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TV Ratings: ‘This Is Us,’ ‘Bull’ See Solid Gains in L3 Numbers

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Two of this season’s high-profile new dramas — NBC’s “This Is Us” and CBS’ “Bull” — pulled in notable gains over three days of delayed viewing, according to Nielsen’s just released live-plus-3 ratings for the Tuesday premieres. “This Is Us” saw its 18-49 number swell to 4.2, from 2.8 in live-same-day viewing. That’s the biggest… Read more »

Denzel Washington, Tom Hanks Make a Case for Star Power

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Antoine Fuqua knew what it would take to get him to remake “The Magnificent Seven,” John Sturges’ 1960 classic about a band of gunslingers. The film, which was itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 movie “The Seven Samurai,” is an oft-told story about a band of mercenaries who save a town. Its genetic code… Read more »

The Beauty of ‘Sully’: How Clint Eastwood Turned Chesley Sullenberger Into a Countercultural Hero

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When I first heard that Clint Eastwood was going to turn the story of Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger into a major motion picture, I had two thoughts: first, that the subject seemed almost too on-the-nose and down-the-middle-of-the-plate for a Hollywood heroic saga. (It sounded like the sort of thing that would have been a routine… Read more »

Cinematographers Guild Honors Rodrigo Prieto, Dolby Labs, and David Geffner With Special Awards

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DP Rodrigo Prieto (“The Wolf of Wall Street”), tech innovator Dolby Laboratories, and ICG magazine editor David Geffner received the International Cinematographers Guild (ICG) special 2016 Emerging Cinematographer Awards on Friday. The awards were presented during the ECA opening event, held at the clubhouse of the American Society of Cinematographers in Hollywood. The 20th annual… Read more »

Los Angeles LGBT Center Praises Hollywood, ‘Modern Family’ for Support at Vanguard Awards

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“We’re so happy that we could keep our tent up for an additional week. After all, nobody can party like this community,” joked HBO SVP Jeffrey Guthrie at the Pacific Design Center Saturday night at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 47th annual Vanguard Awards. The network was the presenting sponsor for the event, which used the same ocean… Read more »

Clinton-Trump Debate: How to Watch via Free Online Streaming, On TV

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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will face off Monday, Sept. 26, in the much-anticipated first debate with the two U.S. presidential contenders — an event that could draw close to a Super Bowl-size audience. The 90-minute confrontation between the polarizing political figures will be widely available on broadcast and cable TV, as well as via numerous online outlets including YouTube, Facebook… Read more »

Raindance: ‘After Adderall’ director Stephen Elliott on his rapport With James Franco

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Every writer dreams of selling the movie rights to their work, all the more so when a famous actor is putting up the money. But when Stephen Elliott optioned his memoir “The Adderall Diaries” to the super-prolific indie star James Franco, the dream became more of a journey down the rabbit hole. The experience is… Read more »

Box Office: ‘Magnificent Seven’ Hits Bullseye With $35 Million Debut

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Denzel Washington hit the bullseye again. “The Magnificent Seven,” the Oscar-winner’s first Western, topped the box office this weekend, picking up a solid $35 million. Hollywood’s star system has shriveled in the past decade, with few new talents emerging to reanimate the ranks and stand alongside Leo and Julia and Johnny and George and Brad…. Read more »

Jane Pauley Will Succeed Charles Osgood as ‘CBS Sunday Morning’ Anchor

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Nearly 30 years after she left NBC’s “Today,” Jane Pauley will return to a morning news anchor slot as the successor to Charles Osgood on “CBS Sunday Morning.” Pauley has been a contributor to the show since 2014. “CBS Sunday Morning” typically airs long-form feature reporting in a signature style, a mix of lifestyle and personality… Read more »

The Orchard Releases Digital Sales Results for ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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“Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” a New Zealand comedy-drama, has become the highest-grossing release for the Orchard, earning north of $5 million. It is also setting records with its on-demand sales, racking up $355,210 during the first two weeks of release. That establishes a new high-water mark for the indie distributor behind “Cartel Land” and “The Overnight.”… Read more »