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  1. On Advice From Counsel, Mary-Kate Olsen No Longer Talking About Heath Ledger Death

    9:18 am 8/5/2008

    <p><a href="/images/2008/08/05/olsenmarykate.jpg"><img width="85" height="111" border="0" alt="Olsenmarykate" title="Olsenmarykate" src="/images/2008-small/08/05/olsenmarykate.jpg" style="margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px; float: left;" /></a> Things are <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3ieb1f595b5fc21e0a107bb79b5e29060b">heating up</a> between Mary-Kate Olsen and federal investigators probing the death of Heath Ledger.</p>Read more

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  2. Is It Time to Say Goodbye to Commercials?

    9:16 am 8/5/2008

    <p><a href="/images/2008/08/05/cablevision_2.jpg"><img width="200" height="28" border="0" src="/images/2008-small/08/05/cablevision_2.jpg" title="Cablevision_2" alt="Cablevision_2" style="margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px; float: left;" /></a> In what could turn out to be the death of broadcast television as we know it (too dramatic?), the 2nd Circuit has issued a <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/4483955/cablevisiondecision">landmark ruling</a> that legitimizes a technology called Remote Storage Digital Video Recorder. </p> <p>When Cablevision <a href="http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20060327/0214224.shtml">introduced its plan</a> in 2006 to allow subscribers to store TV programs on the cable operator's computer servers instead of on a hard-top box, much of the entertainment industry threw a fit, envisioning a TV landscape where consumers nixed commercials with absolute ease. They <a href="http://www.allbusiness.com/services/legal-services/4463560-1.html">rushed</a> to court to stop it.</p> <p>The content industry, led by lead plaintiff the Cartoon Network, <a href="http://goliath.ecnext.com/coms2/gi_0198-397993/Cablevision-Loses-Network-DVR-court.html">prevailed</a> at district court on its contention that Cablevision's plan was a copyright violation.</p> <p>But that was just the beginning. </p> Read more

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  3. Study: TV portrays marital sex as boring

    8:56 am 8/5/2008

    <img border="0" src="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/photos/stylus/24919-thrnetwork_embedplayer.jpg" />Article Template<a href="http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid1119669402">http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid1119669402</a><a href="http://www.brightcove.com/channel.jsp?channel=769341148">http://www.brightcove.com/channel.jsp?channel=769341148</a> var config = new Array();config["videoId"] = 1713734135;config["lineupId"] = null;config["videoRef"] = null;config["playerTag"] = null;config["autoStart"] = false;config["preloadBackColor"] = "#FFFFFF";config["width"] = 286; config["height"] = 277; config["playerId"] = 1119669402; createExperience(config, 8);<p>Marital sex on TV is &quot;nonexistent or burdensome.&quot;</p><p>Single and extramarital sex is &quot;glamorous&quot; and &quot;exciting.&quot;</p><p>That's according to the Parents Television Council, which released a study Tuesday on how sex is portrayed in broadcast primetime.</p><p>It also says those portrayals are wrong, very wrong, if not downright inaccurate.</p><p>&quot;Everybody is having sex on TV except for married couples,&quot; PTC president Tim Winter said.</p><p>According to the study titled &quot;Happily Never After,&quot; scenes on the major networks depicting or implying sex between nonmarried partners outnumbered similar scenes between married couples by a ratio of nearly 4-to-1. References to adultery outnumbered references to marital sex 2-to-1.</p><p>&quot;For many years, parents have worried about television's glamorization of destructive sexual behavior,&quot; said Michael Medved, the talk radio host and PTC board member. &quot;This important new report suggests another cause for concern: the de-glamorization of marriage. Statistics show that the overwhelming majority of Americans feel satisfied and fulfilled by their marriages. The notion that sex outside of marriage is inherently more exciting, more important, more worthy as the subject of storytelling, is a toxic message for parents and children alike.&quot;</p>Read more

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  4. NBC gains for 'Gladiators,' 'Star' finales

    7:59 am 8/5/2008

    <p>Monday night's season finales of NBC's &quot;American Gladiators&quot; and &quot;Nashville Star&quot; earned the highest ratings for the shows in nearly two months. </p><p>A two-hour &quot;Gladiators&quot; (5.3 million viewers, 2.0 preliminary adults 18-to-49 rating and a 6 share) matched its highest summer rating. A 10 p.m. edition of &quot;Star&quot; (6.3 million, 1.9/5) had its best number since its season premiere. The gains put NBC into second place for the evening, behind CBS' comedy and procedural repeats (averaging 7.7 million, 2.3/7).</p>Read more

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  5. LA Police Chief Better Watch His Step In Hollywood

    10:36 pm 8/4/2008

    <p><a href="/images/2008/08/05/brattonlapd.jpg"><img title="Brattonlapd" height="99" alt="Brattonlapd" src="/images/2008-small/08/05/brattonlapd.jpg" width="85" border="0" style="FLOAT: left; MARGIN: 0px 5px 5px 0px" /></a>Note to celebrities living in Los Angeles: Your police commissioner doesn't like you very much.</p>Read more

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  6. Jim Brown Runs To Court After Seeing Himself In Videogame

    10:33 pm 8/4/2008

    <p>For those in sports and entertainment who didn't like the <a href="http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4185/is_20071017/ai_n21064461">8th U.S. Circuit Court decision</a> that established that copyright law offers no protection over the names, nicknames, and likenesses of athletes (and perhaps a broader list of celebrities) in fantasy games, here might be an opportunity to respark the fight in a different circuit. </p>Read more

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  7. Now Verne Troyer Sues Ex-Girlfriend Over Sex Tape

    10:32 pm 8/4/2008

    <p><a href="/images/2008/08/05/verne.jpg"><img title="Verne" height="112" alt="Verne" src="/images/2008-small/08/05/verne.jpg" width="85" border="0" style="FLOAT: left; MARGIN: 0px 5px 5px 0px" /></a>The Verne Troyer sex tape scandal isn't over. Troyer settled with the porn distributor who got ahold of the tape and and successfully got the U.S. District Court to block the tape's release.</p>Read more

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  8. Better Than A Reality Show: Mark Burnett and Conrad Riggs Duke It Out Over Millions

    10:28 pm 8/4/2008

    <p><a href="/images/2008/08/05/markburnettpicture1.jpg"><img title="Markburnettpicture1" height="110" alt="Markburnettpicture1" src="/images/2008-small/08/05/markburnettpicture1.jpg" width="85" border="0" style="FLOAT: left; MARGIN: 0px 5px 5px 0px" /></a>In a matchup fit for &quot;The Contender,&quot; a big legal brawl has broken out between producer Mark Burnett and his long-term attorney and business manager, Conrad Riggs.</p> <p>Three weeks ago, <a href="http://www.enews20.com/news_Conrad_Riggs_Sues_Survivor_Producer_Mark_Burnett_for_70_Million_09311.html">Riggs sued</a> in Los Angeles Superior Court, seeking $70 million from Burnett (&quot;The Apprentice,&quot; &quot;Survivor,&quot; &quot;The Contender&quot;) because the producer hadn't paid him 10 percent of the profits as allegedly owed from a 10-year-old oral agreement. Riggs said he had helped Burnett negotiate deals for Burnett’s shows and helped him along as an integral business partner. Last year, Riggs was terminated and evicted from the company’s offices.</p> <p>Now <a href="http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-burnett31-2008jul31,0,2776608.story">Burnett has counter-punched</a> with a lawsuit in the same court that claims Riggs got his 10 percent, which Burnett adds up as being $25 million. &quot;Even though Riggs has already been paid the staggering sum of more than $25 million by Burnett, Riggs seeks still more,&quot; the lawsuit said.</p> Read more

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  9. WEtv plans to make original movies

    9:00 pm 8/4/2008

    Look out, Lifetime, WEtv is getting into the longform game.Read more

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  10. Joss Stone is joining 'The Tudors'

    9:00 pm 8/4/2008

    British soul and R&amp;B singer Joss Stone is joining the cast of Showtime's drama "The Tudors" for its upcoming third season.Read more

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