FROM Matthew Belloni
It's official, Bill O'Reilly is out at Fox News When Bill O'Reilly left for vacation after revelations of payouts related to sexual harassment allegations caused advertisers to flee his show, the big question was whether he'd come back to host The O'Reilly Factor. Now we know the answer is no.
Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni, editorial director of the Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. Will there be another writers' strike ? The last strike ten years ago was bitter and divisive and largely over revenues from digital and streaming television. In the age of Peak TV, it may seem like there's plenty of work for writers, but shorter episode orders mean writers may be held on a project for a year, and only paid for 10 or 12 episodes, instead of 22, like in days gone by. For the first time ever, Cannes is showing two TV shows at the festival this year. While the lines between film and television continue to blur, it's probably no coincidence that the shows they're screening -- David Lynch's Twin Peaks revival and Jane Campion's second season of Top of The Lake -- are both by auteur filmmakers. Bill O'Reilly is on vacation -- a pre-planned vacation, he would like you to know. The question is, will he be back or is this a permanent vacation?
Will there be another writers' strike? Ten years after the last writers' strike, the industry is possibly looking at another one. The last strike was bitter and divisive, and there's hope that the situation can be avoided this time around, but if the strike goes through, it could start as soon as May 2.
Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni, editorial director of the Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. Advertisers are fleeing Bill O'Reilly's Fox News show after allegations of sexual harassment and payouts to a number of women surfaced in the New York Times. Normally a person in O'Reilly's position would be fired, but he brings in so much money to the network, that the Murdochs have been yet to act. The question now becomes, at what point does the pressure become so great that they have to make a move? Jim Gianopulos has officially started his job as the new head of Paramount, and he's already got a challenge in dealing with the whitewashing backlash and box office bomb of The Ghost in the Shell. Along with Paramount, another studio struggling with a lack of franchises is Sony. Its newest Smurf movie comes out this weekend, but up against a still soaring Beauty and the Beast and Boss Baby, the Smurfs probably don't stand a chance .
Advertisers flee Bill O'Reilly's Fox News show Fifty advertisers have now dropped their ads from Bill O'Reilly's show after learning that the Fox News network paid out $13 million in settlements among to five women who alleged O'Reilly sexually harassed them.
Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni, editorial director of the Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. Universal went all in at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, showing the entire Fate of the Furious movie . This is the first film in the franchise truly without Paul Walker. The topic of theatrical windows has always been the elephant in the room at CinemaCon, and this year the elephant was ever larger than usual. Studios are eager to find a way to get movies into people’s homes faster for a premium price, but theater owners and many filmmakers want to protect theatrical exclusivity.
At CinemaCon, lots of debate about theatrical windows The annual gathering of movie theater owners wraps up today in Las Vegas. The hot topic of this years event was theatrical windows -- how long a movie should have to wait after being in theaters before becoming available in homes.
Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni, editorial director of the Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. Disney CEO Bob Iger has had his contract extended yet again , this time until July 2019. He'll have to find a replacement eventually, but with Disney doing so well, its board is probably in no hurry for him to go. Rupert Murdoch is trying to buy the portion of the British broadcaster Sky that he doesn't already own, but is facing pushback. One reason might be the hacking scandal. The other is Trump's allegation that the UK was somehow involved in wiretapping him , a claim put forward by Judge Andrew Napolitano on Murdoch-owned Fox News. Paramount may have have finally found their leader in Jim Gianopulos, formerly of Fox. Part of the negotiation includes giving Gianopulos greenlight power for films with budgets up to $100 million .
Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni, editorial director of the Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. Hollywood is in a state of disarray. Two of the major studios -- Sony and Paramount -- are leaderless at the moment. Jim Gianopulos, formerly of Fox, is rumored to be taking the Paramount job , but he is also being courted by other companies as well. In the past, the studios might have drawn on someone from an up-and-coming executive class to be their CEO, but the clear hierarchy doesn’t exist any more as film studio jobs allow less autonomy and more people are going to places like Silicon Valley or Netflix. In a historic vote, Telemundo actors vote overwhelmingly in favor of joining the union SAG-AFTRA . Telenovela star Pablo Azar came on The Business several months ago to talk about the fight to get benefits for work in Spanish-language productions .
Oscars blunder continues to resonate By now, the basics of the mix-up that led to presenter Warren Beatty announcing the wrong best picture are well-known, but the Academy is still in the process of evaluating its relationship with accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni, editorial director of the Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. After 12 years on the job, Brad Grey is out as CEO of Paramount Pictures. Many are amazed he hung on as long as he did, considering all the recent losses at the box office. Now that he's out, who will take his place ? It's a tough job that used to have a lot of power and autonomy, but has now become more of a matter of managing up and green-lighting by committee. Stephen Colbert is on fire. His show is the most-watched late night show for the third week in a row -- beating Jimmy Fallon, the longstanding leader in the pack. Donald Trump is no doubt part of the reason -- Colbert seems to have found his late-night groove in responding to Trump's antics.
Bassem Youssef and Sara Taksler on 'Tickling Giants' Known as the "Jon Stewart of Egypt," Bassem Youssef hosted a satirical news show that was the first of its kind in the Middle East. The show was immensely popular, until the military-backed government forced Youssef off the air and out of the country. Youssef and director Sara Taksler tell us about their documentary Tickling Giants, which profiles Youssef’s leap from heart surgeon to super star satirist.
'A Square Meal,' a kosher slaughter and Ukrainian Easter eggs Historian Andrew Coe explains how the Great Depression altered the 1930s’ food landscape, and contributor Sam Brasch witnesses a kosher slaughter. Artist Sofika Zielyk shows us how to decorate Ukrainian Easter eggs, Sandor Katz discusses his latest fermentation projects, and Dana Cree introduces her new book, “Hello, My Name is Ice Cream.” Plus: Laura Avery finds Swiss chard at the market, and Jonathan Gold dines at Kismet.
Damon Lindelof on the end of 'The Leftovers' Writer-producer Damon Lindelof wrapped up the hit series Lost in 2010, and he still gets lashed by fans who hated the ambiguous ending. Now as Lindelof launches the final season of The Leftovers on HBO -- another series that revolves around a mystery -- he still cares what people think of his work, but this time, he's stay far away from Twitter.