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  • 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.

  • Harnessing the Web for Halloween Friday, 30 Oct 2009 | 3:51 PM ET
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    When I was a kid, Halloween entailed lots of strategizing about a trick-or-treating route, trying to maximize our candy take and houses with over-the-top decorations.

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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.

  • Washington Post Company Thrives on Cost Cutting Friday, 30 Oct 2009 | 12:36 PM ET
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    These days in the newspaper industry, you can't expect positive news to come from an ad increase - the only upside is when cost-cutting works.

  • Hollywood's Halloween Poem Thursday, 29 Oct 2009 | 4:01 PM ET
    Hollywood Sign

    It's been a pretty scary year for Hollywood — massive reorganization, layoffs, and a general streamlining of the industry...So this year when a group of young industry executives who share a house in the Hollywood Hills started writing the e-vite to their annual bash, they had plenty of 'scary' material to draw upon.

  • Avatar Hype Soars Thanks to Tech Thursday, 29 Oct 2009 | 11:44 AM ET
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    Sunday will be a huge sports day: NFL games, Game 4 of the World Series. And now it will be a big movie and tech day as well.

  • Seeing Michael Jackson Through Critical Eyes Wednesday, 28 Oct 2009 | 2:31 PM ET
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    I was invited to attend the premiere of "This Is It" Tuesday night at the Nokia Theater, where I was joined by a few thousand of my closest friends like Will Smith, Paula Abdul, four of Michael Jackson's brothers, and J-Lo (heard she was there, didn't see her).

  • Dreamworks Animation Shows Its 'Monster' Strength Wednesday, 28 Oct 2009 | 9:51 AM ET

    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."

  • MJ's "This Is It" to Score Big in Box Office Takings Wednesday, 28 Oct 2009 | 12:58 AM ET
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    The day Michael Jackson fans from around the world have been waiting for is finally here. "This Is It" - the much debated, controversial and expensive concert-documentary film, compiled with footage of Jackson's final rehearsals - starts playing tonight, in 3500 theaters in the U.S. and simultaneous premiers in 16 cities across the globe.

  • Activision Blizzard's Bobby Kotick on DJ Hero Tuesday, 27 Oct 2009 | 9:34 AM ET

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

  • Netflix to Stream Movies on the PS3 Monday, 26 Oct 2009 | 12:46 PM ET
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    Streaming movies are coming to the PlayStation 3. Netflix (NFLX) and Sony (SNE) on Monday announced a partnership that will let owners of the gaming system instantly watch roughly 17,000 movies and TV shows.

  • A Big Deal, but Not a Good One Monday, 26 Oct 2009 | 11:12 AM ET
    Comcast | NBC Universal

    The likely corporate marriage of Comcast and NBC Universal is not likely to do any better than the merger of AOL and Time Warner, says the New York Times.

  • Story Of Indian Pitchers Bought By Sony Monday, 26 Oct 2009 | 8:48 AM ET
    Dinesh Patel (L) and Rinku Singh of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    The rights to the improbable story of two kids from Indian villages, who won a pitching contest without even knowing the rules of baseball and were eventually drafted, have been acquired by Sony.

  • Verizon Earnings: What to Expect Friday, 23 Oct 2009 | 6:13 PM ET

    Verizon is facing some major challenges, and it's looking for some new growth drivers.

  • Microsoft Unveils Its New Retail Stores Thursday, 22 Oct 2009 | 6:58 PM ET
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    I'm in Scottsdale Arizona where Microsoft just unveiled its new retail concept, and it is a mob scene. Over a thousand people are in line to check out the colorful store, and hoping to get one of the gift bags Microsoft will hand out to early visitors. A few dozen of these Windows fanatics camped out over night.

  • MySpace's recently-appointed CEO Owen Van Natta unveiled his content-focused strategy and new music initiatives.

  • Bing To Incorporate Twitter, Facebook Updates Wednesday, 21 Oct 2009 | 2:15 PM ET
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    Microsoft is expected to announce it will incorporate both Facebook and Twitter's real time updates into Bing search results. The deals would be non-exclusive and separate from each other, and would represent a mind-shift for how Microsoft thinks about search

  • Yahoo!'s Big Original Content Push Wednesday, 21 Oct 2009 | 10:39 AM ET

    On the heels of Yahoo!'s better than expected earnings after the bell Tuesday, the web giant will announce a partnership later today that represents a new focus on original content. I have the early scoop: Yahoo! is about to announce it's partnering with ad giant WPP's Group M Entertainment to together produce new branded webisodes, both companies bringing in advertisers, together developing concepts that will work for them.

  • Barnes & Noble Opens Up Its 'Nook' Tuesday, 20 Oct 2009 | 3:23 PM ET

    Barnes & Noble has finally unveiled the details of its much-anticipated e-book. It's called the "Nook," and like Amazon's Kindle, it costs $259.

  • Ex-News Corp. Executive Said to Be a Deal Adviser Tuesday, 20 Oct 2009 | 11:32 AM ET
    Peter Chernin, former president of News Corporation

    Peter A. Chernin, the former president of the News Corporation and one of the most prominent media executives not tethered to a major conglomerate, is advising Comcast in its bid to acquire a majority stake in NBC Universal, according to executives briefed on the matter.

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