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Hollywood Reeling From DVD Slump

Disappearing profits threaten movies, star deals

(Newser) - Hollywood studios are faced with huge losses because of a 21% slump in DVD sales and the fallout from the crisis on Wall Street, reports the Financial Times. Studio heads have been forced to cut back on the number of new movies in production and are preparing to trim the... More »

SAG Postpones Strike Vote

Union schedules meeting to iron out division

(Newser) - Facing dissent in the rank-and-file, the Screen Actors Guild is delaying a member vote to authorize a strike, the Los Angeles Times reports. The union’s board will push back balloting slated to begin January 2 to “address the unfortunate division and restore consensus” at a special meeting January... More »

Winehouse (Sort of) Recording New Album

Singer's new album will be 'emotional'

(Newser) - No matter where Amy Winehouse finds herself after a night of partying, she’ll be able to record songs for her new album. Her label has shelled out more than $220,000 to book three studios in various parts of London for the troubled pop star. And thanks to her... More »

Britney Back in the Studio 'Just for Fun'

Singer working on voice, aiming to stay 'on right track'

(Newser) - Britney Spears is taking voice lessons and spending time in a Burbank recording studio, singing and playing piano "just for fun," E! Online reports. Insiders say that after a troubled year, the star is simply enjoying herself. "It may lead to something down the road, but right... More »

Scribe Strike May Last Months

No talks planned as shows tabled, actors refuse to work

(Newser) - The Hollywood writers strike could last for months, says ABC News, because negotiators will have trouble dividing profits that no one can predict.  "You can't slice a pie that isn't baked yet," a consultant tells ABC, referring to new media. "It's really poor timing on the... More »

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