After the coffee. Before seeing who won the Oscar nominations pool.
The Skinny: People asked why I didn't participate in our Oscar nominations pool. Here's why. How do Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow get passed over for best director? Thursday's headlines include recaps and analysis of the Oscar nominations and a fun story about director Paul Schrader's attempt to make a movie with Lindsay Lohan and a White House meeting with entertainment industry executives to talk violence.
Daily Dose: News Corp. will soon split itself in two and put its publishing assets into a new company. Most analysts haven't been too excited about the prospects of a company primarily comprised of newspapers and book publishers. But Sanford C. Bernstein's Todd Juenger notes in a new report that the "New News Corp." includes "some attractive TV assets in Australia and a fast growing Digital Real Estate business (REA Group)." And hey, print could still make a comeback, right?
Landslide! Oscar nominations were announced early Thursday morning and there were a few surprise snubs among the results. Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" received 12 Oscar nominations including best picture, best director and best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis. Hmm, maybe I should finally see it. Other movies getting lots of Oscar love included "Argo," "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Silver Linings Playbook." Passed over for a nomination were "Zero Dark Thirty" director Kathryn Bigelow and Tom Hooper for “Les Miserables” and Ben Affleck for "Argo." Early analysis from the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Variety, Hollywood Reporter and Deadline Hollywood.
Connect the dots. Eric Bruner abruptly resigned as chairman of the American Humane Assn., the nonprofit that oversees the welfare of animals on film sets. The resignation comes after a story in the Los Angeles Times questioned financial ties between the AHA and a Bruner business partner. More on the resignation from the Los Angeles Times.
Let's talk about it. The White House is summoning top media and video game industry lobbyists Thursday to talk about violence in entertainment. The meeting, which will be run by Vice President Joe Biden, comes in the wake of the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn. According to Broadcasting & Cable, those expected to participate include Motion Picture Assn. of America Chairman Chris Dodd, National Cable and Telecommunications Assn. President Michael Powell, National Assn. of Broadcasters President Gordon Smith, and members of the National Assn. of Theater Owners and the Directors Guild.
Did he check the references? This Sunday's New York Times Magazine has a great piece by Stephen Rodrick about director Paul Schrader's efforts to make a comeback with a movie starring Lindsay Lohan and written by Brett Easton Ellis. I almost didn't get the Morning Fix done because I was so caught up in the juicy read. Funniest line so far? Describing Lohan, Rodrick writes, "she was quite pale, her skin not on speaking terms with daylight."
Good start. Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel got off to a solid start in his debut in the 11:35 p.m. time slot where he went head-to-head-to-head against NBC's Jay Leno and CBS's David Letterman. He beat Letterman in viewers and definitely gave NBC and Leno something to think about. More on the numbers from the Associated Press and Wall Street Journal.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Dustin Hoffman will try his hand at directing again. Steven Spielberg has put "Robopocalypse" on hold. Will Aereo become a new low-price pay TV service or a solution in search of a problem.
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