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‘Major,’ ’42nd St.’ keep B’way on roll

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Several shows continued to show the glow of their Tony Award wins as overall B.O. climbed $96,159 — up 0.7% — despite the presence of two fewer productions on the boards. Grand total came to $13,283,321, with 16 shows improving and 12 declining.

Review: ‘Wango Tango, Day Two’

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The second day of KIIS-FM’s annual Wango Tango concert, featuring veteran groups Aerosmith and the Bee Gees and younger bands American Hi-Fi and Vertical Horizon, boasted a more rock-oriented lineup than the first, when Backstreet Boys, Ricky Martin and Britney Spears appeared.

Review: ‘Playboy Jazz Festival: Day Two’

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As tempting as it is to impose some kind of logical order or concept upon Sunday’s session of the Playboy Jazz Festival, the exercise is a futile one: A diverse band of newcomers, newly appearing veterans and old favorites veered all over the spectrum.

Sogecable in DTT pact

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Spain’s biggest film and TV conglom, Sogecable, has inked a deal with a Portuguese digital terrestrial television consortium teaming telco ONI and TV group Media Capital to supply contents and technological/subscriber management know-how.

AT&T sets date for Liberty split

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AT&T has set an Aug. 12 date for the splitting off of Liberty Media, a move that will accelerate a major restructuring at the telecom giant and unshackle John Malone’s Liberty from its unwieldy parent.

Vivendi U expands

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Vivendi Universal subsid StudioCanal has partially lifted the lid on its ambitions after taking a controlling stake in the French group Expand, Europe’s third largest TV production outfit.

Greece’s Pradera picks up plex

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The Pradera European Retail Fund has bought the Rendi Village Enter-tainment Park in Athens from Trizechahn and Village Cinemas Intl. for an estimated 60 million euros ($51.63 million).

Kinowelt puts focus on restructuring ops

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The news wasn’t all good at Kinowelt’s annual general meeting Monday. On the plus side, the company confirmed Friday night’s landmark deal with German pubcaster ZDF for 40 titles including “The Matrix” and “The Avengers.”

Review: ‘Beer Money’

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The residents of Eureka should sue for slander. The Northern California hamlet serves as the setting for “Beer Money,” USA Network’s first original comedy film. It’s a dubious distinction, considering the pic was filmed in Canada, but because “Beer Money” is the kind of farce that make you long for the sophisticated comedy stylings of Pauly Shore.