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  • The Blind Side

    As the "Blind Side" continues to impress at the box office, Sandra Bullock's bank account has a better chance of growing.

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    There's a huge trend dominating the floor at CES this year, and it's not a new gadget. It's social media.

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    The Consumer Electronics Show officially opens today and though attendance will be slightly down, hopes are higher than ever that the gadgets and technology here will rev up the media business.

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    GlaxoSmithKline is getting into the movie business, pursuing an unusual and most likely controversial strategy to increase interest in a weight-loss drug. The New York Times reports.

  • Fairgoers wear special '3D' glasses as they watch a movie on a 3D TV screen.

    2010 is going to be a big year for 3-D: on the heels of the huge success of Avatar, 3-D will expand both at theaters and in home entertainment.

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    Imagine being able to access your library of all the movies and TV shows you've purchased from any platform or gadget. That's exactly what Disney wants its "Keychest" technology to do: to make a virtual library that you can access from anywhere, a reality.

  • It's a new day, a new decade, and content creators are demanding to be paid more by cable broadcasters.

  • The Blind Side

    “The Blind Side,” the movie based on Michael Lewis’ book about offensive tackle Michael Oher, has surpassed the $200 million barrier in box office receipts, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. That’s a tough mark to reach, considering that only five other sports movies have made that much money in their domestic take.

  • Mitch Singer, chief technology officer of Sony Pictures Entertainment

    At the Consumer Electronics Show, a big high-tech gathering that will begin Wednesday in Las Vegas, Hollywood studios and consumer electronics makers plan to lay out some steps they are taking to simplify the digital future. The New York Times reports.

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    This past week, I saw 'Invictus.' The movie seemed so perfectly timed, so relevant and so needed right now. It depicted national leadership at its best – the ability of a man, despised by so many, to rally his country together against all odds and to find the best in each other. It actually brought tears to my eyes on several occasions.

  • In 2009, the box office was remarkably robust, despite concerns about the pullback in consumer spending and competition with sophisticated home entertainment systems. People still like going to the movies — no matter what the economic environment.

  • The deal is done: Marvel shareholders have approved the company's acquisition by the Walt Disney Company.

  • Jeff Bridges and John Goodman star in "The Big Lebowski"

    “The Big Lebowski” has spawned its own shaggy, fervid world: drinking games, Halloween costumes, bumper stickers (“This aggression will not stand, man”) and a drunken annual festival that took root in Louisville, Ky., and has spread to other cities. And where cult films go, academics will follow.

  • 3D audience

    While the blue-skinned Na’vi are shooting arrows out of the screen toward the audience in the 3-D movie “Avatar,” another battle is being fought in the theater — over the goofy-looking glasses that moviegoers must wear to see the three-dimensional effects.

  • Laptop and money

    Newspapers, including The New York Times,  are weighing whether to ask online readers to pay for at least some of what they offer, as a handful of papers, like The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times, already do. Indeed, in the next several weeks, industry executives and analysts expect some publications to take the plunge.

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    Hollywood will ride premium-price tickets for 3-D movies, big-budget sequels and — counterintuitively — the recession to more than $10 billion in ticket sales by the end of 2009, a near-record that is helping to offset a steep drop in DVD revenue. The New York Times reports.

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    With Avatar opening at 12:01 am on Friday, everyone's waiting to see if the much-anticipated movie lives up to the hype, and how it performs at the box office. I got a sneak preview last week -- it certainly didn't disappoint me -- I was particularly wowed by the intricate, beautiful world James Cameron creates -- but we'll see if the live action-computer generated 3-D hybrid pulls everyone else in.

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    Facebook recently launched new privacy settings, giving users new ways to regulate which of their posts and photos can be seen by whom. Facebook also allows its users to make all their updates public — like Twitter "Tweets" — so they're searchable on the web. These changes are attracting criticism and debate.

  • Sony Corporation and RealD just announced a technology partnership to bring 3-D technology to your living room. The terms of the deal weren't announced, and despite some prodding, Sony wouldn't reveal any info on how soon we might get affordable 3-D televisions in our living rooms.

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    "Avatar" is easily the most highly anticipated 3-D film ever, if not the most long awaited film ever, as James Cameron worked on it for nine years.

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  • LOS ANGELES, July 22- Donald Trump's 75- minute acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention attracted roughly 30 million television viewers on major U.S. cable and broadcast networks, according to early ratings data that suggested the audience will not break convention records. Trump's audience on Thursday night appeared similar to the number...

  • Murdoch returns to head Fox

    CNBC's Julia Boorstin provides a look at what's next for Fox after CEO Roger Ailes resigned in the wake of a sexual harassment lawsuit.

  • Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch in October, 2010.

    Barton Crockett, FBR Capital Markets, discusses Fox's succession plans now that Roger Ailes has left and Rupert Murdoch will take the helm at Fox News.