After the coffee. Before binging on "Orange Is the New Black."
The Skinny: I finally finished Season 1 of "Orange Is the New Black" over Memorial Day weekend. I'm sure I will watch a couple of episodes of Season 2 this weekend but I won't go crazy. Not like the show is disappearing from Netflix in a month. Today's roundup includes the weekend box office preview and the latest on the fight between Verizon and Netflix.
Daily Dose: Sometimes an analyst suggests a merger so outlandish and over-the-top that you just stop and say no way that ever happens. On Thursday, that analyst was Tony Wible of Janney Capital Markets, who wrote that it would make a lot of sense for 21st Century Fox and Time Warner to get together. Such a deal would unite two of the world's biggest makers of movies and TV. It would also get a lot of scrutiny. I will say only: Don't put anything past Fox owner Rupert Murdoch and many think Time Warner, which has been getting rid of its non-TV and movie assets for years, could be looking for an exit strategy.
Love will conquer all. The teen tear-jerker movie "The Fault in Our Stars" is expected to make a lot of people weepy at the box office this weekend. The film, about two love-struck teens who meet at a cancer support group, is projected to take in about $35 million. Whether that will be enough to knock "Maleficent" off the top spot is up for debate but it will do better than the other big release of the weekend, Tom Cruise's "Edge of Tomorrow," which has gotten strong reviews. Box office previews from the Los Angeles Times and Hollywood Reporter.
Stop or I'll sue! Verizon sent Netflix a cease-and-desist letter demanding it stop blaming the Internet Service Provider for any buffering and streaming issues its customers are having while watching their service. Netflix pretty much responded with a yawn. More from the Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times.
Welcome back. "Modern Family" co-creator Christopher Lloyd returned to work on the hit sitcom after getting a new contract from 20th Century Fox Television, the production company that makes the ABC sitcom. Variety said Lloyd had been looking for a short-term deal from the studio, which wanted a longer contract.
Weighing in. The dispute between Amazon and book publisher Hachette over e-book prices is a little out of our usual wheelhouse. But Stephen Colbert weighed in on the spat Wednesday and blasted Amazon, which is playing hardball by delaying shipping or refusing orders of Hachette books. Of course, Hachette publishes Colbert's books, which means the late-show host is feeling the effects of the fight, something he made very clear in his rather hilarious rant. Details from the New York Times.
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