Kevin Smith Will Retire After Clerks 3

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) After helping to pioneer stoner comedies in the 1990s, director Kevin Smith has revealed he will leave moviemaking on a high note. The maverick filmmaker confirmed to Good Day L.A. that Clerks 3, the second sequel to his debut classic, will be his last film after … [Read more...]

Study Shows Consumers Want More Content and Less Features on TVs

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Greater Online Access is preferred to social networking support By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Social networking geeks wanting to have greater access to their favorite sites through their TV are in the minority, according to a new study conducted by NPD Research. The Study found that consumers … [Read more...]

”Lincoln,” ”Zero Dark Thirty,” up for Producers Guild awards

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By Jill Serjeant - LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Steven Spielberg's presidential drama "Lincoln," musical "Les Miserables" and Kathyrn Bigelow's Osama bin Laden thriller "Zero Dark Thirty" were among 10 films earning Producers Guild Award nominations on Wednesday, as the Hollywood awards season gathered … [Read more...]

Al Jazeera buys Current TV, terms undisclosed

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By Sue Zeidler and Liana B. Baker (Reuters) - Al Jazeera said on Wednesday it will buy Current TV, the struggling cable channel founded by Al Gore and partners, in a move that will boost the Qatar-based broadcaster's footprint in the United States. Terms were undisclosed, but analysts estimated … [Read more...]

LG Elec starts taking pre-orders for OLED TVs for Feb delivery

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SEOUL (Reuters) - LG Electronics Inc started taking orders on Wednesday for organic light-emitting diode (OLED) televisions, hoping to take the initiative over its rival Samsung in the next-generation technology. LG and Samsung showcased 55-inch OLED TVs a year ago but, priced five times higher … [Read more...]

News Corp buys regional sports channel in Ohio

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By Liana B. Baker - (Reuters) - News Corp said last Friday it bought SportsTime Ohio, a Cleveland-based regional sports network that broadcasts Cleveland Indians baseball games. The company did not disclose financial details. A source close to the matter said on Friday the deal was worth … [Read more...]

Character actor, World War Two hero Charles Durning dies at 89

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Charles Durning, a World War Two hero who became one of Hollywood's top character actors in films like "The Sting," "Tootsie" and "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," has died, a New York City funeral home said on Tuesday. He was 89. Durning, who was nominated for nine … [Read more...]

Actor Jack Klugman, famed for TV role on The Odd Couple, dead at 90

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By Piya Sinha-Roy - LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Emmy-winning actor Jack Klugman, a versatile, raspy-voiced mainstay of U.S. television during the 1970s and early '80s through his starring roles in "The Odd Couple" and "Quincy, M.E.," died on Monday at the age of 90. Klugman, whose pairing with Tony … [Read more...]

Joss Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot adds ‘Nashville’ star Chloe Bennet

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By Tim Kenneally (TheWrap) - Chloe Bennet is moving from "Nashville" and into far stranger territory. Bennet, who has a recurring role on the ABC drama "Nashville" as Hailey, has been cast in Joss Whedon's superhero pilot "Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D.," which is being written by "Avengers" writer-director … [Read more...]

Twilight Zone reboot in the works from Bryan Singer, CBS Television Studios

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By Tim Kenneally - LOS ANGELES (TheWrap) - Bryan Singer is about to enter "The Twilight Zone." The "X-Men" director is working on a reboot of Rod Serling's television series with CBS Television Studios, a spokeswoman for CBS Television Studios told TheWrap. Singer will develop and … [Read more...]

Owner of OpenTV slaps Netflix with patent lawsuit

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By Alistair Barr (Reuters) - The owner of interactive television pioneer OpenTV sued Netflix Inc on Wednesday, alleging the company infringed on patents that cover technology underpinning the fast-growing Internet video sector. Switzerland-based Kudelski SA, which owns OpenTV, said in its lawsuit … [Read more...]

Nielsen to buy radio ratings company Arbitron for $1.26 billion

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(Reuters) - Nielsen Holdings NV, known for its television viewership ratings, agreed to buy Arbitron Inc, the top provider of radio station audience ratings in the United States, for $1.26 billion (775.19 million pounds) in cash. The $48 (29.53 pounds) per share offer represents a 26 percent … [Read more...]

HBO making Game of Thrones-themed beer

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By Tim Kenneally (TheWrap) - Winter is coming - and so is a new line of beers based on HBO's fantasy drama "Game of Thrones." Presumably, all will boast a full, robust head, perhaps resting on top of a spike. HBO is teaming with Cooperstown, N.Y. brewery Ommegang for a line of brews centered … [Read more...]

Brightcove CEO Analyzes Apple’s Potential TV Strategy

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Offers a glimpse at what may be a two-tiered product launch By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) In the New York Times All Things Digital Blog, Brightcove CEO Jeremy Allaire has laid out what may be a two tiered policy for getting consumers to consider an Apple-built HDTV. The plan calls for Cupertino … [Read more...]

Blackmagic To Gear Up Cinema Camera Production

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With sensor problems behind them, volume production can begin By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Good news coming out of Blackmagic Design as volume production of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera is about to rev up, thanks to a successful test run of sensors that have passed their new quality control … [Read more...]

Lincoln leads Golden Globe movie nominations

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By Jill Serjeant - LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. Civil War-era drama "Lincoln" led the Golden Globe nominations on Thursday with seven nods including best drama, best director for Steven Spielberg, and best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis. Following the film among top nominees for the Hollywood awards … [Read more...]

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