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February 27, 2014 | By Scott Collins
If the TV audience for the Oscars were a person, it might soon be eligible for the senior discount.  Sunday's Academy Awards presentation ABC is almost certain to generate big ratings. After all, the Ellen DeGeneres-hosted event will feature an all-star cast of presenters, including Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Lawrence, and will honor popular films such as "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "12 Years a Slave. " But here's a less-celebrated fact about Oscar viewers: They aren't getting any younger.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
In the tradition of hit-and-miss anthology valentines like "Love Actually" (but with less pandering), Chinese writer-director Chen Sicheng has assembled five interlocking tales in "Beijing Love Story. " Each romance focuses on a different stage of life, from teen infatuation through the sometimes-thorny devotion of those long married. Adapting his TV series of the same name for this big-screen spinoff, Chen has an appealing visual style and deploys a sharp ensemble. The uneven movie benefits especially from the magnetism of Hong Kong stars Tony Leung Ka Fai and Carina Lau in the comic-poignant tale of a middle-age couple whose romantic getaway in Greece hits troubled waters.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2014 | By Meg James
Despite Bob Costas' persistent eye infection, a heat wave in Sochi and slightly lower NBC prime-time numbers compared with four years ago, NBCUniversal executives are giving the Winter Olympics a high score. Audience levels have exceeded the network's expectations, NBCUniversal executives said Wednesday, particularly when considering the nine- to 12-hour time difference between Russia and the United States. Most viewers are aware of the results of marquee competitions well before NBC's prime-time coverage begins.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Jay Leno went out with a bang. According to preliminary Nielsen numbers, 14.6 million people watched Leno hang it up as host of NBC's "Tonight Show. " It was the biggest audience Leno has had in more than 15 years. The last time "The Tonight Show" averaged more viewers was the night of the "Seinfeld" series finale in May, 1998. That episode, which featured Jerry Seinfeld as a guest, brought in nearly 15 million people. PHOTOS: Jay Leno's career in pictures It was Leno's fourth-largest "Tonight Show" audience ever.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
"The Lego Movie" is expected to stack up plenty of cash in its box-office debut as it easily beats fellow new contenders "The Monuments Men" and "Vampire Academy. "  The animated comedy based on the veteran toy brand could gross around $50 million in ticket sales through Sunday in the U.S. and Canada, according to people who have seen pre -release audience surveys, though heavy snow on the East Coast could make for a smaller number.   That total would give the Warner Bros.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 2014 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
In a canvas tent in the Himalayan foothills, where winter breaths drifted in the twilight, Tibetan monks, their feet dangling from benches, watched a pirated copy of "Titanic. " The diminutive men, camped along a rutted road leading to the Dalai Lama's residence in exile near Dharamsala, India, did not understand what Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio were saying. But they knew the sleek black steel and tinkling jewelry were sailing toward doom. A cold wind shook the tent, but the monks, some fidgeting with prayer beads, others bundling their burgundy robes in coats, were entranced at the grainy spectacle before them.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have again proved themselves as ratings boosters for the Golden Globes. Sunday night's 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards telecast drew an average of 20.9 million viewers, according to Nielsen, the gala's biggest audience in 10 years.  That's up 6% from last year, the first time Fey and Poehler hosted, and 24% from two years ago when Rick Gervais did the honors. Golden Globes 2014: Full coverage | Show highlights | Best & Worst | Top winners/nominees In the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, the kudos-fest scored a rating of 6.5, up 2% year-over-year to its highest young-adults number in seven years.  The most-watched Golden Globes on record since NBC started airing it is still 2004, which brought in 26.8 million viewers on average.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2014 | By Jessica Gelt
What do crude pop culture comedies like "Family Guy" and "Ted" have in common with a soaring exploration of the universe? Seth MacFarlane, of course. The scion of popular bad taste is the executive producer of a reboot of Carl Sagan's beloved 1980s PBS television show, "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. " The new series, which was co-created by Sagan's widow, Ann Druyan, is called, "Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey. " During a panel to promote the 13-part docu-series at the Television Critics Assn.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2014 | By David Ng
Anyone who's seen a Broadway show in the last year probably won't be shocked by what a new study released this week has to say about theater demographics: spectators on Broadway are still predominantly white and affluent. The study, released Thursday by the Broadway League, says 78% of Broadway audiences in the 2012-13 season were white. By comparison, black theatergoers comprised 3.5% of Broadway audiences. Latino and Asian spectators represented 7.6% and 6.6% of Broadway audiences, respectively.
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