The Morning Fix: Jobs keeps job on Disney board. Remembering Liz. It’s bubble season.
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After the coffee. Before figuring out if I can take early retirement.
The Skinny: Funny to think that the passing of Elizabeth Taylor, a woman who practically created the modern tabloid era, has many thinking of a more innocent time. The difference between Taylor and today’s media magnets, of course, is talent. Kind of a slow news day otherwise. Stay out of the rain.
Jobs keeps Disney job. Ailing Apple founder Steve Jobs was reelected to Disney’s board of directors at the company’s annual meeting Wednesday. There had been a push by some to have Jobs dropped because of questions over whether he’d be able to fulfill his obligations as a member of the board. Coverage of the gathering from the Los Angeles Times and Bloomberg.
Imax pushes on in China. Imax, the 3-D theater company, said it was building 75 new outlets in China, according to the New York Times. China has 6,000 movie screens now, triple what it had three years ago. But while the number of screens is growing, China still has the same quota on the number of U.S. movies it officially allows to be distributed, the Los Angeles Times has reported, and a piracy problem that is taking money out of Hollywood’s pockets.
Popping the bubble. It’s do or die time for lots of TV shows. Every spring the networks fall in love with their pilots, and why not? Like any new relationship, they’re obsessed with the potential and have yet to see any flaws. Then they look at their current shows and decide whether they were really ever in love with them in the first place. Variety examines what shows are ‘on the bubble’ at the networks.
Start packing now. The Cannes Film Festival is just a couple months away and the guessing game of which movies will make the cut is in full swing. IndieWire offers up its list of films that should be there and says that, regardless, this year’s festival will be better than 2010. All I know is how bad can a trip to France to watch movies for a couple of weeks really be?
-- Joe Flint
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