Comcast Triumphs Over Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox In $39B Sky Deal — Updated
UPDATED with statement from Brian Roberts
Comcast has triumphed in the intense battle to acquire Sky – beating U.S. rival 21st Century Fox to the 'crown jewels' of European pay-TV. This comes seven months after the NBC Universal owner swooped in to usurp Rupert Murdoch's company.
The Hollywood studio has paid $39B for Sky, a move that saw Comcast CEO Brian Roberts finally outmaneuver Disney boss Bob Iger, who was backing the Fox bid.
"This is a great day for Comcast,”… Read
‘The Wrong Todd’ Clip: The Evil Twin Sci-Fi Romantic Comedy You’ve Been Waiting For
EXCLUSIVE: In Rob Schulbaum’s (Family Guy) directorial debut, The Wrong Todd, the titular Todd (Jesse Rosen) finds out that his girlfriend Lucy (Anna Rizzo) has been offered a promotion on the other side of the country and he has to decide whether or not he will go. Before he can make his decision his evil twin comes to stir things up in his life.
As seen in the exclusive clip below, Todd is in some sort of parallel universe contraption and the Technician (Derek K. Moore)… Read
Friday TV Ratings: It’s NBC And ‘Dateline’ Once Again Taking Top Honors
NBC and Dateline continued their dominance of the Friday night ratings this week, repeating their previous victory.
The NBC investigative series won top honors for the night, scoring an 0.8/4 ratings/share for the two-hour broadcast starting at 9 PM. The show also had a 4.76 million total audience. That meant a one-tenth uptick from last Friday.
The continued strong performance by Dateline led NBC to an overall victory among the networks, winning the night with a 0.6/3… Read
President Donald Trump Tweetstorm – The Saturday Edition
UPDATE: The President has issued yet another video message, one apparently recorded earlier, judging from the timestamp. Is this the start of a new trend?
EARLIER: Fresh off two successful giant rallies in Las Vegas and Missouri – or perhaps smarting from the online uproar over his questioning of Christine Blasey Ford’s lack of a police report – President Donald Trump has been relatively quiet so far today on Twitter.
A lengthy video testament on the economy is… Read
#WhyIDidntReport Confessions On Sex Assaults Mushroom In Wake Of Trump Tweet
Celebrities and civilians are continuing to come forward with their own stories on why they did not report sexual assault, a response to President Donald Trump’s questioning on why Christine Blasey Ford did not file a police report regarding her alleged groping by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
has erupted with #WhyIDidntReport confessions since Trump’s tweet, as Alyssa Milano, Ashley Judd, Padma Lakshmi and others detailed their reasons for silence… Read
Fox Warns Altice’s Optimum And Suddenlink Subscribers About Impasse
Fox has started spreading the word that its distribution deal with Altice USA is set to expire in the coming days, warning that a blackout could leave millions of Optimum and Suddenlink subscribers without access to key fall programming.
The carriage deal with Altice, the French telecom giant which bought Cablevision in 2016 for about $10 billion, is set to expire at the end of September, according to sources familiar with the terms. The pact covers the Fox broadcast… Read
‘The House With A Clock In Its Walls’ Waking Up To $24M+ Alarm; Counterprogramming Hits Snooze – Saturday Update
4TH UPDATE, WRITETHRU SATURDAY AM: With demos Spooky kids movies still work at the box office, with Amblin Entertainment/Universal’s The House With a Clock in its Walls looking at an estimated $7.8M Friday and $24.6M opening weekend.
Not bad for a pic which cost $40M, 63% cheaper than Tim Burton’s $110M Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, another haunted kids book feature adaptation from two autumns ago.
Meanwhile, the weekend’s fresh counter-programming –Michael… Read
PayPal Cancels Alex Jones Account In Latest Hi-Tech Termination
PayPal has canceled the accounts of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' Infowars website, citing alleged incidents of hate speech and discriminatory content.
The termination continues Jones’s recent string of hi-tech clashes. He has been canceled by numerous social media accounts for his controversial stances on such incidents as the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre.
"We've made a decision to end our relationship with Infowars Web sites, including PrisonPlanet," a PayPal spokesman… Read
Christine Blasey Ford Accepts Senate Testimony Offer, Date To Be Set – Update
2nd UPDATE: Several news reports indicate Ford has accepted the offer to testify next week. However, the acceptance is conditional and no date or time has been set, leaving open the question on whether Ford will continue to stall the appearance.
Reports have indicated Ford intends to drive cross-country from her California home to Washington, DC, a journey that will take a minimum of three days at best.
The Senate had given her a 2:30 PM EST deadline to respond with a… Read
Michael Moore Asks Bill Maher Where He Got $1M To Donate To Dem PAC In These “Trumpian Times”
UPDATED with video: Michael Moore wants people who see his new documentary film Fahrenheit 11/9 to come away understanding why this country is “not a democracy if you’re sitting on the bench.”
“Everybody has to participate,” he told HBO’s Last Week Tonight host Bill Maher on Friday.
“What this movie shows is why sometimes people stay on the bench,” Moore explained as Maher’s opening guest.
The film, Moore acknowledged, is “a bit of a balancing act” because it’s listed as… Read
‘Rafiki’ Ban Temporarily Lifted By Kenyan Government; Film Held Out Of Cannes Now Eligible As Oscar Submission
Kenya’s High Court has temporarily lifted the ban of Wanuri Kahiu's celebrated film Rafiki for a period of seven days, beginning Sunday, September 23rd. The film explores LGBTQ issues in a country where such activity is illegal.
In her ruling, High Court Judge Wilfrida Okwany said, ''I am not convinced that Kenya is such a weak society that its moral foundation will be shaken by seeing such a film.''
Earlier this year, Rafiki was banned in Kenya a few days before its… Read
President Trump Missouri Rally: Says “Lingering Stench” At FBI Will Be Cleared
They call Missouri the “Show Me” state, but President Donald Trump decided to make it the “Tell Me” state on Friday at a rally in Springfield, Mo at JQH Arena.
The President, holding his second consecutive rally after appearing in Las Vegas on Thursday, largely stuck to a laundry list of his accomplishments and hopes for the future. Trump also stumped for Republican Senate candidate Josh Hawley, Missouri’s attorney general.
Media observers were looking for some comment on… Read