After the coffee. Before corrupting the youth of America.
The Skinny: I'm going to talk journalism to students at Cal State Los Angeles later today. I'll try to keep it clean and not be too cynical. Today's roundup includes a new look for
Can Faneuil Hall pass for The Grove? Usually, Los Angeles gets to play other cities in movies and television shows. But in the new romantic comedy "Basic Math" starring
New look. Netflix has given its home screen a new look in the hopes that it will make it easier and provide more information for subscribers searching through the streaming service's vast library of TV shows. "We want discovery to be richer," Chris Jaffe, vice president of product innovation at Netflix told USA Today. "I knew one of my personal frustrations was I felt like today's Netflix experience didn't give me enough reasons for why I should watch this versus that." What I like about Netflix is the cute emails you get from customer relations. I had to change a credit card with them and the note they sent had a subject line of "Houston, We Have a Problem."
Hulu wants to get closer to you. Now that Hulu is run by Mike Hopkins, a pay-TV distribution executive, it should come as no surprise that one of the first things he is trying to do is to get cable and satellite operators to package the online video service with its other offerings to subscribers. That would not only increase Hulu's reach (and potential subscriber revenue), it could lead Hulu to become a one-stop destination for video on demand and make it as easy to access as turning on your TV. But getting the distributors, who have their own agendas, to sign on is another story. Details on Hulu's latest thinking from the Wall Street Journal.
Kimmel's mess could be Disney's mess. A few weeks ago, a bit on Jimmy Kimmel's late-night show featured a little boy suggesting the U.S. could solve some of its economic woes if it killed everyone in China. The ad, which was a spoof of AT&T's ads featuring comedian Beck Bennett interviewing little kids, naturally didn't play too well with the Chinese. While the show, which airs on Walt Disney's
Power play. Concert giant
Whipped. Universal is pushing the release date of "Fifty Shades of Grey" from August 2014 to February 2015. This isn't a big shock after
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