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...

More...
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...

More...
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

More...
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...

More...
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...

More...
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"...

More...
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...

More...
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....

More...
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...

More...
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...

More...
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...

More...
Minnie Driver and David Walton in "About A Boy."

TV ratings: 'About A Boy' rises, 'Supernatural' surges

NBC's new comedy "About A Boy" rose week-to-week in the ratings, even with a diminished showing from its big lead-in, "The Voice." 

According to early numbers from Nielsen, "About A Boy" earned a rating of 1.9 among key 18-to-49-year-old viewers, up 6% from the last episode, marking the second week in a row that the show has grown.

Singing contest "The Voice," Tuesday night's highest-rated show, fell 10% to a 2.7, its lowest ever, not counting specials. "Growing Up Fisher" was flat at a 1.5. NBC was the top network, turning in an average of 1.8 in the 18-49 demographic, where a ratings point...

More...
Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia outside the Supreme Court.

Aereo tries to make case to Supreme Court. HBO sells to Amazon

After the coffee. Before analyzing the Redskins' 2014 schedule.

The Skinny: Sorry we are a little late today. Had to jump on the HBO/Amazon story and make sure that was in our roundup. Other stories include recaps of Aereo's big day at the Supreme Court and Comcast and Charter are trying to work on a deal to swap and sell some cable systems.

Daily Dose: The NFL will unveil its fall schedule this evening. Things to watch for will be what games CBS gets for its new Thursday package. When all the Thursday night games were on the NFL Network, the matchups were not always the most exciting. The...

More...
HBO has sold reruns of shows, including "The Sopranos," to Amazon Prime.

HBO sells reruns of hit shows to Amazon's Prime Instant Video

HBO has cut a deal to sell reruns of many of its hit shows to Amazon.com Inc.'s Prime Instant Video platform.

Among the programs  that will be made available on Amazon's Prime Instant Video streaming service are "The Sopranos," "Six Feet Under," "The Wire," "Girls" and "Veep." The agreement also covers HBO's miniseries including "Band of Brothers" and original movies such as "Game Change."

As part of the pact, HBO's online streaming service HBO Go will also be available on Amazon's new Fire TV settop box the end of the year. HBO shows will be available on Prime Instant starting May 21. Terms...

More...
"American Sniper" marks the latest L.A.-based project for Clint Eastwood, who shot "Jersey Boys," a film adaptation of the popular Broadway musical, throughout L.A. last year.

Eastwood starts shooting 'American Sniper' at Santa Clarita ranch

Clint Eastwood's latest movie, "American Sniper," kicked off with a bang in Los Angeles County this week.

The Warner Bros. film, which stars Bradley Cooper as a Navy SEAL who recounts his military exploits, began 10 days of filming Monday in an Afghan village set at the Blue Cloud Movie Ranch in the Santa Clarita area.

The scenes involved "simulated warfare sequences with full load automatic gunfire, explosions, squibs, bullet hits, smoke, burning debris," according to a county film permit.

The movie is the latest in a flurry of feature films with small to mid-size budgets shooting in L.A....

More...
Fans wait for 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' star Chris Evans during a March publicity event in Beijing ahead of the April release of the movie.

'Captain America's' China haul nearly $100 million over 3 weekends

More...
The Olympic Rings are silhouetted as fireworks light up the sky during the closing ceremonies at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.  NBCUniversal’s coverage of the Games brought in $1.1 billion in revenue.

NBC turnaround and Winter Olympics help lift Comcast earnings

The NBC broadcast network, after trailing in the ratings for nearly a decade, could finish the TV season in first place among viewers prized by advertisers.

Comcast Corp. executives Tuesday lauded the peacock network's performance, which helped power the Philadelphia cable giant's earnings for the quarter ended March 31.

This season, NBC has increased its prime-time audience among viewers ages 18 to 49 — the audience that advertisers pay a premium to reach. "The Blacklist" with James Spader and the singing competition show "The Voice" have been reliable performers.

Comcast also declared...

More...
Nikki Rocco, Universal Pictures' veteran president of domestic distribution, will retire at the end of the year.

Universal's longtime distribution chief Nikki Rocco to retire

Nikki Rocco, the veteran head of domestic distribution at Universal Pictures, will retire at the end of this year, she said Tuesday.  

Rocco, the first woman to become president of a major studio’s distribution operations, has worked for the studio for nearly five decades.

Rocco, 64, first joined Universal Pictures as a paid intern in 1967 while she was a high-school senior, after which she was hired to work in the company's New York office. She has been Universal's head of domestic distribution since 1996. 

PHOTOS: 2013's highest-paid media executives

"Nikki Rocco is an industry icon,...

More...

Three Hollywood executives deny accusations of teen sex abuse

Three Hollywood executives accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy in the late 1990s say the allegations against them are false. 

Garth Ancier, David Neuman and Gary Goddard were named in three separate complaints, filed Monday by attorney Jeff Herman in Hawaii, accusing them of sexually abusing Michael F. Egan III. Last week, Egan accused "X-Men" director Bryan Singer in a federal lawsuit of drugging and sexually assaulting him.

Ancier is a prominent television executive who has held senior positions at Fox, NBC and CNN. Neuman is a former senior Walt Disney television executive and also...

More...
Taylor Schilling in a scene from Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black."

Comcast pushes back on Netflix; touts benefits of TW Cable deal

Netflix has emerged as one of the biggest foes of Comcast's proposed merger with Time Warner Cable.

Despite a recent agreement in which the digital programmer agreed to pay the cable and broadband giant for a direct connection to its 20 million high-speed Internet customers to improve the speeds and quality of its video streams, the two companies are publicly trading shots at each other.

On Monday, Netflix said it was opposed to Comcast acquiring Time Warner Cable, a deal that would give Comcast an estimated 40% share of the U.S. broadband market. It would also make the company the biggest...

More...
Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood, left, and Robin Wright as Clair Underwood in a scene from Netflix's original drama "House of Cards."

Analysts cheer Netflix price-hike plans; stock rises

Here's one group that's happy about Netflix's planned price hikes: Wall Street.

The video giant said Monday it will soon raise prices for new customers of its streaming service by $1 or $2 a month as it bets its growing slate of original content will continue to draw subscribers. Existing customers will continue to pay current prices for a time. 

Wall Street analysts praised the coming hikes as a way to drive profitability as Netflix continues to spend on new content -- including originals such as "Orange Is the New Black" and "House of Cards" -- and deals to ensure video quality. 

"Price...

More...
NBCUniversal saw its first-quarter 2014 revenue increase 28%, in large part because of advertising sales for the Winter Olympics and the beginning of Jimmy Fallon's tenure at "The Tonight Show." Fallon is pictured here during his first "Tonight Show" appearance in New York.

NBC turnaround, Olympics, Jimmy Fallon help lift Comcast earnings

The NBC network is beleaguered no more.

After nearly a decade in the ratings cellar, NBC is poised to finish the prime-time TV season in May in first place in the coveted advertising demographic of viewers aged 18 to 49. 

February's coverage of the Winter Olympics from Sochi, Russia, generated strong viewership and $1.1 billion in revenue, Comcast executives said in announcing the Philadelphia-based company's first-quarter earnings, which exceeded analyst expectations.

"Any way you look at the Olympics, it was a tremendous success," Comcast Corp. Chief Executive Brian Roberts told Wall Street...

More...
Advertisement
Connect

VIDEO