The Morning Fix: Cablevision-Fox battle rages on! 'Jackass 3D' scores big. No Parent at MGM.
After the coffee. Before over-analyzing the season finale of "Mad Men."
The Skinny: New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles fans were out of luck Sunday when Fox and Cablevision Systems Corp. failed to resolve their programming dispute and the network's signal stayed dark on systems in the tri-state area. "Jackass 3D" cleaned up at the box office. Want to buy a commercial on "American Idol?" You only need a little more than $400,000.
Deadlocked! On Friday night, Fox pulled the signals of its New York and Philadelphia TV stations off cable systems owned by Cablevision, which serves customers in and around New York City. While talks have gone on over the weekend, no new deal was struck and Cablevision subscribers missed not only NFL football on Fox but the network's coverage of the National League Championship Series. Politicians are weighing in on both sides, while the Federal Communications Commission is pushing for a deal but staying out of the fight. Blow-by-blow from the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Variety and Politico.
What does this say about us? Paramount's "Jackass 3D" -- the latest movie version of the MTV show of goofy stunts did an astounding $50 million at the box office this past weekend, easily finishing first. Not bad considering the budget was around $20 million. Summit Entertainment's "Red" was a distant second with a solid but not spectacular $22.5 million. Finishing third was Sony's "The Social Network," which took in $11 million, while Disney's "Secretariat" galloped in with $9.5 million. Box-office scorecard from the Los Angeles Times and Movie City News and Vulture.
Exit package. MGM Co-CEO and Motion Picture Group Chairman Mary Parent packed up her office on Friday in anticipation of new ownership at the studio. The only question is who will be the next owner. One scenario has Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, the heads of Spyglass Entertainment, taking over, and another possibility is a merger with Lions Gate. More from the Los Angeles Times and Variety.
What's she worth? Hilary Swank has won two Oscars and has become the queen of playing real-life characters, but how does her career translate to the bottom line. Vulture examines her track record and what it means for her commercial success. Of course, maybe Swank actually likes taking roles that are a challenge and is in it for the actual acting as opposed to being the next Julia Roberts or Cameron Diaz. Perish the thought.
Open your wallet! Advertising Age has published its annual survey how much commercials go for on broadcast television. Although Simon Cowell is gone from Fox's "American Idol," the talent show is still the most expensive program to buy a commercial on. A 30-second spot on the show goes for over $400,000. Other shows that aren't cheap to peddle soda and chips include CBS' "Two and a Half Men," which gets about $210,000 and ABC's "Modern Family," which averages almost $195,000.
New office. The Weinstein Co. has tapped Donna Gigliotti as president of production. She has long ties to Weinstein brothers Bob and Harvey. She was a producer on "Shakespeare in Love." More from the Hollywood Reporter.
It's 10 p.m. Do you know where you're viewers are? NBC is struggling in the 10 p.m. hour. Is it because much of its programming just isn't catching on with viewers, or are viewers doing something else at that hour (besides watching CBS, which is not having the same problems)? Deadline Hollywood looks at the peacock network's woes, which were supposed to go away once Jay Leno returned to late night. In fairness, ABC isn't exactly setting the world on fire in that time period either. This past spring, the Los Angeles Times also looked at the erosion in the 10 p.m. hour. Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal looks at how Leno is faring now that he's back at late night and what may lie ahead with Conan O'Brien coming to TBS.
I knew there was a reason I never used those Facebook apps. You know how your Facebook friends are always taking annoying quizzes or playing games and asking you to do so as well? Well, according to the Wall Street Journal, it turns out that many of those apps are picking up information about the identity of users that is being used by advertising companies. Here's a tip. Just assume that a) anything you do on the Internet can be watched or tracked and b) that you have no privacy.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Mary McNamara on the hits and misses of the fall television season.
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