The Morning Fix: SAG nominations out! MGM starts to look for new team. Does Katie Couric have another move in her?
After the coffee. Before smiling over not being in New York, where it's freezing.
The Skinny: Farewell to legendary pitcher Bob Feller. Another legend -- CNN's Larry King -- wraps it up Thursday night. Awards season continues with the Screen Actors Guild nominations released. No major surprises there. Not sure if I'll be racing off to see "How Do You Know" and no one else is either.
Screen Actors Guild nominations out. The Screen Actors Guild Award nominations were announced early Thursday morning with "The King's Speech" and "The Fighter" cleaning up. A quick look shows Everyone but Mark Wahlberg getting recognized for "The Fighter." The leads of "Black Swan" were both nominated. On TV, "Modern Family" led the way, followed by "30 Rock" and HBO's "Temple Grandin" and "You Don't Know Jack." The nominations and early analysis from the Los Angeles Times, Variety, Hollywood Reporter and The Wrap.
The not-so-subtle "Tron: Legacy" push. The new "Tron" movie is just one part of a giant push by Walt Disney Co. Besides the movie, a sequel to the disappointing 1980s film, there are toy and apparel sales, theme park ties, video games and even a kids' cartoon. The Los Angeles Times looks at the blitz and the challenges the movie will face. USA Today examines the movie's high-end special effects.
They already know. The early reviews for James L. Brooks' latest romantic comedy -- "How Do You Know" -- have been less than enthusiastic. Indie Wire's Anne Thompson reviews the reviews and wonders how Brooks appears to have missed the mark. For me, the title was the first warning. The second warning -- as much as I usually like him -- was Owen Wilson. He seems just a tad too old for the cad role.
Roaring again? MGM, which has struggled financially for years and filed for bankruptcy earlier this fall, is on the hunt for a new team to lead the studio. The New York Post says new MGM bosses Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum are talking with Qualia Capital's Ken Shapiro to be president. The new chiefs are also going to be on the hunt for some new money. Aren't we all?
No longer "just the facts." Bloomberg Media, the business news giant that owns not only the Bloomberg news service and a cable channel, but also Business Week, is adding opinion to its mix of straight news. The New York Times notes that Bloomberg founder Michael Bloomberg, who is also mayor of New York City, will weigh in every now and then. Don't be surprised if one of their first editorials is blasting the Comcast-NBC Universal merger, which Bloomberg fears will give the business channel CNBC too much power and harm its already tiny business network.
A day job for Katie? Broadcasting & Cable says syndicators are wooing Katie Couric to jump from the "CBS Evening News" to a daytime talk show when her deal is up next year. What the story doesn't say is which syndicators are going after Couric. Is it Sony? Warner Bros.? CBS itself? Or is it Couric's camp trying to drive up her salary or at least keep it at its current level despite the third-place ratings and proclamations from CBS chief Leslie Moonves that the era of the big star anchor (and the payday that comes with that) is drawing to a close?
-- Joe Flint
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