Social Media Overtakes Newspapers As News Source, Pew Report Finds

More Americans get their news from social media than from newspapers, a Pew Research study has found, a tip of the balance in that direction for the first time.
As recently as last year, the sides were roughly equal – news via social media was ab…

More Americans get their news from social media than from newspapers, a Pew Research study has found, a tip of the balance in that direction for the first time. As recently as last year, the sides were roughly equal – news via social media was about the same portion as news via print newspapers. According to the report posted on the Pew Research Center website, 20% of U.S. adults say they “often get news via social media,” a slightly higher figure than the 16% who favor…

ESPN Executive Admits Drift Into Politics Hurt The Network, Was Miscalculation

A top ESPN executive has admitted that the network’s move toward politics may have been poison to its ratings.
Norby Williamson told the Washington Post in an interview earlier this week that the network has since reversed course on that focus, h…

A top ESPN executive has admitted that the network’s move toward politics may have been poison to its ratings. Norby Williamson told the Washington Post in an interview earlier this week that the network has since reversed course on that focus, helping goose its ratings. Still, Williamson told the WaPo that the politics on the network’s flagship SportsCenter damaged ratings. . I think we miscalculated a little bit," Williamson said. "The perception became that you could…

Notes On The Season: Who’s Hosting Oscar Now?; Campaigning At The Museum; Everyone Goes For The Gold

A column chronicling events and conversations on the awards circuit.
Another big week on the circuit, but as we approached the end of it the expected talk of the just- released Golden Globe nominations, as well as anticipation for Critics’ Choice…

A column chronicling events and conversations on the awards circuit. Another big week on the circuit, but as we approached the end of it the expected talk of the just- released Golden Globe nominations, as well as anticipation for Critics’ Choice and SAG lists next week was hijacked by Oscar who just had to swoop in and suck the air out of the room – and headlines – with the Kevin Hart debacle. Was that the quickest reign ever for any Oscar host? Methinks yes. Deadline…

Saoirse Ronan Is ‘Mary Queen Of Scots’; Julia Roberts & Lucas Hedges Star In ‘Ben Is Back’ – Specialty B.O. Preview

Following a couple of somewhat lighter weeks in the Specialty space, this weekend is really ramped up with star-lead limited release awards contenders vying for box office recognition. Focus Features rolls out Mary Queen of Scots, starring Oscar nomine…

Following a couple of somewhat lighter weeks in the Specialty space, this weekend is really ramped up with star-lead limited release awards contenders vying for box office recognition. Focus Features rolls out Mary Queen of Scots, starring Oscar nominees Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie as the 15th century rival monarchs of Scotland and England, respectively. The title opens three weeks after The Favourite, another big screen look at a female British monarch (and members…

Golden Globes Movies: ‘Vice’ Is The Wild Card As HFPA Signals Battle Royale In Wide-Open Race All The Way To Oscars

With this morning’s Golden Globe nominations, along with the prestigious AFI Top 10 list earlier in the week, the field going forward in the Oscar race has been narrowed a bit, but only a bit. The two groups, which can be Oscar-predictive, agreed…

With this morning’s Golden Globe nominations, along with the prestigious AFI Top 10 list earlier in the week, the field going forward in the Oscar race has been narrowed a bit, but only a bit. The two groups, which can be Oscar-predictive, agreed on seven films in their top picture categories, with Netflix’s Roma additionally scoring significant nods despite being ineligible for the main lists at both the Globes (it is in Foreign Film only there) and AFI (a special…

‘The Favourite’ Seductive in Expansion; ‘Shoplifters’ Has Solid 2nd: Specialty Box Office

For specialties, the weekend was all about the second weekend holdovers, as regular release specialty newcomers tread lightly. Fox Searchlight’s The Favourite, starring Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, reigned again as the weekend’s highest …

For specialties, the weekend was all about the second weekend holdovers, as regular release specialty newcomers tread lightly. Fox Searchlight's The Favourite, starring Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, reigned again as the weekend's highest per-theater average. The Venice and Telluride debut by Yorgos Lanthimos is coming in at $1,105,000 in the three-day estimate, averaging $32,500. The Favourite bowed with the year's highest opening weekend PTA at…

Oscars: The Race Heats Up As Precursor Televised Awards Shows From Globes To Critics Choice To SAG Prepare To Choose Their Nominees

The season is starting to shift, as usual, into that phase that separates the wheat from the chaff. It is that moment, after Thanksgiving, when everyone who thought they still had a shot gets a sober assessment as critics groups (Gotham, National Board…

The season is starting to shift, as usual, into that phase that separates the wheat from the chaff. It is that moment, after Thanksgiving, when everyone who thought they still had a shot gets a sober assessment as critics groups (Gotham, National Board Of Review , and NY Film Critics all this week), and particularly the big televised precursor shows like the SAG Awards, the Golden Globes and the Critics’ Choice Awards, start anointing their favorites and announcing their…

Friday Ratings: ‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas’ Steals A Win For NBC

NBC-TV and Dr. Seuss’s classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas stole the TV ratings crown for Friday night, winning laurels with an 0.9/4 rating among nostalgic adults 18-49 and scoring 4.33 million viewers.
The Grinch was up against CBS’s F…

NBC-TV and Dr. Seuss’s classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas stole the TV ratings crown for Friday night, winning laurels with an 0.9/4 rating among nostalgic adults 18-49 and scoring 4.33 million viewers. The Grinch was up against CBS’s Frosty The Snowman in the 8 PM slot, with Frosty scoring an 0.7/3 and 3.54 million viewers. On ABC, the Rankin/Bass stop motion classic Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town came in at an 0.6/3 and 2.66 million viewers. Fox's Washington vs…

Ennio Morricone Slams Quentin Tarantino, Hollywood And The US

Composer Ennio Morricone was in a grumpy mood during his interview with Playboy Germany, attacking director Quentin Tarantino, Hollywood, and the US, all of which have provided him much career success.
In a “tell those kids to stay off my lawn&#8…

Composer Ennio Morricone was in a grumpy mood during his interview with Playboy Germany, attacking director Quentin Tarantino, Hollywood, and the US, all of which have provided him much career success. In a “tell those kids to stay off my lawn” diatribe, the 90-year-old Morricone – whose scores graced such spaghetti westerns such as The Good, The Bad and The Ugly – called Tarantino’s work “trash” and described him as a “cretin” whose output was “not original.” Morricone…

Producer’s Guild Co-Presidents: No Turning Back From #MeToo – Produced By NY

Producers Guild of America co-presidents Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher opened the Guild’s “Produced By: New York” conference with a chat that covered the shifting role of pitching and selling product today—a role that seems to be changing faster th…

Producers Guild of America co-presidents Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher opened the Guild's "Produced By: New York" conference with a chat that covered the shifting role of pitching and selling product today—a role that seems to be changing faster than the time it takes to log into Netflix. While much of the hour-long panel was devoted to how streaming services have disrupted traditional models for both television and film, the other great disruption—#MeToo—was addressed by…

‘SNL’ Weekend Update: Pete Davidson In Top Form, Zings Politicians – But Not Ariana Grande

SNL’s Weekend Update brought out Pete Davidson for some hot takes on some of the candidates that are on the ballot for Tuesday’s midterm elections.
Davidson was in fine form, zinging Greg Pence, Andrew Cuomo and others for their resemblance…

SNL’s Weekend Update brought out Pete Davidson for some hot takes on some of the candidates that are on the ballot for Tuesday’s midterm elections. Davidson was in fine form, zinging Greg Pence, Andrew Cuomo and others for their resemblance to certain body parts and situational embarrassments. Even Davidson had a hard time not laughing during the parade of faces. But the real surprise came at the end of the bit, where he broke away from politics and gave a surprisingly…

Friday Ratings: ‘Last Man Standing’ Demo Boosts Fox, But ‘Blue Bloods’ On CBS Continues To Draw

Fox’s Last Man Standing was the big demo winner in the network’s return from World Series coverage, scoring a 1.1/5 in ratings/share and six million viewers. The bad news is both were down from previous weeks, but still enough to lead the n…

Fox’s Last Man Standing was the big demo winner in the network’s return from World Series coverage, scoring a 1.1/5 in ratings/share and six million viewers. The bad news is both were down from previous weeks, but still enough to lead the night. The strong beginning at 8 PM saw The Cool Kids (4.23 million viewers and 0.9/4) and Hell's Kitchen (2.61 million and /0.7/3) holding steady, and Fox won the night’s overall demo with an 0.9/4, drawing 4.29 million viewers overall…

Choice Of Sharp New Oscar Producing Team Gives The Academy A Chance For Serious & Successful Makeover: Analysis

Well, the mystery of who gets the enviable — or unenviable — job of producing the 91st annual Academy Awards, airing February 24 on ABC,  has been answered. And in choosing Oscar winner and multiple nominee Donna Gigliotti  as producer,  an…

Well, the mystery of who gets the enviable — or unenviable — job of producing the 91st annual Academy Awards, airing February 24 on ABC,  has been answered. And in choosing Oscar winner and multiple nominee Donna Gigliotti  as producer,  and live TV and awards show veteran Glenn Weiss as “co-producer,” as well as director for the fourth consecutive year, it looks to me like  Academy President John Bailey and CEO Dawn Hudson have assembled a strong team that should be…

Amazon Studios Head Jennifer Salke Talks TV, Film Biz At USC Forum

Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke, who oversees film and series for the streaming service, isn’t shoveling dirt on broadcast TV.
“I don’t think that it’s on its deathbed,” said Salke, speaking today at the Gould School of Law’s Institute o…

Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke, who oversees film and series for the streaming service, isn’t shoveling dirt on broadcast TV. "I don't think that it's on its deathbed," said Salke, speaking today at the Gould School of Law’s Institute on Entertainment Law and Business, a media summit at the University of Southern California. "I think it is evolving quickly. But I still believe, knowing the amount of people we were reaching at NBC, that there's a huge audience that…

The Steady Rise (And Perfect Timing) Of David Nevins

In summer 2015, CBS was facing a rare opening for Entertainment President when Nina Tassler informed her longtime boss, CBS Corp CEO Les Moonves, of her intention to leave. Moonves reached out to one of the star executives within the company, then-Show…

In summer 2015, CBS was facing a rare opening for Entertainment President when Nina Tassler informed her longtime boss, CBS Corp CEO Les Moonves, of her intention to leave. Moonves reached out to one of the star executives within the company, then-Showtime president David Nevins, who was not interested. Instead, Nevins leveraged his position to sign a new contract that made him CEO of Showtime. He sensed the continuing upside potential at the pay cable network, one of the…

Broadway League Report Finds Audience Getting Younger, With More Kids And Teens Attending Shows

Broadway used to be the province of the blue hairs. But lately, the blue hairs attending shows are as likely to be kids and teens as they are the ladies who lunch.
The Broadway League’s annual demographics report, The Demographics of the Broadway Audie…

Broadway used to be the province of the blue hairs. But lately, the blue hairs attending shows are as likely to be kids and teens as they are the ladies who lunch. The Broadway League's annual demographics report, The Demographics of the Broadway Audience 2017–2018, has been released, comparing current Broadway theater-going habits in New York City to previous seasons. The Broadway League was founded in 1930 and is the national trade association for the industry. From…

Stunt Coordinator Musical Chairs On ‘Five-O’, ‘MacGyver’ & ‘Magnum’ Raises Liability Questions In Wake Of Accidents

There had been bad blood between Justin Sundquist and Jeff Cadiente before they landed plum stunt coordinating assignments within weeks of each other on two CBS reboots from executive producer Peter Lenkov, the network’s most prolific writer-producer. …

There had been bad blood between Justin Sundquist and Jeff Cadiente before they landed plum stunt coordinating assignments within weeks of each other on two CBS reboots from executive producer Peter Lenkov, the network's most prolific writer-producer. All three men had been involved in a lawsuit stemming from a 2016 accident on Hawaii Five-0 – another CBS reboot Lenkov executive produces – in which Sundquist blamed Cadiente, the show's stunt coordinator, for a stunt that…

‘Meet The Press’: Ex-CIA Head John Brennan Calls Saudi Leader And Hollywood Player “Authoritarian”

Former Director of the CIA John Brennan today likened Saudi Arabian crown prince and major Hollywood player Mohammed bin Salman (nicknamed MBS) to North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
Speaking on NBC-TV’s Meet The Pr…

Former Director of the CIA John Brennan today likened Saudi Arabian crown prince and major Hollywood player Mohammed bin Salman (nicknamed MBS) to North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Speaking on NBC-TV’s Meet The Press, Brennan – a one-time station chief in Saudi Arabia for the CIA –  was responding to a question from show host Chuck Todd, who asked whether “you put MBS in the same column as Putin and Kim Jong Un?” Brennan responded, “I would put…

Disney-Fox TV Exec Structure: Big Titles Galore, Studio Merger Put Off Amid Challenges Blending Corporate Cultures

Disney’s $71.3 billion acquisition of most of the assets for 21st Century Fox is marrying two very distinct brands and two very different corporate cultures. The company, led by chairman and CEO Bob Iger, took the first step in the process today,…

Disney’s $71.3 billion acquisition of most of the assets for 21st Century Fox is marrying two very distinct brands and two very different corporate cultures. The company, led by chairman and CEO Bob Iger, took the first step in the process today, announcing the top Fox TV executives who will make the move to Disney when the transaction is completed in early 2019. There had been a lot of anticipation for the deal, which would create mega film and TV studios and cement…

White House Press Office Hits Back At New Yorker Story On Brett Kavanaugh

The White House Press Office has issued a memo attacking the so-called “second woman” accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in the 1980s.
The unusual release by the office attacks certain aspects of the New Yor…

The White House Press Office has issued a memo attacking the so-called “second woman” accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in the 1980s. The unusual release by the office attacks certain aspects of the New Yorker story. Here is the memo: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE ALLEGATIONS MADE IN THE NEW YORKER ARTICLE ON JUDGE BRETT KAVANAUGH "This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen. The people who knew me then know that this did not hap…