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Apr 24, 2012

Mobster show gives Netflix an idea it can’t refuse

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An experiment with a fish-out-of-water story about a New York mobster who relocates to frosty Norway helped convince Netflix Inc to add more original programming to its video-subscription service as it undergoes a transition.

“Lilyhammer,” starring Steven Van Zandt, a guitarist in Bruce Springsteen’s band whose acting credits include playing a wiseguy in HBO’s “The Sopranos,” racked up enough viewing hours that Netflix declared it a success. The company, based in Los Gatos, California, said it would build its slate of original programming to take on HBO and other cable channels that win viewers by producing their own shows.

Apr 23, 2012

Netflix spooks Street with sputtering user growth

April 23 (Reuters) – Netflix Inc projected slower
subscriber growth for its key U.S. video-streaming service,
disappointing investors and sending its shares down 17 percent.

While Netflix reported a first-quarter loss that was not as
steep as Wall Street projected, it warned that domestic
streaming additions in the second quarter would be below that
seen during the same period in 2010.

Apr 22, 2012
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‘Think Like a Man’ ends ‘Hunger Games’ streak

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 The box office competition finally overwhelmed “The Hunger Games” as the romantic comedy “Think Like a Man” beat expectations with a chart-topping $33.0 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales over the weekend. 

Love story “The Lucky One” also exceeded forecasts to finish second with $22.8 million from Friday through Sunday, according to studio estimates. The two films pushed the blockbuster “Hunger Games” to third, ending its four-week streak at No. 1. 

Apr 21, 2012

Under pressure, Disney film boss Ross resigns

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Rich Ross resigned under pressure as chairman of Walt Disney Co’s (DIS.N: Quote, Profile, Research) movie studio after a less than three-year run that included the release of “John Carter,” one of the biggest flops in recent Hollywood history.

Ross, named to the job in October 2009, was never able to duplicate the success he enjoyed as president of the Disney Channel, where he was credited with creating monster franchises that included “High School Musical” and “Hannah Montana.”

Apr 20, 2012

Tricky time for Netflix as loss expected

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Netflix Inc reports quarterly results on Monday at a precarious time. Its bill for streaming movies and TV shows has soared at a time when customer growth is slowing and the company projects an expansion abroad will push it into the red.

Wall Street expects Netflix to lose about 27 cents a share, but investors will zero in on how many new customers the video rental company added in the past three months.

Apr 20, 2012

Disney film studio chief Ross steps down

LOS ANGELES, April 20 (Reuters) – Rich Ross stepped down as
chairman of Walt Disney Co’s movie studio after a less
than three-year run that included the release of “John Carter,”
one of the biggest flops in recent Hollywood history.

Ross, named to the job in October 2009, was never able to
duplicate the success he enjoyed as president of the Disney
Channel, where he was credited with creating monster franchises
that included “High School Musical” and “Hannah Montana.”

Apr 20, 2012

EXCLUSIVE: Disney film studio chief Ross steps down

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Rich Ross, chairman of Walt Disney Co’s (DIS.N: Quote, Profile, Research) movie studio, stepped down after a two-year stint that included the release of “John Carter,” one of the biggest flops in recent Hollywood history.

Ross, named to the job in October 2009, was never able to duplicate the success he enjoyed as president of the Disney Channel, where he was credited with creating monster franchises that included “High School Musical” and “Hannah Montana.”

Apr 20, 2012

Exclusive: Disney film studio chief Ross steps down

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Rich Ross, chairman of Walt Disney Co’s movie studio, stepped down after a two-year stint that included the release of “John Carter,” one of the biggest flops in recent Hollywood history.

Ross, named to the job in October 2009, was never able to duplicate the success he enjoyed as president of the Disney Channel, where he was credited with creating monster franchises that included “High School Musical” and “Hannah Montana.”

Apr 15, 2012

“Hunger Games” rings up 4th box office win

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The blockbuster movie “The Hunger Games” dominated box office charts for the fourth weekend in a row, outselling three new releases at U.S. and Canadian theaters.

The Lions Gate Entertainment Corp drama about a televised teen death match brought in $21.5 million at domestic theaters from Friday through Sunday, according to studio estimates compiled by Reuters.

Apr 9, 2012

Three in a row – ”Hunger Games” leads box office

By Lisa Richwine

(Reuters) – Movie sensation “The Hunger Games” survived fresh competition from the “Titanic” and the gross-out “American Pie” gang to notch its third domestic box office win over the weekend.

“Hunger Games” took in $33.5 million at U.S. and Canadian theatres from Friday through Sunday and lifted its domestic sales through three weekends to $302.8 million, according to studio estimates released on Sunday.