Morning Fix: Cruel summer for Warner Bros. Chase Carey signs new deal at Fox.

Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise’s “Edge of Tomorrow” got off to a slow start in the U.S.
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After the coffee. Before hoping Dunkin’ Donuts steers clear of my area.

The Skinny: I know I’m the only one who dreads the arrival of Dunkin’ Donuts, but if you saw your New York neighborhood overrun with franchises (three stores between 95th Street and 101st Street on Broadway alone), you too might feel differently. Today’s roundup includes a look at the tough start to summer Warner Bros. is enduring. Also, Chase Carey signs a short-term deal to remain president of 21st Century Fox and a profile of famed soccer announcer Andrés Cantor.

Daily Dose: Fans of the dark sitcom “Louie” on FX may have noticed something missing this season. Gone is the show’s opening credits, which featured the song “Brother Louie” as performed by Ian Lloyd. Sometimes shows get rid of their opening to squeeze in more of the show or more ads. We pestered FX and all they would tell us is the decision to drop the song was by the show’s creator Louis CK. Efforts to find out why by the network and me were unsuccessful. Hopefully he’ll see this and realize the song is missed and bring it back! 

Cruel summer. Technically the start of summer is still a few weeks away, but Warner Bros. may be ready for a vacation now. This past weekend, Tom Cruise’s science fiction thriller “Edge of Tomorrow” had a soft opening in the U.S. A few weeks ago, Adam Sandler’s family comedy “Blended” also struck out. And last week, the studio said it was pushing its much-anticipated summer movie “Jupiter Ascending” to next year. So far, only “Godzilla” has delivered for Warner Bros., which is not used to so many misfires. More on the cruel summer at Warner Bros. from the Los Angeles Times.


Not getting carried away. Chase Carey, the long-time No. 2 at 21st Century Fox and media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s top lieutenant, signed a short-term contract to remain in his current position. The deal runs two years but gives Carey an out after 18 months. Carey, 60, is well-regarded by Wall Street but ultimately it will be one of Murdoch’s children who assume the top spot at the media giant. More on the implications of Carey’s deal from the Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal.

Getting a new Vice? Time Warner is in talks to acquire a big stake in Vice Media, the media outlet that has become a force in digital media. Besides its traditional magazine Vice, the company also has a large digital news presence, which it leveraged into a magazine show on HBO. Other investors include 21st Century Fox. Under one scenario, Time Warner would turnover its struggling news channel HLN to Vice, which probably would rebrand it in its own renegade journalism image. More on the story from Sky News, which broke it, the Los Angeles Times and New York Times.

Ready to roar. It’s only taken 20 years, but Walt Disney Co. has finally decided its hit movie “The Lion King” might work as a TV series. Disney Junior, the media giant’s kids channel, will roll out “The Lion Guard” next year along with a slew of toys, apps and clothing aimed to push the show. For Disney, hit shows are only half the game with its kids’ channels; it’s also about products. The Wall Street Journal on Disney Junior.

Bill who? Megyn Kelly’s Fox News show “The Kelly File” is closing the gap on the network’s top star Bill O’Reilly. Last week, Kelly’s show beat O’Reilly’s in the key news demographic of 25-54 for the first time. She also made gains in total viewers, in which O’Reilly is still tops. More on Kelly’s rise from Variety.


Inside the Los Angeles Times: No one screams “goal!” like soccer announcer Andrés Cantor. Meet Kerry Brougher, the director of the new Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences museum, which is set to open in 2017.

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