• Will box office losers backfire for the Oscars? Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 4:45 PM ET
    Oscar statues stand in a parking lot near the Dolby Theater during preparations ahead of the 87th Academy Awards in Los Angeles, Feb. 19, 2015.

    The Oscars are facing a huge risk this year: It's the lowest-grossing group of Best Picture nominees since 2009.

  • A 'rich period' for UK film growth  Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 11:40 AM ET

    Ahead of the Oscars 2015, Adrian Wootton, chief executive of Film London and the British Film Commission talks about the growth in the U.K. film industry.

  • Here come the Oscars! Place your bets Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 11:17 AM ET
    Michael Keaton portrays Riggan in a scene from "Birdman."

    Raj Malhotra was a former star trader on Wall Street. So who's his money on for the Oscars?

  • HARARE, Zimbabwe— Zimbabweans going to the movies had to watch a tame version of "Fifty Shades of Grey" after censors ordered an edit of the film adaption of the bestselling erotic novel. "There are scenes in the film that are just too indecent to be shown to the public," said Isaac Chiranganyika, the Board of Censors secretary, on Friday. Movie theaters in Zimbabwe were...

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 19- To the outside world, Hollywood might ooze effortless glamour, but just about anyone who makes movies will say the process is a long grind, and a continual blow to the ego and bank account. Even if "Birdman" has the slightest edge, the race is one of the hardest to predict in years, experts say, adding welcome suspense to Hollywood's annual climax, the...

  • Great Scott! A flying DeLorean phone case? Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 4:30 PM ET

    A Japanese toy company created an iPhone 6 case of the DeLorean car from "Back to the Future," according an article in Mashable.

  • NEW YORK— It was a year ago that Lupita Nyong' o, shortly before winning the Academy Award for best supporting actress, gave a speech about what she called "dark beauty." Nyong'o, who so dazzled Hollywood and the Oscar-viewing public through awards season, spoke tenderly of receiving a letter from a girl who had been about to lighten her skin before Nyong'o's success,...

  • Travolta action movie will film in Ohio Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 2:57 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio— An independent movie starring John Travolta is going to be shot in central Ohio. The action-thriller titled "I Am Wrath" will begin filming in Columbus in March. The movie will have about a $10 million budget, making it one of the bigger projects to come to the city in recent years, John Daugherty of the Greater Columbus Film Commission told The...

  • '50 Shades' sets R-ecord  Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 1:45 PM ET

    "50 Shades of Grey" broke box office records, reports CNBC's Julia Boorstin.

  • The film, which stars James Dornan and Dakota Johnson as the libidinous couple, far outpaced the No. 2 release, "Kingsman: The Secret Service," which took in $35.6 million from Friday through Sunday, according to studio estimates. Presidents' Day holiday weekend went to the family-friendly "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water," based on the popular television show...

  • The film, which stars James Dornan and Dakota Johnson as the libidinous couple, far outpaced the No. 2 release, "Kingsman: The Secret Service," which took in $35.6 million from Friday through Sunday, according to studio estimates. Comcast Corp's Universal Pictures released "Fifty Shades of Grey." "Kingsman: The Secret Service" was released by 20th Century Fox, the unit of...

  • I get paid to be a heli-ski helicopter pilot Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | 10:50 AM ET
    Robert Gallagher at work as a heli-ski helicopter pilot.

    Robert Gallagher’s office is the cockpit of a helicopter. His company, Coldstream Helicopters, gets paid to fly heli-skiers to places of untracked snow.

  • SNL celebrates 40 years  Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | 8:43 AM ET

    Tim Herlihy, former "Saturday Night Live" head writer, provides a behind the scenes look at SNL.

  • Spider-Man swings into Marvel's cinematic universe Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 | 4:08 PM ET

    Spider-Man is officially joining the Marvel cinematic universe, but what does that mean for Sony?

  • Malone to swap Starz shares for stake in Lionsgate Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 | 10:54 AM ET

    Feb 11- Cable industry pioneer John Malone agreed to exchange a part of his stake in cable network Starz for shares in movie studio Lionsgate Entertainment. Starz's shares were up 5 percent at $32.24 on the Nasdaq. Malone will swap 4.5 percent of Starz shares held by him and his affiliates for a 3.43 percent stake of Lionsgate, comprising newly issued shares, the...

  • Feb 11- Time Warner Inc reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by higher subscription fees for channels offered by its Turner Broadcasting and Home Box Office businesses. However a 4.5 percent decline in revenue in its Warner Bros movie studio business pulled Time Warner's total revenue down 1 percent to $7.53 billion.

  • Sex sells: 50 shades of green Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015 | 1:52 PM ET

    This is the first time such a racy movie has inspired branded merchandise, from the NC-17 variety to the PG.

  • Netflix 'plants flag' in Cuba  Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015 | 6:50 AM ET

    It's definitely a publicity move, says Brent Lang, Variety Magazine, discussing what's likely behind Netflix's motivation to enter a country where less than one-percent of the population has broadband access.

  • Spidey senses tingling? Sony, Marvel partner on movie Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015 | 5:59 AM ET

    Sony and Marvel Studios will partner on the next installment of the Spider-Man franchise, uniting the superhero with Marvel's comic book universe.

  • The Oscar-nominated war film starring Bradley Cooper and directed by Clint Eastwood finished in second place with $24.2 million at U.S. and Canadian theaters for Friday through Sunday, according to studio estimates. "The reviews were really excellent, including from some serious, tough critics," said Megan Colligan, president of worldwide distribution for...