The Morning Fix: Will Warners get another big 'Hangover'? History Channel takes on Bible. 'Pirates' gives theater owners 3-D blues.
After the coffee. Before finding a decent dry cleaners, as mine relocated.
The Skinny: I tried watching HBO's "Too Big To Fail" and found it too dense to watch. I may have to digest it in smaller bites. In real news, Warner Bros. is hoping everyone wants to get wasted again and enjoy another "Hangover." The latest "Pirates of the Caribbean's" poor 3-D performance has some worrying. History Channel wants to take on the Bible. Wonder if it will have more resistance to protests on this one than it did on its Kennedy project.
Hair of the dog. Two years ago, "The Hangover" came out of nowhere to become a smash hit. Now Warner Bros. is betting audiences are ready for another round. Although reviews say the sequel is basically a retread of the original, isn't that the point? After all, if audiences loved the first one, there is probably more of a risk in straying too far from the formula. The Los Angeles Times looks at whether "The Hangover 2" can live up to expectations. Meanwhile, Warner Bros. is fighting a copyright-infringement lawsuit from the creator of the tattoo on Mike Tyson's face that has a prominent role in the movie. More on that from the Hollywood Reporter.
This 3-D gets an F. The poor performance of "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" in 3-D theaters has raised questions about the long-term viability of the format and whether consumers are willing to shell out the extra dollars. Variety looks at whether the worries are real.
Anything's possible. Almost a decade ago, satellite broadcasters Dish Network and DirecTV tried to merge only to have it stopped in its tracks by regulators and consumer advocates. The new chief executive of Dish -- Joe Clayton -- says such a combination would be easier to sell today. That doesn't mean there is something on the horizon. Clayton was just spit-balling in an interview with Bloomberg.
Magic airwaves. Former Laker great Earvin "Magic" Johnson has stuck a deal to become chairman of Inner City Broadcasting Corp., a New York-based owner of almost 20 radio stations that was founded by the late Percy Sutton, who for years was a major political figure in New York City. According to The Deal, Johnson bought up ICBC's "delinquent debt" that was held by Goldman Sachs.
Upon further review. In its first story on the surprise resignation of NBC Sports chief Dick Ebersol, the New York Times was more fawning than critical in its analysis of the larger-than-live producer and executive. A day later, sports business reporter and columnist Rich Sandomir came back with a much harder take on Ebersol's career and how he had started to alienate his new bosses at Comcast Corp., which took over the company in January. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times notes that the exit of Ebersol sends a message to other executives about how Comcast prefers a we-not-me environment.
Upfronts wrap. Now that media buyers have had some time to digest all the clips and spin thrown at them by the networks during upfronts last week, they are starting to assess opinions on what they saw. The Wrap takes a look at what looked good and what made buyers look away.
If God complains, will History Channel buckle? The History Channel, which -- after pressure from the family -- earlier this year wimped out on running a miniseries on the Kennedys it had spent millions of dollars making, has signed up reality producer Mark Burnett to make a 10-hour special based on the Bible. More from the New York Times on the project, which will be sure to draw controversy, especially if Burnett, who created the reality hit "Survivor," goes with a tribe-has-spoken approach to storytelling.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: The hiring of FCC Commissioner Meredith Baker by Comcast has been a big PR blunder for the usually smooth operating cable company. Ann Powers on the finale of "American Idol."
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