After the coffee. Before getting my cat to stop eating my Mac power cord.
The Skinny: I took a break from the Colts-Broncos game Sunday night when it looked like a blowout and found myself getting sucked into the
Daily Dose: After years of managing Aerosmith lead singer
"Gravity" slays "Carrie." Even scary "Carrie" couldn't knock "Gravity" down. The space drama easily took first place with $31 million. "Carrie" was supposed to also top the $30 million mark but couldn't even reach $20 million. Way to go, box office predictors! Also enduring a tough weekend was "Escape Plan," which made less than $10 million, and "The Fifth Estate," which didn't even crack $2 million. Box office recaps from the Los Angeles Times and Hollywood Reporter.
Sinclair's strategy. Most people outside of the TV industry have never heard of Sinclair Broadcast Group, but the Baltimore-based company is the biggest owner and operator of local television stations. Besides owning lots of stations, Sinclair also manages scores more through complex partnerships that media watchdogs say skirt the spirit of Federal Communications Commission regulations.
What costs what. When Variety landed Ad Age reporter Brian Steinberg, he also brought with him his annual survey of what commercials cost in prime time. While there are other surveys, Steinberg's is typically the most reliable of the bunch. This year's chart won't make broadcast network programming executives happy. The top three shows in terms of commercial prices are professional football and
Scary money. Blumhouse Productions seems to have found the right formula to make horror pay big time.
Not done yet. Last week,
Inside the Los Angeles Times:
on how director Steve McQueen spared no detail for his gripping new movie "12 Years a Slave."
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