After the coffee. Before sending Tim Duncan a note to feel better.
The Skinny: I felt so bad for Tim Duncan missing that shot Thursday night and not just because I was rooting for the Spurs. He's a class act. Friday's headlines include a preview of the weekend box office and more drama at Warner Bros., this time on the movie side.
Daily Dose: The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has tapped as its new president an executive familiar with mobile and digital platforms. Lucy Hood, executive director of the Institute for Communications Technology and Management at USC, will succeed Alan Perris, who is retiring from the Academy. Hood is also a former president of Fox Mobile Entertainment.
Monsters vs. Zombies. This weekend's box office battle is between Pixar's "Monsters University" and Brad Pitt's "World War Z" about a zombie uprising. Who do you think will win? Yeah, no-brainer. "Monsters University" is expected to take in $80 million while "World War Z" will be trying to crack the $50-milliion mark and stay ahead of last week's champ, "Man of Steel." Box office previews from the Los Angeles Times and Hollywood Reporter.
Staying or going? Hollywood started buzzing late Thursday that Warner Bros. movie chief Jeff Robinov was exiting the studio. That wouldn't be a huge shocker given that Robinov was passed over for the top job at the studio in favor of home entertainment chief Kevin Tsujihara. There was no official word from Warner Bros., which went into hiding. There is speculation that Robinov may end up at 20th Century Fox. More from Deadline Hollywood, Los Angeles Times and Variety.
Make your offer. Bids on Local TV LLC, an owner of 19 television stations in large and medium-sized markets, are due. The Wall Street Journal says the price tag for the stations could hit the $2.5-billion mark. Expected to bid are Sinclair, the nation's largest owner of TV stations, Nexstar Broadcasting and Tribune Co., parent of the Los Angeles Times. There have been several big sales of TV groups lately, including Gannett's acquisition of Belo Corp. last week.
Moving on. Howard Kurtz, the longtime media critic and host of CNN's "Reliable Sources," is moving to Fox News to host a similar show. Even though Kurtz worked at Fox News' whipping boy CNN, Kurtz is said to have always been a favorite of Fox News boss Roger Ailes. CNN said "Reliable Sources" will continue without Kurtz and the search is on for a new host. Tell me where to send my head shot. More on Kurtz's exit from the New York Times and Washington Post.
Let us play on our own. Fox told the Federal Communications Commission that it needs to stop policing the airwaves. The comments were in response to an FCC notice that it was considering loosening up its enforcement of indecency rules. Fox cited not only mixed messages from the courts about the FCC's enforcement methods, but also that neither cable nor the Internet has to play by the same rules. Other networks also weighed in, saying the FCC can stay on the sidelines. Details from the Los Angeles Times and Broadcasting & Cable.
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