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Hobbit Casting Call Canceled Over Safety Fears

31st January 2012

An open casting call for women under five feet tall and men under five feet four inches to appear as extras in the Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit, had to be abruptly canceled...

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Box Office Continues To Improve

31st January 2012

Last year's box office got off to such a sluggish start that even a weekend total in which all of the top-12 films combined grossed less than $100 million can look pretty good by comparison....

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Idol 'S Ratings Sink Again

20th January 2012

As it did on Wednesday, the audience for Thursday night's edition of American Idol shrank significantly, down a whopping 27 percent from the season's second episode a year ago. It nevertheless remained the most-watched show...

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Contraband Launders $28.5 Million

18th January 2012

Final box-office figures came in slightly below studio estimates for the 3-day and 4-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. Nevertheless, Universal's Contraband starring Mark Wahlberg, performed far better than pundits had forecast, earning $24.3...

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Fox News A Big Winner In New Hampshire

12th January 2012

Mitt Romney was the easy winner of the New Hampshire Republican president primary on Tuesday, but so, too, was Fox News. The news channel, whose viewers are largely conservative and/or Republican, averaged 2.25 million during...

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Comcast Exec Forecasts Revival Of Nbc, Universal

6th January 2012

If it weren't for its NFL telecasts, NBC would rank dead last among the major networks. Among the six major film studios, its corporate sibling Universal Pictures ranks fifth. But that hasn't discouraged its controlling...

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First Movie Of 2012 A Cheap Horror Flick

6th January 2012

The first film to open wide in the new year is one that was not screened for critics, a horror movie titled The Devil Inside . (It has to do with exorcisms. " Inside ,"...

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Grey's Anatomy Returns, Tops Primetime On Thursday

6th January 2012

The return of an all-new episode of ABC's Grey's Anatomy after the show's nearly two-month absence attracted more than 12 million viewers on Thursday and was the highest-rated show of the night, according to overnight...

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2012 Kicks Off Year In Fine Style

4th January 2012

The 2012 box office got off to a nice start over the holiday weekend, but then so did the 2011 box office -- and things went mostly downhill after that. In fact, the first weekend...

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Solid Start For 2012 Box Office -- Like 2011

2nd January 2012

The box office rang in the new just about the way it rang in the old -- sounding more like Big Ben than like Tinkerbell, its model for most of the past five months. With...

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All-american Muslim To Deal With 9/11

29th December 2011

In what is being billed as "the most nuanced and complex view about the [9/11] terror attacks from the American Muslim perspective ever seen on television," TLC's All-American Muslim series -- targeted by some far-right...

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Ratings For Mnf Drop

29th December 2011

ESPN's Monday Night Football may have continued to rank as the No. 1 series on cable television in 2011, but ratings were down significantly from last year, particularly when the final games of the season...

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German Court Fines Woman With No Computer For Piracy

22nd December 2011

Lawyers seeking to sue those who download pirated copies of movies may find Germany a hospitable place to do so, according to the website TorrentFreak, which tracks BitTorrent usage in the U.S. and abroad. On...

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Cbs Wears Two Ratings Crowns

14th December 2011

CBS was not only the most-watched network among total adults last week -- a standing that it usually maintains -- but it was also the most-watched among viewers 18-49, a standing that often eludes it....

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New Year's Eve Ball Falls With A Thud

12th December 2011

Just when you thought the box office couldn't get any worse than it got last weekend, it got worse. After recording its lowest gross of the year last week, it set a new low of...

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Will Today Become An Entertainment Show With Ryan Secrest?

12th December 2011

As rumors continued to gain traction that NBC was in talks with Ryan Secrest about replacing Matt Lauer on the Today show if Lauer decides to depart at the end of his contract next year,...

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British Music Retailer Launches Video-on-demand Service

24th November 2011

HMV, Britain's largest music and video retailer, is launching a beta version of its video-on-demand rental service today (Thursday) in the hope of offsetting slumping in-store sales. The retail chain said that it is partnering...

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Nbc First With Football, Last With Everything Else

23rd November 2011

Once again NBC's Sunday Night Football ranked No. 1 for the week with 20.3 million viewers tuning in -- but football was all she wrote for the struggling network, whose second-highest-rated show, Law and Order...

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Immortals Takes Down Tintin Overseas

14th November 2011

Overseas, Immortals knocked Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin The Secret of the Unicorn off its perch at the top of the box office. Tarsem Singh's 3D saga raced up $37.1 million in ticket sales...

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Dancers Feared Choreographer Jerome Robbins, Says Rita Moreno

14th November 2011

On the eve of the release of a 50th anniversary Blu-ray edition of Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story , the New York Post has observed that an "extra" in the video package, an examination of...

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Oscar The Grouch To Host The Oscars?

10th November 2011

In a radio interview more than 35 years ago, the late Jim Henson and Frank Oz discussed the possibility of doing a Muppets sketch in which Oscar the Grouch would host -- what else? The...

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Amazon Adds Rival Netflix To Kindle Fire

10th November 2011

Although it has acknowledged that the main reason why it priced the Kindle Fire so aggressively -- at $199, it reportedly will sell for less than it cost to produce -- was to attract users...

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X Factor, Bones Aid Fox Following Series

4th November 2011

With the World Series out of the picture, ratings for network programs returned to normal Thursday night. Fox's The X Factor returned to the top at 8 00 p.m. with a results episode that drew...

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Plans To Bring Canceled Soaps To The Web Hit A Snag

4th November 2011

Plans to bring the canceled ABC soap operas All My Children and One Life to Live to the Internet remain in limbo as the producers struggle to find enough financial backers who believe that such...

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Movie Reviews In Time

28th October 2011

The critics all seem to agree, the premise of In Time , the sci-fi movie starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried, is intriguing. It concerns a future time when time is literally money -- when...

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Despite Audience Complaints, Paranormal 3 Sets Box-office Record

25th October 2011

Even as many movie-related blogs were swamped with complaints from people who had seen Paranormal Activity 3 on Friday and Saturday and regarded it as an overhyped ripoff, more moviegoers nevertheless poured into theaters on...

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Investors Say "Aye" To The Eye

25th October 2011

Investors and analysts appear to have revised their view of CBS Corp. as the media conglomerate most exposed to the threat of another economic downturn. In the past Wall Street forecasters have generally warned that...

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Movie Reviews Paranormal Activity Iii

21st October 2011

The producers of Paranormal Activity III might just as well have knocked on the doors of movie critics and yelled, "Trick or treat!" As it turned out, they have got both. A week before the...

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Murdoch To Face Shareholder Storm Over Hacking

21st October 2011

News Corp shareholders, who are holding their annual meeting in Los Angeles today (Friday), are expected to hear new accusations directed against the company by Labor MP Tom Watson, who will be attending the meeting....

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Another Investors Groups Calls For Murdoch To Step Down

17th October 2011

CalPERS, the nation's largest public pension fund, is joining other large investors in News Corp that are calling for the ouster of Rupert Murdoch and his sons James and Lachlan from the company's board of...

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