The Morning Fix: Golden Globes TV trial nears end. 'War' delayed.
After the coffee. Before packing for a long trip and a short vacation.
The Skinny: I'm leaving you readers for the rest of the week but you will be in good hands. Wednesday's stories include Time Warner's earnings, the latest from the Golden Globes trial and a plea for some love from the Grammys for Diana Ross.
The Daily Dose: The judge has told them to settle, but the odds seem long that the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. and Dick Clark Productions will follow his advice and reach a peace accord in their legal battle over TV rights to the Golden Globes awards show. Early on in the trial, which wraps later this week, people close to the HFPA, owner of the Globes, said a deal was not in the offing. Although Dick Clark Productions, producer of the awards show, appears ready to play ball, the fractious HFPA, whose membership consists of about 80 journalists, may be too divided to restructure its relationship with the production company.
Can't we just get along? Testimony wrapped in the Globes trial Tuesday, with a former HFPA president testifying that there has been tension between the association and Dick Clark Productions for almost a decade. Details on the bench trial from the Los Angeles Times.
Now what will I do on Valentine's Day? The Reese Witherspoon romantic comedy/action movie "This Means War" was supposed to open wide Tuesday -- Valentine's Day -- but now is being pushed to the weekend to further distance it from "The Vow," a weeper starring Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams. I'm not sure the date change will help much. When I saw the TV spots for the 20th Century Fox movie I thought it was an ad for one of those cutesy "characters welcome" series on USA Network. More on the date change from the Hollywood Reporter.
Come back, Harry! Time Warner released its fourth-quarter results early Wednesday, reporting profit of $773 million, about even with the same quarter the year before. While ad sales and subscription fees were up at the media giant's cable unit (TNT, HBO, TBS, CNN), the company's box-office take dropped almost 40% with no Harry Potter movie in theaters in the latest period. An early peak at the numbers from Bloomberg.
Here comes Amazon. Looks like Netflix is going to get even more competition. Reuters reports that Amazon is definitely moving forward with much-anticipated plans to launch a stand-alone streaming service and has a new agreement to get content from Viacom's Paramount Pictures and MTV Networks. Amazon has already been gobbling up content from other media companies.
So sorry. In what is becoming a common event, an editor of a News Corp.-owned newspaper has again apologized for a lapse in ethics. This time it is the editor of the Times of London telling a judge the paper misled him about email hacking done by a reporter at the paper. More from the News Corp.-owned Wall Street Journal.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Theme parks and cable networks drove Walt Disney Co. to report a 12% jump in profit for its first quarter. Theater geeks are loving "Smash." It's time to give Diana Ross some Grammy love.
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Photo: A scene from "This Means War." Credit: 20th Century Fox