LOS ANGELES— Neither Vin Diesel nor producer Neal Moritz wanted a sequel to "The Fast and the Furious." The 2001 film about a group of East Los Angeles street racers and the FBI agent who infiltrates their ring just wasn't "that kind of film," according to Moritz. Then, when director Justin Lin and screenwriter Chris Morgan stepped in for the third film, "Fast and Furious:...» Read More
I blogged a couple weeks ago about the really funny, really REALLY inappropriate music video actress/comedienne Sarah Silverman made revealing her "affair" with Matt Damon. What does this have to do with business? Well, in the video she describes how her boyfriend -- Jimmy Kimmel -- likes Diet Snapple.
"No Country For Old Men" won the Oscar for best film and its makers, brothers Joel and Ethan Coen, were named best directors on Sunday, giving the bleak crime drama four of the world's top movie awards.
The 80th Annual Academy Awards brought the glamour and champagne back to Hollywood after a grim 100-day strike. John Stewart cracked the requisite jokes about the work stoppage -- calling the Oscars the "makeup sex" for the industry.
The new assassination thriller "Vantage Point" shot to the No. 1 spot at the weekend box office in North America while Oscar nominees "Juno" and "There Will Be Blood" enjoyed solid sales ahead of Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony.
You'd think the Academy Awards were controlled by studio moguls or movie stars. But the guys really holding the cards -- literally -- are a couple of accountants. Forget about George Clooney and Will Smith -- without Price Waterhouse Coopers, the show couldn't happen.
I'm getting so excited for the Academy Awards--I was on the red carpet earlier this morning. The carpet itself is covered in what looks like giant swaths of Saran Wrap and the huge Oscar statuettes are under giant clear plastic garbage bags.
The Academy Awards is big business for everyone involved from the people making the films to the advertisers hawking their products within the popular broadcast.
What to get the bazillionaire who has everything? Why, a personal submarine! Today I'm reporting on the most cutting-edge personal submersibles available, made by Hawkes Ocean Technologies.
Hollywood is coming off a strong year at the box office, but the 80th Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, Feb 24 will make for a merciful-- if triumphant -- end to a dreadful awards season. As for that storied Oscar box office bump, a lot depends on the individual circumstances of the films.For years, there's been talk of an Oscars box office boost, but it's generally hard to quantify and a lot depends on the individual circumstances of the films.For years, there's been talk of an Oscars box office boost, but it's generally hard to quantify and a lot depends on the individual circumstances of the films.
Everyone wants to win an Oscar--perhaps maybe this year more than ever. You see, for this, the 80th annual Academy Awards, those pretty gold statuettes are actually worth twice what they were worth last year.
In a world where it's tougher and tougher to get a car or brand to stand out, Ford's incorporation of the Mustang into NBC's new version of "Knight Rider" is a move that should pay off. Since the show Sunday night, I've heard from numerous people who watched it and loved seeing the Mustang in a starring role. It was a prime time role Ford is counting on to continue changing its image.
After rumors of everything from partnering with Netflix to buying Epic Games (neither are true), the big news from the Microsoft keynote speech at the Game Developers Conference: now you can create your own games and put them on Xbox Live to share.
The Oscars are just around the corner--this Sunday night--but many people are buzzing that they don't seem as big of a deal this year. Well, they are still a big deal in Hollywood, and their slightly lower profile makes a lot of sense this year. For one thing, the writers' strike put the fate of the Oscars in jeopardy.
Wall Street was thrilled that Sony's Blu-ray has officially won the high def format battle. Sony's stock made gains Tuesday on the news that Toshiba will stop making HD-DVD players. This is the final piece in a long battle that dragged on for years, losing movie studios hundreds of millions...
Walt Disney Co has reached a deal to more than double its stake in Indian TV and movie content maker UTV, the two firms said, underscoring the U.S. entertainment firm's efforts to expand globally.
Comcast's stock has fallen more than 30 percent in the past year -- painful for Comcast shareholders, including some activist shareholders who own chunks of stock. But Thursday, Comcast's stock made gains after the cable company announced its earnings and a quarterly dividend...
It's official, or as official as this is going to get: HD DVD is dead; long live Blu-ray! All along, industry pundits have compared the next-generation DVD format war to the Beta vs. VHS conflict when VCRs first burst on the scene. I didn't realize just how true that comparison truly was.
There are only a handful of franchises that can take a 19 year hiatus and return stronger than ever. I have very high hopes for Indy. The new trailer for "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" debuted on "Good Morning America" today. Joining Harrison Ford are Cate Blanchett and Shia LaBeouf as the sidekick.
YouTube threw a coming out party of sorts to hundreds of top ad industry execs in New York City this week. The event was called 'Videocracy,' and it's the largest ever advertiser event thrown by Google which bought YouTube for $1.6 billion dollars two years ago.
I spoke exclusively with Michael Lynton, the Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, about the impact of the work stoppage on his business, and on Hollywood. The video clips are below. Sony's business if focused largely on making movies, which have a long time horizon, so Sony fared much better than its rival studios that own TV networks.
HBO's foray into the on-demand video streaming world could boost the stock of parent company Time Warner, analysts say.
Trevor Noah, Jon Stewart's successor as "The Daily Show" host, faces backlash over tweets some have deemed offensive. NYT reports.
HBO CEO Richard Plepler says HBO Now will be a big hit with millennials, and here's why.
If you subscribe to Dish's $20- a-month Internet TV service, Sling TV, you can order HBO for an extra $15 each month. For the moment, you can order HBO Now on Apple devices and through New York- area cable company Cablevision. The number of people who pay cable companies, satellite TV companies and telecommunications companies for TV access— the traditional pay-TV...
April 1- Dish Network Corp and Time Warner reached a new agreement on Wednesday that will allow Dish subscribers continued access to Turner Broadcasting and HBO programming. "We're pleased that the Dish customers we all serve can continue to enjoy Turner and HBO's popular programming on multiple platforms," Turner Broadcasting said in the statement.
MOSCOW— Crimea's independent television station ATR went off air at midnight on Tuesday after Russian authorities repeatedly refused to give it a broadcasting license. ATR was established as the first channel dedicated to the Crimean Tatars, a native ethnic group of about 300,000 that was deported from the region by the Soviet authorities in 1944. The TV...