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  • CES is all about gadgets, but this year more than ever it's about getting CONTENT on those gadgets. What's the point of a gorgeous huge, super skinny high def TV, if not to watch high def movies at the touch of your fingertips. And all these fancy mobile devices, aren't they all just means to watch clear video on that tiny screen?

  • 'National Treasure' Tops Box Office For Third Week Sunday, 6 Jan 2008 | 3:05 PM ET

    Nicolas Cage's "National Treasure" sequel was the top draw at North American movie theaters for a third consecutive weekend, while a pregnant schoolgirl delivered another healthy box-office bundle.

  • Warner Brothers: Going All The Way With Blu-ray Friday, 4 Jan 2008 | 5:13 PM ET
    Warner Brothers

    Warner Bros. has become the latest studio to back Blu-ray exclusively. The announcement scheduled for Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas instead leaked out today with the studio now confirming the news.

  • HD DVD: No Way For It To Come Back Against Blu-ray Friday, 4 Jan 2008 | 5:09 PM ET

    For years, everyone's been waiting for an indication that either Sony's Blu-Ray or Microsoft and Toshiba's Blu-Ray format would emerge triumphant and the other would go the way of the BETA deck. Today, finally, a crucial tipping point in this battle in which the $20 billion dollar home video market is at stake.

  • Netflix to Deliver Movies Direct to TV Thursday, 3 Jan 2008 | 4:50 AM ET
    Netflix

    DVD-by-mail service Netflix will begin delivering movies and other programming directly to televisions later this year through a set-top box that will pipe entertainment over a high-speed Internet connection.

  • Chop Shop: Thinking "Inside The (TV) Box" For New Music Wednesday, 2 Jan 2008 | 5:29 PM ET

    Watch a TV show nowadays and the music has become as important to the story as the actors themselves. At least that's the case for Alexandra Patsavas, the CEO of Chop Shop Music Supervision in Pasadena, Calif.

  • Letterman, Leno, Kimmel Back, But How Funny Will They Be? Wednesday, 2 Jan 2008 | 11:11 AM ET
    David Letterman

    Happy 2008! I'm back from my travels and have spent the day reading up on all the news I missed while away (though news of Benazir Bhutto's assassination was everywhere, the international press doesn't follow Hollywood labor negotiations as closely).

  • Eureka! Ruin Your New Year's Eve! Monday, 31 Dec 2007 | 2:58 PM ET

    Here's the lamest New Year's Eve idea ever: The Ladies' Home Journal took a poll on which Presidential candidate you'd like to take to a New Year's Eve karaoke party. I'm not kidding! Plus: Wooing McDreamy!

  • 'National Treasure' Tops Box Office For Second Week Sunday, 30 Dec 2007 | 2:41 PM ET

    Nicolas Cage led the North American box office for a second weekend with his "NationalTreasure" sequel, while the teen comedy "Juno" raced up the rankings despite playing in limited release.

  • Wal-Mart Cancels Movie Download Service Friday, 28 Dec 2007 | 5:37 AM ET
    Walmart

    Wal-Mart Stores Incquietly canceled its online video download service less than ayear after the site went live, a company spokeswoman saidThursday.

  • Luddite Jane Update (Second Thoughts on Southwest) Thursday, 27 Dec 2007 | 3:43 PM ET
    Southwest Airlines.

    Flying Southwest Airlines again today. Getting the hang of the new boarding system. Maybe it's not so stupid. Maybe I'm not so stupid. I'm flying to Sacramento and driving to Stockton to check in again on America's Foreclosure Capital.

  • 2007's Home-Run Gift of the Year Monday, 24 Dec 2007 | 9:44 AM ET

    But this season's holiday gift of the year -- and a gift that will be popular throughout 2008 -- is Jason Weisenthal's WallMonkeys. Nobody invents things these days; they take an idea and modify it. That's Jason's story...

  • Movie Gallery Files Reorganization Plan Sunday, 23 Dec 2007 | 3:16 PM ET

    Movie Gallery, the second-biggest U.S. video rental chain, said it filed a reorganization plan in bankruptcy court, and hopes to emerge from Chapter 11 next year.

  • 'National Treasure' Shines at Crowded Box Office Sunday, 23 Dec 2007 | 1:54 PM ET

    Nicolas Cage topped the North American box office for the second time this year on Sunday with "National Treasure: Book of Secrets," a sequel to the biggest movie of his career.

  • WGA West Talks to Me -- Totally Unscripted Friday, 21 Dec 2007 | 4:06 PM ET
    Patric Verrone

    Patric Verrone, President of the Writers Guild of America West, appears live today during "Street Signs" to be interviewed by yours truly. In a strange way, I have the AMPTP to thank...

  • Writers Guild of America

    My blog about the difficulties in nailing down an interview with the head of the Writers Guild of America West, Patric Verrone, was posted in the nightly press release from the AMPTP! After that release went out, I heard from the WGA East in a New York second. Why, the WGAE asked, hadn't I requested an interview with its President, Michael Winship? He would happily accommodate me.

  • Writers Guild of America

    What you don't see on CNBC-TV are all the calls, meetings, emails, etc, initiated by reporters and producers and bookers and anchors, all trying to convince people to come on our air. I've been going 'round and 'round for a week to get the head of the Writers Guild of America West, Patric Verrone, to come on our air for a live interview.

  • Dry Cleaners: The New Economic Measuring Stick? Friday, 14 Dec 2007 | 3:31 PM ET

    Out in La-La Land, when the going gets tough, the tough quit dry cleaning. I've created the CNBC Dry Cleaner Economic Index. After all, what's the first thing you stop spending money on when you need to cut back on expenses? And in Southern California, a lot of people are having to cut back.

  • Writers Guild of America

    Hollywood is a funny business. But no one's laughing right now. Nominees for the Golden Globes have been announced, but the Hollywood Foreign Press Association--the group behind the Globes--has yet to get a waiver from the Writers Guild of America to let writers write the awards broadcast January 13th.

  • And The Golden Globe Goes To....??? Thursday, 13 Dec 2007 | 1:50 PM ET
    Golden Globe Awards

    It's that time of the year again, and no, I'm not talking about the holidays. It's Awards Season, and despite the hangover of the Writers Guild strike, which continues to drag on, there's still plenty of fanfare about the the Golden Globes Nominations which were announced today, which as far as I'm concerned, marks the very beginning of the run-up to the Oscars.

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