Latest News

Business

In Catchup Mode, Samsung Announces Mobile Payment System, Smartphones

Samsung Galaxy S6 Phones_Gold_Platinum

Samsung announced new models of its flagship Galaxy S series of smartphones and a mobile payment system designed to compete with the one that Apple debuted a few months ago. The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will come with Samsung Pay, which the company said will debut in the second half of the year, protected in part by new security systems it calls Samsung KNOX. Samsung Pay is designed to be device-, merchant- and card-issuer agnostic, Samsung said. Apple Pay has been adopted… Read

Box Office

‘Birdman,’ Other Oscar Winners Cash In Mildly At Specialty Box Office

Birdman

Oscar victories typically translate into a box-office windfall for winners, none more so this year than  Birdman. After grabbing Best Picture and three other Oscars, Birdman took flight in its 20th weekend in theatrical release with a big expansion. Other winners – including Still Alice, The Theory Of Everything and Whiplash – also added runs and revenue well into their theatrical releases. And with awards season now blessedly in the past, the weekend also had a number of… Read

Box Office

Mr Grey Dominates, Mr Smith’s ‘Focus’ Pulls & Ms Smith’s ‘Exotic Marigold Hotel’ Upgrades: More International Box Office

second best exotic marigold hotel

HIGHLIGHTS: Fifty Shades Of Grey (UNI) leads international with $36M; Focus (WB) pulls $12.2M in soft rollout; The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (FOX) widely outperforms original in debuts; Kingsman: The Secret Service (FOX) jumps to No. 1 in Korea; Big Hero 6 (DIS) China release sets animated record for studio; American Sniper (WB) continues to make Eastwood’s day; The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water (PAR) swims close to $100M; Birdman (FOX) gets Oscar… Read

Awards

Oscar’s Halo At The Box Office: ‘Birdman’, ‘Still Alice’ & More Shine

still alice

Oscar winners BirdmanWhiplash and Theory of Everything are available on VOD and DVD, but you wouldn’t think that looking at their fantastic box office results this weekend. And that wasn’t all. Still Alice, The Imitation Game, American Sniper and even foreign language film nominees Leviathan and Wild Tales were basking in the afterglow of last Sunday’s Academy Awards. Fox Searchlight’s Birdman led with one of the highest weekend-to-weekend percent jumps of 125% (behind R… Read

Business

William Shatner’s Twitter Storm Of A Leonard Nimoy Funeral Tribute

Leonard Nimoy William Shatner

Unable to attend the funeral for long-time friend and fellow Star Trek luminary Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner has taken to Twitter with a stream of posts, many answering questions posed by fans about the two. Many of the posts and reposts are quite touching, and it’s set off quite the Twitter frenzy as fans respond, tweet and retweet. Shatner also reposted a wonderful photo of a billboard, put up by a fan who said that it had made him choke up. Shatner was on the East… Read

Box Office

Will Smith’s ‘Focus’ Bows To $19.1M; ‘Lazarus Effect’ At $10.6M – Final Sunday Update

_87C7066.dng

Final Update Sunday, 9:47AM: Warner Bros.’ Will Smith feature Focus was No. 1 as expected at the weekend box office, but the R-rated film came in slightly blurry. The studio reported the film brought in $19.1M for the weekend, just below its low $20Ms forecast. Bad weather in the Midwest and the South were partly blamed for the underperformance. Further underscoring this possible issue was the down number Rentrak reported for total weekend box office , $106M. That’s off… Read

Business

Why Cable And Phone Companies Should Concede Defeat On Net Neutrality

Activists Rally At FCC Headquarters In Support Of Net Neutrality

Here’s some free advice for the cable and phone companies licking their wounds after they failed to derail the FCC’s net neutrality rules on Thursday: Forget about it. Move on. It will pay off in the long run. Giving up isn’t in their nature. Comcast, Verizon and fellow Internet service providers (ISPs) hired some of the best legal, lobbying and PR talent that money could buy to pummel opponents in the typically closed-door battles over laws and regulations. But net… Read

Box Office

’50 Shades’ Now Uni’s Biggest R-Rated Film Overseas; Nears $500M Global B.O.

fifty shades 10

Fifty Shades Of Grey‘s grasp on international audiences remains tight with the erotic love story coming in No. 1 for the 3rd consecutive weekend, per Universal and industry estimates. Adding $36M in 59 territorires, the bondage bonanza dropped about 43% and now has a total of $338.4M in offshore play. That takes it past the overseas lifetime of Universal’s highest-grossing original R-rated comedy, Ted, which topped out at $332.4M. It also makes it the studio’s biggest… Read

Video

‘SNL’ Slaps Arounds Net Neutrality: It’s About Wet Flicks, Not Netflix

Screen Shot 2015-03-01 at 8.50.44 AM

OK, you had to wait a couple of minutes for the slap-happy payoff, but it eventually hit hard. Saturday Night Live‘s team had a solid team effort in this riff on a Bloomberg News TV panel trying to explain the extremely important but extremely eye-glazing topic of net neutrality. Except, according to SNLthe real reason for all the heat on net neutrality isn’t about getting to watch House of Cards at a reasonable quality level. It’s about that other stuff the Internet… Read

TV

Dakota Johnson Plays Innocent In Spiky ISIS-Chic Ad Parody On ‘SNL’

Screen Shot 2015-03-01 at 8.28.06 AM

Saturday Night Live host Dakota Johnson was nearly perfect as a naïve American teen who leaves her understanding father at the airport to hitch her wagon to a future in terrorism in this twisted version of a standard-issue, off-to-college TV ad. In the best tradition of SNL, it was as squirm-inducing as it was funny, given the few dozen Americans the government estimates have indeed headed off to the Middle East to join ISIS and other terrorist groups in Syria and… Read

TV

Rudy Giuliani Gets ‘Birdman’ Take-Down Via ‘SNL’ Opener

Screen Shot 2015-03-01 at 8.04.52 AM

While the opportunity to riff repeatedly on hit film Fifty Shades Of Grey was obviously front-and-center of Saturday Night Live’s attention on the night that the movie’s star Dakota Johnson hosted, the show kicked off instead with a political lashing of a notable former politician. And helping in the take-down was another of the week’s notable entertainment properties, the Best Picture Oscar winner, Birdman. In the cold open, one-time “America’s Mayor” Rudy Giuliani… Read