1. Diddy Reportedly Executive Producing FX Animated Comedy

    April 05, 2015 3:08 PM EDT Diddy is adding another gig to his lengthy resume. The entrepreneur is reportedly executive producing an animated comedy titled Brightmoor . The FX series -- which is currently in development -- was created and written by King of the Hill co-produ ...

  2. 'The Osbournes' VH1 Reboot at Center of Jack Osbourne Lawsuit

    April 03, 2015 7:32 PM EDT Like with any family, The Osbournes reboot  planned for VH1 is seeing infighting. But the latest dispute isn't between members of Ozzy Osbourne 's notorious brood, whose antics were the subject of the MTV series from 2002 to 2005. In sev ...

  3. Hank Williams Biopic 'I Saw the Light': Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Worldwide Rights

    April 02, 2015 3:50 PM EDT Sony Pictures Classics has acquired worldwide rights to I Saw the Light , the story of the legendary country music singer Hank Williams . The film chronicles Williams' meteoric rise to fame and its ultimately tragic effect on his health and p ...

  4. Billy Ray Cyrus to Star in Scripted TV Comedy As Elvis Impersonator

    April 02, 2015 12:53 PM EDT CMT is joining the late-night fray and getting back into the scripted space. The Viacom-owned cable network announced Thursday that it has ordered its first-ever nightly talk show, handing out a series pickup to  The Josh Wolf Show, while also gre ...

  5. Amy Winehouse Documentary Finds U.S. Distributor

    April 01, 2015 2:46 PM EDT A24 is in final talks to acquire Amy , the documentary about singer Amy Winehouse , for U.S. distribution. The deal marks A24's first documentary project. The company is planning to release Amy theatrically this summer, according to sources, ...

  6. Rihanna & 'Home' Best 'Get Hard' at the Box Office

    March 30, 2015 11:58 AM EDT Animated family film  Home  easily topped the North American box office with $54 million from 3,708 theaters in a much-needed win for Jeffrey Katzenberg's DreamWorks Animation. Overseas, the music-infused title has earned $48.2 million for an ...

  7. Sacha Baron Cohen To Star in Freddie Mercury Biopic, Queen Manager Says

    March 28, 2015 8:55 PM EDT UPDATE : Not true! Brian May clarified that  Queen 's manager was only kidding about Sacha Baron Cohen returning to star in a biopic about the late Freddie Mercury. Original Post: Actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen will write, direct, pr ...

  8. 'Home,' Starring Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez, Heads for Stellar $55.5M Debut

    March 28, 2015 12:27 PM EDT Animated offering Home is where the hearth is at the North American box office. In a needed victory for Jeffrey Katzenberg's DreamWorks Animation, the music-infused family film topped Friday's (March 27) chart with $15.6 million from 3,7 ...

  9. Legal Battle Over 'Voice' Singer Jumps From Kim Jong Un to Prince

    March 28, 2015 10:40 AM EDT Judith Glory Hill, a singer who became prominent as a contestant on The Voice after performing backup vocals for artists such as Stevie Wonder , Elton John and Michael Jackson , is the subject of two lawsuits filed this week. In one, the music com ...

  10. 'Glee' Says Goodbye on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    March 27, 2015 5:44 PM EDT The likely last new album entry from Fox’s Glee arrives at No. 63 on the Billboard 200 dated April 4 (and No. 50 on Top Album Sales ) as the EP Glee, Season Six: Dreams Come True takes a bow.  Dreams Come True  moved 8,000 units in the week ending ...

  11. Kiss' Gene Simmons Gets Into the Horror Movie Business With WWE

    March 27, 2015 12:02 AM EDT Kiss 's Gene Simmons is getting into the horror movie business, partnering with WWE Studios on a three-picture co-production deal under the banner Erebus Pictures. Kiss' Gene Simmons Tells Women: 'Stop Depending on Men' Erebus ...

  12. Troy Carter's Atom Factory Appoints Everdream as Studio of Record

    March 25, 2015 9:00 AM EDT Last March, James Khabushani and R.J. Collins were a couple of students at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business and Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, respectively, when they spent ...

  13. 'E.T.', 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' Headed To Concert Stages

    March 24, 2015 6:16 PM EDT E.T.  and  Raiders of the Lost Ark  are headed to the concert stage. Film Concerts Live! , a co-venture between IMG Artists and the  Gorfaine /Schwartz Agency, is adding the two John Williams-Steven Spielberg films to its roster of full-length fea ...

  14. India's High Court Scraps 'Vague' Online Content Law

    March 24, 2015 8:48 AM EDT India's top court has scrapped a law that criminalized sharing "grossly offensive" content online, including posts on Facebook and Twitter. The Supreme Court on Tuesday canceled Section 66A, which had been considered a major infring ...

  15. 'Midnight Rider' Director: Georgia Train Crash 'Ultimately My Responsibility'

    March 21, 2015 1:11 PM EDT The director of an ill-fated movie about singer Gregg Allman said Friday (March 20) that it's "ultimately my responsibility" that his crew ended up on a Georgia railroad bridge in the path of a freight train that killed a camera ass ...

  16. Kurt Cobain Documentary Will Get a Theatrical Release

    March 19, 2015 4:00 PM EDT Brett Morgen's documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck will receive theatrical runs in Los Angeles, New York and Seattle prior to the film's May 4 debut on HBO. SXSW 2015: Check Out Our Full Coverage Here The theatrical runs, which qual ...

  17. 'Empire' Finale Ratings See Even More Growth

    March 19, 2015 3:54 PM EDT The meteoric rise (and rise and rise) of Empire 's first season concluded during Wednesday's two-hour finale. And though it appears to be again steady in the targeted demographic of adults 18-49, the show, as is its habit, added even mor ...

  18. Tower Records Founder Russ Solomon's Suprising Take on Vinyl, Why Labels Were Dumb to Kill 45s

    March 18, 2015 1:31 PM EDT Russ Solomon , the Tower Records founder now 89 years of age, who got his start selling 78s at his father's Sacramento drug store in the late 1930s, experienced the full arc of the record selling business; from mainstream adoption in the  ...

  19. Elton John Shopped There and Dave Grohl Worked There: Behind Colin Hanks' New Tower Records Doc

    March 18, 2015 10:03 AM EDT A crucial piece of vintage footage of Elton John shopping at the Tower Records on Sunset Strip ensured that director Colin Hanks could fulfill his vision in All Things Must Pass , the story of Tower and its founder Russ Solomon . John, list in han ...

  20. Sam Cooke Biopic in the Works

    March 17, 2015 10:22 PM EDT The story of Sam Cooke , the soulful singer-songwriter behind such hits as "Wonderful World" and "Twistin' the Night Away," is getting a big-screen treatment that hopes to shine new light on the man's death. Music a ...

  21. 'Fashion Police' on Hiatus After Kathy Griffin & Kelly Osbourne Exits

    March 17, 2015 9:45 PM EDT On March 12, E! Entertainment general manager Adam Stotsky gathered staff in the lobby of the network's Los Angeles offices to toast its new scripted series, The Royals . But as Stotsky was wrapping up his speech, employee phones began vibrat ...

  22. Drake Disowns Fathom Events' 'Drake's Homecoming: The Lost Footage' Film (Updated)

    March 16, 2015 11:45 AM EDT Drake's Homecoming: The Lost Footage , a concert film comprised of footage featuring a 23-year-old Drake performing at Toronto's Sound Academy in 2009, screens for one night only on Thursday (March 19) in nearly 350 movie theaters  at 7: ...

  23. Teen Metal Act Unlocking the Truth Looking to Sever Ties With Sony

    March 15, 2015 9:08 AM EDT Unlocking the Truth, the heavy metal band of three African-American teens from Brooklyn who signed a much-ballyhooed contract with Sony, is looking to become a free agent. Unlocking the Truth: 21 Under 21 (2014) "Our attorneys are working o ...

  24. What's Next in the TV Music Bookers Shuffle?

    March 13, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Music booker Jonathan Cohen 's Feb. 20 exit from NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon has sparked a round of musical chairs at the top daytime and late-night talk shows. Julie Gurovitsch , former music talent coordinator at Today ...

  25. Andy Samberg to Host the 2015 Emmys

    March 12, 2015 5:23 PM EDT Fox and the TV Academy's choice for this year's Emmy host is Andy Samberg . The actor and comedian, star of the network's Brooklyn Nine-Nine , will emcee the live awards show on Sept. 20 -- marking his first time hosting a major tel ...

  26. 'Score: A Film Music Documentary' Reaches Kickstarter Goal & Then Some

    March 12, 2015 3:18 PM EDT The first-ever documentary on film scoring is heading into the final stanza of a Kickstarter campaign aiming for a final-stretch goal of $100,000. With more than two dozen interviews with film composers already shot,  Score: A Film Music Documenta ...

  27. 'Empire' Ratings: Audience Grows As Demo Finally Holds

    March 12, 2015 11:27 AM EDT Ten episodes in and the champagne still floweth freely... the latest episode of Empire rose again, at least among total viewers, during the penultimate episode of its wildly successful freshman season. But the show did finally halt its nearly unpr ...

  28. Univision Reportedly Hires Bankers to Lead Initial Public Offering

    March 11, 2015 8:31 AM EDT Univision Communications has hired banks to lead an initial public offering that could value the Spanish-language media company at as much as $20 billion, Reuters reported on Wednesday. Univision has tapped Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and Deutsc ...

  29. Layoffs Hit MTV, VH1; Dave Sirulnick Among Exits

    March 10, 2015 5:11 PM EDT Following Viacom's February news of a major media restructuring  and the departure of music head Van Toffler , layoffs at the company have started to hit MTV and VH1, after reports earlier this week of layoffs at TV Land. Viacom Announces ...

  30. ASCAP Honors Top Film & TV Composers at 2015 Ceremony

    March 10, 2015 11:40 AM EDT Composers Jóhann Jóhannsson, Sean Callery and Austin Wintory were honored by their peers Monday at ASCAP's 30th annual Film & Television Music Awards. The three received the PRO's Composers' Choice Awards, chosen by its writer m ...

  31. Sam Simon, 'Simpsons' Producer & Philanthropist, Dies at 59

    March 09, 2015 3:17 PM EDT Sam Simon -- the nine-time Emmy Award-winning comedy writer and producer who helped develop The Simpsons , made millions after leaving the show in 1993 and then donated his riches to charity -- has died, his foundation announced . He was 59. " ...

  32. Exclusive: 'Today' Show Booker Julie Gurovitsch Heading To 'Tonight'

    March 09, 2015 1:52 PM EDT Julie Gurovitsch , coordinating music producer for NBC's Today , is moving. Beginning next month, Gurovitsch will take the reins as lead music booker for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon , filling a role previously held by Jonathan Cohe ...

  33. Apple, HBO Announce Exclusive Partnership for Standalone Streaming Service

    March 09, 2015 1:21 PM EDT HBO's standalone streaming service is coming in April exclusively with Apple.  HBO CEO Richard Plepler took the stage at Apple's March 9 event to announced that HBO Now will be available April 12 for $14.99 a month just in time for the p ...

  34. China Censorship, Piracy Rules in Focus at Annual Legislative Meeting

    March 09, 2015 9:15 AM EDT Cai Fuchao , director general of China's powerful media watchdog, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT), said last week that the country's annual legislature meeting, which kicked off Thursd ...

  35. Beyonce Dance-a-Thon to Kick Off MTV's Record-Setting Week

    March 09, 2015 8:45 AM EDT MTV is hoping this week is one for the books -- the book of world records. The network is hosting a series of events designed to set some standards, mostly for goofy fun. It begins Monday at 11 p.m. with a 24-hour Beyonce dance marathon outside of ...

  36. 'Midnight Rider' Director Randall Miller to Stand Trial in Sarah Jones Case

    March 07, 2015 1:29 PM EST Randall Miller had just begun shooting the Gregg Allman biographical movie Midnight Rider when the production turned into a nightmare -- a freight train traveling 55 mph plowed into the director's crew on a Georgia railroad bridge, injuring s ...

  37. Hans Zimmer Talks Scoring TV Boxing Show, Playing With Pharrell & More

    March 07, 2015 12:29 PM EST Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer is known for powerful scores for such films as Inception , Gladiator and The Dark Night . Now he's hoping to knock people out with music for the small screen. Zimmer, who had a childhood fascination for Muha ...

  38. Mary J. Blige Documentary Gets Spotlight at Tribeca Film Festival

    March 05, 2015 3:52 PM EST A documentary chronicling the recording of Mary J. Blige 's 13th studio album will receive its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, April 15-26 in New York. Blige will perform at the festival as well. Mary J. Blige--The London Session ...

  39. Brit Awards Enjoyed 95 Percent Jump in Tweets (Thanks Madonna!)

    March 05, 2015 10:40 AM EST Madonna 's pain was the Brit Awards' gain as the event saw a huge jump in social engagement during last month's telecast. According to new digital stats via Brits producer BPI, there was a 95 percent increase in tweets during the Fe ...

  40. Losing 'X Factor' and a Weaker 'American Idol' Hurts RTL Group's Profits

    March 05, 2015 8:39 AM EST RTL Group, Europe's leading television company, had a mixed 2014 amid digital growth, but weakness in more traditional media businesses. Losing X Factor in the U.S, which Fox canceled last year  after three underperforming seasons, and weake ...

  41. Fuse Media Announces Launch of FM, New Music-Focused Network

    March 04, 2015 2:21 PM EST The company behind the Fuse and NUVOtv networks will launch in the fall a new network, to be called FM, with music at its core and a focus on up-and-coming, young talent. Programming will be announced at a later date. Fuse Media announced the new ...

  42. David Geffen Hall Coming to Lincoln Center Following $100 Million Donation

    March 04, 2015 1:50 PM EST Entertainment industry executive David Geffen has donated $100 million to New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The performing arts building -- long known as Avery Fisher Hall -- will be renamed David Geffen Hall in September, Li ...

  43. 'Boogie Nights' Soundtrack Coming to Vinyl

    March 03, 2015 3:42 PM EST Universal Music Enterprises is continuing its rollout of soundtracks on vinyl with the March 10 release of a O Brother, Where Art Thou? picture disc, the film adaptation of Little Shop of Horrors and Silence of the Lambs . The five-month rollout o ...

  44. A Fine Frenzy's Alison Sudol Digs into a Major Acting Gig, Talks Balancing Her Two Careers

    March 03, 2015 2:46 PM EST Alison Sudol , 30, who has recorded three albums as A Fine Frenzy and has a new music project due this year, makes her highest-profile appearance as an actor in USA network's 10-episode series Dig. Sudol, whose pink-dyed hair and tattooed nec ...

  45. Republic Records Teams With IM Global to Produce Music-Driven Films

    March 02, 2015 9:59 AM EST Republic Records and independent film and television studio   IM Global have announced a multi-picture co-financing and co-production relationship for a series of music-driven titles. The movies will be supported by soundtracks, music videos and f ...

  46. ITV to Acquire 'The Voice' Producer Talpa Media

    February 27, 2015 2:05 PM EST U.K. TV giant ITV is in advanced negotiations on a deal to acquire The Voice producer Talpa Media, the Dutch production company created by John de Mol , Broadcast magazine reported Friday .‎ De Mol , also known as the man who created reality jugge ...

  47. Grand Ole Opry House Added to National Register of Historic Places

    February 27, 2015 9:20 AM EST The Grand Ole Opry's home since 1974 has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Opry's sixth home, the Opry House represents the heart and soul of country music and has hosted countless concerts, award shows, radio b ...

  48. John Legend, Rita Ora, Nick Jonas Lead 'Finding Neverland' Compilation

    February 26, 2015 12:47 PM EST 
John Legend , Rita Ora , Nick Jonas and  Glee star Matthew Morrison will contribute performances Finding Neverland (Songs From The Musical) , a compilation due April 21 to accompany the Broadway debut of Finding Neverland on April 15. Featuring m ...

  49. The Story Behind 'The Wrecking Crew' Documentary About L.A. Session Musicians: 'The Most Expensive Home Movie Ever

    February 23, 2015 3:24 PM EST Ten years after Denny Tedesco shot the first frames of his film about Los Angeles session musicians of the 1960s, he hit the point of no return. The film had to be made. "(Director) John Sayles told a friend of mine there is a line where you ...

  50. Oscars 2015: Common & John Legend March Off With Best Song

    February 22, 2015 11:51 PM EST Politically and historically aware speeches from Common and John Legend received the biggest ovation of the first two and half hours of the Academy Awards on Sunday night. Oscars 2015 The rapper and singer, honored with the best original song Osca ...

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