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August 26, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
A trio of action films took the top-selling DVD and Blu-ray spots last week as the explosion-packed blockbusters from the spring started to hit retail shelves.  In its first week in release, the White House-set thriller "Olympus Has Fallen" was the No. 1 DVD and Blu-ray title. The movie, which stars Gerard Butler as a disgraced Secret Service agent who has to save the White House from a terrorist takeover, got a lukewarm critical reception but performed well at the box office .  PHOTOS: Summer Sneaks 2013 The Tom Cruise sci-fi vehicle "Oblivion" slipped to second place for the week, and "G.I.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
"G.I. Joe: Retaliation," starring Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis and Channing Tatum, is dominating in home entertainment. The big-budget action film from Paramount is the top-selling DVD and Blu-ray disc title, as well as the top rental.  The Jackie Robinson biopic "42" was second-bestselling DVD in its third week in release, while the raunchy comedy "Identity Thief" held strong, taking the No. 2 spot in rentals in its ninth week.  Here are...
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Thanks to a strong performance from its cable networks including TNT and TBS, media giant Time Warner Inc. posted strong revenue and profit gains and beat the estimates of Wall Street analysts. Revenue at Time Warner grew 10% to $7.4 billion and the company had net income of $771 million, or 81 cents a share, up from $413 million, or 42 cents a share, for the same period in 2012. Besides the Turner networks, Warner Bros., thanks to "Man of Steel," also helped drive results.  "This was a really successful quarter for us," Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes told analysts.  PHOTOS: Cable versus broadcast ratings Time Warner also raised its full-year forecast, projecting that adjusted earnings a share growth would be in the "mid-teens" off a 2012 adjusted EPS base of $3.24 a share.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 29, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
The Jackie Robinson biopic "42" scored the top spot on the DVD and Blu-ray sales chart in its first week in release. The film, starring Chadwick Boseman and Nicole Beharie, outpaced "Evil Dead," this year's remake of the tongue-in-cheek horror classic from 1981.  "Identity Thief," the raunchy comedy with Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, was the No. 1 rental in its seventh week in release.    Here are the top titles for the week that ended July 20 for sales and July 21 for rentals, according to Rentrak.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 20, 2013 | By Chris Lee
This post has been updated. See below for details.   The spirit of compromise prevailed late Friday in the drawn-out legal battle over the title of director Lee Daniels' upcoming historical drama “The Butler.” The MPAA overturned its original ruling from earlier this month that would have forced the Weinstein Co.-distributed film - which stars Forrest Whitaker as a domestic servant who worked for eight sitting presidents in...
ENTERTAINMENT
July 19, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before sending a check to Detroit. The Skinny: Although I consider D.C. home, I was actually born and spent my early youth drinking pop (what you folks call soda) in Detroit and am saddened by Motor City's filing for bankruptcy. At least according to Google Maps, my childhood home is still standing. Friday's headlines include the weekend box office preview, reality guru Mike Darnell finds a new home, and CBS and Time Warner Cable take shots at each other.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before avoiding the onslaught of Comic-Con tweets. The Skinny: Really hard getting motivated this morning. I keep getting distracted by all the Emmy coverage and being amused by reporters trying to top each other with arcane tweets and alleged snubs. Anyway, Thursday's stories include early Emmy coverage and analysis, a shake-up at Turner Broadcasting and a preview of Comic-Con. Daily Dose: While ESPN and Fox prepare to duke it out for sports supremacy in the U.S., Discovery Communications is looking to become a player overseas.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Reality television savant Mike Darnell is joining Warner Bros. Television Group as president of unscripted and alternative television. Considered one of the pioneers of the reality genre, Darnell has been a free agent since May when he resigned from Fox Broadcasting after almost two decades there. He has played a key part in the success of both wholesome shows such as "American Idol" as well as "When Animals Attack," "My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance" and more lowbrow fare. At Warner Bros., Darnell will be reunited with Peter Roth, a former top executive at Fox who is now president and chief content officer of the Warner Bros.
BUSINESS
July 18, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Time Warner Inc. is shaking up the leadership at its Turner Broadcasting unit. Phil Kent, chief executive of Turner Broadcasting since 2003, will give up that title at the beginning of next year to John Martin, Time Warner's chief financial officer. Kent will remain Turner's chairman until his contract expires at the end of next year. Turner, the parent of cable channels TNT, TBS, CNN, HLN, Cartoon Network and TruTV, is Time Warner's biggest revenue and profit generator. VIDEO: Summer 2013 TV preview Martin's rise positions him as a potential successor to Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes, whose contract with the media giant expires in about five years.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Film production powerhouse Legendary Entertainment has struck a financing, distribution and marketing deal with NBCUniversal, according to an executive with direct knowledge of the situation who declined to speak publicly because of the confidential nature of the matter. A formal announcement of the deal is expected Wednesday. The new arrangement is a coup for NBCUniversal, whose Universal Pictures has had a strong year with the release of hits such as "Fast & Furious 6" and "Despicable Me 2. " PHOTOS: Movies Sneaks 2013 Since 2005, Legendary, producer of the forthcoming sci-fi action movie "Pacific Rim," has had a distribution and co-production deal with Warner Bros., based in Burbank.
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