The last chapter of "Twilight" was first at the box office. (Summit Entertainment )
After the coffee. Before burning off all the food I ate last week.
The Skinny: I spent the weekend with family in Washington, D.C., and can report that traffic in the nation's capital is worse than it is here. And I didn't even get on the Beltway much. I'm talking surface streets. Monday's headlines include a box office recap, Fox Sports nears a TV deal for the Dodgers and New Zealand's makes efforts to become a second home to the movie industry.
Daily Dose: Larry Hagman, who died over the weekend at the age of 81, was one of TV's most favorite villains. His portrayal of J.R. Ewing on "Dallas" made Hagman a household name. But a little known fact about Hagman was that he was a character off screen as well and one of his good friends back in the 1970s was the late Keith Moon, the eccentric drummer for the Who. The two often got in crazy antics, as documented in Tony Fletcher's biography of Moon. Hagman even sang on a Christmas song that Moon recorded but was never released. There's your fun trivia for the day.
Lots to be thankful for. Hollywood had a great Thanksgiving weekend as lots of people worked off their Thursday feasts by sitting inside a movie theater. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2" turned the rest of the competition into turkeys over the long holiday weekend. The last chapter of the franchise took in $64 million, bringing its domestic take to $227 million. Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" took in $30 million, which is more than studio 20th Century Fox said it thought it would make. However, the opening is still considered soft given how expensive "Life of Pi" was to make and market. Also having a rough go of it was "Rise of the Guardians." The animated movie from DreamWorks Animation took in about $32 million, the weakest opening for one of its movies since the 2006 flop "Flushed Away." Box office recaps from the Los Angeles Times and Movie City News.
Stop the insanity. If you thought the price of TV sports was already out of whack, wait till you read this. Fox Sports is close to reaching a deal with the Dodgers to keep the team on its Prime Ticket cable network that could run 25 years and cost at least $6 billion. The average price per season would be $240 million to $280 million. Fox Sports currently pays about $40 million. Keeping the Dodgers was key for Fox Sports because it already lost the Lakers to rival Time Warner Cable. More on the deal from Deadline Hollywood and the Los Angeles Times.
Hooray for New Zealandwood. New Zealand wants to be the new Hollywood. Already home to "Hobbit" director Peter Jackson, the country's Prime Minister John Key is trying to woo more big budget movies there. But is his desire to woo Hollywood productions cutting into the country's other needs? The New York Times looks at New Zealand's dreams of playing the big leagues.
Oscar race heats up. "Zero Dark Thirty," Hollywood's version of the hunt for Osama bin Laden, is opening just in time for Oscar consideration. The Hollywood Reporter looks at what its arrival could mean for awards season.
Welcome to the party. Walt Disney Co.'s ABC has finally joined CBS, NBC and Fox in their legal fight against satellite broadcaster Dish Network's new commercial-skipping device called the AutoHop. Until now, ABC had been sitting on the sidelines. But last Friday, ABC filed a preliminary injunction in a New York federal court. A similar move by Fox in Los Angeles was denied. More from Bloomberg.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: A look at the NFL's RedZone channel. Meet Cheryl Cohen Greene, the inspiration for Helen Hunt's sex surrogate character in the movie "The Sessions." Robert Lloyd on the late Larry Hagman.
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