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  1. BBC loses license fee battle

    4:00 am 12/27/2006

    LONDON -- In what amounts to a major blow to the credibility of BBC director general Mark Thompson, the government has reportedly decided to go ahead with a far lower license fee settlement than called for by the BBC.Read more

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  2. 'Museum' tops holiday frame; 'Dreamgirls' hot

    4:00 am 12/27/2006

    "Night at the Museum" was the star exhibit during the four-day holiday weekend that spanned Friday through Christmas Day, winning the frame at the domestic boxoffice with $42.2 million.Read more

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  3. Investors bet on Netflix share bump

    4:00 am 12/27/2006

    Bullish options activity on Netflix Inc. picked up steam as investors anticipated further share gains ahead of the online DVD-rental company's upcoming fourth-quarter earnings announcement, analysts said Tuesday.Read more

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  4. 'Wolfhound' rollout is biggest ever for Russia

    4:00 am 12/27/2006

    MOSCOW -- Russia's biggest ever cinematic release fantasy epic "Wolfhound" rolls out across the country and neighboring former Soviet territories Thursday on 640 copies.Read more

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  5. Sony ringing teens only for 'Messengers'

    4:00 am 12/27/2006

    To promote the upcoming supernatural thriller "The Messengers," Sony Pictures has included in its dossier of digital-marketing tools a ringtone only young consumers can hear.Read more

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  6. the pulse

    4:00 am 12/27/2006

    If we have learned anything from what went down in Hollywood in 2006 — besides the fact that celebrities will name their kids pretty much anything that happens to pop into their heads — it's that one group has emerged triumphant against all odds. Its members are at their best when things turn frigid and demanding, rendering them impervious to the typical forces that might hold others at bay: penguins.Read more

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  7. Spain's Iglesia trying new direction

    4:00 am 12/27/2006

    Spanish film director Alex de la Iglesia's next pair of films -- "Oxford Murders" and "Think About Disney," both shot in English -- will take him into new territory.Read more

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  8. Thorogood leads blues chart for 2nd year

    4:00 am 12/27/2006

    When it came to the blues, shoppers gravitated toward the classic rock stylings of George Thorogood & the Destroyers. The evergreen act's career retrospective "30 Years of Rock" logged a second consecutive year on the Top Blues Albums tally.Read more

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  9. Amazon flooded with holiday orders

    4:00 am 12/27/2006

    The 2006 holiday season was Amazon's "best ever," peaking with more than 4 million orders placed on Dec. 11, the Web retailer said Tuesday.Read more

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  10. Film will expose 'Naked Boys'

    4:00 am 12/27/2006

    In the grand tradition of "Dreamgirls" and "Funny Girl," the long-running off-Broadway musical "Naked Boys Singing!" is coming to the big screen as a full-length feature from Funny Boy Films.Read more

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