LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Low-budget horror
sequel “Insidious: Chapter 2″ grabbed moviegoers searching for
a Friday the 13th scare, winning the U.S. and Canadian weekend
box office race over the Robert De Niro mobster comedy “The
Family” and setting a record for a September opening day.
The fright flick about a family haunted by spirits far
exceeded forecasts with just over $41 million in ticket sales
over its first three days, according to studio estimates on
Sept 12 (Reuters) – NBC’s “Today” is revamping its show as
it tries to retake the ratings lead it held for decades, adding
“The Voice” host Carson Daly and a new set to lure back viewers
who defected last year to ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
“Today,” which generates the bulk of the profits for NBC’s
news division, is looking to recapture viewers it lost after
anchor Ann Curry left in June 2012. Earlier that spring, “Good
Morning America” snapped the show’s 16-year winning streak atop
the morning ratings.
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Vin Diesel’s return as glowing-eyed space traveler “Riddick” won the weekend movie race, ringing up $18.7 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales and knocking three-time box office queen Oprah Winfrey to second place.
Civil rights drama “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” starring Oscar winner Forest Whitaker and media mogul Winfrey, slipped to second, bringing in $8.9 million from Friday through Sunday.
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Civil rights drama “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” took home its second U.S. and Canadian box office title, topping a Jennifer Aniston comedy and a newly released supernatural teen film.
“The Butler,” starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, earned $17 million in ticket sales from Friday through Sunday, according to studio estimates. Jennifer Aniston comedy “We’re the Millers” came in second with $13.5 million.
(Reuters) – ESPN said it has pulled out of a documentary with PBS’ “Frontline” about head injuries in the National Football League, but the Walt Disney co-owned sports network denied a media report that its decision was due to pressure from the NFL.
The New York Times reported on Friday that the league had expressed its displeasure with the direction of the “Frontline” documentary at a lunch last week attended by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFL Network President Steve Bornstein, ESPN President John Skipper and ESPN Executive Vice President for Production John Wildhack.
LOS ANGELES, Aug 21 (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co’s ABC
television unit on Wednesday will begin laying off about 175
people, or 2 percent of its workforce, to adjust to changes in
technology and viewing habits, a person familiar with the
The move was prompted by a company-wide review to explore
cutbacks in jobs Disney no longer needs, either because of
improvements in technology or redundancies following a string of
major acquisitions in the past few years. Reuters first reported
on the internal review in January.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co’s ABC television unit on Wednesday will begin laying off about 175 people, or 2 percent of its workforce, to adjust to changes in technology and viewing habits, a person familiar with the decision said.
The move was prompted by a companywide review to explore cutbacks in jobs Disney no longer needs, either because of improvements in technology or redundancies following a string of major acquisitions in the past few years. Reuters first reported on the internal review in January.
(Reuters) – New cable network Al Jazeera America introduced itself to U.S. viewers on Tuesday with reports on political strife in Egypt and a shooting at a Georgia elementary school, making its bid to win audiences shortly after a major pay TV distributor declined to carry the network.
The decision by AT&T’s U-verse pay-TV service stemmed from a contract dispute over terms to carry the new channel, AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel said.
(Reuters) – AT&T’s U-verse pay-TV service said it will not carry Al Jazeera America, the cable news network funded by the emir of Qatar that debuted in the United States on Tuesday but has struggled to find distributors.
The decision was due to a contract dispute over terms to carry the new channel, AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel said. U-verse, which was launched in 2006 and had 5 million video customers as of the end of June, is a fiber-based TV service in markets such as Texas and California.
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK, Aug 18 (Reuters) – “Lee Daniels’ The
Butler,” a civil rights drama starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah
Winfrey, surpassed expectations and easily won the weekend box
office battle, debuting with $25 million in U.S. and Canadian
ticket sales through Sunday.
Jennifer Aniston comedy “We’re the Millers” finished in the
No. 2 slot, earning $17.8 million in its second weekend,
according to studio estimates. Last weekend’s box office leader,
Matt Damon sci-fi thriller “Elysium,” fell to third place with