After the coffee. Before breaking this heat wave.
The Skinny: It's Friday and I have to wear a suit today to tape a TV interview about the Dodgers TV mess. If that's not bad enough, the interview is in Universal City, where it will be even hotter. Yes, you are hearing me gripe about being on TV. I'm too jaded. Today's roundup includes the weekend-box-office preview and a big deal by
Daily Dose: The SEC Network,
"Lucy" in the sky: Box office for "Lucy," the science-fiction thriller starring
Satellite of cash: 21st Century Fox announced early Friday a complex deal that transfers ownership of its German and Italian satellite services to BSkyB, the British satellite broadcaster that
Will HBO go public (see what I did there?): Time Warner is figuring out how best to fend off 21st Century Fox, which wants to acquire the media giant. It already changed its bylaws to make it harder for dissident shareholders to call meetings or try to bounce board members. Now the New York Post says it is considering a partial spinoff of HBO. One aim of the reported move is showing shareholders the value of the pay-TV channel, part of a broader attempt to try to make the case that the Fox offer (currently $85 a share) is too low.
This is a job for the Expendables: A version of the new action movie "Expendables 3" leaked online and has already been downloaded almost 200,000 times, according to Variety. The is set to movie debut in three weeks, so imagine how many people will have seen it by then. Given that the movie is aimed at young men (even though it stars old men), odds are the piracy will hurt the box office.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Kenneth Turan on "Lucy."