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'The Possession' to possess box office. Robin Williams TV plans.

August 31, 2012|By Joe Flint
  • Robin Williams may return to TV.
Robin Williams may return to TV. (Warner Bros. )

After the coffee. Before figuring out what to do with a long weekend.

The Skinny: One thing I'll be doing this weekend is taking my cat in for his semi-annal crew cut. His haircut costs more than mine but it also looks better. Friday's headlines include the box-office preview for the holiday weekend and Robin Williams may return to television.

Daily Dose: For everyone who wants to get HBO without having to pay for cable, now you have a chance. There's only one problem. You'll have to move to Norway to do it. The pay-TV channel is launching HBO Nordic and will offer consumers the option to buy the channel as a streaming service. In the U.S. and much of the rest of the world, if you want HBO you have to have a pay-TV subscription from a cable or satellite provider.

Scary weekend. The horror film "The Possession" is projected to scare up enough viewers to take in $15 million in box office over the Labor Day weekend. However, overall attendance at the movies this weekend is what will likely really be scary. Also opening is "Lawless" starring Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy, which will do battle with the documentary "2016: Obama's America" for second place. The bomb of the weekend will be "The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure." Box-office previews from the Los Angeles Times and Variety.

Robin returning? Robin Williams is on board to star in a workplace comedy that prolific producer David E. Kelley is developing. CBS has already expressed interest in the project. Williams is the latest high-profile talent to try a return to TV. NBC has agreed to buy a new sitcom starring Michael J. Fox. More on the show from Deadline Hollywood.

Call my lawyer. Former News of the World lawyer Tom Crone is the latest major arrest in the British government's investigation of phone hacking and other wrongdoing at the now-shuttered tabloid paper. Crone, who spent more than a quarter of a century at the paper, is also known for contradicting James Murdoch's statements regarding how extensive hacking was at the paper. Coverage of Crone's arrest from the Wall Street Journal.

Goal! beIn Sport, a small cable network owned by Al Jazeera, has been gobbling up rights to soccer in an effort to boost its profile and beef up its reach in the United States where the sport's popularity continues to grow. But another reason beIn Sport may be spending heavily is that if the channel gets stronger, Al Jazeera could be in a position to try to use it to leverage distribution of its news channels. A look at beIN Sport from the New York Times.

Change-up. Fresh from a big new deal with ESPN, Major League Baseball is now trying to wrap up new contracts with its other distributors. However, the deals being talked about could lead to some dramatic changes in the television landscape. A look at what's being discussed from the Los Angeles Times.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Mary McNamara on Clint Eastwood's improv routine at the Republican convention Thursday night.

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