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The Morning Fix: Hulu wants a passport; `Escape' delayed for Weinstein Co.; Washington Post gets egg on face; AEG could still make money on Jackson

July 3, 2009 |  7:15 am

After the coffee. Before figuring out how to turn a three-day weekend into a four-day weekend.

CTlogosmall No `Escape" yet. The Weinstein Co.'s animated "Escape from Planet Earth" has been hit with production delays due to creative issues. For the small artsy production company, this is becoming a trend. The Los Angeles Times.

Going after Google. It's official, the Justice Dept. is reviewing Google's deal to settle a suit filed by the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers to determine if it violates anti-trust regulations, reports The New York Times.

Hulu gets a passport. Hulu, the online video site that screens TV shows and movies and is owned by News Corp. and NBC Universal and soon Disney, is looking to launch in the U.K. this fall, reports Variety. Hulu, the article says, is offering ownership stakes in return for access to content.

Pay to Play. A Washington Post plan to host events that would bring together lobbyists, government officials and reporters for a fee blew up in the paper's face and has been scrapped. Broken by the website Politicio, the story caused outrage among the editorial staff. Of course, legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee held these sorts of parties all the time, the only difference is he wasn't charging anyone money for access.

The last celebrity. Wall Street Journal Wonderland columnist Dan Henninger on why Michael Jackson takes the notion of celebrity with him.

Rest in Peace. Veteran TV reporter and all around good guy Steve Brennan died of cancer Wednesday. An institution at The Hollywood Reporter, Brennan was best known for coverage of the syndication and international beats as well as his charming Irish accent. The Hollywood Reporter.

In today's Los Angeles Times: Concert promoter AEG may still make money on its Michael Jackson deal through rehearsal footage, insurance and souvenir sales. Radio stations are upping the ante in their fight against the Performance Rights Act. James Rainey on sound bite media and Michael Jackson. 

-- Joe Flint

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