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Feb 21, 2013

Best Picture contenders produce $2 billion box office bounty

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The movie studios behind this year’s Best Picture nominees already have brought home a treasured prize: big box-office sales that placed the Oscar contenders among the most-watched films of 2012.

The nine competitors for Hollywood’s top film award sold a combined $2 billion in tickets worldwide heading into Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony. Six of them, including frontrunners “Argo” and “Lincoln,” hauled in at least $100 million apiece at U.S. and Canadian theaters.

Feb 17, 2013

“Die Hard” action beats love stories at box office

By Lisa Richwine and Chris Michaud

(Reuters) – The fifth movie in the Bruce Willis “Die Hard” franchise scored the biggest box-office action over the U.S. holiday weekend, beating out love story “Safe Haven,” which came in third for the Friday-through-Sunday period.

“A Good Day to Die Hard,” with Willis returning as the tenacious wise-cracking hero John McClane, pulled in $25 million at U.S. and Canadian theaters from Friday through Sunday, according to studio estimates.

Feb 15, 2013

CBS profit rises but misses Wall Street forecasts

By Lisa Richwine

(Reuters) – CBS Corp reported a 6 percent gain in fourth-quarter profit on Thursday, boosted by political advertising on its TV networks and higher revenue from cable channel fees.

But the company’s earnings-per-share for October to December fell short of Wall Street analysts’ expectations, and its shares dipped nearly 1 percent after hours.

Feb 15, 2013

CalSTRS to oppose dual chairman-CEO role at Disney

Feb 14 (Reuters) – The California State Teachers’ Retirement
System (CalSTRS) said on Thursday it will oppose Walt Disney
Co’s combination of the CEO and chairman roles, and its
executive pay plan at the company’s annual shareholder meeting
in March.

The second-largest U.S. pension fund owns about 5.3 million
Disney shares, a 0.3 percent stake worth $263 million.

Feb 13, 2013

Kevin Spacey, Eva Longoria find starring roles online

Feb 13 (Reuters) – “Desperate Housewives” alum Eva
Longoria’s new project won’t bring her back to ABC, or any
traditional U.S. television network. The actress will produce
and lend her voice to “Mother Up!,” a 13-episode adult animated
comedy available in the U.S. this fall only on the online video
site Hulu.

Longoria, Kevin Spacey, John Goodman and other top Hollywood
actors are being wooed by the growing number of Silicon Valley
companies rushing to get a foothold in consumers’ living rooms
with exclusive shows that feature big names and hefty budgets.

Feb 12, 2013

Exclusive: Shareholder objects to Outdoor Channel merger deal

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A firm that owns more than 2 percent of Outdoor Channel Holdings Inc (OUTD.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) urged the company’s board to halt a planned sale of the cable network to Leo Hindrey’s InterMedia Outdoor Holdings LLC, according to a letter provided to Reuters.

UTR LLC, an investment firm for high-net-worth individuals, said Outdoor Channel’s board ran an inefficient sale process that did not secure the best deal for shareholders.

Feb 1, 2013

Super Bowl ads court controversy, get pre-game payoff

Feb 1 (Reuters) – Provocative commercials for this year’s
Super Bowl broadcast have scored points before the opening
kickoff, with eyeball-fetching teasers nearly as important to
advertisers as the longer spots for the actual game.

Even the prospect of bad publicity has not tempered the
promotions. Coca-Cola and Volkswagen entries
generated complaints about racial stereotyping. A teaser for
Mercedes-Benz showcasing a supermodel’s body has
already drawn the ire of some media watchdogs.

Jan 30, 2013

“Diabolical” Spacey plots revenge in Netflix show “House of Cards”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – In the new political drama series “House of Cards,” Kevin Spacey plays a win-at-all-costs American politician scheming to disrupt the young administration of a president he helped elect.

The setting serves as the backdrop for a series that distributor Netflix Inc hopes will leave its mark by shaking up the television landscape.

Jan 28, 2013

Time Warner names Tsujihara CEO of Warner Bros. studio

Jan 28 (Reuters) – Time Warner Inc on Monday named
digital technology expert Kevin Tsujihara chief executive of
Warner Bros. Entertainment, the film studio behind the “Harry
Potter” movie franchise and hit TV shows such as “The Big Bang
Theory.”

Tsujihara will begin the CEO job on March 1, Time Warner
said in a statement. He will succeed Barry Meyer, who will stay
with the company as chairman through 2013.

Jan 28, 2013

Witch-hunting “Hansel & Gretel” wins U.S. box office

By Lisa Richwine and Patricia Reaney

(Reuters) – A grown-up “Hansel & Gretel” grabbed the weekend box office title, pulling in $19 million (12 million pounds) in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales with its reinvention of the fairy tale characters as fierce bounty hunters.

“Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” knocked last weekend’s winner, low-budget horror flick “Mama,” into second place. “Mama” earned $12.8 million from Friday through Sunday, according to studio estimates, followed by “Silver Linings Playbook” with $10 million.