With more online movie sites than ever, it might seem like women have more chances to get into film criticism. But a study released Friday by San Diego State professor Martha Lauzen finds that among top critics, fewer films were reviewed by women in spring 2013 than in fall 2007. The study uses Rotten Tomatoes’... Read more »
Broadcast networks filed suit on Thursday to halt a company from offering streams of their signals in the Washington D.C. market, in the latest effort to challenge the legality of a bevy of services seeking to provide over-the-air television on the Internet. Fox, NBC, ABC and Allbritton Communications filed a claim in U.S. District Court... Read more »
Canadian TV buyers have been buying new shows at a fast clip this week as the major studios hosted a movable feast of program sales for international TV execs attending the annual L.A. Screenings events. CBS, meanwhile, has set its first volume deal with a Russian outlet, setting a multi-year pact with pay TV and... Read more »
“This is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen at an auction,” said Harvey Weinstein at Amfar’s annual Cinema Against AIDS benefit Thursday night, just before taking bids for a space voyage on Virgin Galactic alongside fellow passenger Leonardo DiCaprio (billed in the auction program as “Mystery Guest”). PHOTOS: Stars Align for AIDS Research at Cannes... Read more »
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and the Association of Independent Commercial Producers have reached a three-year successor deal covering technicians and artists who create commercials. The agreement was reached more than four months before the current pact expires on Sept. 30. In a joint announcement, the producers group and the union said they... Read more »
Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz of Magical Elves have come on to direct “EDC 2013: You Are the Headliner,” a documentary which covers the 2013 Electric Daisy Carnival. Cutforth and Lipsitz will partner with Insomniac and Haven Entertainment will produce the doc. The film will explore the festival experience through the eyes of the fans... Read more »
Paramount has started to amp its marketing for its big budget tentpole “World War Z” in the last couple weeks and its most recent element involved its star Brad Pitt making a surprise appearance at a New Jersey screening of film where Pitt introduced the film. SEE ALSO: Angelina Jolie Reveals She Had Double Mastectomy... Read more »
The major broadcasters were nothing if not tightly bunched in the May sweep, with all four separated by about 125,000 viewers in the adults 18-49 demo. The close finish shows that, at least in a month when none of its rivals gets a big boost from sports, ABC can be pretty competitive. The net may... Read more »
Musicians are trying to sell out, get in bed with the Fortune 500, whereas food doesn’t scale that way, it’s an end unto itself. It used to be that way in music, before everybody got a scent and a clothing line.
This year the Tonys will launch a second-screen digital destination, with interactive content set to stream during the annual live kudocast on CBS — a measure other TV skeins, such as the AMC zombie hit and HBO’s "Game of Thrones," also have taken to cultivate fan enthusiasm beyond the TV screen.
Lionsgate stock keeps roaring, setting another all-time high thanks to more Wall Street bullishness over its TV business and its young-adult franchises, such as “The Hunger Games.” The stock jumped 4% on Thursday, rising $1.11 to $27.66. The stock has nearly doubled in price this year and more than tripled its $8.60 price when Lionsgate... Read more »
Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton informed President Obama on Thursday that he was stepping down from his seat on the Broadcasting Board of Governors, apparently over time commitments. In a letter to Obama, Lynton said that “circumstances kept me from taking part” in recent formal meetings of the board. He has served since July 2,... Read more »
Maintaining a strong acquistions pace, Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to Clio Barnard’s “The Selfish Giant,” following its world premiere in the Directors Fortnight at Cannes. It’s the fourth Cannes buy for Sundance Selects, which has also bought a pair of competition titles — “Young & Beautiful” and “Blue Is the Warmest Color”... Read more »
About 150 supporters of striking “Fashion Police” writers have picketed the Los Angeles offices of E! Entertainment in support of the scribes’ unionization push. The noon-time action featured chants such as “Fashion Police, you’re under arrest” and “What do we want? A contract. When do we want it? Now.” A trio of the strikers —... Read more »
NBC’s latenight duo of Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon continued their spring hot streak last week, drawing their largest young-adult audiences in more than four months. Nielsen estimates that “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” averaged 1.12 million adults 18-49 for the week of May 13-17, well ahead of ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (792,000) and... Read more »
“American Horror Story” thesp Evan Peters has been tapped as Quicksilver in Fox’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” Bryan Singer will direct, with Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence returning. Also, Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman are reprising their roles as Prof. X and Wolverine. “Days of Future Past” is based on the 1981... Read more »