Super Bowl Halo Fuels CBS’ Delayed ‘Premiere Week’ in Live+Same Day Ratings
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by Varietyschneider
19m ago
We don’t talk much anymore about live+same day ratings, since it’s the earliest measurement of a long tail that now includes time-shifted, streaming and more viewership. But if we look at good ol’ fashioned linear live viewing for the week of February 12, CBS has quite the story to tell. Thanks to the halo effect ..read more
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Sony Promotes Entertainment PR Chief Robert Lawson to Head of Corporate Communications in Tokyo
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by Jennifer Maas
2h ago
Sony Pictures Entertainment communications chief Robert Lawson has been promoted to head of all corporate communications for its Tokyo-based parent Sony. The choice to move Lawson, who joined Sony amid the infamous cyber attack and email leaks at the entertainment group in 2014, into the top corp comms role is indicative of Sony’s significant focus ..read more
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‘Stopmotion’ Review: Art Infects Rather Than Imitates Life in IFC’s Partly Animated Creepshow
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by Dharv2014
3h ago
English animator Robert Morgan has deservedly accrued a shelf of awards over the past quarter-century or so for shorts like “The Cat With Hands,” “The Separation” and ickily awesome “Bobby Yeah.” Their macabre, surreal nightmares are at once threatening and oddly winsome, with a sinister aesthetic equally redolent of the Brothers Quay, early David Lynch ..read more
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Apple TV+’s “Constellation” Gets Lost in Space with a Dragged-Out Mystery: TV Review
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by Alisoncolleherman
3h ago
The new Apple TV+ series “Constellation” is a space drama, a category in which its deep-pocketed platform has developed something of a preoccupation. (There’s also “For All Mankind,” “Foundation” and, technically, the most recent season of “The Morning Show.”) But the show also exemplifies a type of series so recognizable it’s become practically a genre ..read more
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Leslie Moonves’ $11,250 Settlement With City of L.A. Rejected By Ethics Commission
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by Varietyschneider
3h ago
The Los Angeles City Ethics Committee has voted down a proposed settlement by the city with former CBS Corp. head Leslie Moonves for “aiding and abetting the disclosure of confidential information and inducing or attempting to induce the misuse of a City position.” According to KNX Newsradio, in a unanimous 4-0 vote, committee president Jeffery ..read more
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Natalie Portman Says Kids Don’t Know Movie Stars Anymore, but There’s ‘Liberation in Having Your Art Not Be a Popular Art’
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by Zack Sharf
4h ago
Natalie Portman is the latest actor to speak about the decline of the movie star. In an interview with Vanity Fair, the “Black Swan” Oscar winner noted that kids these days like her own have no idea who movie stars are but are widely familiar with popular YouTubers. “The striking thing has been the decline ..read more
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American Federation of Musicians, AMPTP Resume Contract Talks Amid Fight Over Streaming Residual Fees: ‘Their Value Cannot Be Denied’
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by Cynthia Littleton
4h ago
As the American Federation of Musicians and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers resumed contract negotiations Wednesday, the AFM has released statistics that shed light on the changing nature of employment for industry musicians who play on many of the film and TV shows now being made. When a film or TV show ..read more
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David Krumholtz Lost Out on ‘Fantastic Four’ After Meeting the Director and ‘Just Begging’ to Play The Thing: ‘Slim Pickings For Guys Like Me’ in the MCU
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by Zack Sharf
4h ago
From a Christopher Nolan set to the Marvel Cinematic Universe? It’s the path “Oppenheimer” star David Krumholtz wanted to take by campaigning for the role of Ben Grimm/The Thing in the upcoming Marvel tentpole “The Fantastic Four.” The actor recently revealed to Entertainment Weekly that he met with the film’s director, Matt Shakman, to play ..read more
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Sylvester Stallone Says ‘Don’t Do Your Own Stunts’ After ‘Expendables’ Injury Led to Fractured Neck, Seven Back Surgeries: ‘I Never Recovered’
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by Zack Sharf
4h ago
Sylvester Stallone revealed on “The Family Stallone” Season 2 premiere that he never recovered from an injury he endured during the making of “The Expendables” (via People). The stunt gone wrong occurred during a scene in which Stallone got tackled by co-star and WWE legend Steve Austin. It left Stallone with dislocated shoulders and a fractured ..read more
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Jay Pharoah to Host Fox Game Show ‘Quiz with Balls’
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by Caroline Brew
5h ago
Jay Pharoah, known for “Saturday Night Live” and “The Blackening,” will host “The Quiz with Balls,” a new Fox game show. Each episode will feature two families competing for $100,000 in a “battle of the balls,” combining a high-stakes quiz show with a large-scale physical competition. “When I got hit up about hosting an epic ..read more
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