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Sep 29, 2013

‘Meatballs’ sequel swallows up U.S., Canadian box office

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK, Sept 29 (Reuters) – The sequel to
“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” devoured the weekend box
office competition.

The animated 3D “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2,” which
tells the story of monster-sized fruits, vegetables and
cheeseburgers that come to life as “foodimals,” earned $35
million at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to studio
estimates on Sunday, easily beating all competitors.

Sep 23, 2013

HBO, AMC take top Emmy awards, holding off Netflix

LOS ANGELES, Sept 22 (Reuters) – While upstart streaming
service Netflix Inc burst into the Emmy party this
year, it was cable networks with the most to celebrate on Sunday
night as HBO dominated and AMC grabbed the prestigious best
drama prize for “Breaking Bad.”

Premium cable channel HBO, owned by Time Warner Inc,
took home the most primetime Emmy trophies, 27 in total, for
series including “Veep,” “The Newsroom,” and “Boardwalk Empire,”
plus Liberace movie “Behind the Candelabra.” Broadcast network
ABC’s “Modern Family” won best comedy.

Sep 22, 2013

‘Prisoners’ snatches weekly U.S., Canada box office title

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK, Sept 22 (Reuters) – “Prisoners,” a
dark thriller starring Hugh Jackman as a father on a desperate
search for his missing daughter, locked up the weekend box
office title in the United States and Canada, grabbing $21.4
million in ticket sales during its first three days in theaters.

Last weekend’s leader, the low-budget horror flick
“Insidious: Chapter 2,” dropped to second place with $14.5
million, according to studio estimates on Sunday.

Sep 20, 2013

With swords and suds, ‘Game of Thrones’ spurs sales for HBO

LOS ANGELES, Sept 20 (Reuters) – “Game of Thrones,” HBO’s
blood-splattered fantasy series featuring dragons, castles and
warring families, is turning into a franchise for the premium
cable channel that may rival its biggest hit, the mobster drama
“The Sopranos.”

Like “The Sopranos,” “Game of Thrones” has become a revenue
magnet for the Time Warner-owned cable channel,
attracting licenses for T-shirts, games, even its own line of
beer.

Sep 20, 2013

Disney and ‘Pirates’ producer Bruckheimer to end film deal

LOS ANGELES, Sept 19 (Reuters) – The Walt Disney Co
and Jerry Bruckheimer, the producer behind the blockbuster
“Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise and the summer flop “The
Lone Ranger,” will end their long-running film deal next year,
the media company announced on Thursday.

The company and Bruckheimer decided not to renew their
current deal which gives Disney first-look rights to the
producer’s films, according to a statement from Disney. They
will continue working together on various projects, including a
fifth installment in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise.

Sep 18, 2013

As TV world shifts, HBO retains its Emmy swagger

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – When fictional columnist Carrie Bradshaw helped HBO grab its first series Emmy award in 2001 for comedy “Sex and the City,” the premium cable network’s main competition came from broadcast networks CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox.

Today, the field fighting for Emmy glory includes contenders from the past few years like basic cable channels AMC and FX, but also the much talked-about rookie, the video streaming service Netflix. And then there’s a resurgent PBS, the U.S. public television channel.

Sep 15, 2013

Horror flick ‘Insidious 2′ jolts box office with $41 mln

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Low-budget horror
sequel “Insidious: Chapter 2″ grabbed moviegoers searching for
a Friday the 13th scare, winning the U.S. and Canadian weekend
box office race over the Robert De Niro mobster comedy “The
Family” and setting a record for a September opening day.

The fright flick about a family haunted by spirits far
exceeded forecasts with just over $41 million in ticket sales
over its first three days, according to studio estimates on
Sunday.

Sep 13, 2013

‘Today’ show gets makeover with new set, Carson Daly

Sept 12 (Reuters) – NBC’s “Today” is revamping its show as
it tries to retake the ratings lead it held for decades, adding
“The Voice” host Carson Daly and a new set to lure back viewers
who defected last year to ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

“Today,” which generates the bulk of the profits for NBC’s
news division, is looking to recapture viewers it lost after
anchor Ann Curry left in June 2012. Earlier that spring, “Good
Morning America” snapped the show’s 16-year winning streak atop
the morning ratings.

Sep 8, 2013

Diesel’s ‘Riddick’ unseats Oprah’s ‘Butler’ at box office

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Vin Diesel’s return as glowing-eyed space traveler “Riddick” won the weekend movie race, ringing up $18.7 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales and knocking three-time box office queen Oprah Winfrey to second place.

Civil rights drama “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” starring Oscar winner Forest Whitaker and media mogul Winfrey, slipped to second, bringing in $8.9 million from Friday through Sunday.

Aug 25, 2013

‘The Butler’ works its way to second box office win

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Civil rights drama “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” took home its second U.S. and Canadian box office title, topping a Jennifer Aniston comedy and a newly released supernatural teen film.

“The Butler,” starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, earned $17 million in ticket sales from Friday through Sunday, according to studio estimates. Jennifer Aniston comedy “We’re the Millers” came in second with $13.5 million.