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Jul 22, 2012

Warner mulls changes to “Gangster Squad” movie after shooting

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Warner Bros. studio is rethinking its plans for the film “Gangster Squad” in light of a scene featuring a movie-theater shooting, but beyond that Hollywood executives expect little fall-out from the mass killing at a Batman screening on Friday in Aurora, Colorado.

Officials at Time Warner Inc-owned Warner Bros. are expected to meet on Monday to discuss whether to remove or edit the “Gangster Squad” shooting scene, or to change the September 7 release date for the film starring Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling, a person familiar with the discussions said.

Jul 22, 2012

‘Dark Knight’ sales below forecasts after shooting

LOS ANGELES, July 22 (Reuters) – “The Dark Knight Rises”
recorded strong ticket sales in its opening weekend, but well
below forecasts given by many in Hollywood, as some moviegoers
appeared to have stayed away after a shooting rampage at a
midnight showing of the film on Friday.

The film grossed an estimated $162 million in showings
through Sunday in U.S. and Canadian movie theaters, according to
studio estimates from people with knowledge of the data. That
was lower than the $173 million that had been projected on
Saturday based on Friday receipts.

Jul 21, 2012

US shooting quiets Hollywood, slows ‘Dark Knight’ box office

LOS ANGELES, July 21 (Reuters) – Hollywood studios will not
release box-offices figures on Sunday after the fatal gun
rampage at a midnight showing for the Batman movie “The Dark
Knight Rises,” which made less money than some industry insiders

The film grossed $74 million on Friday in the United States
and Canada and is seen generating $173 million by the end of the
weekend, people with knowledge of industry figures said on

Jul 21, 2012

U.S. shooting keeps ‘Dark Knight’ box office at low end of range

LOS ANGELES, July 21 (Reuters) – Opening day ticket sales
for Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises” reached the low end of
box office projections as some moviegoers appeared to steer
clear of theaters on Friday after a fatal gun rampage at one of
its early screenings.

The film grossed $74 million on Friday in the United States
and Canada and is seen generating $173 million by the end of the
weekend, people with knowledge of industry figures said on

Jul 21, 2012

“Dark Knight Rises” ends Batman franchise for Warner

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The release of Warner Bros.’ movie “The Dark Knight Rises” brings to an end one of Hollywood’s most enduring franchises, as the studio searches to find a new one capable of matching Batman’s box office success.

Forecasts for opening weekend ticket sales were thrown into doubt after a shooting in Colorado on Friday at a midnight screening of the film. Twelve people were killed.

Jul 20, 2012

Colorado shooting brings sad end to Warner Bros ‘Batman’ franchise

LOS ANGELES, July 20 (Reuters) – High box office
expectations for “The Dark Knight Rises,” the final film in
Warner Bros’ Batman franchise, were clouded Friday by a shooting
at a Colorado midnight screening of the film which killed 12

The incident, in which a masked gunman opened fire on
moviegoers, including children, brings a tragic conclusion to
one of Hollywood’s most-enduring franchises, as Warner Bros bids
to find a new movie franchise capable of matching Batman’s box
office success.

Jul 20, 2012

After Batman, Warner Bros. hunts for next super hero

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Warner Bros. movie “The Dark Knight Rises” is expected to do big business when it hurtles into theaters this weekend, ending an era for one of Hollywood’s most-enduring franchises.

For the studio’s executives, it’s also a superhero-sized challenge to find a new movie franchise capable of wearing Batman’s cape.

Jul 19, 2012

PBS bags a surprise 58 Emmy nominations

LOS ANGELES, July 19 (Reuters) – Public television network
PBS surprised Hollywood by landing 58 Emmy award nominations on
Thursday, the third-highest total among all the nets, thanks to
the critically acclaimed drama “Downton Abbey” and a Sherlock
Holmes miniseries.

Cable network HBO topped the list for the 12th straight year
with 81 nods, including best drama series nominations for “Game
of Thrones” and “Boardwalk Empire.” CBS came in second and led
broadcast channels with 60 programs, including comedy “The Big
Bang Theory” and contest “The Amazing Race.”

Jul 17, 2012

Viacom blackout on DirecTV boosts Disney Channel

By Liana B. Baker and Lisa Richwine

(Reuters) – Kids and their parents shut out from watching Viacom Inc’s Nickelodeon on DirecTV appear to be turning to The Disney Channel, which is enjoying a ratings boost that could help the network even after a fee dispute ends.

Ratings for Viacom-owned Nickelodeon fell 20 percent last week when two dozen Viacom networks came off the DirecTV satellite service a week ago due to a fight over programming fees, according to Bernstein Research analyst Todd Juenger.

Jul 14, 2012

Politics, economics weigh on moguls’ minds at Sun Valley

SUN VALLEY, Idaho, July 14 (Reuters) – The 30th edition of
the renowned Allen & Co media conference came to a close on
Saturday with executives focused on the impending U.S. election
as they heard from business and political leaders, including a
finale with Oprah Winfrey and Warren Buffett.

The annual summer retreat in Sun Valley is typically a venue
for dealmaking among media and technology companies, but the
transactions can take months to come to light. For now,
executives talked mostly politics to reporters on the sidelines,
given the approach of the Nov. 6 election and concerns about how
the outcome will affect the economy, deficits and debt.