Matt Damon Defends Ben Affleck Batman Casting


Matt Damon has a message to comic book fans who are distraught over the surprise casting of his “Good Will Hunting” pal Ben Affleck as Batman. Relax, he’s got this one covered.

“I think it will be great. It will be terrific. I know there are a lot of people grousing on the internet. I just think it’s kind of funny,” Damon told the Times of India. “You know, he’s not playing King Lear. It’s Batman! Certainly within his skill set.”

MTV VMAs: Katy Perry Is a Total Ringer With ‘Roar’ Performance


Perry delivered her first-ever live performance of her new single “Roar” at the awards ceremony, held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Apropos of the song’s catchphrase “I got the eye of the tiger” — a nod to the theme song from “Rocky III,” the best Rocky movie ever, bar none, performed by rock legends Survivor — Perry performed in a boxing ring, showing off her pugilistic skills as well as her pipes.

She danced. She swung. She jumped rope, people.

Jurassic Park’ Passes $1B at Box Office – With 3D Asterisk


Twenty years later, “Jurassic Park” has joined the billion-dollar club — thanks to a 3D re-release that has brought in more than $65 million globally since Universal rolled it out on April 5.

Also helping: The Steven Spielberg dinosaur film opened No. 1 in China, with a $6.3 million first day Tuesday. Overall, the 3D version has taken in $20 million internationally.

Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’ Now Aiming to Sell 525,000-Plus Downloads in First Week

Katy Perry’s “Roar” just keeps getting bigger.

Industry sources now suggest that her new single “Roar” could debut with 525,000 to 550,000 downloads sold by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Aug. 18. Three days ago, the forecast for “Roar” was at 450,000; and six days ago: 400,000.

Katy Makes Some Noise

“Roar” will easily give Perry the biggest sales week of the year for a song, and likely her largest sales week. At the present, her largest week was earned by “Firework,” which sold 509,000 downloads in the week after Christmas in 2010.

U.K.’s ITV Pushing for Simon Cowell Return As Judge on ‘X Factor’


U.K. broadcaster ITV is making another push to get Simon Cowell to return as a judge on the U.K. edition of “X Factor” as part of negotiations to extend the talent show’s run here beyond its upcoming 10th season.

A current three-year contract between ITV, producer Syco, the Cowell joint venture with Sony Music, and co-producer FremantleMedia for talent shows “X Factor” and “Britain’s Got Talent” expires at the end of the year.

BGT still uses Cowell in a judging role and has continued to bring in strong ratings, leaving industry observers to expect a renewal after its recently finished seventh season. Read more

Ratings: CBS Wins as ’60 Minutes’ and ‘Big Brother’ Top Fox’s ‘Teen Choice Awards’


CBS had the most-watched and highest-rated shows back-to-back on Sunday, winning the night outright as its Time Warner Cable blackout continued.

CBS was first in ratings with a 1.4 rating/4 share in the advertiser-desired 18-49 demographic and first in total viewers with an average of 6.9 million, according to preliminary numbers, despite being off the air in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas.

“60 Minutes” at 7 p.m. earned a 1.2/4 and 8.3 million viewers, making it the most-watched Sunday night program. At 8, “Big Brother” was the highest-rated show of the evening, with a 2.2/7 and 7.2 million viewers. “Unforgettable” at 9 received a 1.3/4 and 6.9 million viewers. A rerun followed.

Robin Thicke Gets First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 Chart


Slightly more than 10 years after his debut album was released, Robin Thicke has scored his first No. 1 album. “Blurred Lines,” his sixth studio effort, starts atop the Billboard 200 with 177,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Led by its Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 title track, Thicke’s album also nets the singer his best sales week ever. It easily surpasses his previous largest frame, when 2008’s “Something Else” launched at No. 3 with 137,000. Read more

Ryan Seacrest Named Host of NBC’s Million Second Quiz


It’s official: Ryan Seacrest has landed another TV hosting gig. The American Idol host has signed on to emcee NBC’s new game show Million Second Quiz, the network announced Monday. He’ll also act as executive producer.

“When people see Ryan Seacrest, whether at the Emmys, the Oscars or New Year’s Eve, he is at the epicenter of national events,” Paul Telegdy, NBC’s president of alternative and late night programming, said in a statement. “He is a broadcaster, in all the traditional sense, but also in the most contemporary — he is an accomplished host of live TV and a master of social media and pop culture. This makes him perfect for The Million Second Quiz.”

Christina Applegate’s ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Delivers 2.2 Million Viewers to TLC


Christina Applegate was just looking for answers, but her episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” on Tuesday also delivered double-digit viewership and ratings increases to TLC.

Besting last week’s premiere episode with Kelly Clarkson by 38 percent, the episode attracted 2.2 million viewers (versus last week’s 1.6 million viewers).

The episode scored a 1.2 rating in the network’s target demographic of Women 25-54, a 50 percent increase over last week’s 0.8 rating.

On the episode, Applegate investigated the life (and death) of her paternal grandmother whom she nor her father knew. She discovers a dark family secret that shows just how far she and her father have come. You can watch the full episode online here.