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Jerry Seinfeld On Kevin Hart Oscars Controversy: “Kevin’s Gonna Be Fine”

Jerry Seinfeld feels that it wasn’t Kevin Hart who was damaged by the recent controversy over past homophobic remarks that caused Hart to step down as host of the Academy Awards. Speaking to Sunday Today’s Willie Geist for an interview that will air Dec. 16 (see above), Seinfeld asked rhetorically, "Who got screwed in that deal? I think Kevin's gonna be fine. But find another Kevin Hart, that's not so easy. He's a brilliant guy with a movie career." Seinfeld called Hart… Read

Business

Social Media Overtakes Newspapers As News Source, Pew Report Finds

More Americans get their news from social media than from newspapers, a Pew Research study has found, a tip of the balance in that direction for the first time. As recently as last year, the sides were roughly equal – news via social media was about the same portion as news via print newspapers. According to the report posted on the Pew Research Center website, 20% of U.S. adults say they “often get news via social media,” a slightly higher figure than the 16% who favor… Read

Business

ESPN Executive Admits Drift Into Politics Hurt The Network, Was Miscalculation

ESPN

A top ESPN executive has admitted that the network’s move toward politics may have been poison to its ratings. Norby Williamson told the Washington Post in an interview earlier this week that the network has since reversed course on that focus, helping goose its ratings. Still, Williamson told the WaPo that the politics on the network’s flagship SportsCenter damaged ratings. . I think we miscalculated a little bit," Williamson said. "The perception became that you could… Read

Awardsline

Notes On The Season: Who’s Hosting Oscar Now?; Campaigning At The Museum; Everyone Goes For The Gold

A column chronicling events and conversations on the awards circuit. Another big week on the circuit, but as we approached the end of it, the expected talk of the just-released Golden Globe nominations, as well as anticipation for Critics’ Choice and SAG lists next week, was hijacked by Oscar, who just had to swoop in and suck the air out of the room – and headlines – with the Kevin Hart debacle. Was that the quickest reign ever for any Oscar host? Methinks, yes. Deadline… Read

Box Office

Saoirse Ronan Is ‘Mary Queen Of Scots’; Julia Roberts & Lucas Hedges Star In ‘Ben Is Back’ – Specialty B.O. Preview

Following a couple of somewhat lighter weeks in the Specialty space, this weekend is really ramped up with star-lead limited release awards contenders vying for box office recognition. Focus Features rolls out Mary Queen of Scots, starring Oscar nominees Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie as the 15th century rival monarchs of Scotland and England, respectively. The title opens three weeks after The Favourite, another big screen look at a female British monarch (and members… Read

Film

‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ And ‘Incredibles 2’ Offer Animated Argument For Super-Heroes

It’s hard to think that any superhero film could qualify as a Hollywood rarity these days but Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is just that. As an animated big-screen adaptation of a comic book superhero the Sony film is on a surprisingly short list. On Thursday the film’s three directors — Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman –were celebrating their shared nomination in the best animated feature film category for the 76th Golden Globe Awards. The competition… Read

Awardsline

Golden Globes Movies: ‘Vice’ Is The Wild Card As HFPA Signals Battle Royale In Wide-Open Race All The Way To Oscars

With this morning’s Golden Globe nominations, along with the prestigious AFI Top 10 list earlier in the week, the field going forward in the Oscar race has been narrowed a bit, but only a bit. The two groups, which can be Oscar-predictive, agreed on seven films in their top picture categories, with Netflix’s Roma additionally scoring significant nods despite being ineligible for the main lists at both the Globes (it is in Foreign Film only there) and AFI (a special… Read

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Golden Globes TV: FX Lands Most Nominations In Tight Network Race, Prime Video Leads Streamers

FX is closing its chapter as a 21st Century Fox network on a high note, edging awards juggernauts HBO and Netflix to top the list of networks for the first time with most Golden Globes nominations, 10. It was a very tight race, reflecting the increased competition, with HBO and Amazon’s Prime Video tied for second with 9 noms a piece and Netflix right behind in fourth with 8, followed by Showtime (6). It is only the second time in the past 19 years that HBO has not… Read

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‘The Favourite’ Seductive In Expansion; ‘Shoplifters’ Has Solid 2nd: Specialty Box Office

The Favourite

For specialties, the weekend was all about the second weekend holdovers, as regular release specialty newcomers tread lightly. Fox Searchlight's The Favourite, starring Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, reigned again as the weekend's highest per-theater average. The Venice and Telluride debut by Yorgos Lanthimos is coming in at $1,105,000 in the three-day estimate, averaging $32,500. The Favourite bowed with the year's highest opening weekend PTA… Read

Awardsline

Oscars: The Race Heats Up As Precursor Televised Awards Shows From Globes To Critics Choice To SAG Prepare To Choose Their Nominees

The season is starting to shift, as usual, into that phase that separates the wheat from the chaff. It is that moment, after Thanksgiving, when everyone who thought they still had a shot gets a sober assessment as critics groups (Gotham, National Board of Review, and New York Film Critics Circle all this week), and particularly the big televised precursor shows like the SAG Awards, the Golden Globes and the Critics’ Choice Awards, start anointing their favorites and… Read

Friday Ratings: ‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas’ Steals A Win For NBC

NBC-TV and Dr. Seuss’s classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas stole the TV ratings crown for Friday night, winning laurels with an 0.9/4 rating among nostalgic adults 18-49 and scoring 4.33 million viewers. The Grinch was up against CBS’s Frosty The Snowman in the 8 PM slot, with Frosty scoring an 0.7/3 and 3.54 million viewers. On ABC, the Rankin/Bass stop motion classic Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town came in at an 0.6/3 and 2.66 million viewers. Fox's Washington vs… Read

Awardsline

Oscars 2018: With AFI Fest Closing This Week Which Movies Out Of The Fall Festivals Still Have Academy Mojo?

AFI Fest closes this week, marking the end of the Fall Festival season that began with a bang with the August/September triple-feature that is Venice, Telluride and Toronto, at which the vast majority of major Oscar hopefuls were unveiled. Which is not to say there weren't a few films from the first eight months of the year still in the mix; like the box office and critical smashes Black Panther and A Quiet Place, or at Cannes, where Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman looked… Read