Morning Fix: ‘Transformers’ eyes $100-million open; ABC shakes up ‘The View’


After the coffee. Before figuring how losing is winning in the World Cup.

The Skinny: When I’m sick is when I miss New York. If I had a bad cold there and it’s 2 a.m., I could just walk up the street to a deli and get some chicken soup and tea with lemon. No such luck here! Instead I sweat. Friday’s roundup includes the box office preview and a big shakeup at “The View.”

Daily Dose: Lauren Zalaznick, the former high-ranking NBCU cable executive who oversaw Bravo, Oxygen and other properties for the media giant before leaving last year, has a new hobby. Zalaznick has created the “LZ Sunday Paper,” a weekly email blast similar to the Morning Fix but with a focus on women in the entertainment and technology space. And like me, she’s learned this is a lot harder than it looks.


Not extinct yet. “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” the latest chapter in another movie franchise I know nothing about, is projected to be the first movie of 2014 to break the $100-million box office mark in its first weekend out and could even hit $110 million. How’s that for pressure? It appears the rest of Hollywood is staying out of the way of the latest “Transformers,” which shook things up bringing in Mark Wahlberg and two actors one doesn’t normally associate with big-budget action flicks -- Kelsey Grammer and Stanley Tucci. Weekend box office previews from the Los Angeles Times and Hollywood Reporter.

China play. Paramount is making a big push to make sure “Transformers: Age of Extinction” is a huge hit in China. The movie is not only set there, it also has lots of product placement in China and held premieres there too. The movie has its eyes set on the box office record set there by “Avatar.” The Wall Street Journal on the aggressive push into China for the new “Transformers” movie.

A new view. Barbara Walters won’t be the only person missing from ABC’s daytime chat show “The View” next season. Also exiting is longtime co-host Sherri Shepherd and newcomer Jenny McCarthy. Whoopi Goldberg will be back. More on the changes from TMZ, the Associated Press and the New York Post.

Class dismissed. Talks between “Community” producer Sony and Hulu about bringing the canceled NBC sitcom to the online site have ended, reports TVLine. Sony was hoping to keep the show alive so it would have more rerun episodes to sell, and the studio is known for cutting very favorable deals to keep a program on life support when most would already pull the plug.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Betsy Sharkey on “Transformers: Age of Extinction.” About 18,000 people, mostly teens and young adults, have descended on Anaheim for the VidCon conference hoping to become online video stars.

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