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Democratic National Convention: Showbiz on the Bill As Hillary Clinton Is Formally Nominated

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PHILADELPHIA — Hillary Clinton will be formally nominated as the first woman to lead a major party ticket on Tuesday night, as questions linger on the extent to which supporters of her rival Bernie Sanders will stage demonstrations for their candidate. The roll call vote will be the first major piece of business, but the lineup… Read more »

‘Hollywood Game Night’ Producer Mission Control Hires Nicholas Oakley-Tilley to Head Development

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Unscripted production company Mission Control Media has hired Nicholas Oakley-Tilley as senior vice president of development. Reporting to Mission Control co-presidents Michael Agbabian and Dwight D. Smith, Oakley-Tilley will will be responsible for overseeing and growing Mission Control’s development slate. “Nick brings a unique talent for both finding and creating fresh, inspired material along with… Read more »

Box Office: ‘Jason Bourne’ Targets $50 Million Debut, ‘Bad Moms’ Looks Like Sleeper Hit

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The posters state authoritatively, “you know his name.” And then there’s Matt Damon, half of his all-American visage cloaked in shadow, back in the role that solidified his place on Hollywood’s A-list. Still, it’s been nearly a decade since Jason Bourne unpacked Treadstone and slowly pieced together the parts of a life story that a… Read more »

Comic-Con 2016: Data Shows Which Films Got the Biggest Buzz

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According to the numbers, ensemble power catapulted DC’s “Suicide Squad” and HBO’s “Game of Thrones” past the usual assortment of films and television shows that stormed Comic-Con this year. Each genre property invaded the San Diego Convention Center’s famed Hall H with its respective cast in tow, as names like Will Smith, Sophie Turner and… Read more »

‘Stranger Things’: Winona Ryder Discusses First Major TV Role in Netflix Featurette

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Winona Ryder gets candid in a new featurette for her Netflix series “Stranger Things.” The actress discusses jumping into her first major TV role in the video, released on Tuesday by the streaming giant. Ryder plays Joyce Byers, a single mother trying to find her son after his mysterious disappearance, in the supernatural thriller. “I know a lot… Read more »

Zoey Deutch’s ‘Before I Fall’ Gets April Release

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Open Road Films has set April 7 for the release of Zoey Deutch’s comedy-drama “Before I Fall.” The film is directed by Ry Russo-Young from a script by Maria Maggenti and Gina Prince-Bythewood, based on the 2010 novel of same name by Lauren Oliver, in which a charmed young woman is stuck reliving the day… Read more »

TV Ratings: Democratic National Convention Night One Tops Republican National Convention

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All told, the star-studded first night of the Democratic National Convention did indeed top the first night of the Republican National Convention. An audience of 25.74 million tuned in to ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC and Fox News from 10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., when those networks were all carrying live coverage, with 8.62 million… Read more »

Apple Q3 2016 Earnings: iPhone Sales Down, Again

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The iPhone sales decline is real: For the second quarter in a row, Apple has sold fewer iPhones than a year ago. Apple sold a total of 40.4 million iPhones during its fiscal Q3 of 2016, which ended on June 30. During the same quarter last year, the company was still able to sell 47.5… Read more »

Twitter Shares Tumble After Q2 Revenue Miss, Weak Outlook for Q3

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Twitter didn’t allay investor concerns that it’s struggling to grow top-line results: The social-media company’s stock fell more than 9% in after-hours trading after it reported revenue of $602 million for the second quarter of 2016, below Wall Street expectation, while adjusted earnings topped forecasts. Twitter reported a net loss of $107 million, an improvement… Read more »

Pierre Omidyar’s First Look Media Relaunches Political Cartooning Site, ‘The Nib,’ At Democratic Convention

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First Look Media announced itself to the world in 2013 as the non-profit journalism startup that helped national security hacker Edward Snowden publish thousands of secret government emails. Funded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, the new outfit launched “The Intercept,” with the goal of publishing high-impact, public-interest journalism that reached far beyond the national security… Read more »

The Other Yahoo: How Protecting Its Core Business Doomed Innovation

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This week, you’ll hear a lot about Yahoo’s failed media ambitions. How it couldn’t monetize a show like “Community,” how it had to sell ads for its NFL live stream on the cheap and how even Katie Couric didn’t turn things around for the struggling company. But there’s another part to the story about Yahoo’s decline… Read more »