'A word from our sponsor' on demand

May 8, 2007
ABC and ESPN say they're going to offer some programs to Cox Cable for free, on-demand viewing. But viewers won't be able to skip the ads with their digital video recorders. Lisa Napoli reports.
Posted In: Entertainment

Directors offer Hollywood a package deal

May 7, 2007
Five Mexican movie directors are shopping themselves in a five-picture, all-or-nothing deal that could fetch $100-million. Lisa Napoli reports.
Posted In: Entertainment, Mexico

The movie theater lives!

May 4, 2007
Doomsayers have been prognosticating the end for movie theaters for years now. But even in an age of DVDs and Internet video, they're selling more tickets than ever — and now some are taking the business public. Lisa Napoli looks behind the curtain.
Posted In: Entertainment

Hollywood keeps cashing in on comics

May 4, 2007
Spider-Man 3 is all but guaranteed to swing in and open the summer blockbuster season with a huge box office take. Comic books continue to deliver for Hollywood, and it has a lot to do with the geek factor says Daily Variety's Mike Speier.
Posted In: Entertainment

China's new Idol: 'Happy Boys'

May 2, 2007
China's government is cracking down on one of the nation's most successful television programs, an "American Idol"-style talent show. But the new formula may still spell profits for the sponsors. Donna Renae reports.
Posted In: Entertainment

TV tries new ways to keep you on the couch

Apr 30, 2007
A new set of TV ratings coming out this year could affect not only which shows you watch, but also what you see during the commercial breaks. Andrea Gardner explains.
Posted In: Entertainment

'The best Marketplace segment ever!'

Apr 27, 2007
(...based on a Friday morning theater story out of London ...in April.) A European law set to take effect next year bans advertising that aims to deceive consumers, which means promoters will have to stop pulling misleading quotes from bad reviews.
Posted In: Canada, Crime, Entertainment

Amazon music store around the corner

Apr 25, 2007
The world's largest Internet retailer, Amazon.com is preparing to take on iTunes with the launch of its own music download store. But it's not likely to take a big bite of Apple's share anytime soon, reports Lisa Napoli.
Posted In: Entertainment, Science

Lord of the games

Apr 24, 2007
Software maker Turbine is hoping to lure online gamers away from World of Warcraft and into Middle Earth to play its game out today based on Tolkien's popular "Lord of the Rings."
Posted In: Entertainment, Science

Hollywood's shipping premieres overseas

Apr 20, 2007
Studios are seeing big dollar signs at the global box office. So much so that in some cases, they're opening domestic films in foreign markets first to generate big buzz and big bucks. And it could begin to influence the films themselves.
Posted In: Entertainment