OWN Hits Ratings Highs With ‘The Haves & Have Nots’ Mid-Season Premiere
It was very much a have night for Oprah Winfrey's 4-year old TV network on Tuesday. The mid-season return of The Haves And The Have Nots drew 3.3 million viewers with a 2.80 rating among OWN's core demo of W25-43. Inching ahead of 3.22 million who tuned in for the Season 2 premiere this January of the Tyler Perry-produced series, last night's Season 2B debut is now the most watched opener in OWN's history.
The W25-54 result is an all-time premiere high for THATHN and OWN… Read
Michael Neeson Debuts As Michael Collins In ‘The Rising,’ Playing The Role His Dad Made Famous
Talk about following in a father's footsteps. Michael Neeson, son of actor Liam Neeson, has just been set for his first major film role. He will play the role of famed Irish revolutionary Michael Collins in The Rising, reprising the role his father made famous almost 20 years ago in Michael Collins. The film stars Colin Morgan (Merlin), who plays the lead role of Irish freedom fighter Sean McDermott, and David O'Hara (Braveheart) who plays revolutionary leader James… Read
Cast & Crew Bought By Silver Lake
After months of rumors that they were up for sale, Cast & Crew Entertainment Services has a buyer. In yet another investment in Hollywood, Silver Lake Partners has acquired the widely used payroll and health services provider from ZM Capital. The terms of the deal were not made public but we do know that Cast & Crew senior management will be staying onboard. We also know that they will continue as equity partners in the new ownership structure, according to the companies… Read
Aurora Theater Shooting, 3 Years Later: When Moviegoers Became Superheroes
WARNING: Graphic details/images follow. Three years ago, on July 20th, moviegoers piled into the Cinemark Century 16 in Aurora, CO for a midnight screening of Warner Bros.’ The Dark Knight Rises. They came because they loved Batman. They loved superheroes. They are the kind of avid moviegoers Hollywood counts on to fuel their opening weekends for tentpole pictures. Nineteen year-old Stefan Moton and his brother saved up for weeks to be able to buy two tickets to see the… Read
‘Magic Mike XXL’ Review: A Bare Bones Plot Won’t Matter To Fans Looking For Stripped-Down Summer Fun
2012’s Magic Mike was pound-for-pound one of the most successful films released that year. With only a $7 million price tag it became one of the most profitable movies in a long time. Naturally, having grossed well over $100 million domestically alone on this investment, Warner Bros would want a sequel and that’s what we have in Magic Mike XXL, which opens today just in time to strip away the competition.
Original director Steven Soderbergh replaced himself at the helm… Read
Timothy Spall In Talks To Star As Sir Ian Paisley In ‘The Journey’
EXCLUSIVE: Timothy Spall (Mr Turner) is in advanced discussions to star as the late Sir Ian Paisley in Nick Hamm’s The Journey. The film is a fictional account of the extraordinary story of two implacable enemies in Northern Ireland — firebrand Democratic Unionist Party leader Paisley and Sinn Fein politician Martin McGuinness — who are forced to take a short journey together in which they will take the biggest leap of faith and change the course of modern history. It is… Read
Lifetime Greenlights Charles Manson Girls Movie; MacKenzie Mauzy Leads Cast
Lifetime will be revisiting one of the most gruesome crimes in 20th century America, the Manson Family murders. The network has greenlighted Manson's Lost Girls (working title), an original movie about the circle of teenaged girls who fell under the demonic spell of Charles Manson and helped carry out brutal killings meant to start an apocalyptic race war. Manson will be played by Jeff Ward. Cast as Manson girls are MacKenzie Mauzy (Into The Woods) as Linda Kasabian, Eden… Read
Paul Thomas Anderson Takes Crack At ‘Pinocchio’
Hollywood’s passion for revisionist public domain fairy tales is drawing some seriously unusual bedfellows. The Master and Inherent Vice writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson has taken on a rewrite job scripting Pinocchio for Warner Bros. and Team Downey. Robert Downey Jr has long been passionate about his take culled from the classic 1883 children’s book by Carlo… Read
Kevin Alejandro Joins Fox Series ‘Lucifer’ As Regular In Recasting
EXCLUSIVE: Kevin Alejandro (True Blood, Arrow) has been cast as a series regular on Fox's comic book midseason drama Lucifer. He replaces Nicholas Gonzalez who played the role in the pilot, written by Tom Kapinos and directed by Len Wiseman.
Based on the characters from the DC Entertainment's Vertigo, the series, from Warner Bros. TV and Jerry Bruckheimer TV, centers on Lucifer (Tom Ellis) who, bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, resigns his throne and abandons his… Read
It’s Official: New York’s 30 Rock Is Now The ‘Comcast Building’
Had to happen sometime, I guess. NBC’s iconic 30 Rockefeller Center headquarters, once named after RCA and GE, today officially became the “Comcast Building.”
The name of the No. 1 cable operator, and owner of NBCUniversal, will beam from the rooftop, making it part of the Manhattan skyline. Comcast’s logo, facing the north and south, is 12 feet tall, and includes an 11-foot NBC Peacock. The western front has an 18-foot high NBC Peacock. They will be lit by LED bulbs that… Read
‘Teen Beach 2′ Ratings Ride Live+3 Wave
Disney Channel said today that the time-shifted ratings are in for its Teen Beach Movie 2, the sequel to its 2013 hit, and that it is the biggest cable TV original movie of 2015 to date. The sequel, which premiered June 26 at 8 PM, was watched by 7.5 million total viewers, 3.2 million kids 6-11 and 2.8 million tweens 9-14 in Live+3 ratings. That also makes it the most-watched TV telecast in nearly 2 years in the youth demos.
In Live+Same Day ratings, Teen Beach Movie 2… Read
DreamWorks Animation Hires Dan Berger As Corporate Communications Head
DreamWorks Animation has hired former Fox communications executive Dan Berger as head of corporate communications for the company, filling the void left by Chip Sullivan who took at job over at NBC in corporate communications in April.
Berger, who spent nine years over at Fox in a number of senior communication jobs, will start on July 27 in the Glendale-based offices. The company has released 31 feature films to date, including a number of franchise properties like How to… Read