The United Kingdom, already a leading international hub for filming, is doing even more to roll out the red carpet.
The UK government on Thursday said it would strengthen tax credits for the film industry and offer new inducements to lure more visual effects business.
Among the key changes, the government said it would offer a 25% credit on the first $32.7 million of qualifying production expenditure, and 20% thereafter. Currently, such projects could only claim a 20% rebate.
Additionally, companies wouldn't have to spend as much in the country to qualify for UK film credits. The government...
The world turned to social media to mourn the passing of Nelson Mandela, the statesman who emerged from 27 years in prison to lead South Africa out of apartheid.
Mandela's death produced more than 3 million tweets in the first two hours after news outlets around the globe reported that the former South African president had died, according to measurement firm Topsy.
Google searches for news about Mandela spiked by 400%, as word spread of Mandela's death at age 95, according to the site's trend data.
After a gigantic Thanksgiving, the post-holiday box-office weekend will again belong to Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and Walt Disney Pictures' "Frozen."
"Catching Fire," the post-apocalyptic sci-fi action movie starring Jennifer Lawrence, is expected to generate about $35 million to $40 million in domestic ticket sales, likely topping the chart for the third weekend in a row after posting a record-breaking $109.9 million haul over the five-day Thanksgiving weekend. The "Hunger Games" sequel has made more than $303.7 million at the box office domestically as of Monday.
Cable giant Comcast's move into selling movies via its Xfinity TV digital platform is off to a strong start.
According to a post on the company's website, Xfinity was the No. 1 seller of digital versions of "Despicable Me 2" for the week that ended Dec. 3, topping Apple's iTunes, Amazon and Wal-Mart's Vudu. "Despicable Me 2" was made by Universal Pictures, a unit of Comcast.
Xfinity has also been the No. 1 seller of "The Hunger Games," for the last two weeks. "The Hunger Games" was made by Lionsgate.
Actual sale figures for the two titles were not disclosed by Comcast.
The most wonderful time of the year also worked out for NBC in the ratings Wednesday night, with the holiday specials "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" and a "Saturday Night Live Christmas" combining to win the night among 18-to-49-year-old viewers, according to early numbers from Nielsen.
"Rockefeller," featuring performances from Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey and Ariana Grande, drew 9.86 million viewers overall and a rating of 2.3 in the 18-49 demographic, the category most coveted by advertisers, up 10% from last year. That led into "SNL," which hauled in 7.4 million viewers and a 2.6 rating...
Rush Limbaugh's radio tirades will have a new home on Los Angeles airwaves next year.
KFI-AM (640) is losing the conservative host's three-hour show, long a fixture on the station, to KTLK-AM (1150), which owner Clear Channel is hoping to pump up as an outlet exclusively dedicated to right-leaning chatter.
The company, which also owns KFI, will use Limbaugh's audience to anchor the new lineup for KTLK, which is being dubbed "The Patriot" and will also feature national shows by Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity.
After the coffee. Before trying to hide from all the Ron Burgundy hype.
The Skinny: I'm trying to figure out whether to get out of town for Christmas. I have no big plans here and figure if I'm somewhere else it will at least feel like I'm doing things. Send me suggestions (or invites). Thursday's Fix (can you believe it's Thursday already?) includes a look at the lineup for next month's Sundance Film Festival. Also, Fox sells out the Super Bowl and MSNBC says goodbye to Martin Bashir.
Daily Dose: Walt Disney Co. is moving closer to naming a new president of its ABC Family cable channel, home...
Walt Disney Co.'s ABC Family channel is closing in on naming a new president, people familiar with the matter said.
The position has been open since September, when Michael Riley said he was resigning to return to his native England. ABC Family is known for its shows aimed at teenagers, particularly girls, including "Pretty Little Liars," "Melissa and Joey" and "Twisted."
Among the candidates topping Disney's short list are Salaam Coleman Smith, who had headed NBCUniversal's Style Network until the channel was rebranded this fall as the Esquire Network and put under new management. Coleman...
Care to buy some stock, along with that extra-large popcorn and soda?
The American movie theater chain controlled by China's wealthiest man is going forward with a planned $368-million initial public offering -- and, in an unconventional move, is inviting favored cinema customers to join in the investing.
AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc., owned by Chinese entertainment company Dalian Wanda Group, said it plans to sell 18.4 million shares at $18 to $20 each while reserving some of the shares for members of its customer loyalty program, according to a regulatory filing.
For the seven days ending Dec. 1, purchases of Perry's latest album "Prism," featuring the hit girl-power track "Roar," more than tripled compared with the previous week, propelling it from No. 11 to No. 5 on Billboard album chart.
In raw numbers, "Prism" sold 136,000 copies, an increase of 252% week-to-week, according to Nielsen Soundscan.