After the coffee. Before reassessing my priorities.
The Skinny: I'm going to try to take a quick look at CNN's new morning show (which aired at 3 a.m out here) so I can at least see the opening. Monday's headlines include the incredible performance of "Man of Steel" and Netflix's new programming deal with DreamWorks Animation.
Daily Dose: President Obama was left on the cutting-room floor of CBS' new summer series "Under the Dome." Based on a Stephen King book, the end of the first episode featured audio from Obama seeming to address the events of the series — which is about a town that finds itself one day mysteriously trapped under a dome. The audio was actually from the president's remarks on the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. CBS and producer Amblin Television decided it felt inappropriate and edited it out of the episode, which is set to air June 24.
Super box office. Warner Bros. "Man of Steel" soared sky-high, taking in $113.1 million in its opening weekend. The opening is the second biggest of the year behind "Iron Man 3." About 56% of the audience's movie was male and more than 60% were over the age of 25. Also opening was "This Is the End," the quirky comedy starring James Franco, Jonah Hill and Seth Rogen, which took in a respectable $20.5 million. Weekend box-office recaps from the Los Angeles Times and Hollywood Reporter.
SpongeBob who? Netflix, which recently lost access to content from Viacom's kids cable channel Nickelodeon, has struck a deal for new shows from DreamWorks Animation. For Netflix, the agreement can potentially provide a steady stream of kids shows for its streaming service. For DreamWorks Animation, creating content for Netflix will give it another outlet besides theatrical movies for its content. Coverage of the pact from the Los Angeles Times and Variety.
Here we go again. John Malone built an empire by gobbling up cable systems in the 1970s and 1980s. Then he got rid of his cable systems and focused his efforts on programming investments through Liberty Media. Now Liberty is again looking at cable. The company recently acquired a stake in Charter Communications and Liberty is now kicking the door at Time Warner Cable to see if there is any interest there in a possible deal. However, for now Time Warner Cable doesn't appear to be interested. Details from the Wall Street Journal and CNBC.
Let the jockeying begin. With Hawk Koch having to step down as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences because of term limits, Hollywood insiders are starting to jockey for position to replace him. But there may also be a rethinking of the role of president and whether or not it needs to be a full-time gig. The New York Times looks at the contenders and the issues in the next AMPAS race.
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