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  • Since they were first broadcast on television in the 1950s, game shows have been popular in the United States and around the globe. There's even a television network — the Game Show Network — dedicated to airing nothing but game shows. The big prizes, drama, contestant charisma and high stakes all work together to draw audiences.But sometimes, in the quest to win money, increase drama or boost viewership, individuals and even producers and production companies, go too far. Here, we take a look a

    Here, we take a look at some of the stories that made headlines, changed lives and stirred public interest: some of the biggest scandals in game show history.

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    The holiday movie season may be just half as long as the summer movie season, and it gets far less attention, but day for day it's just as important — it generates 20 percent of the annual box office. With a month left to go, the pressure's on for studios to boost their Q-4 numbers. And Wall Street's watching carefully for indications of which studios have momentum going into 2011.

  • In its heyday, the action movie sold two hours of rollicking summertime fun to audiences at the nation’s multiplexes. The massively successful genre evolved over the course of the 1980s and made superstars out of its leading men, people like Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, all of whose hyper-violent contributions to cinema were lapped up by an eager public. But times change and so do public tastes, and the action movie eventually lost its status as the summer event fi

    What follows is a list of the 15 action movie stars who fell from box office dominance to the lowest rung on the ladder. Here are 15 action movie stars who got their financial butts kicked.

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    Sure, there are a slew of black Friday TV commercials and you'll be inundated with glossy newspaper insert ads. But that's not all retailers are doing this year to get your attention — everyone from big box stores to boutiques is pulling out all the stops to deliver deals directly to consumers, to compel them to spend.

  • Netflix

    Today Netflix unveiled its long-anticipated streaming-only option—$7.99 a month for unlimited access to its library of 20,000 digital films. And the company that built its business on renting DVDs through the mail announced that it is primarily a streaming company.

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    It makes sense: if people are dropping the lowest-tier cable service because it's too expensive, give them a cheaper option. That's what Time Warner Cable is experimenting with now: it'll test a less expensive TV package called "TV Essentials" targeting lower income consumers.

  • This week, NetApp shares were nearly as volatile as an action adventure thriller, after the firm's third-quarter earnings results were accidentally released before markets closed on Wednesday.

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    Harry Potter has added to his billions with a whopping $24 million domestic haul from midnight screenings of his latest adventure.

  • Six of the top-grossing movies this year have been 3-D films, Dreamworks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg told CNBC Friday.

  • Amazon.com

    The movie business is notoriously fickle, expensive and challenging, to say the least. But Amazon spacer is jumping right in to what it sees as a totally new opportunity — leveraging the power of "aggregated opinions" to cull the best ideas to submit to Hollywood. Amazon just launched "Amazon Studios" — the new site invites amateur screenwriters and filmmakers to submit screenplays or home-made movies, which they're calling 'test films.'

  • Internet entrepreneur Bob Pittman has gone back to his radio roots in a new venture with Clear Channel, in which he will help extend radio brands, such as Z100 and Kiss FM, to the Internet and mobile devices.

  • Comcast

    Comcast is bringing "TV Everywhere" mobile. The cable giant just announced a new Xfinity TV app, to allow digital TV subscribers to watch TV and program their DVRs, first on Apple's iPad and iPhone, with versions coming for Android devices later this year.

  • Marc Andreessen

    Since the dawn of Web 1.0 Marc Andreessen has been one of Silicon Valley's heavy hitters, and now he's behind some of the most innovative companies defining the web's future. He's on the board of Facebook, he invested in Twitter, earlier this year his fund invested in FourSquare, and now he's backing a new social search engine called RockMelt.

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    As Lionsgate continues its battle with Carl Icahn and its push to merge with MGM, it reported that it swung to a second quarter loss. The studio announced its earnings after the bell Tuesday — a net loss of 22 cents per share, down from a net profit of 26 cents per share in the year-earlier quarter, and 25 percent higher revenue of $456.3 million.

  • Mickey Mouse

    Today Disney CEO Bob Iger was joined by Mickey Mouse and Mayor Bloomberg to cut the ribbon on Disney's new flagship store.

  • Netflix

    Netflix’s last call that, as nuanced as it may be,  could be an important clue about what management is thinking.  And I’m not convinced that analysts, who are only allowed to ask questions via email, picked up on it.

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid

    You don’t have to have a whole platform—game, website or even a balloon in the Macy’s parade—to promote a book, but it hasn’t hurt the Diary of a Wimpy Kid, which has sold 42 million books since 2007.

  • CBS

    After being bashed for being too dependent on advertising, now CBS is benefiting from its share of the ad market — advertising is back, up 10 percent in the quarter.

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    Despite reporting earnings that were just in line with expectations, DirecTV shares have been trading off about 3 percent all day. Why? The satellite TV provider's earnings were in line with expectations, but the stock has gained 15 percent since August, without a pause.

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    Earnings from giant Time Warner Cable and the smaller Cablevision told a very specific story about the cable business and about the state of the American consumer.