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  • 'Today' show executive Noah Oppenheim is named president of NBC News

    'Today' show executive Noah Oppenheim is named president of NBC News

    NBC News moved to shake up its management team Tuesday, putting the future of the news division in the hands of Noah Oppenheim, the executive in charge of the network’s highly profitable morning show “Today.” The respected 38-year-old news producer, who also has a successful career as a screenwriter,...

  • Matt Damon's 'Great Wall' poised for soft U.S. opening against 'Lego Batman' and 'Fifty Shades'

    Matt Damon's 'Great Wall' poised for soft U.S. opening against 'Lego Batman' and 'Fifty Shades'

    They’re both box-office successes, they’re both sequels, and they both feature reclusive billionaires with outsized egos. But that’s pretty much where the similarities end between “The Lego Batman Movie” and “Fifty Shades Darker,” which are poised for a box-office rematch during the upcoming Presidents...

  • 'xXx: The Return of Xander Cage' dominates China's box office

    'xXx: The Return of Xander Cage' dominates China's box office

    Vin Diesel’s “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage” dominated China’s box office last week, as foreign films regained their strength after a temporary ban during the Lunar New Year holiday. The Hollywood action film opened Friday with $20.3 million in ticket receipts, almost three times the size of its...

  • Anchor Josh Elliott is out at CBS News

    Anchor Josh Elliott is out at CBS News

    Josh Elliott is out at CBS News on Monday after less than a year in the anchor chair at its digital news channel, sources say. The circumstances of the dismissal are related to his handling of his expected move to a higher profile role at CBS News, according to two people familiar with the matter...

  • Paramount, Amazon productions qualify for California tax incentive

    Paramount, Amazon productions qualify for California tax incentive

    Movies from Paramount Pictures and Amazon Studios are among the 22 feature film projects that have qualified for $100 million in state-funded incentives that will shoot primarily in California. The unnamed Paramount project is expected to receive $22.4 million in tax credits, the largest award...

  • Grammy Awards' TV ratings rebound with a boost from Adele and Beyoncé

    Grammy Awards' TV ratings rebound with a boost from Adele and Beyoncé

    Thanks to some must-see moments, the ratings for the Grammy Awards bounced back Sunday after two straight years of declines. CBS’ Sunday telecast of the 59th Grammy Awards averaged 26.05 million viewers, the event's largest audience since 2014. The audience was 4% larger than last year’s according...

  • 'Lego Batman Movie' tops 'Fifty Shades Darker' at the box office as 'John Wick 2' kills

    'Lego Batman Movie' tops 'Fifty Shades Darker' at the box office as 'John Wick 2' kills

    Goofy superhero kids’ toys beat kinky whips and bondage at movie theaters this weekend as “The Lego Batman Movie” topped “Fifty Shades Darker” for the No. 1 spot at the domestic box office. Warner Bros.’ new “Lego Movie” spinoff grossed $55.6 million in the U.S. and Canada from Friday through Sunday,...

  • Mike Tirico is taking over for Bob Costas as NBC's Olympics host

    Mike Tirico is taking over for Bob Costas as NBC's Olympics host

    NBC’s longtime Olympics host Bob Costas is handing the torch to Mike Tirico for the 2018 Winter Games, the network announced Thursday. Tirico will debut as the prime-time host for the network with the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, ending a run for Costas that began in 1992. Costas, 64,...

  • Emma Watts named vice chairman at 20th Century Fox Film

    Emma Watts named vice chairman at 20th Century Fox Film

    As president of production at 20th Century Fox, Emma Watts has overseen numerous movie releases during her tenure, including James Cameron’s “Avatar,” David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” and blockbuster franchises like “Planet of the Apes” and “X-Men.” Watts is now set to take on more duties and step higher...

  • Viacom CEO Bob Bakish pushes turnaround plan for Paramount and MTV: 'I look under the hood'

    Viacom CEO Bob Bakish pushes turnaround plan for Paramount and MTV: 'I look under the hood'

    On a Sunset Boulevard corner steeped in Hollywood history, rapper Snoop Dogg served as deejay, occasionally taking a hit from a joint. Viacom’s new leader then took the stage. Chief Executive Bob Bakish was in Hollywood to celebrate the opening of the company’s chic space at Columbia Square, which...

  • ICM buys TV news and sports talent agency Headline Media Management

    ICM buys TV news and sports talent agency Headline Media Management

    Talent agency ICM Partners has acquired Headline Media Management, a New York-based firm that represents on-air personalities and producers in TV news and sports. In the equity deal announced Wednesday, Headline Chief Executive Lou Oppenheim and its president, Michael Glantz, will join ICM as partners...

  • Weinstein Co. sued over release dates for 'The Founder' and 'Gold'

    Weinstein Co. sued over release dates for 'The Founder' and 'Gold'

    Harvey Weinstein is currently basking in the awards glow of “Lion,” nominated for six Academy Awards, including best picture. But his company’s Oscar-season celebration has been crashed by a new lawsuit related to its two January flops, “The Founder” and “Gold.” FilmNation Entertainment is suing...

  • Time Warner posts strong earnings, helped by 'Fantastic Beasts,' TV production and HBO

    Time Warner posts strong earnings, helped by 'Fantastic Beasts,' TV production and HBO

    The popular HBO series “Westworld” and the Harry Potter spinoff movie “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” helped Time Warner Inc. deliver strong profits in the fourth quarter that easily beat Wall Street’s expectations. The media conglomerate’s revenue, announced Wednesday, grew 11% from...

  • 'CBS This Morning's' Charlie Rose to undergo heart valve replacement surgery

    'CBS This Morning's' Charlie Rose to undergo heart valve replacement surgery

    “CBS This Morning” co-anchor Charlie Rose is scheduled to undergo heart valve replacement surgery on Thursday, keeping him off the air for at least several weeks. Rose’s upcoming procedure was announced on the program Wednesday. He said expects to return in March. In a statement, he noted that...

  • SAG-AFTRA will phase out residual checks under new direct deposit system

    SAG-AFTRA will phase out residual checks under new direct deposit system

    As a voice and screen performer for more than 40 years, Susan Boyd Joyce knows how important residual income is for working actors in Hollywood. She also knows the annoyance of dealing with countless residual checks sent by traditional mail — even those that add up to a few pennies or less. “I...

  • 'Lego Batman' movie poised to beat 'Fifty Shades Darker' at the box office

    'Lego Batman' movie poised to beat 'Fifty Shades Darker' at the box office

    This weekend, moviegoers will have to decide whether they want to enter Bruce Wayne’s Batcave or Christian Grey’s Red Room of Pain. According to midweek estimates, the Batcave is looking like the safer bet.  Despite competition from newcomers, “The Lego Batman Movie” will likely be the No. 1 film...

  • Disney CEO Bob Iger says he's 'open' to staying on after his contract expires in 2018

    Disney CEO Bob Iger says he's 'open' to staying on after his contract expires in 2018

    Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Robert Iger opened the door Tuesday to the possibility of remaining head of the Burbank entertainment giant longer than previously planned. Iger said he was “open” to the prospect of remaining CEO after his contract ends in June 2018 — if the company’s board of directors...

  • Jackie Chan caper 'Kung Fu Yoga' tops China's box office during New Year holiday

    Jackie Chan caper 'Kung Fu Yoga' tops China's box office during New Year holiday

    Domestic films swept China’s box office during last week's Chinese New Year holiday, as state film regulators temporarily banned imported films to give domestic movies more room to cash in.  The Jackie Chan action caper “Kung Fu Yoga” fared best last week, with $140.4 million in ticket sales, according...

  • 3 things to watch as Disney reports first-quarter earnings

    3 things to watch as Disney reports first-quarter earnings

    Riding a high on Wall Street, Walt Disney Co. will report fiscal first-quarter earnings Tuesday. Over the last three months, shares of Disney have soared nearly 19%, in part on the strength of its latest “Star Wars” blockbuster: “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” The impact of “Rogue One” across Disney’s...

  • CBS serves up 'comfort food' on Friday nights and it's paying off

    CBS serves up 'comfort food' on Friday nights and it's paying off

    If the TV industry gave out an award for the most uncool night of programming, CBS’s Friday lineup would win it hands down. “MacGyver” and “Hawaii Five-0” are reboots of old series, an anathema to TV critics who believe the industry is in a golden age of creativity. They lead into “Blue Bloods,”...

  • Super Bowl's TV ratings slip for the second straight year

    Super Bowl's TV ratings slip for the second straight year

    A dramatic come-from-behind victory by the New England Patriots over the Atlanta Falcons wasn’t enough to set a new ratings record for the Super Bowl. Fox’s telecast of Super Bowl LI was watched by 111.3 million viewers Sunday, down slightly from last year’s game and marking the second consecutive...

  • Fox's quarterly earnings lifted by TV, but film revenue declines

    Fox's quarterly earnings lifted by TV, but film revenue declines

    Media conglomerate 21st Century Fox reported stronger-than-expected quarterly earnings boosted by the World Series and Fox News, but the stock was down slightly in after-hours trading Monday after the company whiffed on revenue due largely to weaker film results.  Fox posted fiscal second-quarter...

  • Janice Min to step down from Hollywood Reporter after remaking the trade publication

    Janice Min to step down from Hollywood Reporter after remaking the trade publication

    Janice Min, the editor who transformed the Hollywood Reporter from a struggling trade publication into a glossy Tinseltown magazine, is moving on after nearly seven years.  Min, 47, who runs both the Hollywood Reporter and its music-focused sister trade Billboard, will leave at the end of this...

  • DGA names Russell Hollander as national executive director

    DGA names Russell Hollander as national executive director

    The Directors Guild of America has picked from within its own ranks a new national executive director to succeed Jay Roth, who is set to step down in May after more than two decades leading the union. Russell Hollander, who has worked at the DGA for 16 years, was unanimously voted to head the organization...

  • Walken and Timberlake a hit with TV viewers in Super Bowl ad sweepstakes

    Walken and Timberlake a hit with TV viewers in Super Bowl ad sweepstakes

    A quirky commercial featuring Christopher Walken and Justin Timberlake scored big with viewers, becoming the underdog winner in the Super Bowl advertising sweepstakes Sunday. Bai Brands’ 30-second spot for its beverage line featured Walken dramatically delivering the lyrics from “Bye Bye Bye,"...

  • 'Rings' takes top spot at Friday box office, with 'Split' a close second

    'Rings' takes top spot at Friday box office, with 'Split' a close second

    Movie theaters might be expecting a slow Super Bowl weekend, but Paramount was seeing ring bling at the box Saturday morning. The studio’s horror reboot “Rings” took the top spot at the box office on Friday, grossing $5.6 million. The franchise, about a video that kills people who watch it, has...

  • Trump Treasury pick Steven Mnuchin sued in revived film fraud case

    Trump Treasury pick Steven Mnuchin sued in revived film fraud case

    President Trump’s Treasury secretary nominee, Steven Mnuchin, has been sued again by a film financier that accuses Mnuchin and others of fraud related to the collapse of movie and TV company Relativity Media.  RKA Film Financing, in an amended complaint filed Thursday in New York County Supreme...

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