Les Moonves Calls Not Embracing Diversity “Stupid”, Universal’s Jeff Shell Tells Confab Movie Biz 10-Yrs Behind TV

“The film business is about 10 years behind the TV business,” said Universal boss Jeff Shell today at the Milken Conference in Beverly Hills about the change coming to the big screen bottom line.
“The movie business is going to fast get into the format business internationally,” he added, envisioning the big screen looking to aim for local or regional markets as a possible alternative to an overall solo project. “If you are going to be successful, you have to have TV…

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Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Raees’ Moves To 2017; Clash Avoided With Salman Khan’s ‘Sultan’

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has reportedly moved his planned summer release Raees to January 2017. The step-off of the mega-lucrative July Eid holiday comes at a time when SRK’s latest film underfperformed at the box office compared to his roster of major hits. But, most importantly, it sees him avoid a potentially calamitous clash with sometime pal/sometime rival Salman Khan who has Sultan debuting July 6 day-and-date in 30 markets.
There was already speculation…

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Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys Video: ‘Underground’ EPs Talk Of “Seasons & Seasons” Of Stories

“For us, it was really important I think once we started to do the research, and we really started to realize this kind of void of seeing those who were enslaved have personal agency, have their own stories, love, laugh, cry, suffer,” said Underground executive producer Misha Green of the recently renewed WGN America series about the Underground Railroad. She spoke during the series’ panel at Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys all-day event April 10 in front of a packed…

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Literally Crushing Cable: This TV Antenna Is Made From Recycled Set-Top Boxes

Reduce, reuse and… smash that cable box? Over-the-air TV antenna maker Mohu is getting ready to sell a new antenna that’s taking cord cutting to the next level: The Mohu ReLeaf, which is scheduled to go on sale for $50 later this month, is partially made from recycled cable and satellite TV set-top boxes. ReLeaf… Read more »

Flume releasing guest-filled album, touring, playing Forest Hills Stadium

Australian electronic musician Flume will release his new album Skin on May 27 via Mom + Pop, and it’s got a pretty awesome list of multi-genre collaborators. There’s rising rappers Vince Staples, Vic Mensa and Allan Kingdom, veteran rapper Raekwon, alt-pop groups Little Dragon and AlunaGeorge, the one and only Beck, and more…

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J J Abrams Joins Lin-Manuel Miranda At ‘Hamilton’s Between Shows ‘Ham4Ham’

When your Broadway smash hit has just been laureled with a record-breaking 16 Tony Award nominations — three for yourself alone — you need to step up your game. That was the case today for Hamilton writer/composer-lyricist/star Lin-Manuel Miranda.The show has resumed “Ham4Ham,” the free entertainment offered outside the Richard Rodgers Theatre for the folks standing on line for a chance to win $10 tickets in the show’s lottery. The event has become one of NYC’s top…

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James Murdoch: Fox’s Streaming Deal with Hulu is ‘Precedential,’ Will Drive Growth of Other OTT Services

Fox’s pending agreement with Hulu to offer its broadcast and cable channels as part of a streaming bundle will be a “precedential” move that should help drive the growth of competing digital packages, 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch told Wall Street analysts on Wednesday. Murdoch was peppered with questions about Hulu’s plan to make… Read more »

Natalie Morales Heading West To Host ‘Access Hollywood’

Natalie Morales is moving to Los Angeles to become Today’s West Coast anchor, and to host of Access Hollywood and Access Hollywood Live.
The move comes days after that other chronic Today show report, that Billy Bush was leaving Access Hollywood to join the morning infotainment franchise,  flared up again like a bad rash. The Bush move is expected to be jammed somewhere into NBCUniversal’s cross-network Upfront presentation on the first day of Upfront Week on May 16; the…

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