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  • Writers Guild Strike Looms Monday, 21 May 2007 | 12:56 PM ET
    The Writers Guild of America

    The Writers Guild of America warned the movie studios and TV networks that they're going to persist with demands for a bigger cut of new-media revenues.The WGA put out its 25-item "pattern of demands," which emphasize that writers must be compensated appropriately when their work is played on digital platforms like the internet or cell phones. That includes work created specifically for those new platforms, or content created for traditional media and repurposed for the new media world.

  • 'Shrek the Third' Shatters U.S. Box Office Records Sunday, 20 May 2007 | 5:55 PM ET
    A scene from "Shrek The Third." The film took in $122 million in its first weekend.

    "Shrek the Third" took in $122 million in its first weekend, breaking the franchise's own record for best debut ever for an animated film, according to studio estimates Sunday.  The latest adventure of the ogre shot past 2004's "Shrek 2," the previous record-holder for animated openings with $108 million.

  • 'Spider-Man 3' Still Rules Worldwide Box Office Sunday, 13 May 2007 | 7:51 PM ET

    Spider-Man kept up his box office heroics for a second weekend, as the worldwide total for the third film in the superhero trilogy hit $622 million, the film's distributor said on Sunday.

  • ImClone Goes Hollywood Friday, 11 May 2007 | 11:05 AM ET
    Sam Waksal, former CEO of ImClone Systems

    The founder and former CEO of ImClone Systems, Sam Waksal, who is now sitting in prison for his role in the trading scandal that ensnared Martha Stewart, had a reputation for rubbing elbows with the New York glitterati and the Hollywood set. Well, it looks like ImClone is reliving its past.

  • Hong Kong Disney

    Disney reports that it continues to support the struggling Hong Kong Disneyland. Well, now we may know one reason why it's struggling. Just as every Disney movie going back to "Steamboat Willie" probably has been pirated in China, China now has a state-owned amusement park that recently included a mouse character, a woman with black hair surrounded by seven... elves... and pirate music. Not pirated music (well, maybe it was), but pirate music.

  • A Hollywood Billion Gets to Work Wednesday, 9 May 2007 | 12:37 PM ET

    Summit Entertainment, a new studio launched two weeks ago with $1 billion in financing led by Merrill Lynch, just unveiled its slate of new development projects -- nine that will go into production this year -- with two films going into production this summer. The plan is to release ten to 12 films a year through its domestic pipeline, and they're not wasting any time.

  • News Corp Earnings Wednesday, 9 May 2007 | 11:40 AM ET

    Will Murdoch convince the Bancroft Family to sell Dow Jones? Will he sweeten his already oh-so-sweet $5 billion offer for the Wall Street Journal's parent?There's no better place to find the future than in the past -- in News Corp's case, fiscal third-quarter earnings. Net income increased 6.2%, led by the movie division whose revenues grew a whopping 82% to $410 million, a record for the quarter.

  • Earnings Report: Disney, CVS, Molson-Coors Tuesday, 8 May 2007 | 2:05 PM ET

    We have an earnings video news report by CNBC/Wall Street Journal Editor Bob O'Brien. Bob looked at three companies--Disney, CVS Caremark and Molson-Coors. Disney reports after the bell today and CVS has already reported. Molson has yet to.

  • Fox tells us it's developing a sequel to "Wall Street," and published reports say Michael Douglas will reprise his role as the villainous Gordon Gekko. The first movie didn't do that well at the box office back in 1987 ($48 million worldwide), but the REAL Wall Street loved it. Traders still quote dialogue: "If you need a friend, get a dog."

  • Actor Thomas Haden Church as Sandman in a battle with Spider-Man in a scene from "Spider-Man 3."

    David Bank, managing director at RBC Capital Markets, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that the real money from “Spiderman 3” will be made in DVD sales and toys.

  • There's way too much to talk about today, but I'm leading it off with the Jim Stewart 400 because I think the folks at Diageo have been shortchanged because of the fight and the Derby -- and maybe even the Mavericks getting schooled.If you haven't heard about it, the NASCAR Nextel Cup race this weekend is actually named after a fan. The folks at Diageo, who bought the race for their Crown Royal brand, had an essay contest in which 15,000 fans wrote in their favorite life moment worthy of toasting with the drink.

  • Sony's Spidey Kicks Off Summer Friday, 4 May 2007 | 2:09 AM ET

    "Spider-Man 3" is breaking records, and it hasn't even opened in the U.S. yet; it premiered in Tokyo in April, and opened in 16 Asian and European countries on Tuesday, bringing in $29 million dollars on its first day alone.Throughout Asia, the film opened bigger than the first and second films in the series; in some countries, it out-grossed the combined opening day of Spidey 1 and 2. And in some countries, the movie broke records for the biggest single-grossing day ever.

  • Movie theater operator AMC Entertainment, subsidiary of Marquee Holdings, announced on Thursday that it is suspending its initial public offering due to adverse market conditions.

  • Today's Trivia Questions For Bonus Bucks Wednesday, 2 May 2007 | 10:54 AM ET

    Time for today's trivia questions. Here they are. The video question is worth $2,000 Bonus Bucks: The Royal Bank of Australia has decided to keep interest rates on hold at what percent? Your selection of answers is: 6.0% or 6.25% or 5.25% or 5.75%. And the news question is worth $1,000 Bonus Bucks: Blockbuster sold its UK video game retailer, Game Station, for how much? Your selection of answers is: $250 million or $150 million or $200 million or $100 million.

  • 'Spider-Man 3' Sets Records in Asian Debuts Wednesday, 2 May 2007 | 4:26 AM ET
    Actor Tobey Maguire in a scene from "Spider-Man 3."

    "Spider-Man 3" smashed box office records across eight Asian markets Tuesday, as the superhero sequel got a head start on the rest of the world, the film's distributor said.

  • Independently Wealthy Tuesday, 1 May 2007 | 10:53 AM ET

    The Tribeca Film Festival has arrived and is now a destination of the rich and famous.

  • Blockbuster Season, Valenti, Baldwin & Newspapers Tuesday, 1 May 2007 | 10:17 AM ET
    Spider-Man 3

    The beginning of the second quarter of 2007 had a slow start at the box office. The first five weeks of Q2 were down 7.2% from the same period a year ago. But this week, all of that will change with "Spider-Man 3" opening on a whopping 4,000 screens on Friday, starting with some midnight screenings Thursday night.

  • Monday Musings Monday, 30 Apr 2007 | 2:59 PM ET
    Danny DeVito

    Danny DeVito is branding his own limoncello, the same liqueur he says he pounded down with George Clooney before an erratic appearance on ABC's "The View." Harbrew Imports says Danny Devito's Premium Limoncello Liqueur "is a perfect balance between tart and sweet."

  • 'Disturbia' Leads Box Office to Seven-Month Low Sunday, 29 Apr 2007 | 10:46 PM ET
    This photo provided by Paramount Pictures shows Shia LeBeouf in a scene from "Disturbia." (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures/Suzanne Tenner)

    The teen thriller "Disturbia" led the North American box office for a third weekend, as another slew of lowly new releases tried to get a toehold before next Friday's release of "Spider-Man 3," the first big film of the lucrative summer moviegoing season.

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