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Charting the week’s ups and downs in the business of entertainment.
UP/DOWN: Billy Crystal
The Oscars host is savaged by critics, but he and producer Brian Grazer deliver pretty much what the Academy wanted: a traditional show that generates 39.3 million viewers, up 4 percent from last year.
DOWN: Jennifer Aniston
Wanderlust flops with a $6.5 million opening weekend, her lowest wide-release bow since the Friends actress became a film star.
UP: Sacha Baron Cohen
The actor’s Oscar stunt and “feud” with the Academy creates priceless attention for The Dictator while adding a dash of much-needed drama to the event run-up.
DOWN: Nigel Lythgoe
The American Idol producer is beaten in the ratings for the first time by The Big Bang Theory as The Voice captures more buzz. Will he change things up for the live shows?
UP: Apple (AAPL)
The company schedules a “special event” for March 7, and analysts presume it’s for the unveiling of a new iPad.
DOWN: AOL (AOL)
An exodus of talent continues as chief technology officer Alex Gounares and Huffington Post top engineer Tim Dierks exit.
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