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  • Barry Manilow Sings The Mortgage Blues--Sort Of Thursday, 10 Apr 2008 | 1:19 PM ET

    Gregory Greenway of Brew City Mortgage (LOVE that name), sent me his new lyrics for the Manilow hit "I Write the Songs," called "I Closed the Loans":

  • Pellicano Trial Puts Hollywood Biggies In Spotlight Wednesday, 9 Apr 2008 | 3:09 PM ET
    Hollywood

    Anthony Pellicano's trial for wiretapping and fraud is the largest of its kind. And certainly the most dramatic when it comes to Hollywood--implicating the biggest names in the biz from movie stars to top entertainment industry lawyers and executives.

  • Disney's Movie Line Up: Big Plans For Big Profits Wednesday, 9 Apr 2008 | 9:17 AM ET

    When Disney unveils movies, it's not just revealing what it expects to provide a revenue pop, it's giving insight into what brands could become profit engines moving forward. So, Disney has unveiled its 4-year animation slate and Pixar has announced their animation lineup through 2012.

  • 'Leatherheads' Drops the Ball at the Box Office Sunday, 6 Apr 2008 | 7:04 PM ET
    Director John Moore, actor Bruce Willis and actor Jai Courtney attend the dedication and unveiling of a new soundstage mural celebrating 25 years of 'Die Hard' at Fox Studio Lot.

    George Clooney's "Leatherheads" failed to make a touchdown at the weekend box office,  losing the top spot to reigning champ "21." The estimated score: Leatherheads--$13.5 million,  21--$15.1 million.

  • Disney's New Best Franchise: The Jonas Brothers Tuesday, 1 Apr 2008 | 12:58 PM ET
    Jonas Brothers

    Disney has shown that its strategy of inexpensively building a franchise on its Disney Channel to exploit across all platforms is pure gold. The company did it with "High School Musical," the runaway hit made-for-Disney Channel TV movie.

  • I'll admit it: along with everyone else in Hollywood I have serious strike fatigue. And I'm really hoping--or the sake of my favorite TV shows as well as for the Los Angeles economy--that we do NOT have an actors strike.

  • Under Armour

    Sentimental people might have been hoping for Davidson to pull out the upset last night, but CBS really wanted to Kansas. Why? Because Cinderellas don't draw. We have the proof.

  • '21' Rakes in $23M Box-Office Jackpot Sunday, 30 Mar 2008 | 2:34 PM ET

    New gambling movie "21" was the weekend's box-office high roller with a $23.7 million debut, according to studio estimates Sunday.

  • WaMu's "Whoo-Hoo": Not "Woo-Hoo" As That's Homer Simpson Thursday, 27 Mar 2008 | 10:35 AM ET

    Washington Mutual has started a new billboard campaign (see images). "Whoo-hoo!" has folks in its hometown of Seattle asking "Whoo-what?" "Whoo-why?" Even aside from the question of what it means ("You're upside down in your mortgage? Whoo-hoo!"

  • Netflix Expects to Lead with its Online Movie Service Thursday, 27 Mar 2008 | 5:29 AM ET

    Netflix expects to lead the market for movies delivered over the Web despite growing competition from Web giants like Apple and Amazon, Chief Financial Officer Barry McCarthy said on Wednesday.

  • At the Future of Television conference Tuesday my attention shifted from the tech players to the content providers. Transitioning from traditional revenue streams of TV commercials and theatrical movie distribution, they're all trying to figure out how to monetize digital distribution.

  • Television: Its Future Is You (And What You Want) Tuesday, 25 Mar 2008 | 1:10 PM ET
    Future of Television

    Forget about channel surfing--it's so passe. I'm at the Future of Television Conference at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, where content companies, tech giants, and startups are convening to figure out what television should and will look like tomorrow.

  • 'Horton' Triumphs at North American Box Office Sunday, 23 Mar 2008 | 7:42 PM ET

    Horton the elephant retained the heavyweight crown at the North American box office on Sunday, but the Easter holiday failed to prevent overall sales from resuming their downtrend.

  • Cable Companies Making News And Making Deals? Thursday, 20 Mar 2008 | 3:55 PM ET

    I met up with several Wall Street analysts last night and everyone was talking about cable properties being on fire. Everyone taking a close look at the cable entities driving the media giants--like ESPN--and the ones now on the auction block.

  • Blu-ray officially won the high-def format war, and now everyone who was burned is licking their wounds. Toshiba announced it will lose $1.1 billion in fiscal 2007 due to losing the format battle.

  • Music Makers: The New Scene For a New Age Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 4:14 PM ET

    The traditional music biz is over as CD sales dropped about 20 percent from 2006 and 2007. And revenues from that physical music business are likely to comprise just 20 percent of an up and coming band's revenue stream.

  • CBS Looks To Blogs And Social Networks For Revenues Monday, 17 Mar 2008 | 3:51 PM ET
    CBS

    CBS has a couple strategies to make its shows widely available online. It's the only one of the major networks distributing its shows (ad supported of course) on YouTube. And nearly two years ago CBS created Innertube, the online video player on CBS.com that streams sports, news, and sitcoms.

  • 'Horton Hears a Who!' Tops Weekend Box Office Sunday, 16 Mar 2008 | 4:59 PM ET

    The computer-animated adaptation "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears A Who!" trampled its rivals at the North American box office Sunday with weekend sales of $45.1 million, the biggest opening of the year.

  • TiVo/YouTube Team Up For Web TV Video Friday, 14 Mar 2008 | 3:51 PM ET

    Here's the $64,000 question of the day: Do people really want to watch made-for-web content on their televisions? It didn't work when NBC picked up the web series "Quarterlife" to air on primetime--they're sending it over to Bravo.

  • While the world continues to reel from the news of Elliot Spitzer's scandal, this was also a big week in Hollywood's high-level legal embarrassment--the Pellicano trial. Private eye to the stars Anthony Pellicano is on trial for fraud, wire tapping, bribing police officers and others, and yes, it's messy.

Entertainment

Television

  • Amazon announced it will spend more than $100 million on original video content this quarter, reports CNBC's Julia Boorstin.

  • Comedian Jim Jefferies, discusses his new show "Jim Jefferies Bare." which will be the first of five new stand-up comedy specials Netflix is releasing.

  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana— A firearms company at the center of the reality TV show " Sons of Gun" distanced itself from the star of the now cancelled program this week after he was arrested on charges of repeatedly raping a child. Will Hayden was arrested Tuesday. "Sons of Guns" began airing in 2011 and followed Hayden's family-owned custom firearms business.