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‘Homeland,’ ‘The Affair’ Hit Live Ratings Highs Even as Delayed Viewing Dominates

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For evidence of the delayed-viewing sea change in television this year, look no further than two of premium cable’s hottest shows: “Homeland” and “The Affair.” Showtime’s Sunday dramas are both generating more than two-thirds of their total viewing on a time-shifted basis. Both shows also hit live ratings highs for the season this past Sunday…. Read more »

Thanksgiving Box Office: ‘Mockingjay’ to Feast on Sizable ‘Penguins,’ ‘Bosses’

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Katniss Everdeen, some cuddly penguins and a trio of hapless kidnappers will crowd around the Thanksgiving box office table. Among the heavy hitters at the multiplex, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ is best positioned to dominate ticket sales. In its second weekend of release the third chapter in the blockbuster franchise should pull… Read more »

Netflix Picks Up ‘Camp Takota’ from YouTube Stars Grace Helbig, Mamrie Hart and Hannah Hart

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Netflix will add “Camp Takota,” a feature-length comedy starring popular YouTubers Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart and Mamrie Hart, for U.S. subscribers on Dec. 1. The film, produced by RockStream Studios, was released on digital platforms VHX and Apple’s iTunes this year, priced at $9.99. It’s notable as one of the first independently released films starring… Read more »

Joni Mitchell ‘Squelched’ Possible Taylor Swift Casting in Biopic

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Joni Mitchell revealed that she shook off the possibility of having Taylor Swift portray her in biopic “Girls Like Us,” according to an interview with the Sunday Times. “I squelched that,” Mitchell told the newspaper. “I said to the producer, ‘All you’ve got is a girl with high cheekbones.’ It’s just a lot of gossip, you… Read more »

Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon Developing ‘Big Little Lies’ Series with David E. Kelley

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A high-wattage limited series project is soon to be shopped to TV buyers as Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon have teamed with David E. Kelley to develop a limited series based on the novel “Big Little Lies.” Kidman and Witherspoon jointly optioned the book by Liane Moriarty earlier this year. The pair plan to star… Read more »

Spirit Awards Nominees: The 15 Biggest Surprises

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The Independent Spirit Awards were never supposed to be a harbinger of the Oscars, but in recent years, the booze-infused celebration in Santa Monica — held the night before the Academy Awards — had become just that. All the acting winners at last year’s Oscar ceremony picked up a Spirit first, and so did best… Read more »

CW’s ‘Hart of Dixie’ Gets Earlier Premiere Date

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The CW has decided to give its Southern charmer drama “Hart of Dixie” an earlier-than-expected premiere date, pairing it for one night next month with critically acclaimed newcomer “Jane the Virgin.” “Hart of Dixie” will now kick off its fourth season on Monday, Dec. 15 at 8 p.m., leading into the fall finale of “Jane… Read more »

Tom Sizemore Signs With Primary Wave

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Actor Tom Sizemore has signed with Primary Wave Talent Management. Sizemore is best known for his role in Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan.” He also appears in “Black Hawk Down,” “Heat” and “Born on the Fourth of July,” among others. He was most recently seen in Sundance Channel’s “The Red Road.” Sizemore’s team at Primary Wave will be led… Read more »

Ridley Scott To Recieve Visual Effects Society Lifetime Achievement Award

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The Visual Effects Society announced Tuesday that director Ridley Scott will receive its Lifetime Achievement Award. Among Scott’s major visual effects films are “Legend,” “Prometheus,” “Blade Runner,” “Gladiator” and “Alien”; the last two won Oscars for their f/x. SEE ALSO: ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ Director Ridley Scott on Bringing His Vision of Moses to Life “Ridley Scott is a… Read more »

Disney’s Maker Studios Signs 5 Toy-Review YouTube Channels

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Disney-owned Maker Studios has signed five popular toy-review channels on YouTube, which the multichannel network plans to bring more closely into the Mouse House merchandising fold. The five YouTube channels — DisneyCarToys, HobbyKidsTV, TheEngineeringFamily, ToysReviewToys and AllToyCollector — rank among the top 40 toy channels worldwide, according to Maker. While content on the channels has featured Disney… Read more »