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  • George Lucas And The Next Installment Of "Star Wars" Wednesday, 13 Feb 2008 | 2:42 PM ET

    Forget about Apple Inc. for a second; even the ongoing drama between Microsoft and Yahoo: the real news on the technology front comes from George Lucas and his plans for the next installment of "Star Wars."

  • Writer's Write And The Biz Is Back In Show Business Wednesday, 13 Feb 2008 | 1:08 PM ET

    The 100 day-long writers strike is officially over. After voting overwhelmingly to return to work Tuesday afternoon, writers returned to the job. It's clear just driving around Los Angeles that things are picking up again--the traffic's much worse! (No joke). Writers and the studios are rushing to throw together pilots for the fall TV season.

  • New "Lord Of The Rings" Lawsuit Hits Warner's New Line Tuesday, 12 Feb 2008 | 12:20 PM ET
    Elijah Wood

    The Lord of the Rings" trilogy was a huge franchise for Time Warner's New Line Cinema--bringing in about $3 billion at the worldwide box office alone. Now, J.R.R. Tokien's estate, a British Charity Called the Tolkien Trust, is suing New Line for its alleged failure to pay a percent of gross profit of the three films based on Tolkien's books.

  • Writer Strike Coming To End, So Who Wins? Monday, 11 Feb 2008 | 4:06 PM ET

    It's about time. The writers guild strike is coming to an end and Hollywood should be back at work by Wednesday. The Writers Guild leadership unanimously approved the tentative deal made with the studios, and now the only step left, is the Writers Guild membership vote on Tuesday at the Writers Guild theater.

  • Netflix Chooses Blu-ray over HD DVD Format Monday, 11 Feb 2008 | 8:40 AM ET

    Online video rental company Netflix said Monday it would exclusively stock Blu-ray high-definition DVDs after a decision by some the world's biggest movie studios in favor of the Sony developed format.

  • McConaughey, Hudson Take 'Gold' at Box Office Sunday, 10 Feb 2008 | 3:16 PM ET

    In their second on-screen pairing, Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson returned to the top of the North American box office Sunday with the adventure comedy "Fool's Gold."

  • Writers' Strike: The End? (Almost) Friday, 8 Feb 2008 | 6:01 PM ET

    Michael Eisner may have said on CNBC's "Fast Money" that "The strike is over" -- but it's not QUITE there yet. Almost, but not quite. And Eisner's optimism definitely reflects the hopeful mood in Hollywood...

  • Hawaii: My Mix Of Mai Tais And Tax Credits Friday, 8 Feb 2008 | 9:06 AM ET

    First of all, CNBC needs to open a bureau in Hawaii and pay me $20 million to run it. Ok, now that I've stopped drinking Mai Tais, let me tell you some things I've learned about making money here.

  • IAC's Barry Diller: Bad News is Good Wednesday, 6 Feb 2008 | 7:00 PM ET
    IAC

    This morning IAC/InterActive Corp posted its earnings, and while they were messy, Chief Executive Barry Diller seemed quite satisfied. IAC swung to a fourth-quarter net loss of $369.9 million, from a net income of $15.3 million a year earlier. But this actually was good news for Diller.

  • Time Warner CEO Lays Out His Plan Wednesday, 6 Feb 2008 | 6:46 PM ET

    Today, Time Warner reported its quarterly earnings and investors were very happy with what they heard on the post-earnings conference call. Jeff Bewkes, in his first call as Time Warner chief executive, presented his restructuring plan. Time Warner stock gained as much as 3% during the day, ending up about 2%...

  • Time Warner to Split AOL in Two, Slash Costs Wednesday, 6 Feb 2008 | 12:33 PM ET
    Time Warner

    Time Warner is working on splitting AOL's audience and access businesses and running the two as independent entities, Chief Executive Jeffrey Bewkes said.

  • News Corp isn't worried about the writers' strike or a consumer turndown--not after its numbers turned out to be so strong. And Rupert Murdoch is optimistic--the company raising its guidance for its fiscal year ending this summer.

  • This weekend, Disney broke all records with its limited release 3-D movie "Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert (3-D)." And the film's huge profit margin proves that CEO Bob Iger's strategy--building brands to exploit across the company's many platforms--really works.

  • The Writers' Strike is Almost Over! Monday, 4 Feb 2008 | 12:39 PM ET

    Yes, it's true, after nearly four months and seemingly endless picket lines, the writers and the producers are close to a deal. After the Directors Guild renegotiated its contract, the Writers Guild leadership sat down with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) -- and this time, Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Bob Iger and Fox's Peter Chernin were leading those negotiations.

  • 'Hannah Montana' Wins Box Office Super Bowl Sunday, 3 Feb 2008 | 1:38 PM ET
    Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus.

    Walt Disney's 3-D movie "Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concerts" topped movie box offices, raking in $29 million for the biggest opening for a normally slow Super Bowl weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.

  • Writers Guild of America

    The Writers Guild strike is 12 weeks old and wreaking havoc on the TV biz. There's no new scripted programming. The Oscars are less than a month away, and with no promises yet from the WGA that they won't picket, there are serious fears it could turn into another movie-clip heavy press conference. We've got reality TV alright, tons of it--but the viewers aren't satisfied.

  • Michael Bloomberg: Is He Hollywood's Man For White House? Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 4:04 PM ET

    As we lead up to Super Tuesday I've been reporting on the intersection of Hollywood and politics. Hollywood plays a key role raising awareness about issues, and candidates. (Though I wouldn't say that a Hollywood endorsement is necessarily a good thing).

  • Fake Jane On IAC/Interactive Corp Bruhaha Tuesday, 29 Jan 2008 | 3:37 PM ET

    Fake Jane was complaining to Fake Mary Thompson about the usual things--men, job, life, looks, age, money, collagen. Fake Mary ("FM") decided to lighten things up and told Fake Jane to stop acting like a self-loathing diva.

  • Friday I blogged about the most audacious press release I've received in a long time from a small biomed company called GenoMed. The company's Chairman and CEO, Dr. David Moskowitz, claims Heath Ledger probably died due to complications from the flu--likening it to Anna Nicole Smith's death--and GenoMed had the means to save him.

  • The Big (Show) Biz of Scientology Monday, 28 Jan 2008 | 1:47 PM ET

    If you're an entertainment buff, you can't miss the significant presence of Scientology. Over the past few weeks, dozens of people have e-mailed me links to Tom Cruise's Scientology rant -- more accurately, it's his acceptance of a Scientology award -- and it's so bizarre...

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