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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

'The King’s Speech' Tops BAFTA "British Oscars" List With 14 Nominations

Courtesy of The Weinstein Company
"The King's Speech"

"Black Swan" also makes a strong showing with 12 noms. 

From The Hollywood Reporter-

LONDON -- Tom Hooper's The King's Speech is in pole position to be crowned the big winner at this year's Orange British Academy Film Awards, presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

There is nothing stuttering in the nomination race for the Colin Firth starrer about King George VI with the movie securing 14 slots on the potential kudos count sheet.

Click here for the full story from "The Hollywood Reporter".

For a full list of nominees, click on "read more" below.

Comcast-NBC-Universal is Born!

Comcast Captures NBC-Universal! The Deal is Approved!




The Federal Communications Commission has approved Comcast's acquisition of NBC Universal, allowing for a joint venture that puts a vast library of television shows and movies under the control of the nation's biggest cable and broadband Internet service provider. In a 4-to-1 vote, the FCC determined the deal was in the nation's public interest and assigned a number of conditions to the venture to ensure that Comcast shares content with cable competitors and gives other networks fair access to its customers.  For more on this story go to the Washington (click here).

This is a story we began covering in 2009 (click here for one background story).

Last remaining DVD Giant to phase down DVD access

Netflix limits DVD queue feature to its own site
Netflix has announced that its subscribers no longer will be able to add films and TV shows to their DVD queues via connected devices such as mobile phones and Blu-ray players. Jamie Odell, director of product management at the company, says subscribers will be able to add content to their queues only by going to the Netflix website. Home Media Magazine (1/17) , Electronista (1/17) , CrunchGear (1/17) Source: CES Smartbrief.

Regis Retiring, NBC has new landlord, DVDs and Recording Industry on hard times, Apple's tree gets shaken

From Company Town on the LA Times Blog:
A year to forget. No one would blame Hollywood for wanting to put 2010 in the rear-view mirror. After all, DVD, CD and video game sales fell. Blue Rays were disappointing. Cable lost subscribers, and fewer people went to the movies. Although it is easy to lay it all on the economy, one has to wonder if something else isn't happening in the way people are consuming their entertainment. "The studios and the content companies have become increasingly aware of the problem, but they seem collectively paralyzed about what to do about it," Craig Moffett, an analyst with Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., told the Los Angeles Times, which tries to make sense of the trends. 
Comcast captures NBC:  The real news will be the severity of the conditions put on Comcast regarding how the company offers its own content to rival cable and broadband distributors and how it carries content of competing programmers. The latest from the Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times
He's out of here. Regis Philbin, host of the long-running morning show "Live with Regis and Kelly," announced his retirement on Tuesday morning's show. Philbin, 79, has been doing the show for almost three decades and has become a pop culture icon. The show is also a cash cow for Walt Disney Co., which will now be faced with the task of finding someone to fill the seat and play well with co-host Kelly Ripa. Details from the Associated Press.
Bye By Discovery Health, Hello FitTV. 
Discovery Communications has discovered that there is an audience for health programming after all. Two weeks after shutting down the Discovery Health Channel to make room for the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), the Silver Spring, Md., media company said it would be moving much of the Discovery Health programming to its smaller cable channel FitTV.  The channel -- which is available in about 50 million homes or about half of all U.S. households with cable or satellite TV -- will be renamed Discovery Fit and Health as of Feb. 1.

The idea to add more muscle to Fit with the orphaned Health programming -- "Medical Mysteries,"  "Dr. G: Medical Examiner" and "911: The Bronx" -- came in response to queries from Health channel viewers during the run-up to the launch of OWN.  They didn't want to lose the Discovery Health channel.
Other apples in the tree. With Steve Jobs taking a medical leave from his job as chief of Apple, a lot of pressure will be on the rest of the leadership there, most of whom do not have the worldwide recognition of their leader. The New York Times looks at No. 2 Timothy Cook and the rest of the company's bench and the challenge they will face while Jobs deals with his health.
Broken records. The Wrap looks at the woes of the music industry and is anticipating a 2011 full of layoffs and cost-cutting.
Blockbuster cash crunch. Blockbuster, the struggling video store chain that is trying to get out of bankruptcy, is trying to get its bondholders to cough up an additional $200 million to $250 million to put it on solid footing. More from the Wall Street Journal.
Redbox woes could make Hollywood smile. At the end of last week, Redbox parent Coinstar lowered estimates on its fourth-quarter earnings. Turns out those 28-day deals Redbox struck in which it agreed to wait a month or so after DVDs of new movies were available before offering them for $1 rentals are hurting business. Why some studios aren't crying for Redbox from the Wall Street Journal.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Patrick Goldstein on the Golden Globes. The producers of "The Social Network" are trying to make nice with Facebook.