After the coffee. Before finding out why I’m not hosting the Emmys.
The Skinny: It is never fun giving a cat medicine. Try giving your cat three different doses if you really want frustration. I’m pretty sure Skinny isn’t enjoying it either. Today’s roundup includes the weekend box office preview. Also, lots of debate over the FCC’s proposed new Net neutrality rules, and Seth Meyers will host this year’s Emmy Awards. Have a great weekend.
Daily Dose: Aside from consumer groups and media watchdogs, Netflix has emerged as the most vocal opponent of Comcast’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable. On Thursday, Netflix reiterated its concerns over the deal in a letter to Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), who is also a foe of the deal. Comcast has fired back, saying basically that Netflix’s concerns are bogus and that it is just out for itself.
Angry women. “The Other Woman,” a comedy about three women who seek revenge on the guy who has led them all on, is expected to take the top spot at the box office this weekend and dethrone “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” The movie, starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton, is projected to take in about $18 million. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which is forecast to make about $15 million, has finished first the last three weeks. Also opening is “Brick Mansions,” the last movie from late action actor Paul Walker, and “The Quiet Ones,” a horror flick. My gut says “Captain America” wins again, but we’ll see. Box office previews from the Los Angeles Times and the Hollywood Reporter.
Who wins, who loses. If you ask 10 different people what Net neutrality means you will get 10 different answers. But if you ask 10 people what the Federal Communications Commission’s proposed rewrite of Net neutrality rules means. nine of them will tell you it is end of the free world as we know it. I’m no expert but that might be a little much. Anyway, there is still a lot of talk about whether the proposed rules and possible express lanes for those willing to pay will be bad for the Internet and consumers or just business as usual. More thoughts from the Los Angeles Times, New York Times and USA Today. The Wall Street Journal weighs in with its take on FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.
Ready for prime time. NBC, which has the rights to this year’s Emmy telecast, has tapped Seth Meyers to host. This is the first time Meyers has hosted the Emmys. He has been a host of ESPN’s ESPY Awards. New “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon has already hosted the Emmys, so NBC probably figured Meyers could benefit more from the platform. This year’s Emmys are on a Monday in August so the show will need all the help it can get. Coverage from Variety and the Los Angeles Times.
There’s an app for that. Netflix has struck a deal with a three smaller cable operators to be on their set-top box, says Reuters. What that basically means is that when you turn on the TV there will be an app to watch Netflix. While significant, in my opinion as more people get televisions with wi-fi built in, these deals won’t matter. I am hardly ahead of the curve on technology but I’m able to stream Netflix on my TV without an app or connection to my computer or a Roku box.
Another world. The allegations against director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing a minor have shined a light on a Hollywood lifestyle and nightlife far away from the red carpets and award shows. BuzzFeed takes a look.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Mark Wahlberg gets ready for a transforming movie.
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