The Morning Fix: SAG nominations! Tossing Tiger. TV academy election drama. X-Men piracy bust. Roy Disney, R.I.P.
After the coffee. Before guessing how much "Avatar" will take in this weekend.
Deja vu all over again. The Screen Actors Guild nominations are out this morning, and like the Golden Globes, the big nominees were "Up in the Air," Inglourious Basterds" and "Precious." On the TV side, Fox's "Glee" was hot, as was AMC's "Mad Men" and NBC's "30 Rock." Early details from the Los Angeles Times and USA Today.
Tossing Tiger. Perhaps no company has moved as swiftly to distance itself from troubled frolicking golfer Tiger Woods as consulting firm Accenture. Once one of Woods' biggest sponsors, the firm has, as the New York Times puts it, "Tiger-proofed" the company. An Accenture official tells the paper that Woods "just wasn't a metaphor for high performance anymore." Strange choice of words, eh?
"X-Men Origins: Wolverine" piracy bust. The FBI has arrested a 47-year-old Bronx man and charged him with uploading a stolen copy of 20th Century Fox's "X-Men" before its theatrical release last May. That alleged theft generated major headlines and some pretty wild theories about how the copy escaped News Corp.'s Fox (including one story that it was taken from News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch's computer). Still not known is how the copy ended up in the hands of Gilberto Sanchez. Details from Reuters.
Any hanging chads? Last night, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (the folks who, among other things, oversee the Emmy Awards) held an election for the top spot, which ended up in a tie between current CEO John Shaffner and challenger Brian Seth Hurst. Shaffner drew a lot of heat earlier this year with his push to move some awards out of the live telecast. Details on the vote and the upcoming rematch from the Wrap.
Blockbuster rebuilding. With its core retail business on the decline, video-store chain (shouldn't it be DVD-store chain?) Blockbuster is struggling to compete with Redbox and Netflix. CEO Jimmy Keyes tells the Wall Street Journal his company is poised to compete on new platforms, but Wall Street still remains wary.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Roy E. Disney, the nephew of Walt Disney who became a powerful force of his own at the media giant, died Wednesday at age 79. Read more. Kenneth Turan on "Avatar." The Weinstein Co. delays its "Hoodwinked" sequel.
-- Joe Flint