPTV in Cannes. The company also unveiled a package of disaster-themed and other miniseries, regular series and and a quartet of two-hour TV movies. Following the departure of Robert Halmi Jr. last summer, Till had served as co-interim CEO with Mike Corrigan and David Salzman. Robert Halmi Sr. exited in February. De Alba described… Read

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Hot Trailer: 'Safety Not Guaranteed'

This whimsical indie was inspired by a classified ad seeking “someone to go back in time with me” -- Safety Not Guaranteed. The feature debut of director Colin Trevorrow and screenwriter Derek Connolly screened at Sundance and South by Southwest earlier this year. Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson and Karan Soni star in the FilmDistrict release slated to open June… Read

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Chevy Chase In Feud With 'Community' Creator Dan Harmon

UPDATE SUNDAY: Since I posted the story yesterday, several people working on the show have come forward to confirm Chase's version of the events. One noted that the show indeed was “suffering through a 'non-script day'” when Chase walked off. Another claimed that most of the cast and crew members who attended the wrap party disapproved of Harmon's behavior at the bash. PREVIOUS: Things are looking up for NBC's perennial bubble series Community, which has been solid since… Read

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RATINGS RAT RACE: 'Fringe' Bounces Back, '20/20' Hits Two-Year High, 'CSI:NY' Returns

There are not that many cases when a 1.2 demo rating wold be a cause for celebration. This is one of them — last night Fox's bubble sci-fi drama Fringe  posted a 1.2/4 in adults 18-49, shooting up 33% from the series low it posted in its return from hiatus last week. Fringe also matched its lead-in, Kitchen Nightmares, which also recovered from its all-time low of a 1.0 rating last week. CBS' lineup returned to normal after two weeks of NCAA basketball, bringing with it CS… Read

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Warner Bros UK Opens Harry Potter Tour

Now that Harry has hung up his Firebolt, Warner is looking to keep the multi-billion dollar franchise alive. Welcome to The Warner Bros Studio Tour London - The Making Of Harry Potter, a new attraction that opens today at its Leavesden studios in Watford, England. There, Muggles will get a glimpse at the behind-the-scenes magic of the films right where they were shot. As time wears on, however, it's likely that interest in Potter will wane – but Warner says there's a… Read

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Keith Olbermann To Appear On Letterman

After his abrupt exit from MSNBC last year, Keith Olbermann made his first TV appearance on CBS' Late Show With David Letterman. He will do it again after his latest acrimonious departure, this time from Current TV. Olbermann will sit down with Letterman on Tuesday. During his previous visit, Olbermann called the offer to join Current TV “manna from heaven.” That probably won't be the choice of words he will use about his now-ex-employer this time around. Last May… Read

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