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Numbers Slip For Bachelorette But Still Beats Rivals'

Ratings for ABC's The Bachelorette dipped slightly on Monday for the second week in a row but were nevertheless strong enough to beat the competition in total adults and adults 18-49. The two-hour telecast, which...

Did Twitter Really Make Super 8 A Hit?

In an Advertising Age headline on Tuesday, media columnist Simon Dumenco asks, "Was J.J. Abrams & Steven Spielberg's Box-Office Champ 'Super 8' Really Saved by Twitter?" Well, maybe, Dumenco observes, although, he adds, "I've got...

Weiner Captures 33 Of Cable News's Time

Cable news networks devoted 33 percent of their time last week to the sexting scandal involving Congressman Anthony Weiner. According to the Project for Excellence in Journalism, the broadcast network television newscasts devoted 14 percent...

Movie Reviews Super 8

In general, the reviews for the Steven Spielberg-produced, J.J. Abrams-directed Super 8 are glowingly positive. If there's a complaint at all, it's that, given the film's pedigree, it wasn't even better. In short, they say,...

Will Low-key Marketing Help Or Hurt Super 8 ?

Tracking studies indicate that audience awareness of and interest in Super 8 has been rising in recent days, but box-office forecasters are nevertheless predicting that it's not likely to beat the second week of last...

First-class Debut For X-men Sequel

X-Men First Class performed as studio 20th Century Fox had expected, earning an estimated $56 million over the weekend. That figure was slightly below the $60-65 million that many industry forecasters had predicted -- but...

Gnomeo & Juliet Tops Sales, Rental Charts

Gnomeo & Juliet was the top-selling DVD release last week -- and also the top rental. A rare Disney animated feature that was produced neither by Disney's own animation unit nor by its Pixar subsidiary,...

The Bachelorette Wins Monday -- On Its Own

It didn't have the penultimate edition of Dancing with the Stars as a lead-in, but ABC's two-hour The Bachelorette nevertheless drew solid ratings Monday night. With an average of 7.1 million viewers -- peaking in...

Report Fox Reality Chief The X Factor In Cole's Firing

Days after reports circulated on the Internet that Fox TV had forced Cheryl Cole off Simon Cowell's upcoming U.S. version of The X Factor , the television network has yet to release a statement on...

Movie Reviews Kung Fu Panda Ii

For the most part, critics are not quite so enchanted with the Kung Fu Panda sequel as they were with the original. Nevertheless, most of them reach the same conclusion that Philadelphia Inquirer critic Steven...

U.k.'S Geordie Shore It's Jersey Shore All Over Again

A British MTV TV show, Geordie Shore, based on America's MTV show, Jersey Shore , is eliciting the same sort of local scorn in the north of England that the U.S. show did in New...

Report Cheryl Cole Fired From The X Factor

When it was announced earlier this month that British singer Cheryl Cole had been selected as a judge on Simon Cowell's upcoming American version of The X Factor -- for a reported $2 million a...

Hulu Plus Coming To Tivo

Hulu Plus, the $7.99-per-onth subscription service that offers the older television shows that the free Hulu does "plus" newer episodes, is now going directly to TV sets via owners of TiVo DVRs. TiVo is pushing...

Movie Reviews Pirates Of The Caribbean On Stranger Tides

Critics who had their swords out for the last Pirates of the Caribbean sequel, At World's End, have managed to thrust them in to the hilt with the latest one, On Stranger Tides. The film...

Horror Film A Hit At Cannes

A horror film may be the last thing one would expect to turn up at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, but Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar's The Skin I Live In ( La Piel Que Habito...

Cbs Yanking Csi From Thursday Slot

CBS is taking a big gamble by knocking CSI Crime Scene Investigation out of its Thursday-night time period in the fall and moving in J.J. Abrams's new Person of Interest to take its place. CSI...

Producers To Host Overseas Film Commissioners

Members of the Producers Guild of America may continually gripe about the flight of production to other states and countries, but today's (Wednesday) Los Angeles Times reports that they are nevertheless planning to host a...

Actress Wants More Than Money From News Corp

In a widely predicted legal maneuver, lawyers for Rupert Murdoch's Sunday tabloid News of the World have sought to quash an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit brought against it by actress Sienna Miller. Appearing in a London court...

U.s. To Press China On Allowing More Hollywood Films

MPAA representatives and U.S. trade officials are attempting to craft a compromise that would result in more American films coming to China, the Los Angeles Times reported today (Thursday), citing no sources. Although the World...

Kentucky Derby's Ratings Slip

Several sports gurus had predicted that last Saturday's running of the Kentucky Derby would smash previous records. And in many ways they were right. Churchill Downs recorded an all-time high in attendance -- 164,858, beating...

Moses Returns To Mountain Top

After being knocked into second place a year ago, when it competed against basketball, Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments , starring Charlton Heston as Moses, averaged 7.05 million viewers. That compares with the dismal...

Former Harrods Owner May Buy Pinewood Shepperton

Egyptian businessman Mohamed Al Fayed has confirmed that he is the unidentified "third party" who is considering making a bid to acquire Britain's legendary Pinewood Shepperton studios. Al Fayed sold the Harrods department store chain...

Movie Reviews Your Highness

The last time we saw Natalie Portman and James Franco together was the night of the Oscar awards. Given critical reaction to their performances in Your Highness , we may see them next year at...

Hulu Said It Raked In $300 Million In First Quarter

Hulu said on Wednesday that it's on track to produce some $300 million in revenue for its content suppliers. While that might appear to be a huge figure, it actually amounts to just about $820,000...

Cbs Wins The Week With Hoops Help

CBS may have been shut out of the top four positions on the Nielsen ratings chart for last week, but it nevertheless wound up as the No. 1 network for the week among total adults...

"Vulgar" Mexican Stereotypes Allowed By U.k. Watchdog

OFCOM, the British television watchdog, has refused to reprimand the BBC for an episode of its comedy talk show Top Gear in which host Richard Hammond joked that cars reflect the characteristics of their countries....

Basketball Boosts Cbs's Ratings

March Madness boosted CBS's audience among the key 18-49 demo Sunday night as an overrun of the Kentucky-North Carolina contest drew 16.66 million viewers in the 7 00-7 30 p.m. half hour. In the Eastern...

Chris Brown "I Apologize For Acting Like That"

Singer Chris Brown has apologized for his behavior at ABC's studios on Tuesday where he allegedly smashed the window of his dressing room with a cooler, ripped off his shirt and then stomped out into...

Fox And Cnn Battle It Out Over Libya

A secondary war has broken out in Libya -- this one between CNN and Fox News. It began when Fox's Pentagon correspondent Jennifer Griffin claimed on Monday that British fighter jets armed with seven missiles...

Japan Movie Business Hit Hard By Disasters

In the wake of the earthquake and tsunami,i disasters in Japan, the box office in that country collapsed 41 percent from the previous weekend, mostly due to theater closures in the hard-hit northern area, Daily...

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