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Sony's quarterly loss grows on mobile woes

Losses at Sony Corp. grew to $1.25 billion in the second quarter as the Toyko-based electronics giant took a big write down on its mobile phone division. 

Meanwhile, its movie and television business declined in terms of revenue, but recorded a smaller quarterly loss than a year ago. 

Sales for Sony's motion picture segment were $1.67 billion for the quarter that ended Sept. 30, down 3% from the same quarter last year.

The company blamed the decline on lower revenue for theatrical movies, offset by improved sales from home entertainment titles and television.

Home video releases during the quarter included "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" and the faith-based drama "Heaven Is For Real." Television licensing for movies such as "Men in Black 3" and "The Amazing Spider-Man" also boosted sales.

The movie division's operating loss of $10 million was significantly lower than the same quarter last year, when "White House Down" flopped at the box office.

Sony said its narrower loss was also because of...

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Fandango to send an 'Interstellar' ticket-buyer to edge of space

Studios are always looking for new ways to get people to cinemas, but this promotion is in another solar system.

As part of a campaign that takes film marketing to an astronomical level, people who buy tickets on Fandango for director Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" will be entered into a sweepstakes to win a trip to the edge of space.

The proposed flight comes courtesy of XCOR Aerospace, a Mojave, Calif.-based company that makes commercial spacecraft.

XCOR's Lynx Mark II, an craft that resembles a regular plane, depends on reusable rocket technology to take a pilot and a passenger (or payload) on half-hour suborbital flights to heights of 62 miles.

Astronaut Rick Seafross is set to pilot the craft, with the winning ticket buyer in the seat next to him.

The sweepstakes is the result of a partnership between Paramount Pictures (which is releasing "Interstellar"), Vice Media's Motherboard channel and Fandango.

The movie stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain and...

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Stacey Snider to be named co-chair of 20th Century Fox

Stacey Snider is expected to be named co-chair of 20th Century Fox, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Snider, currently co-chair and chief executive of Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks Studios, will serve as 20th Century Fox's No. 2 executive under Jim Gianopulos. Fox is expected to make the announcement soon.

Snider's move to a key position at Fox has been widely anticipated in Hollywood. Her start date has not been set because she is still under contract at DreamWorks until the end of the year, according to people familiar with the matter but who were not authorized to speak on record.

Representatives for Snider and Fox declined to comment.

Snider, who established herself in the film business as a top executive at Universal Pictures, joined DreamWorks in 2006. The studio started out with bold ambitions but has recently had a mixed track record at the box office.

DreamWorks, a separate entity from publicly traded DreamWorks Animation SKG, has delivered successes such as...

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Two Univision-branded retail stores to open at LAX

Spanish-language media company Univision Communications' campaign to raise its profile is taking flight with retail stores planned for Los Angeles International Airport.

Early next year, two Univision-branded retail outlets are scheduled to open in LAX's revamped Terminal 2. The specialty stores, which will sell snacks, newspapers, sweatshirts, toothpaste and other merchandise, represent Univision's foray into retail stores.

The move is the latest by the New York company to market itself beyond the traditional TV screen.

The shops will have large HD video screens featuring programming from Univision's Spanish-language networks and its English-language channels Fusion and El Rey.

“This is a completely new space for us,” Rick Alessandri, executive vice president for Univision enterprise development, said Friday. “LAX is a perfect airport, and Los Angeles is a perfect market for us with Hispanic penetration at nearly 50%.”

The effort is a component of Los Angeles World Airways'...

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Game 7 of 2014 World Series gives Fox a home run in ratings

Game 7 of the 2014 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals helped Fox score big in TV ratings.

The final game of the series, in which the Giants defeated the Royals, 3-2, averaged 23.5 million viewers and a series-high rating of 13.7. About 52 million people tuned in to watch all or part of the game.

The broadcast was up 69% in ratings and 76% in viewers compared to Tuesday's Game 6

In local markets, Kansas City posted a rating of 58.3, the highest metered market rating for any MLB game on record. San Francisco earned a rating of 38.8.

A year ago, Game 6 between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals, in which the Sox won the series, drew about 18 million viewers

Though it started off slow, the seven-game 2014 World Series ended up averaging a household rating of 8.2 and 13.8 million viewers.

Fox was the No. 1 network in the key 18-to-49-year-old demographic six of the seven nights the 2014 World Series aired.

“The incredible 2014 postseason has...

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'Nightcrawler' to top slow Halloween weekend at box office

The box office is looking at a grim Halloween weekend.

The last time Halloween fell on a Friday was in 2008, when total box-office receipts were down 37% compared with the same weekend in 2007.

This weekend will also likely be slow, as many moviegoers may skip theaters to get their horror (and candy) fixes elsewhere.

“Nightcrawler,” which stars Jake Gyllenhaal, is expected to take the No. 1 spot, pushing last week’s winner “Ouija” to No. 2, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys.

The film, which is distributed by Open Road Films and cost $8.5 million to make, could pull in as much as $12 million this weekend.  

The crime thriller follows Lou Bloom (Gyllenhaal), a self-taught man who finds work as a crime-scene news videographer in Los Angeles.

It was produced and financed by Bold Films and marks the directing debut for Dan Gilroy, who also wrote the screenplay.

Since the film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in early September, critics have...

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