Box Office: ‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’ Dominates ‘Ouija 2,’ ‘Madea Halloween’ on Thursday Night

Tom Cruise’s “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” has launched with a solid $1.3 million at 2,850 locations in Thursday night shows in North America, easily topping  “Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween” with $855,000 at 1,800 sites and “Ouija: Origin of Evil” with $722,000 at 2,371 screens. Paramount’s “Never Go Back,” which brings back Cruise… Read more »

Twitter, Netflix, Amazon, Spotify and Other Major Sites Suffered Outages This Morning

This morning on the East Coast, when you went to listen to your favorite Spotify playlist, you were probably met with some kind of error. The same with Twitter. And Netflix. “Are the Russians coming to shut everything down?” you thought, wondering if you had stocked up on enough canned goods to last you through… Read more »

Vishesh Films Pact Adds to Amazon’s India Content Deals

MUMBAI – Amazon India has announced a long-term licensing deal with Vishesh Films for upcoming and library titles to bow on its Prime Video streaming service. The exclusive deal follows similar ones signed by Amazon in recent weeks with Dharma Productions and T-Series. Films under the Vishesh deal include the upcoming “Begum Jaan,” the “Aashiqui,” “Raaz,” “Murder” and “Jannat”… Read more »

Body/Head Announce New Album No Waves Out Next Month

Body/HeadAfter the dissolution of her band Sonic Youth and the dissolution of her marriage to bandmate Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon formed an experimental drone/noise duo called Body/Head with guitarist Bill Nace. They released their stark and powerful debut Coming Apart back in 2013, and now they’ve announced its follow-up, a live album appropriately entitled … More »

Australia’s Beef Jerk released their debut LP on Trouble in Mind (listen), touring U.S. in November

Around for a few years now, Sydney Australia’s Beef Jerk make punky, jangly, sneering rock, descended from the Velvet Underground but spiked with a massive hit of early-’80s The Fall…

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Discovery Adds C-SPAN’s Susan Swain To Board, Diversifying All-Male Group

Discovery Communications just broke the glass ceiling at its board room by tapping C-SPAN co-CEO Susan Swain to join the all-male body beginning December 7.
She’ll fill a new seat created as the company raised the number of directors to 11. Swain will be deemed an independent director — meaning she isn’t a part of the company’s management — and join the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.
Up to now, Discovery was the only Big Media company that did not have a…


Premature Evaluation: Lady Gaga Joanne

Lady Gaga - JoanneYou have to respect the intent, anyway. Lady Gaga ascended to transcendent stardom by ditching anything that anyone could ever consider authentic in music, going full Euroclub glam-disco and stripping away all subtlety from her operatic oontz-oontz bangers. Along the way, she perfected a deliriously busy sort of all-surface persona, slamming us in the face … More »

‘Rocky Horror’ Ratings Slide From ‘Grease Live’ As NFL Tops Night With Packers Win

There was no time warp for Fox last night with the reimagining of The Rocky Horror Picture Show  – at least not in the early ratings.
In metered market results, the 2-hour pre-recorded The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do The Time Warp Again scored a 3.4/5 rating. That’s down 54% in the early results from what the latest such musical event of Grease Live! hit on January 31 on Fox. Now, obviously there is a bit of an apples and baseballs (catch that MLB nod there?)…


Sia – “Confetti,” “Midnight Decisions,” & “Jesus Wept”

SiaEarlier this year, Sia released This Is Acting, an album full of songs that she’d written for other singers. Today, she comes out with the album’s deluxe edition, which features bonus tracks like her Kendrick Lamar collab “The Greatest.” There are seven bonus tracks on the album’s deluxe version, and three of them have … More »