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  • 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.

  • George Lucas And The Next Installment Of "Star Wars" Wednesday, 13 Feb 2008 | 2:42 PM ET

    Forget about Apple Inc. for a second; even the ongoing drama between Microsoft and Yahoo: the real news on the technology front comes from George Lucas and his plans for the next installment of "Star Wars."

  • Writer's Write And The Biz Is Back In Show Business Wednesday, 13 Feb 2008 | 1:08 PM ET

    The 100 day-long writers strike is officially over. After voting overwhelmingly to return to work Tuesday afternoon, writers returned to the job. It's clear just driving around Los Angeles that things are picking up again--the traffic's much worse! (No joke). Writers and the studios are rushing to throw together pilots for the fall TV season.

  • New "Lord Of The Rings" Lawsuit Hits Warner's New Line Tuesday, 12 Feb 2008 | 12:20 PM ET
    Elijah Wood

    The Lord of the Rings" trilogy was a huge franchise for Time Warner's New Line Cinema--bringing in about $3 billion at the worldwide box office alone. Now, J.R.R. Tokien's estate, a British Charity Called the Tolkien Trust, is suing New Line for its alleged failure to pay a percent of gross profit of the three films based on Tolkien's books.

  • Writer Strike Coming To End, So Who Wins? Monday, 11 Feb 2008 | 4:06 PM ET

    It's about time. The writers guild strike is coming to an end and Hollywood should be back at work by Wednesday. The Writers Guild leadership unanimously approved the tentative deal made with the studios, and now the only step left, is the Writers Guild membership vote on Tuesday at the Writers Guild theater.

  • Netflix Chooses Blu-ray over HD DVD Format Monday, 11 Feb 2008 | 8:40 AM ET

    Online video rental company Netflix said Monday it would exclusively stock Blu-ray high-definition DVDs after a decision by some the world's biggest movie studios in favor of the Sony developed format.

  • McConaughey, Hudson Take 'Gold' at Box Office Sunday, 10 Feb 2008 | 3:16 PM ET

    In their second on-screen pairing, Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson returned to the top of the North American box office Sunday with the adventure comedy "Fool's Gold."

  • Writers' Strike: The End? (Almost) Friday, 8 Feb 2008 | 6:01 PM ET

    Michael Eisner may have said on CNBC's "Fast Money" that "The strike is over" -- but it's not QUITE there yet. Almost, but not quite. And Eisner's optimism definitely reflects the hopeful mood in Hollywood...

  • Hawaii: My Mix Of Mai Tais And Tax Credits Friday, 8 Feb 2008 | 9:06 AM ET

    First of all, CNBC needs to open a bureau in Hawaii and pay me $20 million to run it. Ok, now that I've stopped drinking Mai Tais, let me tell you some things I've learned about making money here.

  • IAC's Barry Diller: Bad News is Good Wednesday, 6 Feb 2008 | 7:00 PM ET
    IAC

    This morning IAC/InterActive Corp posted its earnings, and while they were messy, Chief Executive Barry Diller seemed quite satisfied. IAC swung to a fourth-quarter net loss of $369.9 million, from a net income of $15.3 million a year earlier. But this actually was good news for Diller.

  • Time Warner CEO Lays Out His Plan Wednesday, 6 Feb 2008 | 6:46 PM ET

    Today, Time Warner reported its quarterly earnings and investors were very happy with what they heard on the post-earnings conference call. Jeff Bewkes, in his first call as Time Warner chief executive, presented his restructuring plan. Time Warner stock gained as much as 3% during the day, ending up about 2%...

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.