Netflix scores streaming rights to new top Sony films
Netflix further beefed up its film catalog on Thursday in a multi-year deal that will make it the new streaming home to Sony Pictures’ top releases in the U.S. Beginning next year, Sony’s new films will stream domestically on Netflix after their theatrical runs.
'60 Minutes,' 'Equalizer' strong Sunday punch for CBS
This image released by CBS shows Queen Latifah in a scene from the series "The Equalizer." Latifah's drama, “The Equalizer,” was the most popular scripted show on television last week, the Nielsen company said, trailing only first-place “60 Minutes” and giving CBS a strong one-two punch on Sunday. CBS won the week with an average of 4.6 million viewers in prime time. ABC had 3.9 million, NBC had 3.5 million, Fox had 2.6 million, Univision had 1.6 million, Ion Television had 1.1 million and Telemundo had 1 million. ABC's “World News Tonight” won the evening news ratings race, averaging 10.2 million viewers.
Dwayne Johnson is a contender in NBC sitcom 'Young Rock'
This combination of photos released by NBC shows, from left, Dwayne Johnson, left, and the actors who portray him in the comedy series "Little Rock," Adrian Groulx as Dwayne at 10, Bradley Constant as Dwayne at 15 and Uli Latukefu as Dwayne at 20. (NBC via AP)LOS ANGELES – Dwayne Johnson’s new NBC comedy “Young Rock” has him campaigning for president in 2032, but the actor and producer sidestepped the possibility of a real-life run someday. A coming-of-age story inspired by the former pro wrestler's colorful but challenging childhood and youth, “Young Rock” is framed by the adult Johnson's reflections on his life as he stumps for office. Using the candidacy as a device to revisit his past was suggested by Nahnatchka Khan, executive producer of “Young Rock,” he told The Associated Press on Tuesday. But he suggests a a bipartisan approach ahead for “Young Rock."
The Rock to revisit younger years in new NBC comedy series
PASADENA, CA – Dwayne Johnson will revisit his younger years in a new NBC series, “The Rock,” which is the retired pro wrestler's nickname. The network said Saturday that it's ordered 11 episodes of the comedy inspired by Johnson, who will appear in each episode and also serve as an executive producer. He was born in Northern California and spent his childhood growing up everywhere from Hawaii to Tennessee to Connecticut with stops in between. “We're going to find the Rock wreaking havoc in the streets of Hawaii getting arrested,” Johnson said via video. It'll be the second NBC series tied to Johnson.
Girlfriend of NFL's Chris Smith Killed by Car Just Weeks After Their Baby Was Born
Cleveland Browns star Chris Smith is facing a personal tragedy as his girlfriend was killed after being hit by a car this week. Smith's girlfriend exited the car on the passenger side and moments later was struck and killed by an oncoming car. The 47-year-old woman who struck and killed Smith's girlfriend said she had been drinking before the accident, according to police. The Browns organization has expressed its support for Smith, saying he's excused from team activities should he need it to grieve. RELATED STORIESDwayne Johnson Jokes He Spoke With Kevin Hart's 'Pediatrician' After Car CrashKevin Hart Can Walk, Expected to Make Full Recovery After Car Crash: ReportWoman's Abdomen Is Nearly Cut in Half by Seat Belt That Saved Her Life in Horrific Car Crash
'Ballers' canceled, star Dwayne Johnson pays tribute
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - Although HBO announced Thursday that it was ending its slick sports comedy "Ballers" with the upcoming fifth season, star Dwayne Johnson has suggested to fans that this is a positive move. Johnson also discussed what it meant to work with people like creator Stephen Levinson and executive producer Mark Wahlberg, whom he knew from their work on the similarly styled HBO series "Entourage." "Ballers" debuts its fifth and final season on Sunday on HBO. (CNN and HBO share parent company WarnerMedia.) The-CNN-Wire & 2019 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company.