One year ago, they flooded Los Angeles and Santa Barbara by the thousands. They came from around the world—Michael Jackson fans devastated by his sudden death. The morning after he died, I reported from his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. People were ten deep huddling around that small spot. Traffic was a mess, as it was near the family home in Encino and up near Jackson's Neverland Ranch. Today, not so much.
The movie studios are celebrating a ban on box-office futures trading that was included in the final financial reform legislation. At about 1 am eastern a House-Senate conference committee agreed to adopt the Senate's language banning the trading of derivatives based on box office revenue.
Questions of online privacy and security are front and center again today as Twitter settled Federal Trade Commission charges over privacy breaches. The settlement resolves the FTC charges that lapses in the company's data security program allowed hackers to take control of Twitter, accessing tweets designated private, and sending phony tweets from the likes of Barack Obama and news outlets.
Blockbuster stock struggled Thursday, falling more than 12 percent at one point, now hovering around a quarter. As the company struggles to find a solution to deal with its looming debt and struggling business model, it added a dissident shareholder to its board of directors.
As the latest Twilight film, "Eclipse", prepares to take the nation by blood-drenched storm, marketing types are working overtime creating tie-ins, no matter how flimsy.
A judge granted Google's YouTube motion for summary judgment in Viacom's copyright lawsuit against the online video giant. Viacom filed a $1 billion suit against YouTube back in March 2007.
I caught up with Twitter co-founder Biz Stone at Microsoft's launch of its Bing Entertainment search service.
Microsoft literally went Hollywood Tuesday night, unveiling its new "Bing Entertainment" search service to a star-studded audience at a private West Hollywood club.
Dish stock dropped 3.75% and Disney shares slid over 2% Tuesday as the companies battle over compensation for Disney/ABC's high def channels.
Organized crime has been the subject of some of the greatest films ever made, from "Little Caesar" to "The Godfather" and "The Departed." How much do you know about mob movies? Take our quiz and find out.
Shares of Netflix continue to slide Tuesday after falling over five percent Monday following a critical Barron's article.
As Lionsgate battles Carl Icahn's takeover attempts, the studio has secured a waiver from its lenders, led by JP Morgan Chase, removing the risk of default.
The next four episodes of Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch” document in grueling detail the death of Capt. Phil Harris, a skipper who braved the Bering Sea each winter for both Alaskan king crab and a popular TV show. The NYT reports.
Disney/Pixar's "Toy Story 3" blew past expectations and brought in $109 million at the US box office. Sixty percent of the movie's gross was from 3-D screens, which charge $3 more, on average, per ticket. The question is, what impact will this movie really have on Disney and other studios?
Welcome back, Woody and Buzz. After a decade-plus absence from theaters, the animated heroes of "Toy Story 3" sold $153.8 million worth of tickets during their opening weekend at the worldwide box office, according to estimates issued Sunday by distributor Walt Disney.
"Toy Story 3" opens across the U.S. today on a record-setting number of 3-D screens. Now theater chains, Disney, and even its rival studios are anxiously hoping for a hit to turn around a weak summer box office: U.S. ticket sales are down over 6 percent since early May. Analysts
Today AOL made it official: it's sold Bebo to Criterion Capital Partners. After buying the social network for $850 million in March 2008, the company said in an 8K SEC filing today "it will treat the common stock of Bebo as worthless." While that may be a big win from a tax perspective — the company expects to record a $275 million to $325 million tax benefit in the second quarter — it acknowledges a total disaster.
DreamWorks Animation stock tumbled after the animation studio warned 2Q earnings per share will be "meaningfully below" year-ago results. CFO and President Lew Coleman presented at William Blair & Company's Growth Stock Conference in Chicago, warning about second quarter earnings disappointments, and blaming the weakness on "Shrek Forever After," the fourth sequel in the Shrek franchise which was released May 21.
The FCC hosted an open hearing today to discuss how to seek the best legal framework for Internet regulation — the commission voted 3 to 2 to continue the re-regulation process. It's now moving closer to Chairman Julius Genachowski's proposal for a "third way," a selection of some of the stricter rules now regulating telecom.
See why these movies changed the way animated movies are made, and broke box-office records in the process.
Alex Blumberg, Gimlet Media co-founder & CEO and co-founder of "Planet Money" podcast, discusses the growing podcast space and how they're making money.
For a president seemingly at perpetual war with "fake news," the resignation of three CNN journalists over a retracted story about a Donald Trump Russian connection is a gift.
Former vice presidential nominee and Alaska governor Sarah Palin is accusing The New York Times of defamation over an editorial that linked one of her political action committee ads to a mass shooting.
TEL AVIV, June 27- Partner Communications, Israel's second-largest mobile phone company, launched a home TV service on Tuesday as part of a plan to generate new income streams in the face of intense competition in the cell phone market. Partner TV will be available from July and will cost 69 shekels a month, or 89 shekels with a subscription to Netflix.
Jennifer Fritzsche, Wells Fargo, provides insight to reports Sprint is in exclusive talks with CNBC parent Comcast and Charter Communications for a possible wireless deal.
Facebook executives have been meeting with studio and talent agencies for scripted TV shows, reports say.