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  • Jimmy Kimmel

    I blogged a couple weeks ago about the really funny, really REALLY inappropriate music video actress/comedienne Sarah Silverman made revealing her "affair" with Matt Damon. What does this have to do with business? Well, in the video she describes how her boyfriend -- Jimmy Kimmel -- likes Diet Snapple.

  • "No Country," Coen Brothers Win Top Oscars Monday, 25 Feb 2008 | 2:44 AM ET
    Javier Bardem as Anton Chigurh in a scene from "No Country for Old Men."

    "No Country For Old Men" won the Oscar for best film and its makers, brothers Joel and Ethan Coen, were named best directors on Sunday, giving the bleak crime drama four of the world's top movie awards.

  • The Oscars

    The 80th Annual Academy Awards brought the glamour and champagne back to Hollywood after a grim 100-day strike. John Stewart cracked the requisite jokes about the work stoppage -- calling the Oscars the "makeup sex" for the industry.

  • 'Vantage Point' Hits Target at Box Office Sunday, 24 Feb 2008 | 7:47 PM ET

    The new assassination thriller "Vantage Point" shot to the No. 1 spot at the weekend box office in North America while Oscar nominees "Juno" and "There Will Be Blood" enjoyed solid sales ahead of Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony.

  • Unsung Oscar Heroes: PriceWaterhouse Coopers Friday, 22 Feb 2008 | 3:14 PM ET
    Hollywood

    You'd think the Academy Awards were controlled by studio moguls or movie stars. But the guys really holding the cards -- literally -- are a couple of accountants. Forget about George Clooney and Will Smith -- without Price Waterhouse Coopers, the show couldn't happen.

  • Oscar Picks for Your Oscar "Pool" Friday, 22 Feb 2008 | 1:55 PM ET
    The Oscars

    I'm getting so excited for the Academy Awards--I was on the red carpet earlier this morning. The carpet itself is covered in what looks like giant swaths of Saran Wrap and the huge Oscar statuettes are under giant clear plastic garbage bags.

  • Video Roundup: Chasing Oscar Gold Friday, 22 Feb 2008 | 12:58 PM ET

    The Academy Awards is big business for everyone involved from the people making the films to the advertisers hawking their products within the popular broadcast.

  • Steve Fossett's Sub And Fake Jane's Oscar Friday, 22 Feb 2008 | 12:56 PM ET
    Steve Fossett

    What to get the bazillionaire who has everything? Why, a personal submarine! Today I'm reporting on the most cutting-edge personal submersibles available, made by Hawkes Ocean Technologies.

  • The Oscars: The Rewards Of Awards Friday, 22 Feb 2008 | 11:10 AM ET
    A scene from "Atonement"  featuring Keira Knightley, left, and James McAvoy.

    Hollywood is coming off a strong year at the box office, but the 80th Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, Feb 24 will make for a merciful-- if triumphant --  end to a dreadful awards season.  As for that storied  Oscar box office bump,  a lot depends on the individual circumstances of the films.For years, there's been talk of an Oscars box office boost, but it's generally hard to quantify and a lot depends on the individual circumstances of the films.For years, there's been talk of an Oscars box office boost, but it's generally hard to quantify and a lot depends on the individual circumstances of the films.

  • Oscar And His Real "Value" In Dollars And Cents Thursday, 21 Feb 2008 | 4:26 PM ET
    The Oscars

    Everyone wants to win an Oscar--perhaps maybe this year more than ever. You see, for this, the 80th annual Academy Awards, those pretty gold statuettes are actually worth twice what they were worth last year.

  • Ford's Mustang And "Knight Rider": A High Riding Role Thursday, 21 Feb 2008 | 10:32 AM ET

    In a world where it's tougher and tougher to get a car or brand to stand out, Ford's incorporation of the Mustang into NBC's new version of "Knight Rider" is a move that should pay off.  Since the show Sunday night, I've heard from numerous people who watched it and loved seeing the Mustang in a starring role. It was a prime time role Ford is counting on to continue changing its image.

  • Microsoft's Xbox Live: Now You Can Create And Share Games Wednesday, 20 Feb 2008 | 5:40 PM ET

    After rumors of everything from partnering with Netflix  to buying Epic Games (neither are true), the big news from the Microsoft keynote speech at the Game Developers Conference: now you can create your own games and put them on Xbox Live to share.

  • Oscar: Is The "Buzz" A Real Show Killer? Wednesday, 20 Feb 2008 | 3:07 PM ET

    The Oscars are just around the corner--this Sunday night--but many people are buzzing that they don't seem as big of a deal this year. Well, they are still a big deal in Hollywood, and their slightly lower profile makes a lot of sense this year. For one thing, the writers' strike put the fate of the Oscars in jeopardy.

  • Sony's Big Blu-ray Win (And The Next Challenge) Tuesday, 19 Feb 2008 | 5:48 PM ET

    Wall Street was thrilled that Sony's Blu-ray has officially won the high def format battle. Sony's stock made gains Tuesday  on the news that Toshiba will stop making HD-DVD players. This is the final piece in a long battle that dragged on for years, losing movie studios hundreds of millions...

  • Disney to Raise Stake in India's UTV Monday, 18 Feb 2008 | 9:30 AM ET
    Disney

    Walt Disney Co has reached a deal to more than double its stake in Indian TV and movie content maker UTV, the two firms said, underscoring the U.S. entertainment firm's efforts to expand globally.

  • Comcast Gives the Street Relief Friday, 15 Feb 2008 | 12:48 PM ET

    Comcast's stock has fallen more than 30 percent in the past year -- painful for Comcast shareholders, including some activist shareholders who own chunks of stock. But Thursday, Comcast's stock made gains after the cable company announced its earnings and a quarterly dividend...

  • HD DVD's "Unofficial" Official Death--Blu-ray Lives Friday, 15 Feb 2008 | 11:16 AM ET

    It's official, or as official as this is going to get: HD DVD is dead; long live Blu-ray! All along, industry pundits have compared the next-generation DVD format war to the Beta vs. VHS conflict when VCRs first burst on the scene. I didn't realize just how true that comparison truly was.

  • Indiana Jones Returns! (Nineteen Years Later) Thursday, 14 Feb 2008 | 3:53 PM ET

    There are only a handful of franchises that can take a 19 year hiatus and return stronger than ever. I have very high hopes for Indy. The new trailer for "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" debuted on "Good Morning America" today. Joining Harrison Ford are Cate Blanchett and Shia LaBeouf as the sidekick.

  • Google's YouTube Makes "Advertising Pitch" Thursday, 14 Feb 2008 | 3:35 PM ET

    YouTube threw a coming out party of sorts to hundreds of top ad industry execs in New York City this week. The event was called 'Videocracy,' and it's the largest ever advertiser event thrown by Google which bought YouTube for $1.6 billion dollars two years ago.

  • Sony Pictures CEO Lynton Talks About Strike Impact Thursday, 14 Feb 2008 | 12:41 PM ET

    I spoke exclusively with Michael Lynton, the Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, about the impact of the work stoppage on his business, and on Hollywood. The video clips are below. Sony's business if focused largely on making movies, which have a long time horizon, so Sony fared much better than its rival studios that own TV networks.

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...