"42" is expected to steal first place at the box office. (Warner Bros. )
After the coffee. Before the weekend! How did I never think of that before?
The Skinny: I've been catching up with TNT's "Southland." Man this show is good and I really will miss it if this is its last season. Go watch it on VOD. Friday's headlines include the box office preview, IMDb winning its legal battle against an actress mad about her real age being posted and reviews of "42" and "To the Wonder."
Daily Dose: "The Bible" was a huge hit for the History Channel earlier this year (see below). But if News Corp. chief executive Rupert Murdoch had gotten his way, the 10-hour miniseries would have aired on the Fox News Channel. Remember that absurd story about how the actor playing Satan looked like President Obama? Imagine how much bigger that would have been if this had aired on Fox News. Here's the back-story on how "The Bible" almost had a different home.
Stealing home. The Jackie Robinson bio picture "42" is expected to take in $20 million in its debut this weekend. That should be good enough for first place although one should never underestimate the potential of a new "Scary Movie" release. The challenge for "42" will be whether it can attract younger viewers not familiar with Robinson's story. "Scary Movie 5" is projected to make about $15 million. Box office previews from the Los Angeles Times and Variety.
Will they put their hands in cement? The former Grauman's Chinese Theater is going Imax. According to the Los Angeles Times, the big-screen theater company has struck a deal with the theater's new owners, film producer Donald Kushner and his partner Elie Samaha. For Imax, the theater, now known as the TCL Chinese Theater, will be a huge platform and give it the ability to host movie premieres.
A decision for the ages. The actress who sued IMDb for putting her real age on the page listing her credits lost her lawsuit against the Amazon.com-owned movie and television data site. Huong Hoang, who went professionally as Junie Hoang, claimed that listing her age hurt her career and that IMDb had broken the law in how it went about finding that information. More on the decision from the Hollywood Reporter.
Case dismissed. Howard Stern's lawsuit against his employer Sirius XM Radio that sought more than $300 million was dismissed. In a nutshell, Stern claimed he was owed bonus money from the 2008 Sirius-XM merger. Stern's contract with Sirius included performance bonuses based on the number of subscribers the satellite radio broadcaster had. Details on the ruling from Reuters.
Changing history. Thanks to "The Bible" and "Vikings," History Channel is having a very strong 2013. This comes on the heels of last year's hit miniseries "Hatfields & McCoys." TV Guide looks at how History plans to keep its momentum going and notes that success has come at the cost of the channel's original educational mandate, which doesn't sit well with everyone.
Talking Turkey. Time Warner is in negotiations with Calik Holdings to acquire ATV, a Turkish television network. Bloomberg reports the property could go for as much as $1 billion and that he other bidder is Abraaj Capital Ltd, a buyout firm based in Dubai.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Kenneth Turan on "42." Betsy Sharkey on "To the Wonder."
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