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  • ShoWest: Movie Theaters Moving Towards Digital Monday, 10 Mar 2008 | 11:53 AM ET
    Showest

    ShoWest--the annual conference for movie distributors (divisions of media companies) and exhibitors (movie theater chains)--is underway in Las Vegas. This is where the movie studios show off their big products they hope will be blockbusters to get the theater owners excited to fill their seats.

  • '10,000 B.C.' Leads Box Office Hunt Sunday, 9 Mar 2008 | 3:08 PM ET

    Movie-goers went hunting for their inner caveman as they sat in the dark for the prehistoric adventure "10,000 B.C.," which led the weekend box office with $35.7 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

  • TiVo's Earnings: New Strategy Appears To Pay Off Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 12:47 PM ET

    TiVo announced its earnings Wednesday, showing the results of its new, broader focus-- licensing its technology to cable companies, selling interactive TV ads and results of whether those ads are watched, and pushing forward with movie and music downloads.

  • How Aspen's Rich Homeowners Get Bigger Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 10:51 AM ET

    Aspen, Colorado is a special place. And you need a lot of money to live here. There are 88 homes listed on the market for $20 million or more. Those are just the ones officially listed. But even here, the economic slowdown is starting to affect prices.

  • Hollywood's day in Federal Court Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 7:21 AM ET

    After years of grand jury testimony, the trial of Anthony Pellicano, erstwhile private eye-to-the-stars, starts this week. Jury selection is underway in downtown Los Angeles.

  • How the Very Rich Think and Spend Wednesday, 5 Mar 2008 | 3:05 PM ET

    "When the economy gets tough, the mood changes for the wealthy first." So said Maryam Saghatelian, assistant VP for Cartier’s west coast operations.

  • Everything costs more these days, even a night at the movies. I spent $14 on a movie ticket the other day--I can't even admit how much my husband and I spent on a tub of popcorn! Yes, it was a fancy new theater but there's no question, movie ticket costs are going up across the board.

  • Hollywood

    Hollywood and Silicon Valley couldn't be more different--from the clothes worn and cars driven, to the focus. Hollywood on content, Silicon Valley on new ways to do digital distribution. Hollywood's worried about losing control of digital revenues (which is exactly what the writers' strike was about) as well as piracy.

  • Will Ferrell Shoots Air Ball with Movie 'Semi-Pro' Sunday, 2 Mar 2008 | 3:24 PM ET

    Will Ferrell stumbled at the North American box office Sunday with his latest sports comedy, "Semi-Pro." The basketball spoof narrowly took the No. 1 spot with disappointing ticket sales of $15.3 million, its struggling distributor New Line Cinema said

  • Countrywide Cancels Second Florida Event Saturday, 1 Mar 2008 | 1:23 PM ET

    Friday night Countrywide informed me that an employee sales event planned in April at an expensive Florida resort has been cancelled.

  • Inflation is in the air and everyone--including our own Jim Cramer--is talking about whether ethanol is causing higher food prices. But let's talk about a food price that's very important--one that touches my life every week when I go. No, not to the grocery store but to the movie theater!

  • Yes, That's Me In Another ("Semi-Pro") Costume Friday, 29 Feb 2008 | 1:07 PM ET

    Today, in honor of the movie "Semi-Pro" debuting, I went on "Squawk Box" with an afro and my Flint Tropics jersey T-shirt. You also might want to see the interview with Tony Ponturo of Anheuser-Busch. Tony talked to us about "Semi-Pro" and the company's new sponsorship of Ultimate Fighting.

  • "Quarterlife": Can It GET A Life On Television? Friday, 29 Feb 2008 | 12:41 PM ET

    On Wednesday I reported about the network launch of "Quarterlife," the first show produced for the Internet to air on TV. The ratings were a HUGE disappointment, it was a distant third in the 10 pm hour, just 3.86 million viewers, and just a 1.3 rating in the crucial 18-49 year old group.

  • As I'd expected, it was a rocking quarter for Viacom: its fourth quarter profit increased more than 16 percent. The two divisions undergoing a turnaround--the media networks division and its movie studio, Paramount--showed strong results.

  • Countrywide Chooses Sun Over Ski Trip! Friday, 29 Feb 2008 | 10:06 AM ET

    I've been hearing from sources that Countrywide, despite cancelling an expensive ski junket to Colorado, is planning two even bigger events in Hollywood, Fla. Now comes confirmation from a source at The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa that Countrywide has booked the location for two different events

  • TW's New CEO Makes His First Cuts Thursday, 28 Feb 2008 | 5:43 PM ET
    Jeffrey Bewkes

    Time Warner's new CEO, Jeff Bewkes just showed Wall Street that he means business about cost cutting and getting the company on track. He just made his first big move-- consolidating Time Warner's New Line studio into its separate and larger Warner Bros.

  • Viacom Profit Rises 16%, Led by MTV, Video Games Thursday, 28 Feb 2008 | 5:10 PM ET

    Cable network and movie studio owner Viacom said Thursday fourth-quarter profit rose 16 percent on higher advertising sales at its MTV Networks and strong sales of its "Rock Band" video game and "Transformers" DVDs.

  • Viacom Has Street Expecting Gains From Cable Thursday, 28 Feb 2008 | 1:03 PM ET

    Viacom reports its quarterly earnings after the bell today and all eyes will be on the results of its Media Networks Division. Wall Street's expecting eight percent revenue growth from the group of cable networks that includes MTV, VH1, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon.

  • Rasta Imposta Will Be Selling These "Semi-Pro" items

    New Line Cinema has done almost everything right with its promotion of Will Ferrell’s “Semi-Pro,” the story of the fictional ABA player Jackie Moon that hits theatres tomorrow. So much so that Moon is more relevant in the sports business world today than LeBron James.

  • Jerry Seinfeld isn't laughing at the moment. He and his wife are asking that a lawsuit alleging what he calls "vegetable plagiarism" be thrown out of court. Last year, cookbook author Missy Chase Lapine wrote "The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids' Favorite Meals."

Entertainment

Television

  • Filmmaker James Gunn, actors Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana from Marvel Studios movie 'Guardians of the Galaxy'.

    CNBC's Julia Boorstin reports on the excitement over "Guardians of the Galaxy" from Comic-Con.

  • LONDON— London- based pay TV network BSkyB has agreed to take control of its sister companies in Italy and Germany, creating a multinational European satellite giant. BSkyB said Friday it will buy Sky Italia and 57 percent of Sky Deutschland for 5.35 billion pounds from media giant 21st Century Fox.

  • The FCC's Media Bureau said Sinclair will divest the TV station in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and give up the licenses of Allbritton stations in Birmingham, Alabama, and Charleston, South Carolina, delivering programming there through so-called multi-casting on the signal of stations Sinclair already owns.