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January 7, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman, better known now for bizarre behavior than anything he ever did on the court, launched into an unintelligible rant against a CNN anchor on Tuesday during an interview from North Korea, where he is on his fourth visit in less than a year. Rodman, 52, brought six fellow retired professional basketball players to the rogue country for a game against the North Korean national team Wednesday, the 31st birthday of dictator Kim Jong Un. The trip has drawn reproving statements from the National Basketball Assn.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Jay Leno, CNN might want to stick a press card in your hat. With his gig on NBC's "Tonight Show" wrapping up early next year, the 63-year-old comic is thinking about his next move. And published reports say that CNN boss Jeff Zucker has recently visited Leno, possibly to discuss coming over to the cable news network. It would be a reunion of sorts, since Zucker was Leno's boss when he ran NBC Universal. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times A CNN spokeswoman did not immediately return an email requesting comment.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2013 | By Joe Flint
CNN is making a further push into the documentary film business with the creation of an acquisition unit. The cable news channel, which last year launched CNN Films to make and finance documentaries, will now also buy older documentaries for the network through its newly created CNN Films Presents banner. "March of the Penguins," which won an Oscar for best documentary, and "The Imposter" are the first purchases of CNN Films Presents. " Both will air on CNN in January. "March of the Penguins" will debut Jan. 2; "The Imposter," a 2012 documentary about French conman Frédéric Bourdin, will air Jan.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before finding a better agent. The Skinny: Today is 11/12/13. Just throwing that out there for you to have something to chew on. And if you are reading this at 9:10 well consider your mind officially blown! Today's roundup includes a shakeup at Disney Interactive and a look at Revolt, the new music channel started by Sean Combs. Daily Dose: On Tuesday morning, CNN said it hired New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter, which confirmed my story from Monday night that it was near a deal to land him. Stelter will cover the industry for CNN and host its Sunday show "Reliable Sources.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Is there room for two media watchdog shows on at the exact same time? CNN hopes so and is hiring New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter to host its Sunday morning program "Reliable Sources" and cover the industry for its cable channel and digital platforms. Stelter will squre off against Howard Kurtz, the former host of "Reliable Sources" who jumped to rival Fox News earlier this year to host its Sunday morning show "Media Buzz," a similar show that analyzes what the media gets right and wrong.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 11, 2013 | By Joe Flint
CNN is in advanced negotiations with New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter, people close to the situation said. Stelter, who has covered the television news and entertainment industry for the New York Times since 2007, would do the same for the cable news channel and is also expected to host the Sunday morning media magazine show "Reliable Sources," a position that has been vacant since Howard Kurtz left for Fox News earlier this year....
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2013 | By David Horsey
CNN, the network that proved there is an audience for a 24-hour news channel, is struggling to hold onto viewers and stay competitive in the ratings race with Fox News and MSNBC. Fox has a solid hold on the top spot and has done it by being the relentless voice of opposition to President Obama and the Democratic Party. Though inconstant in the ratings department, MSNBC has created its own identity as the constant critic of Republicans, especially of the tea party variety. Meanwhile, CNN has stuck with its traditional format, delivering the news straight with no mixer of ideology.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before coming up with my own stat of the day. The Skinny: Caught most of an amazing documentary on KCET last night on World War II hero James "Maggie" Megellas. Incredible story. Go watch it. Tuesday's roundup includes more analysis of what Netflix's purchase of the documentary "The Square" means for the movie industry. Also, the cable channel HLN is going through an overhaul and CNN had a really bad week. Daily Dose: Fans of the old Howard Stern radio show remember well the king of all media's legendary birthday parties, which would draw a bizarre group of stars, politicians and, of course, freaks.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2013 | By Scott Collins
When he was tapped to run CNN a year ago, Jeff Zucker was supposed to help lift ratings at the 24-hour cable news network. Whoops. CNN last week plunged to its worst numbers since August 2012, months before Zucker, a former NBC boss, was brought aboard to right the ship. How bad was it? CNN last week was a distant No. 3 (385,000) in prime time behind MSNBC (683,000) and Fox News (2.4 million). On the set: movies and TV But here's the worst part: CNN's total audience barely beat Fox News' viewership just in the demographic of viewers aged 25 to 54 (377,000)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 13, 2013 | By Irene Lacher
Former CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien turns teacher in Monday's installment of "Dream School," the Sundance Channel's series about a class of high school dropouts inspired by a celebrity faculty. It's part of her new matrix of journalistic gigs under her Starfish Media Group production company. Let's start with "Dream School. " Why did you participate in the show, and what did you hope to accomplish? I love the idea of being able to make [school] seem relevant to a bunch of 16-year-olds who have lost faith in the education system.
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