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'Creed,' 'Good Dinosaur' part of weekend movie feast

New York (CNN) — It's looking to be a feast for moviegoers at the box office this weekend.

Disney and Pixar's "The Good Dinosaur" and Warner Bros. "Creed" both opened Wednesday and look to bring a bountiful box office harvest in time for Thanksgiving.

Industry analysts are projecting roughly a $55 …


Los Angeles Times buyout offer triggers massive exodus - Nov. 25, 2015

More than 80 reporters and editors of the Los Angeles Times have accepted buyouts and will leave this week, according to a source close to the paper.

The departures are certain to rock the newspaper already roiled by high level dismissals and conflict with the Times' parent company, Tribune …

Los Angeles

Washinton Post's claim to be 'new publication of record' draws snickers from New York Times - Nov. 25, 2015

Shots fired, New York Times.

Readers who went to the Washington Post website Wednesday were greeted with a banner ad by the Post that had the paper thanking them for making it "America's new publication of record."

A big statement by the D.C. news outlet seeing that the unofficial "paper of record" …

Jeff Bezos

Newsrooms make varying calls about airing McDonald shooting video

New York (CNN) — Newsrooms across Chicago and the country made varying decisions about airing the recently released Laquan McDonald shooting video Tuesday.

On Tuesday night, police released the dash-cam video of an officer shooting 17-year-old McDonald, who was killed in October.

Some media outlets …

News Industry

Trump's relationship with Internet rumors

New York (CNN) — To understand Donald Trump, you have to understand where he's getting his information.

His sources seem to include sketchy Internet rumors and inaccurate stories. For example, the candidate's recent remarks about "cheering" crowds in New Jersey on 9/11 track very closely to stories …

Donald Trump

Here's what network TV ratings would look like without the NFL

New York (CNN) — What would happen if you took the NFL away from CBS, NBC and Fox?

How much lower would each broadcaster's rating be?

The impact would be immense. NFL football accounts for just a handful of programming hours each week, but accounts for 22% of total average viewership of the three …


Adele's '25' breaks single week sales record

New York (CNN) — Adele is breaking hearts and records.

The British artist's latest album "25" sold 2.43 million copies in a little over three days surpassing the single-week sales record of *NSYNC's "No Strings Attached" which sold 2.4 million copies in 2000.

Adele's "25" also became the top-selling …


Trump's GOP rivals get 'equal time' on NBC

Los Angeles (CNN) — NBC will give four Republican presidential candidates free advertising time next week to compensate them for the 12 minutes given to Donald Trump on "Saturday Night Live," an NBC spokesperson told CNNMoney.

John Kasich, Mike Huckabee, James Gilmore and Lindsey Graham will each be …

Donald Trump

Adele's '25' sells 2.3 million copies in just three days

New York (CNN) — "Hello," indeed.

Adele's latest album "25" sold 2.3 million copies in its first three days since being released on Friday, according to Nielsen Music.

Music industry analysts are projecting that Adele could sell upwards of 2.8 million to 2.9 million copies for its first week, which …


Daily Beast editor calls for Trump boycott

Los Angeles (CNN) — A top editor at The Daily Beast is calling for a boycott of Donald Trump's businesses and said his patrons are supporting "racism and neo-fascism."

"It's time for a boycott of Trump's businesses - and a public calling out of those who choose to work with him," Noah Shachtman, the …

Donald Trump

U2 will 'put on our best' for rescheduled Paris concert

New York (CNN) — U2 and HBO have rescheduled the concert telecast that was postponed in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks earlier this month.

U2's performances will take place at the Accorhotels Arena on December 6 and 7, and the second show will be broadcast by HBO the evening of December …


'Game of Thrones' poster fuels Jon Snow debate

New York (CNN) — Jon Snow lives... maybe.

HBO released the first promo art for the upcoming sixth season of "Game of Thrones" on Monday, causing fans to buzz because it features Jon Snow.

The teaser poster shows Snow, played by Kit Harington, looking down, eyes closed, with blood streaking down his …

Jon Snow

Elisabeth Hasselbeck to leave 'Fox & Friends'

Los Angeles (CNN) — Fox & Friends co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck is leaving Fox News in order to spend more time with her family, the network announced on Monday.

Hasselbeck, who joined Fox News in 2013 from ABC's "The View," said she wanted to put her career in television on hold while she raises her …


Alibaba's Jack Ma said to be in talks to buy stake in South China Morning Post - Nov. 23, 2015

Alibaba founder Jack Ma is said to be in talks to buy a stake in Hong Kong's leading English-language daily newspaper, the South China Morning Post.

Bloomberg reported the talks Monday, citing two people familiar with the matter. A senior person within the company confirmed the talks to …


Donald Trump and Wall Street Journal break bread. Well, not really

New York (CNN) — The saga of Donald Trump and the Wall Street Journal continues.

Members of the Journal's editorial board sat down with Trump this week for what it called a previously scheduled meeting.

The meeting came days after Trump, as the Journal put it, "went bananas" over an editorial mocking …

Donald Trump

'Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2' targets box office bullseye - Nov. 20, 2015

Can 'Mockingjay - Part Two' soar to a box office record?

Katniss Everdeen and her bow and arrow are making the Hollywood box office quiver in anticipation this weekend.

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2," the final film in "The Hunger Games" series, brought in an opening day total of $46 million …

Box Office

The long ordeal of Jason Rezaian: American journalist jailed by Iran

New York (CNN) — Jason Rezaian, the Tehran bureau chief for The Washington Post, has been behind bars in Iran since July 2014.

On November 22, a semi-official state media agency in Iran reported that Rezaian was sentenced to prison for spying. But it didn't say for how long.

The U.S. State Department

Middle East

NBC gives equal time to Trump's GOP rivals

New York (CNN) — NBC has started offering Republican presidential candidates free air time next week to match the 12 minutes given to Donald Trump on "Saturday Night Live," campaign sources tell CNNMoney.

The offer, made in compliance with the FCC's "equal time" rules, would allow candidates to air …

George Pataki

James Murdoch says 'Empire' Pepsi story hits the spot - Nov. 19, 2015

Pepsi's insertion into Fox's hit show "Empire" is exactly what James Murdoch wants to see more of.

Murdoch, who's been the CEO of 21st Century Fox for nearly five months, is becoming more and more vocal about how the TV advertising model has to change — and fast.

His view is that consumers are less …


Apple's Jimmy Iovine thinks women can't find music - Nov. 19, 2015

Apple's Jimmy Iovine may be a record industry titan, but he appears to be tone deaf when it comes to women.

During an interview Thursday on "CBS This Morning," Iovine expressed doubts about women's ability to find music.

"Women find it very difficult at times — some women — to find music, and this …

Jimmy Iovine

MSNBC-Bloomberg talks rile staff on both sides - Nov. 19, 2015

Talks to have MSNBC rebroadcast Bloomberg TV's political talk show are riling people at both networks.

The talks, first reported by New York Magazine, center around rebroadcasting Bloomberg's 5 p.m. show "With All Due Respect" at 6 p.m. on MSNBC, sources at both networks who are familiar with the …

John Heilemann

Adele won't allow '25' album to be streamed

New York (CNN) — Adele's latest and highly anticipated album, "25," will not be available on music streaming services, according to an executive with knowledge of the release strategy.

The New York Times, which first reported the streaming decision on Thursday, said Adele was personally involved in …


'GMA' at 40: Untold story of how the morning show war began - Nov. 19, 2015

ABC's "Good Morning America" celebrated its 40th anniversary Thursday by bringing back virtually all of its past hosts and contributors -- David Hartman, Joan Lunden, Diane Sawyer, Charlie Gibson and many more. To mark the occasion, I dug up a draft of my 2013 book "Top of The Morning," recounting


Olivia Munn blitzes press over Aaron Rodgers reports

New York (CNN) — The Green Bay Packers have lost three straight games and some media outlets are pointing the blame at actress Olivia Munn, the girlfriend of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Munn accused the press of committing a personal foul.

The actress called out ESPN reporter Rob Demovsky for …

Olivia Munn

E!'s clip show 'The Soup' to end after 22 seasons

New York (CNN) — Who will tease the Kardashians now?

After 22 seasons, E! Entertainment's hilarious clip show "The Soup" is coming to an end, the network announced on Wednesday.

The series, which has been hosted by comedian Joel McHale for 12 years, will have its last episode on December 18.

"'The …


The Hollywood Reporter explains its 'appalling' all-white actress cover - Nov. 18, 2015

Eight acclaimed actresses grace the cover of the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter, but there isn't a minority in the bunch.

The lack of diversity, the magazine explained, is merely a reflection of this year's pool of Academy Award contenders.

"The awful truth is there are no minority actresses …


Netflix roars back to life

New York (CNN) — Netflix's stock is up more than 10% in just the past few days. It must be due to the new trailer for "A Very Murray Christmas." Right?

I'm kidding about the Bill Murray bump -- although his holiday special does look freaking hilarious. ("We have George Clooney!")

But Netflix's recent …


A young journalist's beat: Survival

New York (CNN) — Six reporters have been murdered in Mexico since 2013, and this year has been the deadliest for journalists there in decades.

Despite the danger, young people there continue to be attracted to the news business.

Among them is Gaby Rasgado.

Barely five feet tall, with a baby face and …


Univision launches new streaming service - Nov. 18, 2015

Univision is the latest major media company to set up a streaming video service that bypasses its traditional cable and satellite partners.

The $6 a month product, called Univision Now, is an alternative to subscribing via cable or watching over the public airwaves with an antenna.

Univision said …