Ryan Lawler has spent the last two years writing about online video and digital media trends for GigaOm, a beat he’s covered for a number of publications. Who better to help us sort out what’s been going on with Netflix over the past two weeks? Despite a plunging stock price, slower subscriber growth and increased competition from the likes of Dish Network, Lawler says we shouldn’t be too worried about Netflix. He discusses what the future holds for the company during an in-depth interview.
Meanwhile, the fall television season was jumpstarted by “Two and a Half Men” as more than 28 million viewers tuned in to see Ashton Kutcher replace Charlie Sheen. Don’t feel too bad for Sheen though; he had 6.4 million people watching him get roasted over on Comedy Central and it appears he’s settling his lawsuit with Warner Bros. for a cool $25 million.
“The Lion King 3D” continues to dominate the worldwide box office, despite the fact that it’s a 17 year old movie that most have already seen. “Titanic” and “Top Gun” are already getting 3D makeovers, and it’s likely we’ll see studios reaching back into their archives to find even more titles.
We cover all the week’s top entertainment news including the break up of the rock band R.E.M. after 30 years, Disney’s plans for “Avatar” theme park attractions and the premiere of Simon Cowell’s highly anticipated “X-Factor” singing competition.
Inside Amazon’s Lehigh Valley Warehouse
“Star Wars: The Complete Saga” Blu-Ray Breaks Global Sales Records
3D Makeovers Coming To Aging Hollywood Blockbusters
Sony Plans Ghostbusters Screenings; Is This ‘The Lion King’ Effect?
‘Two and a Half Men’ Gets Record Ratings
Charlie Sheen Roast Delivers 6.4 Million Viewers
Charlie Sheen and Warner Bros. Near Settlement
R.E.M. Breaks Up After Three Decades
Live Nation, Universal Music Group Launch Partnership: Management, Ticketing, More
Will January 1, 2013 Be Doomsday For Publishers
Details Emerge About Disney’s Plans To Bring ‘Avatar’ To Its Parks
Pandora’s Next Feature: Tour Marketing
Publisher’s Eager For Amazon Tablet
Tony Bennett, 85, Will Finally Land His First Billboard 200 No. 1
X-Factor Producer Fires Back
X-Factor Pants Dropping Moment Prompts Indecency Complaint
Oscars: Academy Announces New Rules On Campaigns
Controversy Erupts Over Russia’s Oscar Entry
Entertainment Industry Now Shaking Down People $10 Per Infringement
Universal Preps New Scarface Movie
Elton John Tunes Up ‘Rocketman’ A Feature Film About His Iconic Music Career
Barry Levinson and Sheryl Crow Remake ‘Diner’ For Broadway Stage
Understanding Why Netflix Changed Pricing
Netflix Secures Streaming Deal With Dreamworks
Amazon, Fox Ink Streaming Deal
Dish’s Blockbuster Movies Pass Is No Netflix Killer