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  • It's Feb. 1, and the February sweeps period has officially started. Fox always gets a boost this time of year from American Idol, but the network isn't sitting on its laurels. It's counting on one of its new shows to bolster the sweeps period -- a game show, "Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader?". I'm not kidding ...

  • Paramount

    Is there a hotter talent agency in Hollywood than CAA? Apparently not. It's was on fire - literally. The talent agency's new headquarters was evacuated, reportedly because of a kitchen fire. The biggest tragedy for the hundreds of agents and assistants who work in the building: The phones weren't working! Thank god for cell service.  ...  Gail Berman, recently departed as Paramount Pictures' President and former Yahoo! Media/entertainment chief Lloyd Braun are teaming up to launch BermanBraun.

  • Heated Deal Making at Sundance Monday, 29 Jan 2007 | 3:27 PM ET

    The Sundance Film Festival awards have been handed out, the deals have been made. Going into the festival the films seemed much less commercial than in previous years. There was no obvious 'Little Miss Sunshine'. The subject matter seemed, in general, more controversial, but that didn't stop some heated deal making.

  • Silicon Valley Chasing Hollywood Box Office Dream Friday, 26 Jan 2007 | 4:49 PM ET

    Netflix is the latest player to provide movies via the web for users to watch on PCs or media center devices connected to their TVs, but it’s a crowded and confusing field.

  • Hitting Its Stride & Fight Over Inflatables Thursday, 25 Jan 2007 | 11:04 AM ET
    Saucony

    How about those guys at Stride Rite. Since the year kicked off the stock is up 13.4 percent. I have to admit, I always hate looking at companies like this. Why? Because I love a couple of their brands and a hate some others. So I never feel like I have a handle on where they're going. Here's why I love them ...        Over the past couple years, inflatable people have taken the place of extras -- especially during sports movies. But there's a pretty big fight for a piece of the inflatable business taking place. Mark Woolpert, president of Crowd In A Box, has filed a lawsuit against Joe Biggins and his Inflatable Crowd Company.

  • Netflix, the online DVD rental service, posted fourth-quarter earnings of 21 cents a share, six cents above estimates.

  • Oscar Nominations: Why "Dreamgirls" Missed Best Picture Wednesday, 24 Jan 2007 | 4:36 PM ET

    As Oscar fever starts, statistics -- not bigotry -- snubbed "Dreamgirls"; and studios mine Oscar nomination gold by re-releasing smaller pictures.

  • Low-Budget Films "Picture" Oscar Gold Tuesday, 23 Jan 2007 | 2:55 PM ET
    Oscar Award Statue

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released its Oscar nominations this morning, beginning a month-long period of speculation on who will win what. But today’s nominations show evidence that there are already some big winners: low-budget movies from the specialty divisions of major studios.

  • Dreamgirls Leads Oscar Nods With 8 Nominations Tuesday, 23 Jan 2007 | 9:27 AM ET

    "Dreamgirls," a musical drama inspired by Motown group the Supremes, scored a leading eight Oscar nominations, but was omitted from the coveted best picture and directing categories, organizers said.

  • Netflix to Start Offering Movies, TV Shows Over the Web Tuesday, 16 Jan 2007 | 11:25 AM ET

    Netflix will start showing movies and TV episodes over the Internet this week, providing its subscribers with more instant gratification as the DVD-by-mail service prepares for a looming technology shift threatening its survival.

  • A Night at the Golden Globes Tuesday, 16 Jan 2007 | 9:47 AM ET
    Jennifer Hudson

    The first award given out at the Golden Globes went to Jennifer Hudson, a reliable clue that she'll win the Oscar. Then there were all those awards for TV.  I was rooting for Jeremy Piven, but the fact that Jeremy Irons won for his role in Elizabeth, is certainly a reminder that it's the Hollywood Foreign Press Association not Hollywood voting.  Hollywood does love its entourage. Irons makes a good point about his TV role, there isn't as much a divide between the big and small screen anymore.

  • 'Stomp the Yard' Tops Weekend Box Office Monday, 15 Jan 2007 | 4:14 AM ET

    The dance flick "Stomp the Yard" was a step ahead of the competition at the box office, debuting as the No. 1 weekend movie with $22 million.

  • Paramount Scoop Thursday, 11 Jan 2007 | 11:52 AM ET

    UPDATE: Gail Berman met with Fox Executives on Thursday – presumably about coming back to Fox in some capacity.  Stayed tuned for more ... Here's the scoop on Viacom's Paramount--its new streamlined structure may be the change it needs. So, President of Paramount Pictures, Gail Berman, "resigned"... and Co-President of Production, Allison Shearmur, will also "step down" (fired)... and now the studio will be restructured into four labels that each report directly to Brad Grey. DreamWorks' co-chairman, Stacey Snider, will produce...

  • Warner Bros Introduces Total HD Wednesday, 10 Jan 2007 | 10:09 AM ET

    Warner Bros just unveiled its new Total HD format - works on either Blu-Ray or HD DVD player - guaranteeing that Warner is one company that can't lose in this format war. With The Beatles song, "So Happy Together," playing loudly on the speakers, and "One Disc For All" heralded up on the big screens, Warner Bros Chairman and CEO, Barry Meyer, looked a lot happier than...

  • Coming to an iTunes Near You Tuesday, 9 Jan 2007 | 4:19 PM ET

    CES in Vegas isn't just about gadgets - more and more every year its about ENTERTAINMENT, which is why I'm here... Big news from Paramount - they just announced its distributing through iTunes. Very interesting that Paramount is following Disney to do digital distribution through iTunes. Sumner also owns a big theatrical exhibition business, so if he’s willing to experiment with iTunes, shouldn’t everyone?

  • Crappy Movie January Friday, 5 Jan 2007 | 3:51 PM ET
    Fingerfood Party Plates

    January means two things for Hollywood: Oscar Movies held over from December, and (how shall I say this) ... pretty crappy movies that the studios are pushing out. Take a look at the three movies opening this weekend: (not so top drawer) Code Name: Cleaner, New Line's Cedric the Entertainer comedy that's gotten a lot less buzz than all of Cedric's other stuff. From Lions Gate, the Happily N'Ever After, a CGI film made in Manilla -- which I've heard is not as sleek and fancy as the Pixar stuff. And though I've seen...

  • What's Next For Next Generation DVDs? Thursday, 4 Jan 2007 | 2:34 PM ET

    The war over the next generation of DVDs might be reaching an impasse, without one clear winner. Julia Boorstin closed out “Power Lunch” with the details on the DVD format war.

  • Update: More Exodus to Endeavor Wednesday, 3 Jan 2007 | 5:19 PM ET

    My in-the-know Hollywood sources are telling me that ICM is having an all-company lunch today, as I write this. Why the concern? Guess who else is moving to Endeavor along with Robert Newman? ... ICM's acquisition of Broder is turning out to be a huge boon for Endeavor-- inadvertently turning Endeavor into a new powerhouse.

  • The Race to the Box Office Finish: Sony Vs. Disney? Friday, 29 Dec 2006 | 3:20 PM ET

    A few weeks ago Sony beat the $3 billion dollar box office mark. It was pushed over the edge by the ongoing success of Casino Royale, and pushed further now by Pursuit of Happyness. Sony told me they are at about $3.26 billion worldwide as I write this and expect to top $3.3 billion worldwide by Monday ... And Friday Disney announces it's neck and neck with Sony, hitting $3.26 billion in international box office. So Disney is also doing some boasting ...

  • A Good Upgrade For Romo Wednesday, 27 Dec 2006 | 11:38 AM ET
    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner

    Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo didn't have many great passes against the Philadelphia Eagles this weekend. His best pass was probably made at last year's American Idol winner Carrie Underwood, who NBC caught on the field with Romo before the game and during the game cheering on the Boys from Jerry Jones' luxury suite. Also, Rocky Balboa's predicted five day take, Super Bowl XLI in party city, and more...

Entertainment

Television

  • LG officially unveiled its ultra high definition 4K televisions. CNBC's Kayla Tausche asked actor Kevin Spacey about the success of "House of Cards" on Netflix, and how he consumes his media.

  • Actor Rob Lowe, discusses his partnership with Miramax chairman Tom Barrack.

  • NEW YORK— CBS Corp. said Monday that it signed a long-term deal to continue broadcasting its programs on 12 television stations owned by Media General. "We are excited to continue working with Media General to serve millions of viewers throughout the country," said Ray Hopkins, president of CBS Corp.' s television distribution division, in a statement.