Entertainment Movies

  • Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer in "24"

    A California cattle salesman accused of stealing $1.5 million from customers, including "24" actor Kiefer Sutherland, has pleaded guilty to theft and forgery charges.

  • Barry Diller

    Barry Diller's IAC/Interactive Corp and AOL both reported earnings before the bell. IAC's results exceeded expectations — it grew revenue 16 percent on 20 percent higher search ad revenue.

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    Better subscriber numbers, higher revenue per subscriber, and higher advertising helped Comcast beat Wall Street expectations.

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    Wednesday morning before the bell Comcast will be the first of the media giants to report its quarterly earnings.

  • Rupert Murdoch

    It's a battle of the newspaper moguls. Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal and Arthur Sulzberger's New York Times are fighting over Manhattan readers and pushing to build a foothold in local editions

  • Hollywood sign

    Hugh Hefner is the White Knight who stepped in to save the land around the iconic Hollywood Sign.

  • Avatar

    James Cameron's 3-D epic "Avatar" also holds remarkable appeal in a 2-D format — breaking home entertainment records in its first four days on sale.

  • Plastic surgery

    In small but significant numbers, filmmakers and casting executives are beginning to re-examine Hollywood’s attitude toward breast implants, Botox, collagen-injected lips and all manner of plastic surgery. The NYT reports.

  • Netflix

    Netflix's stock closed the week just under $100 after topping that landmark for the first time ever on Thursday. The stock has had a phenomenal run: it gained 16 percent Thursday alone, and for the year is up about 80 percent.

  • Big news ending an ongoing legal battle between movie studios and Redbox, the $1-per-day rental kiosk company. 20th Century Fox and Universal Studios have struck a distribution deal with Redbox, agreeing to wait 28 days before offering new DVD releases for rental from Redbox kiosks.

  • Tribeca Film Festival

    Last night the ninth annual Tribeca Film Festival kicked off, and this year the event is guaranteed to be bigger than ever. Until now the film fest has been limited to the folks who could make it to one of the screenings in lower Manhattan.

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    A provision banning futures trading of box office estimates was passed by the Senate Agriculture Committee Wednesday, as part of the Wall Street Transparency and Accountability Act Financial Reform Package.

  • Mark Zuckerberg

    With Facebook's new strategy your network and all your friends' updates and preferences will be available not just on Facebook.com but also on any website that integrates the social network's three new products announced today. They will vastly expand Facebook's presence and reach across the web.

  • Zynga may not be a household name, but its games are: "FarmVille" and "Mafia Wars" are two of the most popular applications on the web. Zynga's games have 235 million monthly users.

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    Ahead of Facebook's developer conference the social media behemoth announced some new features designed not for developers, but for users, to get them to engage even more with the site by expanding connections beyond friends.

  • A cloud of volcanic matter rises from the erupting Eyjafjallajokull volcano, April 16, 2010 in Fimmvorduhals, Iceland.

    The volcanic ash is starting to settle, but Hollywood is still taking stock of the impact of the natural disaster on the entertainment business.

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    In this slideshow, we take a look at different people, laws and films that played a role in shaping marijuana's image in the minds of Americans.

  • Facebook

    With Facebook's annual developers conference on Wednesday the web is buzzing about what the social network will unveil. The site already has 400 million unique users, half of which go to the site daily: so the question becomes how to extend Facebook's community beyond the website itself.

  • EPIX

    Premium cable channel Epix has finally signed its first national distribution deal—to Dish Network's 14 million satellite TV customers.

  • James Cameron

    You don’t have to be the director of the world’s highest grossing film to get a meeting with the President at the White House. But it doesn’t hurt.

Entertainment

Television

  • Watching TV

    Wall Street Journal Contributor Alexandra Samuel shares her list of recommended TV shows for different genres.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 29- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Thursday it would delay a final vote on a landmark reform of the $20 billion television set-top box market-- a blow to advocates seeking to cut bills for tens of millions of subscribers. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has touted his plan-- backed by President Barack Obama-- to allow tens of millions of...

  • The Federal Communications Commission also wanted to promote gadgets that would let people search easily for video from online services such as Netflix and YouTube, not just TV channels. The FCC's plan could make it easier to find TV shows and movies from sources other than cable, putting further pressure on the TV industry. Jessica Rosenworcel, one of the...