After the coffee. Before deciding if I need the new Kindle.
The Skinny: In yet another sign that I'm getting old (as if I needed it), last night was the first time in the history of the MTV Video Music Awards that I didn't tune in for one second. What I won't do is now write a story saying the show is passe because I'm no longer the target audience. Friday's headlines include a grim look at the weekend box office, new contract talks for Fox News chief Roger Ailes, and Christopher Nolan being caught up in a fight between two big Hollywood talent agencies.
Daily Dose: ESPN reached a new long-term deal to carry Big 12 college football. While terms were not disclosed on the agreement, which runs through the 2024-25 season. the deal -- coupled with Fox's Big 12 agreement -- values the TV rights for the conference at over $2 billion, people familiar with the pact said.
Stay home and watch football. For reasons unknown to me, this is traditionally the slowest movie weekend of the year. Maybe in the past it was because kids were in back-to-school and college mode, but these days, school starts in August for many. Maybe it's the return of the NFL or the baseball pennant races heating up. Or maybe Hollywood has decided for some reason not to release good movies on the weekend after Labor Day just for the heck of it. I'm still waiting for an answer. Anyway, "The Possession" is expected to stay on top for the second week in a row. If you want to know anything else, you can read a preview in the Los Angeles Times.
Show me the commissions! "Dark Knight" director Christopher Nolan, who agent jumped from Creative Artists Agency to WME, is trying to figure out which shop will end up with the commissions from his work. So he did what any normal Hollywood guy does. He filed a lawsuit against both agencies. In this crazy world, that actually makes a little sense because Nolan needs this resolved and wants to be in the driver's seat instead of being caught in the middle. Details from Deadline Hollywood.