The Morning Fix: What do the Globes mean? Favreau exits 'Iron Man' franchise. Syfy goes Hollywood.
After the coffee. Before wondering why Ryan and Scarlett didn't work out.
The Skinny: 'Tis the season to break up. Well, don't worry, I won't be leaving you for Christmas. Lots of pontificating about the Golden Globe nominations and who got snubbed. Larry King is on the way out so get ready for lots of stories about his years on CNN. One writer has a different take, though.
What it all means. Award watchers spent Tuesday analyzing the Golden Globe nominations. Hey, it beats working! Some see the Globes as a predictor for what movies will get Oscar love. Others see it as a big party with little real merit. Some are wondering why "True Grit" got snubbed while others were taken aback by Angela Jolie getting a nomination for "The Tourist." Analysis of the nominations from the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Variety, Hollywood Reporter and the Wrap.
Syfy heads to the big screen. NBC Universal's Syfy Channel, a cable network devoted to quirky science fiction fare, is going to start making theatrical releases, according to the Wall Street Journal. The plan is to make a couple of movies in the $5-million to $25-million range for Universal Pictures. "We know that the sci-fi genre is huge when it comes to the Hollywood box office, and we believe there is a real gap in the market when it comes to midrange-budget movies," Syfy chief Dave Howe told the WSJ.
Not marveling at the prospect. Jon Favreau is passing on directing a third "Iron Man" movie for Marvel and its new parent Walt Disney Co. Vulture, which broke the news, said it is unclear what drove Favreau to exit a successful franchise, but there is speculation that he was resisting a push to put more Marvel brands in the next movie. Others counter his price tag may have gotten too high. Well, maybe now Favreau will have time for that long-awaited "Swingers" sequel. I'm kidding.
Flying high. Shares of Comcast jumped Wednesday on a favorable analyst report, according to The Street. While the deal is still getting lots of heat from lawmakers and regulators in D.C., most expect it to close with no conditions that would severely hinder the company. Still, Comcast is fighting efforts to heavily regulate its broadband operations.
Isn't this about two years too late? Time magazine has named Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg its "Person of the Year." At 26, he is the second-youngest to ever be given the title (Charles Lindbergh was youngest). Yes, Facebook is huge, but wasn't it a bigger deal a few years ago? Who knows, maybe Zuckerberg needs to send a thank-you note to Aaron Sorkin, writer of "The Social Network," which was not the most flattering portrayal of the Facebook chief.
Don't let the door hit you on the way out. While some media outlets are writing their appreciations of Larry King, who exits CNN at the end of the year, Variety scribe Brian Lowry isn't jumping on the bandwagon. King's show, he writes, was the "epitome of empty calories." Not only will Lowry not pretend to miss King, he won't even say hi to him at Nate & Al's, the restaurant King frequents. Lowry has a point about the fawning exit stories, especially the ones from publications that, before King's departure, were pounding the drums about the declining quality of the show and CNN's need to make a change. Seems a tad hypocritical.
Staying put. Fox News has signed a deal to keep one of its rising stars -- "Special Report" anchor Bret Baier -- on board for the next several years. Baier, who succeeded Brit Hume in 2008 (does anyone who anchors that show have to have a name that starts with the letter B and ends with the letter T?) has been seen as having a lot of momentum at the channel. More from the New York Times. Not standing still is CNN anchor John Roberts, who is exiting the network's morning show, according to the Associated Press.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Need a Christmas gift for the location scout in your life? Historian Marc Wanamaker has published a history of filming in the City of Angels. Investor Carl Icahn's efforts to rebuild the board of Lions Gate fell short, pretty much officially ending his efforts to take over or at least have a major say in the studio's operations.
-- Joe Flint
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