After the coffee. Before deciding whether to take the summer off.
The Skinny: I'm four episodes into "Orange is the New Black" and enjoying it. You can tell how strong a show is if they can do an entire episode without the lead character. And that's not some big spoiler, so I don't want any grief! Today's headlines include the weekend box-office reports and a Tony Awards recap.
Daily Dose: CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves got a shout-out of sorts on the season finale HBO's "Veep" on Sunday night. Julia Louis-Dreyfus' character, Selina Meyer, fires the wrong person and is further confused that the person she fired, named Leslie, was a man. That leads to discussion of men who are named Leslie with Press Secretary Mike McClintock mentioning Moonves. What do you want from me? It's Monday in June and that's the best I could do today.
Tears of joy. The teen tear-jerker "The Fault in Our Stars" had few faults at the box office, taking in almost $50 million and blowing away not only Tom Cruise's new movie, "Edge of Tomorrow," but last week's champ, "Maleficent." "The Fault in Our Stars," about romance between two teens struggling with cancer, easily exceeded even the most optimistic of projections. "Edge of Tomorrow," which received strong reviews, ended up with about $29 million while "Maleficent" made $37 million in its second weekend. Box-office recaps from the Los Angeles Times and the Hollywood Reporter.
Nothing learned. When "Bridesmaids" was a surprise hit at the box office, it was supposed to clear the way for more broad female comedies (no, that wasn't an attempt at a lame pun). But that wasn't the case. Explains producer Lynda Obst in Dame: "All that happened is that Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy became stars. "That's all the studios knew how to do. They didn't say, "Oh, women go to the movies in droves when they see funny women. That wasn't the lesson."
Bury this story. When Al Jazeera America launched, it got into a legal tussle with AT&T's U-Verse, which wouldn't carry the channel. Al Jazeera America claimed that AT&T was in breach of contract. But when the sealed suit was ordered unsealed, Al Jazeera America said it would rather quit than fight. Now AT&T and the news channel have reached an agreement and the suit, for now, remains sealed. More on this fight within a fight from the Wall Street Journal.
From the basement to an arena. Amateur performers who have found cult audiences on YouTube, Vine, Tumblr and other social networking sites, are starting to take their acts on the road with big backing. Yes, there are now live shows with Internet celebs that sound like a mix of "The Gong Show," "America's Got Talent" and "Fear Factor." The New York Times on social media tours.
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