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Eastman Kodak: This Stock Is Probably Going to Zero

In the wake of Eastman Kodak's bankruptcy filing, some speculators will be tempted in the coming days to nibble on the company's battered shares. But if you know what's good for your portfolio, you'll stay away.

Jobs of the Future: Film Offers a Bleakly Funny Outlook

Nobody knows what the next 30 years will look like, but Canadian filmmaker Jim Munroe offers some disturbingly possible speculations in his upcoming mockumentary, "Ghosts With Shit Jobs." Will 2040 be a time when over-educated Americans scurry after the few jobs that Chinese and Indian workers refuse to do?

The Frugal Auteur: How Roger Corman Makes Cheap Great

What's the cheapest thing B-movie maestro Roger Corman ever did in the movie biz? Find out in our interview with the penny-pinching master of the low-budget film, who's in Cannes to promote a documentary about himself, "Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel."

Rookie Director's Guide to Budgeting: Cut!

Film director Spencer Susser's personal finance philosophy is one you might have heard before: Stop caring so much about the money, and perhaps the money will come. If it doesn't, at least you're doing what you want to do. It worked for him: Susser got his first movie, the low-budget "Hesher," made in the middle of the recession.

In This Corner, Netflix. In the Other Corner. . .Amazon?

Netflix, whose DVD-by-mail service hastened the demise of several video rental chains, may soon find itself under siege from Amazon. The world's largest online retailer appears to be on the verge of launching its own unlimited movie and TV-show streaming service.

Book Publisher Macmillan Launches New Film and TV Division

Macmillan isn't the first major publishing house to jump into the film and TV waters, but with today's launch of Macmillan Films, it is the latest. Brendan Deneen, a former development executive and literary agent, will run the venture to take Macmillan's books to both the big and small screens.

A Midnight Boost for Big-Budget Movie Openings

Midnight movie screenings used to be the domain of cult classics. But in recent years, midnight openings of blockbuster films like Eclipse, The Dark Knight and Avatar, have proven it a strategy that can boost both ticket sales and buzz.

The Justin Bieber Effect Reaches Books and Film

No matter how you feel about the YouTube-launched sixteen-year-old pop sensation Justin Bieber (and if you are older than 30, we can probably guess your feelings on the subject), there's no denying that he's an entertainment industry juggernaut. Why, just this past Monday came news of not one, but two major deals.

Disney Sells Miramax for $660 Million to Private Investors

Disney will reportedly sell storied arthouse-film studio Miramax for $660 million to a consortium of private investors, many of whom are big LA real estate players. This brings the curtain down on founders Bob and Harvey Weinstein's attempts to buy the studio back from Disney.

The Company Men: Will Anyone Sympathize WIth Laid-Off Executives?

The Weinstein Company's soon-to-be-released drama The Company Men is the story of three corporate executives who are downsized as victims of the beaten-down economy. It has a top-flight cast and director, but is America ready to show cinematic sympathy to the villains of the Great Recession?

Facebook, the Movie:
The Geek as Arch-Villain

Leave it to Hollywood to portray a college-age computer geek as an uber-villain. But that seems to be the intended effect of the newly released trailer for the upcoming movie, "The Social Network," which tells the story of Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook.

Why Netflix Sees DVDs Facing a Quick Death

Netflix has released a controversial presentation that charts the quick death of the physical DVD rental industry. If the presentation bears out, the next few years will be tumultuous for the content distribution and entertainment businesses.

The Hurt Locker Producers Wage War Against Pirates

"The Hurt Locker" won Best Picture at the Oscars, but lost at the box office. Its producers now plan to sue thousands of suspected pirates for downloading the film illegally on BitTorrent, where the movie was downloaded more than 10 million times.

Why 5-Year-Olds Will Love Movies Made in Florida

Florida's state legislature is preparing to pass a "family-friendly" bill that would deny tax credits to movie and TV productions lacking "family-friendly" themes -- defined as material suitable for a five-year-old.

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