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  • Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021
In this Sept. 18, 2019, file photo a screen shows the price of Twitter stock at the New York Stock Exchange. Twitter will report earnings after markets close, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Twitter posted a net loss Tuesday due mostly to a lawsuit settlement, but its revenue rose sharply in the third quarter, boosted by solid ad sales around the globe.

The San Francisco-based company said Tuesday that its net loss was $536.8 million, or 67 cents per share, in the July-September quarter. That's down from a profit of $28.7 million, or 4 cents per share, in the same period a year earlier. 

The loss included a one-time net charge of $766 million from a shareholder lawsuit the company settled. Twitter said last month that it will pay $809.5 million to settle a consolidated class action lawsuit alleging that the company misled investors about how much its user base was growing and how much users interacted with its platform.

Revenue rose 37% to $1.28 billion from $936.2 million. 

Analysts, on average, were expecting revenue of $1.29 billion, according to a poll by FactSet.

One big source of worry for investors More

  • Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021
This image released by CBS shows Utkarsh Ambudkar, foreground left, and Rose McIver in a scene from the comedy series "Ghosts." (Cliff Lipson/CBS via AP)

At first glance, broadcast newcomers "Ghosts" and "The Wonder Years" have barely had a chance to prove themselves in the ratings.

The CBS comedy "Ghosts" has shown early promise, so far landing just outside the top 20 for the young season so far, while ABC's reboot of "The Wonder Years" sitcom is hovering at around No. 65, according to Nielsen figures.

But the two have already been granted full-season runs. Admiring reviews for both aside, the reason lies in the numbers — the ones that measure how a show performs in the long run, not just after its first day of airing as reflected above.

The debut episode of "The Wonder Years" was watched by 3.2 million viewers on ABC when it aired Sept. 22. That figure grew to 6.4 million after a week of combined broadcast and digital viewership.

"Ghosts," based on a hit BBC comedy, drew just shy of 5.6 million viewers to its Oct. 7 broadcast debut, reaching 7.76 million after seven days More

  • Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021
Jason Momoa, from left, Timothee Chalamet, and Zendaya pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Dune' on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021 in London. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

"Dune" isn't done. 

Legendary Entertainment announced Tuesday that Denis Villeneuve's "Dune," which adapts the first half of Frank Herbert's 1965 science-fiction epic, will get a sequel. Whether that would be the case had been an unanswered question throughout the film's release, which was delayed a year by the pandemic and ultimately debuted both in theaters and on HBO Max. 

Warner Bros. Chairman Toby Emmerich said the studio will release "Dune: Part II" in October 2023. This time, the release is expected to be exclusively in theaters. Arguing that "Dune" belonged to the big screen, Villeneuve had protested passionately when Warner Bros. turned to hybrid releases for all of its 2021 films due to the pandemic. 

But Villeneuve had lobbied hard for a sequel to "Dune," which he has said is easily the best movie he's made. It stars Timothee Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa and Zendaya. Some actors, like More

  • Monday, Oct. 25, 2021
Keisuke Yoshida, Japanese film director and screenwriter, poses with a poster of his latest film "Intolerance (Kuhaku)" during an exclusive interview with The Associated Press Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, in Tokyo. Boxers, janitors, fishermen, the heroes of Yoshida’s movies are Japanese society’s angst-filled losers, struggling in an imperfect world. The director and his three latest works are featured at the Tokyo International Film Festival opening Oct. 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
TOKYO (AP) -- 

Boxers, janitors, fishermen, the heroes of Keisuke Yoshida's movies are Japanese society's angst-filled losers, struggling against odds in a violent, imperfect, often-crazed world. 

The Japanese director and his three latest works are being featured at the Tokyo International Film Festival, opening Oct. 30. 

"When you think about how the world can become a better place, what's at the bottom of the problem is a lack of imagination. The theme of my latest film is about this sensitivity, the ability to imagine even in a little way what others may be going through, to overcome and soften the divides," Yoshida told The Associated Press recently. 

Yoshida's works explore the dark side of the human condition, like petty jealousies and shameful guilt, although he insists he believes in the potential for change, what he calls "taking that first step" out of despair. 

In "Intolerance," for which Yoshida also wrote the screenplay, Arata More

  • Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021
LaKeith Stanfield, foreground, and Daniel Kaluuya in a scene from “Judas and the Black Messiah.” (photo by Glen Wilson/courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment)
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- 

The Location Managers Guild International (LMGI) unveiled and honored the winners of its 8th Annual LMGI Awards themed “Celebrate the Where” during a Saturday (10/23) ceremony across seven categories, honoring outstanding creative contributions of location professionals in film, television and commercials from around the globe, and recognizing outstanding service by film commissions for their support “above and beyond” during the production process. Topping the feature competition were Judas and the Black Messiah (Warner Bros., location pros Bill Garvey, Tim Kanieski) and Tenet (Warner Bros., Janice Polley/LMGI, Julie Hannum/LMGI, Klaus Darrelman, LMGI) in the period and contemporary film categories, respectively.

The TV series winners were: The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix - David Pieper/LMGI, Stefan Wöhleke, Matt Graver/LMGI, Fred Kamping), The Crown – Season 4  (Netflix - Mark Walledge, Tate Aráez/LMGI) and More

  • Friday, Oct. 22, 2021
Megan McMahon

TMA (The Marketing Arm), a Dallas-based creative agency and one of the largest buyers of celebrity talent for Big Game ads, has launched the first annual TMA Super Poll. The poll, which assesses consumers’ preferences towards advertising in the Big Game, was conducted in August 2021 among a representative sample of 1,000 respondents across geographies, ages, genders, ethnicities and generations (e.g. Gen Z, Millennials, Gen X).

“With more than 90% of the commercial time already sold, many advertisers are now moving forward to produce this year’s crop of Big Game ads. As an agency that  creates cultural resonance for brands, we wanted to know what viewers might be thinking, so we could counsel those clients and marketers who plan to advertise in this year’s game, accordingly,” said Megan McMahon, SVP of celebrity & influencer at TMA.

Following is a summary of the survey’s key findings:

  • The Big Game appears to represent a More
  • Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021
A scene from "Sing 2" (Illumination Entertainment & Universal Pictures)

The American Film Institute (AFI) announced that the world premiere of Illumination’s Sing 2--the animated feature film written and directed by Garth Jennings and produced by Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and by Janet Healy--will join AFI Fest 2021 as a Red Carpet Premiere. The film, in theaters December 22, will screen in-person at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre on Sunday, November 14.

About the film
In the new chapter from Illumination’s film franchise, ever-optimistic Buster Moon and his all-star cast of performers prepare to launch their most dazzling stage show yet …all in the glamorous entertainment capital of the world, Redshore City. There’s just one hitch: They first have to persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star—played by global music icon and Academy Award® nominee Bono—to join them.

With more than 40 contemporary and classic hit songs, electrifying performances and More

  • Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021
Producer Cheryl Rich joins protesters outside the Netflix building in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021. Critics and supporters of Dave Chappelle's Netflix special and its anti-transgender comments gathered outside the company's offices Wednesday. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Critics and supporters of Dave Chappelle's Netflix special and its anti-transgender comments gathered outside the company's offices Wednesday, with "Trans lives matter" and "Free speech is a right" among their competing messages.

People began gathering in advance of a planned walkout by Netflix employees seeking to highlight their objections to Chappelle's stand-up special "The Closer" and the company's handling of it. By noon, the crowd had swelled to more than 100.

Leia Figueroa, a student from Los Angeles, doesn't work at Netflix but said she wanted to back the walkout. While the streaming service offers positive fare for the LGBTQ community, she said, it's having it both ways by also offering a show like Chappelle's that included disparaging comments about trans women.

Bella Cohen, a former journalist, said she was on hand to "support Netflix's decision not to pull" the special.

Cohen was among about a dozen people who More

  • Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021
This July 17, 2017, file photo shows a Netflix logo on an iPhone in Philadelphia. Netflix posted sharply higher third-quarter earnings Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, thanks to a stronger slate of titles, including “Squid Game," the dystopian survival drama from South Korea that the company says became its biggest-ever TV show. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Netflix posted sharply higher third-quarter earnings Tuesday thanks to a stronger slate of titles, including "Squid Game," the dystopian survival drama from South Korea that the company says became its biggest-ever TV show.

The company has ramped up production, rebounding from pandemic-induced delays in the first half of the year. It's also looking beyond movies and TV and said it plans to fund "new growth opportunities" such as video games, which are being tested in some markets. 

"It remains very early days for this initiative and, like other content categories we've expanded into, we plan to try different types of games, learn from our members and improve our game library," the company said. 

And as it faces saturation in the U.S. market, Netflix is focusing on growing its international subscriber numbers. For instance, it launched a free mobile plan in Kenya, in the hopes it will get more people in the country to sign up for More

  • Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris (22) dashes past Seattle Seahawks defensive end Benson Mayowa (10) on his way to the end zone and a touchdown during the first half an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Pittsburgh. This Sunday Night Football game topped the week's Nielsen ratings. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

CBS won its first week of the new television season, primarily by being the network of choice for people who wanted to watch something other than sports.

CBS had 14 of the 20 most-watched non-sports shows on network television last week, while NBC had the other five and Fox had one. ABC was shut out, the Nielsen company said.

It was CBS' first victory of the still-new television season, eclipsing NBC which had won every week since late September.

As it has been hundreds of time since the ticking stopwatch first appeared, CBS' most popular show of the week was "60 Minutes."

CBS averaged 6.2 million viewers in primetime. NBC was second with 5.6 million, Fox had 4.9 million, ABC had 3.5 million, Univision had 1.4 million, Telemundo had 1.1 million and Ion Television had 920,000.

With baseball playoffs in full gear, TBS led the cable networks in primetime, averaging 3.1 million viewers. ESPN had 2.5 million, Fox News More

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