After the coffee. Before eating a ton so I can fast tomorrow. Yeah, right.
The Skinny: Twitter hasn't called me yet about my options for its IPO. I'll settle for $10 for every follower. I don't have too much to atone for this weekend which says more about my current state of existence than anything else. My cat, on the other hand, has to atone for barfing on the bed. Friday's Fix includes the weekend box office preview and a look at the new set for "Today."
Daily Dose: Fox News anchor Shep Smith is being a team player. Smith signed a new deal with the cable network that will see him give up his 7 p.m newscast. In return, Smith gets oversight over breaking news coverage and a bigger paycheck. With Smith moving, Fox News will have to decide whether Sean Hannity or Greta Van Susteren will move to that slot to accommodate the prime-time arrival of Megyn Kelly.
Orange is the new black. NBC's morning news show "Today" is getting a makeover. Apparently research showed Peacock network executives that orange is a very soothing color that conveys happiness because much of the set is bathed in it including the new couch. The set was unveiled by "Today" executive producer Don Nash and new NBC News President Deborah Turness. Cosmetic changes alone of course won't help "Today" recapture first place from ABC's "Good Morning America." Turness said she wants "Today" to be guided by three operating principles, "substance," "uplift" and "connection." That sounds good but don't turn that it into an acronym. More on "Today" from the Los Angeles Times and New York Times.
Weekend of horror. "Insidious: Chapter 2," a sequel to the surprise 2011 horror hit, is expected to scare away the rest of the competition this weekend at the box office. Starring Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne, "Insidious: Chapter 2" is projected to make $35 million. That will more than double what "The Family," a mob comedy starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer. Box office previews from the Los Angeles Times and Hollywood Reporter. Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal looks at the popularity of horror flicks at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Duet. Clear Channel and Warner Music have entered into a new partnership that will see the radio giant share revenue with the record label. The deal is newsworthy because radio stations are not required to pay performance royalties to labels, something the music industry has been fighting to change. Details on the pact from the Los Angeles Times and CNET.
In the shadow of Harry Potter. The news that Warner Bros. and Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling are working together on new movies had everyone in Hollywood wondering whether you can have a Potter franchise without Potter. Since the "Harry Potter" movies took in almost $8 billion in ticket sales worldwide it is a worthwhile gamble for Warner Bros. Deep dives into the news from the Los Angeles Times and Variety.
Inside the Los Angeles Times:
on the mob comedy "The Family." Pioneering sound engineer
at age 80.
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