By Joe Flint
10:22 AM EDT, July 26, 2013
After the coffee. Before wishing Mick Jagger a happy birthday.
The Skinny: Mick Jagger is 70 today. Not sure how to feel about that, but I will play "Sticky Fingers" as a salute. Friday's headlines include the box office preview, a big exit at Time Warner Cable and a review of Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine."
Daily Dose: Liev Schreiber is one of the stars of Larry David's new HBO movie "Clear History," but you won't find his name in the credits. That's because of Schreiber's deal with Showtime to star in "Ray Donovan." He had to get special permission from Showtime just to appear in the movie, but he couldn't get the approval to get a credit for it. Seems sort of silly.
Howling Wolverine. "The Wolverine" is expected to break the big-budget box-office slump with a take of $80 million in its opening weekend. Recent flops include "The Lone Ranger" and "R.I.P.D." Of course, it won't hurt that "The Wolverine" will face very little competition as it is the only major new film opening nationwide this weekend. Also dropping into 600 theaters is the raunchy comedy “The To Do List” from CBS Films. Box-office previews from the Los Angeles Times and Hollywood Reporter.
Changing of the guard. Glenn Britt, the longtime chief executive of Time Warner Cable, will step down at the end of the year, and President and Chief Operating Officer Rob Marcus will take over. The move, expected for some time, was made official after a Time Warner Cable board meeting. Besides facing challenges to hold on to subscribers at time when satellite TV is growing and some younger consumers are steering clear of pay TV, smaller cable operator Charter Communications has been stalking Time Warner Cable. More on Britt, Marcus and what's ahead for Time Warner Cable from the New York Times and Los Angeles Times.
Dynamic duo. Canadian sportscasters and comics Jay Onrait and Dan O'Toole built a big following by bringing a morning zoo radio show feel to their coverage. Now Fox Sports 1, the new cable channel launching next month, has tapped them to anchor its 11 p.m wrap-up show, which will face off against ESPN's "SportsCenter." The Wall Street Journal on Fox's efforts to take on ESPN by going a little irreverent.
Taking charge. Video game giant Activision Blizzard is separating from parent company Vivendi in a complicated transaction being led by its chief executive officer, Bobby Kotick. Activision Blizzard games include "Call of Duty" and "World of Warcraft." Coverage from Bloomberg and the Los Angeles Times.
Curb your enthusiasm. Larry David, creator and star of the HBO cult hit "Curb Your Enthusiasm," didn't sound like a man ready to do more episodes Thursday while promoting his new movie "Clear History," which premieres on the pay-TV network next month. "Ask me in six months," David said when a reporter a a junket inquired about the future of the show. More on David and Clear History from USA Today.
Been there before. HBO executives don't seem to be sweating too much about the emergence of Netflix as an outlet for original content. HBO lives “very comfortably amidst competition,” the network's CEO, Richard Plepler, told reporters Thursday. While Netflix has about the same number of subscribers as HBO, the pay cabler is far more profitable. Variety on HBO having to play the incumbent instead of the disruptor.
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