AT&T is bracing for an antitrust lawsuit from the Justice Department that would attempt to block its pending acquisition of Time Warner, CNN's parent company, on the grounds that it would harm consumers. But the DOJ is having trouble finding allies. The DOJ's antitrust division has been contacting some state attorneys general to enlist their support -- a common maneuver in cases like this. But few, if any, states have signed on yet, according to an official in a state that has turned down the case. A second source backed up this account. More than a dozen states were involved in the DOJ's review of the deal, the source said. According to the state official, some of them concluded that the legal
(CNN)"American Idol" alum Jordin Sparks has been keeping secrets. The 27-year-old singer revealed to People that she's been secretly married since July and is expecting her first child. Sparks, who won Season 6 of "American Idol" in 2007, eloped with 25-year-old model Dana Isaiah while on vacation this summer in Hawaii. "We're really proud to be married to each other and to be celebrating this," Sparks told People.
ESPN President John Skipper will be sticking around the sports network. Skipper's new contract with ESPN's parent company, Disney (DIS), will be extended through 2021, according to a source familiar with the deal. It was first reported by The Big Lead. Skipper joined ESPN as president in 2012. The contract renewal is a vote of confidence in Skipper during a turbulent time. ESPN has experienced a series of hardships, ranging from declining subscriber numbers and ad revenue to layoffs. The drop in subscribers was worrisome because ESPN has several expensive long-term TV deals with pro sports leagues. Earlier this year, the sports network laid off roughly 100 on-air personalities and writers. In
(CNN)Jimmy Kimmel has some pretty heroic friends. The host of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" celebrated his 50th birthday on his show Monday and actor Ben Affleck unveiled a surprise for him. "Star Trek" and "Star Wars" director J.J. Abrams showed up with a blast from Kimmel's past: a superhero comic book the host illustrated and wrote as a child. Abrams had Kimmel run down the various superheroes, which included Muscle Man, Super Duck, and Color Kid.
When will companies learn the golden rule: Think before you tweet. Keurig and other brands caught flack from all sides for how they responded to social media calls to distance themselves from Fox News host Sean Hannity. Companies walked back statements they made on Twitter or struggled to explain their actual relationships to Hannity -- in each case stoking the social media fires. Critics targeted companies that advertised on Hannity's syndicated radio show as well as his Fox News program after Hannity appeared to defend Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore on Thursday. Moore has been accused of sexual misconduct with teenagers, including a 14-year-old girl. He has denied the allegations.
Super Mario could be making his leap to the big screen. Nintendo (NTDOF) is close to a deal with Illumination Entertainment for an animated movie based on the popular video game franchise, "Super Mario Bros.," CNN has confirmed. The deal, which was first reported by the Wall Street Journal, would bring one of the most familiar pop culture brands to theaters via Illumination Entertainment, which makes animated films for Comcast (CMCSA)'s Universal Pictures. The studio boasts a long streak of blockbuster hits such as "Despicable Me," "Minions," "The Secret Life of Pets" and "Sing." Both Illumination Entertainment and Nintendo declined comment on this story. The timing for a potential "Super Mario
Fox News anchor Shepard Smith has earned a reputation over the years for ideological apostasy, providing a sharp mid-afternoon break from the conservative perspective that dominates the rest of the network's programming. But on Tuesday, he may have outdone himself. Over the course of six minutes, Smith provided a thorough fact-check of the latest Clinton-related conspiracy theory to capture the attention of Republican lawmakers, and his colleagues at Fox News. Smith, the chief news anchor at Fox, spelled out the specific allegation surrounding the sale of a Canadian company called Uranium One: "Nine people involved in the deal made donations to the Clinton Foundation totaling more than $140 million,