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FOX WON’T MAKE MORE IDOL JUDGING CHANGES

June 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

After shaking up the judging panel of American Idol season after season in hopes of boosting the show’s ratings — and discovering that the ratings actually slid instead, Fox announced Monday that it will bring back the same panel for next season that appeared last season. Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. will […]

BOX OFFICE TAKES A DIVE

June 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

At the domestic box office, it was the lull before the storm that will accompany the arrival of the next Transformers movie next weekend. The total box office was down a whopping 40 percent from the same weekend a year ago when Monsters University debuted at No. 1 with $82.4 million and World War Z […]

TOP TEN MOVIE FINALS: JUNE 20-22

June 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Studio System News (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date): 1. Think Like a Man Too, Screen Gems, $29,241,911, (New); 2. 22 Jump Street, Sony, $27,460,995, 2 Wks. ($109,911,128); 3. How to Train Your Dragon 2, 20th Century Fox/DreamWorks Animation, $24,719,312, […]

AMAZON AND WARNER BROS. CLOSE TO RESOLVING FEUD

June 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

A stand-off between Amazon and Warner Bros. over pricing of DVD and Blu-ray Discs — in which Amazon halted preorders of forthcoming movies being released by the studio — is close to a resolution. The Wall Street Journal indicated today (Tuesday). Amazon has reportedly agreed to resume taking preorders for such forthcoming Warner DVD and […]

EGYPT HITS TV JOURNALISTS WITH LONG PRISON TERMS

June 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

In a verdict that was greeted with outrage by virtually every news organization in the world, three members of Al Jazeera English were sentenced by an Egyptian court to 7-10 years in prison after being found guilty of conspiring with Egypt’s former Muslim Brotherhood leaders, spreading false news, and endangering national security. The journalists, Peter […]

ABC’S NEW RISING STAR NOT SO BRIGHT

June 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

ABC’s new summer series Rising Star, a talent contest that integrates a smartphone app, a website, and social media into its format, got off to an unspectacular start Sunday night as it averaged 5.02 million viewers and a 1.5 rating and a 5 share among key viewers in the 18-49 age group. Although it was […]

DAYTIME EMMYS DUMPED TO THE WEB

June 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The 41st Daytime Emmy Awards show made its debut as a commercial-free online video special Sunday night, with several of the presenters taking potshots at the medium that feeds them but no longer wishes to carry the ceremony that honors them and their colleagues. At one point the ceremony’s host, Kathy Griffin, told the noisy […]

REPORT: MOONVES WOULD HAVE VETOED HANDLER FOR LATE-NIGHT

June 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Although Chelsea Handler was reportedly high on CBS’s list to replace either David Letterman or Craig Ferguson after the two late-show hosts announced their decision to step down, it now appears that CBS chief Les Moonves would have vetoed her because of her sometimes raunchy shtick. Buttonholed by a reporter for TMZ as he was […]

WORLD CUP FAILS TO HURT OVERSEAS BOX OFFICE

June 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Studio executives who expected the overseas box office to collapse with the start of the World Cup were breathing a heavy sigh of relief as ticket sales remained virtually flat with the previous weekend. The big news was that Disney’s Maleficent, which opened in China with $20.3 million, crossed the $500-million mark in worldwide sales, […]

NIKKI FINKE AND DEADLINE/VARIETY EDITORS GO AT IT

June 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The acrid clash between Nikki Finke and the current owner and editors of Deadline.com and Variety has resumed with a flurry of lacerating accusations by both sides. Last week, days after launching her new website, nikkifinke.com, Finke disclosed that she had received a letter from lawyers representing Jay Penske, who bought Deadline.com from her in […]

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