From "Will and Grace" to "Modern Family."
Moved from February to March.
"It is a fantastic platform for our company."
And five other things you must know.
As the global box office breaks records.
After the actor's last few films flopped.
Or star a woman.
[credit provider=”Michael Buckner / Getty Images”] Hollywood directors know how to construct an interesting scene, but in the age of 140-character micro-blogging, more than a few know how to construct a quality tweet, too.From snappy one-liners to opinions on topical issues to major casting announcements or the occasional sneak peek […]
[credit provider=”Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images”] Philip Anschutz, the billionaire who controls Anschutz Entertainment Group, has canceled plans to sell the company, which includes such properties as the Los Angeles Staples centre, the Los Angeles Kings hockey team and London’s O2 arena.Anschutz said Thursday that the proposed sale, news of […]
[credit provider=”Getty”] Celebrity endorsers have come under fire again from the feds — and this time the issue is full disclosure when they are being paid for engaging in social media.After an incident when Lauren Bacall showed up on “Today” promoting a drug without disclosing she was being paid, the Federal Trade […]
[credit provider=”A&E screencap”] A&E and “Storage Wars” have taken the first round in its ongoing legal tangle with its former star Dave Hester, who claimed in a lawsuit that the reality show is staged.In a ruling Tuesday, Judge Michael Johnson of Los Angeles Superior Court sided with the network on […]
[credit provider=”A&E screencap”] War is hell – except for reality shows.Americans may be exhausted by the real wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. But we unwind with no fewer than 17 reality shows with “wars” in their titles. They depict so-called wars waged over whiskers, parking spots and cupcakes.
When Nora Ephron succumbed to acute myeloid leukemia last June and died at age 71, the entertainment and media world was stunned. Part of the shock was that her illness had been kept out of the public sphere and her battles with the disease that claimed her life had been […]
[credit provider=”Stuart Wilson / Stringer”] Can any of the major star-driven plays set to open on Broadway over the next few months match the off-stage drama that consumed the theatre world last week? It would be hard for any play to top the rumours and Twitter meltdowns that accompanied Shia […]
[credit provider=”Larry Busacca / Getty Images”] James Franco — a man of many talents and occupational endeavours — is the subject of performance artist Marina Abramović’s first film. The woman who describes herself as the “grandmother of performance art,” told Elle at the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday that she is in the early […]
[credit provider=”YouTube screencap” url=”http://www.youtube.com/user/celebuzz”] Buzz Media has instituted deep staffing cuts, which could mean pink slips for as many as 50 people, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.Employees were notified of the layoffs on Thursday, according to a memo obtained by AllThingsD
[credit provider=”Kevin Winter / Getty Images”] The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is sticking up for Seth MacFarlane and citing artistic freedom against charges that the comedians stint as Oscar host was sexist.In the wake of the awards telecast many commentators, such asVulture’s Margaret Lyons and Slate’s Dana Stevens, branded […]
[credit provider=”DreamWorks Animation”] From Shrek to Kung Fu Panda, DreamWorks Animation has crafted some of the most indelible characters in recent animation history. But a bruising earnings report and deep staff cuts have exposed flaws in the company’s business model.The failure of DreamWorks Animation’s most recent film, “The Rise of […]
[credit provider=”Dreamworks/”Shrek””] DreamWorks Animation will lay off approximately 350 employees, about 15 per cent of its full-time staff, CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and CFO Lewis Coleman said Tuesday during the company’s fourth quarter earnings call.The company posted a loss of $83 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012 due […]
“Argo” is widely expected to capture the Academy Award for Best Picture on Sunday, but when it comes to profits, “Beasts of the Southern Wild” is this Oscar season’s biggest winner.The little indie that could was produced for a mere $1.5 million and pulled off a worldwide gross of $12.3 […]
[credit provider=”Racherl Murray / Getty Images”] Tom Green says that during his fight with testicular cancer he had a religious experience in the shower of a house owned by his landlord, William Shatner.Yes, William Shatner. Green said in the “WTF with Marc Maron” podcast this week that Shatner was once his landlord. […]
[credit provider=”Shutterstock”] Ben Affleck’s upcoming trip to the Academy Awards is widely expected to end with the “Argo” director cradling a gold statuette.But as the 40-year-old actor-writer-director nears his presumed moment of glory on the stage of the Dolby Theatre, it’s worth remembering that his first trip to the Oscars […]
[credit provider=”AP / Matt Sayles”] Tom Cruise’s $50 million lawsuit against Bauer Publishing Company, the publishers behind In Touch and Life & Style, will touch on the publishing company’s alleged pattern of religious discrimination, according to court papers filed Thursday. A Joint Rule 26(f) Report, filed by Cruise and Bauer in […]
[credit provider=”Getty Images / Kevin Winter”] Gerard Butler is suing the producers of “Motor City” for $5.1 million in damages, claiming he was not paid after the film was scrapped last summer.Butler is alleging breach of contract and breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing in a […]
[credit provider=”YouTube screencap” url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JqR3GVqib4″] Freddie Wong and the team behind the blockbuster web series “Video Game High School” have shattered the record for a film campaign on Kickstarter, the crowdfunding site that has helped a number of aspiring and established filmmakers secure financing for their projects.Wong, Brandon Laatsch and Matt […]
[credit provider=”Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images “] Don Johnson has ended his lawsuit against the company that co-produced his series “Nash Bridges” after it paid him $19 million.In 2010, Rysher Productions was ordered to pay Johnson $23 million in profits for the show and interest. Rysher was also ordered to […]
[credit provider=”Esquire”] G4 is being rebranded as the Esquire Network in a deal between NBCUniversal and Heart Magazines.The former home of “Attack of the Show” will continue to focus on technology and gaming but will expand to cover “entertainment, food, fashion, women, humour, travel, competition, danger and more,” according to […]
[credit provider=” Sean Gallup / Getty Images “] Bryan Singer has donated $5 million gift to the USC School of Cinematic Arts (SCA), the university said Thursday. In light of the donation, the school will name its critical studies division the Bryan Singer Division of Critical Studies.
[credit provider=””>AP”] The Walt Disney Company on Wednesday registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission the transfer of more than 37 million shares of its stock to George Lucas, making him the second largest single shareholder in the entertainment giant after the estate of Steve Jobs.Lucas’ 37,076,679 shares in Disney, […]
[credit provider=”Fox”] Moviegoers are not going where the action is, at least so far this year.Sylvester Stallone’s “Bullet to the Head” is the latest slam-bang misfire, taking in just $4.5 million over the weekend for Warner Bros. That was even worse than Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “The Last Stand,” which managed just […]
[credit provider=”The Wrap” url=”http://www.thewrap.com/movies/column-post/nicolas-cage-superman-behold-man-steel-never-was-photos-75676″] Before Nicolas Cage was a demonic vigilante in two already-forgotten “Ghost Rider” movies, the actor wanted to be Superman. And almost was, until Warner Bros. pulled the plug on “Superman Lives!”The “Con Air” star was cast as the Man of Steel in the 1998 Tim Burton movie that, […]
[credit provider=”YouTube screencap” url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZSDc25yHXo”] TMZ edited its video late Thursday night of a teenager’s murder outside a Hollywood nightclub, as advertisers abandoned the gossip site and a Change.org petition gathered more than 200,000 signatures.The nearly two-minute video showed dozens of clubgoers brawling in a parking lot before one man pulls out a handgun and […]
[credit provider=”YouTube/Simona Ka” url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U566RwvfrsU”] Tim Burton is honored, the “ParaNorman” directors are in shock, and Harvey Weinstein is blown away!!!!!!!Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone announced the 2013 Oscar nominees Thursday morning and, in the time-honored tradition of orchestrated spontaneity, most of the nominees provide some sort of reaction.
[credit provider=”Warner Bros.”] The Best Adapted Screenplay category is always the more crowded and competitive of the Oscar writing categories, but this year it feels as if the contenders should be judged the same way diving competitions are: with one score for how artful the film is, the other for […]
Remember when Sandra Bullock was feted as the Best Actress (an Oscar for “The Blind Side”) and the Worst Actress (a Razzie for “All About Steve”) of the year?
[credit provider=”Zero Dark 30″] “Zero Dark 30” has been slammed by several senators for its depiction of torture, but the issue only appears to have helped it at the box office.Director Kathryn Bigelow’s dramatization of the hunt for Osama Bin Laden racked up an estimated $124,848 in five theatres in […]
[credit provider=”Getty Images / Riccardo Savi”] Participant Media, the company behind films including “Lincoln” and “The Help,” is starting a new cable network targeting millennial viewers, with content from Davis Guggenheim and The Jim Henson Company, among others.It will be led by Evan Shapiro, who joined Participant in May after […]
[credit provider=”Photo by Douglas Healey/Getty Images”] Why are news networks interviewing terrified children?It’s a question many are asking after the horrific school shooting in Newtown, Conn. that killed at least 20 children and perhaps seven adults. The entire country is in shock, network news reporters included — but that’s no […]
[credit provider=”AMC”] TV’s top drama is a grisly, sometimes sorrowful series that kills off characters as fast as it introduces them and almost never slows down to explain what’s happening.Networks could learn a lot from “The Walking Dead.”
[credit provider=”Universal “] Hollywood studios have released 33 per cent more R-rated films in 2012 than last year, but the wealth of adult offerings hasn’t translated into a box-office boom. Instead, audiences have flocked to PG-13 fare.This year, 168 films have carried the “restricted” rating, which requires youths under 17 […]
[credit provider=”YouTube” url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yd71LWhCO4s”] “Rise of the Guardians” is projected to lose $50 million for DreamWorks Animation, an executive with knowledge of the movie’s projections told TheWrap.The company’s stock hit a 52-week low on Monday, closing the day down 5 per cent at $16.27. In early trading Tuesday, the stock was […]
[credit provider=”MGM / Sony”] Meet the new gay villains of television and film: If their wrists are bent, it’s probably to cut someone’s throat.Far from their limp-wristed, lisping predecessors, the modern-day villains of “Skyfall” and “Dexter” do their own dirty work and are every bit as masculine as the heroes […]
[credit provider=”YouTube screencap” url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCIwVhPscrU&feature=related”] Twitter is a place where people from all walks of life gather together to express a wide variety of viewpoints. Unless they’re talking about “Liz & Dick.”Just as critics did last week, viewers on Twitter tore apart Lifetime’s film about Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton’s relationship. […]
[credit provider=”Getty Images / Astrid Stawiarz”] Time Warner has extended the contract of chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes by five years to 2017, the company announced on Tuesday.The extension won’t affect Bewkes’ base salary and bonus target, which will remain unchanged. The agreement does include long-term incentive awards tied directly […]
[credit provider=”Flickr/travelswithkim” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/travelswithkim/6624817347/”] ESPN and theme parks powered Disney in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2012, as the media conglomerate hit analyst expectations for earnings per share on the dot at $0.68.Disney fell short on the revenue side, netting $10.78 billion when analysts expected $10.92 billion.
[credit provider=”Wall Street Journal” url=”http://www.thewrap.com/sites/default/files/WSJ-alerts.jpg”] The Wall Street Journal called Michigan for Mitt Romney just after 9:04 p.m. ET.Six minutes later, the newspaper corrected its mistake.
[credit provider=”screencap”] In buying Lucasfilm for a stunning $4.05 billion on Tuesday, Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger has made yet another bold gamble for the future of his media company, betting on a beloved but dusty franchise in need of a radical reimagining for a new generation.The Lucasfilm purchase seems […]
[credit provider=”The Wrap” url=”http://www.thewrap.com/media/column-post/comedy-start-laffster-partners-new-yorker-funny-or-die-maker-studios-politcal-humour-app-“] Laffster, a new digital comedy start-up backed by Paradigm and Greylock Partners, has launched “Mock the Vote,” a free iPhone app offering political humour from the likes of The New Yorker, Funny or Die, and Maker Studios.The app, timed (barely) for the 2012 election, is stage […]
Mel Karmazin, the CEO of SiriusXM Radio, is stepping down from the company.Karmazin will depart on Feb. 1, following the expiration of his current employment agreement and a transition period.
[credit provider=”Crown Publishing Group”] James Cameron has selected “The Informationist” as his follow-up to the “Avatar” franchise.Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment has acquired the rights to Taylor Stevens’ 2011 novel, and will develop the adaptation as a future project for Cameron to direct and produce.
[credit provider=”Getty Images / Rob kim”] From “Take Shelter” to “The Debt,” Jessica Chastain is an actress who feeds off risks.But in a still relatively young career that has seen her push the boundaries while working with demanding auteurs like Terrence Malick and Kathryn Bigelow, the Oscar-nominee is about to […]
The Federal Communications Commission is scaling back — in a major way — its enforcement of indecency complaints.Chairman Julius Genachowski has ordered agency staffers to refocus enforcement efforts to target only the most explicit of the more than 1.5 million pending complaints, a spokesman for the agency told TheWrap on […]
[credit provider=”Apple” url=”http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/shazam/id284993459?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D2″] Shazam has long been an essential companion to the radio, tagging songs so that anyone can track down what they are listening to at any time.Now Shazam is pursuing the television market, launching a major update to its app that will enable its 80 million users in […]
Can A-list talent still expect salaries of $10 million per movie? Brad Pitt doesn’t think so.”Yeah, that thing died,” the 48-year-old actor (and perennial A-lister) told the BBC. “That arithmetic doesn’t really work right now. That deal’s not flying these days.”
[credit provider=”Getty Images / Jason Merritt”] Writer-director Nick Cassavetes unveiled his new movie “Yellow” at the Toronto Film Festival this weekend and found himself defending the main character’s incestuous love affair with her own brother.”Yellow” stars Cassavetes’ ex-wife, Heather Wahlquist, as Mary, a beautiful woman addicted to pain pills. She […]
[credit provider=”Getty Images / Charley Gallay”] The Los Angeles Police Department is searching for Brian Gerber, a film producer and co-founder of the Digital Hollywood summits who went missing on Monday, Lieutenant Menza of the LAPD’s Northeast Division told TheWrap.It is suspected that Gerber may have committed suicide.
[credit provider=”Wikimedia, CC.” url=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Barry_Diller_Shankbone_Metropolitan_Opera_2009.jpg”] The New York Times Company has sold About.com to IAC/InterActiveCorp’s Ask.com for $300 million in cash, the companies announced.The reference site, which offers advice on everything from beauty and wellness to personal finance, was purchased by the Times in 2005 from Primedia Inc. for $410 million.
[credit provider=”The Secret Alternative Guide Beijing/Kickstarter” url=”http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1080572418/the-secret-guide-to-alternative-beijing-0?ref=category”] No, question: When it comes to raising funds for film projects, crowd-sourcing is hot.Bret Easton Ellis exceeded his $100,000 goal on Kickstarter for “The Canyons,” starring Lindsay Lohan and porn star James Deen, by more than $59,000.
The record-shattering run of “The Avengers” and the tragedy surrounding “Dark Knight Rises” gave the summer an epic feel, but the numbers show that the box office will finish flat, or a little down from last season’s $4.4 billion haul.All summer long, it was one big step forward, two back. […]
[credit provider=”Allen Hinkle Courtesy The Wrap” url=”http://www.thewrap.com/movies/article/bleak-picture-non-digital-independent-theatres-convert-or-die-52346?page=0,1″] For almost 90 years, the Bonham theatre has been a centre of social life and a place where the tiny town of Fairbury, Neb., (population 3,942) can gather to catch the latest Hollywood movies.But two weeks ago, owner Allen Hinkle switched off the […]
[credit provider=”screenshot” url=”www.battleshipmovie.com”] With the budgets of major films soaring and movie attendance stagnant in the United States, Hollywood is using 3D technology and premium theatres like IMAX to bolster the sizzling foreign box office even in the midst of a worldwide economic downturn.The special-effects driven and animated films that movie […]
[credit provider=”Frazer Harrison / Getty Images”] TVNotas, a Spanish-language magazine focused on celebrity gossip, broke copyright law when it published the photos of a singer’s secret wedding in Las Vegas, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found that Maya Magazines, […]
[credit provider=”Courtesy of CNN”] Is TV news making more mistakes? Or are they just more obvious?Almost all of the major national news organisations have made high-profile mistakes in recent months: CNN and Fox News initially misreported the Supreme Court decision on Obamacare. ABC News erroneously linked the Colorado shootings to a member of the […]
It’s a Hollywood rule of thumb that if you want to be a player come awards season, you’ve got to be a critical and commercial success. Director Wes Anderson‘s “Moonrise Kingdom,” a quirky, summer-set tale of very young love has now checked both of those boxes, emphatically.”It’s going to be […]
Bryan Singer wants you to picture a world where technology endangers the planet, where being connected to the internet is not a luxury but a hazard.That is the premise of “H+,” a web series produced by the “Usual Suspects” director that debuts on YouTube Wednesday. Humans now carry a chip […]
[credit provider=”imdb.com ” url=”http://www.imdb.com/media/rm4033983232/tt1392170″] Lionsgate Entertainment reported Thursday a first-quarter net loss of $44.2 million, or 33 cents a share, compared with a gain of $10.3 million, or 8 cents a share, for the same period a year ago.fuelled by the release of “The Hunger Games” and other films, revenue […]
[credit provider=”AMC” url=”http://www.amctv.com/breaking-bad/videos/on-air-trailer-time-bomb-breaking-bad”] AMC Networks posted a higher second quarter profit on increased advertising revenue, the company announced Thursday.The owner of AMC, WE tv, IFC and Sundance Channel said net income from continuing operations rose to $41.4 million, or 57 cents per share, up from $27.1 million, or 39 cents per share, […]
[credit provider=”Getty Images / Jason Kempin”] Keith Olbermann hosted the sole political talk show airing on Current TV when David Bohrman took over as network president last August. Now close to a year later, Olbermann is long gone, but Bohrman has transformed Current into a full-time news network built around Olbermann-like hosts – brash, intelligent […]
[credit provider=”Getty Images/Jason Merritt” url=”http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/aaron-sorkin-speaks-as-william-h-macy-and-felicity-huffman-news-photo/140888828″] Aaron Sorkin denied during a panel for “The Newsroom” that he has fired the show’s writing staff, and denied that the women on his show are less intellectually formidable than the men.Also, he says, he does not have an ex-girlfriend among his writers.
[credit provider=”Screenshot”] Here’s more proof that everything Donald Trump does is the biggest and the best: A new documentary about Trump’s construction of a golf course is Scotland has only been out in the U.K. for two weeks, but in that time it has become the highest-rated British film of […]
[credit provider=”NBC Sports”] NBC Sports has admitted it screwed up by inadvertently revealing Missy Franklin’s gold-medal victory in the 100-meter backstroke before the race even aired on the network, and promises that it will never happen again.NBC delivered a spoiler that deserved its own medal for Biggest Blooper on Monday, […]
[credit provider=”Getty”] Michael Jackson may be dead, but his legacy of bizarre behaviour lives on. At least among his family members, who have been engaged in a five-star meltdown worthy of the seediest reality show in the last few days.The former King of Pop’s kin have done their worst to […]
It’s been a year since Specific Media bought MySpace and vowed to make it hip again, but after 12 months the once-hot brand is still ice cold.A major redesign, promised after Specific Media CEO Tim Vanderhook and COO Chris Vanderhook took over the teetering social network from News Corp., has […]
[credit provider=”Getty Images / Alberto E. Rodriguez”] “Ruby Sparks” is a case study in what a rocky landscape Hollywood has become for small, character-driven films over the last few years.Consider:
[credit provider=”YouTube screenshot” url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnBbcnPNEus”] Warner Bros. is donating an undisclosed sum to the victims of last Friday’s mass shooting at a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colo., and is encouraging its employees to do the same.A spokeswoman for Warner Bros. told TheWrap that the company communicated with […]
[credit provider=”The Joker”] Heath Ledger‘s father is calling for America to tighten its gun laws in the wake of the deadly theatre shootings in Colorado.”It’s terrible – the whole circumstances,” Heath’s father Kim told Australia’s Herald Sun. “The guy’s obviously a nut case. He has obviously lost it. I think what […]
[credit provider=”Getty Images / Stephen Lovekin”] Empowered Careers, the new adult education startup backed by former Paramount chief Sherry Lansing’s foundation and the Creative Artists Agency, is getting some big-name celebrity endorsements. Pierce Brosnan, Geena Davis, Sally Field, James Franco, James Gandolfini, Cuba Gooding, Jr., George Lopez and Rita Wilson have […]
[credit provider=”Getty Images / Valerie Macon”] “The Newsroom” is undergoing a big staff change. But don’t worry – Will McAvoy will still be at the fictional cable news network ACN.The Aaron Sorkin-created HBO drama is undergoing an upheaval in its writing staff, with Sorkin replacing a number of writers on the […]
[credit provider=”Getty Images / Dimitrios Kambouris”] 10 days after Viacom blacked out its channels for DirecTV customers, the two companies said Friday that they had reached a deal to return programming to satellite subscribers.All 26 Viacom networks, including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, BET, CMT, Logo, Spike, TV Land, MTV2, VH1, […]
[credit provider=”Getty Images / Handout”] News Corporation is donating $20 million to the Motion Picture & Television Fund, the media company said Wednesday. The gift will go toward the Hollywood charity’s $350 million capital campaign. The MPTF provides assistance, medical care and housing to movie business retirees. The fundraising drive is […]
[credit provider=”AMPAS” url=”http://www.oscars.org/academy/history-organisation/governors.html”] Bill Condon, Lisa Cholodenko and Dante Spinotti are among the new members of the Academy’s Board of Governors, AMPAS announced on Tuesday.Six first-time members were elected to the board, along with three former governors returning to the board, and seven sitting governors retaining their seats.
[credit provider=”NBCNews.com” url=”http://www.nbcnews.com/”] Msnbc.com renamed itself NBCNews.com after Comcast bought out Microsoft’s share of it for a reported $300 million.The sale, which had been expected for weeks, ends the partnership of the internet giant and NBC, which stretches back to the mid 1990s. The sale price was not disclosed, but The […]
[credit provider=”XFinity screencap” url=”http://xfinitytv.comcast.net/movies/The-Dark-Knight-Rises/216393/2250462197/Preview%3A-The-Dark-Knight-Rises%3A-Journey/videos#”] “The Dark Knight Rises” is a monumental, satisfying summation to Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster trilogy of Batman films.That, at least, is the consensus from the first round of reviews of the July 20 release. Warner Bros. has been screening the film quietly for a week or so, […]
NBC Universal is folding seven local digital news and lifestyle subchannels into a single national channel that will air retro reruns during the day and lifestyle programs in primetime, the network told TheWrap.
Spin magazine has been purchased by blog network Buzz Media, where the 27-year-old music publication known for charting the rise of so-called alternative music will join thriving blogs and sites like Stereogum, Idolator, Brooklyn Vegan, and Hype Machine.Under the deal, terms of which were not disclosed, Buzz Media will also […]
[credit provider=”NBClatino.com” url=”http://nbclatino.com/”] NBC News on Monday launched NBCLatino.com, a news and lifestyle website that will draw from NBC News, MSNBC, and NBCUniversal property Telemundo.The site, which will feature English-language news and Latino perspectives and opinion pieces, officially two months after ABC and Univision announced plans to start a new English news […]
The Supreme Court on Friday refused to review a lower court decision that threw out the FCC’s $550,000 fine for CBS over Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” during the network’s live coverage of the 2004 Super Bowl.The high court’s rejection of the Obama administration’s appeal means the agency now may have […]
[credit provider=”AP Images”] Comcast has agreed to pay an $800,000 fine and continue offering a standalone, affordably priced broadband service through at least Feb. 15, 2015 under a consent decree with the FCC, the agency said Wednesday.Under the terms of the decree, the requirement — which was originally included as […]
[credit provider=”Chill / screencap” url=”chill.com”] William Morris endeavour and venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers have led an $8 million Series A investment round in social video start-up Chill, the company announced on Wednesday.Chill’s 18 million registered users come to the site to watch popular videos, talk about […]
The Weinstein Company has secured $225 million in financing for two new credit facilities with UBS and Union Bank, TheWrap has learned.The facilities will allow the company to continue financing production and marketing for its upcoming slate of films rather than using its own cash, according to an individual close […]
[credit provider=”RihannaVEVO / screenshot” url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBxt_v0WF6Y”] The National Music Publishers’ Association has negotiated a far-reaching licensing deal with Universal Music Group on music videos, the group announced on Tuesday.It is the first major-label deal to pay royalties to songwriters and music publishers for videos.
[credit provider=”AP”] Charlie Sheen’s next acting gig — starring in FX’s upcoming “Anger Management” — will also be his last, Sheen told The New York Times.The 46-year-old says that when he wraps the new series, he wants to devote more time to his five children.
[credit provider=”Nick See/ Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/nicksee/2802880765/sizes/m/in/photostream/”] Dish Media has made a new deal with Hoak Media that will restore Dish subscribers’ access to 14 channels in six states.Dish Network customers had lost access due to Dish’s dispute with the Dallas-based media company over pricing and Dish’s commercial-skipping Auto Hop function. The […]
It’s called the “second screen.” And the battle is on to see who can conquer it.Nielsen data suggests that the vast majority of television viewers use a tablet, smartphone or laptop while they’re watching television, diverting their attention from the shows and the advertisements that finance them.
[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Los_Angeles,_CA_from_the_air.jpg”] Los Angeles remained by far the most popular location for comedy pilots this past pilot season but continues to lose drama pilots to other areas, thanks in part to production incentives and more crews and facilities available outside Hollywood, the non-profit group FilmL.A. says in a new report.That’s […]
[credit provider=”YouTube screenshot” url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnBbcnPNEus”] Warner Bros. Television Group is buying Alloy Entertainment, with which it already collaborates on shows including “Gossip Girl,” “The Vampire Diaries” and the upcoming “666 Park Avenue.”WBTVG has signed a deal to acquire Alloy from an investor group led by ZelnickMedia. Leslie Morgenstein, who has served […]
[credit provider=”screenshot” url=”http://www.imdb.com/media/rm3157897984/tt1440129″] “Battleship,” the high-concept but underperforming action film released by Universal earlier this year, made a surprise appearance in discussions about risky movies and passion projects at the Produced By Conference on Sunday morning.Peter Berg, the director of that film, was taking part in a discussion entitled “Passion […]
[credit provider=”CBS screengrab”] CBS asked a judge to issue a temporary restraining order to keep ABC’s “Glass House” off the air until CBS’ case accusing it off ripping off its own “Big Brother” can go to trial.In a motion filed Thursday, CBS contends that the ABC show, set to premiere […]
[credit provider=”Courtesy of YouTube” url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hX1YVzdnpEc&list=UUvHn0MTf40rdEQu6Y2yNL5g&index=0&feature=plcp”] President Obama made his second campaign stop in Los Angeles in as many months on Wednesday, capitalising on the goodwill he gained from his recent marriage-equality endorsement with two fund-raisers geared toward the LGBT community.The first event drew around 600 supporters to the Beverly Wilshire […]
[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Morgan_Freeman,_2006.jpg”] Morgan Freeman exudes gravitas. He has played the president and God. His name is almost synonymous with authority.So as he patiently explains that aliens might be travelling to Earth to eat us, you can’t help but feel a little nervous.