Fox loses appeal over Dish “Hopper” feature

(Reuters) A federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected Twenty-First Century Fox Inc's effort to stop Dish Network Corp from selling its "Hopper" commercial-skipping device. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said a lower court judge did not abuse her discretion last November in refusing to … [Read more...]

Joss Whedon on how ‘Marvel’s agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ can co-exist with ‘Avengers’

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By Jethro Nededog (TheWrap) - Joss Whedon thinks it's high time we marvel at those who can't fly or break through walls unscathed. His new series for ABC, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," which premieres September 24 at 8/7c, shines a light on characters from "The Avengers" universe that don't … [Read more...]

CBS-Time Warner Cable blackout deadline extended

By Liana B. Baker - NEW YORK (Reuters) Millions of Time Warner Cable customers will get an extra day to watch CBS shows before the companies' programming agreement expires in large markets such as New York and Los Angeles, both companies confirmed on Tuesday. The deadline to hammer out a new … [Read more...]

Netflix shares slip as subscriber numbers lag investor dreams

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(Reuters) Netflix Inc stock is set to open around 4 percent lower after the online entertainment company reported less-than-expected quarterly subscriber growth, undermining investor hopes for a dream run from its own programs. The shares have almost tripled this year, making it the biggest … [Read more...]

Hollywood studios’ message to executives: embrace digital or die

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By Lucas Shaw - NEW YORK (TheWrap) When Paramount announced Monday that Amy Powell would run its new TV division, it sent a message to the rest of Hollywood: Embrace digital or die. The move resonates most in the context of another recent promotion - Kevin Tsujihara taking over as the head of … [Read more...]

Writers Guild of America Awards rule changes give new media its due

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By Todd Cunningham - LOS ANGELES (TheWrap) The Writers Guild of America is changing the rules for its annual awards, giving new media shows more equal footing with broadcast and cable TV rivals, and adding a new Quiz & Audience Participation writing award. The union made the announcement … [Read more...]

Comic-Con 2013 Wrap-Up: An Exhausting, But Amazing Four Days

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Surprise announcements, and great panels powered pop culture confab By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) When you go to Comic-Con, you've got four days in store of wild events, exclusive announcements and trailers, long lines for Hall H, and some things that are just plain unexpected.  Here's a … [Read more...]

Former policeman turned actor Dennis Farina dies at 69: publicist

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) Dennis Farina, a former Chicago policeman turned tough-guy actor, died in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Monday, the actor's publicist said. He was 69. Farina, best known as detective Joe Fontana on the long-running TV series "Law & Order," suffered a blood clot in his lung, … [Read more...]

Seth MacFarlane’s ‘Family Guy’ hosting ‘The Simpsons’ in crossover episode

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By Tony Maglio ( - Hopefully Springfield is all stocked up on beer and donuts. The Griffins and the Simpsons will finally meet face to face in fall 2014, in a special crossover episode of the two Fox "Animation Domination" cartoons. While Homer, Marge and the gang will have homefield … [Read more...]

‘Sharknado’ encore tops its premiere by 500k viewers


By Tony Maglio (TheWrap) - Due to popular demand - and a surge of Twitter activity - Syfy re-aired its original movie "Sharknado" last Thursday night. The rebroadcast averaged 1.9 million total viewers, 701,000 of those in the advertiser-sought 18-49 demographic. The encore was also the most … [Read more...]

Longtime White House reporter Helen Thomas dies

By Vicki Allen and Bill Trott - WASHINGTON (Reuters) Former White House correspondent Helen Thomas, a trailblazing journalist who reported on every U.S. president from John Kennedy to Barack Obama, died on Saturday at the age of 92, the Gridiron Club and Foundation said. Thomas, who broke many … [Read more...]

Comic-Con: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Coulson Lives


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Today, during the panel for Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we were given an amazing treat as Joss Whedon announced that due to legal issues, they couldn't show a clip from the upcoming new Marvel/ABC series, so they're just going to have to show the entire pilot … [Read more...]

Rumor: Warner Bros. Developing New Batman Reboot for 2015 [Updated]


UPDATE: Man of Steel 2 has been confirmed for 2015, with director Zack Snyder, writer David S. Goyer and the cast returning, and will feature Batman as his co-star. That's right, a Superman-Batman film! Read more here! By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) With Man of Steel grossing over $600 million … [Read more...]

Comic-Con: Doctor Who’s Smith Looks Back

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Does he know who the 12th Doctor is? By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) It just wouldn't be Comic-Con without the Doctor, and on Day One Matt Smith took a look back on his days as the 11th Doctor with fondness and nostalgia, but left open the possibility that he may already know who the 12th Doctor … [Read more...]

Comic-Con: Featurette Hints at Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Demise


Phil Coulson Lives By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) "I'm Clearance level 6, and I heard that Agent Coulson was killed in action," says Agent Ward in an interview.  And then Agent Phil Coulson walked out of the shadows and says "Welcome to Level 7."  And with that, the message is plain and clear … [Read more...]

Comic-Con: DC President Talks Justice League, Sandman and More

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) All the talk at this year's Comic-Con surrounds the direction of DC's cinematic universe. Will Batman and Superman team-up with Wonder Woman, and other heroes, in a Justice League movie that will rival Marvel's The Avengers? In an interview with THR, DC … [Read more...]

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