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The Morning Fix: Media's toxic love for Charlie Sheen! Dodd gets MPAA job.

March 2, 2011 |  7:19 am

After the coffee. Before figuring out why the '80s always look better in movies.

The Skinny: Wednesday was "anything can happen day" in the old Mickey Mouse clubhouse, and no doubt will be again today in Charlie Sheen world. Personally, I can't party with him anymore. He's wearing me out. Maybe Chris Dodd, the new head of the Motion Picture Assn. of America, can get all the media giants he represents to agree to a Sheen freeze.

Role of a lifetime. Forget being a powerful senator, now Chris Dodd will get to balance the egos of the heads of major media conglomerates and beg lawmakers for favors. Dodd, a former Democratic senator from Connecticut, has been tapped as the new chief of the Motion Picture Assn. of America. Dodd wasn't the first choice. Heck, he wasn't even the second choice. But he will be the most expensive choice. His salary will be around $2 million a year. I guess that's worth taking guff from six different bosses. That and the chance to schmooze starlets. Analysis of what lies ahead for Dodd from the Los Angeles Times, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Politico and New York Times.

And now the hand-wringing begins. You didn't think we'd let you go a day without Charlie Sheen, did you? Not possible yet. Attention is the "Two and a Half Men" star's new addiction and the media is oh so happy to play dealer. Be warned, Charlie, they will drop you long before any drug dealer does. Now, of course, the debate begins on whether the media is enabling Sheen's rants for ratings. To quote the man himself, "Duh." Yes, the media exploits the situation but they don't force us to tune in and watch. We do that all on our own. Second-guessing from the Los Angeles Times and Daily Beast while Advertising Age takes those on the Sheen beat to task for softballing the actor. As for Sheen, he's now on Twitter for those who can only handle 140 characters of him at a time.

Not happy campers. Hollywood studios, landlords and an assortment of unsecured creditors (those are the guys who get taken care of last when a company is trying to get out of bankruptcy) are taking issue with video store chain Blockbuster's proposed sale to a group of its secured creditors. It's reading stories like these that make me glad I'm not a lawyer having to read through all these documents even if it does pay a lot more than I'll ever see. Details from Bloomberg.

Let the absurd guessing begin. CW chief Dawn Ostroff is expected to step down later this year. While Hollywood has been pretty quiet about who might replace her, the New York Post is throwing names against the wall in the hope that one sticks, including Jeff Gaspin, who most recently was running TV operations for NBC Universal. Perhaps Gaspin has a secret desire to be on the set of "Gossip Girl," but I have a hunch that running the CW might be a bit of a comedown for him, and his salary requirements may be a little out of range for the CW. The other name the Post lobs is Andrea Wong, who got pushed out of Lifetime last year. My own thought is that CBS and Warner Bros., owners of the CW, will look for an insider to take the gig.

No glasses? What fun is that? Last week, Nintendo unveiled a hand-held video game player that allows for 3-D action without the glasses. It won't be cheap though -- the device costs $250. The Wall Street Journal looks at what it took to get the device made and the challenges it will face.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Fashion designer John Galliano has become the center of attention in the fashion world, but not in a good way. Chuck Lorre, the creator of "Two and a Half Men," can rant just as much as Charlie Sheen; he's just more low-key about it.

-- Joe Flint

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