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2009-01-27 10:51:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Little has been known about the enigmatic shark species living beneath the waves of the San Francisco Bay ... until now. Aquarium of the Bay is pleased to announce the release of "City of the Shark," a mini-documentary by local filmmaker and shark conservationist David McGuire. "The San Francisco Bay is an incredibly diverse estuary ecosystem that includes several shark species that swim just footsteps from the shore, but we are often unaware...

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2009-01-06 14:40:00

Scientists in New Zealand are gearing up to perform a necropsy on a 10ft great white shark. The dissection will be conducted in front of about 1,000 members of the public and streamed live online. The great white's organs will be investigated during the necropsy at Auckland Museum this Thursday where scientists hope to expand on their limited knowledge of one of the ocean's most mysterious inhabitants. "It's very exciting, we've never done anything like this in front of the public before,"...

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2008-12-31 11:20:00

Researchers announced on Tuesday that sharks have surprisingly weak bites for their mass and can decimate their prey simply because of their strong teeth. Their investigations of their jaws indicate that lions or tigers are much stronger when it comes to jaw force, but sharks win frequently in the water due to their extensive jaw size. "Pound for pound, sharks don't bite all that hard," said Daniel Huber of the University of Tampa in Florida, leader of the investigation. Huber and his...

2008-10-31 18:00:21

At least 27 great white sharks have been discovered swimming yards off the sandy tourist beaches of Australia's Mid-North Coast, a video crew said Friday. The crew said it spotted the 10-feet-long juvenile sharks in the Port Stephens natural harbor as it was in a boat videotaping for a fishing DVD. The sharks, the world's largest known predatory fish, could grow to more than 20 feet long and weigh up to 5,000 pounds. On three other days Al McGlashan and his Strikezone video crew found...

2008-10-14 12:00:19

It didn't take long for Steven Spielberg's new production company to find a home. In one of Hollywood's worst-kept secrets, the superstar director's new company -- to be called DreamWorks, just like his old studio -- signed a seven-year deal with NBC Universal to distribute the six films it will start releasing later next year. Terms of the deal weren't released, although BusinessWeek has been told that the company to be headed by Spielberg and Stacey Snider, his partner in the new venture,...

2008-10-06 12:30:00

It may have sounded like saber-rattling. But the year-old war between Viacom's (VIAB) Paramount Pictures and superstar director Steven Spielberg ended pretty quickly with a truce about his impending departure. Only three weeks after Spielberg teamed up with India's Reliance BIG Entertainment to set up his own studio, he has agreed to make an as-yet-undetermined number of films for his old studio as well. The deal, to be announced on Oct. 6, will finalize the separation agreement between...

2008-10-04 15:00:14

U.S. movie director Steven Spielberg has signed a deal with an Indian film group to create a new studio, sources say Unidentified sources in Los Angeles said Spielberg and Reliance Big Entertainment were finalizing an agreement potentially worth up to $1.5 billion to create the new Hollywood studio, the Times of India reported Saturday. Currently, $700 million of the cinematic deal will be provided by the JPMorgan Chase financial group, while Reliance will pay an additional $550 million....

2008-09-24 21:00:22

Steven Spielberg and his wife, Kate Capshaw, are the latest celebrity donors to the fight against California's November ballot initiative that would overturn the state Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage. Spielberg and Capshaw have donated $100,000 to fight Proposition 8, they announced in a statement . "Such discrimination has NO place in California's constitution, or any other," the statement said. Brad Pitt gave the same amount to the cause last week. Jewelry worn by...

2008-09-21 15:30:00

Paramount Pictures says Steven Spielberg's ties to the Hollywood studio are cut as the famed director has signed a new deal with an Indian film group. A statement from Paramount said the studio allowed certain provisions in Spielberg's initial Paramount contract to be waived so the Dream Works official could sign a $1.2 billion deal with Reliance Big Entertainment, the Financial Times reported Saturday. The Indian studio's purchase of Dream Works, which Spielberg co-founded with producer...

2008-09-16 06:00:19

By Martyn McLaughlin ONE day, writer Peter Benchley came across a newspaper story about a Long Island fisherman who caught a 4,500lb great white shark. "I thought to myself, 'What would happen if one of those came around and wouldn't go away?'" Benchley later recalled. It was a scenario that launched one of the most successful debut novels in history, and laid the foundations for one of cinema's iconic creations. By the time Benchley realised his 1964 idea, and published his...