After the coffee. Before arranging to have Aloe Blaac's "The Man" played every time I enter the office.
The Skinny: Yes, my beloved Redskins lost again, but at least we went down fighting. Now about that "Homeland" season finale: Well, if you can't say anything nice... I don't want to spoil it for anyone but a Twitter pal noted that the climatic moment looked like it was right out of the camp classic "Zorro: The Gay Blade." Monday's roundup includes the box office recap and a look at the holiday box office overall. Also, a deep dive into Time Warner and appreciations of Peter O'Toole.
The Daily Dose: Sunday morning news shows aren't usually a place where one sees movie ads. But
"Smaug" alert! "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" took in about $74 million in its debut weekend, a big number but still a little under industry projections. Coming in second was "Frozen," which made an additional $22.2 million. The other new movie opening wide was "
Holiday watching. There will be a slew of movies battling it out at the box office during the rest of the month.
Less is more. Over the past six years, Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes has dismantled much of the media giant. At the same time, profits have grown and the stock price has soared. Next to go is publishing arm
We don't need no stinking ratings.
Show me the money. Hollywood talent agency WME was expected to submit the biggest bid for IMG, a sports marketing and representation firm. According to the New York Times, WME's bid -- due last Friday -- was north of $2 billion. Also bidding were Peter Chernin's investment company and talent agency ICM. The New York Post notes that all the bids were below the $2.7 billion minimum IMG was seeking.
Inside the Los Angeles Times:
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