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  • Piracy Puts X-Men Movie Online A Month Before Open Thursday, 2 Apr 2009 | 10:04 AM ET

    In a case of piracy that some analysts called unprecedented, untold thousands of people watched a version of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” online Wednesday, a full month before its scheduled theater release, the New York Times reported.

  • King of Cable Talks Future of the Industry Wednesday, 1 Apr 2009 | 5:46 PM ET

    Brian Roberts, CEO of Comcast, the nation's largest cable provider, kicked off the national cable show with an exclusive interview with Media Money, his first TV interview in years.

  • News Corp's MySpace and IAC/InterActive Corp's Citysearch are partnering to launch MySpace Local. The service will bring all the information about CitySearch's 75,000 small businesses into the MySpace platform. It's designed tap into local communities, allowing MySpace's users to connect into their neighborhood "hub."

  • Imax CEO Talks Future of Movies at ShoWest Tuesday, 31 Mar 2009 | 5:56 PM ET

    ShoWest is abuzz about Imax now that the company's big format theaters broke records this past weekend with the debut of DreamWorks Animation's "Monsters vs. Aliens." The movie was Imax's biggest 3-D debut ever, generating $5.2 million in revenue from just 143 screens.

  • Disney and YouTube Team Up Monday, 30 Mar 2009 | 8:57 PM ET

    The Mouse House is bringing its short form content to the most popular video site on the web: YouTube. Disney/ABC Television Group and ESPN reached an agreement to release short-form content on Google's YouTube. Together they're launching ad-supported channels for ESPN, which will launch mid-April and for ABC, ABC Family, and ABC News, which will launch in early May.

  • CBS Ad Woes Outweigh March Madness Ratings Boom Monday, 30 Mar 2009 | 4:43 PM ET

    It was a manic Monday for CBS, suffering double blows from the auto industry and an analyst downgrade.

  • Facing Recession And Carl Icahn: Lionsgate Cuts Jobs Friday, 27 Mar 2009 | 4:35 PM ET

    Being an independent studio rather than part of a media conglomerate, isn't helping Lionsgate avoid pink slips. The movie studio announced Friday that it's cutting 45 jobs.

  • Screen Actors Guild

    Movie and TV schedules haven't been interrupted, so it's easy to forget that Hollywood is still mired in labor conflict. Screen Actors Guild members have been working without a contract since their deal with the studios expired last summer. Now a fringe group of SAG members are pointing fingers and calling names, asking the government to investigate the antitrust practices of the media giants.

  • Will the Credit Crunch Squeeze Monsters vs. Aliens? Thursday, 26 Mar 2009 | 7:44 PM ET
    Monsters vs. Aliens

    This will be a monster-size weekend at the movies, and I"m not just talking about box office numbers. Yes, if you have kids, you're sure to find yourself at a matinee of "Monsters vs. Aliens," which is opening on 3,500 screens.

  • President Obama: Bad News For Primetime? Tuesday, 24 Mar 2009 | 5:06 PM ET
    President Barack Obama

    President Obama will talk about the economic stimulus plan in tonight's primetime news conference, but the very networks he's using to reach the American public are getting the opposite of a stimulus.

  • DVD revenues and high profit margins were the movie industry's cash cow...but not anymore. DVD sales are declining and creating a real problem for the studios.

  • Ticketmaster Entertainment and Live Nation's proposed merger is under the microscope.

  • Everybody Tweets Friday, 20 Mar 2009 | 4:23 PM ET

    Senators, celebrities, Starbucks, Microsoft — they all use Twitter as a tool to communicate. CNBC and now Power Lunch tweets — Michelle Caruso Cabrera just posted a message from the set of the show.

  • Obama Is Ratings Gold Friday, 20 Mar 2009 | 1:02 PM ET
    Obama on Jay Leno

    President Obama is really the ultimate celebrity — up there with Jerry Seinfeld and Johnny Carson. His appearance on Jay Leno's "Tonight Show" puts him up there with the biggest stars of all time, in terms of his effect on ratings.

  • Movies Take On Recession Themes Friday, 20 Mar 2009 | 8:42 AM ET

    It was only a matter of time before Hollywood would start tackling this recession head-on. Yes, escapist films do incredibly well in tough times — people are happy to forget their troubles in a cool theater.

  • Ticketmaster Has $1 Billion Loss on Accounting Charge Thursday, 19 Mar 2009 | 6:02 PM ET

    Ticketmaster Entertainment is infamous for its ticketing charges. Now it's suffering from a $1.1 billion charge — a goodwill write-down on the decline in its stock. The stock is trading around $4, less than a quarter of its price when it spun off from Barry Diller's IAC/InterActiveCorp in August.

  • Obama on Leno: Politics Meets Hollywood Thursday, 19 Mar 2009 | 3:37 PM ET

    It says a lot about the intersection of politics and entertainment that President Barack Obama will pitch his economic recovery plan on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" tonight. Obama has broken a number of barriers, and now he'll be the first sitting president to make this kind of appearance on late night TV.

  • What's The Future Of Google's Ad Space? Wednesday, 18 Mar 2009 | 9:22 AM ET

    Talk of Google's advertising machine raises natural questions about the company's future.

  • Turning Celeb Obsession into E-Tail Dollars Tuesday, 17 Mar 2009 | 1:32 PM ET
    Lindsay Lohan

    If you devour paparazzi pics and/or obsessively follow celebrities' every move online, perhaps you'd also like to dress like Hollywood's A-list. That's what image licensing startup, Gum Gum, is counting on.

  • Despite Tax Credits, California Loses Big Biz Tuesday, 17 Mar 2009 | 12:00 PM ET
    Hollywood Sign

    Over 20 of the 39 pilots being shot by the TV networks are *not* shooting in California. The Golden State needs all the business from movie and TV productions that it can get.