The Skinny: I checked out
Daily Dose: A potentially game-changing legal battle between
Kangaroo court. Three Al Jazeera journalists were sentenced to at least seven years in prison by an Egyptian judge on charges of being a threat to the country's security, making false reports and aiding a terrorist organization. Egyptian officials have painted the reporters as supporters of the
"Think Like a Man 2" walks like a man.
Check under the hood first. Digital darling Vice Media is this month's pretty girl at the old-media dance. Already 5% owned by
New friends. Former Warner Bros. movie chief Jeff Robinov's new production company is getting a big check from Fosun International, a Chinese conglomerate. Robinov's company is expected to be based at
Not making everyone's day. Clint Eastwood knows how to turn a phrase. He knows how to get the bad guy. He knows how to talk to an empty chair. But not everyone is thrilled with his directing as of late. Andrew Romano, a writer at the Daily Beast, says it's time to stop saying Eastwood is a great director. "Elevating Eastwood to the top tier of directors diminishes the directors who actually belong there: John Ford, Howard Hawks, David Lean, et al. It also suggests that we're lowering our expectations -- that we're accepting a tasteful facsimile of virtuous filmmaking -- right when we should be expecting more," Romano wrote.