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45 posts from August 2009


Game on?

With a little help from the Beatles, Super Mario and price cuts from Sony and Microsoft, the slumping video game industry is hoping for a sales resurrection in the fall. The season gets a late-summer start Tuesday with the release of "Guitar Hero 5," and on Sept. 9 comes the launch of "The Beatles: Rock Band," which marks the rock icons' debut in a video game. Full story

Jay-Z calling

Jay-Z formally unveiled plans Monday for a charity concert, "Answer the Call," set for Sept. 11 at Madison Square Garden. All proceeds from ticket sales and concert merchandise will go to the New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund. Full story

No Stone unturned

British police said Monday that they will review the death of Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones, whose 1969 drowning was ruled an accident but sparked decades of speculation that he was murdered. Full story


First correspondent

NBC’s “Today” show has hired someone with White House experience as a correspondent: former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager. Hager, a teacher in Baltimore, will contribute stories about once a month on issues like education to television’s top-rated morning news show. Full story


TV in Motion

FremantleMedia Enterprises is betting that parkour and freerunning, up-and-coming disciplines of urban gymnastics that have already attracted an online crowd, can draw a TV audience. The company said Thursday that it has invested in and signed an exclusive partnership deal with Motion Inc., a specialist in the disciplines in the U.S., to grow the phenomena into global entertainment brands and league competitions. Full story


Dominick Dunne dies

Author Dominick Dunne, who told stories of shocking crimes among the rich and famous through his magazine articles and best-selling novels, died Wednesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 83. Full story

Atari in the dungeon

Turbine Inc., a Westwood, Mass.-based computer game developer, is suing Atari for $30 million, alleging that the company licensed the developer for a massive multiplayer online role-playing game based on “Dungeons and Dragons” but that Atari has continually missed its obligations under the agreement. Full story

Solo Bobby

Bobby Brown, once married to singer Whitney Houston, is set to perform a solo concert in late October at B.B. King’s in New York. No other dates have been scheduled. Full story


Rock haul

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is soliciting as much as $100,000 from big names, VIPs and rock stars for the Madison Square Garden shows Oct. 29-30. The shows -- billed as the 25th Anniversary Concerts for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation -- feature Bruce Springsteen, U2, Metallica, Simon and/or Garfunkel, Eric Clapton, Crosby Stills Nash & Friends, Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin. Full story

On trak

An online startup is looking to help entertainment professionals digitize and monetize the talent discovery and mentoring process while giving hopefuls a shot at stardom. Blazetrak.com, launching Sept. 15, will connect aspiring talent with registered professionals of their choice who will provide feedback on submitted materials, such as audio or video files, for a fee the pros set themselves. Full story

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