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The Morning Fix: Is Cruise losing control? Wanda's AMC plans.

July 03, 2012|By Joe Flint
  • Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise before their breakup.
Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise before their breakup. (Associated Press/Corrado…)

After the coffee. Before figuring out my July 4th plans.

The Skinny: In light of Anderson Cooper's revelation Monday I just wanted to tell my readers that I have two cats. I hope we can put this whole issue of whether I'm a cat person or dog person behind us. Tuesday's headlines include a profile of Dalian Wanda Group Chairman Wang Jianlin, a look at Tom Cruise's latest career crisis and how the networks are talking dirtier without actually talking dirty. Have a great July 4th. The Morning Fix will return on Thursday.

Daily Dose: No decision yet on whether a federal court in New York or California will host the fight between Dish Network and CBS, NBC and Fox over the satellite broadcaster's AutoHop commercial skipping feature. On Monday, both sides made their case in New York. Dish wants the case heard in the Big Apple while the networks prefer California. It may be days or even weeks before there is a ruling.

Wanda's world. Wang Jianlin, chairman of Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group, likes to collect art, owns a big boat and is one of China's richest people. Now his company is poised to take over AMC Entertainment, America's second-largest movie theater chain. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Wang said he's eager to expand his company's entertainment presence. "We would like to invest in film production, and we'd like to partner with directors, actors and filmmakers from Hollywood," he said, adding, the industry should come to China "as early as possible."

Cruise control. Tom Cruise was said to be caught off guard by wife Katie Holmes' decision to file for divorce from the movie star. Cruise's public image, which seemed to have finally recovered from his criticism of actress Brooke Shields' use of prescription medicine to fight depression, is taking another beating. TMZ and other gossip sites are having a field day speculating about why Holmes wants to end the marriage. The New York Times looks at whether Cruise's latest personal crisis has the potential to derail his box office career. Meanwhile, Holmes' first big career move since the divorce filing was to be a guest judge on Lifetime's "Project Runway." More on that development from People.

Gaikai buy. Sony Corp. is changing its video game strategy with a purchase of Gaikai Inc. for $380 million. Gaikai is a cloud-based gaming service that streams its content to users. Sony traditionally has used its PlayStation consoles as the base of its gaming business. Details and analysis from the Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times.

Tough times. The Writers Guild of America West released its annual report, which showed earnings dropped almost 6% for writers in 2011. Film writers in particular had a bad year as their salaries dropped 12.6%. TV writers experienced a decline of just over 1%. More on the numbers from Variety.

She said what? TV networks are finding new ways to talk dirty without actually talking dirty. The CW, for example, appears to be taking a "rhymes with witch" approach to getting a word seldom heard on even pay cable channels such as HBO on one of its new shows. Advertising Age looks at how TV is trying to push the envelope without actually pushing an envelope.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Patrick Goldstein on the surprising success of"Ted."

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