‘Wendy Williams Show’ Intern Lawsuit Should Be Tossed, Says Lionsgate
EXCLUSIVE: More than a month and a half after being hit with a potential class-action lawsuit by a former intern on The Wendy Williams Show, Lionsgate today sought to put a damper on plaintiff Anthony Tart's Thanksgiving. The company, which syndicates the daytime talker, wants the whole thing tossed. "Defendants respectfully request that the Complaint be dismissed in its entirety, with prejudice, and that the Court award Defendants the cost of their defense, including… Read
No Sales Details On ‘Call Of Duty,’ But Activision Shares Jump 11 Percent
Normally, when you successfully release the latest iteration of a blockbuster franchise, it's a good time to brag. Activision Blizzard says Call of Duty Advanced Warfare has had the year's biggest launch of any entertainment property. That's big. But what's more interesting is what ATVI didn't say, and how Wall Street is still sending company shares up like an exo-skeleton boost.
In a November 19 release, ATVI called the Advanced Warfare debut “the biggest entertainment… Read
CBS Will Stay On Dish Through The Weekend As Carriage Talks Continue – Update
UPDATED: 4:01 PM: Fear not, Dish subscribers hoping to watch the Thanksgiving Day Bears-Lions NFL game with family rather than, you know, talking to them: CBS is staying on the satellite service for the holiday. The network issued a statement this afternoon saying that its deadline for a carriage deal with Dish has been extended again amid ongoing talks. The extension means Dish subscribers also can watch CBS' slate of Sunday NFL games. “A short-term extension into next… Read
‘Glee’s Chris Colfer Inks New Five-Book Deal
EXCLUSIVE: As Glee winds down, Chris Colfer is creating more opportunities for himself by going deeper into the Land Of Stories. The Golden Globe-winning actor and NY Times bestselling author has inked a new five-book deal with publisher Little, Brown to expand the popular children's fiction franchise he launched with 2012's The Land Of Stories: The Wishing Spell.
That title exploded onto the bestseller list and spawned three sequels, with the fourth Land Of Stories title… Read
Maker Studios Adds Five Toy-Oriented Video Sites To Chest Full Of Creators
Maker Studios plumped up its chest full of YouTube video creators just ahead of the Christmas season, adding five big channels focused on the fast-growing toy sector, including the No. 2 site, DisneyCarToys.
The other four are also in the top 40 toy-oriented YouTube channels, including HobbyKidsTV, TheEngineeringFamily, ToysReviewToys and AllToyCollector. DisneyCarToys is the big one, however, with 1.1 million subscribers. Together, the five attract more than 300 million… Read
Sony Hacker Paralysis Reaches Day Two – Update
2ND UPDATE: This Sony computer hacking episode isn't over. The corporation's computers are still down, in New York, overseas and on the Culver City lot of Sony Pictures, for the second day. IT experts are still working to figure out how the breach happened, and to stop a repeat. It is never opportune for something like this to interrupt a corporation's hard work, but Thanksgiving week is probably not the worst time for it. Here's the official line: “Sony Pictures… Read
Katniss Hot With $154.3M, ‘Interstellar’ Logs $330.6M: Int’l B.O. – Update
5TH UPDATE, MONDAY 6:05 PM PT: Actuals have poured in from the studios with the weekend's big bird Mockingjay — Part I whistling a fine $154.3 million. Worldwide, the third installment of YA rebel Katniss Everdeen stands at $276.2M. The other major global player, Interstellar, came up slightly higher after Sunday was officially tallied with $71.1M vs a projected $70M. There were no major fluctuations on the rest of the films in the marketplace apart from the usual… Read
Novel Fan Deal Sends ‘American Music Awards’ To Massive Twitter TV Ratings
A novel fan-engagement deal with helped send the American Music Awards screaming to the top of Nielsen's Twitter TV charts this week, with a whopping 5.6 million tweets reaching nearly 10.3 million people. On the sports side of the ratings, the NFL returned to its usual chart hegemony after a down week, this time snaring eight of the top 10 spots.
The numbers may not be a record but they far exceeded anything else happening not only in the past week but in the… Read
‘A Delicate Balance’ Review: Jeremy Gerard On John Lithgow’s “Triumph”
John Lithgow's “complete triumph” of a performance dominates this all-star revival of Edward Albee's 'A Delicate Balance,' I say in my video review (watch it above) of the Broadway play, produced by Scott Rudin.
Glenn Close, Martha Plimpton, Lindsey Duncan, Bob Balaban and Claire Higgins also star. Pam MacKinnon directs. The play has had a very strong debut. Will you go? Let us… Read
‘Honeymoon In Vegas’ Opens For Business As Broadway B.O. Eases Into Holidays
Jason Robert Brown is back on Broadway, in a much lighter vein than his ill-fated Bridges Of Madison County a year ago, as Honeymoon In Vegas began eight weeks (!) of previews at the Nederlander Theatre in anticipation of a January 15 opening. The musical, headlined by Tony Danza and co-written with the 1992 film's writer/director Andrew Bergman, played seven performances and took in $366,136, just over one-third of its gross potential. The New York critics weighed in… Read
Conversations With Jeremy Gerard: Bradley Cooper on ‘American Sniper’ and ‘The Elephant Man’
EXCLUSIVE: You would be hard-pressed to find two more unalike human beings, not to say heroes, than Chris Kyle--dubbed "Legend" by his fellow Navy SEALS--and Joseph Merrick, known throughout late 19th-century London as the Elephant Man: One, a slab of Texas masculinity groomed for the war machine as a sharpshooter in Iraq; the other a specimen of nature gone cruel in the face of a forgiving God, his tortured body a twisted mess of bone and hanging flesh concealing a mind… Read
ITV Accused Of Unfair Labor Practices By WGA East
The Writers Guild of America, East has filed unfair labor practices charges against ITV at the National Labor Relations Board. In the filing, WGAE alleges that the UK-owned television production company has failed to bargain in good faith and has violated federal labor law. From the WGAE statement:
The unfair labor practice charges stem from ITV's unilateral decision to slash Guild-represented employees' compensation by $300 a month and to implement a health insurance… Read