NBC's America's Got Talent remained the top-rated show of the night on Wednesday, but it fell below 10 million viewers for the first time this season (to 9.28 million), down 16 percent from a week ago. It was Nevertheless enough to give the struggling network a win for the night with an average of 6.28 million viewers. CBS came in at No. 2 with 5.57 million.
Former New York Times critic/columnist Frank Rich, who now writes for New York magazine, has become the latest to lay into Meet the Press host David Gregory for his accusatory question directed at Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald who released the Edward Snowden leaks about American espionage. On Sunday's telecast, Gregory asked, To the extent that you have aided and abetted Snowden, even in his current movements, why shouldn't you, Mr. Greenwald, be charged with a crime? Acknowledging that Gregory probably didn't mean to sound like Joe McCarthy (with a splash of the oiliness of Roy Cohn) but was only playing the part to make some noise, Rich Nevertheless noted that the Washington Post had published additional leaks by Snowden but that Gregory made no mention of them. Presumably if Gregory had been around 40 years ago, he also would have accused the Times of aiding and abetting The Enemy when it published Daniel Ellsberg's massive leak of the Pentagon Papers, he wrote. (Some have defended Gregory by saying he was simply posing a question and not expressing an opinion. If so, others have responded, he ought to have followed universal journalistic practice by asking, Critics have accused you of aiding and abetting Snowden by acting as his conduit, and they have called for you to be prosecuted. How would you respond to them?) In his column Rich asks, Is David Gregory a journalist? As a thought experiment, name one piece of news he has broken, one beat he's covered with distinction, and any memorable interviews he's conducted. And in a final zinger, Rich suggests that NBC move Gregory from Meet the Press to Today, where he can speak truth to power by grilling Paula Deen.
CBS's Mike and Molly turned out to be another victim of the Oklahoma tornado as the delayed season finale of the show, titled Windy City, drew just 7.79 million viewers, a series low. That it was scheduled amidst an entire lineup of reruns on CBS was likely responsible for a 25 percent drop-off from its previous airing. Nevertheless, the sitcom beat everything else in its time period Thursday night.
The dream of being able to watch 3D movies without the need of glasses moved a step closer to realization on Tuesday with the endorsement of the Dolby 3D format by Cameron/Pace Group, headed by James Cameron and Vince Pace. Said Pace: The Dolby 3D format gives filmmakers the means to bring an artistic vision through production and distribution all the way to presentation while delivering what we believe to be the best possible 3D experience to consumers -- without the need for special glasses. Cameron, who revived interest in 3D with Avatar, said that his company is partnering with Dolby to create not just more 3D ... [but] great 3D without glasses, everywhere. Nevertheless, it was not clear just how the Dolby 3D system is different from other glasses-free systems, which usually require viewers to sit directly in front of the screen to be effective. There was also no indication of how much the system will cost.
CBS's telecast of the Grammy Awards may have fallen steeply from a year ago when it aired one day following the death of Whitney Houston, but it was Nevertheless the highest rated program of last week. Final Nielsen figures showed that the Sunday-night telecast drew 28.38 million viewers, well off the 39.91 million that tune in last year but up from the 26.67 million who did in 2011. Meanwhile, Fox's American Idol continued to slide in the ratings. Wednesday's edition of the talent contest dropped to seventh place on the Nielsen list with 14.27 million total viewers, while Thursday's dropped to eighth with 13.28 million. CBS once again dominated the Nielsen list. Of the top 20 shows, it accounted for 16. Besides Fox's two Idol episodes, ABC's Grey's Anatomy and Modern Family also made the list (barely), tying for 19th place. NBC's highest-rated show was its Wednesday night drama Chicago Fire, which came in at No. 33 on the Nielsen list with 6.60 million viewers. NBC could draw some degree of solace from the performance of its evening newscast, however. NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams averaged 9.64 million viewers for the week, easily beating ABC World News with Diane Sawyer with 8.63 million. The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley continued to make strong inroads on the leadership, winding up with 7.48 million viewers.
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Jay-Z is suing his former personal chef for $1.5 million claiming he failed to live up to the required professional standards after he was told to revive the menu at his Manhattan 40/40 Club restaurant.
Jay-Z is suing his former personal chef for $1.5 million.
The hip-hop mogul has filed a lawsuit against Mike Shand, who worked for both him and his wife Beyonce Knowles, on behalf of his restaurant the Manhattan 40/40 Club, claiming he ''failed to perform on significant aspects'' of a deal to make the menu better.
Jay and his partner Juan Perez claim his lack of input lead to a loss of profits which cannot be regained.
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Spice Girls singer Geri Halliwell has admitted her six-year-old daughter Bluebell gets embarrassed by her behaviour.
Geri Halliwell's daughter is embarrassed by her.
The Spice Girls star admits her six-year-old child Bluebell Madonna - whose father is her former lover Sacha Gervasi - sometimes feels uncomfortable because of her mother's exuberant personality, but the singer Nevertheless feels ''blessed'' to have such a lovely child.
Geri told the UK edition of HELLO! magazine: ''With my daughter, it's like 'Ab Fab' (TV show 'Absolutely Fabulous') - she's the sensible one. She tells me to stop skipping down the street. She says, 'Mummy, stop it. You're embarrassing me.'
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CNN and corporate sibling Time magazine on Thursday reinstated Fareed Zakaria following the revelation that a paragraph of a recent commentary on gun control that he wrote seemed to have been plagiarized from an essay by journalist Jill Lepore in the New Yorker last April. CNN said that it had conducted a rigorous review of Zakaria's work on the cable news network and "found nothing that merited continuing the suspension." Nevertheless, it said, it will work with Zakaria "to strengthen further the procedures for his show and blog." Zakaria had admitted lifting Lepore's words for his commentary that appeared in the August 20 edition of Times and on his CNN blog. "I made a terrible mistake," he said last week. "It is a serious lapse and one that is entirely my fault. I apologize unreservedly to her, to my Editors at Time , and to my readers."
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Critics have given the fourth Ice Age movie, Continental Drift , a mostly cool-to-cold reception. Sean O'Connell in the Washington Post , suggests that viewers are nonetheless likely to overlook its faults. "Logic [in the plot] may be extinct, but, boy, do these movies whiz by like ice cubes zipping across a linoleum floor." Moreover, he writes, "What Continental Drift lacks in character development ... it makes up for in visual wizardry. The animation is spectacular, and the 3D is some of the best I've seen this year." And Betsy Sharkey in the Los Angeles Times points out that the movie is "all geared to be easily consumed by little ones" and concludes, "The dialogue is sometimes too sluggish and definitely too preachy, The Ending is a little too sappy, yet somehow this strange collection of prehistoric critters and their completely illogical life are consistently likable, if not quite lovable." Most other critics are not so generous. A.O. Scott in The New York Times , while remarking that Continental Drift "is much too friendly to dislike," Nevertheless expresses his dislike for the film's preachiness, which, he suspects, could inspire "a new theory of prehistoric extinction All those species clearly died from the hot air that gathered in the atmosphere as a result of their inability to shut up for even a minute." Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times notes that the kids in the theater where he saw the film seemed delighted. However, he continues, "Watching this film was a cheerless exercise for me. The characters are manic and idiotic, the dialogue is rat-a-tat chatter, the action is entirely at the service of the 3D, and the movie depends on bright colors, lots of noise and a few songs in between the whiplash moments." Several critics comment that Ice Age 4 is pretty much a reworking of each of the other Ice Age films. "You know what I feel like doing right now?" asks Michael Phillips in the Chicago Tribune. "I feel like digging out an old review of an earlier Ice Age movie and 're-purposing' it." Claudia Puig in USA Today echoes that sentiment. "There's far too little here that's fresh," she writes. Several critics observe that the real star of the show is not the feature but the short that precedes it, featuring The Simpsons. "Don't be late," advises Kyle Smith in the New York Post. "The best part of Ice Age 4 happens before it begins." Amy Biancolli in the San Francisco Chronicle notes that the cartoon is "only a few minutes long, but those few minutes boast more imagination, pathos and suspense than the entire film that follows." Scott in the New York Times comments that the short should audiences "cause to rejoice" -- calling it "witty and touching and marvelously concise, part of a series that has managed to stay fresh and inventive after many years in the pop-culture spotlight." Unfortunately, he remarks, you have to buy a ticket for Ice Age Continental Drift if you want to see it.
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Justin Bieber will be quizzed by police over his alleged brawl with a photographer in California last month.
Justin Bieber will be quizzed by police over his alleged brawl with a photographer.
The 'Boyfriend' singer - who is currently promoting his new album 'Believe' around the world - was reportedly involved in an altercation with a photographer in a shopping centre car park in Calabasses, California, in May, and is expected to be called in for questioning when he returns to the US.
Lawyer Anahita Sedaghatfar - who is not connected with the case - told Fox News yesterday (13.06.12): ''He will definitely be called in for questioning. This is a high-profile case which has gotten a ton of media attention. The police will have to dot their Is and cross their Ts for sure.
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