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Jun 10, 2012

“Madagascar 3″ cruises to N.America box office win

LOS ANGELES, June 10 (Reuters) – The third animated
“Madagascar” film stampeded past sci-fi thriller “Prometheus” to
top U.S. and Canadian box office charts with nearly $60.4
million in ticket sales over the weekend.

“Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” also performed well in
its debut in 28 international markets, bringing global ticket
sales to $135.8 million in its opening weekend, according to
distributor Paramount Pictures.

Jun 8, 2012

Disney bets $1 billion on Pixar-driven park revamp

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Disney California Adventure theme park in Anaheim, a dud since it opened in 2001, will unveil the fruits of a five-year, $1 billion renovation next week — and there’s a lot more riding on the effort than ticket sales.

Disney is counting on the overhauled park to entice visitors at adjacent Disneyland to stay another day or two, preferably in a Disney hotel. It is also a riposte to rival Universal Studios, which just launched a heavily promoted thrill ride based on the movie “Transformers.”

Jun 5, 2012

Exclusive: Disney to stop some junk-food ads on kids’ TV, websites: sources

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co, owner of the ABC broadcast network and a suite of cable channels, will stop accepting some junk-food ads on TV programs, radio shows and websites aimed at children, according to sources with knowledge of the plan.

Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger and first lady Michelle Obama plan to make an announcement on Tuesday in Washington, the sources said.

Jun 5, 2012

Disney to stop some junk-food ads on kids’ TV, websites-sources

LOS ANGELES, June 4 (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co (DIS.N: Quote, Profile, Research),
owner of the ABC broadcast network and a suite of cable
channels, will stop accepting some junk-food ads on TV programs,
radio shows and websites aimed at children, according to sources
with knowledge of the plan.

Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger and first lady Michelle
Obama plan to make an announcement on Tuesday in Washington, the
sources said.

May 29, 2012

Sony’s big summer bet starts strong with “MIB 3″ debut

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones’ reprisal of their roles as world-saving secret agents in “Men in Black 3″ collected $70 million at the North American box office in its initial weekend, putting Sony Pictures in a strong position leading into a summer of expensive bets for the studio.

Sony made a hefty wager on three big-budget films it will release over the next 10 weeks, risking as much as $1 billion to make and market “MIB 3″ and reboots of “Spider-Man” and “Total Recall” in the U.S. and foreign markets.

May 28, 2012

“Men in Black” sequel powers past “Avengers”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Will Smith’s return as Agent J to the popular “Men in Black” comedy franchise zapped invading aliens and toppled the steam rolling super hero film “The Avengers” from atop movie box office charts, grabbing $203.2 million in worldwide ticket sales.

“MIB 3,” starring Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in roles they last played a decade ago, opened with $70 million in the United States and Canada from Friday through the U.S. Memorial Day holiday on Monday, according to estimates compiled by Reuters.

May 28, 2012

(UPDATE 1) ‘Men in Black’ sequel powers past ‘Avengers’

LOS ANGELES, May 27 (Reuters) – Will Smith’s return as Agent
J to the popular “Men in Black” comedy franchise zapped invading
aliens and toppled the steam rolling super hero film “The
Avengers” from atop movie box office charts, grabbing $203.2
million in worldwide ticket sales.

“MIB 3,” starring Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in roles they
last played a decade ago, opened with $70 million in the United
States and Canada from Friday through the U.S. Memorial Day
holiday on Monday, according to estimates compiled by Reuters.

May 23, 2012

“Glee” graduates face tears, fears, uncertain futures

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Eight stars of Fox TV’s musical comedy “Glee” bid farewell to McKinley High and headed down separate paths to pursue their dreams, leaving fans guessing how the show will follow their stories next season.

Fox has said “Glee” will split time between McKinley High in Ohio and New York City, where two characters were heading, and creator Ryan Murphy has said all the current stars will return in some fashion.

May 20, 2012

‘Avengers’ outguns ‘Battleship’ at box offices

LOS ANGELES, May 20 (Reuters) – New action movie
“Battleship” collided with Iron Man, The Hulk and the rest of
“The Avengers” this weekend at movie theater box offices, and
the super heroes came out on top.

“Avengers” from Walt Disney Co’s Marvel Studios
added an estimated $55.1 million to its U.S. and Canadian ticket
sales and held the No. 1 box office spot for the third straight
weekend, according to studio forecasts on Sunday.

May 15, 2012

Third-place ABC’s new shows put Lee in spotlight

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Paul Lee’s performance since he took over as ABC Entertainment Group president in July 2010 gets these evaluations from analysts and other industry observers: “Good solid singles.” “Decent batting average.” “Doing reasonably well.”

Not bad, in other words, but no home runs.

After his first full season atop the network, ABC is essentially in the same position it was in before he got there. Ratings are flat, and the network is still ranked third among broadcast networks, with an average of 8.4 million total weekly viewers, according to Nielsen.