Sumner Redstone Files $150M Lawsuit Against Ex-Companions
UPDATE with response from Herzer’s attorney: Sumner Redstone, the 93-year-old media icon, has filed an elder abuse lawsuit against two of his former caregivers, claiming that they "commandeered" his life and "abused their positions of trust" by accepting more than $150 million in “gifts” from the ailing tycoon. Now he wants the money back, according to a fraud and breach of fiduciary lawsuit (read it here) filed by his attorneys today in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Apple’s iPhone Sales Continued To Fall In September Quarter
Apple’s iPhone sales continued to slip in the September quarter, the company says in its just-released earnings report for the period — although its guidance for the holiday season suggests that it may grow again.
The company sold 45.5 million iPhones in its fiscal Q4, a 5% drop vs the period last year.
That contributed to a 19% drop in net income, to $9.01 billion, on revenues of $46.85 billion, down 9%. The top line was a hair below the $46.89 billion that analysts… Read
DraftKings & FanDuel Settle NY Lawsuits For $12M
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said today that the state has reached a settlement with daily fantasy sports sites DraftKings And FanDuel, ending the state’s high-profile investigation into alleged false and deceptive advertising practices by the companies in the Empire State.
Each company has agreed to pay $6 million as part of the settlement. The agreement “resolves all outstanding claims against DraftKings and FanDuel by the OAG,” Schneiderman’s office said… Read
‘Man With A Plan’ Off To OK Ratings Start
UPDATE 1:45 PM: As expected, the CW ratings were adjusted down in the finals after an NFL preemption had inflated the fast nationals. Supergirl (0.8 in Live+Same Day) slipped a tenth week to week, while Jane the Virgin (0.4) was even with its season premiere last week. Also adjusted down was NBC’s freshman drama Timeless (1.3), down -0.2 from last week to a new Live+same day low. CBS’ Kevin Can Wait (1.7) ticked up a tenth, so it’s now down -19% from last week’s telecast… Read
CNN Logs Fourth Demo Win For 15-Year Best; FNC Tops Cable In Total Viewers For 10th Week
CNN won the week of Debate 3, October 17-23, in the adults 25-54 news demo for a fourth consecutive week. The cable news network now has topped Fox News Channel and MSNBC in the key ad-sales age bracket in total day, and primetime.
In total day, CNN nabbed 360K news-demo viewers, to Fox News’ 345K and MSNBC's 243K. For the full week in primetime, CNN logged 813K news demo viewers, edging out FNC's 755K and MSNBC's 484K.
In Monday-Friday primetime, CNN clocked 1.023M… Read
‘Seven Seconds’: David Lyons & Beau Knapp To Co-Star In Netflix Drama Series
EXCLUSIVE: Game of Silence co-star David Lyons and newly minted Death Wish bad guy Beau Knapp have been set as co-stars of Seven Seconds, the 10-episode Netflix crime drama from The Killing creator Veena Sud and Fox 21 TV Studios. The Accountant helmer Gavin O'Connor attached to direct.
In the series, written by Sud and based on the 2013 Russian action movie The Major (Майор), tensions run high between African-American citizens and Caucasian cops in Jersey City, where a… Read
As ‘Inferno’ Crosses $100M Overseas, Ron Howard Movie Hopes To Light Fire Stateside – Box Office Preview
Director Ron Howard already is seeing a bump at the box office with his third Dan Brown feature adaptation, and the film hasn’t even opened in North America yet.
As Nancy Tartaglione reported today, Inferno has been playing in 58 offshore markets, where it’s racked up more than $100M during the past two weeks. That’s already more than the worldwide cumes for each of the director’s past three titles: 2015’s In the Heart of the Sea ($93.9M global), 2013’s Rush ($90.2M) and… Read
‘Zero Days’ Premiere Moved Up As Showtime Rides Cyberwarfare Wave
You might have seen a headline or 12 about cyberwarfare recently. Showtime certainly has, and today the premium cabler moved up its TV premiere date for the Alex Gibley-helmed documentary Zero Days by two weeks to November 5 — three days before the election.
The film, which premiered at Berlin in February, tells the story of Stuxnet, a self-replicating computer malware that the U.S. and Israel unleashed to destroy a key part of an Iranian nuclear facility but ultimately… Read
‘Transparent’s Alex MacNicoll Joins Oliver Daly’s Pic ‘Miles’
EXCLUSIVE: Alex MacNicoll has been cast in the indie Miles from director/writer Oliver Daly, joining Alex Neustaedter and pop star Becky G.
Said to be a contemporary nod to the classic 1980s E.T., the film is about an up-and-coming motocross star who stumbles upon a militarized, robotic dog that has recently escaped government captivity. MacNicoll will play Sam, a rising motocross star and archrival to the title character (Neustaedter). From Lakeshore Entertainment and… Read
‘Inferno’ Fires Up $100M+ At International Box Office
Ahead of its domestic debut, the Sony threequel Inferno has crossed the $100M mark at the international box office. The cume since it rollout began less than two weeks ago is $100.28M. The thriller based on Dan Brown’s book debuted to $50M offshore in 53 markets earlier this month, making it the fall’s biggest launch so far at overseas turnstiles.
Reuniting the team of director Ron Howard, producer Brian Grazer and star Tom Hanks, Inferno has opened at No. 1 in 64 markets… Read
‘Saturday Night Live’ Primetime Election Special Set For November 7
NBC will air The 2016 SNL Election Special on the eve of Election Day – Monday, November 7 at 10 PM ET/PT.
The network promises the one-hour special will retrace the highlights of the current presidential campaign
through clips of recent SNL political sketches. That obviously will include repeats of Alec Baldwin’s critically acclaimed (except by Donald Trump) turn as Donald Trump on the show. But no word so whether that also means
footage from the historic the first ever… Read
AT&T And Time Warner Chiefs Visit Warner Bros. In L.A. Swing
Warner Bros. chief Kevin Tsujihara will have an opportunity to learn more about the potential impact Time Warner’s planned sale to AT&T could have on his world today when the CEOs of the two companies pay him a visit.
AT&T’s Randall Stephenson and Time Warner’s Jeff Bewkes were scheduled to visit with Tsujihara after their joint appearance at the WSJDLive Conference in Laguna Beach.
The studio chief shouldn’t have to worry about his own job. Bewkes said on Saturday that he… Read