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Entertainment Movies

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    On Saturday John Lennon would have turned 70 and he's still playing a role in entertainment across multiple mediums.

  • Transformer: Revenge of the Fallen

    It's the latest in the race to make the most of cable real estate: on Sunday "HUB" launches in 60 million homes, replacing "Discovery Kids."

  • We all get the question: If there were one sporting event that you could have been at, what would it be? For me, that’s the easiest question in the world. The 1973 Belmont to watch Secretariat win by an amazing 31 lengths. In my mind, that’s still the most amazing sporting achievement of all time.

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    New York is the birthplace of comic books, and the New York Comic Con, at just five years old, has become a respectable contender as the “it” place for a pop-culture celebration.  The show, Friday through Sunday, offers plenty to do and see.

  • Hugh Hefner's lifestyle has forever changed American pop culture. From small publication to full blown international brand, Hefner became one of the most famous entrepreneurs of our time. But the man who grew up to be a magazine magnate and famous playboy came from humble beginnings in the Midwest. It was that background that informed and inspired his business and personal decisions.Here, we take a look at some of the "firsts" in Hefner's life — the moments that have shaped the man and the iconi

    Hugh Hefner's lifestyle has forever changed American pop culture. From small publication to full blown international brand, Hefner became one of the most famous entrepreneurs of our time.

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    At this point, the future of TV is still up in the air, if not over the air. But already, all kinds of on-demand variations are available in the form of set-top boxes.

  • Shortly after inking the deal, NCR CEO Bill Nuti stopped by the "Fast" studios to share the details.

  • Facebook

    The biggest change for users may be the introduction of a new group functionality — making it easier for users to set up and participate with groups, with chat and e-mail lists.

  • The battle for your living room is heating up—tomorrow Logitech will unveil its Google TV box and next week Sony unveils its GoogleTV-enabled sets.

  • Direct TV

    Mike White has had a whirlwind 10 months since he took the helm at DirecTV: the satellite TV giant has added subscribers, launched three new 3-D channels, and a new online-only "NFL Sunday Ticket" option. And despite the fact that the company faces more competition than ever, the stock recently hit an all-time high.

  • Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg

    Many older people will watch the movie, which was No. 1 at the box office last weekend, and see a cautionary tale about a callous young man who betrays friends, partners and principles as he hacks his way to lucre and fame. But many in the generation who grew up in a world that Zuckerberg helped invent will applaud someone who saw his chance and seized it with both hands, mostly by placing them on the keyboard and coding something that no one else had.

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    Adult dramas seldom draw crowds for midnight screenings, and they seldom sell out showings days ahead of a film's opening. But this may turn out to be quite a unique adult drama.

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    After a year of talks with various private equity investors and rumors that CAA was selling a stake to KKR, the Hollywood powerhouse agency has finally come to a deal that infuses hundreds of millions of dollars into the agency.

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    At Advertising Week in New York, I heard a consistent rumble about the upheaval on Madison Avenue. From Chief Marketing Officers for major brands, to ad buyers, to ad agency execs themselves, everyone seemed to agree that the Advertising Agency business is being turned upside down.

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    Like the book, the film tackles the economic impact of unconventional subjects and what drives people.  Among the topics are how a pro-life philosophy affects crime and how naming a kid an unusual name has financial consequences.

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    Westergren wants to offer Pandora everywhere that people listen to radio, which means the company's potential footprint is huge. He wouldn't name names, but it sounds like deals with automakers and companies like Tivo are pending. Pandora is making major headway into the living room: when people can access Pandora on their TVs they listen for an average 2.8 hours a day.

  • She says the social network's ad business is booming: saying it's been a "big year," and that they're working with all the biggest advertisers. She wouldn't comment directly on competing with Google for ad dollars, but she's clearly confident in their competitive position saying. Facebook is the number one site and advertisers want to be where their customers are.

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    The advertising market is improving, Philippe Dauman, president and CEO of Viacom, told CNBC Monday, saying “business for our company is good.”

  • Twitter

    I caught up with the CEO of Twitter from the annual Advertising Week conference in Manhattan; he tells us demand for Twitter's ads is far outpacing the company's supply. Williams says that not only are more companies looking to advertise on Twitter, but each company also wants to spend more on ads.

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    After two years of prodding from Hollywood, the F.C.C. agreed to let movie studios activate technology to prevent films sold through video-on-demand systems from being copied.  That could open the door to a new era, the NYT reports.

Entertainment

Television

  • March 24- AMC Networks Inc, whose shows include "The Walking Dead," is planning to launch a commercial-free online video streaming service aimed at millennial TV subscribers, two sources familiar with the situation told Reuters this week. Unlike standalone streaming options from Time Warners HBO and from CBS Corp, AMC's would be exclusively available to...

  • March 24- The decision by a handful of high-profile consumer brands to pull advertising from Googles YouTube over offensive content could threaten the sites long-term strategy of stealing ad dollars from television, analysts and ad industry professionals said Thursday. The immediate financial impact of the controversy is likely to be limited, in part...

  • March 23- The decision by a handful of high-profile consumer brands to pull advertising from Googles YouTube over offensive content could threaten the sites long-term strategy of stealing ad dollars from television, analysts and ad industry professionals said Thursday. The immediate financial impact of the controversy is likely to be limited, in part...