Hollywood Breakdown

Hollywood Breakdown


  • Dodgers Doing Great on the Field, Still Troubled on TV

    Jul 31, 2014 | 4 min
    Most Angelenos still can't watch their hometown baseball team on television because Time Warner Cable hasn't been able to sell the Dodgers channel SportsNet LA to other distributors.
  • Studios Making Superheroes For This World and Beyond

    Jul 24, 2014 | 4 min
    Marvel has enjoyed spectacular success building out an entire universe with their characters. Now, other movie studios are trying to do the same.
  • 21st Century Fox Tries to Buy Time Warner

    Jul 17, 2014 | 4 min
    Murdoch makes an $80 billion offer, Time Warner says no thanks... for now.
  • Emmy Nominations Announced, 'Game of Thrones' Tops the List

    Jul 10, 2014 | 4 min
    A strong showing for Game of Thrones, Fargo and Breaking Bad at this year's Emmy nominations, but a snub for critics' favorite Orphan Black.
  • 'Midnight Rider' Director and Producers Indicted in Death of Sarah Jones

    Jul 3, 2014 | 4 min
    Following the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones, a grand jury in Georgia has indicted 'Midnight Rider' director Randall Miller and producers Jody Savin and Jay Sedrish on charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass.
  • Paramount's High Hopes for 'Transformers' Opening in China

    Jun 26, 2014 | 4 min
    Paramount hopes for a piece of China's booming movie market with 'Transformers: Age of Extinction.'
  • Chelsea Handler to host Talk Show and Specials for Netflix

    Jun 19, 2014 | 4 min
    Kim Masters and Matt Belloni discuss Chelsea Handler's Late Night Talk show moving to Netflix in 2016.
  • Time Warner's Disappointing Summer Box Office

    Jun 12, 2014 | 4 min
    Kim Masters and Michael Schneider discuss Warner Bros? big-swing strategy and hopes for the future.
  • Tom Cruise and 'Edge of Tomorrow'

    Jun 5, 2014 | 4 min
    Can Tom Cruise get a hit with Edge of Tomorrow?
  • Kevin Reilly Out at Fox

    May 29, 2014 | 4 min
    Fox Entertainment Chairman, Kevin Reilly, is leaving his place at the top of the FOX network.
  • Recreating Paul Walker for 'Fast & Furious 7'

    May 22, 2014 | 4 min
    The complicated and expensive process of completing 'Fast & Furious 7.'
  • Trends at the 2014 Broadcast TV UpFronts

    May 15, 2014 | 4 min
    Kim Masters and Michael Schneider discuss the trends in the new TV shows presented by the broadcast networks to advertisers this week.
  • Hollywood Boycotts Beverly Hills Hotel

    May 8, 2014 | 4 min
    Kim and John discuss Hollywood's boycott of the Beverly Hills and Bel Air Hotels. Both are owned by an arm of the Brunei government which recently instituted Sharia law.
  • The New Frontier of Online Shows

    May 1, 2014 | 4 min
    A plethora of programming yields pay questions.
  • Aereo Confounds the High Court

    Apr 24, 2014 | 4 min
    Kim and John discuss the Aereo case, now before the Supreme Court.
  • Glenn Beck and Oliver North Go Hollywood (sort of)

    Apr 17, 2014 | 4 min
    Two conservatives made entertainment news this week.
  • CBS Goes for the Colbert Bump

    Apr 10, 2014 | 4 min
    Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman on "Late Show."
  • David Letterman to Retire

    Apr 3, 2014 | 4 min
    David Letterman announces his retirement.
  • News from CinemaCon

    Mar 27, 2014 | 4 min
    News from the theater owners' convention, CinemaCon
  • YA Novels at the Multiplex

    Mar 20, 2014 | 4 min
    'Divergent' is the latest young adult novel to become a movie.
  • Anne Sweeney Leaves Disney/ABC

    Mar 13, 2014 | 4 min
    Anne Sweeney leaves Disney/ABC to be a TV director.
  • Fatality on a Film Set Galvanizes the Industry

    Mar 6, 2014 | 4 min
    The 'Midnight Rider' tragedy and safety on film shoots.
  • The Oscars, and Sandra Bullock's 'Gravity' Grosses

    Feb 27, 2014 | 4 min
    The Oscar race, and Sandra Bullock's big pay day.
  • NBC, the Olympics and Fallon

    Feb 20, 2014 | 4 min
    NBC's cost versus benefit of the Olympics.
  • Oscar-nominated Song Pulled from Competition

    Jan 30, 2014 | 4 min
    Kim and John discuss a first in the history of the Academy Awards.
  • Sundance 2014

    Jan 23, 2014 | 4 min
    Kim Masters and Ben Fritz, reporter for The Wall Street Journal, discuss films at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
  • Oscar Nominations

    Jan 16, 2014 | 4 min
    Today the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this year's Oscar nominations.
  • 'The Wolf of Wall St:' Truth or Fiction

    Jan 9, 2014 | 4 min
    The ethics of basing movies on true stories.
  • 'Duck Dynasty' Debacle

    Dec 20, 2013 | 4 min
    'Duck Dynasty' star ignites a culture war.
  • The Awards' Race Takes Shape

    Dec 12, 2013 | 4 min
    SAG and Golden Globe nominations ring in awards season.
  • Paul Walker's Death

    Dec 5, 2013 | 4 min
    Kim and John discuss how the "Fast & Furious" film franchise will be impacted by the tragic, untimely death of the film's star, Paul Walker.
  • Big Changes at Sony

    Nov 21, 2013 | 4 min
    A sign of troubled times in the movie biz: Sony plans major cost-cutting moves.
  • The Violence of the PG-13 Movie

    Nov 14, 2013 | 4 min
    A new study finds PG-13 movies more violent.
  • Blockbuster Stores Close as Netflix Expands

    Nov 7, 2013 | 4 min
    As the last of the brick and mortar Blockbuster stores are closing, Netflix is expanding, acquiring rights to a new documentary and a deal to make 4 new TV-like series.
  • Hillary and Hollywood

    Oct 31, 2013 | 4 min
    Hillary Clinton and her Hollywood backers...
  • Awards Race Opens as Movies Shuffle out of 2013

    Oct 24, 2013 | 4 min
    Kim and John discuss news that a number of high-profile films that had been on Oscar watchers' lists as possible contenders this year have been pushed back to 2014.
  • Troubles on Aronofsky's Movie Noah

    Oct 17, 2013 | 4 min
    Troubled Waters on Aronofsky's epic movie Noah
  • Twitter & TV

    Oct 10, 2013 | 4 min
    Social TV: Twitter Talks Television
  • Shake-up at Focus Features

    Oct 3, 2013 | 4 min
    Focus Features gets a new head and perhaps a new mandate.
  • LA Gets a Film Czar

    Sep 26, 2013 | 4 min
    Mayor Eric Garcetti names Tom Sherak LA's first Film Czar.
  • J.K. Rowling's New Hollywood Deal

    Sep 12, 2013 | 4 min
    Warner Bros will re-partner with J.K. Rowling...
  • The Toronto International Film Festival Begins

    Sep 10, 2013 | 4 min
    Goings on in Toronto as TIFF begins.
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    Sep 5, 2013 | 4 min
  • Fall Film Festivals

    Aug 29, 2013 | 4 min
    Awards films hit the Fall festivals...
  • Summer 2013's Indie Hits

    Aug 23, 2013 | 4 min
    From Woody Allen to Lee Daniels, indie filmmakers' Summer hits.
  • Fox Sports One and Al Jazeera Launch

    Aug 15, 2013 | 4 min
    Two new cable networks are launching: Fox Sports One and Al Jazeera America.
  • NBC and CNN Face Wrath over Hillary

    Aug 8, 2013 | 4 min
    NBC and CNN are widely criticized over Hillary Clinton program plans.
  • The Academy's New President

    Aug 1, 2013 | 4 min
    The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences gets a new President
  • Summer 2013: Season of Box Office Bombs

    Jul 25, 2013 | 4 min
    Expensive Movies Bust
  • Emmy Nominations Highlights

    Jul 18, 2013 | 4 min
    A look at the Emmy nominations, which run from Netflix to broadcast to cable...
  • Fallout from 'The Lone Ranger' Flop

    Jul 11, 2013 | 4 min
    What does "The Lone Ranger Flop" mean for Hollywood?
  • Paula Deen: The Collision between Reality and Reality TV

    Jun 27, 2013 | 4 min
    Kim and John weigh in on the meltdown of the Paula Deen empire.
  • World War Z v. Monsters University

    Jun 20, 2013 | 4 min
    Kim is rejoined by John Horn of the LA Times to break down the upcoming box office showdown between zombies and monsters.
  • Spielberg and Lucas Predict Doom for Movie Biz

    Jun 13, 2013 | 4 min
    Spielberg criticizes the movie business for making outsized films that, if they fail, could take down a studio or two in its wake.
  • Will Smith's Rare Miss

    Jun 6, 2013 | 4 min
    Will Smith, M. Knight Shyamalan and Sony may all lose from the "After Earth" stumble.
  • Summer's Movie Match-ups and Are Movie Trailers Too Long?

    May 30, 2013 | 4 min
    The National Association of Theater Owners want studios to cut their trailers. Meanwhile, studios go head-to-head with Summer blockbusters.
  • Highlights from the Cannes Film Festival

    May 23, 2013 | 4 min
    Highs and lows from the Cannes Film Festival.
  • The Low Down on the 2013 Upfronts

    May 16, 2013 | 4 min
    How the broadcast TV networks' presented their new Fall shows.
  • Will Robert Downey, Jr. Reprise His Iron Man Role?

    May 9, 2013 | 4 min
    Have we seen the last of Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man?
  • What's Up at the NewFronts?

    May 2, 2013 | 4 min
    Creators of online video entertainment woo advertisers.
  • Hollywood's Efforts to Break into China

    Apr 25, 2013 | 4 min
    Kim and John break down the risks and rewards of making movies for the the Chinese market.
  • The Media's Rush to Report on Boston Bombers

    Apr 18, 2013 | 4 min
    CNN and other media outlets err when rushing to report arrests.
  • Aereo Has Moguls Up in Arms

    Apr 12, 2013 | 4 min
    A New York start-up threatens broadcast television.
  • Leno, Fallon, and Colbert

    Apr 4, 2013 | 4 min
    Fallon to Replace Leno but Colbert Big Winner
  • Barbara Walters Reportedly Set to Retire

    Mar 28, 2013 | 4 min
    KCRW's Steve Chiotakis and Michael Schneider (TV Guide magazine) discuss reports that veteran ABC News personality Barbara Walters is set to announce her retirement.
  • Leno Out and Fallon In

    Mar 21, 2013 | 4 min
  • Kickstarter Kick Starts Veronica Mars Movie

    Mar 14, 2013 | 4 min
    A crowd-funding website that has been used to bring art projects, documentaries and inventions to fruition, has kick started the budget for a movie by Hollywood insiders.
  • Fox Hopes to Rival ESPN

    Mar 8, 2013 | 4 min
    NewsCorp has announced plans to launch Fox Sports 1, its answer to ESPN.
  • Oscars' Ratings Up; VFX Artists Snubbed

    Feb 28, 2013 | 4 min
    While Oscar ratings were up, the VFX Community was up-in-arms.
  • The Oscars Are (Finally) Here

    Feb 22, 2013 | 4 min
    Kim and John weigh in on what's been a lengthy, expensive Oscar campaign season. They also discuss the Academy's play to bring younger audiences to the telecast.
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    Feb 15, 2013 | 4 min
  • Sundance Sales Were Sailing

    Jan 25, 2013 | 4 min
    John Horn, freshly back from the Sundance Film Festival, talks with Kim about the state of the film market there.
  • The Gun Debate and Hollywood

    Jan 18, 2013 | 4 min
  • The Directors' Oscar Race

    Jan 11, 2013 | 4 min
  • 2012's Big Box Office and the Oscar E-Voting Snafu

    Jan 4, 2013 | 4 min
    Last year ended with lots of people having gone to the movies. Today AMPAS ends its voting window with many a member having trouble with the new e-voting system.
  • Zero Dark Thirty v. Lincoln

    Dec 21, 2012 | 4 min
    Two Hollywood movies vying for awards contention have been making waves in Washington, DC.
  • Golden Globes v. SAG Awards

    Dec 14, 2012 | 4 min
    Kim and John discuss how the Golden Globe nominations compare to others -- namely those of the SAG nominations which were announced yesterday.
  • Disney Deals Big Hand to Netflix

    Dec 6, 2012 | 4 min
    Kim and John discuss the big deal that Netflix did with the Walt Disney Company to carry that studio's content exclusively starting in 2016. This moves Netflix from a company that overpays for old movies and television reruns to a player in the VOD space. Netflix is hoping with this news and the launch of some original programming -- namely the David Fincher produced/Kevin Spacey starring House of Cards -- they will turn their stock price and their subscriber numbers around.
  • Ron Burkle v. the New Yorker

    Nov 30, 2012 | 4 min
    Kim and John discuss a new New Yorker article about billionaire Ron Burkle and his relationships in Hollywood....
  • BBC Scandal Rocks the UK

    Nov 15, 2012 | 4 min
    Why was a BBC expose of decades of child molestation by a now deceased talk show host never aired? Why did the BBC wrongly accuse an MP of being a pedophile?
  • Variety Gets Bought

    Nov 13, 2012 | 4 min
    This week, Penske Media, the company that owns deadline.com, bought Variety. We reflect on the trade publication's history and the future of this Hollywood institution.
  • Fall Film Festivals

    Nov 13, 2012 | 4 min
    John and Kim discuss the beginning of the fall film festival season, which premieres some potential awards contenders like 'Argo' and 'The Master.'
  • Lack of Diversity among TV Directors

    Nov 12, 2012 | 4 min
    The Directors Guild of America released a report today analyzing the percentage of directors working in television.
  • Tom Cruise in the News

    Nov 9, 2012 | 4 min
    Kim and John discuss the business side of the Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes divorce.
  • Disney Buys Lucas Film

    Nov 8, 2012 | 4 min
    Disney is the new home of "Star Wars"....
  • Election Night TV Watching

    Nov 8, 2012 | 4 min
    Kim and John break down the way we are watching on Election Night.
  • Ari Emanuel Speaks Out on Piracy

    Nov 8, 2012 | 4 min
    Earlier this week, uber agent Ari Emanuel framed the online piracy issue as a division between Hollywood content creators and Silicon Valley Internet search providers.
  • Modern Family's Contract Dispute

    Nov 8, 2012 | 4 min
    John Horn talks with ATC host Steve Chiotakis about the contract dispute between the "Modern Family" cast and the studio that produces the show. This week has been full of the Television Critics Association meetings where TV talent and executives met with critics to get them excited about their new shows and to answer questions about their business. One looming question is: What will happen with ABC's hit comedy "Modern Family?" The cast members claim that both ABC-- the network that broadcasts the show-- and 20th Century Fox-- the studio the produces the show-- are making lots of money and some of that is due to the cast.
  • Ron Burkle v. the New Yorker

    Nov 8, 2012 | 4 min
    Kim and John discuss a new New Yorker article about billionaire Ron Burkle and his relationships in Hollywood....
  • Tina Fey and Amy Poehler v. Seth MacFarlane

    Nov 8, 2012 | 4 min
    Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will co-host the Golden Globes, a throw-down to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences' Oscar telecast...
  • Politics and Movies

    Nov 8, 2012 | 4 min
    Dueling political documentaries are in the news...
  • Emmy Nominations Reveal Trend

    Sep 26, 2012 |
    Kim and John break down the Emmy nominations that were announced today.
  • Gary Ross Will Not Direct 'Hunger Games' Sequel

    Sep 26, 2012 |
    Kim and John discuss how "Hunger Games" director Gary Ross with not be back to direct the sequel, "Catching Fire."
  • Murdoch Unfit to Run NewsCorp

    Sep 24, 2012 |
    Kim and John discuss the report issued by the U.K. parliament's Culture, Media and Sport Committee on NewsCorp that deemed Rupert Murdoch "unfit" to run the company.
  • The Anti-Islam Movie: Not a Hollywood Film

    Sep 18, 2012 |
    The movie at the center of the attacks in the Middle East was not a Hollywood film, but it does expose the secret world of super low-budget filmmaking.
  • Upfronts Upshot

    Sep 18, 2012 |
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  • The Movie Haves and Have-Nots

    Sep 18, 2012 |
    Of the summer movies this year there's 'The Avengers' and then everyone else.
  • Hollywood, Gay Rights and Obama

    Sep 18, 2012 |
    Although tonight?s $40,000 a plate fundraiser is sold-out, President Barack Obama?s public support of gay marriage has galvanized Hollywood donors.
  • 'Bully' Will Be Released Unrated

    Sep 18, 2012 |
    Kim and John discuss the decision by the Weinstein Company to release the documentary film, Bully, unrated rather than use the R-rating that the MPAA gave it.
  • Bummer Summer Box Office Numbers

    Sep 6, 2012 | 4 min
    The numbers for the summer movie theater ticket sales are in and the news isn't good for Hollywood studios.
  • News Corp Will Split in Two

    Sep 6, 2012 |
    John Horn of the Los Angeles Times talks with All Things Considered host Steve Chiotakis about the announcement that News Corp. will split into two separate companies.
  • Oscars Post-Mortem

    Aug 17, 2012 | 4 min
    Reflections on the lackluster vibe of the Oscars and banter over what the Academy could or would be willing to do to make the telecast more appealing to viewers.
  • The Glass House

    Aug 17, 2012 | 4 min
    Kim and Michael Schneider, LA Bureau Chief of TV Guide Magazine, discuss CBS's accusations that ABC has ripped off 'Big Brother' for its new show "Glass House."
  • The Cancellation of HBO's 'Luck'

    Aug 17, 2012 | 4 min
  • Direct TV v. Viacom

    Aug 17, 2012 | 4 min
    There's been another clash in the cable/satellite provider versus content creator wars. This time it's Direct TV and Viacom.
  • Hollywood Makes Inroads in China

    Aug 17, 2012 | 4 min
    The Chinese-Hollywood connection gains another dimension. Disney's Marvel will co-produce "Iron Man 3" with a Chinese production company.
  • Steven Spielberg's Very Bad Week

    Aug 17, 2012 | 4 min
    Steven Spielberg is not having a good week. Three of his TV series are in trouble and his forthcoming movie is generating "tepid interest" at best.
  • MPAA Report on Global Box Office

    Aug 17, 2012 | 4 min
    Kim and John discuss the MPAA's newly released report, "2011 Theatrical Market Statistics" on the latest box office and movie attendance trends.
  • Olympics Business

    Aug 2, 2012 | 4 min
    Kim and John break down the highs and lows of NBC's coverage of the London Olympics.
  • The Dark Knight's Dark Night

    Jul 21, 2012 | 5 min
    Kim and John respond to the massacre at the midnight showing of 'The Dark Knight Rises' in Aurora, Colorado.
  • Alan Horn Named New Head of Disney

    May 31, 2012 | 4 min
    Veteran movie executive, Alan Horn, was named Chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Studios.
  • MIB3 in 3-D versus 'The Intouchables'

    May 24, 2012 | 4 min
    Memorial Day weekend sees the return of Will Smith versus a little French film.
  • Bribery Scandals Abound

    Apr 26, 2012 | 4 min
    The latest in the News Corp scandal in the UK, and the SEC looking at whether Hollywood studios possibility used bribes to gain access to the Chinese film market.
  • 'Titanic' Returns to Theaters

    Apr 5, 2012 | 4 min
    James Cameron has retrofitted his blockbuster film "Titanic" into a 3D version. He and Paramount are poised to make a bundle on the international market.

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