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Dan O'Bannon dies at 63: screenwriter of Aliens by ( 19 December 2009 / ) - From obituary: Dan O'Bannon, an acclaimed figure in sci-fi and horror, he wrote and directed The Return of the Living Dead and co-wrote Blue Thunderand Total Recall. His death came after a long battle with Crohn's disease.

FlashForward Vol. 1 on DVD! by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Press Release (Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment 18 December 2009 / ) -

Catch-up on all of the action and mystery, before the season continues in March 2010!

On February 23rd, 2010 Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment releases 'FlashForward, Volume 1' on DVD!

Studio:
Buena Vista Home Entertainment

Story:
Chaos reigns in Los Angeles after a mysterious event causes everyone in the world to lose consciousness at exactly the same moment. Was it an act of nature? Something man-made gone wrong, or something even more sinister? Whatever it was, every person on Earth blacks out for two minutes and seventeen seconds and sees a series of events from their own future, taking place on April 29, 2010 at 10:00 p.m., Pacific Time. For some the future will be joyous and hopeful; for others, shockingly unexpected; and for a few, it simply doesn't seem to exist.

Knowing their fate will alter each person's life in one way or another and poses the questions: Can destiny be changed? And by changing just one destiny, what effect would that have on those of others? Viewers will be able to catch up on the first ten episodes of ABC's thrilling new drama "FlashForward" before it resumes airing in March 2010.

"FlashForward" stars Joseph Fiennes as Mark Benford, John Cho as Demetri Noh, Jack Davenport as Lloyd Simcoe, Zachary Knighton as Bryce Varley, Peyton List as Nicole Kirby, Dominic Monaghan as Simon, Brķan F. O'Byrne as Aaron Stark, Courtney B. Vance as Stanford Wedeck, Sonya Walger as Olivia Benford, and Christine Woods as Janis Hawk.

STREET DATE: February 23, 2010
Direct prebook: January 4, 2010
Prebook: January 21, 2010
Suggested retail price: $29.99 US; $35.99 Canada
Rated: US 'TV-14DLSV'
Run time: 430 minutes
DVD aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound

The Real Alice's Copy Of 'Through The Looking-Glass' Sells For $115,000 by Profiles in History Press Release (Profiles in History 18 December 2009 / ) - Calabasas, CA, December 17, 2009 - Profiles in History, the world's leading auctioneer of Hollywood memorabilia, completed a special auction of the Pat McInally Collection of Children's Literature yesterday, December 16. The sale brought in a total of $551,454, led by a First Edition, Dedication Copy of "Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There", presented to the original Alice by Lewis Carroll, which sold for $115,000. Other highlights included "The Tale of Peter Rabbit", Beatrix Potter's personal copy specially bound for the First Trade Edition, which sold for $92,000, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz", First Edition, first state of the text and first state of the plates which sold for $51,750 and "Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There", First Edition, First Issue Presentation copy which sold for $46,000 and also came with two fine original pencil drawings by John Tenniel of Alice and Humpty Dumpty. (more ...)

AOL Time Warner Splits After Near 10-Year Marriage by BBC.com Article (BBC.com 10 December 2009 / ) -

AOL and Time Warner have formally split after almost 10 years as one company.

Under the terms of the deal, qualifying shareholders will receive one AOL share for each 11 Time Warner they own.

AOL shares will begin trading on Thursday. They will even regain the market ticker symbol they used before the merger.

But the company will be worth a tiny fraction of what it once was. Its market value is put at about $2.5 billion - 10% of its value at the firm's height.

Media stars
At the time of the merger in 2001, the marriage of Time Warner with AOL was dubbed the "deal of the century" - one that brought superstars of both old and new media together.

Meet The New Comcast-NBCU: Content Meets Conduit Everywhere; Will It Work? by Posted by Larry Dignan (ZDNet.com 04 December 2009 / ) -

Comcast said Thursday that it has officially acquired a controlling stake in NBC Universal in a deal valued at $30 billion. Comcast will have an arsenal of cable channels, a huge distribution network, a movie studio, and a top 10 Web presence with 82 million monthly unique visitors. Now the hard part: Leveraging these assets.

But as Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said on a conference call (statement, Techmeme, presentation): "There's more upside than downside buying it today." In the end, Roberts got a good deal, "buying at low point in cyclical changes", and had a willing seller in General Electric. "It's a reasonable risk and that's how you get excess returns", added Roberts.

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