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  • News Corp isn't worried about the writers' strike or a consumer turndown--not after its numbers turned out to be so strong. And Rupert Murdoch is optimistic--the company raising its guidance for its fiscal year ending this summer.

  • This weekend, Disney broke all records with its limited release 3-D movie "Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert (3-D)." And the film's huge profit margin proves that CEO Bob Iger's strategy--building brands to exploit across the company's many platforms--really works.

  • The Writers' Strike is Almost Over! Monday, 4 Feb 2008 | 12:39 PM ET

    Yes, it's true, after nearly four months and seemingly endless picket lines, the writers and the producers are close to a deal. After the Directors Guild renegotiated its contract, the Writers Guild leadership sat down with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) -- and this time, Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Bob Iger and Fox's Peter Chernin were leading those negotiations.

  • 'Hannah Montana' Wins Box Office Super Bowl Sunday, 3 Feb 2008 | 1:38 PM ET
    Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus.

    Walt Disney's 3-D movie "Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concerts" topped movie box offices, raking in $29 million for the biggest opening for a normally slow Super Bowl weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.

  • Writers Guild of America

    The Writers Guild strike is 12 weeks old and wreaking havoc on the TV biz. There's no new scripted programming. The Oscars are less than a month away, and with no promises yet from the WGA that they won't picket, there are serious fears it could turn into another movie-clip heavy press conference. We've got reality TV alright, tons of it--but the viewers aren't satisfied.

  • Michael Bloomberg: Is He Hollywood's Man For White House? Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 4:04 PM ET

    As we lead up to Super Tuesday I've been reporting on the intersection of Hollywood and politics. Hollywood plays a key role raising awareness about issues, and candidates. (Though I wouldn't say that a Hollywood endorsement is necessarily a good thing).

  • Fake Jane On IAC/Interactive Corp Bruhaha Tuesday, 29 Jan 2008 | 3:37 PM ET

    Fake Jane was complaining to Fake Mary Thompson about the usual things--men, job, life, looks, age, money, collagen. Fake Mary ("FM") decided to lighten things up and told Fake Jane to stop acting like a self-loathing diva.

  • Friday I blogged about the most audacious press release I've received in a long time from a small biomed company called GenoMed. The company's Chairman and CEO, Dr. David Moskowitz, claims Heath Ledger probably died due to complications from the flu--likening it to Anna Nicole Smith's death--and GenoMed had the means to save him.

  • The Big (Show) Biz of Scientology Monday, 28 Jan 2008 | 1:47 PM ET

    If you're an entertainment buff, you can't miss the significant presence of Scientology. Over the past few weeks, dozens of people have e-mailed me links to Tom Cruise's Scientology rant -- more accurately, it's his acceptance of a Scientology award -- and it's so bizarre...

  • Eli Manning -- Lacrosse Star?! Friday, 25 Jan 2008 | 7:30 PM ET
    Eli Manning

    Say you're the National Lacrosse League, you get 8,000 fans a night and you're looking for more people to sample your product. You can't just tell people it's free: The way society works, no one will want to go. So they have a plan...

  • Australian actor Heath Ledger, nominated for an Oscar for best actor in a leading role for his work in "Brokeback Mountain," arrives for the 78th Academy Awards Sunday, March 5, 2006, in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

    I'm speechless. As investigators await more test results to try to determine how actor Heath Ledger died, someone thinks he may already know! I received the most jaw-dropping press release of a still-young 2008 from a company called GenoMed...

  • For decades, TV ad time has been sold the very same way: In May, the networks present their new pilots to advertisers, who buy "upfront" ad time, months in advance of the new TV season. And the new TV season always started in the fall, because that's when car advertisers wanted to push their new products.

  • Tom Cruise Video: For A "Few Good" Scientologists? Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 3:55 PM ET

    If you haven't seen the video circulating the web showing Tom Cruise talking about Scientology, well, it's still on YouTube, despite reported efforts by the church to have it taken down:

  • Lions Gate To Make Deal With WGA? Yes, So I'm Told Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 3:42 PM ET

    I've been talking to reliable sources, and Lions Gate is about to announce an interim deal with the Writers Guild. It makes sense for a number of reasons--it allows them to produce the next season of Weeds and Mad Men and get those popular shows on air without delay.

  • WGA And Producers: Will Talks Finally End Strike? Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 2:07 PM ET
    Writers Guild of America

    Hollywood was hibernating and  now there's finally a thaw. Thanks to the DGA making a deal with the AMPTP, the Writers Guild is in its third day of 'informal talks.' There were even more informal talks before this, but apparently these don't quite count as official just yet.

  • Striking Writers, Studios Head for Renewed Talks Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | 3:48 AM ET
    Hollywood

    Striking Hollywood writers will meet face to face with studio executives this week for the first time since their contract talks collapsed on Dec. 7, the two sides said Tuesday.

  • Sundance

    Here's hoping that the writers and producers made some progress over the long holiday weekend. Much of Hollywood is here in Park City at the Sundance film festival, where I've been since Thursday. But one person, one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, is notably absent--super agent Bryan Lourd, co-chairman of talent agency giant, CAA (Creative Artists Agency).

  • U2's "U2-3D" Takes Center Stage At Sundance Friday, 18 Jan 2008 | 6:20 PM ET
    U2

    A front row ticket at a U2 concert can easily run you hundreds of dollars. But starting tomorrow night, with a movie premiering here at Sundance, you'll be able to get a front row view for the cost of a movie ticket. A ticket to "U2-3D," the first ever digital live action 3D film, shot over months of the band touring in South America.

  • Sundance

    I'm here in Park City at the Wasach Brew pub at the top of Main Street, where CNBC has set up a mini studio of sorts. All the d-girls and boys (that's Hollywood-speak for "development executives") are running around in their furry boots and jeans looking to find the next big director among the four films they see a day.

  • Directors Guild

    News crossed the wires last night: The DGA just announced it's made a tentative deal with the producers associations, the AMPTP. They've been in meetings since last Monday and it seemed clear they wanted to find a compromise. Though the DGA's contract doesn't expire until June 30, they wanted to get negotiations moving and everyone back to work.

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.