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2006-05-03 12:53:16

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hollywood's major movie studios lost $6.1 billion in revenues in 2005 to illegal videos, DVDs and Internet downloads, which is about 75 percent higher than previous estimates, the studios' representative said. In a study released late on Tuesday, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), which represents the major studios in government affairs, said the study is the first to measure losses from Web downloading. The study showed piracy in Asia is less a...

2006-05-03 02:15:09

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lost sales from pirated DVD movies and Internet downloads are higher than previously thought, a report in the Wall Street Journal said on Wednesday. A study showed the industry was losing $6.1 billion annually in global wholesale revenue, about 75 percent higher than earlier estimates, it said. Losses came not only from fewer ticket sales, but also from fewer DVD sales, considered one of the industry's biggest profit centers, the report cited unnamed sources as...

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2006-04-28 05:55:00

By Brooks Boliek WASHINGTON -- The motion picture studios and record companies are pushing colleges across the country to clamp down on music and movie piracy on so-called "dark nets" operated on campuses. The Motion Picture Assn. of America (MPAA) and the Recording Industry Assn. of America (RIAA) sent letters on Thursday to 40 university presidents in 25 states alerting them to piracy problems on local area networks (LANs) run on their campuses and encouraging them to take immediate action...

2006-04-21 16:12:49

By Bob Tourtellotte LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - For decades, the powerful Motion Picture Association of America has worked exclusively for Hollywood's big movie studios, but chief Dan Glickman now wants to help independent filmmakers, in a seismic shift in thinking from his predecessor. Glickman, who took the MPAA's reins in 2004 from former Chief Executive Officer Jack Valenti, will be at next week's Tribeca Film Festival in New York to talk with independent filmmakers and others on...

2006-03-29 08:55:14

By Gregg Goldstein NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - For many an ambitious independent filmmaker, the elation of being accepted into a premier film festival like Sundance quickly is replaced by the disappointment of leaving Park City without having attracted the interest of a distributor. This year, of the 64 films selected for competition at Sundance, fewer than one-sixth have been picked up for domestic theatrical distribution. Kristian Fraga, director of "Anytown, USA," didn't even...

2006-03-14 05:05:00

By Gregg Kilday LAS VEGAS (Hollywood Reporter) - Coming off a year in which worldwide box office sales dropped by nearly 8% to $23.2 billion, Hollywood's top lobbyist on Monday urged movie theater owners to join studios to fight the scourge of film piracy. "Let's cooperate on innovative ways to attract audiences," an Glickman, chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Assn. of America (MPAA), said at the theater industry's annual ShoWest convention. "Let's work together to explain to your local...

2006-03-13 21:32:28

By Gina Keating LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Worldwide box office revenues fell by 9 percent in 2005 but the industry expects better results this year, Motion Picture Association of America Chief Executive Dan Glickman said on Monday. A bumper crop of sequels to past blockbusters and animated films hit screens this year in a good sign for ticket sales, Glickman told the ShoWest conference for movie theaters. Most of the drop in international box office last year came in key markets such as...

2006-01-24 03:17:30

By Bob Tourtellotte PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) - The Sundance Film Festival entered its second week on Monday with more stars and parties than ever before, but only one big movie sale and the lack of action had industry tongues wagging, "I told you so." The film that was sold -- "Little Miss Sunshine" -- went for a hefty price, more than $10 million, which when all the contract details are known may surpass the festival's record film sale of $10.25 million spent for "Happy, Texas" in...

2006-01-23 15:38:59

By Bob Tourtellotte PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) - The Sundance Film Festival entered its second week on Monday with more stars and parties than ever before, but only one big movie sale and the lack of action had industry tongues wagging "I told you so." The film that was sold -- "Little Miss Sunshine" -- went for a hefty price, more than $10 million, which when all the contract details are known may surpass the festival's record film sale of $10.25 million spent for "Happy, Texas" in...

2005-12-08 07:02:44

NEW YORK -- Every evening rush hour, hustlers lugging bags full of bootlegged movies walk the subway train aisles, calling "two for five dollars!" as brazenly as if they were selling hot dogs at Yankee Stadium. At those prices, the DVDs, often of current Hollywood blockbusters, sell well, despite laughable sound and picture quality. Few customers seem to care the copies were made illegally. Bootleggers apparently have little to fear. Under state law, people caught videotaping inside a movie...


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penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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