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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).
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!
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 Stores Incquietly canceled its online video download service less than ayear after the site went live, a company spokeswoman saidThursday.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Talk to Marissa Mayer, Google's 20th employee and the company's first female engineer and she'll tell you "Zeitgeist," by definition, is "the spirit of the times. And it really tries to capture the moral, ethical and the popular cultures of the day."
We're well into week six of the Writers' Guild strike, and I can say from first hand experience that it's creating quite a weird holiday season here in Hollywood. You can't buy a latte in Beverly Hills without a barista complaining about the fact that the picketing is dragging on.
Fake Jane is very excited about 2008! She hopes to afford major reconstructive surgery which will turn back the hands of time. Or maybe she can at least afford better skincare products. Maybe she'll even go on a date! She's very optimistic that, even if she doesn't meet Mr. Right, she'll meet Mr. Desperate. Yes!
At this time of year, it's predictions, predictions, predictions. So as part of CNBC's Outlook for '08, here are mine for the media world and all that's in it--with a personal look as well! (see number 7). Here I go!!
Sad. There are no new episodes left of "The Office" because of the strike, which means we will instead have to experience the real-life insanity of communing with colleagues at the holiday office party.
It's week six of the Writers Guild strike and talks have totally broken down. Now the producers association, the AMPTP, has walked away from negotiations, squelching hopes of a quick resolution before the holidays. Here's what happened: The AMPTP gave the writers a revised proposal on Friday afternoon, including a slightly more generous deal for the writers on streaming of movies.
Aereo has urged a federal judge to let it operate like a cable system, saying it likely would not otherwise survive.
Apple TV will not launch until next year in part because cable companies are "dragging their heels," The Information reports.
"Sharknado 2" screenwriter Thunder Levin, discusses the genesis of Sharknado, the success of the franchise and the challenges of filming in New York City.