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  1. Google, Sky team for broadband

    4:00 am 12/12/2006

    U.K. satcaster British Sky Broadcasting and Internet giant Google said Wednesday that they are teaming to launch Web-based services to Sky's broadband customers (HR 12/7).Read more

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  2. MISSING HEADLINE

    4:00 am 12/12/2006

    Fact-based fiction ruled this year's National Board of Review selections as Clint Eastwood's Japan-centric World War II drama "Letters From Iwo Jima" took home film of the year honors (HR 12/7).Read more

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  3. sharper picture

    4:00 am 12/12/2006

    It's one of the first deals of its kind to put Hollywood and Bollywood on the same page and to provide a new portal for studio product into the vast Asian TV viewing market.Read more

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  4. week in review digest

    4:00 am 12/12/2006

    Jacobson in first-look deal with D'Works; ESPN drafts Europe's NASN; 5 mil 'Pirates' DVDs on Day 1; Korean bill seeks to unify reg agencies; Sony on top of world with $3 bil at b.o.Read more

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  5. EC to launch UMG-BMG investigation

    4:00 am 12/12/2006

    The European Commission has confirmed that it will open an in-depth investigation into Universal Music Group's planned takeover of BMG Music Publishing (HR 12/8).Read more

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  6. MISSING HEADLINE

    4:00 am 12/12/2006

    Mary J. Blige's "The Breakthrough" took on added meaning when nominations were announced Thursday for the 49th annual Grammy Awards. The R&B singer leads the pack with eight noms (HR 12/8).Read more

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  7. MISSING HEADLINE

    4:00 am 12/12/2006

    Snow BlindRead more

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  8. rambling reporter

    4:00 am 12/12/2006

    The most recent Broadway show starring the great Chita Rivera was much too good to have expired after only 72 performances (and 20 prevues) as "Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life" did in February. Perfect it may not have been but wonderfully entertaining it was with its dazzling diva and first-class credentials (book by Terrence McNally, direction and choreography by Graciela Daniele). Chita, heading a cast of 10, took audiences on a sprightly musical journey from her early hopes of being a pint-sized Moira Shearer to her Kennedy Center Honors decades later, which came to her because of what she added to the likes of Broadway's "West Side Story," "Bye Bye Birdie," "Chicago" and "Kiss of the Spider Woman," along with the movie "Sweet Charity" and other hits. (And yeah, there were flops, too — all part of "the dancer's life.") So it comes as particularly good news that the announcement made in February that the show would tour actually happening, something few expected would ever occur. It launches Dec. 19 for a two-weeker at the Aronoff Theatre in Cincinnati, then tours to more than 15 primary locales, including Miami, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Seattle, Costa Mesa, Calif., West Palm Beach, Fla., Washington, D.C., Boston, Providence, R.I., Milwaukee, Buffalo, N.Y., and all the way to Norfolk, Va., wrapping June 10. It's going to make 2006-07 infinitely brighter for many, especially those who believe as I do that whenever one gets a chance to see one of our towering talents in action — be it a Chita, Barbara Cook, Hugh Jackman, Christopher Plummer, Elaine Stritch, Michael Feinstein, Tony Bennett, La Streisand, et al. — one should do anything humanly possible to do just that. … Dec. 18 also is a day deserving a trumpet blast: It marks what would have been the 90th birthday of Betty Grable, the great pinup girl of World War II who helped pay the mortgage for a whopping 10-year period for 20th Century Fox studios (in the day when there was, officially, a hyphen between the Century and Fox in the studio's logo). For a decade, Grable remained the female star who reigned as No. 1 at the nation's movie boxoffices, every one of her films a moneymaker, though she didn't have a genuine classic in the lot. Most of our film legends had a "Gilda," like Rita Hayworth; a "Postman Always Rings Twice," as did Lana Turner; a "Some Like It Hot," like Marilyn Monroe — not Grable, whose musicals were chirpy, entertaining and Technicolorful but none a contender for National Film Registry designation. But Grable herself was a knockout — sexy, adorable, perky, good-natured — and the camera loved her. Who cared if she was just so-so as a singer, dancer and/or actress? "There are two reasons I'm a star," she used to say. "I'm standing on them." She also was, in person if not on a film, a very comical lady. Lucille Ball used to say: "I'm not funny. I know how to be funny, but I don't think 'funny.' If you want funny, be around Betty Grable. She's hilarious." (BG died in 1973 at age 57.Read more

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  9. money digest

    4:00 am 12/12/2006

    HDTV forecast lifts DirecTV; Take-Two slips on restatements; Outlook better for global adsRead more

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  10. New venture lures Airey from BSkyB content job

    4:00 am 12/12/2006

    BSkyB programming chief Dawn Airey will not renew her contract with the satellite broadcaster when it expires next spring, leaving instead to head start-up talent and content venture Lostar, it was announced Monday.Read more

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