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MISC by Marauder
April 8, 2009, 6:29 PM
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Hugh Jackman, the star of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” says he is “heartbroken” that the 20th Century Fox film has been leaked on the Internet almost a month before its premiere. “Obviously people are seeing an unfinished film. It’s like a Ferrari without a paint job.” (Iwantmedia 4/8, http://www.reuters.com/article/lifestyleMolt/idUSTRE5370SP20090408 4/8)

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MISC by Marauder
April 7, 2009, 7:10 PM
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Movie rental company Blockbuster says the risk that it may not complete financing deals raises “substantial doubt” about its ability to continue as a going concern. The Dallas-based Blockbuster is struggling amid the rising popularity of DVD-by-mail services like Netflix. (Iwantmedia 4/07, http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Blockbuster-may-not-be-able-apf-14864522.html 4/6)

Turner-owned TruTV has signed on as a promotional partner for a pair of upcoming theatricals from Universal Pictures: the Russell Crowe-driven “State of Play” and “Land of the Lost,” which stars Will Ferrell. The deal involves TruTV running 90-second sneak peaks of “State of Play” this Sunday as well as two weeks of custom promos for “Land of the Lost,” beginning in May. Variety (4/6)

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GAMING by Marauder
March 18, 2009, 12:53 AM
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The gaming and movie worlds continue to cross-pollinate. Screenwriter David Hayter (Watchmen, X-Men) – who also provides the voice of Solid Snake in the Metal Gear games – is teaming with Benedict Carver, producer of the upcoming Tekken movie, to form Dark Hero Studios, a new entity out to develop film, TV, internet, comic and videogame projects in the action, sci-fi and horror genres. The idea is to finance through pre-sales and equity so that Dark Hero can retain negative ownership in order to build a library of films. Dark Hero’s first project will be “Demonology” written and directed by Mr. Hayter, per Variety, based on his experiences attending an international high school in Japan. (Cynopsis 3/17)

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MISC by Marauder
March 13, 2009, 7:00 AM
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Large format film exhibitor IMAX reported a net loss per share of $0.21 for the quarter ending Dec. 31, 2008, compared to a net loss per share of $0.25 for Q4 of fiscal 2007. The Toronto-based company says it has successfully launched its IMAX digital product in 46 theaters during the second half of 2008 and has now installed a total of 60 IMAX projection systems. New release Watchman generated $8 million in box office receipts during its first 6 days. (Cynopsis 3/13)

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MISC by Marauder
March 11, 2009, 6:11 PM
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Sony Pictures Entertainment, the movie studio subsidiary of the Japanese electronics maker, is laying off nearly 250 people and eliminating nearly 100 open positions in an effort to cut costs. The studio cites declines in television syndication, DVDs and advertising sales. (Iwantmedia 3/11, http://tech.yahoo.com/news/ap/20090310/ap_on_hi_te/sony_pictures_cuts 3/10)

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MISC by Marauder
March 9, 2009, 7:51 PM
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The Warner Bros. brooding, superhero thriller “Watchmen” took in more than $50 million at the box office this weekend, but the R-rated, comic-book adaptation fell short of hitting the kind of numbers that the studio hoped would turn it into the next “Dark Knight.” (Iwantmedia 3/9, http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123653679431864173.html 3/9)

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Looking to whip up excitement about its upcoming “Party Down” series, Starz will release the first episode to multichannel providers a week before the March 20 debut. Partners such as Charter, Comcast, Cox, Mediacom and Insight plan to offer the episode, beginning March 13, via their on-demand and online services. Multichannel News (3/4)

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NBC Universal announced the day-and-date release of the Focus Features film Milk, winner of two Academy Awards including Best Actor for Sean Penn‘s performance as Harvey Milk. The film will be available On Demand (VOD) March 10, the same day it releases on DVD and BLU-RAY HI-DEF from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. (Cynopsis 3/5)

Killing the DVD platform one day-and-date release at a time.

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FOX announced it will premiere variety series Osbournes: Reloaded, headlined by the eccentric Osbourne clan of Ozzy, Sharon, Jack and Kelly, on March 31 at 9p following American Idol. The show will integrate audience interaction and comedic stunts as well as recurring segments such as “Osbourne in the USA” where the family works in places like a fast-food drive-thru. After its premiere, FOX will air additional Osbournes: Reloaded episodes as a series of specials throughout the season. FremantleMedia North America produces. (Cynopsis 3/5)

Michael Angelakis, Comcast’s chief financial officer, said the country’s largest cable provider would increase revenue, cash flow and revenue-generating units in 2009. “To what extent will we grow those metrics, I’m not 100% sure,” Angelakis said at an investor conference in Florida on Wednesday. “We are very confident we will grow those metrics.” CNNMoney.com/Dow Jones Newswires (3/4) , OneTRAK (3/4)

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