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Charting the ups and downs in the business of entertainment this week.

UP: David Zaslav
The Discovery Communications CEO rides a surging stock price to $42.6 million in 2010 compensation, nearly four times what he made the previous year.

UP/DOWN: Chris Meledandri
The producer’s Hop opens to a huge $37.5 million domestic haul but disappoints in a few overseas markets, raising doubts about the international appeal of the Easter Bunny tale.

UP: Celine Dion
The singer’s return to Caesars Palace after more than three years off is predicted to generate $135 million in economic activity this year in Las Vegas.

UP: James Murdoch
Rupert’s son is elevated to deputy COO of News Corp., putting him in pole position to eventually succeed his father.

SHOWBIZ STOCKS

UP Cinemark (CNK)
$20.17 (+4.2%)
The theater chain gets another Merriman Capital “buy” recommendation on 3D deployment and Latin America expansion.

DOWN RealNetworks (RNWK)
$3.69 (-6.3%)
Robert Kimball, CEO of the digital-media enabler for just 15 months, resigns.

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