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Lots of pain but no gain at box office. AXS and HuffPost team up.

April 29, 2013|By Joe Flint
  • "Pain & Gain" led at the box office.
"Pain & Gain" led at the box office. (Paramount Pictures )

After the coffee. Before seeing if "Arrested Development" is still great.

The Skinny: Like most journalists, I can be a little jaded at times. But in reality my job is not so bad. Tonight I'll get to go watch new episodes of "Arrested Development." Pretty Cool. Monday's headlines include a box office recap and a preview of the upcoming legal battle between members of Michael Jackson's family and entertainment giant AEG. Finally, if you are interested in receiving an email alert when the Morning Fix is live drop us a line and we'll try to make it happen.

Daily dose: Endemol, the production company behind "Big Brother" and "Wipe Out," has struck a deal to acquire the majority share of Israeli production company Kuperman, which will be renamed Endemol Israel. Kuperman produces scripted and non-scripted shows, some of which have been exported to the U.S.

Pain & more pain. It wasn't a great weekend at the box office. "Pain & Gain," the Michael Bay-directed dark comedy starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson, finished first but only took in $20 million. "The Big Wedding" was an even bigger flop as it sold only $7.5 million in tickets. Overall, the U.S. box office was down almost 20% compared with the same weekend a year ago. The good news is that next week "Iron Man 3" will be in theaters and that should provide a big lift. The movie has already made almost $200 million overseas. Box office recaps from the Los Angeles Times and Movie City News.

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Something they said? Iraq has banned 10 channels including Al Jazeera from operating inside the country. The channels had been heavily covering the Sunni protests against Iraq's Shiite-led administration. Coverage from the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times

Beats reruns. AXS, the small cable network backed by entrepreneur Mark Cuban, has struck a content-sharing deal with the Huffington Post. In two weeks, AXS will start carrying HuffPost Live, which is the Huffington Post's online channel, for six hours during the day. Most of HuffPost Live's daytime content is pop culture-centric and that fits with AXS's goal of being a 24-7 entertainment channel. More on the pact from the Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal.

Is the shrimp any better? This week, many digital media players will make presentations to advertisers in New York in what has become known as the "NewFronts." That's a play on "upfronts," which is what the TV industry calls its presentations to advertisers. Advertisers may spend as much as $1 billion during the NewFronts. Previews from Associated Press, Advertising Age and Variety.

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Inside the Los Angeles Times: A preview of the civil trial between members of Michael Jackson's family and entertainment giant AEG over the pop singer's death. Randall Roberts on the Rolling Stones warm-up gig in Echo Park.

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