The Morning Fix: Kevin Martin vs. Comcast! Geezer reality! The 'Glee' effect
They won't make a video game of this. California's long battle with the video game industry over the sale of violent and sexually explicit games to children has reached the Supreme Court. The state's current law prohibits the sale of such games to kids under 18 and comes with a fine for the retailers. The video game industry is pretty tough to beat on this, having won a dozen rulings from various courts over similar prohibitions. Maybe California needs to send a 12-year-old boy to argue the case. More from the Los Angeles Times.
Blue box ready to take on Redbox. Struggling to keep up with Netflix and Redbox, video store chain Blockbuster (why do we still call them video stores?) is rolling out 10,000 kiosks by the end of this year. Variety says that not only will consumers be able to rent, but DVDs will also be sold from the kiosks, which will be put in supermarkets and convenience stores.
Chew on this, Icahn. Lions Gate says its poison pill -- meant to derail Carl Icahn's hostile takeover bid -- has been approved by 61% of the movie company's shareholders. Icahn is asking the British Columbia Securities Commission to void the pill. Dirt from Bloomberg.
Will this be on "Cops?" A bench warrant has been issued for film financier David Bergstein after he was a no-show at a court hearing to explain how he plans to pay $1 million to a Las Vegas casino (don't look at me, I'm tapped out). Bergstein's lawyer was there, but he wasn't and the judge wanted him there. Details from the Hollywood Reporter's Alex Ben Block, who seems to be the resident expert on all things Bergstein.
Is there a "Glee" effect? In an opinion article, the Wrap suggests that one of the reasons "American Idol" is a little off this year is because the singers on Fox's "Glee" are so much more entertaining to watch. It is true that the 18-34 audience for "Glee" has been growing, and it even beat "American Idol" in that demo recently. If that's not enough "Glee" for you, the Los Angeles Times weighs in on how the show is making old songs hot again. And now I will weigh in with my thoughts. Journey was my generation's bad music, and there's nothing ironically bad about it. It was just lame, so leave it be. I thought I was done changing the station every time "Don't Stop Believing" comes on. If only Tony Soprano had played something else while waiting for his onion rings.
Pharmaceuticals are jockeying for product placement. It was only a matter of time. We, that woman's cable channel that people look at after Lifetime and Oxygen, is premiering a reality show about older people. Think the reality version of the "Golden Girls." The New York Times' Brooks Barnes (who I worked with for years at the Wall Street Journal and is about the biggest "Golden Girls" fan you can find this side of any retirement community) has the story of "Sunset Daze."
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin, never a fan of the cable industry, has become as big a thorn to Comcast in private practice as he was when at the FCC. Patrick Goldstein on CBS Films. TNT is bringing back NBC cast-off "Southland" for a third season despite its small ratings. A blogger trying to spoil secrets about a new iPhone runs afoul of the law.
-- Joe Flint