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Jul 23, 2012

Fox executive: Network may lose 18-49 ratings race next season

LOS ANGELES, July 23 (Reuters) – The Fox television network
may relinquish its eight-year ratings title among the 18- to
49-year-old age group prized by advertisers in the upcoming
season, Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly said on Monday.

The News Corp-owned network’s streak in the
category was built largely by its reliance on singing
competition “American Idol.” Total viewership for the show in
the season that ended in May dropped 30 percent from the
previous season, according to Nielsen ratings data.

Jul 23, 2012

Mariah Carey brings superstar status to ‘American Idol’

LOS ANGELES, July 23 (Reuters) – Grammy-winning pop star
Mariah Carey will join Fox television’s “American Idol” singing
contest as a judge next season as the highly rated show fights
to regain its slumping audiences.

Kevin Reilly, president of entertainment for Fox
Broadcasting, told television critics on Monday in Los Angeles
that popular singer Carey will be one of the replacements for
departing judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez.

Jul 23, 2012

Netflix investors want to know if more viewing equals more subscribers

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Netflix Inc (NFLX.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) CEO Reed Hastings boasted this month on his Facebook page that subscribers had streamed more than 1 billion hours of movies and TV shows in June, a record for the video rental service.

On Tuesday, Netflix will answer the question most on its investors’ minds: How much of that increase comes from new subscribers who pay $8 a month for unlimited viewing?

Jul 23, 2012

Warner’s Gangster Squad movie could see changes after Colorado shooting

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Warner Bros. studio is rethinking its plans for the film “Gangster Squad” in light of a scene featuring a movie-theater shooting, but beyond that Hollywood executives expect little fall-out from the mass killing at a Batman screening on Friday in Aurora, Colorado.

Officials at Time Warner Inc-owned Warner Bros. are expected to meet on Monday to discuss whether to remove or edit the “Gangster Squad” shooting scene, or to change the September 7 release date for the film starring Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling, a person familiar with the discussions said.

Jul 22, 2012

Warner mulls changes to “Gangster Squad” movie after shooting

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Warner Bros. studio is rethinking its plans for the film “Gangster Squad” in light of a scene featuring a movie-theater shooting, but beyond that Hollywood executives expect little fall-out from the mass killing at a Batman screening on Friday in Aurora, Colorado.

Officials at Time Warner Inc-owned Warner Bros. are expected to meet on Monday to discuss whether to remove or edit the “Gangster Squad” shooting scene, or to change the September 7 release date for the film starring Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling, a person familiar with the discussions said.

Jul 22, 2012

‘Dark Knight’ sales below forecasts after shooting

LOS ANGELES, July 22 (Reuters) – “The Dark Knight Rises”
recorded strong ticket sales in its opening weekend, but well
below forecasts given by many in Hollywood, as some moviegoers
appeared to have stayed away after a shooting rampage at a
midnight showing of the film on Friday.

The film grossed an estimated $162 million in showings
through Sunday in U.S. and Canadian movie theaters, according to
studio estimates from people with knowledge of the data. That
was lower than the $173 million that had been projected on
Saturday based on Friday receipts.

Jul 21, 2012

US shooting quiets Hollywood, slows ‘Dark Knight’ box office

LOS ANGELES, July 21 (Reuters) – Hollywood studios will not
release box-offices figures on Sunday after the fatal gun
rampage at a midnight showing for the Batman movie “The Dark
Knight Rises,” which made less money than some industry insiders
projected.

The film grossed $74 million on Friday in the United States
and Canada and is seen generating $173 million by the end of the
weekend, people with knowledge of industry figures said on
Saturday.

Jul 21, 2012

U.S. shooting keeps ‘Dark Knight’ box office at low end of range

LOS ANGELES, July 21 (Reuters) – Opening day ticket sales
for Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises” reached the low end of
box office projections as some moviegoers appeared to steer
clear of theaters on Friday after a fatal gun rampage at one of
its early screenings.

The film grossed $74 million on Friday in the United States
and Canada and is seen generating $173 million by the end of the
weekend, people with knowledge of industry figures said on
Saturday.

Jul 21, 2012

“Dark Knight Rises” ends Batman franchise for Warner

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The release of Warner Bros.’ movie “The Dark Knight Rises” brings to an end one of Hollywood’s most enduring franchises, as the studio searches to find a new one capable of matching Batman’s box office success.

Forecasts for opening weekend ticket sales were thrown into doubt after a shooting in Colorado on Friday at a midnight screening of the film. Twelve people were killed.

Jul 20, 2012

Colorado shooting brings sad end to Warner Bros ‘Batman’ franchise

LOS ANGELES, July 20 (Reuters) – High box office
expectations for “The Dark Knight Rises,” the final film in
Warner Bros’ Batman franchise, were clouded Friday by a shooting
at a Colorado midnight screening of the film which killed 12
people.

The incident, in which a masked gunman opened fire on
moviegoers, including children, brings a tragic conclusion to
one of Hollywood’s most-enduring franchises, as Warner Bros bids
to find a new movie franchise capable of matching Batman’s box
office success.