TV star salaries! Choppy waters for Noah’s ark? Dark side of Carson.
After the coffee. Before dreading another argument with my bank.
The Skinny: My bank thinks my account has been compromised. I think I know what happened but finding someone to explain it to is making me feel like Kafka. Most annoying. Today’s headlines include a list of the highest paid TV stars and creative differences over a movie about Noah’s Ark. Also a profile of 20th Century Fox Television toppers Gary Newman and Dana Walden.
Daily Dose: The controversy over the name Redskins shows no signs of slowing down and some reporters won’t even use the name anymore. But the networks that carry the games -- NBC, CBS, Fox, ESPN and NFL Network -- won’t be taking matters into their own hands anytime soon. Here’s why.
Lost and found. “Black Angel,” a short film made by art director Roger Christian, who received an Oscar for his set decoration work in the original “Star Wars,” has been found after vanishing over three decades ago. Made with some help by George Lucas, the movie about a knight trying to save a princess had a couple of screenings and then mysteriously disappeared. The Los Angeles Times on the recovery of “Black Angel,” which screened earlier this week at the Mill Valley Film Festival in Marin County.
The rich list. Once again a list of TV star salaries has been released. This one, from Forbes, has Ashton Kutcher as the highest paid actor on television. Neil Patrick Harris and Mark Harmon also make the cut. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. Take these lists with a huge grain of salt. I’ve had to do them myself and sometimes it is akin to throwing darts. Agents and managers inflate numbers. Studios and networks low-ball. Just assume they all make more money than me and move on.
Troubled waters? Paramount Pictures and director Darren Aronofsky are in a spat over “Noah,” based on the biblical story of Noah’s ark, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The movie has been tested recently and apparently reactions have not been what the studio was looking for and now the debates over potential changes and who has final cut are in full swing. Noah took two of each animal so maybe Paramount can make two different versions.
Room for debate? Like other broadcasters, NBC is trying to shut down Aereo, the startup service that streams local TV stations to consumers via the Internet. But some of the arguments broadcasters made to the Supreme Court last week -- if successful -- could potentially hurt technology cable companies such as NBC parent Comcast. The Wall Street Journal looks at the issues.
The Gary and Dana show. Variety salutes 20th Century Fox Television heads Gary Newman and Dana Walden in their latest issue, with several stories on the executives. By the time you’re done reading, you’ll know Walden’s shoe size and whether Newman prefers boxers or briefs. That may actually come in handy when trying to sell them a script.
Here’s the dark side of Johnny! Late “Tonight Show” host Johnny Carson was one of the biggest stars ever in television. Every night, he entertained millions without breaking a sweat, but between shows he was guarded and reclusive. All these years after his last show and subsequent death, the veil is starting to lift via a new book by Carson’s former lawyer Henry Bushkin. A review from the New York Times.
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