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Each week Variety publishes ListenFirst Digital Audience Ratings (Dar) – Film, a measurement of fan engagement across all the major digital platforms as it relates to film (see the TV version here). Provided by ListenFirst Media, Dar – Film 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) – Film Weekly Top 5 Wednesday Nov 19, 2014 – Tuesday Nov 25, 2014 Rank Last Week Film Rating(000) 1 – Cinderella 14,392 2 – Jurassic World 14,148 3 2 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 7,394 4 – Pitch Perfect 2 3,688 5 4 Big Hero 6 2,839 -
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Disney connected their corporate dots yet again to give “Cinderella” a spectacular debut at #1. After countdown posts and a teaser video, the first full-length trailer »
- Jason Klein
George Stephanopoulos’ interview with Darren Wilson – the police officer who killed African-American teenager Michael Brown – tells us a lot more about ABC News than it does about what actually happened that day in Ferguson, Mo.
Wilson’s account of events was hardly unexpected. He sounded like someone who had been well coached by attorneys, both in regard to potential criminal charges and a possible wrongful-death civil lawsuit. Stephanopoulos mischaracterized his demeanor as “very clinical,” when the better description would be “very lawyered up,” which is strictly an observation, not a criticism.
ABC, by contrast, approached its coup of landing the first sit-down chat with Wilson in an unorthodox way, or at least one that says a great deal about the network’s priorities, which have been crystal clear since Stephanopoulos – as host of “Good Morning America” – was designated the principal breaking-news and big-event anchor, putting him a rung above “World »
- Brian Lowry
[Brightcove "3911047076001" "" "" "auto"] Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, whom a grand jury decided not to indict for shooting Michael Brown, opened up about his personal life to ABC News's George Stephanopoulos on Wednesday. During the interview, which aired on Good Morning America, Wilson confirmed he had gotten married during a small ceremony at the courthouse. His new wife has a baby on the way. "We're just normal people," he said. "I just want to live a normal life." A Low ProfileBut life has been anything but normal for Wilson, 28, since the Aug. 9 shooting that left Michael Brown dead. "You're always looking, wondering if someone recognized you, »
- Steve Helling, @stevehelling
Whatcha eating there? It's no surprise that the Dancing With the Stars finalists were famished after a night of doing the salsa and rumba live before a packed audience. After their long and exhausting season ended Tuesday, Nov. 25, the top four finalists boarded a private NYC-bound plane ahead of their appearance on Good Morning America. Here, Us Weekly reveals what each cast member — including winners Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson, fan favorite pro Derek Hough, and Duck Dynasty's Sadie Robertson — requested to eat during [...] »
ABC’s George Stephanopoulos secured an interview with Officer Darren Wilson, the police officer who was at the center of the spiraling controversy in Ferguson, Missouri, the anchor said in a post on Twitter.
Just finished a more than hourlong interview with Officer Darren Wilson. No question off limits. pic.twitter.com/BrD4e39ABg
— GeorgeStephanopoulos (@GStephanopoulos) November 25, 2014
In doing so, the ABC News Chief Anchor may have won a TV-news scrum of sorts. Several other outlets have vied for an interview with the police officer who a grand jury last night declined to indict in the shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager.
ABC said the interview will air Tuesday, November 25 on “World News with David Muir” and “Nightline” and Wednesday, »
- Brian Steinberg
“Good Morning America” meteorologist Ginger Zee looks nothing like tightrope-walking daredevil Nik Wallenda. Yet for one agonizing block of time on a recent Friday, the two seemed more similar than different.
On the Friday, November 7 edition of the venerable ABC morning program, Zee made a tandem jump from a plane nearly 13,000 feet over Homestead, Florida, with a member of the U.S. Army Parachute team. As “Gma” co-anchor Lara Spencer brought her hands to her mouth and openly fretted – “Oh my gosh! Ginger, be careful!” – Zee smiled and plummeted at 120 miles per hour, all with wireless GoPro cameras showing the action from her point of view. Once all was well, she started chatting with her co-hosts as though she were back in the studio.
“When the door to the plane opened and we were about to jump, all I was thinking was …’I’m hungry!’” Zee said in an emailed response to questions, »
- Brian Steinberg
The violent protests in Ferguson, Mo., on Monday night were the top story on Good Morning America, Today and CBS This Morning on Tuesday. All three of the network morning shows opened with extended reports on the protests, including fire-filled video of blazes raging from buildings and cars and violent clashes between protesters and police officers. The three networks also all reported on the grand jury evidence that was released overnight, including photos of officer Darren Wilson and his version of his confrontation with Michael Brown. Good Morning America and CBS This Morning brought in their network legal experts
- Hilary Lewis
Jennifer surprisingly gushed about her handsome 24-year-old co-star in a new interview with Nylon magazine, going so far as to call him her bestie.
"I guess the thing that surprised me is that I would never expect to ever have a man this good-looking ever be my best friend," she tells the magazine. "I just would never assume those things could happen, but he is. He’s the most wonderful, lovable, family-oriented, sweet, hilarious, amazing guy."
Photos: A Comprehensive Guide to All of J. Law's 'Hunger Games' Premiere Looks
And that's not all.
"He actually taught me how to be fair and to stand up for myself," she reveals. "It’s my biggest weakness: negotiating. I’m a wimp about standing up for myself and Liam is always fair. He’s always »
The most striking thing about Thursday's episode of the "Today" show may have been what you didn't see: No empty chair where Natalie Morales usually sits (she was there, calmly reading the news, as usual), and no other sign of the backstage turmoil that has engulfed the venerable morning news show this week, which had threatened the jobs of correspondents Morales and Willie Geist and has already claimed the job of the new producer brought in just a few weeks ago to fix the troubled show.
Despite the placid surface, it's clear that there is still trouble brewing at "Today," a creative and corporate struggle that is not likely to end soon. And the stakes are high, involving big money, big names, and big egos.
After all, "Today" is easily the most lucrative program overseen by NBC News -- maybe even the most profitable show on the network, period. But »
- Gary Susman
Mike Nichols, the entertainment icon and husband of ABC News Anchor Diane Sawyer, has died suddenly Wednesday at the age of 83. He won the Oscar for directing The Graduate, though it didn’t win best picture, and went on to direct some key adult films of the ’70s and ’80s: Catch-22, Carnal Knowledge, Silkwood, Working Girl. I was surprised to see just 21 films on his directorial resume, as he seemed more prolific, but he was involved in theater, winning nine Tonys for bringing Angels in America, and Monty Python’s Spamalot and more to the stage.
Here’s more on Nichol’s death from USA Today:
Mike Nichols, esteemed director/writer/producer and husband of Diane Sawyer, has died.ABC reports he died suddenly on Wednesday evening of cardiac arrest. He was 83.Nichols’ death was announced by ABC News President James Goldston.”He was a true visionary, winning the highest »
- Tom Stockman
Mike Nichols, the Academy Award-winning director of films like The Graduate and The Birdcage and a nine-time Tony Awards winner, has passed away at the age of 83. Good Morning America reports that the filmmaker died suddenly Wednesday night of cardiac arrest.
Nichols was also the husband of longtime ABC news anchor Diane Sawyer. "He was a true visionary, winning the highest honors in the arts for his work as a director, writer, producer and comic and was one of a tiny few to win the Egot — an Emmy, a Grammy, »
Sad news this Thursday morning as word comes that legendary director Mike Nichols passed away at age 83 on Wednesday night. Reports indicate that the cause of death may have been cardiac arrest. Nichols, one of only a handful of Egot (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) winners, was the director of films such as "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," "The Graduate," "Biloxi Blues," "Regarding Henry," and "The Birdcage." His last film was 2007's "Charlie Wilson's War." Nichols' Oscar came for "The Graduate," while he won Emmys for "Wit" and "Angels in America," and a Grammy for "An Evening with Mike Nichols and Elaine May." The director won nine different Tony awards including ones for "Barefoot in the Park," "The Odd Couple," and "Spamalot." ABC News President James Goldston, who announced the death in a statement, said, "In a triumphant career that spanned over six decades, Mike created some of the most iconic works of American film, »
- HitFix Staff
As a former anchor for ABC World News and Good Morning America, Diane Sawyer is used to being the interviewer, not the interviewee. But she found herself on the receiving end of questions earlier this year when she sat down to chat with Ladies' Home Journal for the magazine's February 2014 issue. During the interview, Sawyer opened up about her marriage to film and theater director Mike Nichols, who died on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at age 83. Asked how she always looks so put together, the veteran [...] »
It's a style showdown between a mini fashionista and a stunning movie star!Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves' daughter Vida sported this floral Dolce & Gabbana dress during her famous dad's Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony on Monday.The tiny tot paired her designer duds with a sparkly pair of pink Mary Janes and a braided 'do as she posed for pictures with her family. But, the four-year-old beauty wasn't the only starlet to wear this fun frock! Emily Blunt donned the adult-sized version of the dress during an appearance on "Good Morning America" back in May. The actress completed her elegant ensemble with hot pink heels, tousled waves and pretty pink lip. How adorable is this matching duo?! They both win! Click through the gallery above to see more stars sporting the same look. Read more »
- tooFab Staff
The team on NBC’s venerable “Today” show is going to be the one in place for weeks to come, according to the top executive of the company’s NBC News unit.
In response to a whirl of rumors surrounding the potential ouster of one or more of the members of the current morning-show team that sprouted after NBC News ousted an executive who was supposed to remake the program, NBC News president Deborah Turness issued a statement: “NBC wants to be absolutely clear: The rumors are wrong — period. This is the team we are committed to. And this is the team that our viewers turn to in the morning.”
Turness’ comments come after a slew of reports suggesting that Jamie Horowitz, a former Espn executive who had been hired to rework the NBC morning-show franchise, ruffled staffers’ feathers since his arrival in September. According to three people familiar with the program, »
- Brian Steinberg
So, Shaquille O'Neal stole a TMZ photog yesterday ... right off the street ... and it was hilarious. The "hostage" was our guy Adam -- who was shooting Shaq out in NYC when the former NBA star decided he was just gonna take him ... as payback for Harvey not answering his call last week. (For the record, Harvey disputes ducking Shaq's call ... though he doesn't really remember). Shaq and his prisoner went all over the city together »
- TMZ Staff
Former model Janice Dickinson claims Bill Cosby raped her in 1982. CNN anchor Don Lemon is also making headlines for giving another Cosby rape accuser tips on not getting sexually assaulted. [Et/Gawker] Today co-anchors Natalie Morales and Willie Geist were allegedly told they were fired from the show in order to beat rival Good Morning America. [Us Magazine] Five months after his accident, Tracy Morgan continues to deal with severe brain injury. [AP] Jim Carrey plays ventriloquist with a Jeff Daniels doll on The Tonight Show. [THR] Buzzfeed altered a photo of Guy Fieri without his trademark facial hair and you will never look at him the same since. [Buzzfeed] Friends and family of late MTV star Diem Brown held a ceremony for her yesterday afternoon in NYC. »
- Taylor Ferber
You might soon be waking up with new faces if you're a Today show devotee. In a quest to beat rival Good Morning America's ratings, NBC is shaking things up at the morning show. Photos: Stars who have been fired Co-hosts Willie Geist and Natalie Morales "were recently told they were fired," an NBC source reveals exclusively in the new issue of Us Weekly. Morales, 42, is now in talks with ABC and Geist, 39, has lined up a gig at CBS, the insider tells Us. But soon [...] »
Yes, Tim Tebow is 6'3" and 244 lbs. of solid muscle. Wherever he goes, women try to fix him up with their daughters - or try to nab him for themselves. It's those looks that inspired People to select Tebow as one of 2014's Sexiest Men Alive. But for the former football star turned TV commentator, sexiness is about more than a handsome face or a good body. "Of course I want to look nice and have a good appearance," he tells People. "But more than the outer shell, I want people to want to be around me for my heart. »
- Steve Helling, @stevehelling
It's sweeps time, and Stephen Colbert is pulling out all the stops, even making nice with his longtime nemesis: bears. On Monday night's Colbert Report, the host poked fun at sweeps-specific attempts to boost ratings, including, as Colbert put it, "cheap publicity stunts" like "rectal exams" and "lesbian kisses." See more Stephen Colbert's Career in Pictures Yet “when it comes to blowing it out for ratings, no one blows harder than Good Morning America," said Colbert, deconstructing its newly established "Survival Week" with segments like correspondent Matt Gutman narrating a wrestling session with a grizzly bear: "That is news you
- Ashley Lee
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