'Filmanthropists' make their mark

Apr 11, 2007
Deep-pocketed investors who are more interested in finding an audience for their messages than chasing returns at the box office are changing the business model for documentary filmmaking.
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Music biz'll never be the same

Apr 6, 2007
Digital downloads are forever changing the way we find and listen to music — and that's changing the way the whole industry works, says Daily Variety's Mike Speier.
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So long, Tony

Apr 5, 2007
This Sunday night starts the last nine episodes of HBO's "The Sopranos." What's HBO going to do now? Kai Ryssdal talks about new programming with TV critic Aaron Barnhart.
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Newest Discovery: eco-friendly TV

Apr 5, 2007
Cable's Discovery is set to launch a new channel next year focused entirely on eco-friendly living. It's betting on consumers'— and advertisers'— continued interest in everything green.
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American nerdcore

Apr 4, 2007
Music's Internet age and a wave of geek pride have led to . . . nerds rapping. About computers and video games and sci-fi. Some are even touring and making enough cash to live off. No joke yo.
Posted In: Entertainment, Science

First pillar of DRM crumbles

Apr 2, 2007
Apple had previously called on the big three record labels to remove digital rights management restrictions on their downloadable music — and this morning EMI announced that it's willing to play along.
Posted In: Canada, Entertainment, Science

'Fired' looks at getting canned

Mar 29, 2007
Thousands of people get fired from their jobs every day. There's a new documentary on Showtime tonight about the experience of getting the heave-ho. John Brady has a review.
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Artists take on the pirates

Mar 28, 2007
Some of Morocco's most-ripped-off artists have been developing new ways to beat the bad guys who counterfeit their movie and music disks. John Laurenson reports.
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Being Mickey Mouse's boss

Mar 27, 2007
Walt Disney Company President and CEO Bob Iger talks about what he's doing with the keys to the Magic Kingdom. The latest in our Conversations From the Corner Office series.
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Do movie critics still matter?

Mar 23, 2007
Fact is, many of the top box office draws are widely panned by critics. Now that we can watch trailers and read reviews from regular people online, are film critics are becoming irrelevant? Not exactly, says Daily Variety's Mike Speier.
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