Blogroll

Thompson on Hollywood

Aereo's Barry Diller Disrupts the TV Establishment--Yet Again

Over the decades Hollywood has feared and tried to spurn most new technology -- television, video cassette recorders, cable, digital video recorders, and internet access to its goodies. The newest object of its fear is Aereo -- which uses thousands of tiny individual antennas to capture and stream to subscribers free TV channels without paying retransmission fees. Aereo, which, like DVRs, allows subscribers to fast forward past commercials, won big in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals 10 days ago when the court refused to issue an injunction against it.
  • By Aljean Harmetz
  • |
  • April 10, 2013 1:03 PM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Lifetime to Premiere 'Dear Mom, Love Cher,' Documentary on Cher's Mom Georgia Holt

For Mother's Day, Lifetime will premiere documentary "Dear Mom, Love Cher," centering on the life of story of -- you guessed it -- Cher's mother, Georgia Holt, who grew up in rural Arkansas and went on to weather the storm of six tumultuous marriages while pursuing a career in Hollywood as a singer and actress.
  • By Beth Hanna
  • |
  • April 2, 2013 1:05 PM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Amazon and IMDb Launch X-Ray for TV Feature for Kindle Fire Users

Amazon and IMDb are launching a new TV iteration of "X-Ray for Movies." The original feature was released six months ago, and allows users to access corresponding IMDb info with one tap while watching films on their Kindle Fires. The new feature does the same thing, but for television series.
  • By Beth Hanna
  • |
  • March 27, 2013 2:24 PM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Netflix Sets Wachowskis Free with J. Michael Straczynski for New Original Content Series 'Sense8'

Video service Netflix continues to blaze trails in the original content game. In a brilliant move, the company has tapped the Wachowskis ("Cloud Atlas," "The Matrix") and "Babylon 5" creator Michael J. Straczynski to develop a new series, "Sense8." The few details we know about the project promise a ten-episode first season, available exclusively to Netflix members in late 2014, that spans a global tale of "minds linked and souls hunted."
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
  • |
  • March 27, 2013 12:58 PM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Damian Lewis on 'Homeland' Season 3: "I Think Brody and Carrie Are Over"

"Homeland" star Damian Lewis, unlike many of the show's fans, isn't holding out much hope for a reunion between Brody and Claire Danes' Carrie in the series' third season, which premieres September 29 on Showtime. He told Digital Spy that he thinks the onetime romance is "over." Watch the video of his interview quotes below.
  • By Beth Hanna
  • |
  • March 26, 2013 1:29 PM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

HBO GO "Could Evolve" Into an Internet Package for Non-Subscribers, CEO Plepler Says

HBO CEO Richard Plepler is considering the possibility of partnering with broadband internet providers to widen access to the company's HBO GO streaming service for non-subscribers. Plepler told Reuters, "Maybe HBO GO, with our broadband partners, could evolve."
  • By Beth Hanna
  • |
  • March 22, 2013 2:01 PM
  • |
  • 1 Comment

Farewell to HBO's Under-Appreciated 'Enlightened'

The reaction on the Twittersphere was immediate and noisy to HBO's announcement that it was killing the critically praised but underwatched tragi-comedy "Enlightened," starring Laura Dern (who won a Golden Globe for her turn as sunny but frustrated corporate employee Amy Jellicoe), Mike White (creator of the series), Luke Wilson, Timm Sharp and Diane Ladd.
  • By Beth Hanna
  • |
  • March 20, 2013 2:04 PM
  • |
  • 2 Comments

HBO Renews 'Girls' For a Third Season

HBO has renewed "Girls" for a third season. Star and executive producer Lena Dunham (who also writes and directs episodes of the show) reportedly told Alec Baldwin in a Podcast earlier this week that Season Three would begin filming "at the end of March."
  • By Beth Hanna
  • |
  • January 24, 2013 11:41 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

AMC's 'The Killing' Rises From the Dead for Lower Budget Third Season

Six months after AMC's "The Killing" was killed off following its second season, the cable network has renewed the show for a third season. Stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman are both set to return to the series.
  • By Beth Hanna
  • |
  • January 16, 2013 1:09 PM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Bizarro, A-List Movies Lead HBO Lineup: TCA Winter Press Tour 2013

Two provocative new star-driven movies – both about real-life musical geniuses whose lives took a dark turn – dominated HBO’s presentation Friday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena. In one, Al Pacino plays reclusive record producer Phil Spector, convicted in 2009 of the gunshot murder of B-movie actress and House of Blues hostess Lana Clarkson. David Mamet directed from his own screenplay, and Helen Mirren plays Spector’s defense lawyer. The other, directed by Steven Soderbergh, features Michael Douglas as the late impresario Liberace, and Matt Damon as his much-younger chauffer and lover, Scott Thorson.
  • By Amy Dawes
  • |
  • January 5, 2013 4:03 PM
  • |
  • 1 Comment

Email Updates