Archive for June, 2012

Oscar Jaenada checks out ‘The Librarian’

June 29, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

EXCLUSIVE: 'Pirates' thesp boards indie drama

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CBS un-cancels ‘Unforgettable’

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TV News: Axed series to return with 13 episodes in summer 2013

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‘Ted’ snuggling up to R-rated record

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Film News: Could surpass first 'Hangover' as top new hard-R comedy

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‘Ted’ snuggling up to R-rated record

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Film News: Could surpass first 'Hangover' as top new hard-R comedy

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Gordon turning cannibal play into feature

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Legit News: "Re-Animator" helmer to bring L.A. play 'Taste' to big screen

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Mark Cuban flips the channel on HDNet

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Top News: New AXS TV branding to premiere Monday

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Mark Cuban flips the channel on HDNet

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Top News: New AXS TV branding to premiere Monday

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Sigourney Weaver in Chekhov reboot

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Legit News: New play by Christopher Durang at McCarter

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Betting on Bitcoin: Coinbase Wants to Be the PayPal of Internet-Only Currency

June 29, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Does an Internet-only currency — not backed by any government entity — have a chance to become the way merchants and consumers transact business? Coinbase not only believes so, but it has talked investors into giving it some start-up capital to build a much easier way for nontechnical users to pay with Bitcoin. For those of you who don’t know (and let’s assume that’s a lot of you), Bitcoin is an Internet-created digital currency designed to avoid fees for transferring money and to eliminate the need for credit card companies. Instead of being backed by gold or a government entity, Bitcoin is a bit of a rogue movement that creates value by solving mathematical calculations. The difficulty of solving the problems is what triggers the value, because of scarcity. Since the open source concept was started in 2009, Bitcoin has experienced a wild ride. On one side of the coin, it has been reported that Europeans have turned to the currency in fear of losing their savings in the collapse of countries like Greece and Spain.

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Supreme Court Won’t Examine Media Ownership Rules

June 29, 2012  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Media companies, in general, want to be able to own lots of other media companies, regardless of whether these companies compete in the same market. But broadcasters and newspaper companies will have to wait for another day to get a hearing before the Supreme Court on media ownership rules, which have been tied up in the lower courts for decades. The Supreme Court Friday denied petitions from a group of media companies, including The National Association of Broadcasters, Tribune and Media General, asking the high court to overturn a decision made by the Third Court of Appeals last July. That decision upheld the Federal Communications Commission rules governing how many TV stations a company can own in a market (known as the TV duopoly rule) and restricted companies from owning a TV station and a newspaper in the same market. The NAB, Tribune and Media General want to be free to own multiple media companies in a single market. In thier petitions to the high court, the companies argued that given the explosion of digital media, cable and satellite, the Federal Communications Commission's rules constrain their ability to compete and should go the way of the dinosaur. But with the Federal Communications Commission currently in the process of its quadrennial review of the rules, the petition was considered a long shot . This was the second time the Supreme Court denied broadcaster pleas to reconsider the constitutionality of the media ownership rules. "That decision [in 2005] also affirmed the FCC's ability to limit media consolidation to promote competition and diversity in local media markets," said Corie Wright, senior policy counsel for Free Press, one of the public interest groups that has fought back any attempt to loosen the rules. Broadcasters aren't giving up. "We're disappointed the Supreme Court declined to review rules that limit local broadcasters' ability to compete with our national and multinational pay programming competitors. NAB will continue to advocate for modernizing ownership rules that step from an era of 'I Love Lucy,'" said Dennis Wharton, executive vp of the NAB.

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