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Tracking the week's ups and downs in the business of entertainment.

DOWN: Madonna
Her W.E. fails to impress critics at Venice, saddling distributor the Weinstein Co. with a big challenge in advance of its December release and planned awards push.

UP: George Clooney
The actor-filmmaker could enjoy a busy Oscar season as The Descendants wows the Telluride festival crowd while his directorial turn in The Ides of March wins mostly positive reviews in Venice.

DOWN: James Murdoch
The embattled News Corp. exec declines a $6 million bonus amid the ongoing phone-hacking scandal.

DOWN: Carol Bartz
The Yahoo CEO is fired over the phone, a fitting end to her controversial reign. Last year, when her compensation topped $47 million, a shareholder advisory firm named Bartz the country's "most overpaid" CEO.


$216.18 (+4.7%)
It's reportedly working on a tablet that would sell for half the price of an iPad. Forrester Research says it could sell 5 million during Q4 alone.

DOWN: Lionsgate (LGF)
$7.07 (-6.4%)
Carl Icahn agrees to dump his one-third stake for $7 a share, causing the stock to sink.