Night Two of the Democratic Convention and Hillary Clinton as the Cable-TV Wife

It’s hard not to think about the stark difference between night two of the Democratic National Convention and what transpired just last week in Cleveland at the Republican National Convention. Those windows on the political parties felt like they came from two different planets. Tuesday in Philadelphia, an expansive and relaxed Bill Clinton spoke at… Read more »

Warner Bros Sets Masami Takahashi as Japan President

Warner Bros. has appointed Masami Takahashi as president of Warner Bros. Japan, which has operations that span local production and distribution as well as releasing the studio’s Hollywood movies. Takahashi replaces the veteran executive Millard Ochs who was drafted in to a temporary position in Japan from the U.S. in late 2014. Ochs, who replaced… Read more »

Stephen Colbert Interviews Cartoon Hillary Clinton After Her Historic Nomination

One hundred years from now our grandchildren will look back on this night and ask why we weren’t more excited about Hillary Clinton’s historic nomination to become POTUS, Stephen Colbert forecast on his live Late Show tonight after the wrap of DNC Day 2.
Maybe it’s Hillary Clinton’s personal style. Or perhaps we’ve heard so much about her, much of it negative, we don’t know who she is any more.
“What do we have to do to get to know the real Hillary Clinton?” Colbert…


Stephen Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ Presents RNC Week’s Best-Of And Outtakes

Stephen Colbert’s Late Show today posted an RNC Week best-of video, as well as an RNC Week outtakes video.  Comments are definitely better on outtakes.
And it’s hard to see, two nights in, how Late Show’s DNC week of live shows is going to match its live RNC Week though, in fairness, it had a lot more to work with last…


Radiohead began their two-night stand at Madison Square Garden (setlist, review)

This year’s A Moon Shaped Pool is Classic Radiohead, instantly loved by fans, an OK Computer or In Rainbows type of album. And Tuesday night’s (7/26) show at Madison Square Garden, their first of two shows there on the AMSP tour, was, accordingly, a triumph…

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First Cable Trials of Ultra HD Linear TV Channels Launch in the U.S.

Here’s the classic equation of inertia holding back the emergence of TV networks in Ultra HD: Programmers aren’t investing in launching UHD services, because most pay-TV operators aren’t equipped to distribute them — and most consumers don’t have Ultra HD sets to view them. But 15 years ago, the scenario was the same for high-definition television, which is now ubiquitous in TV lineups. Many… Read more »

Warner Bros Japan Names Masami Takahashi As President

Kevin Tsujihara has a new top man in Japan. Masami Takahashi has been named President of Warner Bros Japan, effective September 1.
Takahashi will have general oversight of Warner Bros’ businesses in the country, including theatrical distribution, television distribution, home entertainment, consumer products, games, and local production. He will work closely with in-place executives in each of these divisions as well as divisional management to fully optimize every…


Seth Meyers To Bernie Or Busters: Quit Yer Belly-achin’ & Help Dems Beat Trump

Seth Meyers has a message for those hardcore Bernie Sanders supporters who disrupted Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention: “Donald Trump is ahead in the polls. The house is on fire. Stop crying because we’re not putting out the fire with your hose.”
The Late Show host debuted a new segment simply called “Hey!” by going a little rogue calling out the Bernie or Busters, chiding: “We are on the cusp of electing a racist demagogue, and that never ends well. I don’t…


Elizabeth Banks, Mandy Moore, Idina Menzel, Aisha Tyler & Friends Sing “Fight Song” For Hillary

Elizabeth Banks’ Trump-mocking entrance at tonight’s Democratic National Convention wasn’t her only gift to Hillary Clinton today. In a nod to the Pitch Perfect films that she produces, Banks, along with Bruce Cohen and Mike Thompkins, recruited more Hollywood actors and singers than we can list here for this new, a cappella version of Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song.” Let’s see, we caught Kristin Chenoweth, Rob Reiner, Mandy Moore, Alan Cumming, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eva…