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Dr. Dre to star in Apple's first original TV series

New York (CNN) — Apple is joining the original TV series world.

Apple is producing its first original scripted television series and it will star Dr. Dre, according to an exclusive report in The Hollywood Reporter.

The six episode series entitled "Vital Signs" and will follow a plot described as …

Dr. Dre

'The Independent' is killing its print edition and going all digital

London (CNN) — "The Independent," the Russian-owned British newspaper, is closing its print edition to become digital only.

The paper's owners said Friday the move away from print will ensure a sustainable and profitable future.

"This decision preserves The Independent brand and allows us to continue …

Rupert Murdoch

David Carr's daughter posts tender tribute on anniversary of his death - Feb. 12, 2016

The first anniversary of David Carr's death brought a wave of tributes for the famed New York Times media columnist.

But perhaps none was more poignant than the memorial from one of Carr's three daughters, Erin, who recalled the 1,936 emails her father sent to her in the seven years leading up to …

David Carr

Joe Scarborough-Donald Trump friendship increasing source of discomfort at NBC

New York (CNN) — Last November, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough sat on stage at the 92nd Street Y in New York and recounted the various times he had given Donald Trump political advice.

"I've actually called him up and said, 'Donald, listen, you need to speak in complete sentences at debates," Scarborough …

Joe Scarborough

'Deadpool' aims for biggest R-rated superhero box office opening

New York (CNN) — "Deadpool" is an R-rated superhero movie full of graphic violence and offensive language, and that may be actually a good thingfor its box office.

The 20th Century Fox film, which stars Ryan Reynolds as the sardonic self-aware Marvel superhero, brought in $12.7 million for Thursday …


Democratic debate on PBS and CNN racks up solid ratings

New York (CNN) — Airing Thursday's Democratic debate on two channels, PBS and CNN, appears to have almost doubled the audience.

The PBS-produced debate averaged a 3.3 household rating on PBS, according to overnight data from Nielsen's metered markets. MSNBC also averaged a 3.3 rating for its …


Who does a better Bernie Sanders: Jimmy Fallon or Larry David?

New York (CNN) — Larry David has competition.

Jimmy Fallon debuted his Bernie Sanders impression on NBC's "The Tonight Show" Wednesday night.

"Good evening, I'm Bernie Sanders, and this microphone isn't even on," Fallon said in a blaring voice.

Fallon, who wore rimmed glasses and a white haired baldy …

Jimmy Fallon

Donald Trump settles with Univision over Miss USA Pageant

New York (CNN) — Donald Trump and Univision have settled the lawsuit that arose when Univision dumped Trump's Miss USA pageant telecast.

"The terms of the settlement are confidential," the two sides said in an announcement Thursday afternoon.

Trump sued Univision, the biggest Spanish language …

Donald Trump

Les Moonves says talks with Apple have stopped - Feb. 11, 2016

CBS CEO: Streaming "very important" to our future

Last year CBS CEO Les Moonves was bullish about his company's talks with Apple about a possible game-changer in TV.

"Apple TV is trying to change the universe a little bit," he said last May.

"Apple is having conversations with everyone about doing …


Donald Trump to MSNBC hosts: 'You guys have been supporters'

New York (CNN) — A day after his resounding victory in New Hampshire, Donald Trump made a point to thank two of his "supporters" -- the hosts of MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

"You guys have been supporters," Trump told co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski at the end of an interview on Wednesday. …

Donald Trump

Investor jitters take a bite out of Big Media

New York (CNN) — Shares in several major media companies flirted with 52-week lows on Wednesday amid a new wave of concerns about the health of their core cable channel businesses.

The Walt Disney Company, the biggest of them all, was down almost 5% at midday. While the company reported strong …

Time Warner

China box office hits new record for a single day

Hong Kong (CNN) — The Year of the Monkey is off to a blockbuster start for Chinese cinemas.

Box office sales in the world's most populous country hit a record 660 million yuan ($100.5 million) on Monday, according to the official Chinese news agency, Xinhua. That amount smashed the country's …


Disney stock slips despite record quarter, 'uptick' in ESPN

New York (CNN) — Disney's most important brand, ESPN, saw an increase in subscribers but it wasn't enough to please Wall Street on Tuesday.

During a Tuesday earnings call with investors, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that the sports network had an "uptick" in subscribers over the last couple of …

Walt Disney Company

Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina may not make CBS debate cut

Manchester, N.H. (CNN) — CBS News has announced criteria for Saturday's Republican primary debate that could keep one or more candidates off the stage.

Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are all guaranteed an invitation to the debate because they finished in the top three in the Iowa …

Carly Fiorina

'Happy Birthday' lawsuit settles for $14 million

New York (CNN) — The candles have been blown out on the "Happy Birthday" copyright lawsuit.

Warner/Chappell, a global music publishing company who claimed to hold the copyright to "Happy Birthday To You," will pay $14 million to settle a lengthy class action lawsuit over rights to the song, …


Bloomberg's dilemma: Covering Michael Bloomberg

New York (CNN) — Michael Bloomberg's exploration of a presidential bid poses a difficult conflict for the media company he owns.

Bloomberg LP's newsroom has a long-standing policy not to cover itself. But the newsroom has little choice to at least acknowledge how Bloomberg could upend the …

Michael Bloomberg

Viacom sales and profit continue to slide amid executive turmoil

New York (CNN) — Viacom is facing problems well beyond its executive turmoil.

The embattled media conglomerate is struggling as sales and profit continue to slide. In the final three months of 2015, Viacom's revenue fell 6% year-over-year, to $3.2 billion, while profit fell 10%, to $449 …


Curt Schilling's political donation came with comments on ESPN job

New York (CNN) — Federal Election Commission filings confirm two things about Curt Schilling: The former star pitcher donated to a Republican presidential campaign last year, and he wasn't sure how much longer he would be employed by ESPN.

Schilling, the former World Series champion who has covered …

Campaign Fundraising

Today is the biggest day for Super Bowl ads

New York (CNN) — The Super Bowl may be the most-watched event in America, but the ads have their biggest moment after the game.

Historically, the Monday following the big game is when digital viewership for Super Bowl ads peaks, according to YouTube. People watch and re-watch ads online, sharing and …


Super Bowl 50 audience is third largest in TV history

New York (CNN) — Peyton Manning's potential last game, $5 million ads, and Beyoncé made Super Bowl 50 the third most watched broadcast in U.S. television history.

The game, which saw the Denver Broncos win a defensive battle over the Carolina Panthers 24-10, averaged 111.9 million TV viewers.

This …


Obama helps Stephen Colbert kick off Super Bowl 50 'Late Show'

New York (CNN) — Stephen Colbert kicked off his live "Late Show" following Super Bowl 50 with a big surprise guest: President Obama.

Obama appeared on CBS' post-Super Bowl "Late Show" to play catch with the host even though Colbert was in New York's Ed Sullivan Theater and Obama was in Washington …

Stephen Colbert

CBS uses Super Bowl to announce 'The Good Wife' is ending

New York (CNN) — CBS used a Super Bowl promo to announce the end of its beloved drama "The Good Wife."

The commercial, shown during the second quarter of Sunday night's game, confirmed what fans have suspected for a while: that this seventh season will be Alicia Florrick's last.

Julianna Margulies …


Bernie Sanders and 'SNL' debut 'Bern Your Enthusiasm'

New York (CNN) — "Saturday Night Live" finally proved that Bernie Sanders and Larry David aren't the same person.

The Democratic presidential candidate appeared alongside Larry David in a sketch that found the two on the Titanic.

David's character argued that women and children shouldn't be let off …

Bernie Sanders

ABC's GOP debate: Best ratings of 2016

New York (CNN) — Bucking a trend of declining debate ratings, ABC's Saturday night GOP face-off was the highest rated debate so far in 2016, according to Nielsen.

ABC's debate coverage between 8 and 11 p.m. averaged 13.2 million viewers.

For comparison's sake, the debate on Fox Business Network (a …


Les Moonves on Super Bowl 50: The NFL is the 'best product on TV'

San Francisco (CNN) — CBS CEO Les Moonves has seen a lot of Super Bowls, but this year's, #50, is something special.

His network has been promoting Sunday's telecast for a full year and enlisting every corner of its media conglomerate in the effort.

During contract negotiations with all the major …


Bernie Sanders' folk album enjoys a sales surge

New York (CNN) — Before he was a presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders was barely known beyond his Vermont constituents and a contingent of liberal activists who dreamed of a political revolution.

The same could be said for the senator's once-obscure spoken word folk album, "We Shall …

Bernie Sanders

'Hail, Caesar!' hopes to conquer theaters despite Super Bowl

New York (CNN) — The Coen brothers' latest movie "Hail Ceasar!" will attempt to conquer Super Bowl weekend.

The Universal picture is set around a film about ancient Rome during the golden age of old Hollywood, and has a phalanx of stars including George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, …

Coen Brothers

Bernie Sanders to appear on 'Saturday Night Live' with Larry David

New York (CNN) — Bernie Sanders will meet Bernie Sanders this weekend on "Saturday Night Live."

Sanders, who is challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, will appear on "SNL" alongside host Larry David -- who has done a near perfect imitation of Sanders.

"We'll be live …

Bernie Sanders

MSNBC's Democratic debate is lowest rated of the season

New York (CNN) — MSNBC's feisty debate between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton received high marks from political observers, but not high ratings from ordinary viewers.

It was the lowest-rated debate of the 2016 election cycle by far, according to preliminary Nielsen data. The debate had a 3.3 …