The Morning Fix: 'Hunger Games' still undefeated! 'Iron Man' headed to China.
After the coffee. Before the flight to Vegas for NAB.
The Skinny: Why is it that Southwest has cheap flights to Vegas except when I need to fly there? Just wondering. Monday's headlines include another weekend box office dominated by "The Hunger Games," a shot at Comcast from Netflix chief Reed Hastings, and a look at a new company that wants to make TV watching even more complex. Lastly, the next "Iron Man" movie will be co-produced with a Chinese company and shot there.
Daily Dose: Although there is no official word yet, fans of TNT's police drama "Southland" don't have to worry about the show getting pulled from active duty. The John Wells-produced drama, which ended its season several weeks ago, is all but guaranteed a pickup from TNT, which snagged the show after NBC tossed it after one season.
Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk. As expected, "The Three Stooges" got their heads smacked by "The Hunger Games" in the weekend box office race. For the fourth weekend in a row, "The Hunger Games" finished first. This time around, it took in $21.5 million. It's the first time since 2009's "Avatar" that a movie has finished first for four weeks straight. "The Three Stooges" took in a solid $17.1 million, good enough for second place, while "The Cabin in the Woods" was third with about $15 million. Box office coverage from the Los Angeles Times and Movie City News.
Will there be bananas at the concession stand? Walt Disney Co.'s "Chimpanzee," a documentary that follows a baby chimp and his family, is getting movie star treatment. The movie, which opens Friday, is the fourth film from Disneynature. The first three all did very well. Making it a family affair, Tim Allen, the star of a sitcom on Disney-owned ABC, is the narrator of "Chimpanzee." More from the Wall Street Journal.
Get your passport ready. Walt Disney Co. said Monday it was producing "Iron Man 3"in China in partnership with Beijing-based DMG Entertainment. By making the movie there, Disney won't have to worry about quotas limiting the number of U.S. releases allowed inside China, notes the Hollywood Reporter. More from the Los Angeles Times.
Reading material. The Wrap has obtained the script that Joe Eszterhas penned for “The Maccabees," which was to be produced by Mel Gibson until those two got into a nasty feud. I don't have the time or desire to thumb through what's been dubbed the Jewish "Braveheart," but maybe you have some time to kill today.
The world according to Bruce. Warner Bros. Television chief Bruce Rosenblum talks Netflix, Hulu, running the TV Academy, and political drama at the studio in an interview in Broadcasting & Cable.
Status update. Netflix Chief Executive Reed Hastings took to Facebook to bash Comcast Corp. In a nutshell, Hastings said Comcast favors its own Xfinity platform over Xbox with regard to caps the cable giant applies for data usage. Hastings writes: "If I watch last night’s SNL [Saturday Night Live] episode on my Xbox through the Hulu app, it eats up about one gigabyte of my cap, but if I watch that same episode through the Xfinity Xbox app, it doesn’t use up my cap at all." That example is particularly interesting given that Comcast is a co-owner in Hulu.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Fourth Wall Studios wants to reinvent the way television connects to the audience. A look at how Jeffrey Schlesinger went from making documentaries for eccentric scions to running Warner Bros. International Television.
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Photo: "Iron Man." Credit: Zade Rosenthal/Paramount.