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56 posts from October 2009


Tis the season

The latest economic data Thursday suggested that the U.S. recession is over, news that comes just ahead of key quarterly earnings reports for big media and entertainment companies that begin today with Sony and kick into high gear next week with Viacom, Time Warner, News Corp. and CBS. Full story


Earning power

The $90 million earned by Michael Jackson during the past year — 80% of which came after his death — put him at No. 3 on the Forbes list of dead celebrities making the most money. Fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent topped the list with $350 million, and songwriting duo Rodgers and Hammerstein were second with $235 million. Full story

AFI noms

“Balibo” led the pack with 14 nominations for this year’s Australian Film Institute awards. Warwick Thornton’s debut feature, “Samson and Delilah,” picked up 11 nominations, and Brandon Walters (“Australia”) was nominated in two categories. Full story


'It's' here

Check out THR's extensive coverage from inside Tuesday night's premiere of the Michael Jackson film "This Is It." Full story

'Trek' is tops

J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” walked off with the Hollywood Movie Award at the 13th annual Hollywood Film Festival’s awards ceremony Monday night at the Beverly Hilton. Full story. For an image gallery of Monday’s event, go to THR.com/abouttown.

ESPN scores

Buttressed by strong "Monday Night Football" deliveries, ESPN is on track to win its second straight monthly ratings race. Through Oct. 25, the sports network averaged 3.73 million total viewers in prime time, a 28% improvement over its year-ago delivery (2.92 million). Full story


No kidding

Children aged 2-11 spend more hours in front of the tube than they have since at least 2001, according to Nielsen Media Research. Full story

'Rock' payouts

VH1's reality hit "Rock of Love" has become a very expensive show. In the last month, producers have paid out more than $21 million to settle personal injury claims stemming from a driver for the show who had fallen asleep on the road and crashed the "Rock of Love Bus." Full story

Christensen sues

Hayden Christensen and his brother Tove have filed a lawsuit against a producer who claimed to have secured $250 million for the production and distribution of independent films. Full story

Looking up

Wall Street folks have become more optimistic about the advertising outlook for media companies ahead of the hot phase of third-quarter earnings season, and stocks have continued to run up as a result. Full story

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