The Morning Fix: 'Glee' and 'Social Network' clean up at Globes! Apple's Jobs takes medical leave. 'Green Hornet' easily wins top spot over 'The Dilemma.'
After the coffee. Before applying for job as host of next year's Golden Globes.
The Skinny: Never mind the Golden Globes, how about the Jets? That game was a lot more exciting to watch, and I didn't have to stare at industry executives every time there was a crowd shot! It's a three-day weekend, but as usual we're here for you. I really need to get a better agent. Box-office estimates for the extended weekend will be available later Monday morning, but it looks like "The Green Hornet" stuck it to "The Dilemma." As for the week ahead, Comcast is hoping the government finishes its review of its NBC Universal deal.
Gleeful at the Globes. Fox's "Glee" and Sony's "The Social Network" were the big winners at Sunday night's Golden Globes. Paramount's "The Fighter" also had plenty to celebrate with Christian Bale and Melissa Leo taking home acting trophies, as did Natalie Portman for "Black Swan" and Colin Firth for "The King's Speech." As usual, there is lots of second-guessing about whether host Ricky Gervais was out of line. To paraphrase "Spinal Tap," there is a fine line between clever and obnoxious. But hey, you knew what you were getting when you hired him. Recaps and reviews from the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, USA Today and IndieWire.
Jobs goes on leave. Steve Jobs, the visionary behind Apple, is taking another medical leave. Jobs, who took a long break from work in 2009 for a liver transplant and previously battled pancreatic cancer, said in a letter to staffers that he would "continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company." Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook will take over during Jobs' absence. The latest from TechCrunch.
"Green Hornet" poised to take weekend. Since it's a three-day weekend, we don't have final box-office estimates yet. But it looks like Sony's "The Green Hornet" will be on top among the new movies. It made more than $33 million through Sunday while Universal's "The Dilemma" made about half that. A preview from Movie City News.
Redbox woes could make Hollywood smile. At the end of last week, Redbox parent Coinstar lowered estimates on its fourth-quarter earnings. Turns out those 28-day deals Redbox struck in which it agreed to wait a month or so after DVDs of new movies were available before offering them for $1 rentals are hurting business. Why some studios aren't crying for Redbox from the Wall Street Journal.
Big throne to fill. Piers Morgan takes over for Larry King on Monday night on CNN with a star-studded lineup of guests for his first week, including Oprah Winfrey and Howard Stern. Although, like King, Morgan will interview newsmakers and pop-culture icons, his show will be different in that it will be taped, not live. Also, whereas King often seemed to fire off the next question before he or his audience had digested the answer to the last one, Morgan is planning a more give-and-take approach. A preview from the New York Times.
Inside "American Idol." Newsweek has an excerpt from Richard Rushfield's new book looking behind the scenes at the Fox hit "American Idol." It's all here. The tension between creator Simon Fuller and judge Simon Cowell. Rupert Murdoch's final effort to keep Cowell on "American Idol" and the impact the show has had on TV and culture.
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