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  • The Lightning Round is extended in this CNBC.com exclusive feature.

  • Traders are eager to hear from the media titans this week. But will they say what the Street wants to hear?

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    Viacom kicks off a barrage of media giant earnings when it reports before the bell Tuesday morning.

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    The Michael Jackson movie "This Is It" was No. 1 at the weekend box office in the U.S. and around the world but executives were slightly disappointed with its domestic performance.

  • Here's yet another piece of news in the ongoing decline of the movie studios' "specialty" film business: the head of Disney's Miramax Films is being pushed out of the company.

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    Viacom and its Paramount studio, Lionsgate and MGM broke off from CBS' Showtime last spring when they couldn't strike new distribution deals, so they decided to launch their own premium movie channel.

  • DreamWorks Animation showed some "Monster" strength in the third quarter, beating Wall Street projections with better than expected DVD sales and the ongoing performance of "Monsters vs. Aliens."

  • Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, tells me that "DJ Hero" won't just change his company's business, but will change the world.

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    Despite an extensive marketing campaign, positive reviews and some of the most widespread media attention ever given to a video game, “The Beatles: Rock Band” had a relatively lackluster first month on store shelves.

  • In hard-hit Michigan, a creative way to fill the void as newspapers cut back: Running the obits on TV.

  • It's been a major media Monday -- Wall Street analysts have been upgrading media conglomerates left and right. The stocks have been benefiting, gaining more today than the major indices.

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    Of the world’s biggest media companies, the one that might seem in the best position to ride out the recession is Vivendi, whose headquarters in the shadow of the Arc de Triomphe oversees a sprawling empire of music, pay television, video game and mobile phone businesses.

  • While the demographic for video games and action movies is basically the same, the track record for films based on games has been a pretty dismal one. For every “Tomb Raider”-sized hit, there are a handful of flops like “BloodRayne.”

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    Media mogul Sumner Redstone's holding company, National Amusements, said Wednesday it is selling a portion of its stake in CBS and Viacom to pay off its debts.

  • Sky-high marketing costs, usually half the budget of a movie, weigh heavily on studios balance sheets preventing them from taking more risks on releasing more movies. That's precisely why Hollywood is so carefully watching a little tiny movie called "Paranormal Activity" from Paramount, which may prove that a new model, hinging on the power of social media, really works.

  • Toys

    You can tell it's getting close to Christmas by the frequency of the "hot toy" lists.

  • As David Faber reported, General Electric and Comcast are in talks to spin off GE's NBC Universal, parent of CNBC, into a new company that will be merged with the content assets of Comcast.  What might this deal be worth?  Start by looking at comparable valuations.

  • YouTube and Warner Music Group have been stuck in a stand-off since December, when Warner pulled all of its artists' clips - both professional music videos and user-generated content using its songs - from the site.

  • Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.

  • The markets continued to inch up yesterday, posting gains for the seventh time in 8 days and are looking up again this morning on the open.  While the Dow and S&P have mostly been up fractionally on those days over the past couple of weeks – string together those smaller gains, and notice they have rallied a notable 4% and 6%, respectively, since September 2.