The Associated Press

  1. Source: NBC Won't Renew NASCAR Deal

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT NBC will not extend its contract with NASCAR beyond the 2006 season, a person involved in the negotiations told the Associated Press on Oct. 14. CONCORD, N.C. (AP) -- NBC will not extend its contract with NASCAR beyond the 2006 season, a person in ...

  2. Aussie Court: PlayStation 'Mod Chips' Are Legal

    October 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Australia's High Court ruled unanimously Oct. 6 that modifying Sony PlayStation consoles so that they can play cheaper overseas versions of the company's games does not violate Australian copyright la SYDNEY (AP) -- Australia's High ...

  3. Warner Reportedly Close To Blu-ray Deal

    October 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Studio also embracing rival HD DVD. Warner Home Video is close to finalizing a deal to support Blu-ray Disc, sources close to the negotiations said Wednesday. The No. 1 DVD supplier would become the second major studio this week to say it will pub ...

  4. Behind the Deal: Rio Properties vs. Rod Stewart

    September 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A federal court jury in Las Vegas on Sept. 7 decided that Rod Stewart and his company, Stewart Annoyances Ltd. (SA), should return a $2 million deposit plus interest to Rio Properties (owned by Harrah A federal court jury in Las Vegas on Sept. 7 d ...

  5. Behind the Deal: Rio Properties vs. Rod Stewart

    September 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A federal court jury in Las Vegas on Sept. 7 decided that Rod Stewart and his company, Stewart Annoyances Ltd. (SA), should return a $2 million deposit plus interest to Rio Properties (owned by Harrah A federal court jury in Las Vegas on Sept. 7 d ...

  6. EBay May Buy Skype

    September 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT EBay Inc. is in talks to buy Internet-telephone company Skype Technologies SA for $2 billion to $3 billion, according to a published report. STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- EBay Inc. is in talks to buy Internet-telephone company Skype Technologies SA fo ...

  7. MPA Secures Broad Warrant In Delhi

    September 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A Delhi court has heeded Hollywood's request and issued a warrant that empowers police to search for and seize pirated films anywhere in the city, an aggressive maneuver in the copyright wars. NEW DELHI (AP) -- A Delhi court has heeded Hollyw ...

  8. Reports: Domino Plucked From New Orleans Flood

    September 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Rock 'n' roll pioneer Fats Domino has been rescued from the floodwaters of his New Orleans hometown, allaying fears that he may have perished in the grim aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, news reports s Rock 'n' roll pioneer Fats ...

  9. Fats Domino Is Missing in New Orleans

    September 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Agent unable to contact him since Sunday. Fats Domino was missing Thursday, days after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, said his longtime agent, Al Embry. Embry told The Associated Press that he hadn't been able to contact Domino sin ...

  10. Sony Settles Suit Over Fake Critic

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Sony Pictures pays for the brief but quotable career of fictional film critic David Manning. LOS ANGELES (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The brief but quotable career of fictional film critic David Manning officially came to an end after a Los Angeles ...

  11. Take-2 Stock Punished As 'GTA' Gets Adult Rating

    July 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Take-Two Interactive Software shares fell another 4.9% July 21, a day after the company said its hit game "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" has received an "adults only" rating, prompting the videogame (The Hollywood Reporter and ...

  12. Velvet Revolver Cuts European Tour Short

    June 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Last show of stint is Live 8 appearance. Velvet Revolver has scrapped the final five shows of its ongoing European tour, but a spokesperson is denying reports that the band has broken up. The trek began June 3 in Germany and was scheduled to run t ...

  13. Producer Ismail Merchant Dies At 68

    May 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Producer Ismail Merchant, whose adaptations of classic novels produced in collaboration with director James Ivory became virtually synonymous with literate, sumptuously appointed costume drama, died M (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Producer Ismail Me ...

  14. China Jails Americans For Piracy

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT For the first time, a Chinese court has sentenced two Americans to prison time for DVD piracy. BEIJING (The Hollywood Reporter) -- For the first time, a Chinese court has sentenced two Americans to prison time for DVD piracy. A Shanghai court on A ...

  15. Stern Guest Subpoenaed in Probe of Sirius

    February 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST A regular guest on Howard Stern's syndicated radio show said he will testify Feb. 23 in a probe of trading of Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. shares, which surged last fall when Stern announced he was mov NEW YORK (AP) -- A regular guest on Howar ...

  16. Wal-Mart Sued Over Evanescence Lyrics

    December 14, 2004 12:00 AM EST Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which promotes itself as a seller of clean music, deceived customers by stocking compact discs by the rock group Evanescence that contain the f-word, a lawsuit claims. HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which promo ...

  17. Testimony Continues in Disney Shareholders' Suit

    November 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST The trial continues in the suit brought seven years ago by shareholders against the Walt Disney Co. over the hiring of former president Michael Ovitz. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The trial continues in the suit brought seven years ago by sharehold ...

  18. Digital Piracy Shifts To Radio

    September 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Technologies that let people record satellite and Internet radio broadcasts digitally are opening a new front in the recording industry's war on music piracy. LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Technologies that let people record satellite and Internet radi ...

  19. Consumers Sued For Illegal Downloading Feeling Pressure

    August 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A woman in Milwaukee and her ex-boyfriend are under orders to pay thousands to the recording industry. A man in California refinanced his home to pay an $11,000 settlement. A year after it began, the WASHINGTON (AP) -- A woman in Milwaukee and her ...

  20. Phil Spector Hires Former Gotti Attorney

    August 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Music producer Phil Spector has hired an attorney who used to work for mob boss John Gotti to defend him on murder charges after his previous attorney resigned from the case. LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Music producer Phil Spector has hired an attorney wh ...

  21. Expert Says 'Lost' Beatles Trove Is Fake

    August 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT It sounded too good to be true. Turns out it probably was. A long-sought trove of rare Beatles material that reportedly was found last month by a lucky British tourist remains lost, a leading Beatles It sounded too good to be true. Turns out it pr ...

  22. Casino Boots Ronstadt For Praising Moore

    July 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Singer Linda Ronstadt not only got booed, she got the boot after praising filmmaker Michael Moore and his new movie "Fahrenheit 9/11" during a performance. Singer Linda Ronstadt not only got booed, she got the boot after praising filmmak ...

  23. Video, Software Downloads Overtake Music: Study

    July 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT European countries lead movie downloads. Music is no longer the download of choice for Internet pirates, according to a new study on online file sharing. For the first time last year, music swapping on the Internet was outpaced by the copying of m ...

  24. Video, Software Downloads Overtake Music: Study

    July 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT European countries lead movie downloads. Music is no longer the download of choice for Internet pirates, according to a new study on online file sharing. For the first time last year, music swapping on the Internet was outpaced by the copying of m ...

  25. Jackson Defense May Challenge Indictment

    April 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The indictment of Michael Jackson on child molestation charges is just the beginning of a legal journey into a maze of grand jury regulations, with the defense poised to challenge it as having been co The indictment of Michael Jackson on child mol ...

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