Monday, September 16, 2013

'Insidious: Chapter 2' delivers! Hollywood wants more digital data. Oprah on Own.

Portrait by Jen Mann

An interview with Oprah Winfrey about the turnaround at OWN
Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus (Jeff Daly / Associated Press)

Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" music video is demolishing the competition this week on Vevo, according to the latest statistics released by the service.
The video, which depicts a nearly nude Cyrus riding atop the "Wrecking Ball" of the title while singing of heartbreak, logged more than 95 million worldwide views for the week of Sept. 8. The track topped the Vevo worldwide charts -- one of two music videos from the former Disney Channel star in the Top 10.

Her forthcoming album, Bangerz, is due out Oct. 4.
Electronic music DJ Avicci's "Wake Me Up" holds two slots - with the official version of "Wake Me Up," and a lyric video. Meanwhile, Robin Thicke's summer hit, "Blurred Lines," also continues to attract views.
The top music video rankings for the week are:
  1. Miley Cyrus.......Wrecking Ball......95,286,022 views
  2. Katy Perry.........Roar...................37,093,720
  3. Eminem............Berzerk..............13,981,163
  4. Miley Cyrus ......We Can't Stop.....11,363,786
  5. Avicci...............Wake Me Up.........9,571,040
  6. One Direction....Best Song Ever.....8,384,805
  7. Naughty Boy.....La La La...............7,947,078
  8. Robin Thicke.....Blurred Lines........6,908,723
  9. Lady Gaga........Applause.............6,538,030
  10. Avicci...............Wake Me Up........6,427,087

"Insidious: Chapter 2"
"Insidious: Chapter 2" with Danielle Bisutti scared up a lot of money at the box office over the weekend. (Film District)
By Joe Flint and others
Los Angeles Times Company Town Blog(click here for the latest industry news).

After the coffee. Before proclaiming next week's "Breaking Bad" to be the best episode of TV ever. 

PHOTOS: Hollywood backlot moments

Cesar Conde, president of Univision Networks, is photographed inside the set of 'Despierta America' on June 4, 2013 at Univision Studios in Doral, Florida.
The Skinny: The bad news is that the Redskins are 0-2. The good news is they play in the NFC East, where everyone is mediocre. Still, if they don't beat Detroit next week it will be a long and ugly season. Monday's roundup includes the weekend box-office report and NBCUniversal's big hire. 

Univision chief moving to high level NBC-Universal post as the company shifts to international in its focus. The many moves at Comcast's NBCUniversal come as the network and the movie studio are both on top and least in the need of change. Strategic use of talent and focus toward the future are the potential reasons for radical change at an established force. Story and link further below.

Daily Dose: You know your football team is bad when the local TV station is basically apologizing for carrying its games. That's what happened Sunday when CBS station WKMG-TV Orlando explained to viewers that NFL rules required it to show the Jacksonville Jaguars - Oakland Raiders game rather than the heavily hyped New York GiantsDenver Broncos match. The station said in a on-screen message that, "In accordance with NFL policy, WKMG must carry all Jacksonville Jaguars away games. We apologize for any inconvenience.” Ouch.

Scary performance. "Insidious: Chapter 2" took in over $40 million and dominated the weekend box office. That was three times more than what the original "Insidious" took in during its first weekend. The mob comedy "The Family" took in $14.5 million. The good news was that it was more than what industry analysts were projecting for the movie. The bad news is that most people who saw the movie were disappointed by it. Box-office recaps from the Los Angeles Times and Hollywood Reporter.

Warner Brothers Pictures
As of Aug. 27 Rentrak’s public listing showed “The Great Gatsby” to be the top performing on-demand film as reported by its participating services, but it offered no stats.

Show me the numbers. TV executives are not the only ones complaining about the lack of ratings information from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and other digital services. Movie industry executives are also starting to clamor for more numbers from digital outlets as well as video-on-demand. More numbers would give studios a little more juice in negotiating distribution pacts with such services as well as provide information about what content is performing well. The New York Times examines the issue.

Hail Cesar. NBCUniversal wooed away Univision Communications President Cesar Conde to be its new executive vice president of international and business development. The move is a big one for NBCUniversal and Conde, who will have a broad portfolio. Univision didn't replace Conde, instead splitting his duties among three senior executives. More from the Los Angeles Times and Miami Herald.

Getting real. New York magazine has released its fall television season issue, which includes an interesting story about the rise and fall of MTV's "Buckwild" and the state of reality TV as well as an interview with Oprah Winfrey about the turnaround at OWN, the cable network she launched withDiscovery Communications.

Sleepy Hollow
Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie in "Sleepy Hollow." (Brownie Harris / Fox / September 16, 2013)

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Mary McNamara on Fox's new drama "Sleepy Hollow." NPR iscutting its staff by 10%.

NPR layoffs
NPR, which has its headquarters in Washington, D.C., plans to lay off staff. (Stephen Voss)

Follow me on Twitter. I'll stand by you the way I stand by the Redskins. @JBFlint.

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