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  • 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.

  • DVD's for sale

    A new report reveals that consumers are spending less on home entertainment—but it's not all bad news. Spending on DVDs, Blu-Ray and digital distribution dropped 8 percent in the first quarter to $4.84 billion, on the heels of a 5 percent drop last year.

  • Twitter

    Twitter's moves in the past week could be seen as a direct threat to the thousand developers gathered for its "Chirp" conference.

  • Twitter

    "Chirp," Twitter's first-ever developers conference, is packed and buzzing with excitement about this technology changing the way people communicate.

  • I'm reporting from the Ad Age Digital conference in Manhattan, where Google Chief Economist Hal Varian spoke about the role of data in ad strategy. Varian is Google's chief number cruncher, the guy who sorts through the limitless piles of data and figures out what matters and what doesn't.

  • I sat down with Twitter COO Dick Costolo at the Ad Age Digital conference to hear about Twitter's long-awaited, much-debated ad strategy.



  • CUPERTINO, Calif.— Apple's high-end Mac laptops are getting a touch control strip above the keyboard, part of a long-awaited update aimed at reviving interest in a product often overshadowed by newer gadgets like the iPad and iPhone. Apple is also opening the Touch Bar to work with outside software, including Adobe's Photoshop editing program and Microsoft's...

  • ATHENS, Greece— Greece's conservative opposition called Thursday for early elections after a court declared illegal an auction of private television licenses— an embarrassing setback for the country's left-wing government. Greece's association of judges and prosecutors, in turn, complained that the government was trying to embroil the judiciary in...

  • Ken Burns

    Filmmaker Ken Burns, an expert on American history, is scared of what he sees when he looks at GOP nominee Donald Trump.