The Morning Fix: Gossip about ‘The Talk.’ Hacking headaches.
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After the coffee. Before figuring out what’s squeaking on my car.
The Skinny: Tuesday’s headlines include drama at CBS’ daytime show ‘The Talk,’ analysis of Google’s deal for Motorola Mobility and the potential fallout from Disney’s decision to pull the plug on a movie version of ‘The Lone Ranger.’
Google’s bet. Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility Holdings for $12.5 billion will clear the way for the search engine giant to start manufacturing tablets and mobile phones. In other words, look out Apple! Analysis of what the deal means from the Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal. Motorola also is a big manufacturer of cable boxes, which has some in the media industry a little nervous about Google’s intentions. More on that from Multichannel News.
The plot thickens. Clive Goodman is a former correspondent at the now-closed News of the World tabloid who did time for phone hacking. In 2007 he wrote a letter to his boss, former senior News Corp. executive Les Hinton, detailing how widely known phone hacking was at the paper. News Corp. and News of the World executives, including Chairman Rupert Murdoch and his son James, have claimed ignorance about how widespread hacking was. More on the latest revelations from the Guardian.
Take the money and run! Years ago advertising giant Interpublic bought a tiny piece of Facebook -- less than 1% -- for under $5 million. Now the agency is cashing in half its shares, which grew in value to a whopping $130 million, according to the New York Times.
No guts, no glory. Jordan Levin, former head of the WB network who now runs his own content company, takes aim at the television industry’s management-by-committee approach to everything. ‘When you look at certain networks and film studios and you see some of the output of those divisions, you really wonder whether some seminal pieces of popular culture would be created and supported today,’ Levin tells the Hollywood Reporter.
Ouch. The Screen Actors Guild said earnings of its members in TV dropped by more than 8% in 2010. On the plus side, income for those in film was up almost 6% and commercial work earnings jumped almost 13%. More on the numbers and what they mean for SAG from Variety.
Whispers about ‘The Talk.’ CBS’ daytime show ‘The Talk’ continues to be tweaked. Now word is that co-hosts Leah Remini and Holly Robinson Peete are leaving. Sharon Osbourne already announced she is taking a break. The show also goes through executive producers the way Spinal Tap goes through drummers. For a happy face put on all the changes, read Deadline Hollywood. For some backstage gossip and backstabbing, read the New York Post.
Don’t hold your breath. For years, fans of the short-lived Fox show ‘Arrested Development’ have been holding out hope for a theatrical version of the cult comedy classic whose stars included Jason Bateman, Will Arnett and Michael Cera. Now Screen Rant says they have what could be the plot for the movie. Personally, I have always been doubtful that a theatrical ‘Arrested Development’ movie will ever get made. A show with a tiny audience is not a recipe for box-office success, no matter who starred in it. But, hey, I’d go see it!
-- Joe Flint
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