Beyonce Documentary Ratings Hit Decade High For HBO

By | Tuesday February 19, 2013 @ 1:09pm PST

First she took this year’s Super Bowl halftime show by storm and now Beyoncé has hit the high note on cable. The singer’s co-directed Beyoncé: Life Is A Dream documentary was watched by 1.8 million … Read More »

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UPDATE: Super Bowl XLVII Pulls In 108.4M Viewers, Down From 2012 & 2011

By | Monday February 4, 2013 @ 12:21pm PST

UPDATE, 12:21 PM: Despite initial record-breaking overnight ratings, Super Bowl XLVII failed to eclipse the record 111.3 million viewers who watched last year’s game on NBC. Airing on CBS, Sunday’s game garnered an audience of 108.41 million, also down from the 111 million who watched Super Bowl XLV in 2011. With those numbers in, Super Bowl XLVII is now the third most watched program in U.S. TV history. Still, with an average fast national share of 46.3/69, the Baltimore Ravens-San Francisco 49ers matchup was the second-highest-rated Super Bowl in 27 years. Only the 1986 Super Bowl between the Chicago Bears and New England Patriots did better with a 48.3/70.

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PREVIOUSLY, 6:29 AM: The Baltimore Ravens won the game but Super Bowl XLVII was a victory for CBS on Sunday. With an average overnight household rating of 48.1/71, the game was the highest-rated Super Bowl in metered market history. The matchup between the Ravens and San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans breaks the 47.9/71 record set by Super Bowl XLV in 2011. It’s also up 1% from the 47.8/71 of last year’s New York Giants-New England Patriots game: Super Bowl XLVI on NBC was the most-watched event in U.S. TV history with a total of 111.3 million viewers. In its ratings today, CBS excluded the span from 8:45-9:15 PM ET that saw a power outage hit the Superdome, pulling data instead from the 6:30-845 PM and 9:15-10:45 PM slots.

Related: Power Outage During Super Bowl XLVII

Sunday’s game peaked with a 52.9/75 in its last nail-bitting half hour, when it looked like the 49ers might pull off a historic comeback from what had been a double-digit deficit before the power outage. Beyoncé’s halftime show extravaganza, which occurred in the 8-8:30 PM time slot, scored a 48.2/71. That’s down from the 48.1/72 of Madonna’s 2012 halftime performance. Following the Super Bowl and starting late because of the outage delay, CBS freshman drama Elementary averaged 12.0/24 in metered markets. The 11:11 PM ET start of the contemporary Sherlock Holmes series was the latest for any post-Super Bowl program in the prime placement postion. Fast affiliate ratings are not time-zone adjusted, so expect to see them change in the final numbers. (Time-period adjusted fast nationals are expected later this morning, and we’ll update then.) In the meantime, below is a list of the five highest-rated Super Bowls ever in overnight ratings, as well as the top 10 metered markets for Sunday’s game.

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Super Bowl Halftime: Did Beyoncé Suck?

By | Sunday February 3, 2013 @ 5:28pm PST

At least Beyoncé didn’t lip-sync for “Love on Top” or “Crazy In Love” or “Halo” or with Destiny’s Child for “Bootylicious” and “Independent Woman” or “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)”. But I was underwhelmed. You? Just not enough whiz, bang, wow factor surrounding such talent compared to the … Read More »

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Is Beyoncé’s $50M Deal With Pepsi A Signing Of The Times?

By | Monday December 10, 2012 @ 3:34pm PST

Pepsi and Beyoncé are teaming on a $50 million multiyear campaign that could portent the direction celebrity endorsements are headed. The deal, reported today by the New York Times, will include standard advertising like commercials … Read More »

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Beyoncé To Direct Own Docu For HBO

By | Monday November 26, 2012 @ 10:25am PST

HBO will air the as-yet-untitled feature-length documentary on February 16, 2013 which will feature onstage and offstage access to the singer-actress, some of which she shot on her laptop. The film will … Read More »

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UPDATE: Beyonce Set For Super Bowl Halftime

By | Tuesday October 16, 2012 @ 9:56am PDT

The official announcement is expected tomorrow, but we can confirm that Beyonce has signed on to play the halftime show of Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans on February 3, live on CBS. There’s always … Read More »

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SNL: Ann Romney (Not The Real One) Visits Weekend Update; Talks Clooney & Beyonce

By | Sunday September 23, 2012 @ 12:05am PDT

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UPDATE: Beyonce On Obama At NYC Fundraiser: “We Believe In His Vision”

By | Tuesday September 18, 2012 @ 7:34pm PDT

2nd UPDATE, 7:34 PM: President Obama raised millions tonight in New York at two fundraisers, and he also got in his second visit with David Letterman since taking office. His Late Show With David Letterman appearance went from the fun (the President’s weight and Clint Eastwood’s chair interview of an invisible Obama at the RNC) to the serious (the violence resulting from the anti-Islamic film Innocence Of Muslims). Obama’s visit with Letterman, his seventh overall, will be broadcast tonight (see the promo below). Afterward, the President spoke to a $12,500-per-family crowd of about 200 at a campaign event at the Waldorf Astoria. He kicked off his speech with a dig at Eastwood:  “Hello, everybody! Hello! (Applause.) Hello, New York! (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you so much. If you have a chair, go ahead and use it. If you don’t then — don’t.”, he said according to a transcript of his remarks released by the White House. The visit to the Big Apple was crowned by a $40,000-a-ticket dinner tonight hosted by Beyoncé and her husband Jay-Z. Two attendees didn’t have to pay the going rate: Kindergarten teacher Ericka Dungee was the winner of NYC With Barack contest. Dungee brought her husband Bill with her. The dinner was at the 40/40 Club, which Jay-Z owns. The campaign pulled in $4 million from the dinner.

Here’s my condensed and edited version of the White House Pool reports of Obama’s remarks at the Beyoncé and Jay-Z event. Pool reports of the Letterman appearance follow: Read More »

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Beyonce Invites Obama Donors To Dinner With Jay-Z & President

By | Thursday September 13, 2012 @ 7:49am PDT

“I usually don’t email you — but I have an amazing invitation I have to share. Jay and I will be meeting up with President Obama for an evening in NYC sometime soon. And we want you to be there,” said the Dreamgirls actress in an email sent out by the Obama campaign today. “Don’t worry about the airfare and hotel, it’s taken care of. And you can bring a guest,” the email added. A similar donor appeal for the dinner with Beyoncé, Jay-Z and the President also appeared on the Obama campaign website today. While the appeal gives no date or NYC location, the New York Post reports the event is scheduled for September 18 at Jay-Z’s 40/40 club. Obama’s GOP rival for the White House will be having his own celebrity encounter: Mitt Romney and wife Ann have been scheduled to appear in a pre-taped segment on Live! With Kelly & Michael.

Like past celebrity contests the Obama campaign held with George Clooney on May 10 and Sarah Jessica Parker on June 14, donors can give as little as $3 to the Beyoncé dinner to win a chance to meet the President and his Hollywood pals. Otherwise, tickets for such events have gone for around $40,000 apiece. Unlike past dinners with Obama contests, the timeline for this one is very short — ending at midnight tonight. Read More »

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Beyonce, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried, Steven Tyler Lead Voice Cast For Fox Animated Film ‘Epic’

By | Thursday May 31, 2012 @ 10:32am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: 20th Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios have set its voice cast for Epic, the new 3D CG-animated film by the makers of Ice Age and Rio. The Dan Shere-scripted film, which had been developed under the title Read More »

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MTV Video Music Awards Moving To L.A.’s Staples Center

By | Tuesday May 15, 2012 @ 12:01pm PDT

The network is bringing the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards to Staples Center for the first time on September 6. The show will air at 8 PM PST. No word on a host or the lineup (Russell Read More »

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Is Tom Cruise Heading For Another Rock Star Turn In ‘A Star Is Born?’

By and | Friday March 9, 2012 @ 1:09pm PST

EXCLUSIVE: Tom Cruise is talking to Clint Eastwood about joining Beyonce in A Star Is Born, the Warner Bros remake. This comes after Cruise morphed into an Axl Rose-like 80s rock icon in Rock of Ages, so he’d be able … Read More »

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Clint Eastwood Stars In ‘Trouble With The Curve’; Malpaso’s Robert Lorenz Directing

By | Wednesday October 5, 2011 @ 6:30pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: While Clint Eastwood was expected to follow directing J Edgar by directing A Star Is Born with Beyonce, her pregnancy has put that project off. Instead, I hear he’s seriously looking at starring in Trouble With The Curve, a … Read More »

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DiCaprio With Beyoncé In ‘A Star Is Born’?



EXCLUSIVE: I hear Clint Eastwood is using his time with Leonardo DiCaprio on the J Edgar Hoover biopic to discuss the director’s new Warner Bros project A Star Is Born. Clint is hoping to team Leo with Beyoncé, who’s … Read More »

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Warner Bros Closes Space War Pitch That Has Sam Worthington Attached

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has made a preemptive pitch deal for a science fiction action project to be written by Aaron Guzikowski that will reunite Sam Worthington with his Clash of the Titans producer Basil Iwanyk. The logline is being kept … Read More »

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Adria Petty Directing Radar’s ‘Suffocate’

By | Monday March 7, 2011 @ 9:00am PST
Mike Fleming

Adria Petty, the daughter of singer Tom Petty, has been set to make her narrative feature directing debut on Suffocate, a Ben Olson-scripted thriller for Radar Pictures. Petty has directed commercials campaigns for McDonald’s, Target and Converse and helmed videos … Read More »

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EXCLUSIVE: Clint Eastwood To Direct Beyoncé In Musical Of ‘A Star Is Born’

By | Thursday January 20, 2011 @ 3:46pm PST



This is a real shocker, and not just Hollywood but the rest of America should love it. What a coup for Warner Bros getting The Man on this, the 4th version of A Star Is Born. Of course, Clint Eastwood will produce (as always through Malpaso) as well as direct the script by Will Fetters along with producers Billy Gerber and and Basil Iwanyk and Jon Peters (who made the infamous 3rd version of A Star Is Born with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson). No male lead is cast yet, but the possibilities are endless. The project, which has been at WB for several years, had hoped to pair Beyoncé and Will Smith. But how about P Diddy (who’s turning into a surprisingly fine actor along with Beyoncé’s husband Jayz), Eddie Murphy (reteaming with Beyoncé after Dreamgirls), or any white guy imaginable though Robert Downey Jr and Jon Hamm are names that have been floating?

Hey, I’m one of those huge fans who thinks Clint can do anything. And Beyoncé scored at the box office for Screen Gems — one of its biggest — in Obsessed. (And, yes, I do happen to think she can act.) This is going to be a high profile film but low cost since Eastwood is at the helm. The idea is to start shooting in the Fall.

Of course, Clint has had a huge interest in music off and on screen. He intended to major in music theory in college. He learned how not to do a musical when starring in the dreadful Paint Your Wagon (1969). He played that super-cool jazz DJ in Play Misty For Me, his 1971 directorial debut. He sdirected and starred alongside his son Kyle in 1982′s Honkytonk Man about a Depression-era aspiring country music singer. He directing Bird (1988), a biopic starring Forest Whitaker as jazz musician Charlie “Bird” Parker. He more recently has been doing all his own scores for his movies, including Mystic River and Million Dollar Baby and Changeling. Eastwood also partly scored Gran Torino with his son Kyle and Jamie Cullum.

Warner Bros’ idea of a 4th version of A Star Is Born has been floating around for some time now. Read More »

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