In February, Netflix reached a deal to pay Comcast in return for a direct connection to the cable giant's broadband network.

Netflix tells Sen. Al Franken why it's against Comcast getting bigger

Netflix is again sounding warning bells about Comcast Corp.'s proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable.

In a letter to Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), who is one of the most vocal opponents of the deal, Netflix said a Comcast-Time Warner Cable marriage would put too much power over the Internet in the hands of one company.

Noting that a Comcast-Time Warner Cable combination would have a 40% share of broadband subscribers, including 19 of the nation's 20 biggest cities, Netflix Vice President Christopher Libertelli said the proposed merger "will result in online video content providers paying higher...

Leslie Mann stars in "The Other Woman," which is expected to be No. 1 at the box office this weekend.

'Other Woman' to take down mighty 'Captain America' at box office

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned -- and this weekend, three of them are poised to take down a proven force at the multiplex.

After three weeks atop the box office, the blockbuster "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is expected to narrowly lose out to the romantic comedy "The Other Woman." Starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and supermodel Kate Upton, the latter film is likely to debut with a healthy sum of around $18 million, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys.

The "Captain America" sequel, which stars Chris Evans as the shield-bearing Marvel superhero, has...

Director of the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development Kish Rajan.

Governor's business director gives thumbs up to film industry

It's the question on the minds of many in Los Angeles' film community:

Does Gov. Jerry Brown get how badly the state's film and TV industry has been squeezed by runaway production?

Kish Rajan, director of the Governor's Office of Business

Director Bryan Singer on the set of "X-Men: Days of Future Past."

Bryan Singer will not participate in upcoming 'X-Men' media events

Bryan Singer, the director accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy in the late 1990s, said on Thursday he will not participate in media events to promote his upcoming film "X-Men: Days of Future Past." 

Breaking his silence since the complaint against him was filed by Michael Egan last week, Singer, in an emailed statement, called the lawsuit "a sick twisted shake down."

Plaintiff Egan claimed in his federal lawsuit filed in Hawaii that he was forced into a "sordid sex ring" in the entertainment industry in which underage boys were supplied alcohol and drugs. Egan alleges that the assaults...

Plaintiff Michael Egan, left, and his attorney Jeff Herman attend a news conference.

Lawyer in Bryan Singer case aims to expose 'many' Hollywood predators

More civil lawsuits may be on the way against major Hollywood players in connection with sexual abuse allegations that have ensnared director Bryan Singer and other top entertainment industry figures.

Jeff Herman, the attorney for the man who has accused Singer of abusing him as a teenager, told The Times that he’s heard from other alleged victims. He said he’s investigating these potential new cases and hopes to expose more illegal activity.

“I’ve heard from dozens and dozens alleging they were abused in Hollywood as minors,” Herman said. “We’re...

Alex Preston performs on "American Idol."

TV ratings: Fox wins as 'Idol' rises; 'Modern Family' is top show

"American Idol" rose in the ratings Wednesday according to early numbers from Nielsen, orchestrating a weeknight win for Fox. 

The veteran singing contest, Fox's only program for the night, earned a 2.1 average rating among key 18-to-49-year-old viewers, up 11% from a week ago. 

The second-place network among young adults, ABC, was the one with the highest-rated show in the key demo: "Modern Family." The sitcom scored a 3.4 in 18-to-49, up slightly from its most recent episode, while "The Middle" and "Suburgatory" each fell a bit. The new comedy "Mixology" rose 25% to a 1.5. 

CBS' "Survivor"...

Fandango has agreed to acquire YouTube channel operator Movieclips.

Fandango signs deal to buy Movieclips network

Fandango, the Los Angeles-based online ticketing service owned by NBCUniversal, said it signed a deal to acquire Movieclips, an operator of film-related channels on YouTube.

The acquisition will enable Fandango to significantly expand its audience reach with broader product offerings in video, content and movie discovery, the company said Thursday.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll

The Movieclips network, operated by Venice-based Zefr Inc., consists of 25 YouTube channels with a catalog of 45,000 curated film clips, trailers, and original video...

John Oliver's new HBO show debuts Sunday.

William Hurt rides off 'Midnight Rider.' John Oliver's big moment.

After the coffee. Before figuring out what to delete from my DVR.

The Skinny: The Redskins 2014 schedule came out Wednesday. For the next 4-1/2 months, I can look at it and dream of a 14-2 season. Come September, reality will set in. Thursday's headlines include William Hurt pulling out of the movie "Midnight Rider" and concerns about the FCC's plans for new net neutrality rules. Also, John Oliver gets ready to launch his new HBO show.

Daily Dose: A memorial for Lucy Hood, the president of the Television Academy who died this month of cancer, will be held Friday at 4 p.m. at Leonard H....

Actor William Hurt, who was to play Gregg Allman in "Midnight Rider," has pulled out of the film.

William Hurt pulls out of 'Midnight Rider'

"Midnight Rider" star William Hurt has pulled out of the Gregg Allman biopic, which suspended production in February after a train accident killed a camera assistant.

"I can confirm he's out of the movie," said a spokeswoman for ICM Partners, the talent agency that represents Hurt. The Oscar-winning actor was cast as the legendary rocker.

Hurt's withdrawal from "Midnight Rider" raises doubts about whether producers Randall Miller and his wife Jody Savin can revive the controversial project.

RELATED: Plans to resume 'Midnight Rider' filming concern union officials

The couple had planned to...

MillerCoors is now the official beer sponsor of FX Networks, home of "Sons of Anarchy."

FX Networks brews up sponsorship deal with MillerCoors

FX Networks has brewed up a big deal with MillerCoors.

The cable unit of 21st Century Fox has struck a three-year deal with MillerCoors that will make the brewer the official beer sponsor for the FX, FXX and FXM networks.

The agreement is non-exclusive, meaning FX Networks will still be able to sell commercial time to other beer makers. However, MillerCoors will have exclusivity on any product-placement in FX Networks' programs and a first-look deal for future shows.

PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV

MillerCoors already has a visible presence on FX Networks. Its products have been...

Former host Bill Bellamy and Fearne Cotton on "Last Comic Standing" in 2008.

'Last Comic Standing' editors return to work after walkout

No joke: The walkout by editors and assistant editors on the NBC show "Last Comic Standing" is over after less than two days.

An official with the Motion Picture Editors Guild said 15 workers returned to work Wednesday morning after the union reached an agreement with NBC to provide a union contract for the employees.

"Thanks to the courage and cohesion they demonstrated, and to the overwhelming support showed to them by their Local 700 sisters and brothers and the entire IATSE [International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees] community, the post crew of 'Last Comic Standing' will return...