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Parents, Frequent Moviegoers Are Desensitized to Violence, Sex In Film; Likely So Is MPAA Ratings Board: Study


After surveying 1,000 parents exposed to multiple clips of on-screen sex and violence in movies, a study found that parents become increasingly desensitized to acts of sex and violence with repeated viewing which appears to lead to an increasing acceptance to both. The result is that these parents are less likely to shield their kids from movies that contain sex and violence. In addition, the authors note that people who rate movies for the MPAA (themselves parents) could… Read


Bart & Fleming: WB’s Spandex OD; Ebola The Series; Neil Patrick Harris Near EGOT

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Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this occasional column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business. FLEMING: Birdman director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu told me he sees superhero movies as right-wing poison and cultural genocide for their simplistic values that stamp out human truths. Warner Bros' Kevin Tsujihara told Wall Street his slumping film studio will turn around via a full… Read


Fox And Tribune Call Off Their NFL-Related TV Battle For Seattle

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The Seattle Seahawks, as well as The Simpsons, will remain on Tribune Media's KCPQ after it announced this morning that 21st Century Fox has extended its affiliation agreement with the station through July 2018. Last month Fox said that it would withdraw its programming on January 17. It wanted more lucrative terms from - or possibly to buy - the station in the home of the NFL's 2014 Super Bowl champions. Tribune says that it will “pay additional programming fees to Fox… Read


CBS Launches $5.99-A-Month Subscription Streaming Service


Here you go, cord-cutters — and take that, Hulu: It's called CBS All Access, and it will offer streams of broadcasts from the 14 stations that the network owns, as well as VOD for “thousands of episodes from the current season, previous seasons and classic shows,” the company says. It's available today at as well as iOS and Android apps for mobile devices. "CBS All Access is another key step in the company's long-standing strategy of monetizing our local and… Read


‘The Hobbit’ Trailer Most Watched On YouTube In Third Quarter

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The trailer for The Hobbit's final sequel, The Battle Of The Five Armies, was YouTube's most-watched entertainment-related video of the third quarter, the online giant said, pulling in nearly 17.3 million views, well ahead of trailers for the next Hunger Games installment and the first Fifty Shades Of Grey The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Pt. 1 nevertheless still spent the quarter as overexposed as anything in Fifty Shades, putting two trailers in the top 10 with a… Read


BBC Says China Blocking Its Website There


The BBC said access to its English-language website is being blocked across China by authorities there in an act of “deliberate censorship.” The company said it was the English-language site has generally not been blocked from Chinese readers, though its Chinese-language site and other services, such as BBC World TV, have been blocked sporadically, especially when reporting on sensitive stories in China. “The BBC provides impartial, trusted news to millions of people… Read


Shay Carl ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ Show Launching Online

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Shay Carl, a founder and one of the biggest stars on YouTube multichannel network Maker Studios, is launching an online video series inspired by and featuring clips culled from the quarter-century of America's Funniest Home Videos episodes. The series, called ShayFV, is part of a broader programming partnership between Maker and AFV creator Vin Di Bona Productions that will see some of Maker's bigger YouTube stars appearing on AFV with host Tom Bergeron. The AFV audience… Read


Netflix Shares Tumble On Disappointing Q3 Subscriber Numbers

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Netflix's stock price is down about 26.4% in post market trading after the streaming company reported Q3 results with lower-than-expected subscriber growth, and as it forecast that profit margins will slip in Q4 due to growing content and expansion expenses. Net income at $59.3M in Q3 was +86.3% vs the period last year on revenues of $1.41B, +27.4%. The top line was right where analysts predicted, while diluted earnings, at 96 cents a share, beat Street forecasts by three… Read


Did HBO Just Declare War On Cable, Or Merely Rattle Its Sabre?

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Don't jump to the conclusion that Time Warner just fulfilled cord cutters' dreams. In his Investor Day presentation to Wall Street today, HBO chief Richard Plepler said that his unit will launch a stand-alone service next year — meaning it will be available online to people who don't buy pay TV. But he carefully avoided saying what programming HBO will offer, who will be able to receive it, and how much it will cost. Nor did execs seem to have abandoned their view that… Read


Time Warner Investor Meeting: Q&A Session Live Blog


Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes neatly summarized the company's message to Wall Street today: “Just don't worry.” But the analysts who attended today's Investor Day event clearly have concerns about some of the just-announced initiatives — especially the plan to offer HBO programming to consumers who don't subscribe to pay TV. Execs were short on specifics, and — their bad luck — made their sales pitch on the stock market's worst day in years. Here's… Read


Warner Bros’ Kevin Tsujihara Outlines Major Film & TV Push Amid Cost Cuts: Time Warner Investor Day

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Warner Bros chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara unveiled to investors today a new strategy for the film studio, WBTV and overseas activities — part of an overall plan to cut $200M annually. The movie side push is most aggressive as year-over-year domestic box office for Warner Bros. films is down about 15%. to date with a reduced slate of openers in 2015. The injection includes releasing three Lego Movie films over the next four years, and three movies based on JK Rowling's F… Read


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