After the coffee. Before having to cover yet another merger.
The Skinny: So much for a relaxing weekend recovering from upfronts and
Daily Dose: The AT&T-DirecTV deal (see below) won't mean much for Dodgers fans. Like DirecTV, AT&T U-Verse has also refused to cut a deal to carry SportsNet LA, the Dodgers-owned pay-TV channel that
Bigger must be better. Telecommunications giant AT&T announced Sunday that it is acquiring satellite broadcaster DirecTV in a stock-and-cash deal valued at about $48.5 billion. For DirecTV, pairing with AT&T will give it the ability to seamlessly offer customers broadband and phone along with TV. For AT&T, getting DirecTV makes it a huge player in the pay-TV game. For consumer activists and media watchdogs, it's other big deal that will hurt consumers. News and analysis from the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the Washington Post.
Destroying everything in its path. "Godzilla" came out smoking last weekend, taking in over $93 million, making it the second-biggest opening this year behind "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." "Godzilla" had more than enough juice to strike out "Million Dollar Arm," the family movie starring Jon Hamm as a sports agent looking for a star pitcher in India. It took in just $10.5 million. Weekend box-office recaps from the Los Angeles Times and the Hollywood Reporter.
Americans make a splash at Cannes. There's a lot of red, white and blue at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Not only is there an abundance of American movies competing for top prizes, but some of the foreign films feature American actors in prominent roles. This is the result "an interesting wave of American directors and financing players, as well as European filmmakers increasingly likely to look across borders for both casting and language choices," says the Los Angeles Times.
Is variety the spice of life.
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