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Jul 31, 2012

DreamWorks talking to distributors about family channel

LOS ANGELES, July 31 (Reuters) – DreamWorks Animation
, the studio behind the “Shrek” and “Madagascar”
franchises, is talking with distributors about a new cable TV
channel it may create with “Casper the Friendly Ghost,”
“Bullwinkle” and other characters it recently acquired.

CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg said on Tuesday his company was in
“aggressive exploration” to start a family-oriented channel
after its recent purchase of Classic Media, owner of “Casper,”
“Rocky and Bullwinkle,” “Lassie” and other franchises.

Jul 30, 2012

‘Dark Knight Rises’ wins sluggish weekend box office

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises” earned $64.1 million at U.S. and Canadian theaters during its second weekend, topping box office charts in a sluggish overall market facing Olympic television coverage and the impact of the Colorado shooting.

The finale in director Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy starring Christian Bale added $122.1 million from international markets and has pulled in $248.2 million overseas since its July 20 debut, distributor Warner Bros. said.

Jul 30, 2012

“Dark Knight Rises” wins sluggish U.S. weekend box office

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises” earned $64.1 million (40.7 million pounds) at U.S. and Canadian theatres during its second weekend, topping box office charts in a sluggish overall market facing Olympic television coverage and the impact of the Colorado shooting.

The finale in director Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy starring Christian Bale added $122.1 million from international markets and has pulled in $248.2 million overseas since its July 20 debut, distributor Warner Bros. said.

Jul 29, 2012

‘Dark Knight’ wins sluggish post-shooting box office

LOS ANGELES, July 29 (Reuters) – Batman movie “The Dark
Knight Rises” earned nearly $64.1 million at U.S. and Canadian
theaters during its second weekend, le adin g a slump ing b ox
office fol lowing a fatal shooting at a Colorado movie theater.

The finale in a Batman trilogy starring Christian Bale added
$122.1 million from international markets and has pulled in
$248.2 million around the world since its July 20 debut,
distributor Warner Bros. said.

Jul 29, 2012

“Dark Knight Rises” tops box office, sales drop 60 percent

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Batman sequel “The Dark Knight Rises” topped movie box office charts this weekend with nearly $64.1 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales, a 60 percent drop from its debut last week in the wake of a fatal shooting in a Colorado movie theater.

The reduction in ticket sales for the movie starring Christian Bale as the comic book crimefighter trailed the performance of its 2008 predecessor “The Dark Knight,” which fell 53 percent in its second weekend to earn $75 million.

Jul 29, 2012

‘Dark Knight Rises’ tops box office, sales drop 60 pct

LOS ANGELES, July 29 (Reuters) – Batman sequel “The Dark
Knight Rises” topped movie box office charts this weekend with
nearly $64.1 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales, a 60
percent drop from its debut last week in the wake of a fatal
shooting in a Colorado movie theater.

The reduction in ticket sales for the movie starring
Christian Bale as the comic book crimefighter trailed the
performance of its 2008 predecessor “The Dark Knight,” which
fell 53 percent in its second weekend to earn $75 million.

Jul 26, 2012

ABC News chief defends Colorado shooting coverage

LOS ANGELES, July 26 (Reuters) – The head of ABC News on
Thursday defended the network’s response to an incorrect report
last week suggesting the accused gunman in the Colorado movie
theater shootings was linked to the U.S. Tea Party, saying the
network acted quickly to correct itself and was taking steps to
prevent similar errors in the future.

The report by ABC News correspondent Brian Ross was “an
obvious clear error we corrected immediately,” ABC News
President Ben Sherwood said in response to reporters’ questions
at a Television Critics Association meeting in Beverly Hills.

Jul 26, 2012

Big media stocks’ big run faces test this quarter

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Big media companies’ stocks have their swagger back.

A boom in political ad spending and bigger checks from cable and digital providers have driven up the stocks of Comcast Corp, Walt Disney Co, News Corp and CBS Corp, with their gains so far outpacing the broader market this year.

Jul 25, 2012

HBO nixes idea of Netflix partnership

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Consumers who dream of watching HBO hits like “The Sopranos” or “Game of Thrones” by streaming to TVs using their Netflix accounts shouldn’t hold their breath.

Netflix Inc CEO Reed Hastings raised the tantalizing possibility on Tuesday that his video rental company could partner with HBO, with which his company has jostled in the past, as it has with other television networks that supply programming.

Jul 25, 2012

Netflix cautious on subscriber growth, shares plunge

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Netflix Inc (NFLX.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) warned on Tuesday it may have trouble reaching its year-end target for new subscribers, an outlook that disappointed Wall Street and sent the video rental company’s shares down nearly 16 percent.

For the second quarter, Netflix returned to profit and reported earnings of 11 cents a share, beating analysts’ expectations of 5 cents. Its $8-a-month TV and movie streaming service added 530,000 new U.S. customers.