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.