‘Catching Fire’ red hot. Hollywood scrambles after Paul Walker’s death.
After the coffee. Before figuring out how to deliver this via drones.
The Skinny: You know, the Redskins have plenty of ways to beat themselves. They didn’t need the extra help they got from the referees Sunday night. I’m still mad about that one. Monday’s headlines include the box office recap for Thanksgiving weekend. Also, Hollywood is scrambling to deal with the death of “Fast & Furious” star Paul Walker.
Daily Dose: Borrowing a page from NBC Sports Network, which simulcasts Dan Patrick’s radio show in the mornings, CBS Sports Network will start broadcasting New York radio station WFAN’s “Boomer & Carton,” a sports talk show featuring Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton. Unlike Patrick’s show, which is national in its focus, “Boomer & Carton” is more New York-centric. Esiason is a Long Island native and a former Jet quarterback. The show will run weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Still hungry. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” took in just more than $110 million over the long holiday weekend to remain in the top spot at the box office. Finishing second was Disney’s new animated movie “Frozen,” which made $93 million from Wednesday through Sunday. I didn’t catch either movie as I was too busy eating. Box-office recaps from the Los Angeles Times and Associated Press.
The show goes on. The death of “Fast and Furious” star Paul Walker in a car crash will certainly delay the next chapter in the Universal Pictures franchise. The studio is figuring out how best to proceed with the valuable franchise while at the same time being sensitive to the situation. The Hollywood Reporter and Variety on the latest “Fast and Furious” movie. Walker also had other films in the can and in the works at the time of his death, and the Los Angeles Times looks at how Hollywood is scrambling.
Just made it. Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” finished production just in time to get released this year and be a contender for the Oscars. But will the almost three-hour movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a Wall Street con artist score with viewers? The New York Times looks at the risk-reward factor for Paramount Pictures with “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
Big payoff. If Time Warner Cable is taken over, it could mean a huge payout for Rob Marcus, the pay-TV distributor’s chief operating officer who takes over as chief executive next month. According to his employment contract, Marcus has an exit package worth more than $50 million if Time Warner Cable is acquired while he is in command. Details from Reuters.
Tell us how you really feel. Roseanne Barr took to Twitter to blast NBC and a producer working on a sitcom she was developing for the Peacock network. She also spewed some venom at CNN’s Anderson Cooper. Barr apparently has since deleted the tweets but fortunately Deadline Hollywood has the good ones.
Tangled web. Since we’re all going to be easing back into work today after a nice little break, here’s some light reading about Rupert Murdoch’s marriage that suggests his soon-to-be ex-wife Wendi Deng had a little crush on a certain former prime minister. More from the Daily Mail.
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