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December 23, 2009 | By Doug Elfman
Here's your unlikeliest feel-good story for Christmas week: Las Vegas' newest rising celebrities are four local guys who have been quietly running a family-owned pawnshop downtown for years. This summer, the History Channel launched the reality show "Pawn Stars" to focus on their Gold & Silver Pawn Shop and its boutique-museum hodgepodge of items people have pawned. There are Rolexes and motorcycles (of course), but also two-century-old rifles, a centuries-old samurai sword, a 1920s surgical chair, a Super Bowl ring, Olympic medals and an 1830 gold-gilded Ormolu clock known as "The Death Clock," because gilders handled deadly mercury to craft it. "It's 'Antiques Roadshow' with cash," says Corey Harrison, the youngest of the family.
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March 1, 2014 | By Chris Barton
For the first time in its run, the chips look stacked against "The Lego Movie. " Liam Neeson's latest action film, "Non-Stop," surged to the top of the box office on its opening night Friday with $10 million in ticket sales, according to estimates. Just behind with an estimated $9.4 million was "Son of God," the biblical epic culled from the History Channel's hit 10-hour miniseries "The Bible. " With Neeson starring as a federal air marshal in a race against time to save an airliner, "Non-Stop" builds on the success the actor has had with thrillers "Taken" and "Taken 2. " Also starring Julianne Moore and the Oscar-nominated Lupita Nyong'o of "12 Years a Slave," the film was expected to earn $20 million this weekend.
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January 25, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
The companies with the most positive buzz last year include retail brands such as Target, automakers such as Ford and tech giants such as Apple. YouGov BrandIndex rated the companies by asking survey respondents throughout the year whether they had heard anything about the brands recently through advertising, news or word of mouth. The most in-the-now businesses, in order: 1.    Subway 2.    Amazon 3.    History Channel 4.    Google 5.    Cheerios 6.    Lowe's 7.    Ford 8.    Discovery Channel 9.    Target 10.    Apple Top-ranked Subway was the only dining establishment to crack the top 10, with its increasing emphasis on fresh and healthy ingredients and sodium reduction while maintaining its reputation for budget meals . Amazon landed high because of its Kindle Fire launch and dominance of online retailing.
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February 28, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
The release of the Christian film "Son of God" this weekend kicks off an unusually large slate of wide-release religious movies for 2014. Soon to come are "Noah" and "Exodus," followed by the Christian-themed "Heaven Is for Real. " Talk about a flood. "Son of God" comes a decade after the controversial hit "The Passion of the Christ," which generated more than $370 million in revenue at the domestic box office. The new film, culled from footage from the successful History channel "Bible" miniseries, is not expected to do as well, though it could open with up to $20 million in ticket sales in its first weekend, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys.  REVIEW: 'Son of God' takes on epic proportions effectively The gallery above gives a sampling of significant religious movies and their box office numbers of the past (using data from Rentrak and Box Office Mojo)
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January 3, 2010 | By Matea Gold reporting from new york >>>
History channel President Nancy Dubuc knows what she's up against running a cable television network devoted to events from long ago in an age of real-time tweets and quirky videos that go viral instantaneously. "History, people automatically say, is black and white and fuddy-duddy," she said matter-of-factly. But not according to Dubuc. Since taking over History three years ago, the young executive has sought to recast the network in Technicolor. To do so, she's undertaken a provocative strategy: severing the cable channel's tether to the past.
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November 29, 2009
The xx : Its name and austere design aesthetic give the impression of spartan-minded hardcore punks, but instead this English indie pop group's debut album, "XX," is one of the coolest slabs of minimalist electro-soul this side of Portishead. Built on the dreamy vocals of Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim and achingly spare guitars nicked from the Cure, this album is rated for all audiences. 'Thirst' : We expected some dark scares from this South Korean import, but this film offered further evidence that the best ideas in vampire movies are coming from the other side of the world.
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January 8, 2011 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
The Kennedys have no one left serving on Capitol Hill, but the family may still have enough clout to prevent a miniseries about the dynasty from airing in the United States. In a statement Friday, the History Channel said it had decided not to air "The Kennedys," an eight-part miniseries that stars Greg Kinnear as President Kennedy, Katie Holmes as his wife, Jacqueline, and Barry Pepper as Robert F. Kennedy. "While the film is produced and acted with the highest quality, after viewing the final product in its totality, we have concluded this dramatic interpretation is not a fit for the History brand," the network said in a statement.
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February 28, 2013 | By Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times
Have the Vikings gotten a bum rap? At least according to popular imagination, they were fearsome barbarians in horned helmets who pillaged their way across Northern Europe during the Dark Ages. And while it's true these seafaring Norsemen were hardly a bunch of peaceniks, the new History scripted series "Vikings" will attempt to bring some nuance to the caricature of the bearded brutes when it premieres Sunday. "The great thesis is, 'You think you know the Vikings, but you don't," said series creator Michael Hirst.
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February 5, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
History's next big miniseries will be titled "World Wars," and as the name suggests, it'll be looking at the 30-year span of time that saw World War I and World War II. History announced the project Wednesday and revealed that the six-part series will air on both History and H2, and be seen in 160 countries around the world, which is more countries than were involved in either of the world wars. The project, which was filmed in both the U.S. and Europe, will feature interviews with Gen. Colin Powell, former British Prime Minister John Major, former Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti and Sen. John McCain, among others.
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June 5, 2010 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
One day, in the possibly not so far future, anything that you can do that I can do better, or that I can do that you can do better, or anyone can do better than somebody else, will have been made into a television show. Every profession, any pursuit — all you'll have to do is add "Top" or "Project" to it and you'll have created another reality competition: "Top Undertaker," "Project Unicycle," I could sit here all day making up these things. (Indeed, I believe that people do.) In some ways it's better than actually watching television.
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February 27, 2014 | By Martin Tsai
In the beginning was the Bible. The Bible begat the History Channel's "The Bible" miniseries. Now "The Bible" has begotten the movie "Son of God," which is essentially the second half of the miniseries, the New Testament, recut to feature length. The film emphasizes spectacle and slights the teachings and parables of Jesus, played by Diogo Morgado. But to its credit, "Son of God" proves more than a mere watered-down "The Passion of the Christ. " The epic proportions of the miniseries hold up well on the big screen, save for the digitally composed establishing shots of Jerusalem.
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February 18, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
"Son of God" won't be giving the devil his due - or rather, his screen time. To avoid another controversy about the character of Satan bearing a physical resemblance to President Obama in the upcoming religious film, the filmmakers have gone out of their way to edit the devil's scenes out of "Son of God," which is based on the TV miniseries "The Bible. " "It gives me great pleasure to tell you that the devil is on the cutting-room floor," producer Roma Downey told the Hollywood Reporter . "This is now a movie about Jesus, the son of God, and the devil gets no more screen time.
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February 5, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
History's next big miniseries will be titled "World Wars," and as the name suggests, it'll be looking at the 30-year span of time that saw World War I and World War II. History announced the project Wednesday and revealed that the six-part series will air on both History and H2, and be seen in 160 countries around the world, which is more countries than were involved in either of the world wars. The project, which was filmed in both the U.S. and Europe, will feature interviews with Gen. Colin Powell, former British Prime Minister John Major, former Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti and Sen. John McCain, among others.
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December 9, 2013 | By Meg James
Legendary Entertainment is expanding its television production repertoire by acquiring Asylum Entertainment, the firm behind the biographical miniseries "The Kennedys. " Legendary, the entertainment company controlled by film producer and financier Thomas Tull, announced Monday it had completed a deal to buy 100% of Asylum Entertainment, a 10-year-old production firm. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. Asylum specializes in unscripted and scripted fare.
BUSINESS
November 19, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
The Writers Guild of America-East, which has been trying to unionize writers of "reality" shows for years now, is just out with a new report on the mistreatment of these wage slaves in the ever-burgeoning and fabulously profitable entertainment segment. How profitable? The average margins at the cable channels that depend on what is prettily described as "nonfiction" television run as high as 60%, the guild says. And why not? Overhead is low, on-air talent comes cheap. Even a modestly budgeted cable scripted show -- the guild cites "Royal Pains," a very entertaining show in its fifth season on the USA Network -- can cost up to $2.5 million an episode; a nonfiction show on the History channel tops out at $425,000, and some are as cheap as $100,000.
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November 18, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Writers and producers who craft the story lines behind National Geographic Channel's "Doomsday Preppers" and other reality-TV shows lose $40 million annually in lost wages, according to a new survey by the Writers Guild of America, East. In its latest campaign to highlight alleged abuses in the burgeoning reality-TV sector, the guild said a survey of nonfiction TV writers found widespread violations of New York wage and hour laws, found that writers and producers lose $30,000 each per year in unpaid wages for hours they worked.
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April 3, 2004 | Lee Margulies
The History Channel apologized Friday for presenting a program last November that suggested former President Lyndon B. Johnson was involved in a conspiracy to assassinate his predecessor, John F. Kennedy.
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August 20, 2001 | PATRICIA BRENNAN, WASHINGTON POST
The History Channel, part of A&E Networks in New York, is a favorite of male viewers. With programs on war, raids, suicide missions and military blunders, crimes and trials and the FBI, guns and bridges, architecture and engineering, cars and motorcycles and trucks, it's a major Guy Channel. According to Abbe L. Raven, History's vice president and general manager, the channel's viewership is 70% male. "Female viewers tend to come along with husbands or boyfriends," she said.
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September 5, 2013 | By Inkoo Kang
The world has ended so many times this summer that the apocalypse has lost all meaning. But the Catholic-themed kill-a-thon "36 Saints" puts forth an especially hollow Armageddon, in which the final battle between good and evil is as flavorless and thinly structured as a Communion wafer. In a prologue that recalls the History Channel's UFO specials, director Eddy Duran employs voiceover to explain that 36 exceptionally kind people are born in every generation. But should all 36 be murdered, a demon will annihilate the human race.
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July 15, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
As more options for TV viewing emerge, and watching programming on smartphones and tablets becomes more popular, there's more pressure on cable and satellite companies to let consumers choose what channels they want to pay for. Some see such an "a la carte" system as the future of the pay-TV industry, arguing that it would be more fair for consumers. But according to Laura Martin, an analyst at Needham & Co., such a move would be a disaster for the business.   PHOTOS: Cable versus broadcast ratings If the pay-TV industry undid the practice, known as bundling, it would lose about $70 billion, or half its revenue, annually, she said.
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