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62 posts from June 2009

06/30/2009

Jackson lives on

Nielsen SoundScan's sales numbers won't be released until this morning, but industry prognosticators say that three of Michael Jackson's albums -- "Number Ones," "The Essential Michael Jackson" and "Thriller" -- sold about 100,000 copies apiece last week. Full story

Bollywood bash

Saavn, a digital marketer and distributor of Bollywood entertainment, will host a singing contest in the summer. Fans will be able to watch contestants' videos and vote for their favorites online. The winner will be selected by an Indian movie studio for a role in an upcoming Bollywood film. Full story

06/29/2009

More to 'Hate'

VIDEO: Nia Vardalos, writer-director-star of "I Hate Valentine's Day," dishes on reuniting with her "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" co-star John Corbett. Full story

Great divide

We knew the reviews for "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" would be fetid, and we knew the boxoffice would be smashing. But we didn't know the boxoffice would be this good and the reviews this bad, Steven Zeitchik writes. Full story

06/28/2009

'Overhaul' for MJ

After three days to process the shock and grief, organizers of the BET Awards — a show thrown into “total overhaul” by Michael Jackson’s death — turned Sunday’s ceremony into a major celebration of the King of Pop. Full story

CNN leads Jackson cable news coverage

CNN once again jumped to the ratings fore during a national news event last night, easily dominating the primetime cable-news audience with its Michael Jackson coverage. Full story

TV pitchman dies

Billy Mays, the burly, bearded television pitchman whose boisterous hawking of such products as Orange Glo and OxiClean made him a pop culture icon, has died. He was 50. Full story

06/25/2009

About a ‘Boy’

Steven Spielberg and Will Smith are moving forward with plans for a remake of “Old Boy” despite a complex, behind-the-scenes rights wrangle involving the Japanese publishers of the original manga and the Korean producers of Park Chan-wook’s 2003 cult hit. Full story

Gossip glut

At Yahoo’s annual shareholders meeting Thursday, CEO Carol Bartz proclaimed her solidarity with a man who practically begged her to reduce the amount of celebrity news on the homepage. Full story

Czech fest

After the snowy hype of Sundance, the bustle in Berlin and the sheer craziness of Cannes, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival comes as sweet respite. Full story


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