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  • "No Country for Old Men" and "There Will Be Blood" led with eight Academy Awards nominations each Tuesday, among them best picture and acting honors for Daniel Day-Lewis and Javier Bardem -- but it remained in doubt whether any stars would cross striking writers' picket lines to attend the ceremony.

  • The creature-feature "Cloverfield" became the first monster hit released in 2008, debuting with $41 million, a record opening for January, according to studio estimates Sunday.

  • The creature-feature "Cloverfield" became the first monster hit released in 2008, debuting with $41 million, a record opening for January, according to studio estimates Sunday.

  • Sundance

    I'm here in Park City at the Wasach Brew pub at the top of Main Street, where CNBC has set up a mini studio of sorts. All the d-girls and boys (that's Hollywood-speak for "development executives") are running around in their furry boots and jeans looking to find the next big director among the four films they see a day.

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    "American Idol" returns to the airwaves tonight, kicking off its seventh season. Though dropping viewership numbers last year raised concerns about the future health of the franchise, thanks to the writers' strike eliminating most of the competition, Idol is expected to be more popular and more profitable than ever.

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    Good news for those who want their scripted TV shows back on air: The Directors Guild met all weekend long with the Producers Association, the AMPTP, and it sounds like they might be pretty close to a finding a compromise, which could prompt the writers to make a deal.

  • Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman narrowly took the No. 1 spot at the weekend box office in North America with their comedy "The Bucket List," according to studio estimates issued Sunday.

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    It's the Friday before Macworld and once again, tongues are wagging about what Steve Jobs will pull out of his jeans pocket; what he might have lurking up his trademarked black sleeve; whether he can offer up something to pump some life back into this sagging stock.

  • Economic concerns are making Wall Street nervous about the media sector. Today analysts at Goldman Sachs and Sanford Bernstein issued negative reports on the broad media sector. GS's Anthony Noto reduced estimates across communications, media and entertainment sectors.

  • Yesterday, frustrated University of Georgia president Michael Adams proposed an eight-team playoff as a remedy to what he called a flawed BCS system. It's obviously not the first time the playoff system has been mentioned. But the question I always get is, how much would a playoff system be worth to schools and conferences that participate in 2011, the first year something like this could happen?

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    Yet another sign of the convergence of content and technology: For the first time, a cable company CEO made a keynote speech at CES. This morning, Comcast spacer chief Brian Roberts announced a new strategy, calling it Comcast 3.0.

  • Nicolas Cage's "National Treasure" sequel was the top draw at North American movie theaters for a third consecutive weekend, while a pregnant schoolgirl delivered another healthy box-office bundle.

  • Warner Brothers

    Warner Bros. has become the latest studio to back Blu-ray exclusively. The announcement scheduled for Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas instead leaked out today with the studio now confirming the news.

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    For years, everyone's been waiting for an indication that either Sony's Blu-Ray or Microsoft and Toshiba's Blu-Ray format would emerge triumphant and the other would go the way of the BETA deck. Today, finally, a crucial tipping point in this battle in which the $20 billion dollar home video market is at stake.

  • The Weather Channel

    I'll admit, even in sunny Los Angeles where the weather doesn't vary much, I check weather.com regularly. Needless to say, the decade-plus I lived on the East Coast, I checked the site daily.

  • Landmark Communications, which owns The Weather Channel, said Thursday it hired two investment banks and would explore strategic options, including a possible sale.

  • Netflix

    DVD-by-mail service Netflix will begin delivering movies and other programming directly to televisions later this year through a set-top box that will pipe entertainment over a high-speed Internet connection.

  • David Letterman

    Happy 2008! I'm back from my travels and have spent the day reading up on all the news I missed while away (though news of Benazir Bhutto's assassination was everywhere, the international press doesn't follow Hollywood labor negotiations as closely).

  • Nicolas Cage led the North American box office for a second weekend with his "NationalTreasure" sequel, while the teen comedy "Juno" raced up the rankings despite playing in limited release.

  • Walmart

    Wal-Mart Stores Incquietly canceled its online video download service less than ayear after the site went live, a company spokeswoman saidThursday.