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Digital Audience Ratings: Post-Apocalyptic Programming Comes to Life

16 September 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Each week Variety publishes ListenFirst Digital Audience Ratings (Dar), a measurement of fan engagement across all the major digital platforms as it relates to TV shows (see the film version here). Provided by ListenFirst Media, Dar measures what entertainment content is resonating most across Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, YouTube and Wikipedia combined. For more on the methodology behind Dar, scroll to the bottom of the article.

Digital Audience Ratings (Dar) Weekly Top 10 Monday Sept 8, 2014 – Sunday Sept 14, 2014 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 1 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 30,436 2 2 Jimmy Kimmel Live! 17,053 3 4 America’s Got Talent 8,318 4 7 Conan 5,731 5 3 The Simpsons 5,423 6 8 Top Gear 5,112 7 9 Sesame Street 4,750 8 – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver 4,569 9 10 The Voice 4,368 10 – The Walking Dead 4,300 Key First time on the chart Pinnacle Rank -

Trending Monday Sept 8, 2014 – Sunday Sept 14, 2014 Program Rating(000) % Change Charlie Rose 499 +1,627% About a Boy 163 +604% Z Nation 71 +453%

 

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One month out from its season five premiere, “The Walking Dead” has »

- Jason Klein

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Jacksfilms’ Parody Pokes Fun Of The “Features” Of New Apple Watch

10 September 2014 2:55 PM, PDT | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

By now, you’ve probably read about Apple’s announcement about their new Apple Watch, and if you haven’t, you’re not missing anything. At least, that’s what Jack Douglass (known as Jacksfilms on Youtube) is assuming in his recent parody video, “The Apple Watch.” Douglass released his video yesterday on September 9, the same day as Apple’s announcement. The parody intentionally mocks the so-called “features” of the new device, which Douglass keeps mis-labelling as the “iWatch,” an obvious jab at Apple’s deviation from their typical nomenclature. He also questions the effectiveness of viewing YouTube videos or browsing images on such a tiny screen, the inclusion of maps which we already have on our smartphones, and the realm of other unnecessary features like “sharing heartbeats.” Douglass’s video reflects many of the negative opinions (either unspoken or public) about the Watch already floating around the internet since its announcement. »

- Bree Brouwer

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Tells David Muir: Steve Jobs’ DNA ‘Runs Through All of Us’

9 September 2014 5:18 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

What was Steve Jobs greatest legacy? Apple CEO Tim Cook told ABC anchor David Muir that one of Jobs' greatest gifts to mankind was Apple itself. Cook announced several new innovations from Apple Tuesday morning, including the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Pay and the Apple Watch. The smart watch's unveiling was one of the company's most anticipated releases, with Cook calling the watch “the most personal device we've ever created.” Speaking to Muir throughout the day of Apple's live presentation from Cupertino, Calif., Cook said that while Jobs did not have a hand in creating the watch, the design was inspired. »

- Gina Hall

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Apple CEO Presents Apple Watch, Pays Tribute to Steve Jobs

9 September 2014 3:30 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

For tech geeks everywhere, the time is now. Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed the newest innovation, the Apple Watch, on Tuesday, giving a nod to Steve Jobs by repeating the late founder's signature mantra. "We're not quite finished yet ... we have one more thing," Cook told the crowd after unveiling the iPhone 6 (on sale Sept. 19), according to Mashable. Also on hand (literally)? Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon, who showed off the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in a first look of Apple's new commercials. Though their voices are recognizable, the comedic BFFs' faces never appear on screen. Apple Watch is the »

- Michele Corriston, @mcorriston

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Apple CEO Presents Apple Watch, Pays Tribute to Steve Jobs

9 September 2014 3:30 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

For tech geeks everywhere, the time is now. Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed the newest innovation, the Apple Watch, on Tuesday, giving a nod to Steve Jobs by repeating the late founder's signature mantra. "We're not quite finished yet ... we have one more thing," Cook told the crowd after unveiling the iPhone 6 (on sale Sept. 19), according to Mashable. Also on hand (literally)? Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon, who showed off the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in a first look of Apple's new commercials. Though their voices are recognizable, the comedic BFFs' faces never appear on screen. Apple Watch is the »

- Michele Corriston, @mcorriston

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Apple has made the best phone ever and the best watch ever, says Apple

9 September 2014 2:10 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Apple has finally done it, according to Apple. After years of valiant struggle and terrible defeat—years that saw the beloved techtalitarian super-corporation self-effacingly release embarrassing and ultimately inefficient devices like the chubby iPhone 3G, the lethargic iPhone 4S, and the iPhone 5C, widely considered the Octopussy of iPhones by people whose only cultural reference is James Bond movies— Apple has finally created the perfect phone, if Apple doesn’t say so itself.

At a press conference on Tuesday in Cupertino—widely considered the Thunderball of towns in Santa Clara County by people who can recognize the moderate but pivotal »

- Darren Franich

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10 Takeaways From Apple's Big iPhone and Watch Event

9 September 2014 11:52 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Apple's big event didn't disappoint. The presentation at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino was full of new gadgets and products for Apple enthusiasts. And while the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch stole the show, they weren't the only takeaways from the Sept. 9 bonanza.   Here  The Hollywood Reporter breaks down the biggest lessons learned from the two-hour show.  This Is a New Apple CEO Tim Cook took the reigns from the late Steve Jobs more than three years ago, but Tuesday's event signals that he's moving out from under Jobs' shadow. Apple's iconic

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- Natalie Jarvey, Bryan Bishop

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Everyone Is Freaking Out Over Apple’s iPhone Announcement—and Not in a Good Way

9 September 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Apple announced a new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus today, plus the Apple Watch.

Let’s start with the facts: As speculated, Apple announced two new iPhones. And they’re apparently the best phones ever: The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have bigger screens (4.7 and 5.5 inches, respectively), better battery life, a better camera...for taking selfies, and a bunch of other techno stuff that basically means these two are harder, better, fast, stronger.

Other exciting announcements include: Apple Pay, a “reinvention” of the wallet, that stores all your credit cards and allows “easy, secure, and private” wireless payments. And Apple Watch, a chic smart watch used for fitness, communication and, well, basically anything you want it to do.

But it may have been difficult to get all of that. At the beginning of his talk, Apple CEO Tim Cook said, “Today we’re announcing the biggest advancement in the history of iPhone.” What Apple may »

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Apple Watch Finally Unveiled

8 September 2014 5:55 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Apple Watch has finally arrived.  Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the new device Tuesday morning during a live event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, Calif. It's the first new product from Apple since Cook took control of the company from Steve Jobs in 2011.  The watch comes in two sizes and three different versions: Apple Watch; Apple Watch Sport, with an aluminum casing; and Apple Watch Edition, made from 18-karat gold. It can be personalized with six different straps that can be switched out to turn the watch into a sporting device

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- Natalie Jarvey

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Studios Hit With New Class-Action Suit Over Anti-Poaching Pacts

8 September 2014 12:11 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Walt Disney Co., DreamWorks Animation and Sony Pictures Animation are among the defendants in a new class-action suit, contending that the studios and other visual effects and animation companies conspired to suppress wages via “non-poaching” agreements between the companies.

Also named in the lawsuit, filed on Monday in federal court in San Jose, are Pixar, Lucasfilm and its division Industrial Light and Magic, Digital Domain, and ImageMovers Digital. Also named was Sony Pictures Imageworks.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Robert Nitsch, who was a senior character effects artist at DreamWorks Animation from 2007 to 2011.

“The conspiracy deprived Plaintiff and other class members of millions of dollars which Defendants instead put to their bottom lines,” the lawsuit stated. “It did so at the same time that the films produced by these workers achieved world renown and generated billions of dollars in revenues in the United States and abroad.”

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- Ted Johnson

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'Imitation Game' writer has wanted to tell Alan Turing's story since he was 14

7 September 2014 4:49 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Los Angeles — The last four years have been a whirlwind for screenwriter Graham Moore. After seizing the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tell the story of a childhood hero, his script based on Alan Turing's life — "The Imitation Game" — lit up the industry, landing at the top of The Black List (an annual compendium of hot unpublished screenplays). He was given the rare opportunity as a writer to see production all the way through as an Executive Producer, moving with the project in and out of the studio system, and in the mountains of Colorado last week, he witnessed the film catch fire after finally premiering at the Telluride Film Festival. Now the 32-year-old finds himself working alongside directors like Michael Mann and Marc Forster, living the dream after having the best possible alignment of stars on his first major industry experience. With "The Imitation Game" set for another big coming out »

- Kristopher Tapley

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X-men: First Class Writers Board Acme Movie; Crazy Stupid Love Helmers in Talks to Direct

27 August 2014 11:55 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Warner Bros.’ untitled Acme movie is taking shape.  Heat Vision reports that X-Men: First Class scribes Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz have been tapped to write the script for the project, while Crazy Stupid Love writers/directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are in early talks to direct.  The film is planned as a CG/live-action hybrid and while story details are under wraps, producer Dan Lin previously told us that the lead character is a Steve Jobs-type and the story revolves around the titular company that makes everything.  Steve Carell is attached to star in what is being envisioned as a big family adventure movie. Ficarra and Requa just helmed the upcoming con artist pic Focus, starring Will Smith and Margo Robbie, but it's unclear if Acme would be their next directorial effort.  Miller and Stentz, meanwhile, are currently busy writing the upcoming Power Rangers reboot.

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- Adam Chitwood

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Females On Film: Ranking the summer's biggest box office winners based on lady roles

20 August 2014 2:49 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Films with great women’s roles aren’t always great films. Films with poor female representation aren’t necessarily bad films. But poorly written female roles will always be a problem for cinema so long as they continue to persist. The damsel in distress. Angel-whore. The token girl. Trophy wives. Mother, daughter, sister. The unconditional love interest. These are among the popular clichés most frequently applied to female characters as they’re written on the page. Some films are so desperate for conflict that they just keep going to the well without altering the mold. Have women not earned the right by now to play more villains, complicated lovers, a-holes, The Best Friends, soldiers, comic reliefs or leads? Can a woman be sexy in a film and still have a great role? Yes. Give her agency. Can a woman support other characters but still have a great role? Yes. Keep her vital. »

- Katie Hasty and Donna Dickens

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Kim Kardashian Squeezes into Outfit for Hamptons Dinner - Fashion Sense Mocked by Kelly Cutrone

14 August 2014 9:56 AM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Kim Kardashian West squeezed her famous curves into a figure hugging beige crop top and matching skirt as she arrived at a restaurant in the Hamptons for a family dinner. Recently the keeping up with the Kardashians star was mocked about her fashion sense. 'America's Next Top Model' judge Kelly Cutrone claims Kanye West and his wife Kim Kardashian West  "have no influence in the fashion world whatsoever". Kelly has scoffed at Kanye's past claims when he stated he was as important to fashion as Steve Jobs, the late founder of Apple, was to technology and insists he is a nobody in the industry despite having his Dw Kanye West line. Speaking to the New York Daily News newspaper's Confidenti@l column, she said: "I don't think there's one person who really works in the fashion industry who gives a flying f**k about Kanye West." Speaking about Kim, »

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Remembering Robin Williams Through The Performances He Left Behind

13 August 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

The sudden and tragic passing of Robin Williams has had an affect on all of us, it would seem. Even tech giant Apple paid tribute to him on the homepage of Apple.com, an honor previously only bestowed upon Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and board member Jerry York. That’s the kind of company Williams was in — he was a significant talent whose comedy and passion touched multiple generations. Whether you grew up watching him on Mork & Mindy or you were born later and didn’t catch on until his Mrs. Doubtfire era of silver screen success. Or even if you knew him through his more serious work, the kind that ended with him accepting an Oscar. Somewhere along the line, we all have our great Robin Williams memories. He was an epic talent. And we’d like to remember him as such, through the best moments of his career. Personally »

- Neil Miller

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Movie Review – The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014)

9 August 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz, 2014.

Directed By Brian Knappenberger.

Starring Aaron Swartz, Tim Berners-Lee, Lawrence Lessig and Cory Doctorow.

Synopsis

The story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz’s help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was Swartz’s groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a two year legal battle with the Federal government. It was a battle that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26.

Aaron Swartz was a genius. A child prodigy involved in developing the RSS process as a 14 year-old. This was a boy who was going places. His suicide at the age of 26, in January 2013, remains a shock. Coverage of his »

- Simon Columb

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Mistress Sues Mega-Music Mogul Ted Cohen for Lifetime Support

8 August 2014 1:43 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

A man some say is the Steve Jobs of the music industry is being sued by a woman who claims she moved half way around the world on his promise to take care of her for the rest of her life ... then screwed her over.Ted Cohen -- a music industry icon who has worked with the likes of Alice Cooper, Fleetwood Mac, The Who, Van Halen and Prince and has been a leader in »

- TMZ Staff

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Cast Announced for Scream TV Series; Wes Craven Not Directing Pilot

5 August 2014 11:14 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

What's your favorite scary movie? If the answer to that question is Scream, then you're no doubt excited about the upcoming MTV series based on the films; and on tap for you today is the latest casting news along with a bummer of a director change. Read on!

Per Variety, Wes Craven will no longer be directing the pilot episode of the series with MTV officially tapping “Faking It” helmer Jamie Travis to take his place. It was originally reported that Craven would be handling directing duties for the pilot, and it's no doubt a disappointment that he's now off the project.

Actors cast in key roles for the reboot of the Wes Craven film franchise about a murder spree among teenagers are Willa Fitzgerald (“Alpha House,” “Royal Pains”), Amy Forsyth (Torment, “Reign”), John Karna (Premature, “The Neighbors”), Carlson Young (“Key and Peele,” “The Kroll Show”), and Amadeus Serafini.

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Casting Under Way on Scream TV Series; Three Possible Stars Revealed

30 July 2014 12:47 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

While the Scream movie franchise has reached a standstill, the spin-off TV series is coming along smoothly with casting currently under way. On tap for you today are the first details so read on!

Per Up and Comers, John Karna, Carlson Young ("True Blood"), and Amadeus Sarafini are among the top choices to lead MTV’s one-hour series pilot based on the film franchise.

Young is said to be the top pick to play Brooke Maddox, a 16-year-old who is described as the high gloss queen bee who thinks she’s nice and the world’s just reading her wrong, capable of being bubbly and seemingly genuine and also capable of being ferociously sexy.

No word yet on what roles the other young actors are up for.

A source also told the site that some of the casting has already been completed and that at least one of the main »

- John Squires

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Brand? Oh…

29 July 2014 5:15 AM, PDT | Hope for Film | See recent Hope for Film news »

As the democratization of film has made it possible for just about anyone to make a film, it has conversely made it more difficult for the individual filmmaker and his or her films to stand out. Online content platforms now offer a hundred times more films in their catalogs then the films cataloged by IMDb from the inception of film (1,764,727 titles as of 14 Jan 2011). So despite assertions to the contrary, branding is more important than ever.

Filmmakers Are Brands, Their Films Are Products Though difficult for some in a creative pursuit to accept, in the words of Moonstruck (1987): “Snap out of it!” The music world has brands Madonna Louise Ciccone and Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known by their much more memorable brand names, Madonna and Lady Gaga.

Consistency Counts When your audience knows what they can expect from your “brand”, even if it is to be continually surprised, you’ve »

- David K Greenwald

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