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  • Four years ago he committed his studio to produce all its films in 3D, at considerable cost; now he says the bet has entirely paid off. He boasts that despite the recession 3D is growing, and helping the box office grow.

  • Halo - Reach

    Analysts tell me that based on pre-sales and last night's turnout "Halo:Reach" is on track to be the biggest Halo game yet, selling some seven million copies by year-end.

  • Lionsgate’s African-American-focused film business, anchored by Tyler Perry titles, has become a gold mine for the studio. Movies with predominantly black casts that tell stories rooted in black culture — surprise! — bring out a sizable black audience.  Now Lionsgate is trying to pull off the same trick with Hispanic-focused films.

  • Oliver Stone

    If one man epitomizes the populist view of Wall Street and corporate America, it is director Oliver Stone, whose new film, “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” opens next week.

  • Lady Gaga celebrates in the Press room after receiving receiving eight 2010 MTV Video Music Awards including 'Video of the Year' at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles

    MTV stacked the show with plenty of pop star performances, actors presenting awards, and jokes designed to stoke last year's Kanye West-Taylor Swift showdown. And MTV used one of its hottest assets to drive up numbers, debuting a new episode of Jersey Shore at 7 pm, right ahead of the awards show.

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    It's a big day for cable television — Martha Stewart, a queen of broadcast syndication, is moving to cable, kicking off a partnership with the Hallmark Channel. In a new five-year deal Stewart's signature show and other Martha Stewart Omnimedia programming will run on Hallmark Channel from 10 am to 6 pm. This speaks volumes about the business model for a brand like Stewart, and the changing television landscape.

  • Zombies

    Back to your coffins, vampires, it's zombie time. The latest sign that zombies are invading our popular consciousness — one university is offering a course on the shuffling flesh eaters.

  • Direct TV

    DirectTV is nearing an all-time high — pushing a major resistance level: shares closed at $39.77 Wednesday, up 4 percent over the last five days and 57 percent over the past 12 months.

  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios

    Another roar from MGM's tired lion, which is struggling under a $4 billion debt load. I've confirmed that Spyglass founders Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum have signed a letter of intent to make them co-CEOs of MGM.

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    The end of summer marks a shift from fun popcorn flicks to serious Oscar fare, and time for studios to take stock of the most important box office season.

  • The Time Warner building.

    The two companies describe the deal as "long term" and wide ranging," which means more content on more platforms. It also means more money for Disney, which for the first time secured payment from Time Warner Cable for its owned and operated local broadcast channels.

  • AOL

    AOL and Google just announced a five-year renewal and expansion of their ad deal — a key piece in AOL's attempt to reinvent itself as an ad-supported digital content company. Securing this deal is crucial to AOL's financial health.

  • Apple CEO Steve Jobs holds the new, smaller Apple TV device as speaks during an Apple Special Event in San Francisco.

    Steve Jobs announcements today about Apple's new iPods and streaming TV rentals through a new Apple TV will have ripples throughout the entertainment industry.

  • iTunes

    Apple's big event is coming up Wednesday, and Disney and News Corp are on track to announce that they'll rent TV episodes through iTunes.

  • It has been reported that BP admits to spending $1 million a week on advertising and radio since the fatal Gulf Oil Spill and explosion, which would add up to $18 million so far. But the numbers are far more shocking, according to some Kantar Media stats that are circulating on Madison Avenue.

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    "Avatar" is the biggest movie of all time — grossing $2.744 billion after its December debut. Producer-director-writer James Cameron says if there were more 3-D screens, the movie would have been even bigger, which is why 20th Century Fox re-released a special cut of the film only in 3-D. The movie only finished in 12th place this weekend, with $4 million from 812 locations.

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    The fright flick "The Last Exorcism" and the heist thriller "Takers" were in a photo finish for the top spot at the weekend box office, according to studio estimates Sunday.

  • Walt Disney and Time Warner Cable said Sunday that they have made "significant progress" in resolving their issues over programming fees with less than a week left to renew a pact that feeds TV channels like ESPN into American households.

  • Steve Jobs

    Apple is the hot topic in Hollywood as studios continue negotiations with iTunes over 99 cent TV episode rentals. Now sources tell me they expect an announcement at Apple's iPod event on September 1.

  • Out of Work

    People will gain a sense of confidence and spend when they get "goods news on the sovereign debt front and a coherent articulation about how we are going to rebuild the economy coming from Washington," Parsons said.

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