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  1. R&B singer Ruth Brown dies

    4:00 am 11/18/2006

    <a href="http://www.vh1.com/artists/az/brown_ruth/artist.jhtml">Ruth Brown</a>, the vivacious R&amp;B singer whose early hits established Atlantic Records, has died of complications following a stroke and a heart attack in Henderson, Nev. She was 78. (WireImage.com photo)Read more

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  2. Target blinks in dispute with Disney

    4:00 am 11/18/2006

    Target backed off plans to pull in-store promotions of products from Disney after the studio threatened not to ship DVDs of hit movie "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," a person familiar with the situation said.Read more

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  3. Vivendi considers sale of NBC Universal stake

    4:00 am 11/18/2006

    <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/search/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003409192">Vivendi</a> is considering the possible sale of its 20% stake in U.S. entertainment group NBC Universal and could start whittling it down early next year, the French media and telecoms group said Friday.Read more

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  4. De Vabres urges speeding of digital shift

    4:00 am 11/18/2006

    PARIS -- French cultural minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres stressed the urgency of passing a new bill that calls for a <a href="http://www.eetimes.com/op/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=187200447">major national shift</a> from analog to digital television in every household in addition to laying the groundwork for the eventual development of HDTV and handheld portable TV.Read more

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  5. 'Happy Feet' lands promo partners

    4:00 am 11/18/2006

    Warner Bros. has lined up 10 promotional partners for <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/film/reviews/article_display.jsp?&amp;rid=8229">"Happy Feet,"</a> including Comcast, Sears, Burger King, General Mills and Roche -- the first pharmaceutical company believed to ever tie in with a movie property.Read more

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  6. London raid snares pirated Bollywood haul

    4:00 am 11/18/2006

    LONDON -- U.K. record industry association the British Phonographic Industry said Friday that an anti-piracy operation conducted over the past week in West London included the seizure of 200,000 Bollywood DVDs and CDs.Read more

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  7. New foundation to boost Rome film biz

    4:00 am 11/18/2006

    ROME -- The city of Rome, the area's regional government and the Italian capital's Chamber of Commerce are joining forces to develop a new Cinema For Rome Foundation, which will promote the film industry in Rome -- particularly the fledgling RomaCinemaFest. <br />Read more

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  8. Canada bill eyes TV violence

    4:00 am 11/18/2006

    TORONTO -- U.S. dramas and films airing on Canadian television could be subject to new regulations after the House of Commons in Ottawa debates next week a bill to curb kids TV violence.Read more

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  9. Fuji, Asahi a tale of two halves

    4:00 am 11/18/2006

    Two of Japan's largest private broadcasters have reported starkly contrasting business performances for the first half of the business year with Fuji Television Network Inc. recording a 19% improvement in net profit from the same period last year, while TV Asahi Corp.'s earnings tumbled more than 14%.Read more

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  10. China participation highlights Kolkata fest

    4:00 am 11/18/2006

    NEW DELHI -- The week-long Kolkata Film Festival, India's only non-competitive festival, ended Friday with a screening of "Kaalpurush" by renowned Indian director Buddhadeb Dasgupta.Read more

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