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1. Spirit, The
PG-13
2. Flashbacks Of A Fool
R
3. Journey To The Center Of The Earth - Special Edition
PG-13
4 Notorious
R
5. Puffball: The Devil's Eyeball
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George Clooney circles 'Air'
As if his status weren't elevated enough, George Clooney may now be taking flight for DreamWorks.
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By Steven Zeitchik We don't know exactly how many jokes will be attempted about Aaron Sorkin's Facebook movie (though we're betting that writing on walls will figure in a number of them). What we do know is that it seems...

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Critics singe Burn After Reading
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In "Burn After Reading," the Coen brothers have taken some of cinema's top and most expensive actors and chucked them into looney-tunes roles in a thriller set in and about Washington.
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1. Spirit, The
PG-13
2. Flashbacks Of A Fool
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3. Journey To The Center Of The Earth - Special Edition
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4 Notorious
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5. Puffball: The Devil's Eyeball
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'Chuck' gets back-nine order
NBC has given a back-nine order to its drama series "Chuck," just over a month before the show's second-season premiere.
EC approves Weather Channel sale
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SAG and AFTRA agree to six-month extension
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Olympic Postscript: Better late than never
By Barry Garron The 2008 Summer Olympics are over, the medal counts are finished and the factories around Beijing have reopened and begun once again to belch pollution into the air. Throughout the games, I've been impressed at NBC's coverage...

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TV Review: America's Toughest Jobs

"America's Toughest Jobs" has been fully homogenized and networkized to appeal to a more mainstream crowd, meaning it has successfully neutered one of the few unscripted genres with genuine grit and originality and made it look, sound and feel like every other "Survivor" knockoff.
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9.3 million
18-49 demo NBC 2.6/7
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18-49 demo America's Got Talent 3.0/9
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'Camp Rock' tops DVD sales
The appeal of the Disney brand to tweens was apparent on DVD for the week ending Aug. 24, as "Camp Rock" debuted at No. 1 on the national home video sales chart.
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"Model.Live," a new unscripted series from Vogue.TV and IMG, isn't content to be just any show about modeling. No sir. This one is different, you see. "Reality TV just got real" reads the tagline on the show's Bebo page. A...

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If there could possibly be a pitfall to landing top-shelf talent to star in a webisode, Rosario Dawson reveals the problem in "Gemini Division," from Electric Farm Entertainment, NBC Universal Digital Studio and Sony Pictures Television. » More

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2. Street Kings
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3. Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Disney
4. Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior Universal
5. Dexter - The Complete Second Season Paramount
6. House - Season 4 Universal
7. Prom Night Sony
8. Terminator - The Sarah Connor Chronicles: The Complete First Season Warner
9. Nim's Island Fox
10. Gossip Girl - The Complete First Season Warner
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Star power comes to Venice
"Burn After Reading" stars Brad Pitt and Tilda Swinton helped kick off the 65th annual Venice Film Festival on Wednesday.
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Commentary: Marketing to Chinese twentysomethings
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2. Mamma Mia!
12.8 234.1
3. The Mummy: Dragon Emperor 12.5 222
4 You Don't Mess With the Zohan
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Sector Grand Total
Healthcare $18,645,898,781
Automotive $17,402,108,092
Media & Publishing $15,714,050,501
Cosmetics & Toiletries $13,606,872,458
Entertainment $12,966,692,078
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Automotive $8,491,486,605 -13.54
Pharmaceutical $3,854,004,087 2.63
Local Dealerships $3,426,305,470 -5.59
Restaurant-Quick Svc $2,922,322,999 -6.4
Motion Picture $2,662,662,125 -1.32
Source: Nielsen Monitor-Plus

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Rank Parent Company Total Ad Dollars Spent
1 PROCTER & GAMBLE CO $3,728,279,492
2 AT&T INC $2,150,742,501
3 GENERAL MOTORS CORP $2,028,368,104
4 FORD MOTOR CO $1,760,594,254
5 VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC $1,658,501,263
6 TIME WARNER INC $1,467,420,737
7 CERBERUS CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LP $1,363,410,168
8 JOHNSON & JOHNSON $1,290,803,595
9 TOYOTA MOTOR CORP $1,255,439,326
10 WALT DISNEY CO $1,191,120,322
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