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Box Office: ‘Maze Runner’ Starts Solidly with $1.1 Million in Late-Night Shows

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Fox’s “The Maze Runner” has started solidly with an estimated $1.1 million from 2,200 locations in late-night Thursday shows. The futuristic saga of a group of teenagers who must outrace monsters has been expected to win the weekend with forecasts ranging from the high $20 million into the mid-$30 million range when it expands to… Read more »

‘The Voice’ Season Premiere: New Coaches Show Off Chemistry, Competitiveness

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NBC’s “The Voice” kicks off its seventh season on Monday, Sept. 22, and Variety was among a number of outlets to get a sneak preview of the two-hour premiere, which showcases some of the best vocalists the competition has discovered to date — including a performance that Blake Shelton described as “the best country audition”… Read more »

Shane Dawson on Why His New Movie ‘Not Cool’ Will Shock Fans

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YouTube celebrity Shane Dawson is no stranger to shocking people, given his sometimes offensive, but still hugely popular videos. He thinks, however, that his new movie “Not Cool” will surprise viewers for a different reason. “I think everybody that’s seen my stuff online is going to be really surprised by the movie because it’s outrageous and funny… Read more »

Twitter Names Kirstine Stewart VP of North American Media Partnerships

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Twitter has expanded the role of Kirstine Stewart, previously head of media partnerships for Canada, to encompass all of North America. She reports to Katie Jacobs Stanton, VP of global media, who took over after Twitter media chief Chloe Sladden exited in June. Previously, Stanton headed international market development. Stanton announced Stewart’s appointment late Thursday… Read more »

Marion Cotillard Starrer ‘Two Days, One Night’ to Represent Belgium in Foreign-Language Oscar Campaign

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PARIS–  Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne’s “Two Days, One Night,” the Marion-Cotillard starrer which competed at Cannes, will represent Belgium in the foreign-language Oscar campaign. The jury, presided by Joëlle Levie, chose the film for its “cinematographic quality and its powerful topical and universal subject matter.” The committee, made up of six industryites, also pointed out… Read more »

What Yahoo Should Do with Billions from Alibaba IPO: Invest in Video, Ad Tech

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Yahoo stands to reap a windfall of $8 billion or more in cash after selling part of its stake in China’s Alibaba Group, which is launching the biggest U.S. initial public offering in history — and with the bigger kitty, Yahoo should pour more money into video and advertising technology, analysts say. Not all the cash will stay in… Read more »

Meghan Oliver

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