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The Skinny: Man there was a lot of good TV last night. We had the "True Detective" finale, the return of
Daily Dose: Time Warner Cable told its subscribers over the weekend that its deal to be acquired by Comcast Corp. will result in "great customer experiences." In an email blast, Time Warner Cable said the combined company will "innovate faster and deploy even better products and features, including a superior video guide, faster Broadband Internet speeds and even more WiFi access points so you can access the Internet wherever you go." I'll settle for more space on my DVR and the ability to record more than two channels at once.
On target. "300: Rise of an Empire" took in just more than $45 million in its opening weekend. Well, no one can say it sneaked up on people. Also opening strong was "Mr. Peabody & Sherman," which made $32.5 million. That was better than expected and showed that the animated flick about a super smart dog had some bite to go with its bark. Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" opened in limited release on four screens and took in an impressive $800,000. Box office recaps from the Los Angeles Times and Variety.
The right tune? The woes of the music industry over the last decade are no secret. Illegal downloads and cheap legal ones have cut into the bottom line of the business. But where others see headaches, Universal Music Group Chairman Lucian Grainge sees opportunity. "He's the great hope for the music business," said legendary manager Irving Azoff. The Los Angeles Times looks at Grainge's plans to save the music industry.
Here we go again. There is a saying that those who don't study history are doomed to repeat it. Lionsgate and FX may be learning that lesson with Charlie Sheen. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the star of
Too big. The Mexican government wants to weaken the power held by television giant Televisa and wireless behemoth América Móvil. On Friday, Mexico said both companies would have to share their infrastructures with competitors. Televisa might even have to undo its exclusive sports programming deals. Next time U.S. media companies complain about the regulatory environment here, just send them this article from the New York Times.