Bill Cosby Loses Attempt To Move 2004 Rape Trial; Actor Granted Outside Jury
Facing up to a decade behind bars, Bill Cosby will get to bring in outside jurors for his criminal trial set for this summer in Pennsylvania’s Montgomery County over the alleged 2004 sexual assault of then-Temple University employee Andrea Constand. However, a Keystone State judge has decided that the comedian will not get the change of venue he desired.
Having failed in past attempts to derail the case or get it dismissed, the 79-year-old Cosby arrived at the Norristown… Read
‘Incorporated’ Canceled By Syfy After One Season
EXCLUSIVE: Syfy has opted not to renew freshman drama series Incorporated for a second season. The futuristic thriller, executive produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, ended its freshman run January 25. One of the show’s regular cast members, Dennis Haysbert, already booked a new series project, signing on as the male lead of drama pilot Reverie for Syfy sibling NBC.
Incorporated was a modest ratings performer, ranking below most other Syfy series such as flagship The Ma… Read
Time Warner Shares Rise As FCC Chief Says He Probably Won’t Review AT&T Deal
Time Warner shares jumped late this morning after FCC chairman Ajit Pai said that his agency probably won’t review its $85 billion deal to sell itself to AT&T.
Last week, the entertainment giant agreed to sell its only TV station, Atlanta’s WPCH, to Meredith for $70 million — which means it would not be among the assets Time Warner will sell to the telco giant.
“That is the regulatory hook for FCC review,” Pai told the Wall Street Journal at the Mobile World Congress in… Read
Rachelle Lefevre To Star In ‘Doomsday’ ABC Drama Pilot
Former Under The Dome star Rachelle Lefevre is set as a lead opposite Jack Davenport in ABC's thriller drama pilot Doomsday, from producer Carol Mendelsohn and Sony TV.
Written by Mark Bianculli & VJ Boyd and directed by Joachim Ronning, Doomsday starts in the aftermath of 9/11, when the U.S. government institutes a secret think tank featuring the most creative minds in science and entertainment that is tasked with dreaming up man-made disaster scenarios and their… Read
Sony Pictures Television Taps Jennifer Solari As VP Media & Talent Relations
Jennifer Solari, most recently VP Program Publicity and Communications at MTV, has joined Sony Pictures Television as SVP Media and Talent Relations.
In her new role, which begins today, Solari will oversee consumer media relations for current series produced and distributed by SPT. She succeeds Marianne Romano.
Solari spent the past almost four years at MTV, working through multiple regime changes. As VP Program Publicity and Communications she oversaw programming for… Read
Hayao Miyazaki Comes Out Of Retirement For New Feature
Japanese animation maestro Hayao Miyazaki is coming out of retirement to work on a new feature for his Studio Ghibli banner, according to his longtime producer Toshio Suzuki.
Suzuki revealed the news at a pre-Oscars event Friday in Los Angeles for the Academy Award-nominated The Red Turtle. During the event, Suzuki said Miyazaki was working on a feature project and had given him storyboards for it late last year. "Right now in Tokyo, he's putting all his effort into… Read
Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ Jumps To $33.4M Opening – Monday AM Box Office Update
6th UPDATE, Monday AM: While most of the town likely has a hangover from last night’s Oscar snafu, Universal/Blumhouse’s Get Out is even higher in early Monday reporting. The Jordan Peele-directed horror movie now seeing a $33.4 million debut according to rival estimates. Note that rivals and Universal have generally been in sync in their forecasts on this one throughout the weekend. Many figured a $7M Sunday, but Get Out looks to be posting $9.8M, off 22% from Saturday.
Steve Harvey To Warren Beatty: “Call Me”
Until last night’s epic Oscar gaffe involving presenters Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, the Best Picture Oscar winner and a certain wrong envelope, the last awards-show emcee to preside over a mix-up approaching this magnitude was Steve Harvey. Remember it was Harvey who in December inadvertently announced the wrong winner of the Miss Universe pageant during that live show in Las Vegas.
Harvey didn’t miss a beat this morning, effectively passing the torch to… Read
Amazon Picks Up Sky Drama Series ‘Fortitude’ For Season 2
Fortitude, the drama whose first season was co-produced and aired on Participant Media’s cable channel Pivot before it was shut down, has found a new U.S. home on Amazon.
After originally releasing the first season of Fortitude for U.S. in January 2016, the streaming service has picked up Season 2 of the Sky Atlantic series, starring new cast addition Dennis Quaid, as an Amazon original in the U.S. to premiere on Prime Video later this year.
Fortitude follows Sheriff Dan… Read
Oscars: Global Media Reacts To Best Picture Blunder
International media outlets were awash with the Best Picture Oscar snafu throughout the day on Monday as the rest of the world woke up to what was possibly the most surreal moment in Academy Award history.
UK paper The Guardian led its Culture page with the headline "Oscars 2017 Moonlight Wins Best Picture … Two Minutes After La La Land" and subhead "Cockup casts shadow over victory for Barry Jenkins' acclaimed drama as movie musical is mistakenly named winner by Faye… Read
Oscars Ratings: Best Picture Gaffe-Stained Show Down To Nine-Year Low
Despite a great job by first-time host Jimmy Kimmel and a Best Picture win for Moonlight, the only thing that's going to be remembered from last night's Oscars for the next little while is the debacle of the wrong film being initially handed the big prize on live TV.
The dust won’t settle on that for ages, but right now the other news out of the 89th Academy Awards is that the nearly four-hour ABC broadcast show got a 22.4/36 in metered market results. Hitting a nine-year… Read
Comcast Agrees To Add YouTube App To Xfinity Platform
Comcast's effort to make peace with Internet video services continues this morning with the announcement that Xfinity X1 customers will be able to watch YouTube sometime later this year.
The cable operator, which in late 2015 introduced a YouTube-like service called Watchable, says today that it will add a YouTube app to X1, and make some of its content available via Xfinity On Demand. Users can call up programming including music videos with the X1 voice remote. YouTube… Read