CBS chief Les Moonves has hit back at demands by some lawmakers for the FCC to step in and create rules that would prevent a repeat of the blackout that recently made CBS programming unavailable to viewers for more than a month as it battled with Time Warner Cable over carriage fees. To get the government involved is by far a really dumb thing, Moonves said in an appearance on CNBC. That is the last thing we want to do. We're in a free market. He then added, Look, we've been involved in hundreds of these negotiations. We have never gone dark for a day until a month ago. ... The last thing that anyone wants on either side is government intervention. Moonves also indicated that he realized that TWC would Cave In as it became apparent that millions of its subscribers would be unable to receive CBS's coverage of the NFL. There's no question but that had a lot to do with our settling, he said. It's not just ironic that we settled six days before the NFL season began. We sort of knew that would happen, and the power of the NFL is great, and yes, the NFL and broadcast is a great partnership.
There were 217,000 fewer cable, telco and satellite TV subscribers in the second quarter of this year as there were during the same period a year ago, according to a study by SNL Kagan that was released on Tuesday. The report seemed to underline warnings by analysts that viewers are likely to cut the cords binding them to expensive TV services and opt for Internet video services such as YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Instant Video, and the broadcasters' own websites instead. During the same period, the number of broadband-only subscribers -- many of them receiving their services via cable, telco and satellite providers -- increased by 294,000. The continued erosion of TV subscribers, analysts said, was probably a factor in Time Warner Cable's reported decision to Cave In to CBS's demands for a substantial increase in retransmission fees.
Andy Serkis found it difficult to reprise his role of Gollum again in 'The Hobbit' because he initially sounded like an impersonation of the sly creature.
The British actor revealed it was tough to voice the sly creature after a 10-year break since he finished shooting 'The Lord Of The Rings' trilogy because he kept breaking into a parody of his former character.
Andy said: ''For the first couple of days it felt like I was doing an impersonation of a character I once played because there had been so many parodies and jokes.
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Kris Humphries has reportedly turned down a $7 million divorce settlement from estranged wife Kim Kardashian.
Kris Humphries has reportedly turned down a $7 million divorce settlement.
The basketball ace was left stunned when Kim Kardashian filed for divorce in October after just 72 days of marriage but he is said to be refusing to sign documents to legally end the marriage unless the socialite admits ''the entire wedding was staged by her and her family.''
A source told the New York Post newspaper: ''Kim's camp is depicting him as money-hungry, but in fact he turned down a $7 million settlement. Her camp is putting out stories about 'Kim's divorce hell' hoping he'll Cave In, but he won't.
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James Franco has shelved plans to direct 'Blood Meridian' and will work on 'Child of God' instead.
James Franco is to direct 'Child of God'.
The '127' hours star is to start work on an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's story after his original plans to helm a film version of the author's later work 'Blood Meridian' ground to a halt.
'Child of God' follows a recently-released convict who lives outside of normal society in a Cave In the hills of East Tennessee and engages in necrophilia and other acts of "crime and degradation".
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Calvin Harris played four shows in 24 hours in North America and Canada at the weekend.
Calvin Harris played four shows in 24 hours at the weekend.
The 'Acceptable in the 80s' hitmaker admitted he had learned to sleep whenever he could to get through the gruelling shows, which took place across North America and the Caribbean.
He told The Sun newspaper: "I have just learned to fall asleep and grab some rest whenever I can.
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Heidi Montag - who famously underwent 10 cosmetic surgery procedures in one day - regularly massages her breasts as she is afraid of her implants going hard.
Heidi Montag is terrified her breasts will harden.
The former 'Hills' star - who famously underwent 10 cosmetic procedures in one day, including having her chest increased to a huge G-cup - gives her breasts regular massages to keep the implants soft and has urged other surgically-enhanced Women to follow her lead.
She tweeted: "Giving myself a soft tissue breast massage. Ladies we have to keep those implants soft."
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