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Karen Petruska

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  • Mad Men, perhaps the most written-about TV series of the past decade, is poised to go out on a low ratings note. The April 13 bow of the seventh and final season fell about 30 percent from 2013 to its lowest premiere — 2.3 million viewers — since 2008. The steep drop is particularly brutal because many of Mad Men's cable rivals have gained big viewers thanks to Netflix and other SVOD platforms.
  • That surge no doubt was a factor in AMC's decision to duplicate the Bad model and split Mad Men's final season over two years, a move that doesn't appear to be helping
16 Apr 14

"Papers filed on Monday at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals by the streaming company comes in reaction to a shocking ruling last February that determined that Innocence of Muslims actress Cindy Lee Garcia could assert a copyright interest in her performance in the film, and that Google had to remove the controversial anti-Islamic film from YouTube. Since then, a parade of amici have lined up to get the federal appellate circuit to change its mind by urging a rehearing en banc."

  • News organizations like The Washington Post and National Public Radio argue that the decision could give subjects of news coverage "veto power" over unflattering reports.
  • Among the other amici who want a rehearing: Facebook, eBay, Gawker, Twitter, Yahoo, IAC/InterActiveCorp, Tumblr, Kickstarter, several public interest groups as well as various IP and internet law professors.

  • The CW is looking to its digital studio CW Seed for comedy.
  • The youth-skewing network has ordered online comedy Backpackers to series. The CW will reconstitute the online episodes into the first four half-hours, with six more web installments filmed but yet to be streamed
  • This marks the first time an online series produced by the broadcast network's digital studio will make the transition.

  • Personally, I have never seen a woman in her 40s enter the academic market successfully, or enter a law firm as a junior associate, Alicia Florrick of The Good Wife notwithstanding
  • I lived that nightmare: for three years, beginning at age 35, I did everything possible to conceive and was frantic at the thought that I had simply left having a biological child until it was too late.
  • Yet even in industries that don’t explicitly reward sheer quantity of hours spent on the job, the pressure to arrive early, stay late, and be available, always, for in-person meetings at 11 a.m. on Saturdays can be intense.

  • I’d been the one telling young women at my lectures that you can have it all and do it all, regardless of what field you are in. Which means I’d been part, albeit unwittingly, of making millions of women feel that they are to blame if they cannot manage to rise up the ladder as fast as men and also have a family and an active home life (and be thin and beautiful to boot).
  • What poured out of me was a set of very frank reflections on how unexpectedly hard it was to do the kind of job I wanted to do as a high government official and be the kind of parent I wanted to be, at a demanding time for my children
  • Just about all of the women in that room planned to combine careers and family in some way. But almost all assumed and accepted that they would have to make compromises that the men in their lives were far less likely to have to make.

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  • Stars are supposed to come packaged with neat captions: bubbly (Julia Roberts), charming (George Clooney), quirky (Johnny Depp). When they step outside those assigned boxes, either in a film role or in real life, the machinery starts pushing them back.
  • Her comments were not particularly scandalous but spawned tabloid feeding frenzies, because she didn’t just mouth promotional platitudes about her projects.
  • In a Hollywood twist, her publicist fired her.

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  • Robert Luketic, who directed Ms. Heigl in “Killers” and “The Ugly Truth,” an inexpensive 2009 comedy that sold about $205 million in tickets, chalks the skill up to television. “Katie always comes prepared and nails it in one or two takes,” Mr. Luketic said.
  • Mr. Duhamel is equally a fan of Ms. Heigl and thinks that her image problem is an occupational hazard for actresses. “People like to bash women who are strong,” he said. “Unless you sweetly say what you’re supposed to say, you’re somehow difficult.”
  • Years of rejection on the Los Angeles auditioning circuit hardened her, friends and associates say

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  • Cable operator Charter Communications on Friday urged shareholders of Time Warner Cable to vote against the proposed acquisition by Comcast at an upcoming special shareholder meeting.
  • the company, in which John Malone's Liberty Media owns a 27 percent stake
  • Charter's decision to urge shareholders to reject the Comcast merger may not be successful, but Liberty CEO Greg Maffei previously signaled that Charter could take a second look at all or parts of the company.

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  • In the ruling, judge Allen goes through a two-part analysis in addressing the claims. One issue is whether the songs are extrinsically similar because they contain similar ideas. The next issue is whether the songs are intrinsically similar -- a subjective test in how those ideas are expressed.
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