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  • Britney Spears

    A new NPD report says girls ages eight to 12 spend a half billion dollars a year on beauty products (did I mention they are eight to 12?). Fragrance and body sprays are their favorite items, with the top brands being Bath and Body Works and Britney Spears.

  • Pellicano Verdict Does Not Mean Saga Is Over Friday, 16 May 2008 | 5:03 PM ET

    The biggest fraud and wiretapping case of its kind, it also named more big Hollywood names than anything that preceded it. Pellicano did snooping for the top execs in Hollywood, and it seems he wiretapped the rest of the names on any Hollywood who's who list.

  • Coolspotters: Keeping Celeb Endorsers Honest To A Fault Wednesday, 14 May 2008 | 4:51 PM ET
    Coolspotters

    NFL running back LaDainian Tomlinson used to endorse Coke's Vitaminwater, but as of today, he endorses Pepsi's Gatorade. Which one does he really drink? You now might know thanks to a site called Coolspotters.com which could turn the sports endorsement model on its head. The site is basically a brand wikipedia.

  • Time Warner Cable's Challenge To The Networks Wednesday, 14 May 2008 | 4:36 PM ET

    Until this year, this annual "Upfront" ad sales week in May has been reserved for the broadcast networks to sell their ad time. But this year Time Warner's Turner cable channels positioned their upfront ad sales period smack dab in the middle of the action, sending the message that they're taking on the nets head-on.

  • Mr. Potato Head Update Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | 6:35 PM ET

    Today we received his eyes in the mail!! IT'S GOOD TO BE KING...OF ALL MEDIA Looks like Big Media is not suffering from an economic downturn (except for Time Warner). Steve Wonsiewicz runs Fresearch.

  • At left is an image of the press kit we received from Disneyland promoting the new Disney Pixar Toy Story Mania! attraction opening next month. We opened the box...and all we got were Mr. Potato Head's ears. Was he done in by the mob?

  • Upfronts: What's Up With Them For TV Season Monday, 12 May 2008 | 4:13 PM ET

    Today kicks off the upfront ad sales period--the week in which the broadcast networks traditionally aim to sell the majority of their primetime ad inventory. But this year you won't see the traditional star-studded red carpets, screenings of strings of pilots or post-presentation extravaganzas at New York landmarks like Tavern on the Green.

  • 'Iron Man' Pounds Box-Office Competition Sunday, 11 May 2008 | 1:02 PM ET

    Superhero movie "Iron Man" pounded the competition at North American box offices for the second straight weekend, landing at No. 1 with just over $50 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.

  • Disney Teams with Microsoft, HP on 'Dream Home' Friday, 9 May 2008 | 5:41 PM ET

    Back in 1957, Disneyland opened up a Jetsons-esque "Home of the Future" featuring all sorts of far-out gadgets like microwaves (!) and giant TVs (!). Some of them became realities in every American home. Others, like the floating furniture, well... Now, Disney is taking a whole new approach to the idea. I got a sneak peak at Disneyland's "Innoventions Dream Home," which opens in Tomorrowland on June 16.

  • Atom Films is again hosting a contest for "Star Wars" fan films, except this year the winners will be aired on Spike TV. Fans have been spoofing or reconfiguring the movies for years, and, at some point, George Lucas realized copyright be damned! The smartest move was to embrace the love. Also: Your e-mails re Boeing.

  • News Corp.'s headquarters in New York.

    News Corp. is benefiting from its global diversity and a strong TV business, and it doesn't seem to be hurt by the U.S. economy's downturn. And now, investors are saying the stock is undervalued.

  • News Corp: Will It Meet Its Own "Great" Expectations? Wednesday, 7 May 2008 | 3:57 PM ET
    News Corporation

    News Corp raised its guidance earlier this year, so now the big question facing the company is whether, in the face of an economic slowdown, it'll be able to live up to those higher expectations.

  • Disney Beats And Iger Speaks--To Me Wednesday, 7 May 2008 | 10:41 AM ET

    The Walt Disney Company reported another stellar quarter, with earnings of 58 cents per share, blowing away Wall Street's consensus earnings estimate of 51 cents per share, while revenue came in at $8.71 billion, also beating analyst expectations, and up 10 percent over last year.

  • Cinderella's Castle

    Disney reports after the bell Tuesday and Wall Street is anxious to see how the media giant holds up in light of the economic downturn. The company's division most in the spotlight is Parks and Resorts and the question being how much consumer spending will hurt park attendance and revenues.

  • Marvel's Iron Man Takes Off (So Does Its Stock) Tuesday, 6 May 2008 | 10:25 AM ET

    Iron Man opened the summer movie season with a whopping $100 million plus from the U.S. box office and $200 million worldwide. With Robert Downey Jr. cleverly cast in the starring role, the film is skewing to an older audience than traditional superhero fare, and has great word of mouth so far. ... Not only is this past weekend a good sign for Hollywood this summer, it's phenomenal news for Marvel Entertainment.

  • Movies And Product Placement: A Thumbs Up Or Down? Tuesday, 6 May 2008 | 10:20 AM ET
    Iron Man Audi

    I'm a movie junkie and I'm so happy the summer movie season is underway. You'll probably find me at a theater every weekend between now and the end of July--when the movie premiers finally slow down.

  • Summer Movies Out To Be Recession Proof Again Friday, 2 May 2008 | 2:37 PM ET
    Iron Man

    "Iron Man" from Marvel and Paramount opens today, kicking off the summer movie season. With the box office expected to top $85 million opening weekend, Hollywood's pretty excited, and for good reason. The economic downturn is squeezing consumer spending, but there's one corner of the consumer pocketbook that'll emerge unscathed from the "r" word.

  • Viacom Reaps Benefits From Cable, Video Games Friday, 2 May 2008 | 2:19 PM ET

    Media giant Viacom spacer beat Wall Street expectations with strong profits driven by its cable networks (including MTV) and its "Rock Band" video game franchise. Net income grew 33 percent over last year's quarter (excluding an investment write down) to $270 million, while revenue was up 15 percent in the period to 3.12 billion.

  • Cramer In 'Iron Man' Friday, 2 May 2008 | 11:02 AM ET

    The Mad Money host makes a special appearance in the summer's first blockbuster!

  • WALL-E

    Apple Inc. is making news today by offering to sell movies on iTunes the same day the DVD of the film hits store shelves, as a way fans can take the movie home with them as soon as possible. Now, Disney-Pixar is coming up with a way fans will be able to take a piece of the upcoming animated film "WALL-E" with them as well.

Entertainment

Television

  • The Buffalo Bills take on the Green Bay Packers at home. Last season, former Bills owner Ralph Wilson averted a blackout at the last minute by buying thousands of tickets himself.

    Washington is scrutinizing the "blackout rule" that restricts broadcasts for NFL games that fail to sell out.

  • A look at the massive hack attack at Sony and the nastiness it revealed, with The New Yorker's Ken Auletta. It becomes a real business changer for a lot of people in Hollywood, says Auletta.

  • Netflix Inc's second season of women's prison comedy "Orange is the New Black" landed a nod, alongside HBO's new tech satire " Silicon Valley"; Hispanic comedy "Jane the Virgin" from The CW, jointly owned by CBS and Warner Bros, and the only broadcast network show in the race; and Amazon Instant Video's transgender show, "Transparent. "The field of television is going...