Foxcatcher’ Loses AFI Fest Premiere in Move to 2014


The AFI Fest has confirmed to theWrap that Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” will no longer have its world premiere on Nov. 8 at the Hollywood festival.

Sony Pictures Classics announced on Thursday night that it was delaying the release of the film from this December to 2014, to give Miller more time to finish the drama about the relationship between DuPont Chemical heir John du Pont (Steve Carell) and Olympic wrestlers Mark and Dave Schultz (Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo).

Over 11 Million People Have Already Used iTunes Radio


The Internet radio business suddenly got a lot more competitive. Less than one week after its launch, over 11 million people have already tried iTunes Radio. The figure was included in a press release Apple issued Monday morning about last week’s record-setting launch of iPhone 5s and 5c models.

It is too early to say if iTunes Radio will become a serious competitor to Pandora. To establish itself as a dominant presence in Internet radio, Apple will have to compete against companies that specialize in radio — Clear Channel, SiriusXM and Slacker, in addition to Pandora. But the release of this surprising figure suggests the pecking order of the U.S. Internet radio market might be less settled than previously thought.

The news knocked over $650 million off Pandora’s market capitalization Monday morning. Shares of Pandora, which hit an all-time high of $27.50 the day after iTunes Radio launched, were down 11% to $24.03 at midday Monday. Even so, Pandora has been flying high lately. Shares of the Oakland-based company are up 162% this year.

Bryan Singer’s 90-Minute Monster Pilot Coming to Syfy


The “X-Men” director and his Bad Hat Harry Productions bring “Creature at Bay” to a TV near you

Bryan Singer’s “Creature at Bay” is coming to Syfy in the form of a 90-minute pilot. The sci-fi project take place during the aftermath of the U.S. military taking down a giant monster off the coast of Northern California.

A middle-management Undersecretary from the California Emergency Management Agency is charged with leading the clean-up efforts as the previously peaceful town is launched into the national spotlight.

The script is being penned by John Cabrera, who will co-EP with Bad Hat’s Jason Taylor. Universal Cable Productions is producing.

More to come …

P!nk Named Billboard Woman of the Year


Raise your glass for P!nk. The pop singer will accept the Woman of the Year Award at the 2013 Billboard Women in Music event on Dec. 10 in New York City.

The distinction will cap off an exciting year for the woman born Alecia Moore, who scored her fourth No. 1 single on the Hot 100 earlier this year with “Just Give Me a Reason,” a duet with Fun.’s Nate Ruess.

“I was absolutely shocked and surprised to hear that Billboard named me Woman of the Year,” P!nk said of the honor.  “It’s been an incredible year and I feel so grateful to radio for sticking by me, and to the fans and friends and all of the incredible talent that I was fortunate enough to work with for this album.”

Now You See Me’ Crosses $200 Million at Overseas Box Office


Now You See Me” has cemented its status as one of the summer’s biggest box office success stories, crossing the $200 million mark at the international box office over the weekend, the film’s distributor Lionsgate said Monday.

Summit’s tale of larcenous illusionists raised eyebrows when it cleared $100 million domestically — it’s at $117 million now — but the international performance of the $75 million thriller has been even more impressive. It still has openings in Japan (Oct. 25) and China to come, too. It’s worldwide total is $317 million.

Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, More Remember September 11


Twelve years ago today (September 11) Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda hijacked four passenger airliners and flew them into the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania. Tuesday, Americans of all ages and professions are taking to social media to commemorate those we have lost, as well as to remember.

Those who live or have lived in New York City expressed pride in their city in the wake of the anniversary of the attacks. Ben Stiller tweeted, “Glad to be in NY on 9/11. Remembering all those who lost someone,” while Joan Rivers tweeted a picture in which she is flanked by firemen, saying, “Very proud to be with two of New York’s Finest on 9-11.”

16 year old Lorde on top of iTunes Charts…


Last week, Lorde was fielding collaboration offers from the Backstreet Boys (“I don’t know if could write something pure enough to be a Backstreet Boys song,” she laughed). This week, she crossed paths with R. Kelly. That came on the heels of high-profile endorsements from the likes of Selena Gomez and Carson Daly, to name just a few.

It bears mention at this point that she is just 16 years old, has visited the United States exactly once — she played her first show in New York City on Tuesday night — and has more interviews to her credit than actual songs. Yet, when those songs are as striking, strident and self-assured as “Royals” or “Tennis Court,” well, you can begin to understand why the native New Zealander has become the object of such obsession … and why, despite her age and relative inexperience, she’s already being tapped as pop’s next great hope.

Breaking Bad’ Sets Guinness World Record as Highest-Rated Show


Breaking Bad” critical raves earn AMC drama a place in the record book

AMC’s hit meth drama “Breaking Bad” is getting high in more ways than one.

The Bryan Cranston-starring series, which is drawing to an end with its upcoming series finale, has entered the 2014 edition of “Guinness World Records,” as the Highest-Rated TV Series.

In this case, “Highest-Rated” doesn’t pertain to viewer ratings. The return of “Breaking Bad” last month drew 5.9 million total viewers — a record for the series, but still far below other television entries, such as the season premiere of “Duck Dynasty,” also in August, which pulled 11.8 million total viewers.

Rather, the record is based on the “Breaking Bad” score on, which gave the show a metascore of 99 out of 100.

American Idol’ Taps Lopez, Connick as Judges


“American Idol” is betting that a judges’ remix with Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban will fare better with viewers than bickering divas Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj did last season.

The rumored addition of Lopez and Connick as judges for season 13 was announced Tuesday by Fox. They’ll join Urban to make up the talent show’s first panel consisting solely of singers — a la NBC’s successful 2011 upstart “The Voice.”

Pop star and actress Lopez will be back on “American Idol” after a two-season run as judge in 2011 and 2012 that was a boon for the show and her career. Connick, a respected jazz singer and musician, proved adept as a mentor in several “Idol” appearances.

Urban’s return to the contest was announced last month by Fox Chairman Kevin Reilly, who said the singer didn’t get a chance to show his personality in his first turn as a judge. Urban appeared overwhelmed last season by the Carey-Minaj crossfire that drew complaints from some viewers.

“I think this season of ‘Idol’ is gonna be a blast,” Urban said in a statement Tuesday. “New team, new energy and a whole new field of artists to be discovered and given a chance!”