The Morning Fix: Special FX! ‘Red Dawn’ to return. Theater wars.


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After the coffee. Before seeing how ‘Terra Nova’ did.

The Skinny: If you told me the Redskins would not allow a touchdown and that Dallas would blow four snaps I’d tell you I’d be feeling pretty good. Oh well. Your headlines include a profile of FX chief John Landgraf, a look at MSNBC’s tumbling ratings and a peace treaty between Charlie Sheen and Warner Bros.


On a roll. With ‘Sons of Anarchy’ and ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ off to their best starts ever and a much-anticipated Ryan Murphy drama about to premiere, News Corp.’s FX is hitting new highs with its mix of edgy dramas and dark comedies. A look at its president John Landgraf and his approach to programming from the Los Angeles Times.

Movies moving. The decision of DreamWorks to do a deal with Netflix has Variety wondering if other movie studios will follow suit. HBO is the biggest buyer of theatrical movies with deals for films from sister unit Warner Bros. as well as Fox. Variety wonders if the pay channel will be as aggressive in keeping those deals when they are up in a few years or let Netflix make a play for them. HBO says movies are still a big part of their service so my gut says they will do all they can to keep the big deals.

The Olbermann effect. MSNBC has seen its prime time ratings tumble this month compared to a year ago. Not only is Lawrence O’Donnell pulling in about 100,000 fewer viewers than Keith Olbermann did last September, Rachel Maddow’s numbers are also down. CNN, meanwhile, has seen some ratings growth with the move of Anderson Cooper to 8 p.m. Of course, both networks are still getting crushed by Fox News. More on the cable news battle for second place from the New York Times.

So much for restraint of pen and tongue. In the vanity card at the end of Monday night’s ‘Two and a Half Men,’ show co-creator Chuck Lorre hinted that he is writing a tell-all book about the behind-the-scenes drama between him and former star Charlie Sheen. Lorre, Warner Bros., which produces the CBS hit, and Sheen recently settled their legal disputes. For more on the peace between the three, here’s the Los Angeles Times while Deadline Hollywood offers up a look at Lorre’s vanity card.

Hulu moolah. The two biggest bidders for Hulu, the online video site owned by News Corp., Disney and Comcast, were satellite broadcaster Dish Network and search giant and YouTube parent Google Inc. I do hope the folks selling Hulu factor in who is buying it and whether the purchase is in the best long-term interests of the entertainment industry. But then, what do I know? I’m just a newspaper reporter. More on the bidding from Business Insider.

Was Jenna Bush not available? Chelsea Clinton, daughter of the former president, has been tapped to join the board of Barry Diller’s Internet company IAC. Not quite sure what expertise Clinton brings that merits an appointment to the board, but if it gets Diller invited to some different parties, then what the heck, right? More on the game-changing appointment from the Wall Street Journal.


Inside the Los Angeles Times: Richard Verrier on a crucial battle between an independent movie theater and a big chain. A ‘Red Dawn’ remake may finally see the light of day.

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