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'Captain America,' 'Rio 2' Top Box Office
By Grab Media, a blinkx company In a springtime battle of sequels, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" stayed strong enough to narrowly triumph over the debut of "Rio 2." According to Monday's final box office figures, the Disney's Marvel superhero sequel took in $41.3 million in its second weekend of release. Fox's animated family film "Rio 2" opened with $39.3 million. ...Read More »

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By Clip Syndicate In a springtime battle of sequels, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" stayed strong enough to narrowly triumph over the debut of "Rio 2." According to Monday's final box office figures, the Disney's Marvel superhero sequel took in $41.3 million in its second weekend of release. Fox's animated family film "Rio 2" opened with $39.3 million. ...Read More »

Sony suffers second box office letdown as it eyes partial spinoff
June 30, 2013 By Ronald Grover and Lisa Richwine

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sony, which is studying a partial spinoff of its studio at the urging of major shareholder Daniel Loeb, suffered its second box office misfire of the summer season when its action movie White House Down opened with ticket sales b...
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TV drama 'Ray Donovan' delivers flawed man as Hollywood's 'fixer'
June 29, 2013 By Eric Kelsey

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Broken arms, baseball bat beat-downs, bugged hotel rooms, and a drag queen prostitute blackmailing the star of an upcoming blockbuster action film.

That is a typical week for Ray Donovan, a Hollywood fixer and latest anti-hero ...
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'Man of Steel' producer shops for new Legendary studio partner
June 14, 2013 By Ronald Grover

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - No one has more riding on the outcome of the summer movie season than Thomas Tull, the former investment banker-turned-head of Legendary Pictures and a producer of this weekend's heavily hyped Man of Steel.

Tull, the fina...
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Sony hires Morgan Stanley, Citi to gauge spin-off option: CNBC
May 30, 2013 (Reuters) - Sony Corp <6758.T> has tapped Morgan Stanley <MS.N> and Citigroup <C.N> to help sound out options for its entertainment business, according to a media report.

Cable television network CNBC reported on Thursday that Sony has hired the two banks but that the pro...
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Ukraine's first gay march held under police protection
May 25, 2013 KIEV (Reuters) - About 100 Ukrainian gay rights activists held the country's first gay rally on Saturday, helped by police who arrested 13 people for trying to break up the march.

The activists walked for about 250 meters (yards) along Victory Avenue in the capital Kiev while Orthodox ...
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Elizabeth Taylor's first wedding dress up for auction
May 24, 2013 LONDON (Reuters) - The wedding dress worn by film star Elizabeth Taylor for her first marriage to hotel heir Conrad Hilton in 1950 will go up for sale next month, auction house Christie's said on Friday.

The simple, but elegant garment created by Hollywood costume designer Helen Rose f...
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'S.W.A.T.' actor Steve Forrest dead at age 87
May 23, 2013 LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Steve Forrest, who was best known for a leading role on the short-lived 1970s television drama S.W.A.T., has died at the age of 87 in Thousand Oaks, California, near Los Angeles, his wife Christine said on Thursday.

Forrest appeared in 1954's Prisoner o...
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U.S. hedge fund calls for Sony Entertainment spin-off
May 14, 2013 TOKYO (Reuters) - A New York-based hedge fund with a reputation as an activist investor has proposed that Sony Corp spin off its entertainment division via an IPO, saying the move could boost the Japanese electronics firm's shares by as much as 60 percent.

An IPO of Sony Entertainment,...
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Viacom and CBS beat expectations in tough TV ad market
May 01, 2013 By Jennifer Saba and Liana B. Baker

(Reuters) - Sumner Redstone had a good day on Wednesday as his two companies Viacom Inc and CBS Corp reported quarterly results that beat Wall Street estimates on the back of unexpectedly strong TV advertising revenue.

Viacom revers...
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Major media companies top estimates in shaky ad market
May 01, 2013 By Jennifer Saba and Liana B. Baker

(Reuters) - Some of the biggest media conglomerates beat earnings expectations on Wednesday, though Time Warner Inc, Viacom Inc and Comcast Corp all found their television businesses under scrutiny in a tough advertising market.

Tim...
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Viacom turns the corner on its ad slump
May 01, 2013 (Reuters) - Viacom Inc reported a 6 percent drop in revenue because of a weak slate of movies from its studio Paramount Pictures, but advertising revenue turned positive during the quarter.

The company said for the quarter that ended March 31, revenue was $3.14 billion, slightly lower than...
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James Bond's UK film studio launches mission to the U.S.
April 29, 2013 LONDON (Reuters) - British film studio Pinewood Shepperton, home of the James Bond movies, plans to build its first movie, television and music studio in the United States, part of an international expansion strategy launched in 2009.

The owner of Europe's largest film studio, Pinewood...
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News Corp to call entertainment company 21st Century Fox
April 16, 2013 (Reuters) - News Corp said on Tuesday it will call its newly independent entertainment company 21st Century Fox after the media conglomerate splits later this year.

The name 21st Century Fox - playing off the company's film studio 20th Century Fox - replaces the previously announced na...
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Fox threatens to become cable channel amid Aereo dispute
April 08, 2013 By Liana B. Baker

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - News Corp's Fox TV network raised the stakes in its battle with Web startup Aereo Inc on Monday, threatening to remove itself from the free airwaves entirely and become a cable channel if courts do not shut down the online TV service.

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Fox makes threats to become cable channel amid Aereo dispute
April 08, 2013 By Liana B. Baker

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Broadcast TV network Fox could become a subscription service that customers would have to pay for if the courts are not able to protect Fox's business from the startup Aereo, News Corp Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey said on Monday.

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U.S. film festival cancels award to UK film after tax scam
March 26, 2013 LONDON (Reuters) - A U.S. film festival has withdrawn an award given to a British movie about a Gulf War veteran seeking justice after a London court jailed five people for making the movie as part of 2.8 million pound ($4.3 million) tax scam.

Tax inspectors were told that A-listers from H...
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Large Hollywood photo collection to be auctioned in New York
March 25, 2013 NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of photographs and negatives from a large collection of Hollywood images will be sold during a two-day auction in New York next month, Guernsey's auction house said on Monday.

The Movie Star News Collection, which photographer Irving Klaw started ...
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Apple blames record labels, film studios for high Australian prices
March 22, 2013 By Jane Wardell

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Apple Inc blamed old-fashioned record companies, film studios and TV networks for the inflated prices Australians pay compared with U.S. consumers for digital downloads, as it defended its pricing strategy on Friday.

Executives fro...
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