December 24, 1989 |
Akio Morita wasn't the first foreigner to buy a movie studio during a decade when ownership of Hollywood companies began to shift overseas. But because he also is the founder and chairman of the Japanese electronic giant Sony Corp., his purchase last fall of Columbia Pictures Entertainment for $3.4 billion, easily became the decade's most ambitious and controversial move into Hollywood movie-making. Sony's purchase came two years after it bought another American entertainment giant, CBS Records.
December 31, 2012 |
The hit Mark Wahlberg comedy "Ted" topped the DVD sales chart for the second week in a row, easily besting two new competitors: The science-fiction flop "Total Recall" and comedy "Pitch Perfect. " Sony Pictures' "Total Recall," a remake of the 1990 adaptation of a Philip K. Dick story, was the most rented movie the week before Christmas, according to Rentrak Corp. However Universal Pictures' "Ted" and "Pitch Perfect" are not yet available to rent from outlets including Redbox and Netflix.
June 3, 1995
You may have missed a small yet significant reason Sony continues to market the Betamax tape format. About the time Betamax was heading off to obscurity, the Betacam format (which uses the same tape cartridge at a faster speed) was making its way into the broadcast industry. It soon became the worldwide standard for electronic news gathering and remains so today. As long as Sony is churning out tape stock for thousands of Betacams around the globe, keeping the cassettes available to home Betamax users probably isn't as big a deal as it might seem.
June 5, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before helping the dentist put his kid through college. The Skinny: Am I the only one who hasn't gotten his California tax refund yet? Just wondering. Tuesday's headlines include how Microsoft and Sony want to make their game consoles into cable boxes, Walt Disney Co. 's tough new guidelines on food and beverage advertising, and how Major League Baseball's talks for new TV deals are starting to heat up. Daily Dose: Now that Netflix is getting into the original production business, it is starting to beef up its publicity efforts.
December 6, 2013 |
Quick! The "crazy cat lady" is live streaming with a guy dressed as an elf and a room full of cats. It's the third and final day of " Christmas Cats TV ," intended to induce viewers to adopt one of the cats on screen. When last I checked in, the woman and her pointy-eared sidekick were playing with toy swords, with the music of the holiday season as a soundtrack. North Shore Animal League America, based in New York, teamed with Sony's Legacy Recordings to stream what's billed as a wacky grandma "rocking, knitting and hanging out with a room full of adoptable cats.
May 5, 2007 |
In a season filled with sequels, this is one plot twist that everyone saw coming. Within an hour of the first U.S. showing of Sony Pictures' "Spider-Man 3," police arrested a man videotaping the film inside New York's AMC Loews Lincoln Square theater shortly after the Thursday midnight screening, the studio said Friday. The suspect was spotted by theater employees, who summoned the police. Police made similar arrests in Malaysia and Argentina.
February 19, 2013 |
In its first week of release on DVD and Blue-ray, Denzel Washington's action-thriller “Flight” soared to the top of the rental chart but failed to knock "Hotel Transylvania" out of its No. 1 spot in the sales rankings. Paramount's “Flight,” which earned Washington an Oscar nomination, was the most-rented disc in the U.S. during the week ending Feb. 10, but came in second in sales. “Hotel Transylvania,” the computer-animated comedy produced by Sony, was the top seller in its second week since being released on disc.
December 27, 2012 |
The raunchy adult comedy “Ted” beat a pair of action films in pre-holiday sales of DVD and Blu-ray discs, with humor trumping the final installment of director Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, “The Dark Knight Rises,” and newcomer “The Bourne Legacy” as well as the animated “Ice Age: Continental Drift.” But “Ted” barely cracked the top 10 when it came to DVD and Blu-ray rentals. The winner in that category was “Men In Black 3.” Below are the 10 most sold and rented movie discs during the week ended Dec. 15 (sales)
April 15, 2013
The History Channel's TV miniseries "The Bible" debuted at the top of the DVD and Blu-ray sales chart, while Oscar best picture winner "Argo" held on to the top rental spot. Here are the top selling and renting titles for the week ending April 6 and April 7, respectively. TOP-10 DVD & BLU-RAY SALES 1. “The Bible” - Fox - Week 1 2. “Lincoln” - Disney - Week 2 3. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” - Warner Bros. - Week 3 4. “Les Miserables” - Universal - Week 3 5. “Wreck-It Ralph” - Disney - Week 5 6. “Parental Guidance” - Fox - Week 2 7. “Life of Pi” - Fox - Week 4 8. “Rise of the Guardians” - Paramount - Week 4 9. “Zero Dark Thirty” - Sony - Week 3 10. “Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One -- Avengers” - Disney - Week 1 TOP-10 DVD & BLU-RAY RENTALS 1. “Argo” - Warner Bros.
October 4, 1987
Sony's effort to buy CBS Records ("Sony Has Made $1.8 Billion Offer to Buy CBS Records," Sept. 12) could preface a new chapter in "The Selling of America." With so many household American brand names already in foreign hands--GE, Norelco, Magnavox, Philco, Smith-Corona and others--it may be hard to be concerned about the purchase of a record company even if it is the world's largest. We've sold off our consumer electronics hardware businesses to foreigners, why not sell off the software as well?