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  • Ed Asner, Sandra Oh, 'Seinfeld' -- & ME Monday, 23 Jun 2008 | 4:12 PM ET
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    One week until the SAG contract expires, and a deal appears highly unlikely. This as the Screen Actors Guild celebrates 75 years of butting heads with the studios. But Tom Hanks is among those actors telling SAG to butt out of another union’s contract offer...

  • Bollywood-Hollywood Crossover Monday, 23 Jun 2008 | 4:05 PM ET
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    The gap between Bollywood and Hollywood is becoming increasingly narrow. Earlier this week I blogged about how Steven Spielberg is in talks with Indian Media Giant Reliance ADA group to finance an independent studio.

  • Why I Ended Up Bailing on Trains Monday, 23 Jun 2008 | 8:15 AM ET

    Los Angeles has a beautiful train station ... pity it lacks a key modern touch.

  • Disney Launches Its Latest Tween TV Movie Friday, 20 Jun 2008 | 4:05 PM ET
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    Yesterday afternoon I flying back from a shoot, seated next to a girl who seemed about ten, who spent the flight pouring over tween magazine articles about the Jonas Brothers.

  • Apple, Google, RIM, Amazon Starting To Shine Again Thursday, 19 Jun 2008 | 1:23 PM ET
    Tech Shines

    Wall Street can be a fickle place, and as investors wonder where they ought to park their money while they ride out the economic volatility gripping the country right now, they may want to harken back to some oldies but goodies: Apple Inc., Google, Research in Motion and Amazon.

  • Spielberg And Co. Look To India To Finance Next Move Wednesday, 18 Jun 2008 | 4:21 PM ET

    DreamWorks chiefs Steven Spielberg and David Geffen are looking for their next move, and India may play a starring role. Their deal with Viacom's Paramount Pictures expires at the end of this year, and Hollywood has been buzzing about conflict between the famous director and Viacom's top brass.

  • Disney's New Toy Story Ride Ready To Amuse Tuesday, 17 Jun 2008 | 12:16 PM ET
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    I'm writing from Disney's California Adventure Park in Anaheim California, where the Toy Story Mania attraction just opened. The same ride is also opening today in Orlando at Disney Hollywood Studios.

  • Scripps Too Finds Breaking Up Is Easy To Do In Cable Friday, 13 Jun 2008 | 2:35 PM ET
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    The SEC just approved the plan to split the company's fast and slow growing divisions. A common strategy in this media landscape where old media seems slow and archaic compared to dynamic web-fueled growth.

  • Disney's Retail Business Booms Tuesday, 10 Jun 2008 | 1:15 PM ET
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    Retail sales of licensed Disney merchandise is expected to break records and top $30 billion in global retail sales, up from $27 billion last year, and up from $13 billion just five years before that.

  • Steven Spielberg

    The idea is: Spielberg wants to own the movies it makes -- instead of having Paramount own them as it does now. And rumor has it, he wants to distribute through Universal Studios (CNBC's sister company).

  • Network Upfronts Wrap Up--TV Ad Market Not So Grim? Tuesday, 10 Jun 2008 | 9:58 AM ET
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    A big surprise considering the economic downturn and the challenges and new competition network TV faces. The broadcast networks are bringing in about $9.2 billion for their primetime lineups, up slightly from last year, while analysts expected total sales to be flat to down.

  • Viral Video: Is Disgruntled Office Guy Real? Monday, 9 Jun 2008 | 1:15 PM ET

    AND YOU THINK YOU'RE HAVING A BAD DAY AT THE OFFICE: Here are two videos of one office worker who apparently can't take it anymore. Something sets him off, and he starts throwing things. The videos are making the rounds on the Internet, igniting debate over whether they're authentic, or just well-crafted put-ons. They look pretty real to me. (Note: Content may be considered mature. Viewer discretion advised.)

  • Another strike?

    With the Dow plunging and concerns about employment numbers looming, it makes the potential of another strike--this one from the Screen Actors Guild--scarier.

  • 'Panda' Karate Chops 'Zohan' at the Box Office Sunday, 8 Jun 2008 | 12:33 PM ET
    Director John Moore, actor Bruce Willis and actor Jai Courtney attend the dedication and unveiling of a new soundstage mural celebrating 25 years of 'Die Hard' at Fox Studio Lot.

    It was fight night at the box office this weekend,  and the "Kung Fu Panda" defeated Israeli commando-turned-hairdresser "Zohan" with an estimated three-day total of $60 million in box office sales.

  • Hollywood Bracing For Yet Another Strike Thursday, 5 Jun 2008 | 11:37 AM ET
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    But even if the two sides come to a resolution and there is no strike, Hollywood will still suffer a defacto work stoppage. The studios have been working hard to prepare for a strike, rushing to finish shooting films and TV shows ahead of time, making sure they don't have to shoot anything big in July.

  • A Potpourri of Thoughts For Your Wednesday Wednesday, 4 Jun 2008 | 10:50 AM ET
    Garnett’s 2008-09 adidas Team Signature Commander shoe

    We'll start with some NBA collectibles news. Adidas is making a special Kevin Garnett NBA Finals edition of his shoes. It's available to the public--sort of. In a super limited edition play, Adidas is making eight shoes per game played and the shoe, should you be able to get your hands on a pair, cost $1,017.

  • Fake Jane

    You can imagine my surprise as news releases promoting older women stuff popped up in my email box this week on the heels of the movie's success! Finally, someone cared. Someone was thinking about ME and all the exciting things I was capable of achieving if I could only move my facial muscles post-Botox.

  • Planet Green

    Tomorrow Discovery launches Planet Green, replacing its home network with the first 24/7 network dedicated to environmentally-friendly programming. The new buzz word is "eco-tainment" and the company that gave us the highly-rated "Planet Earth" series is betting it'll be in high demand.

  • Fire at Universal Studios

    The movie studio and its adjacent theme park owned by CNBC's parent, NBC Universal suffered a terrible fire Sunday morning, closing the theme park on a crowded Sunday, and for much of the day shutting down Citywalk, which is where I'm writing from right now (CNBC's LA bureau sits perched above the open-air mall area).

  • Sex And The City: Why It's A Hit At The Box Office Monday, 2 Jun 2008 | 12:09 PM ET
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    Warner Bros. reports that a full 85 percent of the audience its huge opening Friday night was female, a ratio that shifted only slightly over the weekend as women dragged more boyfriends and husbands along.

Entertainment

Television

  • Pedestrians walk by the CBS headquarters building in New York.

    Which is more likely to win the TV battle: CBS or Netflix? One observer already thinks the former has beaten the latter.

  • PARIS, July 3- French media group Vivendi pushed out Canal Plus chief Rodolphe Belmer amid controversy about the future of the pay-TV channel and its prominent satirical puppet show "Les Guignols". Canal Plus parent company Vivendi said in a statement on Friday it had named Canal Plus head of pay-TV Maxime Saada as new Canal Plus chief executive and appointed...

  • MEXICO CITY, July 2- Mexico's telecoms regulator said on Thursday that a new tender process for digital TV channels will begin in the last quarter of 2015, and the winner will be announced in the first half of 2016.. The step comes after the regulator in April revoked the awarding of a new TV network to media group Grupo Radio Centro, which failed to pay the sum...