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Lucy Lawless to Guest Star in ‘Agents of SHIELD’

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“Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” is colliding with another geek fandom. “Xena: Warrior Princess” star Lucy Lawless is joining the ABC comicbook-inspired show for season two. A rep for the show confirmed that she will guest star in an upcoming episode, though they do not have her character name or description at this time. The lack… Read more »

‘Divergent’ Bonus Content: Comcast Has It, Apple and Amazon Don’t

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Comcast cut a deal with Lionsgate to offer more than four hours of bonus content from teen sci-fi movie “Divergent” to subs who purchase the movie through its Xfinity Store service, as the cable giant looks for a new way to capture more coin from customers. And for now, the additional “Divergent” material is not available through Apple iTunes, Amazon.com… Read more »

NATO Responds to Weinstein’s Yahoo Preem: ‘A Strong Window Serves Both Ends of the Market’

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The Weinstein Co. generated headlines when it shook up the Hollywood distribution model by opting to release the indie comedy “One Chance” for free on Yahoo more than a week before it hits theaters. The bold move is getting a frosty reception from the exhibition industry’s main lobbying arm National Association of Theatre Owners Spokesman… Read more »

White House Bypassed Obama ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ Appearance Because of ‘More Serious Matters’

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White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that President Obama and his staff chose not to do an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Wednesday because of “more serious matters the president is dealing with on the international scene.” TMZ reported on Monday that Obama would do a segment for the show during a trek to… Read more »

Mick Jagger on James Brown: ‘He Was Very Generous and Kind With Me and He Wasn’t Kind With Everybody’

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The Mecca of R&B music, aka Harlem’s Apollo Theater, played host to Monday’s world premiere of Universal’s James Brown biopic “Get On Up.” “I first saw James Brown at the Apollo,” said Mick Jagger, who produced the film through his shingle Jagged Films. “A lady (sitting next to me) was smoking a big joint. I… Read more »

Tim Pastore Joins National Geographic Channel as President, Original Programming & Production, NGC U.S.

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Emmy-nominated producer and TV veteran Tim Pastore has been named president of original programming & production, NGC U.S., of National Geographic Channel. He is currently executive vice president of production & development for National Geographic Society production entity National Geographic Studios and will transition to the new position over the next four weeks, starting full… Read more »

PBS Chief on ‘Downton Abbey,’ ‘The Roosevelts’ Streaming and ‘Midwife’ Return

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It didn’t take long for “Downton Abbey” to dominate the question-and-answer session between PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger and journalists at the summer Television Critics Assn. press tour on July 22. The British period drama’s delayed airdate in the States — as well as fellow Brit import “Sherlock” — tinted the discussion on Ken… Read more »

Colin Firth and Jacki Weaver Try to Pick Their Favorite Woody Allen Film

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Woody Allen has directed so many movies, it’s hard to pick just one favorite. At the L.A. premiere of his latest, “Magic in the Moonlight,” at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study on Monday, the attendees had some trouble even narrowing it down. “Well, I’ve got about… Read more »

CNN’s Chris Cuomo Talks Malaysia Airlines Coverage

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Chris Cuomo has his share of harrowing on camera moments, but on Tuesday he had a dramatic one off-camera: While talking to a reporter about his current effort to follow the remains of victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, the CNN anchor was stopped at a checkpoint in Ukraine on his way to Amsterdam by… Read more »

YouTube’s Fine Bros. Launch ‘React’ Channel

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YouTube comedy duo The Fine Bros., who run one of the biggest channels on the video site, have debuted a new “React” channel that will run programming five days a week and incorporate talent from all of their shows. The channel, at YouTube.com/react, will include original content — in new formats — featuring more than 100 cast… Read more »