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Oct 3, 2012

Lena Dunham vows to put some color into “Girls”

LAGUNA NIGUEL, California (Reuters) – “Girls” writer, director and actress Lena Dunham said on Tuesday she was adding new, more diverse characters for the next season of her HBO show, after criticism that the first season failed to portray the rich culture of its New York City setting.

And the 26-year-old, who often sheds her own clothes on the show, also acknowledged that, most of the time, “it’s not a good idea to be naked on television.”

Sep 30, 2012

Monsters party tops box office with ‘Hotel Transylvania’

LOS ANGELES, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Family film “Hotel
Transylvania” brought new life to movie box offices with a
chart-topping $43 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales
during the weekend, a record for a September opening.

The animated 3-D movie featuring the voices of Adam Sandler
and Selena Gomez finished ahead of new science fiction film
“Looper,” which took in $21.2 million from Friday through
Sunday.

Sep 30, 2012

Monsters party atop box office in “Hotel Transylvania”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Family film “Hotel Transylvania” brought new life to movie box offices with a chart-topping $43 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales during the weekend, a record for a September opening.

The animated 3-D movie featuring the voices of Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez finished ahead of new science fiction film “Looper,” which took in $21.2 million from Friday through Sunday.

Sep 16, 2012

‘Resident Evil: Retribution’ swims past ‘Finding Nemo’

LOS ANGELES, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Horror sequel “Resident
Evil: Retribution” grabbed the top spot at the U.S. and Canadian
box office over the weekend with $21.1 million, studio estimates
released on Sunday showed.

A 3D version of Walt Disney Co cartoon “Finding
Nemo” took the No. 2 spot in the U.S. and Canadian box-office
charts with $17.5 million, Disney said.

Sep 15, 2012

News Corp studio co-chair Rothman resigns as film, TV split

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The co-chairman of the 20th Century Fox film unit, Tom Rothman, will step down at the end of the year as the News Corp (NWSA.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) studio separates its film and television production businesses, the company said on Friday.

Rupert Murdoch’s media giant will consolidate film operations under Rothman’s co-chair and CEO since 2000, Jim Gianopulos. The TV studio will operate as a separate unit.

Sep 14, 2012

Wall Street scams get personal in Richard Gere’s ‘Arbitrage’

LOS ANGELES, Sept 14 (Reuters) – In the new film drama
“Arbitrage,” Richard Gere brings shady Wall Street dealings to
the big screen as a hedge fund titan trying to cover up huge
losses from a risky copper investment.

The scheming recalls real-life scandals and high-flying
bankers who made headlines and brought populist scorn to Wall
Street during the recent financial crisis. While the public may
be hungry to watch the downfall of a greedy banker, Gere’s
character in the movie that opens in U.S. theaters on Friday
isn’t an all-around bad guy.

Sep 12, 2012

Clock runs down for Lakers’ TV carriage deals

LOS ANGELES, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Time Warner Cable Inc
, which outbid Fox Sports for the local rights to air Los
Angeles Lakers games, faces the prospect of an opening tip off
on Oct. 7 without deals to reach fans of the NBA team in more
than half of the area’s homes.

So far, the only fans able to watch local broadcasts of new
Lakers stars Dwight Howard and Steve Nash will be the 2 million
who subscribe to Time Warner Cable. None of the area’s other
half-dozen pay TV providers agreed to carry the new Time Warner
Cable SportsNet or its Spanish-language sister, Time Warner
Cable Deportes.

Sep 12, 2012

Clock runs down for Lakers’ TV home to make carriage deals

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Time Warner Cable Inc, which outbid Fox Sports for the local rights to air Los Angeles Lakers games, faces the prospect of an opening tip off on October 7 without deals to reach fans of the NBA team in more than half of the area’s homes.

So far, the only fans able to watch local broadcasts of new Lakers stars Dwight Howard and Steve Nash will be the 2 million who subscribe to Time Warner Cable. None of the area’s other half-dozen pay TV providers agreed to carry the new Time Warner Cable SportsNet or its Spanish-language sister, Time Warner Cable Deportes.

Sep 9, 2012

Movies suffer worst box-office slump in a decade

LOS ANGELES, Sept 9 (Reuters) – The North American box
office hit a slump at the weekend, with top earner “The
Possession” taking in less than $10 million and what could be
the gloomiest overall haul since the aftermath of the Sept. 11,
2001, attacks on New York and Washington.

With only a couple of new releases to tempt movie fans,
horror movie “The Possession” pulled in an estimated $9.5
million in the United States and Canada.

Sep 9, 2012

“Possession” keeps top spot as box office slumps

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Horror movie “The Possession” held its grip on the box office for a second week, but North American ticket sales slumped in the worst movie-going weekend for at least four years.

With only a handful of new releases to tempt movie fans, “The Possession” pulled in just $9.5 million in the United States and Canada. The top 12 films grossed an estimated $52 million in total – a 40 percent drop from last week and about 20 percent down on the same weekend in 2011.