By Joe Flint
7:12 AM PST, January 20, 2014
After the coffee. Before seeing if "The Following" killed in the ratings.
The skinny: My power steering broke on Friday so I've been driving old school all weekend. Hope to get it fixed on Tuesday. On the plus side, my arms have gotten a good workout. Monday's technically a holiday but we're here for you even if you aren't here. Stories include recaps of NBC's day at press tour and some reviews of the new Roger Ailes biography. Fear not. I didn't forget box office. We'll have the holiday roundup on Tuesday.
Daily dose: Aereo isn't letting the Supreme Court's decision to hear arguments from broadcasters as to why the start-up service that delivers local TV signals via the Internet to consumers should be found illegal slow it down. Aereo said it is launching in Cincinnati and the high court's interest is also getting the company a lot more media attention and free publicity.
I can fly! After getting huge ratings for its live version of "The Sound of Music," NBC said Sunday at its portion of the TV Critics Assn. press tour that its next musical will be "Peter Pan." No casting decisions have been made yet, but NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt did joke that he was thinking about Miley Cyrus for the lead. At least we hope he was joking. Although that would get big ratings.... Greenblatt also reiterated the network's interest in keeping Jay Leno around after he steps down from the "Tonight Show" and that NBC wouldn't mind having more NFL football on its schedule. Coverage of NBC's TCA day from the Los Angeles Times and USA Today.
End of an era. Paramount Pictures is the first movie studio to stop releasing movies on 35-mm film in favor of digital delivery in the United States. According to the Los Angeles Times, Paramount told movie theater owners in the L.A. area that "Anchorman 2" would be the last movie released on actual film. The move will probably lead other studios to follow suit. About 8% of U.S. theaters still show movies in film only.
Blowing up the bridge. Cable news and commentary channel MSNBC leans left and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is a Republican. Yet the two had a mutually beneficial friendship. That is until Christie's administration got caught up in controversy regarding the intentional closing of lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge as payback to a small town mayor who didn't endorse the governor. Now MSNBC is chowing down on Christie, who fired back that the channel is showing its true colors as a partisan network. The New York Times on the new riff between old friends.
Let's not do lunch. Hollywood is all caught up in awards season and the glitz and glamour makes it all seem like business as usual. But in reality, a lot has changed in the movie business over the last decade, including the demise of the big overall development deal, notes the Wall Street Journal. Once, studios shelled out big bucks and provided lots of perks to producers in the hopes of securing hits. Now the challenging economics of making movies (rising costs, diminishing returns) has put such pacts on the endangered species list.
Fighting chance? A lawsuit over the screenplay for "Raging Bull" has reached the Supreme Court. Without getting into all the messy specifics, the court's ruling could potentially change the rules for suing for copyright infringement. Analysis from Variety.
Reading material. If you're off Monday (lucky you), maybe you'll pick up the new Gabriel Sherman biography of Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes. I'm still working my way through it, but here are reviews from the New York Times and Baltimore Sun.
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