The Morning Fix: 'News of the World' gone, but scandal lives on. 'Horrible Bosses' fires up viewers. Beware spoiler alerts.
After the coffee. Before figuring out where I can get a good orange in this city.
The Skinny: Looks like another week dominated by the phone-hacking scandal that is threatening News Corp.'s desire to buy a big British media firm and has created potentially irreparable damage to the company. At the box office, "Horrible Bosses" fired up viewers.
Apparently we all hate our bosses. New Line's "Horrible Bosses" was the hot new movie of the weekend, taking in almost $30 million and easily beating Sony's "The Zookeeper" for top comedy. "The Zookeeper" took in only a so-so $21 million. Staying on top of the heap at the box office was the latest "Transformers," which made $47 million this weekend and has gobbled up $261 million in the U.S. and Canada since its opening. Box-office analysis from the Los Angeles Times, Deadline Hollywood, and Movie City News.
As the world turns. Sunday marked the last day of publishing for News Corp.'s News of the World, Rupert Murdoch's tabloid that was brought down by revelations that the paper had been hacking into voice mails of not only celebrities and the royal family, but random crime and terrorism victims. That may not be enough to dash News Corp.'s aspirations of acquiring the 60% of British Sky Broadcasting it doesn't already own, but the deal, which was on the verge of being green-lighted by British regulators, is receiving renewed scrutiny and could yet be a casualty of hackergate. In the meantime, Murdoch and son James -- his current heir apparent -- continue to protect top executives who presided over the troubled paper when the hacking took place. The latest from the BBC and the New York Times. Meanwhile, media columnist Howard Kurtz weighs in with a Washington Post Op-Ed article about some of the British-like practices of the U.S. media.
Tire-kicking time. Want to buy Hulu? It's being shopped by its media-giant parents Walt Disney Co. and News Corp. Comcast, the other majority owner of the online video site, is a silent partner as a result of conditions on the cable giant's acquisition of NBCUniversal. The Wall Street Journal has a quick article on who may be looking at Hulu, but what's most interesting is that Netflix apparently won't be a suitor.
Point, Tennis Channel. The Federal Communications Commission's enforcement bureau has told a judge at the agency that it agrees with the Tennis Channel in its dispute with Comcast Corp., according to Multichannel News. At issue is whether Comcast favored sports channels it owns versus the Tennis Channel when it came to distributing the network to consumers. The FCC's recommendation does not mean the Tennis Channel has won, but it is the agency's view on the spat that the judge will take into consideration, along with other arguments, in reaching a decision.
Buyer beware. Comic-Con, the geek fanboy convention that has turned into just another marketing vehicle for Hollywood, kicks off in a few weeks, and Variety offers up a preview and a look at who's skipping this year's event.
-- Joe Flint
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