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The Morning Fix: Ike Perlmutter ruffles feathers!

August 17, 2012|By Joe Flint
  • "The Expendables 2" should rule the box office this weekend.
"The Expendables 2" should rule the box office this weekend. (Lionsgate )

After the coffee. Before flying to Russia to join the Pussy Riot protests.

The Skinny: This was a long week and yet I can't remember one thing about it. Isn't aging wonderful? Friday's headlines include profiles of Marvel chief Ike Perlmutter, previews of the weekend box office and a chat with Robert Pattinson (I'm trying to score more young female readers).

Daily Dose: Mark Easton, the deputy general counsel atWarner Bros., is exiting the studio after just over a year there to return to O'Melveny & Myers as a partner specializing in sports and media as well as mergers and acquisitions. Easton had spent almost 20 years at O'Melveny & Myers before joining Warner Bros. in early 2011. 

Mighty Ike. When Disney bought Marvel, it also got its chief executive Ike Perlmutter, a mercurial boss not afraid to make waves. The tightfisted and reclusive Perlmutter, now Disney's biggest individual shareholder, has alienated many at the media giant with his politically incorrect ways. A look at the controversial Perlmutter from the Los Angeles Times and Financial Times.

Old timers' weekend. "The Expendables 2" starring Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and several other potential AARP members is expected to huff and puff its way to the top of the box office this weekend. Industry forecasts have "The Expendables 2" taking in between $35 million and $40 million. That will be more than enough to beat "The ParaNorman," an animated movie, and "The Odd Life of Timothy Green." Also opening is "Sparkle," featuring the late Whitney Houston in her last role. A look at the weekend box office from the Los Angeles Times and Variety.

Small screen takes over big screen. We often hear about movie actors and producers embracing television. This summer, though, it is the other way around. The biggest summer comedy -- "Ted" -- is from "Family Guy" creator Seth McFarlane while Joss Whedon, who ran "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," wrote and directed "The Avengers." That's only the tip of the iceberg. TV Guide looks at how the big shots in TV are starting to rule movies as well.

That was fast. Fareed Zakaria, a CNN host and Time magazine contributor who was suspended from both gigs the other week after he was found to have lifted material from another writer for a column on gun control, has been reinstated. Although this was not the first time Zakaria has been accused of committing the ultimate journalistic sin, Time and CNN said -- after a one-week investigation -- what happened was an isolated incident. More from the New York Times.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Robert Pattinson tries to navigate the tabloids and mainstream media while promoting"Cosmopolis." 

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