• Michael Moore's "Sicko" Summer Thursday, 21 Jun 2007 | 12:03 PM ET
    Michael Moore

    The tables have turned. Over the past couple of years I've been to a number of pharmaceutical industry related and drug company events--where the security and paranoia have been noticeably increased over what I referred to as "The Michael Moore Effect". Ever since it became known that the documentary filmmaker was setting his sites on healthcare the companies I cover have been on heightened alert. But, at least for now, I think they can let their guard down.

  • Fantastic Four

    Hollywood's superhero foursome is still fantastic at the box office.

  • The Fox "Business" Plan For TV Success Friday, 15 Jun 2007 | 2:46 PM ET

    Merrill Lynch reported that Fox (owned by News Corp) is gearing up to launch its business channel in the fall with 30-million plus subscriptions. This could be the largest cable network launch ever, but it's certainly taken them long enough, Fox has been trying to get subscription access for years. And it won't come cheap-- start up costs are estimated to be about $200 million, with News Corp expecting the division to break even by its fourth year. But it sounds like Fox Business Channel won't be anything like CNBC (GE is parent company.)

  • Oscar's New Rules, Middle East Cell Phones, And More Thursday, 14 Jun 2007 | 2:12 PM ET
    Oscar Awards

    The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences just approved some new rules for the 80th Academy Awards. The most notable change is a rule that states that nominees for Best Picture can only be "three or fewer producers who have performed the major portion of the producing functions." The board approved the potential for exceptions to that limit, but it definitely sends a message about disputes over who claims awards to films like 'Crash' from Yari Films.

  • The Marty Ingel's Memo: His Rebuttal To Me Thursday, 14 Jun 2007 | 10:21 AM ET

    On Friday I poked some fun at Shirley Jones for sending out a press release when Florence Henderson reportedly called her a nasty name. Well, I got an earful on the phone from Jones’ husband, comedian Marty Ingels, who wanted to know if I’d be willing to print a rebuttal. I said, “Absolutely! Every word!” Oops! Last night in the ol’ email inbox I got a four-page scanned hand-written letter from Ingels. Here it is, the whole thing...

  • Blockbuster Offers Cheaper Online Rental Wednesday, 13 Jun 2007 | 6:29 AM ET

    Blockbuster  is offering lower-priced plans for online movie rentals as it competes with Netflix  in a market that some analysts believe could grow more than 40% this year.

  • Alzheimer's is Everywhere Tuesday, 12 Jun 2007 | 11:53 AM ET

    Yes, Alzheimer's is everywhere. And I'm not referring to the new study that forecasts that the number of people worldwide with Alzheimer's Disease will quadruple between now and 2050 to more than 100 million cases. Staggering, sobering, daunting, scary. No, I'm referring to the sudden critical mass of media coverage of the disease.

  • Failing Enough to Succeed Monday, 11 Jun 2007 | 3:19 PM ET
    Judd Apatow and wife

    Have you failed enough to really succeed? Go back and re-read that question... Have you failed enough to really succeed? Of course, you always hear about the success stories, but what you don't always hear about are the stumbles that an entrepreneur, or artist -- or anyone -- makes before they finally make it big. I write in my book, you cannot be afraid to fail, else you have already failed. For Judd Apatow, his career is a lesson in this "failure" formula.

  • Hollywood's Most Powerful Agency Loses Big Client Monday, 11 Jun 2007 | 11:35 AM ET

    Everyone's talking about the New York Times piece on Creative Artists Agency losing Hasbro. Now everyone's wondering if CAA's trying to do too much for too many. CAA has said its going for 100% market share. But does that really make sense in an industry where you don't want to be represented by the same company as your competitor is.

  • 'Ocean's Thirteen' Steals No. 1 Spot at Box Office Monday, 11 Jun 2007 | 10:09 AM ET

    The all-star caper film "Ocean's Thirteen" made off with $37.1 million in ticket sales during its opening weekend to steal the No. 1 spot at the North American box office, according to studio estimates on Sunday.

  • Apple

    Apple is in advanced talks with Hollywood’s largest movie studios about launching an online film rental service to challenge cable and satellite TV operators, the Financial Times reports. 

  • 2009 National Championship Commemorative Replica Team Signature Football

    "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" hauled in $142.1 million to commandeer the record for best four-day Memorial Day weekend debut, capping a huge month that puts Hollywood on track for record summer business.

  • Behind the Scenes as "Star Wars" Turns 30 Sunday, 27 May 2007 | 4:33 PM ET

    We finally made it down to the giant Star Wars Celebration that is being held at the Los Angeles Convention Center through the rest of Memorial Day Weekend.More than 40,000 fans are expected and this is the show of shows for the movie of all movies: the $20 billion "Star Wars" franchise.Our evening show "On the Money" decided to devote the last 40 minutes of the program tonight to recapping CNBC's special, weeklong coverage of "Star Wars." And what a blast!

  • Disney's "Pirates 3" -- Off to a Swashbuckling Start Sunday, 27 May 2007 | 4:07 PM ET
    Pirates of Caribbean 3

    "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" has already brought in 58 million dollars internationally. The film opened on Wednesday in many overseas countries and Thursday night in the U.S., putting it on track for strong numbers over the long holiday weekend. Seventeen million dollars of that comes from domestic theaters Thursday night, and that number will even bigger after Friday night and the remainder of the holiday weekend.

  • Star Wars: How The World Changed Friday, 25 May 2007 | 11:50 AM ET

    Thirty years on, the movie franchise gets high marks for mythic originality, special effects and a huge return on investment.  Oh yeah, it's also a one-of-a kind  cultural phenomenon.

  • The Magic of Lucas and ILM Friday, 25 May 2007 | 11:49 AM ET

    Star Wars explodes on the scene, and in the process, spawns Industrial Light & Magic's technology and special effects revolution. Just like a star exploding and giving birth to a solar system, Star Wars gave birth to the effects that have now appeared in more than 250 Hollywood blockbusters. Everything from Howard the Duck to Twister, Jurassic Park, Terminator, and Pirates of the Caribbean.

  • The Sweet Sounds of a Star Wars Obsession Friday, 25 May 2007 | 11:49 AM ET
    Vlix was a background character on an animated Star Wars series in 1985. Kenner Products produced one line of the animated characters, but killed plans for a second, of which Vlix was a part. For some unknown reason, the Brazilian toy company Glasslite produced a packaged Vlix action figure in 1988. Only a handful survive on their cards. Want one? It'll set you back around $18,000.

    Steve Sansweet isn't your average, everyday Star Wars fan. He's more like your very un-average, Star Wars FAN-atic. And his personal collection of Star Wars memorabilia is unlike any collection in the world. That's because it's the world's biggest. He hosted a CNBC crew a few weeks ago for a rare tour of his private, backyard museum...

  • High Gasoline Prices Boost Movie Profit, Says CEO Friday, 25 May 2007 | 11:15 AM ET
    Pirates of Caribbean 3

    The summer movie season kicks off with Walt Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. Disney’s third installment of Pirates comes after box office records were recently set by the Shrek and Spider-Man sequels. David Brain, CEO of Entertainment Properties Trust, joined CNBC’s Erin Burnett on “Squawk on the Street” to explain how he’s profiting from the big screen.

  • Cannes & the Music of Politics Thursday, 24 May 2007 | 9:46 AM ET
    Cannes Film Festival

    The Cannes Film Festival is about halfway through, and it's not just about starlets and red carpets -- real business gets done. Cannes is where American filmmakers go to meet with buyers from "foreign properties" to sell their international distribution rights. Often, independent filmmakers will sell foreign rights before the film is made, to finance production -- selling on the strength of the stars and the concept.

  • U.S. Making Progress On Chinese Piracy Fight Tuesday, 22 May 2007 | 4:54 PM ET

    How goes the battle against Chinese intellectual piracy? John Taylor, Hoover Institute fellow and former Treasury department undersecretary, joined James Bacchus, chairman of the global trade practice group at Greenberg Traurig, to reassure "Power Lunch" viewers that "we're making progress as we speak."