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  • Dow Jones is reportedly shopping around its stock market indexes, working with Goldman Sachs to investigate finding a joint venture or a flat-out buyer.

  • Fox's 'Avatar Day' and a 3-D Revolution Friday, 21 Aug 2009 | 2:37 PM ET
    Avatar

    To fanboys across the country today is "Avatar Day": 20th Century Fox is giving a free, sneak peek at 16 minutes of James Cameron's much anticipated film. The movie doesn't come out until December 18, but needless to say, there's already incredible buzz.

  • A-List Stars Flailing at the Box Office Friday, 21 Aug 2009 | 12:29 PM ET
    Brad Pitt

    A-list movie stars have long been measured by their ability to fill theaters on opening weekend. But never have so many failed to deliver, resulting in some rare soul-searching by motion picture studios about why the old formula isn’t working — and a great deal of anxiety among stars (and agents) about the potential vaporization of their $20 million paychecks.

  • Sony spent $60 million dollars acquiring the rights to the last footage of Michael Jackson and now it has a plan to get its money worth.

  • These days anyone with an iPhone is a citizen journalist. And that makes the Southeastern Conference, which has a $3 billion plus, 15-year contract with CBS and ESPN very, very scared.

  • The battle between video rental kiosk business Redbox and the movie studios is heating up. Redbox, which is owned by Coinstar is suing Time Warner's Warner Home Video, which has the biggest DVD business in the industry. The issue: Warner Bros. is effectively banning Redbox from renting its DVDs for 28 days after they go on sale.

  • News Corp's MySpace Buying iLike Wednesday, 19 Aug 2009 | 4:43 PM ET

    As expected NewsCorp's MySpace announced today it's buying social music service iLike, the most popular music service on all social networks.

  • What would you do to pay off your mortgage? One woman in Beverly Hills is selling her husband's crypt, which just so happens to  be above Marilyn Monroe's, on eBay.

  • Debt-Laden MGM CEO is Out, with 3 New Replacements Tuesday, 18 Aug 2009 | 1:51 PM ET

    Privately-held, debt-laden MGM announced some major management changes. CEO Harry Sloan is out, having taken the job soon after the studio was brought private in 2005 for $2.85 billion by Sony and Comcast, along with private equity firms Texas Pacific Group, DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, Quadrangle Group and a unit of Credit Suisse.

  • Will Cox Say Bon Voyage to Travel Channel? Monday, 17 Aug 2009 | 11:27 AM ET
    Cox Communications

    Cox Communications has made it no secret that it's open to selling a majority stake in Travel Channel Media and my sources tell me bids for the cable channel are due tomorrow.

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    Nielsen boxes are dinosaurs and despite Nielsen's expansion, the media and advertising business want to have a better sense of how and where people consume content. Sources tell me a major partnership is in the works.

  • Ticketmaster Suffers from Consumer Pullback Friday, 14 Aug 2009 | 9:38 AM ET
    Ticketmaster

    Music fans around the world have a love-hate relationship Ticketmaster, which provides a seemingly infinite variety of live events, at a cost. Now the company is feeling the impact of the recession.

  • Can the WTO get China to Open up to Hollywood? Thursday, 13 Aug 2009 | 12:45 PM ET

    Finally there's progress in Hollywood's push to enter China. The WTO issued a 460 page ruling that demands that the Chinese government ease its restrictions, and among other things allow U.S. content companies to work with any distributors, not just those controlled by the government.

  • Can Warner Bros Turn LEGO Into a Blockbuster? Wednesday, 12 Aug 2009 | 4:18 PM ET
    Warner Brothers

    In Hollywood when something works, everyone jumps on the bandwagon. This summer that proven trend is movies based on toys. Now Warner Bros. is trying its hand at turning the beloved Lego brand into a movie. Lego has turned down several movie ideas in the past, but now it's agreed to work with Warner Bros. which is developing a family-friendly comedy adventure, that's a mix of live action and animation set in the Lego world.

  • Studios Win, RealNetworks Loses DVD Copying Case Wednesday, 12 Aug 2009 | 11:51 AM ET
    RealNetworks

    Score one for the movie studios in their ongoing battle to fight digital piracy and protect intellectual property.

  • Publicis Exec Talks Razorfish Tuesday, 11 Aug 2009 | 1:41 PM ET

    The battle between the ad giants and the tech giants - Microsoft and Google - is really heating up. Publicis spacer, one of the world's biggest ad agencies, shelled out $530 million for Microsoft's interactive Razorfish.

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    Lionsgate wowed Wall Street with higher fiscal first quarter results than the same quarter last year that easily beat Wall Street Estimates.

  • Twitter

    Though Facebook and Twitter service seems to be up and running after the two social sites struggled with a denial-of-service attack yesterday, the battle isn't over yet.

  • The Killer App? Porn Going 3-D Friday, 7 Aug 2009 | 2:26 PM ET
    3D audience

    The push for 3D in theaters is growing fast. Now the porn industry is pushing 3D to homes.

  • CBS Optimistic as Profit Drops Friday, 7 Aug 2009 | 9:43 AM ET
    CBS

    CBS Corp stock traded up after hours on CEO Les Moonves' optimism about recovery after the company released earnings that suffered from the advertising recession.

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  • NEW YORK— New York City police say a Brooklyn man caught on camera waving what appeared to be a handgun behind a television reporter during a live broadcast has been arrested. Police say Khanukov waved the weapon-like object while standing behind a WNBC-TV reporter during a live broadcast in front of Brooklyn Supreme Court. It happened Wednesday afternoon as...

  • Media stocks tumble

    Discussing pressure on media stocks Viacom and Disney, and whether to bet on each company's pipeline, with Tuna Amobi, S&P Capital senior equity analyst.

  • Disney's big concern

    Brian Wieser, Pivotal Research Group, weighs in on Disney's earnings and shares his thoughts on the outlook for the company.