Pirated CDs and DVDs seen through the hole of a CD during a campaign against piracy in Algiers October 15, 2012. Over one million pirated movie, music and software CDs and DVDs seized in recent police operations were destroyed in a campaign organised by the government. [REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina]
Lionsgate goes into the arena with The Hunger Games. The studio is betting an estimated $120 million that the best-selling trilogy will be a film success.
And Disney licks its wounds after the abysmal failure of John Carter in this week’s Media Bite. [REUTERS/Peter Lauria reports]
Comedian Tina Fey reacts as she looks at “ashes” on the red carpet at the 84th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 26, 2012.
Actor Sasha Baron Cohen, who came dressed as his character in “The Dictator”, spilled ‘ashes’ at TV personality Ryan Seacrest as part of a publicity stunt. Cohen claimed the ashes were of the late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il. [REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni]
“I can honestly say I never drank at work on ‘Harry Potter.’ I went into work still drunk, but I never drank at work. I can point to many scenes where I’m just gone. Dead behind the eyes.”
Actress Octavia Spencer (C) reacts as the cast of “The Help” accepts the award for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture at the 18th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California January 29, 2012. [REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson]
Unexpected sequel of the day: Rudy Ruettiger, the Notre Dame football walk-on and inspiration for the Sean Astin movie “Rudy,” just had to settle with the Securities and Exchange Commission — getting fined $382,000 for turning his Gatorade challenger “Rudy” into a penny stock pump-and-dump scheme that drew $11 million in illicit profits, hundreds of thousands of which went to the feel-good icon. In the end, the hardworking runt sold more stocks than he did beverages. “Investors were lured into the scheme by Mr. Ruettiger’s well-known, feel-good story but found themselves in a situation that did not have a happy ending,” said the sound-bite-ready Scott W. Friestad of the SEC’s enforcement division. That feel-good story doesn’t feel so good anymore now, does it?