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  • Fox: Anything But "Idle" When It Comes To "Idol" Tuesday, 15 Jan 2008 | 5:07 PM ET

    "American Idol" returns to the airwaves tonight, kicking off its seventh season. Though dropping viewership numbers last year raised concerns about the future health of the franchise, thanks to the writers' strike eliminating most of the competition, Idol is expected to be more popular and more profitable than ever.

  • Good news for those who want their scripted TV shows back on air: The Directors Guild met all weekend long with the Producers Association, the AMPTP, and it sounds like they might be pretty close to a finding a compromise, which could prompt the writers to make a deal.

  • Panic In Pornville: Tech Shakes Up Adult Films Friday, 11 Jan 2008 | 6:35 PM ET

    The industry is at the technological and financial crossroads. With high definition TV here to stay, porn distributors and producers have to decide whether to adopt an expensive and potentially embarrassing new technology that promises to squeeze already shrinking profit margins.

  • Golden Globe Awards

    The Friday before the Golden Globes awards show Los Angeles is usually hopping: limos ferrying celebs to gifting suites and restaurants packed with eager stars and their reassuring agents and publicists. But this year, it's pretty dead and you'll have no problem getting a dinner reservation Saturday night.

  • The (Porn) Convention Next Door Friday, 11 Jan 2008 | 4:42 PM ET

    Do I have your attention? Here's my video on why the adult video industry is keeping America great!! Really you say? Take a look.

  • Economic concerns are making Wall Street nervous about the media sector. Today analysts at Goldman Sachs and Sanford Bernstein issued negative reports on the broad media sector. GS's Anthony Noto reduced estimates across communications, media and entertainment sectors.

  • Yet another sign of the convergence of content and technology: For the first time, a cable company CEO made a keynote speech at CES. This morning, Comcast spacer chief Brian Roberts announced a new strategy, calling it Comcast 3.0.

  • Tom Cruise Out To "Settle" Writers' Strike? Monday, 7 Jan 2008 | 5:21 PM ET

    Here at CES mega digital distribution deals are making headlines. Back in LA, the big news is still the writers strike--and surprise, the big news in both Las Vegas and Los Angeles are totally entwined. The writers are striking to get a bigger chunk of the revenue from the very digital deals announced at CES.

  • 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...

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.