The Morning Fix: Gores back in Miramax mix! Justice Department nibbling at Apple. CBS and Fox crow! 'SATC 2'! Can you feel the excitement?
Back to the drawing board. With the Weinstein Co. and Ron Burkle out of the picture (for now anyway), Walt Disney Co. is resuming talks with Alec and Tom Gores, the billionaire brothers, about buying the studio's Miramax library. Apparently there is no rush at Disney to unload the library, for which the studio wants north of $600 million. When the Gores bid last time around, they offered about $550 million. More on the latest in this soap opera from the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal and New York Times. Also weighing in with how the Weinstein talks blew up are Deadline Hollywood and the New York Post.
Digging into Apple. The Justice Department is looking into Apple's digital music operations and how it deals with labels and potential rivals, according to the New York Times. That the Justice Department is looking does not mean that an investigation or probe is in the making. The department often looks at businesses and companies without proceeding with a full-blown antitrust investigation.
New York, New York. Almost two years after it gutted a chunk of its studio lot, Universal Pictures this week will unveil its redone New York City movie set, which is the largest in town. But the new set is not without controversy, according to Richard Verrier of the Los Angeles Times. The studio is going to take down or relocate other sets to clear the way for a residential development that has some worried it will be harder to shoot movies and TV shows on-site.
Moron check. Dave Poland's Hot Blog has some harsh words for those who analyze box office and those who write about box office. Writes Poland: "I am SICK TO DEATH of entertainment writers taking their expectations of box office, based on tracking and spin and rarely any facts, and forcing the stench of failure onto a success. And conversely, hyping mediocre numbers into An Incredible Event every time they get surprised by something doing decent business." How does he feel about those who write snarky links to those who cover box office?
End of the season wrap. The TV season draws to close Wednesday, but the results are pretty much already settled. CBS will win in viewers, and Fox in viewers under the age of 50. NBC (thanks to the Olympics) tied ABC (thanks to a crappy 10 p.m. performance) in adults 18-49 and 25-54. More fun with ratings from Variety.
The check's in the mail ... yeah, that's the ticket. Former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Jon Lovitz loves the Dodgers. Apparently he just doesn't like paying for his Dodgers tickets, so the team has filed a breach-of-contract suit against him seeking more than $95,000! That's a lot of Dodger Dogs. More on Lovitz's baseball blues from the Wrap.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Betsy Sharkey on "Sex and the City 2." James Rainey sticks up for Gustavo Dudamel. The FCC wants to know just about everything there is to know about Comcast and NBC, and that could present some dilemmas for the two merging companies.
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