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

UP: Alexander Payne

The Descendants director scores big with the L.A. and Broadcast Film Critics as the film's $24 million at the box office suggests a long run through awards season.

DOWN: Jonah Hill

The Sitter, the actor's first solo starring vehicle, disappoints with a $10 million bow, worrying producers of his March comedy 21 Jump Street.

UP: Graham Moore

The screenwriter's Imitation Game -- about a WWII cryptographer who poisons himself after being prosecuted for homosexuality -- nabs the top spot on the influential Black List, which should help the Warner Bros. project get made.

DOWN: Sarah Palin

TLC and A&E say no to a new reality show she's pitching about husband Todd's snowmobile adventures. If the Palins teamed with Conrad Murray, maybe MSNBC would bite?


UP: Netflix (NFLX)
$72.11 (+5.8%)

Verizon reportedly is an interested suitor, and analysts say DirecTV and others might consider acquiring Netflix.

$0.82 (-50%)

Maker of video games based on Disney, Nickelodeon and DreamWorks Ani properties says its uDraw sales are weak.

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