After the coffee. Before getting ready to run a 10K this Sunday.
The Skinny: No joke, I'm running a race this Sunday. I do it once a year just to torture myself. It's for a good cause. Friday's headlines include a preview of the weekend box office, a look at whether Hollywood is keeping VOD data a secret like it does with all its other movie accounting and a review of "Wreck-It Ralph."
Daily Dose: Katie Couric and Robin Roberts popped up on the Wednesday episode of ABC's new drama "Nashville." It used to be frowned upon when journalists crossed the line into entertainment but now the line doesn't seem to exist anymore. I'm just trying to figure out if ABC was using Couric and Roberts to help "Nashville" or using "Nashville" to help their programs.
Guessing games. Big Hollywood movie studios have a long history of trying to hide whether the movies they make are financially successful or a flop. Now that secrecy is also being used by some studios for movies released on video-on-demand. "Right now, everybody is hiding all of the money," director Barry Levinson, whose new film, "The Bay," premieres Friday simultaneously in movie theaters and on VOD, told the Los Angeles Times. "It's the new mysterious form of accounting." Some studios are being more open with the data if for no other reason than to convince filmmakers that being on VOD is nothing to be ashamed about.