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‘Thursday Night Football’ Ratings Tumble, But NFL Net Telecast Tops Busy Sports Night

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Viewership predictably fell off sharply for “Thursday Night Football” in its first week without an assist from CBS, but the New Orleans-Carolina matchup on NFL Network was still the biggest sports draw on a busy night. According to Nielsen estimates, “Thursday Night Football” averaged a 2.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.88 million viewers overall… Read more »

How Overdue Actors Can Win for the ‘Wrong’ Performance

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The frontrunners in this year’s Oscar actor races look to be made up of a lot of first-time nominees. Patricia Arquette is sitting pretty at the top of most pundits’ lists for supporting actress for “Boyhood” and J.K. Simmons is most people’s pick for supporting actor for “Whiplash.” The competitive best actor race is shaping… Read more »

‘Nightcrawler’ a Dark Sleeper in the Oscar Race

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The best-actor category is overcrowded, but Jake Gyllenhaal is so good in “Nightcrawler” that he is a serious contender for one of Oscar’s five slots. While his performance has been one of the industry’s chief talking-points about the film, Open Road has another good awards possibility here: Dan Gilroy’s script, which is original and eye-opening…. Read more »

Bradley Cooper, Ryan Kavanaugh, Kurtzman & Orci Producing ‘Limitless’ Pilot for CBS

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Bradley Cooper and Ryan Kavanaugh are reteaming to develop a TV series for CBS based on the 2011 drama “Limitless.” CBS has given a pilot production commitment to the CBS TV Studios project, which has a raft of heavyweight producers and original feature helmer Neil Burger on tap to direct. Craig Sweeny, an exec producer… Read more »

Tom Cruise Selling Telluride Home for $59 Million

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SELLER: Tom Cruise LOCATION: Telluride, CO PRICE: $59,000,000 SIZE: (approx.) 10,000 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: As was first revealed by the beaver busy celebrity property gossips at The Wall Street Journal, Tom Cruise put his painfully picturesque 298-acre ranch estate just outside Telluride, CO, up for sale in a flurry… Read more »

Fatal Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crash Raises Questions About NBC Series

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The fatal crash during a test flight of the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo craft raises questions about the status of NBC’s “Space Race” reality show that aims to document the dawn of commercial space travel. The pilot was killed and another person was seriously injured Friday when the craft crashed in California’s Mojave Desert near the… Read more »

Ian Fraser, Music Director, Arranger Who Worked With Julie Andrews, Dies at 81

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Ian Fraser, whose 11 Emmy Awards and 21 additional nominations made him the most-honored musician in television history, died of complications from cancer Friday morning at his home in Los Angeles. He was 81. All of Fraser’s Emmy noms and wins were in the music direction category, for supervising and conducting television specials, including 14… Read more »

‘Leviathan’ Scores Double Win At Abu Dhabi Film Fest

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Russian auteur Andrey Zvyagintsev’s stinging satire “Leviathan,” about how messed up Russia is under Vladimir Putin, was the big winner at the 8th Abu Dhabi Film Festival, taking the top Black Pearl Award, while its protag, Alexey Serebryakov, scored the best actor nod. The black social comedy’s win at Abu Dhabi comes after “Leviathan” recently… Read more »

Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple Share Favorite Halloween Costumes at ‘Horns’ L.A. Premiere

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Many in the cast and crew celebrated the Los Angeles premiere of “Horns” on Thursday by wearing Halloween costumes at the Arclight Hollywood. Some celebs’ outfits really made an impression, with the costumes ranging from a Roman god to skeletons to forest fairies. Daniel Radcliffe and Juno Temple, the stars of the dark thriller, did… Read more »

Oprah Winfrey’s ‘Selma’ Set for First Look at AFI Fest

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AFI Fest has set a first-look at director Ava DuVernay’s Civil Rights drama “Selma” on Nov. 11 at the Egyptian Theater. The event will include 30 minutes of footage from the film, which is set to open on Christmas, followed by a conversation with producers Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Ava DuVernay and actor… Read more »