KCRW's Hollywood Breakdown
By Kim Masters, John Horn
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KCRW’s The Business host Kim Masters breaks down Hollywood's top stories.
||Hits at CinemaCon 2015 Include Tom Cruise and 'Inside Out'||Matt Belloni reports on his visit to CinemaCon in Las Vegas, or as he calls it, "Comic-Con for guys in suits." Visitors to the annual gathering of movie theater owners saw presentations from studios touting their slates of upcoming films.||4/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Fans Go Wild at Release of New 'Star Wars' Teaser||A new teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens had fans in pandemonium at today's Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim. The movie doesn't open until December, but it's already predicted to break records at the box office.||4/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Tough Times for Viacom||The company that owns cable networks like Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central and the film studio Paramount Pictures has recently taken a $785 million hit to their bottom line. Sumner Redstone, 91-year-old majority owner of Viacom, did not appear at the||4/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Major Talent Agency Shake-up as 10 CAA Agents Move to UTA||The heads of CAA's comedy division, along with several other agents, have suddenly left Creative Artists Agency for rival United Talent Agency, taking with them big-name clients like Will Ferrell, Chris Pratt and Melissa McCarthy.||4/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||James Corden Charms Late Night; So Long to Downton Abbey||American television abounds with British stars both coming and going. After six seasons, PBS will say farewell to Downton Abbey, and James Corden wraps up a successful first week as the new host of The Late Late Show on CBS.||3/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Fox's 'Empire' Continues Its Meteoric Rise||The hip-hop soap opera Empire has been a ratings savior for Fox. The show has grown in viewership numbers every week, with especially strong showings in the African American demographic. More than 17 million people tuned in to the second hour of last nig||3/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||MPAA Reports Box Office Revenue Down in US||The MPAA's box office numbers for 2014 are in, and the news isn't great. Box office revenue fell 5 percent in the U.S. and Canada. Global revenue was up 1 percent, mostly because of gains in China.||3/12/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Jury Hears Closing Arguments in "Blurred Lines" Trial||The second week of the "Blurred Lines" trial continues, with closing arguments slated for this afternoon. The trial has revealed information typically not revealed to the public -- just how much money the song's creators made off the hit.||3/5/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Tom Rothman Named New Sony Pictures Chairman||The big question following Amy Pascal's post-hack attack departure at Sony was who would replace her. We now have an answer. Veteran film exec Tom Rothman will be the new chair of Sony Pictures, which has some in Hollywood worried because Rothman has bee||2/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Final Oscars Preview||Scott Feinberg, lead awards analyst for the Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters for one last Hollywood Breakdown before the Academy Awards. Some major categories seem to have been largely decided, but others are more up in the air.||2/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||'Fifty Shades of Grey' Expected to Dominate the Box Office||The first movie in the trilogy based on EL James' books will open to huge numbers this weekend. In the making of the film, power dynamics weren't just a part of the on-screen performances, James and director Sam Taylor-Johnson had their own set of argume||2/12/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Amy Pascal Out as Co-Chairman at Sony||In a move that's been widely expected following the Sony hack attack at the end of 2014, Amy Pascal is stepping down from the top creative role at the studio.||2/5/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Huge Hits in 'American Sniper' and 'Empire'||There's one film and one TV show dominating conversations and scoring huge numbers right now. Clint Eastwood's American Sniper is breaking records at the box office and Fox's Empire is doing the same on broadcast television.||1/29/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Setting Off for Sundance||Sundance kicks off tonight, and we're on our way to the annual indie film festival in Park City. This year there will be more buyers than ever as digital services like Amazon get in the theatrical game. Plus, some documentaries are already making waves b||1/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Oscar Nominations Lack Diversity||The 2015 Oscar nominations are out, and the nominees are overwhelmingly male and overwhelmingly white. Director Ava DuVernay is seen as one of the major snubs. While her film, Selma, was nominated for Best Picture, the movie received no other nominations||1/15/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Over the Top Dominates at 2015 TCA's||The semi-annual gathering of the Television Critics Association begins in Pasadena this week. Some of the more anticipated presentations are still yet to happen, but the focus of this winter's get-together seems to be the proliferation of over the top st||1/8/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Sony Pulls the Plug on 'The Interview'||The situation at Sony isn't getting better any time soon. Following a threat of physical violence from the hackers, now believed to somehow involve North Korea, many theater owners said they would not show The Interview. Now, Sony has said they will not||12/18/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Golden Globes Snubs, Damage from Sony Hack Mounts||No major surprises with Golden Globe nominations this year, but big snubs include Angelina Jolie's Unbroken and Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. On the TV side, the nominated comedies are more serious shows. Plus, the leaks from the hack at Sony contin||12/11/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Sony Hack Leaves Studio Reeling||An attack by hackers on Sony Pictures has leaked movies online, revealed personal employee data like salaries and passwords and left the company paralyzed, unable to access email and voicemails.||12/4/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Cosby Fallout Continues as Allegations Mount||Bill Cosby continues to find himself in the midst of a public relations debacle as more women come forward accusing him of sexual assault and Netflix and NBC drop Cosby-related projects.||11/20/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Sony Introduces Streaming TV Service with PlayStation Vue||As the media landscape continues to shift, cable cord cutters will soon have yet another option to access programming. Sony's announced they'll be getting into the web-based TV game with a new service called PlayStation Vue, which will stream shows throu||11/13/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Alibaba's Jack Ma Visits Hollywood||Executives across Hollywood hoped for face time with the founder of Alibaba and one of the richest men in China on his visit to Southern California. Jack Ma's company may be opening an office in Los Angeles, but what kind of partnerships he's looking to||11/6/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Marvel Announces Latest Slate of Movies||Marvel hosted a fan-filled event this week announcing the dates and titles of their upcoming superhero movies through 2019. One of those films will be 2017's Black Panther starring Chadwick Boseman, making Marvel the first studio to have an African Amer||10/30/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||NBCUniversal Settles Lawsuit with Former 'SNL' Interns||NBCUniversal will pay $6.4 million to settle a lawsuit with former Saturday Night Live interns who claim the network violated labor laws. Other intern-related lawsuits with media companies like Fox, Sony and Warner Bros. are still pending.||10/23/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||TV Unbundles as HBO and CBS Announce New Streaming Services||One day after HBO announced they will start to offer an online subscription streaming service that will not require a cable package, CBS came out with some news of their own. Streaming service "CBS All Access" is the first foray by a traditional broadcas||10/16/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
Smart and Informative
Kim Masters is great.
Another great show/podcast from KCRW.
Better Than The Business
This should be a half hour or hour. It is better than "The Business". John Horn is awesome and should have his own podcast as well. Go for it John!