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  • 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' spins big web in China with $70.7 million in ticket sales

    'Spider-Man: Homecoming' spins big web in China with $70.7 million in ticket sales

    Despite a nearly two-month delay, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” finally opened in China, raking in a staggering $70.7 million and pushing Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” into second place. It was the highest-grossing “Spider-Man” movie opening in China, according to the film consulting company Artisan...

  • Murdochs face further delay in quest to buy Britain's Sky TV

    Murdochs face further delay in quest to buy Britain's Sky TV

    21st Century Fox’s long-sought quest to gain full control of European pay-TV service Sky is facing further political head winds in Britain. In a blow to Fox’s plans, Britain’s culture minister on Tuesday signaled she was leaning toward asking the Competition and Markets Authority to more closely...

  • L.A.-based United Talent Agency acquires speakers' booking group GTN

    L.A.-based United Talent Agency acquires speakers' booking group GTN

    United Talent Agency has signed a deal to acquire GTN, which specializes in booking live speaking engagements. The acquisition announced Tuesday will immediately put UTA on the map of the speaking circuit. New York-based GTN represents a wide range of public figures in entertainment, business,...

  • Wyck Godfrey named president of Paramount Motion Picture Group

    Wyck Godfrey named president of Paramount Motion Picture Group

    Producer Wyck Godfrey has been named president of the Paramount Motion Picture Group, Paramount Pictures said Saturday. Godfrey replaces Marc Evans, who served as head of the motion picture group since 2015. Paramount said Evans will transition into a production role at the studio. Godfrey, who...

  • Fired Fox News host Eric Bolling's son is found dead in Boulder, Colo.

    Fired Fox News host Eric Bolling's son is found dead in Boulder, Colo.

    The 19-year-old son of former Fox News Channel host Eric Bolling was found dead on Friday afternoon, the same day it was announced that his father was parting ways with the network. Bolling confirmed the news of the death of his only child, Eric Chase Bolling Jr., on his Twitter account. “Adrienne...

  • Eric Bolling is out at Fox News over sex pictures, while Charles Payne returns to Fox Business

    Eric Bolling is out at Fox News over sex pictures, while Charles Payne returns to Fox Business

    Sexual harassment investigations at Fox News had on-air hosts coming and going on Friday. The network has cut loose Eric Bolling, who was suspended on Aug. 5, and has also canceled his daily program “Fox News Specialists.” The law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, investigated allegations...

  • Stacey Snider of Fox Film disses Netflix movies

    Stacey Snider of Fox Film disses Netflix movies

    In a rare moment of executive candor, the head of 20th Century Fox Film delivered a verbal beating to Netflix, saying that the streaming giant offers no advantages to filmmakers or movie-lovers, and that its days as a dominant force in Hollywood are numbered. Stacey Snider, who serves as chairwoman...

  • Craig Carton, co-host of 'Boomer and Carton' sports radio show, accused of wire and securities fraud

    Craig Carton, co-host of 'Boomer and Carton' sports radio show, accused of wire and securities fraud

    Craig Carton, co-host of the popular morning “Boomer and Carton" radio show on New York sports station WFAN, was arrested Wednesday by federal authorities on suspicion that he used money raised for a ticket resale business to fund gambling debts. CBS Radio, which owns WFAN, announced late Wednesday...

  • MGM reboots Orion Pictures brand as stand-alone film distributor

    MGM reboots Orion Pictures brand as stand-alone film distributor

    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is reviving Orion Pictures, the movie label best known for releasing “The Terminator” and “Silence of the Lambs,” as a standalone distributor. John Hegeman, who previously served as president of Blumhouse’s experimental BH Tilt label, will serve as president of the label, the...

  • 21st Century Fox promotes Peter Rice to president

    21st Century Fox promotes Peter Rice to president

    Peter Rice has capped his steady ascent through the ranks of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire with a new title: president of 21st Century Fox. The entertainment giant said Wednesday that Rice will take on the newly created role of president while keeping his job as chairman and chief executive of...

  • 'Dunkirk' conquers China's box office

    'Dunkirk' conquers China's box office

    The World War II rescue tale “Dunkirk” dominated the box office in China last week, building on its international success. The acclaimed war epic from “Dark Knight” filmmaker Christopher Nolan grossed about $30 million in ticket sales in its first three days, according to film consulting firm Artisan...

  • EuropaCorp sheds a top executive following box office disappointment of 'Valerian'

    EuropaCorp sheds a top executive following box office disappointment of 'Valerian'

    EuropaCorp, the French studio headed by director Luc Besson, has pushed out a top executive following the box office disappointment of its big-budget sci-fi movie “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.” The company said in an announcement Monday that its board of directors had terminated...

  • Telemundo and Univision criticize Trump over the demise of DACA

    Telemundo and Univision criticize Trump over the demise of DACA

    The two leading U.S. Spanish-language TV networks denounced President Trump’s decision Tuesday to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program, a move that could lead to the deportation of some of their employees. In a statement, Randy Falco, president and chief executive of Los Angeles-based...

  • With new adaptation of 'It,' New Line Cinema hopes to continue horror winning streak

    With new adaptation of 'It,' New Line Cinema hopes to continue horror winning streak

    Adapting Stephen King’s “It” for the big screen would’ve been a daunting task for any studio. The sprawling novel about a shape-shifting monster had already spawned a popular TV miniseries and features one of the world’s most recognizable villains, Pennywise the Dancing Clown. Yet, at the Burbank...

  • New MPAA chief Charles Rivkin aims to be a diplomat for Hollywood at an uncertain time

    New MPAA chief Charles Rivkin aims to be a diplomat for Hollywood at an uncertain time

    Upon arriving in Paris as the new U.S. ambassador to France and Monaco in 2009, Charles Rivkin used his show business pedigree to charm President Nicolas Sarkozy with a gift: a framed poster of Rita Hayworth. It was a smooth move for Rivkin, whom President Obama chose for the role after a 20-year...

  • Disney's ABC Television Group is said to be preparing for layoffs

    Disney's ABC Television Group is said to be preparing for layoffs

    Walt Disney Co.’s ABC Television Group plans to make substantial jobs cuts, including at the broadcast network’s Burbank headquarters, in an effort to reduce costs at a time when traditional TV networks face huge challenges. The Disney/ABC Television Group, led by Ben Sherwood, is in the early...

  • Film and TV company Miramax lays off 20 staffers in ongoing restructuring

    Film and TV company Miramax lays off 20 staffers in ongoing restructuring

    Miramax, the onetime indie film powerhouse founded by the Weinstein brothers, has laid off 20 employees in a second round of downsizing this year under a new chief executive. The Santa Monica film and television company cut executives in the sales and finance departments, as well as workers in...

  • Hollywood is suffering its worst-attended summer movie season in 25 years

    Hollywood is suffering its worst-attended summer movie season in 25 years

    As Hollywood wraps up the all-important summer box-office season this Labor Day weekend, a sobering reality has gripped the industry. The number of tickets sold in the United States and Canada this summer is projected to fall to the lowest level in a quarter-century. The results have put the squeeze...

  • Michael Thorn to lead Fox Broadcasting's entertainment division as David Madden heads to AMC

    Michael Thorn to lead Fox Broadcasting's entertainment division as David Madden heads to AMC

    David Madden is leaving his post as president of Fox Broadcasting Co.’s entertainment division, the company announced Wednesday. Madden is in advanced talks to take a top executive post at AMC Networks, filling the role of Joel Stillerman, who departed for streaming service Hulu in May, according...

  • 21st Century Fox removes Fox News Channel from Sky TV

    21st Century Fox removes Fox News Channel from Sky TV

    21st Century Fox has removed its Fox News Channel from the Sky TV lineup as it awaits British government approval of a deal to take over the European pay television service. The media conglomerate controlled by Rupert Murdoch and his sons issued a statement Tuesday saying that the decision to pull...

  • Showtime is sued over streaming problems of Mayweather-McGregor fight

    Showtime is sued over streaming problems of Mayweather-McGregor fight

    After defeating Conor McGregor in a much-hyped showdown that was more entertaining than many expected, Floyd Mayweather Jr. said of boxing fans, “I owe them for the [Manny] Pacquiao fight.” Meanwhile, the network behind the pay-per-view event, Showtime, may find itself owing thousands of unhappy...

  • China spurns Hollywood movies in favor of the hyper-patriotic 'Wolf Warrior 2'

    China spurns Hollywood movies in favor of the hyper-patriotic 'Wolf Warrior 2'

    The patriotic juggernaut “Wolf Warrior 2” continued its dominance of China’s box office for a fifth straight week, eclipsing Hollywood films including Disney/Pixar's “Cars 3” that had a tepid showing in the world’s second-largest film market. “Wolf Warrior 2” grossed an additional $38.7 million...

  • 'Wolf Warrior II' breaks China's box office record

    'Wolf Warrior II' breaks China's box office record

    The wildly successful, hyper-nationalistic action film “Wolf Warrior II” soared in the Middle Kingdom’s box office for a fourth consecutive week, becoming the first film in China to break the 5 billion yuan mark. The film added $83.7 million in receipts last week, bringing its 25-day total to an...

  • Media veteran Ross Levinsohn's latest challenge: sparking growth at the L.A. Times

    Media veteran Ross Levinsohn's latest challenge: sparking growth at the L.A. Times

    Ross Levinsohn is used to tough jobs. He tried to salvage a business out of social media site Myspace, and managed Yahoo during a tumultuous period when the Internet company was reeling from a management scandal and struggling to find its way. But this week, the 54-year-old digital media executive...

  • How Netflix guesses what you want to watch

    How Netflix guesses what you want to watch

    Netflix Inc. wants subscribers to know it's looking out for them. For instance, the average Netflix subscriber might not guess that its dark superhero drama “Jessica Jones” might strike similar chords as the zany hijinks of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Netflix is happy to help you make the connection....

  • When musicians want their songs in TV shows, movies and streaming sites, they go here

    When musicians want their songs in TV shows, movies and streaming sites, they go here

    Like so many independent musicians, singer-songwriter Ashley Dudukovich is used to crashing on a stranger’s couch. Over the past few years, the Florida-based indie/pop musician has toured relentlessly on a shoestring budget, building a small but loyal fan base that helped her raise money to release...

  • Ross Levinsohn is named the new publisher and CEO of the L.A. Times as top editors are ousted

    Ross Levinsohn is named the new publisher and CEO of the L.A. Times as top editors are ousted

    In a dramatic shake-up at the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago-based parent company has installed new leadership and plans to invest more resources in the news organization to move it more quickly into the digital age. Ross Levinsohn, 54, a veteran media executive who worked at Fox and served as...

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