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May 6, 2012

“Avengers” muscles to record $200 million in debut

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “The Avengers” proved that five superheroes are better than one by bursting into Hollywood’s record books with a massive $200.3 million in ticket sales over its opening weekend in U.S. and Canadian theaters, kicking off Hollywood’s summer movie season with a bang.

The domestic debut for the big-budget, effects-filled movie from Disney’s Marvel studios sped past last summer’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows – Part 2,” which opened with $169.2 million in its first weekend, according to Box Office Mojo. In March, “The Hunger Games” opened with $152.5 million, the fourth largest opening in box office history.

May 3, 2012

Hollywood courts women to boost superhero summer

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – When Disney’s superhero movie “The Avengers” hits U.S. theaters on Friday, the actors who play Captain America and Thor will chat up the hosts of female-oriented TV talk show “The View.”

Hollywood is putting on a full-court press to attract women to summer movies. With a full slate of big-budget action films from Sony’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” to Warner Bros’ “The Dark Knight Rises” vying for the same fanboy audience, female filmgoers may hold the key to box-office dominance.

Apr 29, 2012
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‘Man’ leads domestic movies, ‘Avengers’ big abroad

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Romantic comedy “Think Like a Man” easily beat four new films to win the U.S. and Canadian box office race for a second time while superhero movie “The Avengers” stormed into overseas theaters with record-breaking sales.

“Think Like a Man” led domestic charts with an $18.0 million total from Friday through Sunday, according to studio estimates compiled by Reuters on Sunday. New movies including adult comedy “The Five-Year Engagement” didn’t come close, each grabbing about $11 million or less. 

Apr 27, 2012

Apple courts Hollywood for upcoming TV – sources

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) began talks earlier this year to stream films owned by EPIX, which is backed by three major movie studios, on devices including a long-anticipated TV, according to two people with knowledge of the negotiations.

Apple, which now sells a $99 set-top box that hooks up to a television set and lets users stream online content from Netflix (NFLX.O: Quote, Profile, Research) and the MLB channel, opened discussions with three-year-old EPIX, created by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp (LGF.N: Quote, Profile, Research), MGM and Viacom’s (VIAB.O: Quote, Profile, Research) Paramount Pictures.

Apr 27, 2012

Exclusive – Apple courts EPIX for upcoming TV – sources

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) began talks earlier this year to stream films owned by EPIX, which is backed by three major movie studios, on devices including a long-anticipated TV, according to two people with knowledge of the negotiations.

Apple, which now sells a $99 (61 pounds) set-top box that hooks up to a television set and lets users stream online content from Netflix (NFLX.O: Quote, Profile, Research) and the MLB channel, opened discussions with three-year-old EPIX, created by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp (LGF.N: Quote, Profile, Research), MGM and Viacom’s (VIAB.O: Quote, Profile, Research) Paramount Pictures.

Apr 27, 2012

Apple courts EPIX for upcoming TV -sources

LOS ANGELES, April 27 (Reuters) – Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) began
talks earlier this year to stream films owned by EPIX, which is
backed by three major movie studios, on devices including a
long-anticipated TV, according to two people with knowledge of
the negotiations.
Apple, which now sells a $99 set-top box that hooks up to a
television set and lets users stream online content from Netflix
(NFLX.O: Quote, Profile, Research) and the MLB channel, opened discussions with
three-year-old EPIX, created by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp
(LGF.N: Quote, Profile, Research), MGM and Viacom’s (VIAB.O: Quote, Profile, Research) Paramount Pictures.

One of the sources told Reuters that any discussions would
apply to its set-top box and also to upcoming devices that
stream content. Apple is widely expected to unveil a
full-fledged TV product later this year or in early 2013 to
drive its next phase of growth and potentially revolutionize the
industry.

Apr 27, 2012

Exclusive: Apple courts Hollywood for upcoming TV: sources

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Apple Inc began talks earlier this year to stream films owned by EPIX, which is backed by three major movie studios, on devices including a long-anticipated TV, according to two people with knowledge of the negotiations.

Apple, which now sells a $99 set-top box that hooks up to a television set and lets users stream online content from Netflix and the MLB channel, opened discussions with three-year-old EPIX, created by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp, MGM and Viacom’s Paramount Pictures.

Apr 27, 2012

Exclusive: Apple TV sets sights on EPIX movie service

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Apple Inc began talks earlier this year to stream films owned by EPIX, which is backed by three major movie studios, on devices including a long-anticipated TV, according to two people with knowledge of the negotiations.

Apple, which now sells a $99 set-top box that hooks up to a television set and lets users stream online content from Netflix and the MLB channel, opened discussions with three-year-old EPIX, created by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp, MGM and Viacom’s Paramount Pictures.

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.