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Formula for movie franchise magic

Nov 17, 2006
Host Mark Austin Thomas and Daily Variety managing editor Michael Speier look at the key ingredients of a successful movie franchise.
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More Clear Channel changes ahead

Nov 16, 2006
It's official: Clear Channel has agreed to a buyout offer from two private equity firms. The broadcast giant also says it'll sell its TV channels and a third of its radio stations, but don't expect a big difference on your dial, Alisa Roth reports.
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Brits use Bond film as recruiting tool

Nov 16, 2006
Britain's MI6 Secret Intelligence Service has used the release of the new Bond film "Casino Royale" to launch a recruitment drive. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada, Entertainment

Weinstein movies only at Blockbuster

Nov 16, 2006
The producer brothers of Miramax fame have struck a deal with Blockbuster for exclusive DVD distribution of their films. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.
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Wanted: Hot mom and spokesperson

Nov 15, 2006
A pharmaceutical company that sells anti-wrinkle cream is sponsoring a contest to find the Hottest Mom in America. The winner will get a cash prize, and become the company's spokesperson. Lisa Napoli reports.
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No. 2 polluter: Hollywood

Nov 14, 2006
Pyrotechnic explosions and massive amounts of electricity used to power huge movie sets are among the factors making Hollywood one of the worst polluters in Los Angeles, says a new study. Sam Eaton reports.
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Zune is here

Nov 14, 2006
Microsoft's Zune MP3 player goes on sale today. Stacey Vanek-Smith looks at the marketing challenge the company faces going up against iPod's pop culture juggernaut.
Posted In: Entertainment, Science

Asking for a wider share of sales

Nov 14, 2006
Disharmony has broken out among former members of the British group Procol Harum. They're in court arguing over royalties for their biggest hit. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Crime, Entertainment

Celebrities in Africa

Nov 13, 2006
A lot of celebs have been earning brownie points lately for good deeds in Africa. But is the publicity they create better for the impoverished countries — or for them? Suzanne Marmion reports.
Posted In: Canada, Entertainment

It's become a matter of convention

Nov 10, 2006
Fan cons, like those attracting Star Trek followers, are a big part of the $4 billion consumer-show business. Joal Ryan reports on how the TV show took that industry where it had never gone before.
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