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'Captain America: Civil War' is expected to launch the summer movie season with a bang

For weeks, superhero fans have aligned themselves with either Team Captain America or Team Iron Man ahead of the release of the latest Marvel adventure. No matter who prevails on the big screen, there’s one surefire winner — Walt Disney Co. “Captain America: Civil War,” produced by the Disney-owned...

Hulu is developing a cable-like bundle of digital TV service

Hulu is preparing a cable-like digital service that would stream feeds of broadcast and cable TV channels, a person familiar with the matter said. The Santa Monica streaming service is the latest media company to get into the so-called "skinny bundle" business, which refers to the idea of creating...

Sharpton: Larry Wilmore's calling Obama the 'N-word' was in 'bad taste'

Larry Wilmore's use of the N-word to President Obama at end of his White House Correpsondents' dinner performance received the stamp of disapproval from the Rev. Al Sharpton. "Many of us are against using the N-word period," Sharpton said at MSNBC's after party that followed the event at the Washington...

Chris Meledandri of Illumination Entertainment to oversee DreamWorks Animation

In Hollywood's animation business, all eyes are now on one man: Chris Meledandri. Meledandri, 56, was already riding high as head of Illumination Entertainment, the main supplier of animated family movies such as "Minions" and "Despicable Me" to Universal Pictures. Now, with NBCUniversal buying...

Comcast's NBCUniversal buys DreamWorks Animation in $3.8-billion deal

NBCUniversal on Thursday said it has reached an agreement to acquire DreamWorks Animation in a deal valued at $3.8 billion. Under terms of the agreement, NBCUniversal's parent company, Comcast Corp., pledged to pay DreamWorks Animation shareholders $41 in cash for each share of their DreamWorks...

Katzenberg to relinquish DreamWorks Animation CEO role after Comcast deal

Jeffrey Katzenberg, the Hollywood mogul whose name has been synonymous with DreamWorks Animation, will step down as chief executive after his company is sold to Comcast Corp.'s NBCUniversal. After the deal closes, Katzenberg will become chairman of DreamWorks New Media, made up of the company’s...

Judges rules Sumner Redstone trial will be open to the public

A Los Angeles Country judge on Wednesday denied a request by Sumner Redstone’s attorneys to bar the public from viewing certain portions of his healthcare trial. The request by the ailing 92-year-old media mogul’s legal team to close portions of the trial, including testimony from doctors and his...

DreamWorks Animation shares soar on Comcast deal talks

DreamWorks Animation shares soared Wednesday after reports that the "Shrek" and "Kung Fu Panda" studio could be sold to Comcast Corp. for $3 billion.  The stock jumped 17% in midday trading on Wall Street to $31.70 a share, while Comcast rose 1% to $61.54. The potential bid would amount to a 38% premium...

'Jungle Book' likely to remain No. 1 at the box office a third straight weekend

"The Jungle Book" is expected to deliver a third-straight win at the box-office for Walt Disney Co. this weekend, continuing a hot-streak for the Burbank entertainment giant. The studio's retelling of the classic Rudyard Kipling stories is likely to collect $30 million to $35 million in ticket...

Turner's FilmStruck streaming TV service will bring art house movies into homes

Turner Broadcasting is launching a new over-the-top streaming TV service that will bring art house movies into the home. Turner plans to announce Tuesday that it's launching FilmStruck, a subscription service offering cult, foreign and independent films that appeal to movie aficionados. The service,...

NBC is cutting the number of commercials during 'Saturday Night Live'

NBC is cutting the commercial clutter during "Saturday Night Live." Just two weeks before NBC starts selling ad time for the 2016-17 season, the network announced Monday that the legendary late-night sketch program will have two fewer national commercial breaks starting this season, its 42nd. "As...

China box office: 'Jungle Book' nears $100 million after just 10 days

Disney’s “The Jungle Book” continued its strong swing through China in its second week of release, earning nearly $50 million in the seven days ending Sunday and approaching $100 million after just 10 days in theaters. Director Jon Favreau’s update of the 1960s classic accounted for half of all...

Marketing at Coachella: How brands stake claims amid the bands

A $1 pour of Prosecco may sound like a good deal, especially at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. But what if, in exchange, you have to participate in the winemaker’s social media marketing?   Indeed, a Cupcake Vineyards truck stationed amid this weekend’s festivities offered concert...

Prince leaves behind an estate said to be worth about $300 million

By any measure, Prince was rock star royalty. That includes his wealth. The prolific musician leaves behind a vast legacy of genre-bending albums and gender-bending fashion statements — and an estate said to be worth about $300 million, making him one of the most valuable entertainers in the world....

Coachella by the numbers: a breakdown of the festival's $700-million impact

Indio Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Joshua Bonner has first-hand knowledge of how the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Stagecoach can benefit the local economy. Each year he rents out his home for $2,000 to $3,000 each weekend to people headed to the festival grounds. "It literally...

'Marvel's Jessica Jones,' 'Transparent,' 'black-ish' and 'Mr. Robot' win Peabody Awards

Netflix is the big winner among the entertainment and children’s programs honored this year with Peabody Awards. The digital streaming service is the home of three of the 11 programs selected for the awards presented annually by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication....

Rep. Hahn prods DirecTV, Time Warner Cable to restart Dodger channel talks

Rep. Janice Hahn (D-San Pedro) has made a strong pitch to pay-TV operators in Los Angeles to try to end the two-year standoff over distribution of SportsNet LA, the cable TV channel owned by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Like tens of thousands of Dodgers fans, Hahn can't watch Dodgers baseball games...

Walt Disney Co.'s ABC sells its Fusion stake to Univision, exits joint venture

Walt Disney Co.'s ABC and Univision Communications have ended their nearly three-year-old Fusion network joint venture aimed at millennial viewers. Disney on Thursday sold its 50% stake in the venture back to Univision, which plans to reposition several of its assets, including Fusion, as a "multi-platform...

Jay Wallace to oversee editorial content at Fox News

Fox News veteran Jay Wallace has been put in charge of editorial content at the division. Wallace, who has been with Fox News Channel since its launch 20 years ago, is replacing Michael Clemente, who will now head a newly created unit dedicated to specials at the channel. Wallace had served as...

Viacom channels remain on Dish Networks as negotiations continue

Dish Network and Viacom Inc. executives continued negotiations late Wednesday night to try to reach a new carriage agreement for such popular channels as MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, BET and Nickelodeon. No deal had been reached by the Wednesday night deadline, but talks continued into the night....

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