Author: Lew Irwin

Moviegoers Feast On Meatballs

Moviegoers Feast On Meatballs

It rained Meatballs at the box office over the weekend -- not as many as some of the wilder forecasts had predicted, but Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 did take in around $35...

News posted in Movies / TV / Theatre on 30th September 2013

Tv Via The Internet? It Will Have To Wait

Tv Via The Internet? It Will Have To Wait

Plans announced by Intel and Sony to deliver broadcast and cable networks to subscribers over the Internet have been scaled back and delayed, the New York Times reported today, suggesting that they may never come...

News posted in Movies / TV / Theatre on 30th September 2013

Directv Gets Into The Movie Business

Directv Gets Into The Movie Business

It may be less costly for DirecTV to finance its own movies than buy the rights to them from the studios. At any rate, that may well be the thinking behind the satellite company's announcement...

News posted in Movies / TV / Theatre on 30th September 2013

Broadcast Ratings Fall As Cable's Breaking Bad Ends

Broadcast Ratings Fall As Cable's Breaking Bad Ends

Since ratings for cable TV shows are released after those for broadcast network shows, it's too early to tell how the final episode of Breaking Bad -- and its presumed massive (for cable) audience --...

News posted in Movies / TV / Theatre on 30th September 2013

Pirates Seem To Love Box-office Duds

Pirates Seem To Love Box-office Duds

Seeming to lend some credence to the theory that many people will pirate movies that they wouldn't pay good money to see, Sony's expensive flop After Earth, starring Will and Jaden Smith was the most...

News posted in Movies / TV / Theatre on 30th September 2013

Cnn's Hillary Clinton Documentary Is Dead

Cnn's Hillary Clinton Documentary Is Dead

The director of a much-wrangled-over documentary about Hillary Clinton that was due to air on CNN has pulled the plug on it, blaming not Republicans, who had maintained that the film amounted to a ploy...

News posted in Movies / TV / Theatre on 30th September 2013

Breaking Bad Goes Out With A Bang

Breaking Bad Goes Out With A Bang

At last -- a popular television series that did not fade out into a twilight of controversy. Unlike the final episodes of The Sopranos, Lost, and, most recently Dexter, the finale of AMC's Breaking Bad...

News posted in Movies / TV / Theatre on 30th September 2013

Movie Reviews: Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2

Movie Reviews: Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2

For a film contrived principally for the kiddies, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is surprisingly receiving some mighty enthusiastic reviews from ordinarily jaded adult movie critics, although the review by Miriam Bale in...

News posted in Movies / TV / Theatre on 27th September 2013

Winfrey's Cable Network Buys Movie In Which She Stars

Winfrey's Cable Network Buys Movie In Which She Stars

The power of Oprah Winfrey to bring films before the general public that might otherwise have wound up with a short art-house run was demonstrated again on Thursday with the announcement that her OWN cable...

News posted in Movies / TV / Theatre on 27th September 2013

Movie Reviews: Baggage Claim

Movie Reviews: Baggage Claim

As for Baggage Claim, critics are suggesting that it will probably end up as lost luggage. It is being excoriated by most critics. Elizabeth Weitzman in the New York Daily News describes it as fake...

News posted in Movies / TV / Theatre on 27th September 2013

Movie Reviews: Don Jon

Movie Reviews: Don Jon

A film about a man who is addicted to pornography hardly sounds like your usual rom-com fare, but critics almost unanimously conclude that Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the writer, director and star of Don Jon, pulls it...

News posted in Movies / TV / Theatre on 27th September 2013

Will Gay Protests Detract From Winter Olympics?

Will Gay Protests Detract From Winter Olympics?

aising new concerns that protests over Russia's new anti-gay laws could overshadow coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the gay rights organization Human Rights Campaign on Thursday condemned the conclusion by the International...

News posted in Movies / TV / Theatre on 27th September 2013

Gma Wins Season For First Time In 19 Years

Gma Wins Season For First Time In 19 Years

For the first time in 19 years, ABC's Good Morning America has won its first full season against NBC's Today show among total viewers and, for the first time in 20 years, the crucial (for...

News posted in Movies / TV / Theatre on 27th September 2013

Pulitzer Winner Hersh Damns Tv News Coverage And Ny Times

Pulitzer Winner Hersh Damns Tv News Coverage And Ny Times

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh has unleashed a broadside of criticism against members of his own profession, maintaining that when it comes to covering the Obama administration they are more than obsequious. In an interview...

News posted in Movies / TV / Theatre on 27th September 2013

Box Office Forecast: Sunny With Meatballs

Box Office Forecast: Sunny With Meatballs

The box office has already experienced a strong September, but the final weekend could become its strongest ever, with several analysts predicting a record opening for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 and solid...

News posted in Movies / TV / Theatre on 27th September 2013

World War Z Debuts At No. 1 On Home Video

World War Z Debuts At No. 1 On Home Video

The summer theatrical blockbusters continued rolling out on the home-video market last week, with Paramount's Brad Pitt starrer World War Z debuting in first place on all three major charts. Nielsen VideoScan's First Alert's DVD...

News posted in Movies / TV / Theatre on 26th September 2013

Premium Video-on-demand Is History, Says Regal Chief

Premium Video-on-demand Is History, Says Regal Chief

The battle between movie exhibitors and studios over premium video-on-demand (VOD) is over, and the exhibitors have won. That was the implication in Regal Entertainment Group CEO Amy Miles during a talk to the MKM...

News posted in Movies / TV / Theatre on 26th September 2013

Saturday Night Live Makes Youtube Deal -- Overseas

Saturday Night Live Makes Youtube Deal -- Overseas

NBC's Saturday Night Live may have 39 seasons behind it, making it one of the longest-running television shows in history, And although it airs outside of primetime, it frequently garners ratings that are better than...

News posted in Movies / TV / Theatre on 26th September 2013

Talk To Your Directv

Talk To Your Directv

Siri, or one of her relatives, may be coming to your television set -- if it's attached to a DirecTV DVR. The satellite TV company announced on Wednesday that it will launch new technology early...

News posted in Movies / TV / Theatre on 26th September 2013

Russian Groups Seek To Bar Gay Western Celebrities

Russian Groups Seek To Bar Gay Western Celebrities

Openly gay performers and other celebrities supporting gay rights may find themselves barred from entry into Russia under the recent ban on homosexual propaganda if conservative groups in the country have their way. On Wednesday...

News posted in Movies / TV / Theatre on 26th September 2013

Time Warner's Bewkes Not Worried About Cord Cutting

Time Warner's Bewkes Not Worried About Cord Cutting

Time Warner chief Jeff Bewkes can't imagine the day that cord cutting will become any sort of threat to cable companies. Speaking at a media conference in New York on Wednesday Bewkes seemed to suggest...

News posted in Movies / TV / Theatre on 26th September 2013

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Bill Aimed Aimed At Protecting Kids From Paparazzi Becomes Law

Bill Aimed Aimed At Protecting Kids From Paparazzi Becomes Law

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed into law a bill aimed at preventing paparazzi from harassing the children of celebrities. The bill, introduced by state Sen. Kevin de León and spearheaded by actress Halle...

News posted in Movies / TV / Theatre on 26th September 2013

Cbs Exits Summer Season On Top

Cbs Exits Summer Season On Top

The summer television season ended last week with CBS on top of the ratings among total adults and the key 18-49 age group. However, NBC dominated the top ten, thanks to Sunday Night Football and...

News posted in Movies / TV / Theatre on 25th September 2013

Fox To Air Gotham -- Minus Batman

Fox To Air Gotham -- Minus Batman

The Fox TV network is getting into the thriving superhero business -- sort of. It announced on Tuesday that it had won the bidding for Gotham, to be produced by Warner Bros. TV, which owns...

News posted in Movies / TV / Theatre on 25th September 2013

Abc's S.h.i.e.l.d. Debuts In Top Ten

Abc's S.h.i.e.l.d. Debuts In Top Ten

The first Tuesday of the new season had something for CBS, NBC and ABC to boast about. Not so much for Fox. The season premiere of CBS's N.C.I.S. drew the most viewers -- 19.47 million...

News posted in Movies / TV / Theatre on 25th September 2013

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Austrlians Pirating Content They Can Already Get Free

Austrlians Pirating Content They Can Already Get Free

Online piracy is so rampant in Australia that even people who can download movies and television shows via legal channels often do so via pirate sites, Robert Thompson, CEO of the new News Corp told...

News posted in Movies / TV / Theatre on 25th September 2013

Iger: Disney May Produce Shows For Netflix, Amazon, Youtube

Iger: Disney May Produce Shows For Netflix, Amazon, Youtube

Disney CEO Robert Iger foresees the day when his company not only produces content for movie theaters, broadcast and cable networks, and its own websites but also for online video sites like Netflix. YouTube. and...

News posted in Movies / TV / Theatre on 25th September 2013

Rentrak To Report On Digital Movie Viewing

Rentrak To Report On Digital Movie Viewing

Studios are able to view box office data at a glance every week. They also can take a look at how well their DVDs and Blu-ray Discs are selling. Now, thanks to a new service...

News posted in Movies / TV / Theatre on 25th September 2013

No Pixar In 2014? No Problem, Says Disney's Iger

No Pixar In 2014? No Problem, Says Disney's Iger

How will Disney deal with the fact that it will not have a Pixar movie to release in 2014? Disney chief Robert Iger was asked that question during an interview on Fox Business Network on...

News posted in Movies / TV / Theatre on 25th September 2013

Apple Returns Charges For Second Half Of Breaking Bad Season

Apple Returns Charges For Second Half Of Breaking Bad Season

Apple has taken to heart complaints from customers who objected to being charged twice by the iTunes Store for the fifth season of AMC's Breaking Bad. While AMC had split the season into two eight-episode...

News posted in Movies / TV / Theatre on 24th September 2013

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Ron Howard To Step In To Direct Han Solo Movie

Ron Howard To Step In To Direct Han Solo Movie

After the spin-off Han Solo movie was hit by the loss of its directors earlier this week, LucasFilm and Disney have acted quickly to fill the gap...

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