After the coffee. Before the NCAA Championship game.
The Skinny: I saw "Rob the Mob" on Sunday. While some of the cast was enjoyable -- particularly Griffin Dunne and Ray Romano -- overall I was a little disappointed in the movie about a young couple who come up with the brilliant idea to rob mob social clubs. Monday's roundup includes the weekend box office recap and a look at the legal battle over unpaid interns. Also, Yahoo wants to try the video business again. Finally, the legacy of Mickey Rooney, who died Sunday.
Daily Dose: Still frustrated about not getting to see the Dodgers play? Well, the fight between DirecTV and Time Warner Cable, which is distributing the Dodger-owned SportsNet LA, is likely to drag on. In San Diego, Time Warner Cable kept the Padres off its systems for two seasons. Here's some thoughts on the fight from yours truly. Also, if you feel no one is speaking for the fans, I suggest you watch these amusing and on the money videos from Dodger Fan Weekly.
Time for a promotion. "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" took in just over $96 million in its opening weekend. That's the biggest opening for a movie in April ever and much better than "Captain America," which made $65 million when it made its debut. "Captain America" also traveled well, taking in more than $100 million in overseas box office. Coming in second was "Noah," which made $17 million, a 61% drop from its opening weekend. In third place was "Divergent" with $13 million. Box office recaps from the Los Angeles Times and Variety.
Who will fluff my pillow? A legal battle over Hollywood's love for unpaid interns is coming to a head. A verdict is expected soon in the case of unpaid interns suing for back wages for their work on the film "Black Swan." If successful, the suit could end Hollywood's reliance on unpaid workers and the use of such internships as an entry to the business. The Los Angeles Times looks at the fight and its implications for Hollywood.
It's go time. On Wednesday, Comcast brass will face off against the Senate Judiciary Committee to defend its proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable. It is the first of what will likely be several appearances on Capitol Hill to make the case that a combination of the nation's two biggest cable operators is not a bad thing. Let me give you a sneak peak: Lawmakers, particularly Al Franken (D-Minn.), will complain about cable prices, stifling of broadband innovation and sex- and violence-filled content. Comcast will have very well-rehearsed answers to all these concerns and in the end the deal passes. Previews of the hearing from the New York Times and Philadelphia Inquirer.
If at first you don't succeed. For years, Yahoo has tried with little success to become a player in the content business. Now new Chief Executive Marissa Mayer is making another push to make the Web portal a destination for video content. The Wall Street Journal says Yahoo has four series in the works and wants to compete against Netflix and Amazon as well as cable and broadcast TV. Good luck with that.
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