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Netflix status update irks SEC. Midseason preview. Slow box office.

December 07, 2012|By Joe Flint
  • "Skyfall" will rise again.
"Skyfall" will rise again. (Columbia Pictures )

Before the coffee. After remembering why today matters.

The Skinny: Sure was foggy this morning. That and sad music at Starbucks put me in a blue mood. Friday's headlines include ... wait for it ... the weekend box office preview!!! Also, teens are not the only ones who get in trouble with Facebook. Netflix is in hot water with the SEC over one of its posts. Finally, a preview of midseason TV.

Daily Dose: While some thought Fox Sports would have a new Dodgers TV deal worth billions locked up by now, the talks continue and now rival Time Warner Cable is entering the fray. Los Angeles Times Dodgers beat writer Bill Shaikin reports that Time Warner Cable, which owns SportsNet, home of the Lakers, has met twice with the team. Fox Sports, which carries the team on its Prime Ticket network here, had an exclusive window to wrap up a new pact and is still considered the favorite to get the rights. But it does look like the Dodgers may want to test the market.

Not playing for long. "Playing for Keeps," a romantic comedy starring Gerard Butler, isn't expected to win a lot of hearts this weekend. Industry analysts predict it will make only $6 million in its debut weekend. Expected to finish on top is the James Bond flick "Skyfall." "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2" will likely be a close second. Guess everyone will be Christmas shopping. I'm thinking about "Life of Pi," but I'm also thinking about finishing the five books on my nightstand. Weekend box office previews from the Los Angeles Times and Hollywood Reporter.

Status update. Netflix chief Reed Hastings is in hot water with the Securities and Exchange Commission. He posted information about subscriber growth on Facebook, which the regulatory agency thinks is not exactly complying with its full disclosure rules aimed at ensuring all investors have equal access to information. All kidding aside about how public a Facebook post is, it raises interesting questions about the role of social networks as a news and information platform. Coverage from the Los Angeles Times and All Things Digital

Schedule adjustment. You've barely gotten used to watching the new fall shows -- the ones that have survived past a few episodes -- and now its time to readjust your DVRs to make room for midseason shows. The show with the most buzz is Fox's "The Following," starring Kevin Bacon as retired investigator in pursuit of a diabolical killer. There's also NBC's White House comedy "1600 Penn." A curtain raiser on midseason from USA Today.

Call the lawyers! NBC is being sued by George Zimmerman, the man charged with the killing of black Florida teen Trayvon Martin earlier this year. Zimmerman said the network defamed him in its editing of his call to police about Martin prior to the shooting. While NBC News at the time did acknowledge mistakes in its editing of the call, the network said Thursday it did not intentionally do anything to try to defame Zimmerman. More on the suit from the New York Times.

Not so fast. The Federal Communications Commission is being told by some lawmakers to slow down plans to relax rules regarding media ownership. The key rule the FCC wants to gut is the prohibition against owning a TV station and newspaper in the same market. Several companies, including Los Angeles Times parent Tribune Co. and Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. already have waivers that allow this. Coverage from The Hill.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Kenneth Turan on "Rust and Bone." The Black Keys are on a roll.

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