1. 'American Idol' Finalists Reunite in Florida Before Tour Kickoff: 'This Is the Victory Lap'

    July 06, 2015 8:03 PM EDT American Idol season 14 runner-up Clark Beckham walked into his hotel lobby near Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Fla., and was the first of the top five finalists on this year’s summer tour to spot another alum after seven weeks apart, following t ...

  2. 'Amy' Scores Biggest Opening for Homegrown Doc at U.K. Box Office

    July 06, 2015 7:13 PM EDT Not for the first time,   Amy Winehouse  is breaking chart records. Amy , Asif  Kapadia’s  critically acclaimed documentary chronicling the life and death of the late British singer, had the most successful debut of any U.K. documentary ever this ...

  3. Jerry Weintraub, Legendary Promoter-Turned-Producer, Dies at 77

    July 06, 2015 5:21 PM EDT Jerry Weintraub, who produced such hits as The Karate Kid  and the Ocean' series, died at his Palm Springs home on Monday, according to TMZ . He was 77.  No further details of the passing were immediately available.  A promoter and impresa ...

  4. Start of 'X Factor' U.K. Auditions Canceled After Simon Cowell's Mother Dies

    July 06, 2015 10:09 AM EDT Monday's planned start of auditions for the new season of The X Factor U.K. on ITV has been canceled after the death of Simon Cowell's mother. Julie Cowell died on Sunday. She was 89. Auditions for the 12th season of the singing competit ...

  5. Univision Files for IPO

    July 02, 2015 8:40 AM EDT Univision Holdings said Thursday that it has filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial public offering . The number of shares to be offered in the IPO and the price range for the stock o ...

  6. Donald Trump Sues Univision for $500 Million Following Miss Universe Cancellation

    July 01, 2015 7:53 AM EDT Donald Trump is making good on his threats following Univision’s decision to sever ties with him over his remarks about immigrants. The mogul and presidential candidate filed a $500-million lawsuit against Univision on Tuesday, claiming the Hispan ...

  7. Donald Trump Sues Univision for $500 Million Following Miss Universe Cancellation

    June 30, 2015 6:57 PM EDT Donald Trump is making good on his threats following Univision’s decision to sever ties with him over his remarks on immigrants. The mogul and presidential candidate on Tuesday filed a $500-million lawsuit against Univision, claiming the Hispanic ...

  8. Why 'Back to the Future' Composer Is Writing New Music for the Film

    June 29, 2015 6:46 PM EDT Alan Silvestri  remembers his first conversation with Robert Zemeckis  about  Back to the Future . In a church in Hollywood Heights, the director was shooting one of the film's climactic scenes, the Enchantment Under the Sea dance. The compos ...

  9. Donald Trump on NBC Severing Ties: 'They Didn't Want Me to Run'

    June 29, 2015 2:16 PM EDT NBC is cutting ties with Donald Trump . The network is "ending its business relationship" with Trump over his "recent derogatory statements" regarding immigrants, the company said in a statement Monday. Donald Trump's Lati ...

  10. Roselyn Sanchez Bows Out as Miss USA Co-Host After Donald Trump's Anti-Immigrant Speech

    June 25, 2015 3:32 PM EDT Roselyn Sanchez , the Puerto Rican singer/actress and star of Lifetime’s Devious Maids , has bowed out as co-host of the Miss USA pageant, citing Donald Trump’s comments in his June 16 presidential-bid speech. "I was very excited and proud to ...

  11. Pharrell, Ryan Seacrest Tout The Joys Of Multi-Tasking At Cannes Lions

    June 25, 2015 11:00 AM EDT Pharrell Williams wears a lot of hats these days -- from his upcoming return to  The Voice   to his role with next week's June 30 debut of Apple Music  to an extensive product line with  Adidas , a creative director role with November's ...

  12. Why the Academy's Music Branch Tightened Up Its Live Performances Rule

    June 24, 2015 10:27 PM EDT The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Wednesday released its annual update to its "regulations concerning the promotion of films eligible for the 88th Academy Awards" -- the rules governing Oscar campaigning -- and there was ...

  13. J Balvin Cancels Miss USA Performance After Donald Trump's Comments on Latins: Exclusive

    June 24, 2015 6:47 PM EDT Miss USA Nia Sanchez is part Mexican, Miss Universe Paulina Vega is Colombian, and in a nod to Latins' fascination with beauty pageants, the upcoming Miss USA contest -- airing live July 12 on NBC -- was slated to feature Latin performer J Ba ...

  14. James Horner, Film Composer for 'Titanic' and 'Braveheart,' Dies in Plane Crash

    June 22, 2015 11:44 PM EDT James Horner, the consummate film composer known for his heart-tugging scores for Field of Dreams , Braveheart and Titanic , for which he won two Academy Awards, died Monday in a plane crash near Santa Barbara. He was 61. Gone But Not Forgotten: ...

  15. Brian Williams to Stay at NBC, But Lester Holt Keeps 'Nightly News'

    June 17, 2015 9:41 PM EDT NBC executives have reached an agreement that will keep  Brian Williams at the company, say sources. But the exiled Nightly News anchor will not be returning to the anchor desk. Lester Holt will continue to anchor the broadcast, say sources. The d ...

  16. Kap G Talks 'Dope' & 'Bringing Two Worlds Together' as a Mexican-American Rapper

    June 17, 2015 8:08 PM EDT Atlantic Records newcomer Kap G may not be a household name just yet, but he’s working on it. On Tuesday, Kap released new single “I Be Up” featuring Nechie on iTunes and all digital providers. Come Friday, the Mexican-American rapper makes his fo ...

  17. 'Fashion Police' Returning in August With New Co-Host Melissa Rivers

    June 17, 2015 5:39 PM EDT Fashion Police  has tapped Melissa Rivers, the daughter of the late Joan Rivers, as it's new co-host, E! announced Wednesday (June 17). Rivers will join returning co-hosts Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski when the series returns on Aug. 31. I ...

  18. Courtney Love Doesn't Want You to See the Latest Kurt Cobain Documentary

    June 17, 2015 11:45 AM EDT This year's Kurt Cobain doc Montage of Heck was released with the approval of the late Nirvana frontman's family, as Courtney Love helped director Brett Morgen assemble the film from Kurt's private home videos. The Nirvana nostalgia ...

  19. Ten Alps Co-Founder Bob Geldof Leaving Board as Company Acquires Reef Television in U.K.

    June 17, 2015 9:02 AM EDT U.K. TV production firm Ten Alps said Wednesday that it has agreed to acquire Reef Television for approximately $7.8 million (£5 million) as British producers continue to consolidate. Musician Bob Geldof , who co-founded the company in 1999, will ...

  20. Russia to Hold Eurovision-Style Song Contest to Escape the Original's 'Degrading Moral Values'

    June 16, 2015 12:48 PM EDT Russia's defense ministry plans to hold a song contest as an alternative to Eurovision amidst local officials and politicians' criticisms of the European competition for allegedly promoting "degrading moral values." "We ar ...

  21. 'Downton Abbey' Composer John Lunn Talks Show's Success, Likely Tour: Exclusive

    June 12, 2015 7:42 PM EDT The much-beloved TV series Downton Abbey may be ending after its sixth season, but the Crawley family may live on in a tour that would bring the music and residents of the manse to the show's millions of fans. The series' composer, John ...

  22. Rupert Murdoch Stepping Down as 21st Century Fox CEO

    June 11, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Rupert Murdoch is planning to step down from his role as 21st Century Fox CEO, sources confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter . CNBC first reported the news, adding that Murdoch would be suggesting that his son James Murdoch , currently co-COO, be na ...

  23. Jaden Smith Joins Baz Luhrmann Hip-Hop Series 'The Get Down'

    June 09, 2015 8:08 PM EDT Actor and musician Jaden Smith ( The Karate Kid ) is the latest to join Baz Luhrmann 's hip-hop Netflix drama The Get Down , the streaming service announced Tuesday (June 9). The Get Down  will focus on 1970s New York -- broken down and beate ...

  24. Country Notes: Blake Shelton Covers Bob Dylan; New Home for Florida Georgia (Fashion) Line

    June 09, 2015 2:15 PM EDT Here's a selection of the goings on in the wide world of country music. -- When Blake Shelton covered Bob Dylan for the forthcoming movie Max , Shelton ended up recording two versions of the song, perhaps creating bonus material for somewhere ...

  25. American Federation of Musicians Sues Paramount Over Upcoming Renee Zellweger Film

    June 09, 2015 12:13 PM EDT Attention, Hollywood: The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada is on a legal rampage. AFM has filed its third major lawsuit in the past two months. This time, the guild is targeting Paramount Pictures, alleging that the ...

  26. Midem 2015: L.A. Reid Calls 'X Factor' 'The Worst Thing I've Ever Done'

    June 06, 2015 12:34 PM EDT Epic chief L.A. Reid, whose regime at the label is on a hot streak after a bumpy start, did not mince words about his two-season stint as a judge on The X Factor from 2011-2012. "It's the worst thing I've ever done," Reid said ...

  27. Does Rupert Murdoch's Fox Empire Include a Hip Hop Division?

    June 05, 2015 1:30 PM EDT In March, Twentieth Century Fox filed a preemptive lawsuit against a record label doing business as Empire Distribution and denied claims that the hit TV series Empire constituted a trademark violation. No surprise that Empire Distribution has now ...

  28. Harvey Weinstein on A-List 'Finding Neverland' Soundtrack and Getting 'Spanked' With Tonys Snub: Exclusive

    June 05, 2015 7:30 AM EDT When Jennifer Hudson took the Tony Awards stage last year to perform “Neverland” from  Finding Neverland , the first Broadway show under Harvey Weinstein’s Weinstein Live banner, hopes were high for the then-yet-to-open show’s Tony prospects. But ...

  29. YouTube's User Personalization 'Going Granular' to Double Its Reach

    June 04, 2015 7:45 PM EDT YouTube is in the process of doubling its users, or trying to at least. And considering the video streaming service currently reaches more than 1 billion people, that should be quite the feat.  The key lies in tailored viewing experiences, accordi ...

  30. 'Sister Act' Remake in the Works at Disney

    June 03, 2015 8:37 PM EDT Call it a habit-forming franchise. Disney is dusting off one of its most successful comedies of the early 1990s and has begun work on a new installment of Sister Act . Lauryn Hill, Jazmine Sullivan Perform Tribute to Nina Simone at NYC's Apol ...

  31. Latin Grammys to Air Nov. 19 From Vegas

    June 03, 2015 7:00 AM EDT The 16 th annual Latin Grammys will be broadcast live on the Univision Network Nov. 19 from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, marking the show's eighth turn in Vegas and its second at the MGM Grand Garden Arena since the show first took place at th ...

  32. 'America's Got Talent' Returns to Top Of Ratings

    June 03, 2015 1:21 AM EDT Memorial Day isn't the only sign of summer. The return of America's Got Talent  to television screens, along with a liberal dose of reality shows and reruns, are just as reliable as thermometers. NBC was last week's most popular tel ...

  33. Disney CFO Jay Rasulo to Step Down on June 30

    June 01, 2015 1:46 PM EDT Jay Rasulo will step down as CFO at Walt Disney on June 30 at which time he'll become an advisor to CEO Bob Iger and assist with the transition of a yet-to-be named CFO, the company announced Monday.  The news was not unexpected as Rasulo had ...

  34. 'House of Cards' Composer on Plans for Season 4, Live Symphonic Suite

    May 30, 2015 7:50 PM EDT Fans of House of Cards won't know if President Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) can win the White House or win back his wife until season four debuts next spring, but the series' composer Jeff Beal hopes to bring music from the Emmy-nomina ...

  35. 'Empire' Star Jussie Smollett to Perform on 'Lexus Verses and Flow' Season 5

    May 27, 2015 7:03 PM EDT Lexus Verses and Flow , cable channel TV One’s mix of music and spoken word, will launch its fifth season on July 30. Artists slotted to perform during the upcoming season include Empire   star Jussie Smollett , Charlie Wilson , Raekwon , Jazmine ...

  36. Hollywood Studios Under Fire Over Recycled Soundtracks

    May 27, 2015 2:03 PM EDT 'Tis the season for much discussion about the state of originality in Hollywood. In keeping with this theme, the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada accused the biggest film and television studios on Tuesday of vi ...

  37. MTV Africa Music Awards to be Held On Nelson Mandela's Birthday

    May 27, 2015 5:37 AM EDT The fifth edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) has been slated to run on Nelson Mandela’s birthday, July 18, in South Africa’s Durban International Convention Center, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa  announced Thursday. ...

  38. They're In the Money: CEOs From Viacom, CBS & Disney Top List of Best-Paid Execs

    May 26, 2015 9:20 AM EDT They're not Hollywood stars, they're not TV personalities and they don't play in a rock band, but their pay packages are in the same league. Six of the 10 highest-paid CEOs last year worked in the media industry, according to a stud ...

  39. Charter Reaches Deal to Acquire Time Warner Cable

    May 26, 2015 8:30 AM EDT Charter Communications, in which John Malone 's Liberty Broadband owns a big stake, made it official on Tuesday, unveiling that it has agreed to acquire Time Warner Cable in a deal valued at $78.7 billion. Comcast recently abandoned plans to ...

  40. Hailee Steinfeld Signs Deal With Republic Records

    May 21, 2015 6:44 PM EDT Pitch Perfect 2  star Hailee Steinfeld has signed a record contract with Republic Records. The news comes less than a week after Pitch Perfect 2 opened with the biggest box office tally ever for a musical.  'Pitch Perfect 2': Hailee Stei ...

  41. Sony/ATV Relaunches Hickory Records to Support Synch Superstar Lenka

    May 20, 2015 5:02 PM EDT On June 16, Sony/ATV Music Publishing will take the unusual step of releasing an album for one of its songwriters. The world's largest music publisher will dust off dormant Hickory Records -- a label that it has owned since its 2002 acquisit ...

  42. Musicians Union Travels to California's Capitol to Play a Song for Tax Credits

    May 19, 2015 9:10 AM EDT The dulcet strains of motion picture and television soundtracks wafted across the grounds of the State Capitol on Monday, as musicians union members from Los Angeles, San Francisco and elsewhere joined Sacramento members in a concert and press con ...

  43. 'American Idol' Announces 2015 Live Tour Dates

    May 18, 2015 8:14 PM EDT American Idol has announced two months of touring this summer for its American Idol Live! 2015 Tour that will run July 7 in Clearwater, Fla., to Aug. 28 in Riverside, Calif. The Not-So-Obvious Ways 'American Idol' Had a Profound Impact o ...

  44. 'Pitch Perfect 2' Outsings 'Mad Max' With Stunning $70.3M Debut

    May 17, 2015 1:48 PM EDT The Pitches are back in a big way. Scoring one of the top openings of all time for a non-tentpole, Elizabeth Banks' Pitch Perfect 2 opened to a massive $70.3 million at the North American box office, thanks to ardent female fans. And in only ...

  45. 'American Idol' Fades Out: Preserving the Show's Legacy Despite a Precipitous Decline

    May 15, 2015 11:00 AM EDT Not 24 hours after fox dropped an early morning bomb on May 11 announcing that American Idol , the venerable 14-year-old show that redefined music’s place on TV, would end with its 15th season, the mood backstage at its finale was, surprisingly, ­ ...

  46. 'Letterman' Ratings Rise With Retirement Near

    May 14, 2015 11:07 PM EDT David Letterman's imminent retirement is bringing nostalgic viewers back to check out his final shows. The Nielsen company said Letterman's CBS Late Show had more viewers last week than the Tonight  show for the first time since Jimmy Fa ...

  47. The Lonely Island Begins Production on Comedy About Boy Band Reunion

    May 14, 2015 9:53 PM EDT Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer, also known as The Lonely Island , have begun production on their untitled musical that Judd Apatow is producing for Universal. The trio are starring in the feature, while Schaffer and Taccone direct. ...

  48. 'American Idol' and Its Deep Impact On The Country Format

    May 14, 2015 5:01 PM EDT Fans of American Idol were disappointed to learn May 11 that the Fox show will cease production in 2016 after its 15 th season. While most of the show’s winners have pursued careers in rock, pop or R&B, in its first 14 seasons the show still h ...

  49. David Letterman's Final 'Late Show' Guests Announced

    May 14, 2015 4:51 PM EDT David Letterman will end his late night TV run next week with some of his most-trusted guests. On Monday, Tom Hanks will make his 60th  appearance on a Letterman-hosted show, having first appeared with the host on NBC's Late Night in 1984. He ...

  50. Alexandre Desplat, Common and John Legend Among Winners at BMI's Film/TV Awards

    May 14, 2015 4:17 AM EDT Oscar-winning composer Alexandre Desplat received BMI’s Icon Award Wednesday (May 14) at the performing rights society’s annual Film/TV Awards, held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.  The Icon Award heralds composers who have ...

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