Simon Cowell Makes U.S. TV Return A Kinder, Gentler ‘America’s Got Talent’ Judge

Simon Cowell returned to American competition series judging tonight newly made over as a guy who thinks with his heart and not his head.
“There are no words to describe how I feel and what this means to us,” show judge Howie Mandel told the former American Idol villain as he made his debut on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, speaking for fellow judges Mel B and Heidi Klum.
“I agree with every word you said, and let’s get to work,” responded Cowell, who also is creator/EP of…


First Japanese Animated Movie ‘Momotaro’ Gets U.S. Release

Funimation Entertainment has acquired North American rights to the restored edition of Mitsuyo Seo’s pioneering “Momotaro, Sacred Sailors” – the first feature-length animated film produced in Japan. “Momotaro, Sacred Sailors” was a propaganda film produced in 1944 by Shochiku Co. Ltd. and released in 1945 during the final months of World War II. With support… Read more »

Why Nobody Chased ‘Alice Through The Looking Glass’: Memorial Day Box Office Postmortem

8TH UPDATE, Tuesday 6:30PM: Final actuals Before we blame franchise fatigue as the catalyst for paltry Memorial Day openings, we need to also acknowledge the overall downward trend in openings for sequels this year. It’s been rampant across all genres including Ride Along 2, The Divergent Series: Allegiant even Captain America: Civil War (if you compare it to Avengers: Age of Ultron)
Sequels besting their predecessors have been far and few between in the wake of Star War…


‘Outcast’ Review: Robert Kirkman’s Cinemax Series Not For The Squeamish

Between The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead on AMC and now Outcast debuting on Cinemax on June 3, there is a Robert Kirkman-created series on television almost every week of the year – which means the end of the world or its terrors are almost always coming at you. And if you thought the blockbuster TWD or FearTWD was scary, the 10-episode first season of the already renewed Outcast makes the zombie apocalypse look like a slightly out-of-control tailgate…