• The home video industry isn't seeing the big-movie spikes it's used to, and that's a problem. On the other hand, mid-level titles, many of which failed to make much of an impact at the box office, are doing great. At this point, retailers and distributors alike have virtually no idea which titles are going to stick – and home entertainment growth is way down as a result.
  • Speaking of unpredictability, studio niche arms had a great year. Take a look at Universal: each weekend as King Kong disappoints Daddy, Brokeback Mountain gives baby sister branch Focus Features cause for celebration. Heading into the Oscars and Sundance, says Ian Mohr, these studio-sponsored indie divisions will be the ones to watch.
  • There is conceivably more news to report from Variety today, but their website is giving me problems right now.
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