The Morning Fix: 'Captain America' hits the road! MGM nearing next move? CBS cleans house. Campbell Brown hits the road. The luckiest tweeter ever
This is Captain America calling ... long distance. How's this for sad. Marvel's "Captain America" movie will be shot in, get this, London. Yes, parts of the movie are set there, but Marvel could have shot a lot here and done exteriors in London. Marvel Studios Co-President Louis D'Esposito, who oversees physical production, says it doesn't make financial sense to split production because so much of the movie is being filmed in Europe. Oh and Britain's film incentive, which offers a 20% to 25% payable tax credit on qualified expenditures, didn't hurt. Coincidentally, D'Esposito was recognized by the Los Angeles City Council for his efforts to keep movie production here. Huh? More on why Captain America skipped the country from the Los Angeles Times' Richard Verrier.
MGM near decision? Yeah, we don't believe it either, but the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is close to wrapping up a plan to bring in a partner to help salvage the foundering studio and stave off an auction process that has one bidder (Time Warner). Talking to MGM's creditors are Summit Entertainment, Spyglass Entertainment, former Warner Bros. and Yahoo big shot Terry Semel. And Peter Chernin, former News Corp. president, had some talks, but he's not game for this challenge. If all this sounds familiar, it's because this has all been out there before. But the WSJ says its wrapping up soon. Oh, the paper also says MGM has informed its creditors that it needs $1 billion to make new movies, which will not likely be provided by whoever the new sucker partner turns out to be.
S#$% that's been said a million times before. The New York Times offers up a profile of Justin Hapern, who created the Twitter page "... My Dad Says," which is being turned into a sitcom for CBS. William Shatner will star as a crusty father who likes nothing better than to take shots at everyone around him. If this sounds like a plot point in just about every other family-themed show (most recently "Everybody Loves Raymond," "Seinfeld" and "King of Queens"), it's because it is. We don't begrudge Hapern's success at turning his dad's quips into a big TV deal (well we do a little), we just wonder why CBS and producer Warner Bros. needed to pay a guy money for rights to what has been a staple of American comedy since the beginning of time. CBS will unveil the rest of its fall schedule Wednesday and gone are "The Ghost Whisperer" and The New Adventures of Old Christine." More on what CBS is up to from James Hibberd at the Hollywood Reporter. And he didn't even need to sneak into an upfront rehearsal to get this stuff.
Scrutinizing Sheen's deal. So, on Tuesday, Variety reported that Charlie Sheen was getting a whopping $1.8 million to $1.9 million an episode, and you said to yourself, dang, I'm going to go live his lifestyle and get really rich too. Well hold on. Variety revisited the subject and it turned out Sheen's deal was only for around $1.25 million per episode, and the extra $600,000 or so was estimated to be his additional take from rerun money. See, there is some fairness in the world after all.
Get me the rewrite of the rewrite. Vulture's Claude Brodesser-Akner looks behind the scenes at the painful process of getting "Robin Hood" to the big screen and what it did to the Ridley Scott-Russell Crowe relationship. We're not sure if the process was as painful as actually watching the movie.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: The broadcast networks are turning the Friday-night light back on. Patrick Goldstein on Axl Rose's battle with music titan Irving Azoff. A look at ABC's new shows. CNN's Campbell Brown is out of there.
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