Hotly anticipated new releases fizzled at the box office this long Independence Day holiday weekend, while two holdovers continued to sell tickets.» Read More
Today we received his eyes in the mail!! IT'S GOOD TO BE KING...OF ALL MEDIA Looks like Big Media is not suffering from an economic downturn (except for Time Warner). Steve Wonsiewicz runs Fresearch.
At left is an image of the press kit we received from Disneyland promoting the new Disney Pixar Toy Story Mania! attraction opening next month. We opened the box...and all we got were Mr. Potato Head's ears. Was he done in by the mob?
Today kicks off the upfront ad sales period--the week in which the broadcast networks traditionally aim to sell the majority of their primetime ad inventory. But this year you won't see the traditional star-studded red carpets, screenings of strings of pilots or post-presentation extravaganzas at New York landmarks like Tavern on the Green.
Superhero movie "Iron Man" pounded the competition at North American box offices for the second straight weekend, landing at No. 1 with just over $50 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Back in 1957, Disneyland opened up a Jetsons-esque "Home of the Future" featuring all sorts of far-out gadgets like microwaves (!) and giant TVs (!). Some of them became realities in every American home. Others, like the floating furniture, well... Now, Disney is taking a whole new approach to the idea. I got a sneak peak at Disneyland's "Innoventions Dream Home," which opens in Tomorrowland on June 16.
Atom Films is again hosting a contest for "Star Wars" fan films, except this year the winners will be aired on Spike TV. Fans have been spoofing or reconfiguring the movies for years, and, at some point, George Lucas realized copyright be damned! The smartest move was to embrace the love. Also: Your e-mails re Boeing.
News Corp. is benefiting from its global diversity and a strong TV business, and it doesn't seem to be hurt by the U.S. economy's downturn. And now, investors are saying the stock is undervalued.
News Corp raised its guidance earlier this year, so now the big question facing the company is whether, in the face of an economic slowdown, it'll be able to live up to those higher expectations.
The Walt Disney Company reported another stellar quarter, with earnings of 58 cents per share, blowing away Wall Street's consensus earnings estimate of 51 cents per share, while revenue came in at $8.71 billion, also beating analyst expectations, and up 10 percent over last year.
Disney reports after the bell Tuesday and Wall Street is anxious to see how the media giant holds up in light of the economic downturn. The company's division most in the spotlight is Parks and Resorts and the question being how much consumer spending will hurt park attendance and revenues.
Iron Man opened the summer movie season with a whopping $100 million plus from the U.S. box office and $200 million worldwide. With Robert Downey Jr. cleverly cast in the starring role, the film is skewing to an older audience than traditional superhero fare, and has great word of mouth so far. ... Not only is this past weekend a good sign for Hollywood this summer, it's phenomenal news for Marvel Entertainment.
I'm a movie junkie and I'm so happy the summer movie season is underway. You'll probably find me at a theater every weekend between now and the end of July--when the movie premiers finally slow down.
"Iron Man" from Marvel and Paramount opens today, kicking off the summer movie season. With the box office expected to top $85 million opening weekend, Hollywood's pretty excited, and for good reason. The economic downturn is squeezing consumer spending, but there's one corner of the consumer pocketbook that'll emerge unscathed from the "r" word.
Media giant Viacom spacer beat Wall Street expectations with strong profits driven by its cable networks (including MTV) and its "Rock Band" video game franchise. Net income grew 33 percent over last year's quarter (excluding an investment write down) to $270 million, while revenue was up 15 percent in the period to 3.12 billion.
The Mad Money host makes a special appearance in the summer's first blockbuster!
Apple Inc. is making news today by offering to sell movies on iTunes the same day the DVD of the film hits store shelves, as a way fans can take the movie home with them as soon as possible. Now, Disney-Pixar is coming up with a way fans will be able to take a piece of the upcoming animated film "WALL-E" with them as well.
The nation's largest cable provider, Comcast, reported its quarterly earnings in line with expectations. Better than expected gains of subscribers to high-speed Internet and digital phone services reassured Wall Street that Comcast is holding it own in competition with the likes of DirecTV and AT&T.
Today in Time Warner's post-earnings conference call CEO Jeff Bewkes announced some interesting news about the company's new strategy about distributing home video. Warner Bros. will offer its DVD film titles on video-on-demand the same day they release the DVDs--what they call a "day and date" release in Hollywood.
Defense giants Boeing and Northrop Grumman keep going at it over the Air Force tanker deal. This as the clock ticks down on a Government Accounting Office investigation into whether the current decision should stand.
Wall Street has been waiting for news on how Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes is going to shake up the company. Today investors didn't get too many details, but they did get affirmation that he's moving forward with the plan.
Bill Cosby admitted in a 2005 deposition that he obtained Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with.
When July 4 falls on a Saturday, people don't go to movies as they normally do. Studios are better off when the 4th falls on a weekday.
Nielsen's midyear music report shows an explosion in on-demand music streaming, while sales of singles and albums fell.
Even with their World Cup win, U.S. women's soccer players will have a tough time converting it into financial gains.
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...