Comcast Buys Out Microsoft Stake In MSNBC.com – Report

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(Reuters) - Comcast Corp, the parent company of NBC, has bought out Microsoft Corp's 50 percent stake in MSNBC.com for about $300 million to assume full control of the news web site, the New York Times said, citing people with knowledge of the deal. MSNBC.com was renamed NBCNews.com and users … [Read more...]

Steven Tyler quits ‘American Idol’

LOS ANGELES, July 12 (UPI) -- Rock icon Steven Tyler said Thursday he will not return for a third season as a judge on "American Idol" because he wants to focus on his band, Aerosmith. Tyler said the group plans to release a new album Nov. 6. "After some long... hard... thoughts... I've … [Read more...]

What Will Katie Holmes Do Next?

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Now that the dust is starting to settle on the biggest divorce of the year, Katie Holmes once again, has Hollywood at her feet. Because before she tied the knot with Tom Cruise, Holmes had successfully broken away from the wholesome TV actress persona and forged … [Read more...]

DirecTV Customers Lose Access To Viacom Channels

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By Lisa Richwine (Reuters) - DirecTV said its customers were left without Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and 14 other channels on Wednesday after Viacom Inc demanded that its networks be dropped from DirectTV's lineup in a dispute over fees. DirecTV, the largest U.S. satellite TV provider … [Read more...]

Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes Wrap Up Speedy Divorce

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By Bob Tourtellotte - LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise and actress Katie Holmes settled their divorce on Monday, taking less than two weeks to end a nearly six-year marriage that captivated the world and prompted questions about raising their daughter in the Church of … [Read more...]

Netflix Recovers From Miscues, Continues To Dominate

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) If you've ever struggled with a slow internet connection at around 6pm or later in the evening, you've suffered from what I like to call 'the Netflix effect.' That's when people who have "cut the cable," get home from work and fire up their Roku Box, Apple TV, or game … [Read more...]

Facial Unrecognition Part 2 – Obscured by Software

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by Jeremiah Hall (doddleNEWS) (FIG 1)  In Part One we looked at various camera and lighting tricks to obscure the identity of the person you are interviewing.  Now let's take a look at how to do it with software. In the old days, before desktop image manipulation was cost-effective, people … [Read more...]

TCM, TV Land To Pay Tribute To Griffith

LOS ANGELES (UPI) -- U.S. cable networks TV Land and TCM announced plans to honor the late actor Andy Griffith with marathons of his shows and movies. Griffith died Tuesday at his home in North Carolina. He was 86. TV Land says it is running blocks of "The Andy Griffith Show" Wednesday, … [Read more...]

Top 5 Andy Griffith Roles

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Actor and musician Andy Griffith may be gone, but television channels like TBS will make sure he will never be forgotten. Despite being in 80's, people will always see Griffith as an young idealistic country bumpkin with a good heart and head on his shoulders. Through the long career, Griffith had … [Read more...]

Facial Unrecognition Part 1 – Hiding The Interview Subject

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by Jeremiah Hall (doddleNEWS) This will happen to you as a reporter, videographer or a one-man-band: someone will want to talk but not have their face on television.  How do you handle the request, and how do you do it? First Things First Why? Why does the subject not want to appear on … [Read more...]

Andy Griffith Passes Away

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By Heath McKnight (doddleNEWS) Sad news today as beloved actor Andy Griffith has passed away at the age of 86, according to TV station WITN in North Carolina. The star of The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock, Griffith's popularity spanned generations and delighted fans around the country and world. … [Read more...]

Bates Motel TV Series To Go Straight Into Production

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) The original Psycho is undoubtedly one of the best American movies of all time. Alfred Hitchcock's influential editing and Anthony Perkins scene stealing performance helped spawned a raft of made-for-TV sequels, prequels and even a short lived NBC series. There was … [Read more...]

Casting Actors for Low Budget Films – Part 8

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Continuing from where we left off in part 7 in this series, we’ll finish off with what we look for in casting an actor and some final words. Chemistry A good actor can bring a character to life, a great actor can help bring all the other characters to life. … [Read more...]

Entire ‘Community’ Cast Returning Next Season

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By Tim Kenneally - LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - "Community" creator Dan Harmon might have been shown the door, but rest assured - when the doors open at Greendale Community College once again, the on-air talent will all be aboard. Yes, and that includes Chevy Chase - who famously criticized the … [Read more...]

Russell Brand Returns To Stand-Up On TV’s ‘Brand X’

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(The story contains sexual reference in the fifth paragraph) By Jill Serjeant - LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - He's played an out-of-control rocker in Hollywood movie "Get Him to the Greek" and a drunken playboy in "Arthur," but in his first U.S. television show, Americans will see raucous British … [Read more...]

Ann Curry Gives Tearful Farewell To Today Show

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - In an emotional farewell, Ann Curry said on Thursday she was leaving as co-host of NBC's "Today" show in an announcement that follows the early morning program's recent ratings slump. Choking back tears, Curry told viewers at the end of Thursday's program she would be leaving … [Read more...]

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