Articles By Christopher Zara

From Entertainment Aug 08, 2012

‘Community’ Creator Dan Harmon: ‘I Would Have Fired Me’

"Community" creator Dan Harmon on Monday had strong words for his former bosses at Sony Pictures Television and NBC when he sat in on a radio program in Santa Monica.

From Tech Aug 08, 2012

The Latest Publishing Craze: Print Books?

A new report published by the Book Industry Study Group found that fewer consumers are purchasing books exclusively in electronic formats, while the number of booklovers who have "no preference" for e-books over print books is increasing.

From Entertainment Aug 07, 2012

Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley And The Booming Business Of Dead Celebrities

This month marks two landmark anniversaries -- the deaths Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley, two of the world's most recognizable pop-culture icons, who also happen to be two of the highest-earning dead celebrities.

From Sports Aug 07, 2012

Gabby Douglas And Other Olympic Athletes Aren’t Patriotic Enough For Fox News (VIDEO)

Leave it to Fox News to achieve the impossible. On Sunday, the conservative spinsters found cause to lament the decline of American patriotism after Douglas' victory last week in which she became the first African-American in history to win all-around gymnastics gold.

From Law Aug 05, 2012

Remember ‘Three’s Company’? The Anodyne Sitcom's Stage Parody Is Somehow At The Center Of A Battle Over Fair Use

On opening night, producers of "3C" received a cease-and-desist letter from Kenyon & Kenyon, the law firm representing DLT Entertainment, the distribution company for the popular 1977-1984 ABC sitcom "Three's Company." Charging that playwright David Adjmi had infringed on its copyright, DLT demanded that the playwright cease further performances.

From Entertainment Aug 04, 2012

M. Night Shyamalan Sees TV People: Suspense Master Inks Deal With Syfy

Shyamalan and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer's" Mari Nixon have landed a deal with Syfy to co-write and co-produce a project called "Proof." The series will reportedly center on a bereaved billionaire who offers a reward to anyone who can produce evidence of life after death.

From Companies Aug 04, 2012

At Viacom: Weak Movies, Low-Rated Cable Shows And Optimism

Viacom's total revenue declined by 14 percent in the fiscal third quarter, leading to a net profit loss of 7 percent to $534 million. The dip is mainly due to declines in its film and TV properties, which include Paramount Pictures, MTV and Nickelodeon.

From Companies Aug 03, 2012

Don’t Like Newspaper Paywalls? Get Used To Them

Since the New York Times first rolled out its paywall in early 2011 -- amid equal parts skepticism and ire -- other papers around the country have followed suit at an impressive rate. According to the study, 41 American papers adopted paywalls in the third quarter of 2011 alone. That's up from 10 for the same period the year before.

From Companies Aug 02, 2012

Amazon Moves To Pummel Netflix With Instant Video iPad App

Amazon on Wednesday released an iPad app that provides video streaming for movies and television shows available through its Instant Video service. The free app lets anyone with an iPad buy and stream movies and TV shows, while Amazon Prime members in the U.S. can watch them for free.

From Entertainment Aug 02, 2012

Will Rihanna’s Sunken ‘Battleship’ Torpedo Future Board Game Movies?

Despite the underperforming "Battleship" and the fact that today's multiplexes are largely populated by people too young to remember a time when home entertainment did not come in pixels, a slew of new board game movies are coming down the Hollywood pipeline.