FROM Matthew Belloni
Disney's big gamble More details are emerging about Disney's upcoming streaming service. It's been dubbed "the Netflix killer," but Disney will no doubt lose a lot of money in the process of getting back all its own content.
Hollywood news banter A stunning week of news at CBS: Les Moonves is out, and it turns out he was not entirely truthful with his board of directors over the past several months. Among the allegations against Moonves, especially chilling is an encounter he had with a doctor . Jeff Fager is out as the head of ‘60 Minutes.’ Though he was also mentioned in Ronan Farrow’s New Yorker pieces as creating a toxic culture at the flagship news show, he was actually terminated for sending threatening texts to a CBS reporter looking in allegations against him.
Continued fallout at CBS Following Ronan Farrow's second expose in the New Yorker, Les Moonves stepped down from CBS on Sunday, and later in the week, Jeff Fager, the head of '60 Minutes,' also departed.
Hollywood news banter That new best popular film category proved to be pretty unpopular . The Academy is putting its new category on hold indefinitely. The funny thing is, there may actually be some “popular” films up for best picture this year, with or without the help of the Academy. ‘Black Panther’ was already a massive box-office success and is considered a best picture contender, and ‘First Man’ and ‘A Star is Born’ have gotten strong reviews from festivals and will likely draw big crowds. This is coming off a strong summer box office . Also a surprise big hit this summer ? Documentaries.
Banter update: Leslie Moonves out at CBS following second Ronan Farrow exposé Over the weekend, the New Yorker published a second story by Ronan Farrow about Les Moonves. This one chronicled six more allegations of graphic sexual misconduct by the CBS CEO. Moonves is now out at the company.
Best popular film category proves not so popular The Academy has put its plan to introduce a new category for best "popular" film on indefinite hold. It will go forward with presenting 6-8 awards during commercial breaks in order to streamline and shorten the TV broadcast of the ceremony.
Hollywood news banter It was known that Ronan Farrow had been working on his Harvey Weinstein expose for NBC before ultimately taking it to the New Yorker. Now, two new stories, one from the Daily Beast and one at The New York Times shed light on what was going on behind the scenes. There are allegations that NBC’s legal counsel threatened Farrow if he took the story elsewhere and that NBC News president Noah Oppenheim was possibly leaking details of Farrow’s reporting to Weinstein himself. Farrow’s producer at NBC has also gone on the record, saying that the story was killed by someone at the highest levels of NBC.
Hollywood news banter Fall film festival season begins next week in Venice, and with it, Netflix will try to position itself as an awards-contender for movies. The final season of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ is not just the end of a show, but the end of an era in broadcast sitcoms. Also premiering at this year’s fall film festivals? Television. Amazon’s drama ‘Homecoming,’ starring Julia Roberts, will debut at Toronto .
As film festival season begins, Netflix tries to make its mark The Venice Film Festival starts next week, and with it, the unofficial kickoff to awards season. Netflix has had great success racking up awards for television, but so far, not much luck on the film side. This year, the streamer is trying to change that.
Hollywood news banter Hollywood is grappling with the next phase of the #TimesUp movement: deciding who gets to come back, and when . And studios are trying to figure out what to do with people like James Franco and Casey Affleck --who have new projects coming out and been accused of misconduct in the past, but on a lesser scale of someone like Harvey Weinstein or Kevin Spacey.
The Academy's new "popular" film category faces supercharged backlash In an effort to boost ratings for the Oscars, the Academy said they'd be making some changes to the awards show--including awarding certain categories during commercial breaks, as well as adding a new category for popular films. But so far, that new category is not getting good reviews.
Hollywood news banter Following Ronan Farrow’s piece in the New Yorker, CBS has hire two law firms to conduct an investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations against CEO Les Moonves. Meanwhile, Moonves tries to hang on to his job as Shari Redstone continues to push for control. Many people within CBS are torn-- they don’t want to excuse Moonves’ alleged behavior , but also can’t imagine how CBS would function under Redstone.
With Leslie Moonves under siege, the fate of CBS hangs in the balance Following Ronan Farrow's expose in the New Yorker, an investigation has begun looking into the CBS CEO and allegations of sexual assault. Moonves remains on the job, but he may not be there for long if more alleged victims come forward.
Banter update: CBS CEO Leslie Moonves accused of sexual misconduct in New Yorker exposé Late on Friday afternoon, a New Yorker investigation by Ronan Farrow dropped, revealing accusations of misconduct against Leslie Moonves by six women. The CBS board met on Monday and announced that Moonves would remain at work while the board works to hire outside counsel to conduct an investigation.
How do Trump supporters feel about the Paris Accord? Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership or a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty.
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."