CBS Raises Dividend And Stock Buybacks Ahead Of Q2 Earnings Report
CBS has a gift for its shareholders as Wall Street awaits the release later today of its Q2 earnings: Its board voted to raise the quarterly dividend by 20% to 18 cents a share, and raise the stock buyback plan to $6 billion from the $1 billion left at the end of June.
The first of the higher dividend payments will go out on October 1 to shareholders of record as of September 9.
The announcement comes as some analysts question whether the broadcaster can continue to show… Read
Pinewood Studios In $425 Million Takeover Deal With U.S. Property Fund Venus Grafton
Pinewood Studios, one of the world’s leading production facilities companies, is nearing a $425 million deal to be taken over by U.S. property investment fund Venus Grafton. Pinewood chief exec Ivan Dunleavy has been looking for an investor to come in to the group for some time. Pinewood owns studios and facilities across the world, including its namesake studio in the UK, Shepperton Studios and Pinewood Studio Wales in the UK, the group also has operations in Toronto… Read
Venice Film Festival: Lido To Launch Pics From Ford, Gibson, Malick & More As Awards Season Starts To Buzz – Full List
UPDATE: The 73rd Venice Film Festival has set a strong lineup of world premieres including anticipated films from such helmers as Denis Villeneuve, Pablo Larrain, Derek Cianfrance, Tom Ford, Terrence Malick — and in an out of competition slot, the latest from Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge. They join the previously announced opener, Damien Chazelle’s La La Land. The festival has been dedicated to two recently deceased directors: Michael Cimino and Abbas Kiarostami.
Netflix Renews Will Arnett’s ‘Flaked’ For 2017 Second Season
Netflix has officially renewed the Will Arnett and Mark Chappell-created sitcom Flaked for a second season set to air in 2017. The news of the show’s return was announced earlier tonight on its Facebook page.
In May it was widely reported that Flaked was under consideration for renewal with a reduced order of six episodes (season 1 was eight episodes long). Tonight’s announcement confirms those reports, though the exact number of episodes was not revealed. Netflix did… Read
Trevor Noah On Trump’s Call For Russia To Hack DNC: “Are You [Expletive] Me?!”
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah tonight dipped its toes back into the overtly political waters forded regularly under the captaincy of former host Jon Stewart with a fiery, blunt takedown of Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump. The reason? Per tradition, Donald Trump caused no small amount of controversy earlier today during a press conference to talk about the recent hack of DNC computers and subsequent distribution via Wikileaks of highly embarrassing (though… Read
Bill O’Reilly Defends Comments That Slaves Who Built The White House Were “Well-Fed And Had Decent Lodging” – Update
UPDATE 10 PM: Facing a firestorm of criticism, Bill O’Reilly opened his show on Fox News tonight by addressing the Michelle Obama DNC speech-themed Tuesday segment about the building of the White House that had gotten him in hot water. He defended his comments about the slaves being well treated and called his critics "smear merchants."
"As any honest historian knows, in order to keep slaves and free laborers strong, the Washington administration provided meat, bread and… Read
Barack Obama Joined Onstage By Hillary Clinton At DNC, Blasts Donald Trump As “Self-Declared Savior”
“America is already great, America is already strong, and I promise you, our strength, our greatness, does not depend on Donald Trump,” a fired-up President Barack Obama told the Democratic National Convention tonight in Philadelphia. “He's just offering slogans, and he's offering fear,” Of “self-declared savior” Trump, who earlier Wednesday called the man he aims to replace “one of the worst Presidents in the history of our country,” Obama said: “He's betting that if he… Read
Hollywood Reacts To Obama DNC Speech With Praise, Jokes & Nostalgia
Refresh for updates… The entertainment industry didn’t wait for the end to begin reacting to President Obama’s much-touted and even more anticipated address tonight at the Democratic National Convention. Ditto pundits, comedians and the like who weighed in to mainly offer praise for the speech. A surprising – though not that much – reaction was nostalgia with among others Shonda Rhimes, Ava DuVernay and Patton Oswalt outright saying they’re going to miss Obama. There were… Read
President Obama’s DNC Intro Video: A Career Of Achievement – Watch
Here is the video retrospective that aired before President Obama’s speech tonight at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. It focused on his legacy and accomplishments of his eight years leading the United States, ranging from the economic near-apocalypse that greeted his administration through his leading this month’s memorial for Dallas’ fallen police officers in “Amazing Grace.”
Touches on memorable and/or bittersweet moments from his presidency, the… Read
Michael Bloomberg Calls Donald Trump “Dangerous Demagogue”, Questions His Sanity & Competency At DNC
One of the most blistering attacks on Donald Trump at the Democratic National Convention did not come from a Democrate, it came from an independent and a fellow billionaire New York businessman. In a speech, media magnate and former NY mayor Michael Bloomberg, who considered running for president himself, went after Trump from the get-go, calling him a “dangerous demagogue.”
Bloomberg has a heft when he questions Trump’s business acumen — both are A-list entrepreneurs on… Read
‘Luke Cage’ Showrunner On Filming Netflix Show: “I Didn’t Want To Speak Harlem And Say Harlem Without Seeing Harlem” – TCA
Today in a Q&A following the show’s TCA 2016 Summer Tour panel discussion, Marvel’s Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Coker talked about how the Netflix series’ look and feel came together, how hip hop music and comic book cultures intersect, and how shooting on location played directly into the political themes it explores. “I didn’t want to speak Harlem and say Harlem without seeing Harlem,” he said.
All of Netflix’s Marvel Comics-based shows are set in and filmed in New York… Read
Fiery Joe Biden Touts Top Dems, Roasts “Clueless” Donald Trump & Stokes American Pride At DNC
Joe Biden took the stage at the Democratic National Convention tonight to “Gonna Fly Now,” the theme from Philly-set Rocky, and was met with rapturous cheers. A longtime favorite of the Dem rank and file, he gave a fiery, crowd-pleasing speech that was long on praise for the party’s leaders, and longer on patriotic truths about “the unbreakable spirit of the people of America.”
On what likely will be his last star turn on a national stage after a nearly half-century… Read