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Japanese Director Naomi Kawase Accused of Violence Towards Staff

Japanese auteur and Cannes favorite Naomi Kawase has been accused of violent behavior towards her staff and crew, including an assault that left an employee’s face swollen.

NBCUniversal Earnings Rise on Olympics Ads and Theme Parks, But Studios Profit Falls

NBCUniversal’s third-quarter adjusted earnings jumped 48.2 percent as its theme parks unit swung to a profit after a coronavirus pandemic-induced year-ago loss and the bottom line of its media unit rose as the Tokyo Summer Olympics boosted advertising revenue, partially offset by higher costs. NBCU’s third-quarter adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) […]

Simone Biles Is “Still Scared to Do Gymnastics” Following Tokyo Olympics, Larry Nassar Abuse

Simone Biles got emotional while speaking about her changed relationship to gymnastics following both her Tokyo Olympics run and the abuse of Larry Nassar. While appearing on NBC’s Today on Thursday to discuss her partnership with the health and telemedicine app Cerebral, Biles opened up to host Hoda Kotb about how she’s balancing being a […]

U.S. Ad Spending Forecast Raised on “Unprecedented” First-Half Growth

In June, media investment and intelligence company Magna forecast a 15 percent increase in U.S. advertising spending this year to a record $259 million thanks to the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Now, it has boosted that projection to 23 percent to $277.6 billion after record growth of 32 percent during the first half […]

TV Ratings: NBC’s Tokyo Olympics’ Primetime Audience Falls to Average of 15.5M

NBC’s Tokyo Olympics primetime coverage pulled in an average 15.5 million viewers, down 40 percent from the average 26.7 million primetime viewers for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. But the network, in unveiling its final TV ratings for a Tokyo Games thrown off-kilter by the pandemic, played up online TV gains, including securing […]

John Oliver Says Russia’s Olympics Punishment for Doping Scheme Didn’t Go Far Enough

John Oliver questioned the severity of the punishments handed down to Russia amid what the Associated Press recently called “the Games’ longest-running doping saga.” Russian sent more than 330 Olympians to the Tokyo Games, which ended Sunday, but they were competing under the name of “Russian Olympic Committee,” or ROC. Russia’s name and flag were […]

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: What I Learned Watching the Tokyo Games

The Olympics aren’t just an exciting sporting event featuring the best athletes in the world, they’re a reflection of humanity’s social values — and the battle in Tokyo this year over those values was just as exciting as the actual competitions themselves. Sports is a measure of how far the human body has evolved through […]

Olympics Closing Ceremony: Tokyo 2020 Comes to a Predictably Surreal, Somber End

One year late and staged among the strangest circumstances in modern memory, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics officially came to a close in Japan’s vast, vacant National Stadium Sunday night. The Olympic cauldron was extinguished at 10:15 pm, local time, leaving the global TV audience with 17-days’ worth of surprising and dramatic sports moments to remember […]

Jessica Springsteen Wins Silver in Equestrian Team Jump Off at Tokyo Olympics

The Springsteen family has gone platinum many times over. Time to make space for a little silver, too. Jessica Springsteen and the U.S. equestrian jumping team came up just short of Olympic gold, falling to Sweden in a jump off Saturday night that still left the Americans with a record 10th medal in the event. […]

Allyson Felix Wins Record 11th Medal, Becomes Most Decorated U.S. Olympic Track Athlete

Allyson Felix won her 11th career Olympic medal Saturday, combining with her American teammates to finish the 4×400-meter relay in 3 minutes, 16.85 seconds for a runaway victory. The team of Felix, Sydney McLaughlin, Dalilah Muhammad and Athing Mu was never in jeopardy in this one. It was America’s seventh straight victory at the Olympics […]

Allyson Felix Earns 10th Career Medal, Matches Carl Lewis Record for Most Decorated U.S. Track Athlete

Allyson Felix finished third in the 400 meters Friday to win her 10th career medal and become the most-decorated woman in the history of Olympic track. The 35-year-old Felix, a stalwart of American track and field, started in the outside lane and outraced Stephenie Ann McPherson of Jamaica to take third place by 0.15 seconds. […]

This Week in TV: ‘What If …?,’ ‘Reservation Dogs,’ Olympics End

The Tokyo Olympics come to a close on Aug. 8, with NBC (and some of their fellow broadcasters) resuming normal schedules the following day. The coming week also features the premiere of Marvel’s animated series What If …?, a comedy focused on Native American teenagers and a J.J. Abrams-produced docuseries about UFOs. Below is The Hollywood […]