1. Exclusive: 'Fantasia' Video Game Soundtrack Set for October Release

    September 23, 2014 9:39 AM EDT Nile Rodgers ' Sumthing Else Music Works will release a score album to accompany the new video game based on the 1940 Disney animated classic Fantasia . Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved Original Soundtrack , featuring new performances of clas ...

  2. 'American Idol' Alum Scott MacIntyre Requires Another Kidney Transplant

    September 22, 2014 11:04 PM EDT For the second time in his life, season eight American Idol alum Scott MacIntyre is facing end-stage kidney disease. The 29-year-old requires a transplant within six months, which necessitates a living donor. Last week, he was officially accepte ...

  3. 'X Factor' Italy Premieres With Impressive Viewing Figures

    September 22, 2014 6:11 AM EDT Italy’s X Factor eighth-season premiere surpassed all expectations for pay-TV station Sky Uno, reaching 1.2 million viewers, double the audience that tuned in last year. The winner of the series will take home a $385,000 Sony recording contract. ...

  4. INXS Mini-Series ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ Poised for Latin America Debut

    September 22, 2014 3:30 AM EDT The TV mini-series that catapulted INXS back to the summit in their homeland is about to air in Latin America, where the Australian rockers’ flame has burned impressively bright.  “Never Tear Us Apart” begins its four-week primetime broadcast vi ...

  5. Exclusive: Gary Numan's 'From Inside' Score Set for Release

    September 19, 2014 3:08 PM EDT Gary Numan 's first score for a film in 23 years, John Bergin 's From Inside , will be released in two editions in October. Lakeshore Records will release From Inside – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on Oct. 7. Two weeks later, on ...

  6. Conan's New Apple Service Will 'Remove Any Memory of the Band U2'

    September 19, 2014 9:41 AM EDT Apple was quick to offer iTunes users a one-click way to rid their digital libraries of the new (and very free) U2 album earlier this week. But for some anti-U2ites that just isn't enough and Conan O'Brien and team have imagined a rath ...

  7. California Governor Signs Bill Raising Hollywood Tax Credits

    September 19, 2014 1:50 AM EDT Gov. Jerry Brown headed to the cradle of the Hollywood film industry Thursday to sign legislation that more than triples the state's tax credit to $330 million a year for films and TV shows produced in California. Warren Beatty joined prop ...

  8. Britain's ITV Scraps 'Rising Star' Amid Soft Ratings in U.S., Germany

    September 17, 2014 8:55 AM EDT Britain's ITV has scrapped plans to air a U.K. version of Israeli talent competition Rising Star next year amid soft ratings in key international territories. ITV Studios and format owner Keshet's Keshet International UK unit had been ...

  9. VH1 Orders 'T.I. & Tiny' Spinoff

    September 16, 2014 4:12 PM EDT VH1's bet is anything but "tiny." Following the success of docuseries T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle , the Viacom-owned cable network is moving forward with a spinoff centered on T.I. 's better half,  Tameka "Tiny" ...

  10. Exclusive: Snoop Dogg, Common, DJ Mustard, YG Among Performers Set For BET Hip Hop Awards

    September 16, 2014 7:00 AM EDT With his return engagement as host of BET Hip Hop Awards 2014 announced earlier, Snoop Dogg is now also set to perform. He will be joined by a high-wattage confirmed performer lineup that includes Common , Birdman , DJ Premier , DJ Mustard , Rich ...

  11. Conan O'Brien Sets George Harrison Week on TBS Show

    September 15, 2014 9:20 PM EDT The late George Harrison is getting a weeklong tribute on TBS' Conan. George Harrison to be Honored by Brian Wilson, Norah Jones at 'George Fest' Benefit Concert Timed to the release of George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75 , a r ...

  12. The Doors' Self-Produced Documentary 'Feast of Friends' Finally Getting Release

    September 15, 2014 8:36 PM EDT The Doors ' long lost self-produced documentary, Feast of Friends , will be seeing a proper releases more than four decades after its creation.  The 1968 film has been previously only available to fans as poor-quality bootlegs, but now it has ...

  13. Watch Tim Cook Talk Beats Music, Apple Watch & Steve Jobs' Untouched Office on 'Charlie Rose'

    September 15, 2014 12:49 PM EDT Following the unveiling of the new Apple Watch , CEO Tim Cook sat down with Charlie Rose on his PBS talk show last week for a wide-ranging discussion about the company's newest gadget, plus the state of television and why he green lit the pur ...

  14. MSG's James Dolan Opens for Eagles, Pens Songs About Eliot Spitzer & Trayvon Martin

    September 12, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Go on and blame the opening act if anything goes awry at this weekend's Eagles show in New York City. That's because billionaire Cablevision CEO James Dolan , who also runs Madison Square Garden, where the concert takes place on Saturday ...

  15. Music, Film Industries See Drop in Employment

    September 11, 2014 10:24 AM EDT The motion picture and sound industries have lost over 30,000 jobs since January and are now projected to be under 300,000 in the U.S., according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics . The BLS projects that employment in the two industries, covering ...

  16. 'Fashion Rocks' a Ratings Flop: What Didn't Work & What's Next

    September 10, 2014 6:05 PM EDT ‪It was not a triumphant comeback for Fashion Rocks . The TV event, which spotlights the intersection of the fashion and music industries, returned to CBS on Tuesday night and only drew 2.4 million viewers, a 0.6 share rating among 18- to 49-year- ...

  17. Lionsgate Nabs Beach Boys Biopic 'Love & Mercy'

    September 10, 2014 3:36 PM EDT Lionsgate/Roadside has acquired North American rights to Bill Pohlad 's Beach Boys biopic  Love & Mercy . A source pegs the deal at $3 million. John Cusack , Paul Dano , Elizabeth Banks  and Paul Giamatti star in the film that made its wo ...

  18. Memphis Soul Doc ‘Take Me to the River’ Is Giving Back to Musicians in Need

    September 09, 2014 5:09 PM EDT In Take Me to the River , Martin Shore 's documentary about music scenes in and around Memphis since the late 1950s, veteran artists are united in recording studios with singers and rappers two or three generations younger. Snoop Dogg Helps P ...

  19. Music Star Exes Are Cashing In on VH1

    September 08, 2014 4:35 PM EDT Several divorcees of music men are finding independence on reality TV thanks to the trend of celebrity ex shows. VH1 has cornered this market, first featuring the world of sports spouses on Basketball Wives , then Hollywood Exes , a series followi ...

  20. Thalia's 'Viva Tour' to Debut on HBO Latino

    September 05, 2014 7:23 PM EDT Thalia 's Viva Tour (En Vivo), which premieres Friday (Sept. 5) on HBO Latino and can be seen for free during a special preview through Monday, features the Mexican singer's greatest hits. Exclusive Video Premiere: Laura Pausini & ...

  21. Ja Rule to Star in MTV Family Docu-Series 'Follow the Rules'

    September 04, 2014 7:04 PM EDT Rapper-turned-actor Ja Rule is set to turn the spotlight on his family. MTV has handed out a straight-to-series order for docuseries Follow the Rules , The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Nick & Drew Lachey's New Reality Series 'Lach ...

  22. 'Iron Man 3' Composer Tackles NFL Music for ESPN

    September 04, 2014 1:11 PM EDT Brian Tyler is moving from big-screen superheroes to the gridiron watched on TV, composing new theme music for ESPN’s NFL studio shows.   Tyler, composer on Iron Man 3 , Thor: The Dark World and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles -- and a life-long foot ...

  23. TBS Cancels CeeLo Green's 'The Good Life'

    September 02, 2014 4:04 PM EDT TBS doesn't want any part of CeeLo Green 's The Good Life . The Turner-owned cable network has canceled the unscripted series after one season, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The unscripted series bowed in June and has already com ...

  24. 'Pancake Mountain,' Kid-Friendly and Music-Centric Series, Returns with New Season of (Weird) Programming

    September 02, 2014 10:18 AM EDT Katy Perry 's slightly scantily-clad performance on Sesame Street may not have flown with Big Bird -- or parents -- but the singer will always be A-OK as far as Pancake Mountain is concerned. In a 2007 episode of the kids-of-all-ages-friendly ...

  25. Weezer's Rivers Cuomo Tapped as Subject for New Fox Comedy 'DeTour'

    August 27, 2014 9:45 PM EDT Fox is looking to Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo for its next comedy. The network has handed out a hefty put-pilot commitment to single-camera comedy DeTour , inspired by the life of the singer-songwriter, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Weezer ...

  26. Rdio Partners With Toronto Film Festival, Announces Free Ellie Goulding Show

    August 27, 2014 1:42 PM EDT Next month's  Toronto International Film Festival has an official music partner. Streaming service Rdio has announced it is setting up a music hub at the 11-day event with giveaways, a listening station and live music, starting with a free El ...

  27. VMAs Ratings Down Despite Blue Ivy Surprise

    August 26, 2014 12:02 PM EDT The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards was the most-watched show on television Sunday, pulling in 8.3 million total viewers, down 18 percent from the 10.1 million viewers who tuned in last year. Based on Nielsen numbers, the original broadcast had 10.3 m ...

  28. Super Bowl Halftime Pay-to-Play Reports: Grammys Producer Ken Ehrlich Weighs In

    August 21, 2014 6:56 PM EDT The NFL is making headlines this week for supposed pay-to-play negotiations with finalists for the 2015 Super Bowl halftime show , reported to involve Katy Perry , Coldplay and Rihanna . Executives familiar with plans tell Billboard that the initi ...

  29. Howard Shore to Receive Maestro Award at Billboard/THR Film and TV Music Conference

    August 21, 2014 1:04 PM EDT Composer Howard Shore will receive this year's Maestro Award at the Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Music Conference being held Nov. 5 and 6. Shore, who will participate in a Q&A at the conference, has an impressive slate of film ...

  30. Revenues Plunge at 'American Idol' Parent Company FremantleMedia

    August 21, 2014 8:51 AM EDT Revenues and profits at reality TV giant FremantleMedia, producers of X Factor , American Idol and America's Got Talent , dipped sharply in the first half of this year. Operating profits at Fremantle, which is owned by European broadcaster RT ...

  31. AEG Live Seals Deal to Provide Music Clips to National CineMedia

    August 21, 2014 2:20 AM EDT To increase awareness of concert tours and new music to moviegoers, AEG Live will supply short music clips to National CineMedia, a top provider of advertising in movie theaters.  The first videos -- 10- and 20-second clips -- promote the 24-city ...

  32. Michael A. Hoey, Producer, Director & Elvis Screenwriter, Dies at 79

    August 19, 2014 7:13 PM EDT Michael A. Hoey , who wrote the screenplays for a pair of  Elvis Presley films and was the architect behind the 1966 cult science-fiction movie The Navy vs. the Night Monsters , has died. He was 79. Hoey, the son of English actor  Dennis Hoey -- w ...

  33. Life of Sugar Hill Records' Sylvia Robinson Heading to Big Screen

    August 19, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Paula Wagner , the producer who has been working on Broadway projects since splitting with former partner Tom Cruise, has acquired the film rights to the life story of the singer considered the mother of hip-hop: Sylvia Robinson . Sylvia's ...

  34. Marvel's 'Ant-Man' Adds T.I. to Growing Cast

    August 19, 2014 9:41 AM EDT Marvel's Ant-Man has announced several new castings, including rapper T.I. , Bobby Cannavale ( Boardwalk Empire ), Judy Greer ( Archer ) and John Slattery ( Mad Men ). The film, directed by Peyton Reed , began principal photography on Monday ...

  35. 'Midnight Rider' Executive Producer Pleads Not Guilty to Sarah Jones Manslaughter Charge

    August 19, 2014 4:56 AM EDT Midnight Rider executive producer and production manager Jay Sedrish has waived his right for an arraignment and asked the court to enter a not guilty plea to criminal charges in the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones . Sedrish, director Randal ...

  36. George Strait’s Final Concert to Get Cable Broadcast

    August 18, 2014 2:38 PM EDT If you weren’t one of the record-setting 104,000 fans in attendance at George Strait’s final concert, you’re in luck. The entire show will air on CMT Friday, Aug. 29 in a two-hour exclusive premiere. George Strait: The Cowboy Rides Away will air f ...

  37. MTV’s Van Toffler Talks Miley Cyrus, the FCC, Why Diddy’s Revolt Won’t Work

    August 18, 2014 10:54 AM EDT When Van Toffler first went to work at 1515 Broadway in the mid-1980s, starting in business development for Nickelodeon and eventually rising to GM, then president of MTV, the company’s Times Square location was the polar opposite of the Disney-fi ...

  38. Exclusive: 'Aladdin' Composer Alan Menken Pens Tribute to the 'Brilliant' Robin Williams

    August 15, 2014 4:26 PM EDT Robin Williams appeared in our lives like a comet streaking across the sky; a brilliant, adorable, hilarious, compassionate, vulnerable manifestation of the human condition. It was as if he had learned to bare his soul with spontaneous humor as h ...

  39. Beats Music Releases 'Do the Right Thing' Doc

    August 15, 2014 11:07 AM EDT Apple's Beats Music has created a new documentary for the 25th anniversary of Do the Right Thing that reunites director Spike Lee with several members of the landmark film's cast and crew, and returns fans to the Brooklyn street it all m ...

  40. Simon Cowell Bringing Betty Boop to the Big Screen

    August 15, 2014 2:29 AM EDT Simon Cowell' s Syco Entertainment and Australian digital production house Animal Logic ( Lego Movie, The Great Gatsby ) are bringing Betty Boop back to the big screen. The pair announced Thursday they will develop and produce the cartoon sta ...

  41. Damon Dash Makes Move to Collect Money From Lee Daniels' Films

    August 14, 2014 3:53 PM EDT Damon Dash believes he is owed money from several of Lee Daniels ' film and television projects, including The Butler . The Roc-a-Fella Records co-founder has gone to New York Supreme Court as a first step toward filing a complaint against th ...

  42. Next Up for Pussy Riot: 'House of Cards' Season 3

    August 12, 2014 6:58 PM EDT Obviously there's no established protocol in the rock world for these things, but Pussy Riot 's first move after filing suit against the Russian government for human rights violations is surprisingly lighthearted one: They're appear ...

  43. Stax Records Musical: Lawsuit Explores Who Owns the Rights

    August 12, 2014 1:15 PM EDT Just last month, Concord Music Group announced that it was developing a Broadway musical about the iconic music label Stax Records, which launched the careers of such soul artists as Otis Redding , Isaac Hayes and Booker T. & the MG's ami ...

  44. BET Orders Reality Series Starring Nelly, Keyshia Cole and Mann Family

    August 12, 2014 3:44 AM EDT BET is bulking up its unscripted programming. The Viacom-owned cable network has handed out series orders to docuseries starring rapper Nelly , a new entry with Keyshia Cole and one featuring Meet the Browns stars David and Tamela Mann . The untit ...

  45. Robin Williams Dead at 63, Suicide Suspected

    August 11, 2014 7:41 PM EDT Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams has died at age 63, according to police in Marin County, Calif. Robin Williams' Death: Music Stars React on Twitter The full statement is below. On August 11, 2014, at approximately 11:55 a.m, ...

  46. ARIA Awards Return to Network Ten

    August 11, 2014 4:37 AM EDT The Australian record industry’s flagship ARIA Awards will return to free-to-air broadcaster Network Ten later this year.  The ARIAs come back to its familiar broadcast home following three years with commercial broadcaster Channel Nine -- an arra ...

  47. Aaliyah Biopic Adds Missy Elliott and Timbaland Roles: Report

    August 09, 2014 6:21 PM EDT With the Aaliyah role finally locked into place for the upcoming Lifetime biopic about the singer, more pivotal roles are reportedly being revealed.  According to The Wrap , Chattrisse Dolabaille and Izaak Smith have been cast as Aaliyah's co ...

  48. 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Soundtrack Battling for No. 1 on Billboard 200

    August 07, 2014 7:20 PM EDT The hot-selling Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 soundtrack is battling the new Now 51 compilation for No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 chart. Industry forecasters suggest the Awesome album could sell just over 100,000 in the wee ...

  49. FCC Probes Complaints About 'Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Tour' Special

    August 06, 2014 10:16 PM EDT Although it only drew three complaints from the more than two million viewers, the Federal Communications Commission is in the process of determining if NBC's Fourth of July weekend special Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Tour violated its rules against ...

  50. British 'X Factor' Coming to U.S. TV Screens

    August 06, 2014 6:26 PM EDT Simon Cowell is coming back to U.S. TV — and reuniting with Ryan Seacrest . AXS TV, the music-focused network created by Mark Cuban and Seacrest — has inked an agreement with FremantleMedia International and Cowell's Syco Entertainment and Th ...

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