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Jul 6, 2012

Media, tech deals may make comeback at Sun Valley

By Liana B. Baker and Lisa Richwine

(Reuters) – A fresh sense of dealmaking excitement should permeate Idaho’s mountain air next week when media and technology moguls descend on remote Sun Valley for their annual conference, which in recent years has been as sleepy as the town for which it is named.

The latest moves made by News Corp, Vivendi and Liberty Media signal a shifting landscape of opportunities for snatching up assets as media companies navigate new entertainment platforms, a soft economy, turmoil in Europe, and the upcoming U.S. presidential election.

Jul 3, 2012

“Spider-Man” swings to $7.5 million late-night debut

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A movie reboot of the “Spider-Man” franchise snared $7.5 million in its web at U.S. and Canadian theaters from screenings just after midnight on Tuesday, distributor Sony Pictures said.

The opening for “The Amazing Spider-Man” starring Andrew Garfield as the swinging superhero matched the midnight sales for Sony’s last movie in the franchise, “Spider-Man 3″, in 2007. About $1.4 million of the new film’s opening sales came from showings on giant Imax screens, Sony said.

Jul 3, 2012

‘Spider-Man’ swings to $7.5 mln late-night debut

LOS ANGELES, July 3 (Reuters) – A movie reboot of the
“Spider-Man” franchise snared $7.5 million in its web at U.S.
and Canadian theaters from screenings just after midnight on
Tuesday, distributor Sony Pictures said.

The opening for “The Amazing Spider-Man” starring Andrew
Garfield as the swinging superhero matched the midnight sales
for Sony’s last movie in the franchise, “Spider-Man 3″, in 2007.
About $1.4 million of the new film’s opening sales came from
showings on giant Imax screens, Sony said.

Jul 1, 2012

Foul-mouthed “Ted” takes U.S. movie box office crown

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Comedy “Ted,” starring a foul-mouthed teddy bear, won the battle at movie box offices over the weekend, taking in a surprising $54.1 million (34.4 million pounds) in the United States and Canada and beating Channing Tatum’s steamy role as a male stripper in “Magic Mike.”

“Ted,” the first feature film directed by “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane, stars Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis and MacFarlane as the voice of the teddy bear who comes to life for his owner and swears, smokes pot and makes lewd jokes.

Jul 1, 2012

Foul-mouthed ‘Ted’ takes movie box office crown

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Comedy “Ted,” starring a foul-mouthed teddy bear, won the battle at movie box offices over the weekend, taking in a surprising $54.1 million in the United States and Canada and beating Channing Tatum’s steamy role as a male stripper in “Magic Mike.”

“Ted,” the first feature film directed by “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane, stars Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis and MacFarlane as the voice of the teddy bear who comes to life for his owner and swears, smokes pot and makes lewd jokes.

Jun 29, 2012

Big NBC slate may hurt new shows’ chance to score

June 29 (Reuters) – NBC plans to premiere 16 new shows in
prime time starting this fall, by far the biggest crop of
launches for any network for the next TV season and one of the
biggest new slates in recent years.

The large number of new shows is a function of the network’s
status as the ratings cellar-dweller among the big four
broadcast networks – the others are CBS, News Corp’s
Fox, and Walt Disney Co’s ABC. But the amount
of new shows also has the potential to overwhelm viewers.

Jun 19, 2012

Microsoft tackles iPad with Surface tablet

LOS ANGELES, June 18 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp
introduced its own line of tablet computers on Monday at a
much-hyped press event in Los Angeles, marking a major strategic
shift for the software giant as it struggles to compete with
Apple Inc and re-invent its aging Windows franchise.

The new tablet line, named Surface, includes a consumer
device aimed directly at the Apple iPad, and another, larger
machine designed to run the full suite of Windows software. Both
include a keyboard that doubles as a cover for the device, and
both will be powered by the new Windows 8 operating system.

Jun 18, 2012

Microsoft announces Surface tablet

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp unveiled a tablet called Surface on Monday, in a move to rival Apple Inc’s massively successful iPad.

The world’s largest software maker is on track to launch its touch-friendly Windows 8 operating system this autumn and wants to make a big impact with its own device to kickstart demand.

Jun 17, 2012

‘Madagascar 3′ romps over Cruise, Sandler films

LOS ANGELES, June 17 (Reuters) – The animals of “Madagascar
3: Europe’s Most Wanted” held the top spot on U.S. and Canadian
box office charts for a second straight weekend with $35.5
million, beating new films from Tom Cruise and Adam Sandler,
according to studio estimates on Sunday.

The third “Madagascar” movie about the misadventures of
escaped zoo animals lifted the animated family film above new
release “Rock of Ages,” a 1980s-era musical starring Cruise that
was No. 3, and comedy “That’s My Boy,” which landed with a thud
at No. 5 in what box office watchers said was the worst opening
for a live-action Sandler movie since 1996′s “Happy Gilmore.”

Jun 16, 2012

Ryan Seacrest looking at Dick Clark Productions – sources

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest and others are considering bids to buy Dick Clark Productions, the company founded by the late TV icon and Seacrest’s mentor, people with knowledge of the matter said.

Ryan Seacrest Media, Core Media Group and Colony Capital are among the potential bidders who have requested information from Raine Group, which was retained by Dick Clark Productions to run a possible sale.