The Morning Fix: 'Hunger Games' to eat well! Liberty and Sirius at odds?
After the coffee. Before calling the DMV to see where my new 2013 stickers are.
The Skinny: You didn't think we could go more than two days without a photo of "The Hunger Games" did you? Friday's headlines include a preview of the weekend box office, which again will be dominated by that blockbuster; how Hollywood loves the '80s so much they want to relive them; and a potential civil war at satellite radio broadcaster Sirius XM.
Daily Dose: The NFL's new overtime rules for the regular season will have some repercussions for TV networks. Starting this season, a game that goes into overtime cannot be decided by a field goal during the first possession. In other words, if the team that wins the coin toss drives down the field and kicks a field goal, the opposing team will get the ball to try to match that or score a touchdown. That could make games longer and the NFL and networks will likely push the start time of late afternoon games, which will mean even later starts in prime time.
Still Hungry. "The Hunger Games" is expected to dominate the box office for the second weekend in a row. Last weekend, it took in $152.5 million. This weekend, analysts expect it to gross another $60 million. Neither of the two new releases -- "Wrath of the Titans" and "Mirror, Mirror" -- is expected to come anywhere near that total. "Wrath of the Titans," a sequel to "Clash of the Titans," is projected to take in $40 million. While that's nothing to sneeze at, the movie cost more than $150 million. "Mirror, Mirror," which stars Julia Roberts and Lily Collins, is likely to make $25 million. That won't make it the fairest of them all. Also, opening in limited release is "Bully," the Weinstein Co. documentary. Box office projections from the Los Angeles Times and Variety.
Everything old is new again. I loved the '80s, which is when I came of age. But that doesn't mean I want to see rehashes of every TV show I watched and every movie I sneaked into at Washington's Avalon Theater. Hollywood thinks that I do and that today's kids do as well. Sometimes it pays off, as was the case with the movie version of "21 Jump Street." But another "Vacation" movie from Chevy Chase? A new "Dirty Dancing?" The New York Times looks at Hollywood's efforts to capture its glory days. If that's not enough, the Hollywood Reporter says Arnold Scharzenegger, Danny DeVito and Eddie Murphy are teaming up on a sequel to "Twins." Shoot me now.
Serious questions for Sirius XM. Is John Malone's Liberty Media, the biggest stakeholder in Sirius XM, trying to take over the satellite radio company? That is what Seeking Alpha suggests is behind some recent Federal Communications Commission filings by Liberty Media regarding control of Sirius XM's satellite licenses. Keep an eye on this one, it could get interesting.
King of the world again. James Cameron's "Titanic" is being released in 3-D. It will no doubt attract everyone who loved it the first time and probably a lot of younger folks who didn't see it on the big screen. The real question is whether I can again avoid it. USA Today on the re-release of Cameron's epic.
Treading Waters. The Wall Street Journal spends some quality time with director John Waters, the original provocateur whose early films included "Desperate Living" and "Female Trouble." Waters laments today's versions of "bad taste" for trying too hard, but also knows he's not a rebel anymore. Remind me sometime to share with you my story of how I first came to see "Pink Flamingos" as a ninth-grader. It was very amusing.
-- Joe Flint
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Photo: "The Hunger Games." Credit: Murray Close/Associated Press