Iconic Mexican Comedian Chespirito Dead at 85
One of Latin America's biggest comedy stars, Mexican actor Roberto Gomez Bolanos, better known as Chespirito, died Friday in Cancun from heart failure. He was 85. The beloved comedian's career spanned six decades and was highlighted by his signature roles roles in the Televisa series El Chavo del Ocho, El Chapulin Colorado and Chespirito. Chespirito's Red Grasshopper character from El Chapulin Colorado served as inspiration for Bumblebee Man on The Simpsons. “Mexico has… Read
‘Matador’ Cancelled By El Rey Network After One Season
Robert Rodriguez's El Rey Network has opted not to move forward with a second season of its original action drama series Matador. Launched in July, following the World Cup, Matador starred Gabriel Luna as a DEA agent recruited by the CIA to go undercover as a professional soccer player. The series, whose 13-episode first season ended its run in October, was created by Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman, with Rodriguez directing the opening hour. I hear Matador, an expensive… Read
TV & Movie Puppeteer Bob Baker Dead At 90
Legendary puppeteer Bob Baker, founder of one of the world's oldest and longest-running children's theater companies and who orchestrated marionette work for scores of films and TV, died Friday of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles. He was 90.
A Los Angeles native, Baker's marionettes entertained children and adults worldwide for more than 70 years. He began manufacturing marionettes while attending Hollywood High School, and after graduation became an apprentice… Read
Google, Samsung And The Future of Mobile Entertainment
With deep apologies to Shakespeare, would a phone by any other name call so sweet? That was the question, more or less, for me when I tried out phones and other Android-based devices from Google and Samsung in recent days. I wanted to explore some of the most notable mobile devices made by two giant companies not named Apple, and see what they suggest about where entertainment is headed.
As this year's holiday season hits full frenzy today, Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 and… Read
The China-Hollywood Poker Play: Is There A Sucker At This Table?
The first rule of China is you don't talk about China. Unless, of course, you live in Hollywood, in which case all you do is talk about China as execs find themselves in the midst of a historic shift in the global balance of power.
After more than a century, the studios are no longer the senior partner at the table, able to dictate terms at will, at least with respect to what will soon be the world's largest single theatrical market. China's box office, which annually… Read
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Viewership Down From 2013
Co-host Al Roker may have deemed himself "not worthy" of KISS' performance at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade yesterday but million did. Make that 22.6 million, according to Nielsen. While a huge number for NBC and bigger than any non-sports primetime broadcast this TV season so far, that audience is actually down 10% from last year.
The 2013 Parade pulled in 25.2 million viewers, the best the event has done in fast official ratings since 1987. The previous high… Read
Jake Gyllenhaal’s Startling ‘Southpaw’ Makeover: Exclusive Photo
EXCLUSIVE: Jake Gyllenhaal won fans for his dedication and commitment in losing 25 pounds to play the sociopathic nocturnal adrenaline junkie and camera man Lou Bloom in Nightcrawler. He's remade himself in a whole different physical fashion to play a championship prize fighter next year in Southpaw, and I'm betting it will have Gyllenhaal in the conversation with past actors who've trained to turn in memorable ring performances, a list that includes Raging Bull's Robert D… Read
Massachusetts Senator Urges Verizon, Cox To Resolve Local Fox Blackout
On Thanksgiving Thursday, some football fans in Massachusetts and Rhode Island had to scramble to find alternative ways to watch the Eagles-Cowboys game when the local Fox station, WFXT-TV, went dark on Verizon FiOS at 3 AM, affecting 400,000 customers. The culprit: an ongoing retransmission fee dispute between Verizon and Cox Media Group. Today, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass), a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, weighed in on the issue… Read
Turkey Day Domestic Box Office Dips As ‘Mockingjay’ Flies Past $200M Overseas
UPDATE, FRIDAY AM: As is traditionally the case, box office for Thanksgiving Thursday was softer than on Wednesday across the top films. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 still leads the pack, grossing an estimated $11.05M on Thursday, down from Wednesday's $14.55M. The domestic cume is now $168.6M. On the international front, however, the Jennifer Lawrence-starrer has flown past $200M for an estimated worldwide cume of $370M thus far.
Penguins Of Madagascar, in 3,654… Read
NFL Thanksgiving Day Game Ratings Steady On NBC, ‘Elementary’ Rises, ‘NFL on CBS’ Scores
There was a lot to be thankful for if you were the Seattle Seahawks on Thanksgiving Day 2014. There was great NFL primetime game by the Emerald City's Richard Sherman, the less than stellar performance by the San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick, and of course, the critical breaking of a 5-game losing streak for the Seahawks with that 19-3 blowout. In its third primetime Thanksgiving game, NBC got a 5.8/20 rating among adults 18-49 with 17.73 million viewers. With just a… Read
Making Music In ‘Whiplash:’ Teller, Simmons, Chazelle On Playing The Room – The Contenders
In this video from our Oscar showcase The Contenders, Whiplash stars Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons talk about their own surprisingly substantial music backgrounds and how that helped shape writer/director Damien Chazelle's intense, mostly autobiographical tale of the relationship between a teacher and a jazz drummer.
“We were making music in the room,” says Simmons of the film's performance segments, shot alongside professional jazz musicians. “It was really cool.”
‘Paddington': Potential Game-Changer For Studiocanal; Euro Major Bares Ambition
Darkest Peru may seem an unlikely place to find the inspiration to become a global player. For Studiocanal, however, the jungles of the Latin American country may just have led them to a game-changer in the guise of a lovable bear called Paddington.
Based on Brit author Michael Bond's much-loved series of books, Paddington the film is, by some margin, Studiocanal's most ambitious project ever. (See trailer below.) In addition to cementing its position as Europe's leading… Read