The Daily Show Ratings Steady During John Oliver Hosting Stint

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By Tim Kenneally - LOS ANGELES (TheWrap) Jon Stewart can breathe easy - if he decides to take time off to make another movie, he has an able replacement to hold down the fort. With "The Daily Show" correspondent John Oliver's guest-hosting stint coming to a close, it looks like the late-night … [Read more...]

BitTorrent Producing Original TV Series


Fly or Die part of Bundles Alpha Program By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) When you operate a file sharing service, you're going to always be in the crosshairs of both the federal government, and litigious Hollywood.  So it could help to offer original programming to your users so you can gain a … [Read more...]

Fox’s sports channel to reach 90 million homes on Saturday

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By Liana B. Baker (Reuters) Fox Sports 1, 21st Century Fox Inc's new sports cable channel that goes live on Saturday, will reach 90 million homes and be carried by all major TV operators, the media company said. Former holdouts DirecTV, Dish Network Corp and Time Warner Cable Inc will carry the … [Read more...]

Actress Lisa Robin Kelly from TV’s ‘That ’70s Show,’ dead at 43

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) Actress Lisa Robin Kelly, best known for her supporting role on the popular Fox television comedy "That '70s Show," has died at age 43, days after checking into a treatment facility for substance abuse, her agent said on Thursday. The blonde actress co-starred in about 50 … [Read more...]

Focus on Social Media Can Be Key for Filmmakers


Tips on how a social media campaign can boost marketing your film By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) I know we've talked about it before, but it bears repeating... Social Media is vital to your film project and your career. We've all been taught that marketing your film can take as much effort (and … [Read more...]

When It Comes To 4K, BBC Is In No Rush


Announces five new HD channels By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Sending its clearest signal yet that they're in no rush to change course towards 4K broadcast, the BBC announced five new HD channels yesterday which will provide an additional 250 hours of HD programming per week, but basically the … [Read more...]

MGM adjusted profit gains on film, TV sales

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(Reuters) The MGM movie studio said adjusted profit rose in the second quarter on higher revenue from home entertainment sales of the James Bond movie "Skyfall" and "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." Net income for the quarter that ended in June totaled $35.9 million, a $30 million increase … [Read more...]

Murdoch’s Fox Sports 1 channel suits up to tackle ESPN

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By Liana B. Baker and Ronald Grover (Reuters) As Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox prepares to launch the Fox Sports 1 network on Saturday, it still has not signed deals with some of the largest cable and satellite operators and has no plans to air a single National Football League … [Read more...]

Sony Boards Neill Blomkamp’s Next Movie, Sci-Fi Crime Tale ‘Chappie’

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By Lucas Shaw - NEW YORK (TheWrap) Sony is staying in the Neill Blomkamp business, agreeing to co-finance, co-produce and distribute "Chappie," the next movie from the director of "District 9" and "Elysium." Sony was involved in both of those films, which were distributed by its subsidiary TriStar … [Read more...]

‘Breaking Bad’ Badger’s Star ‘Trek Story’ Gets Animated [Video]

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By Brent Lang - LOS ANGELES ( Well, that didn't take long. Less than 24 hours after Breaking Bad's Brandon "Badger" Mayhew first shared his amazing idea for a "Star Trek" episode based around a pie-eating contest and the science of transporter systems, Vulture has cooked up an … [Read more...]

Help Produce a Variety Show with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and hitRECord


Online collaboration drives production model By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) If you see Joseph Gordon-Levitt at a screening or being interviewed at a red carpet event, the first thing you'll notice is this red button on the lap of his suit. And unless you're in the know, it can be quite a … [Read more...]

Jay Leno’s last Tonight Show date set

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By Tim Kenneally - LOS ANGELES (TheWrap) Jay Leno will bid adieu to "The Tonight Show" on February 6, according to an individual with knowledge of the situation. The comedian, who's more or less hosted NBC's latenight series since 1992, is exiting to make way for "Saturday Night Live" alum Jimmy … [Read more...]

‘Sharknado’ Sequel Gets a Name

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By Tony Maglio - LOS ANGELES (TheWrap) The sequel to instant cult and social media hit, "Sharknado," will be named "Sharknado 2: The Second One," Syfy confirmed to TheWrap. The next installment will take place in New York City and be produced by The Asylum, who produced the original. It will be … [Read more...]

‘Five Easy Pieces’ actress Karen Black dies at age 74

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. actress Karen Black, who played leading roles in 1970s films "Five Easy Pieces" and "Nashville," died in Los Angeles on Thursday, her representatives said. She was 74. Black died at West Hills Health & Rehab Center and had been suffering from cancer in recent … [Read more...]

AMC Chief Hopes ‘Walking Dead’ Zombies ‘Really Do Live Forever’

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AMC CEO Josh Sapan hopes The Walking Dead lasts a decade By Brent Lang - LOS ANGELES (TheWrap) In 2007, HBO was in transition: "The Sopranos" was wrapping, and two shows that made the premium channel the hottest thing in programming, "Sex and the City" and "Six Feet Under," had already faded to … [Read more...]

Aereo Scheduled To Expand Into Three New Markets This Fall


Service could also impact dispute between CBS and Time Warner Cable By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Aereo has announced that coming next month, it will expand its broadcast to streaming service to the Miami, Houston and Dallas markets. The first on the docket is Miami, which will have Aereo go … [Read more...]