Game of Thrones” and “Dexter” were the two most pirated TV shows of 2012, reports file-sharing site TorrentFreak. HBO’s fantasy series “Game of Thrones” was downloaded a total of 4,280,000, while Showtime’s serial killer suspense series “Dexter” was downloaded 3,850,000 times.
Other TV shows to make the top 10 include CBS’ “Big Bang Theory” and “How I Met Your Mother” which came in at number three and four, followed by AMC’s “Breaking Bad” and “The Walking Dead.” Showtime’s “Homeland,” Fox’s “House” and “Fringe” also made the Top 10.
TorrentFreak noted that roughly 80 percent of TV piracy comes from outside the United States where many viewers do not have the means to watch their favorite television shows. “Airing delays and HBO’s choice not to make [Thrones] widely available online are two of the top reasons why so many people pirated the show,” the site argued.
The site also predicted that illegal TV series downloads will decrease dramatically as networks continue to find ways to make in-demand shows quickly available online worldwide in a legal manner.
Actress Anjelica Huston has been crowned People for the Ethical Animals’ Person of the Year for campaigning to keep chimpanzees out of TV commercials.
Thanks to The Witches star’s volunteerism and work as a narrator of a hard-hitting video expose about how great apes suffer in the entertainment industry, the top 10 advertising agencies in the U.S. have adopted policies to stop using chimps in their ads.
A PETA spokesperson says, “The actor sent her video to agency chiefs across the country, showing them exactly how great apes are torn away from their mothers shortly after birth and frequently beaten during training to perform in ads for companies such as Dodge, Europcar, Pfizer, Samsung, and Travelers Insurance, all of which pulled their ads after talks with PETA.”
Representative Wendy Wegner adds, “Anjelica Huston is a true friend to all animals and the perfect choice for PETA’s Person of the Year 2012.”
Huston also spoke out against New York’s controversial horse-drawn carriage industry in 2012 and campaigned against the use of fur as a style item – even though she was once a fashion victim.
She says, “I grew up in Ireland and used to wear fur. I had a change of heart when I learned how minks and foxes on fur farms are crammed into tiny, dirty cages and driven so crazy by the confinement that many… cannibalize their cage mates.”
Jerry O’Connell and Portia De Rossi’s reboot of classic TV show The Munsters has officially been axed despite drawing millions of viewers over Halloween.
The cult 1960s series was revived as Mockingbird Lane starring O’Connell as Herman Munster, De Rossi as his vampire bride Lily, and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa Munster.
However, bosses at NBC had a mixed reaction to the finished product and put the sitcom on the back burner.
They aired the pilot episode as a Halloween special in October, drawing more than 5.4 million viewers, but TV executives have now decided to axe the project for good.
Creator/executive producer Bryan Fuller confirmed the news in a post on Twitter.com, writing, “I tweet with a heavy heart. NBC not moving forward with Mockingbird Lane. From producers and cast, thank you all for enthusiasm and support.”
Katy Perry was looking very comfortable with her boyfriend John Mayer as the pair stepped out in Beverly Hills.
Spotted leaving Matsushia restaurant in California, the 28-year-old singer was looking very geek chic in a khaki jacket and thick-rimmed glasses.
Holding a tooth pick between her teeth, Katy seemed relaxed as she walked alongside her on-off boyfriend.
With their date night coming soon after they allegedly spent Christmas together, it seems things are going well for the pair.
Demi Lovato is now the only female judge left standing on “The X Factor.”
According to US Weekly producers of the reality competition show have decided to give Britney Spears the ax.
“Britney will get the boot,” an insider told the magazine.
The “producers wanted her for the long haul,” the source told the magazine, but the agreement “isn’t working.”
With a reported $15 million payout for her role as judge and mentor on the show, the show’s creator Simon Cowell was expecting more from the pop diva.
“He wanted crazy Britney, but he got boring Britney,” a different source told US Weekly. “They paid all that for her to say ‘amazing’ and offer half-claps.”
With Spears on the outs and LA Reid’s surprising announcement a few weeks that he too would be leaving the show, on his own accord, at the end of this season the next logical question is, where does that leave Demi Lovato?
Courtney Zito, who writes and direct her own web-based comedy series, Hollywood Girl, may have landed a soon-to-be music hit on her hands. Dominick DiPietrantonio’s “Only One For Me” has been running on the show for the past month, creating a buzz within the industry. Reportedly, producers from both The Voice and X Factor have been in touch with his management.
The show scripted by Zito is based on her real life experiences (both comic and blundering) in Los Angeles, in the form of the fledging character Quinn Monroe. A self-proclaimed cliché (aspiring actress by day and waitress by night), Quinn feels her dreams of silver screen stardom actualizing as a waking nightmare of never-ending obstacles and roadblocks. Broke, tired, confused and, constantly tripping over her mark, she’s literally bruised, at times self-deprecating, but delightfully determined and never defeated. With life, heart, spirit and the carefree, fun-loving support of her three best friends, Quinn looks past the setbacks and black-and-blues to see her shining star on the walk of fame, which to her isn’t too far ahead. She is determined to conquer Hollywood, but the road to stardom is full of missteps. “Two steps forward and ten steps back,” like the show’s original theme song says, “She’s there for life: She’s a Hollywood Girl,” says Zito.
Adds Dominick, “I found the show quite by accident, but immediately loved it. To tell you the truth, I came up with several possible songs for them and ultimately went with “Only One For Me.”
Rocker Keith Richards is always on the lookout for some great Christmas presents to exchange with his The Rolling Stones bandmates but admits they are not the most punctual gift-givers.
The (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction stars make sure to give each other something extra special every year but timing isn’t their forte and often, the gifts are not actually presented in time for Christmas Day.
Richards tells British magazine NME, “Sometimes they (the gifts) don’t arrive actually on Christmas, sometimes before, and sometimes afterwards. But we always exchange something. It’s normally something you see or you pick up and you think, ‘Oh Charlie’ll love that.’ But it might not be exactly Christmas, because we’re not that punctual!”
The thoughtful guitarist is often on the lookout for that special something to make a truly unique gift for his bandmates.
He adds, “I remember I once found a Biggles puppet, with a parachute, beautiful 20s job with all that gear on. And Charlie and I have always had a thing about Biggles, so I sent him that. It’s still dangling from his ceiling somewhere.”
Jessica Simpson has confirmed she’s pregnant with her second child in a sweet Christmas Day tweet.
After weeks of speculation suggesting the singer-turned-fashion mogul and reality TV star was expecting again, Simpson made the baby news official by posting a photo of her seven-month-old daughter Maxwell sitting in the sand during a festive vacation in Hawaii behind the message ‘BIG SIS’.
Little Maxwell was born in May, just before her famous mom signed up to front a lucrative new diet campaign for WeightWatchers.
It doesn’t seem as if WeightWatchers bosses are too concerned that their new spokesmodel is set to gain back the weight she lost after first becoming a mum – they sent out a Christmas Day tweet congratulating the singer and her husband-to-be Eric Johnson, adding, “Your WW family is so thrilled for you. What an amazing year you’ve had!”
Actor Ashton Kutcher has filed to officially end his marriage to Demi Moore, more than a year after their split.
The couple announced its separation in November, 2011 after six years as husband and wife, and now the Two and a Half Men star has kickstarted the divorce process.
Kutcher, who has hired celebrity attorney Laura Wasser to represent his case, filed papers in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday, citing irreconcilable differences for the break-up.
He is not seeking spousal support and has not asked a judge to deny Moore financial aid should she request it, according to People.com.
The couple, which wed in 2005, does not have any children.
Kutcher, 34, has since moved on to romance his former That ’70s Show co-star Mila Kunis, while 50-year-old Moore was most recently linked to director Julian Schnabel’s art collector son Vito.
Don’t smoke at a Madonna concert, or you might get called out by the pop diva. Madonna had an on stage meltdown in Santiago, Chile this week because several fans were smoking during her rehearsal at an open-air theater.
According to reports, Madonna abruptly stopped rehearsing “Human Nature” and called out several people for their cigarettes. “There are people smoking right now,” the 54-year-old said. “No smoking.”
“Why are they smoking?” she continued. “If you’re gonna smoke cigarettes, I’m not doing a show. You don’t care about me, I don’t care about you. All right?”
“Alright, we are gonna play that game. I’m not kidding. I can’t sing if you smoke. Entiendes?” said Madonna.
When fans shouted “We love you,” Madonna snapped back, “If you love me then don’t smoke. No smoking! You’re looking right at me while you’re smoking cigarettes, like I’m a stupid f—ing idiot.”
Although she stormed off stage, Madonna did end up performing. The singer has not commented on the incident.