KCRW's Hollywood Breakdown

KCRW's Hollywood Breakdown


KCRW’s The Business host Kim Masters breaks down Hollywood's top stories.


Megyn Kelly contract negotiations: Will she stay at Fox News?  

Megyn Kelly has become a very prominent player in this presidential election. Her current contract at Fox News expires next year, and Rupert Murdoch would really like her to stay.

China beckons. Will Hollywood heed the call?  

The Chinese company Dalian Wanda Group wants filmmakers to come to their massive studio in China, and offering them a 40% production rebate to do so.

Negotiating Billy Bush's exit from NBC  

After leaked footage with Donald Trump making lewd statements about women to former Access Hollywood host Billy Bush came to light, Bush's future at NBC now comes into question. He's hired a fierce litigator and his departure may not be as amicable as once thought.

Embroiled in controversy, 'The Birth of a Nation' opens  

The Birth of a Nation made history with a record-breaking sale at Sundance. But acquitted rape charges from director and star Nate Parker's past have cast a cloud over the film. 

Will there be wedding bells for CBS and Viacom?  

National Amusements, mogul Sumner Redstone's holding company, published a letter it sent to both Viacom and CBS urging the companies to merge back together. It's been a decade since the two media companies first split apart into separate entities.

Upcoming debate expected to bring in huge ratings  

As the first presidential debate approaches, networks are nervous about how best to prepare their moderators in a year where Donald Trump has been determined to make his perceived treatment by the media part of his campaigning process.

The high cost of ending the Roger Ailes era at Fox News  

Earlier this week, news of Gretchen Carlson's $20 million settlement with Fox arrived the same day Greta Van Susteren announced she was leaving. Now that Ailes is gone, it's possible that even more on-air talent will follow. 

The summer of "sequel-itis" and beginning of awards season  

As Labor Day weekend approaches, the summer box office officially wraps up and attention moves to upcoming film festivals. 

Following 'Ben-Hur' disaster, the pressure's on at Paramount  

The very expensive remake of Ben-Hur grossed just $11.2 million its debut weekend. That puts Paramount CEO Brad Grey in a tough spot. He needs to turn the studio around following a string of flops.

Director Nate Parker mired in resurfaced rape claims  

The Birth of a Nation, written, directed and starring Nate Parker, made Sundance history when it sold to Fox Searchlight for $17.5 million. Moving towards awards season, Parker is under scrutiny around the reemergence of an alleged rape that happened while he was in college. Both Parker and his co-writer were tried and eventually acquitted, but that hasn't made the situation go away, especially since it's recently come to light that the woman pressing charges died by suicide in 2012.

Peak TV hasn't peaked yet  

As the Television Critics Association summer press tour wraps up, one thing is clear -- the amount of new TV coming down the pike isn't slowing any time soon. FX's John Landgraf coined the term "Peak TV" at last year's press tour. This year, he spoke again, saying that Peak TV is still happening, and that the bubble won't burst for at least a couple more years.

Warner Bros. hopes to end slump with 'Suicide Squad'  

For Warner Bros., a lot is riding on the DC thriller Suicide Squad, which opens this weekend. The movie is predicted to have a huge opening, but bad reviews may stop it from becoming a true blockbuster success.

The Battle over Stephen Colbert's 'Colbert Report' Character  

Lawyers from Viacom have told CBS their Late Show host Stephen Colbert cannot use his former Colbert Report character, also named "Stephen Colbert." The lawsuit is especially confusing because Viacom and CBS are supposed to be sister companies.

Roger Ailes Resigns from Fox News  

Roger Ailes, the man who turned Fox News into a media giant and most profitable part of Rupert Murdoch's empire, resigned today, following multiple allegations of sexual harassment. 

HBO, FX and Netflix Rule Emmy nominations  

Emmy nominations are out, with lots of love for HBO's Game of Thrones and FX's The People v. O.J. Simpson and Fargo.

Gretchen Carlson Sues Roger Ailes for Sexual Harassment  

Fox News host Gretchen Carlson has filed a lawsuit alleging she was sexually harassed by Roger Ailes and let go in retaliation for refusing to sleep with him.

The Battle of the 4th of July Box Office  

Three movies opening this weekend offer a commentary on the state of the box office.

Ben Affleck Appears on First Episode of Bill Simmons HBO Show  

People are wondering what's up with Ben Affleck after the actor went on an F-bomb filled rant on the new Bill Simmons HBO show Any Given Wednesday.

Shake-up at Fox Film Studio  

In a major change of leadership at Fox studios, Stacey Snider is taking the top job, while Jim Gianopolous will be moved to a new role with the company next year. 

'Warcraft' Breaks Box Office Records in China  

No one expects Warcraft, the Legendary movie based on a video game, to do well when it opens in the US this weekend. But the film has already made so much money in China, it doesn't matter.

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