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Cruise will cruise in 'Oblivion.' YouTube tops Viacom again.

April 19, 2013|By Joe Flint
  • "Oblivion" with Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman is expected to finish first at the box office.
"Oblivion" with Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman is expected to… (Universal Pictures )

After the coffee. Before spending another day glued to TV news.

The Skinny: Since ESPN has the Redskins for its opening Monday night game, the scheduling gurus at the NFL must be pretty confident that quarterback Robert Griffin III will be fully recovered from his knee injury. Hope they are right. Friday's headlines include the box-office preview, YouTube's latest legal win over Viacom and reviews of "Oblivion" and "Hemlock Grove."

Daily Dose: The Emmy Awards will be a little bit longer this year. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has reversed a previous decision to combine the acting categories for the movies and mini-series category. There has been a growth in mini-series and that led the academy to go back to keeping TV movies and mini-series separate.

Cruise control. "Oblivion," the sci-fi thriller starring Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman, is expected to leave the competition in the dust this weekend at the box office. The movie, already a hit overseas, is projected to take in close to $40 million. The Jackie Robinson biopic "42," which opened very strong last weekend, should continue to deliver big numbers. Also opening wide is the well-reviewed "The Place Beyond the Pines," which took in $6.4 million last week in limited release. Box-office previews from the Los Angeles Times and Variety.

They killed Kenny in court. Viacom's efforts to get $1 billion from YouTube for copyright infringement again fell short in court. On Thursday a federal judge ruled that YouTube had not violated Viacom's copyright even though users of the site constantly posted the media giant's content, including clips from "South Park," without permission. In a nutshell, Judge Louis L. Stanton said YouTube gets so much content that it can't possibly sort through all of it and that it is on Viacom to alert the site when copyrighted material has been posted. This is the second time Stanton has ruled in favor of YouTube, and Viacom again said it would appeal. More from the Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal

Plot twist. Prospect Park, the company launching online versions of canceled ABC soaps "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," has filed a lawsuit against the network accusing it of trying to sabotage the shows. In the suit, first reported by the Hollywood Reporter, Prospect Park claims ABC has acted in bad faith and even went so far as to kill off two "One Life to Live" characters that had been appearing on ABC's remaining soap "General Hospital." Well, I'm sure the writers can overcome that hurdle. After all, it's a daytime soap.

Anyone for tennis? The New York Post says Al Jazeera, which already bought Current TV and plans to turn it into a full-service news channel, is now eying the Tennis Channel. Al Jazeera already owns the sports network BeIN Sports. Al Jazeera is said to have paid $500 million for the tiny Current TV so money clearly won't be an issue.

It's a man's world. Just because Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Harrison Ford and Denzel Washington are getting old, that doesn't mean their female costars have to be age appropriate. Anyone who goes to the movies on a semi-regular basis no doubt is familiar with the trend of aging male stars with young babes. Vulture takes a look at which stars are the biggest offenders when it comes to robbing the cradle.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Kenneth Turan on "Oblivion." Mary McNamara on the new Netflix series "Hemlock Grove."

Follow me on Twitter and have a great weekend. @JBFlint.

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