The Skinny: Yes, you read that right. After this column is live, it is my hope to take the day off -- so don't make any news. My highlight of the day should be a new box from Time Warner Cable. I'll let you know how it works. Today's roundup includes the weekend box-office preview and a look at how
Daily Dose: Amazon is offering some folks a free monthlong trial of its Fire TV set-top box. Media analyst Rich Greenfield of BTIG said he got an email from Amazon and that the company is even offering a free return if the user does not want to keep it. Amazon has also rolled out a big ad campaign for Fire, starring
The X factor. "X-Men: Days of Future Past" should blow everything else out of the water at the box office this weekend. The most optimistic industry forecasts have the latest "X-Men movie taking in well over $120 million during the holiday weekend.
Got tickets? Like crazed rock 'n' roll fans, film buffs descend on Cannes every spring not just to eye celebrities but to weasel their way into screenings. Unlike most film festivals, Cannes tickets are not made available to the general public, so people have to get clever or be a really good beggar to get to see a movie along with the cool people. The Los Angeles Times on what it takes to make it into the theater.
Steering clear of soccer. With the World Cup starting in a couple of weeks, some studios are being careful about releasing movies so they won't get trampled at the box office because everyone will be glued to the TV or rocking a stadium. Business Week on the World Cup effect on the global movie business.
Never enough lobbyists. On Thursday, I met with a young man interested in a career in journalism. While I never downplay the glamour of the job (including getting up at 5:30 a.m. every day to write little summaries of other people's stories), I should have told him to become a lobbyist. According to The Hill,
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