The Skinny: It was a tough choice but I decided to go with the season finale of FX's "The Americans" last night instead of
Daily Dose: Sorry cord-cutters, HBO has no plans to offer its service via broadband on a standalone basis. Speaking to analysts Wednesday, Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes (who used to run HBO before being promoted up) said it does not make financial sense to sell access to its online service, HBO Go, separately from other cable TV packages. He didn't rule it out down the road but for now there is not enough demand to make it worthwhile for HBO to alienate its cable and satellite TV partners.
Not impressed. "Iron Man 3" opened in China on Wednesday and, while the movie drew some crowds, not everyone was blown away by what they saw or with all the efforts the producers have made to connect with Chinese viewers. The movie got financing from Chinese entertainment giant DMG and includes a cameo by singer Fan Bingbing. More on the China opening of "Iron Man 3" from the Los Angeles Times.
Not toying around. Could New York's new gun-control laws make filming scenes involving certain types of firearms more difficult? That is a concern of the movie industry, according to the New York Times. This sounds like a reach to me but Hollywood is worried about the unintended consequences of the new laws, which could in theory make using certain assault weapons in movies and TV shows shot in New York illegal. Does that also mean that no New York show or film can have a scene with someone drinking a large soda, too? Well, actually now that you mention it ....
New job. After almost 25 years at Fox, most recently as head of its digital efforts, Peter Levinsohn is joining Universal Pictures as president and chief distribution officer. In that role, he will oversee home entertainment as well as television and digital distribution. Theatrical distribution, however will remain Nikki Rocco's turf. Details on Levinsohn's new gig from the Los Angeles Times.
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Inside the Los Angeles Times: Some Hollywood stars are still trying to master Reddit's "Ask Me Anything."
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