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 |  Jul 25, 1999  |  0 comments

We've all seen the TV commercials: KFC's Colonel Sanders, Taco Bell's little sad-eyed Chihuahua, and a warrior princess from Pizza Hut fighting hordes of robot invaders from George Lucas' <I>The Phantom Menace</I>. But the blitzkrieg of clever <I>Star Wars</I>-theme ads for Tricom Global Restaurants, released just prior to the film's debut, has fallen flat. A marketing deal Tricom signed with <A HREF="http://www.lucasfilm.com/">Lucasfilm</A> has proven "surprisingly ineffective at driving sales," according to the company's chairman and CEO, Andrall E. Pearson.

Wes Phillips  |  Jul 25, 1999  |  0 comments

M<I>uhammad Ali, George Foreman, James Brown, B.B. King, Norman Mailer, George Plimpton, Spike Lee, The Crusaders, The Spinners. Directed by Leon Gast. Aspect ratio: 16:9 enhanced widescreen, 1.33:1 pan&scan. Dolby Digital. 94 minutes. 1997. PolyGram 440 045 847-2. Rated PG. $29.99.</I>

Barry Willis  |  Jul 18, 1999  |  0 comments

After 20 years, one of the entertainment industry's most enduring management teams is calling it quits. On July 15, Robert A. Daly and Terry Semel, co-chairmen and co-CEOs of Warner Bros. film studio and Warner Bros. Music, informed <A HREF="http://www.pathfinder.com/corp/">Time Warner</A> chief Gerald Levin that they would not renew their employment contracts. The two said they wish to explore other opportunities as "entertainment entrepreneurs."

 |  Jul 18, 1999  |  0 comments

The <A HREF="http://www.dvb.org/">Digital Video Broadcasting Project</A> has adopted Dolby Digital as its multichannel audio standard. The DVB Project is a consortium of more than 240 organizations in over 30 countries devoted to establishing worldwide standards for digital broadcasting. Members include broadcasters, manufacturers, network operators, and regulatory committees. The announcement was made July 6, 1999, by San Francisco-based <A HREF="http://www.dolby.com/">Dolby Labs</A>.

Lawrence B. Johnson  |  Jul 18, 1999  |  0 comments

B<I>urt Lancaster, Paul Scofield, Jeanne Moreau. Directed by John Frankenheimer. Aspect ratio: 1.37:1 (black & white). Dolby Digital monaural. 133 minutes. 1964. MGM 907539. Not rated. $19.98.</I>

 |  Jul 18, 1999  |  0 comments

Last week, telecommunications provider <A HREF="http://www.sbc.com">SBC Communications</A> and <A HREF="http://www.directv.com">DirecTV</A> announced a marketing and distribution agreement that will allow SBC to make digital satellite television service available to its 18 million Southwestern Bell, Nevada Bell, and Pacific Bell residential customers. Specific details of the SBC/DirecTV service will be announced later.

Jon Iverson  |  Jul 18, 1999  |  0 comments

Last week, online video retailer <A HREF="http://Videoflicks.com/">Videoflicks.com</A> announced that it has opened Videoflicks.com Auctions "to help people find, discover, buy&mdash;and now sell&mdash;virtually any video online." The company says that its customers are able to bid immediately in more than eight categories of "rare and unusual" videos.

 |  Jul 18, 1999  |  0 comments

Austin Powers, the swinging secret agent, is too risqu&eacute; for Malaysians, censors in that country have decided. The International Man of Mystery's latest comic misadventure, <I>The Spy Who Shagged Me</I>, is too full of sexual innuendoes for the conservative Muslim nation. The ban applies not only to the theatrical release, but to videotapes, discs, and TV broadcasts as well.

 |  Jul 11, 1999  |  0 comments

For 20 years, Pioneer has been laserdisc's biggest booster. But that era of home entertainment ended July 6, when <A HREF="http://pioneer-ent.com/">Pioneer Entertainment</A> announced that it would no longer produce or supply laserdiscs. The software division of Pioneer Electronics made the decision in view of the growing popularity of DVD, which, along with VHS tape, accounts for more than 90% of their business. The announcement is most certainly the kiss of death for the beleaguered format.

Jon Iverson  |  Jul 11, 1999  |  0 comments

Last week, <A HREF="http://www.panasonic.com">Panasonic Consumer Electronics</A> announced the retail launch of its new digital VCR&mdash;or, as they call it, a D-VHS VCR. The new PV-HD1000 will begin shipping this month. It carries a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $999.95 and marks the first DTV-compatible VCR to hit the US market.

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