The Morning Fix: Michigan’s got no love for Hollywood. Apple may get heat from D.C. Fox faces FCC investigation.


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After the coffee. Before trying to decide if I should go after the same deal Albert Pujols wants.

The Skinny: During the Super Bowl, Chrysler and Eminem showed us how Detroit rolls. Now Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder wants to roll without Hollywood. In other news, Apple’s power is raising eyebrows in Washington. Fox also has gotten some unwanted attention from regulators. Let’s just get through today and enjoy the long weekend.


Get off my lawn! The new governor of Michigan -- Republican Rick Snyder -- is no fan of Hollywood. In his new budget he wants to gut the Great Lake State’s tax credit program, which is one of the biggest in the industry. The cut is a big blow to Hollywood. Since offering a film tax credit of up to 42% in 2008, more than 100 movie and TV productions, including “Transformers 3” and the new ABC cop drama “Detroit 1-8-7” have shot there. More on what Michigan’s move means to Hollywood from the Los Angeles Times.

With power comes attention. As Apple emerges as a major player in the content distribution business, it is starting to get noticed by folks in Washington. Earlier this week, Apple announced the cut it wants to take from newspaper and magazine companies that use its platforms for their content. The 30% cut is similar to what it already takes from entertainment companies that sell their product through iTunes. Now, according to the Wall Street Journal, the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission are going to poke around to see if Apple could be running afoul of antitrust rules.

Will ‘Four’ be No. 1 this weekend? Looks like it will be a short-lived stint at the top of the box office for Adam Sandler’s ‘Just Go With It.’ Most forecasts have DreamWorks’ ‘I Am Number Four,’ a hybrid teen-sci fi flick, finishing No. 1. As for me, I’m a little curious about ‘Unknown.’ Box office prediction from Variety.

You can’t handle the truth. The Federal Communications Commission is investigating Fox to see if the company misled the regulatory agency about the operations of its TV station WWOR, which is licensed in New Jersey. Media watchdogs have been waging a battle against Fox for years, charging that the station is not serving the needs of New Jersey residents. Details from the Los Angeles Times.

Going small screen. It’s pilot season in TV land. We’ve got lots of ‘Glee’ and ‘Mad Men’ imitations as well as the usual number of lame brain romantic comedy scripts. One trend this season behind the camera is a lot of movie directors signing on to make pilots. Deadline Hollywood looks at who is doing what and why. To catch you up on all the pilots, here’s a round-up from Entertainment Weekly.

Don’t let the door hit you on the way out. After less than six months in the job, Jack Griffin is out as chief executive of Time Inc., the magazine publishing unit of Time Warner Inc. whose titles include Time, People and Sports Illustrated. Griffin was an outsider to the very clubby Time Inc. when he was brought in from Meredith, publisher of Better Homes and Gardens and Family Circle, to succeed Ann Moore and Time Warner chief executive Jeff Bewkes said his style ‘didn’t mesh’ with the unit. More dirt on what about Griffin exactly didn’t mesh from the New York Times.


Inside the Los Angeles Times: Betsy Sharkey on ‘I Am Number Four.’ Patrick Goldstein on what brought adults back to the multiplex.

-- Joe Flint

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The Morning Fix is taking Presidents Day off. See you Tuesday.