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CBS and Time Warner Cable still fighting. '2 Guns' finishes first.

August 05, 2013|By Joe Flint
  • "Two Guns," starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, shot its way to the top of the box office this past weekend.
"Two Guns," starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg,… (Universal Pictures )

After the coffee. Before preparing for a Monday without "Under the Dome." 

The Skinny: I guess if you force yourself to watch something long enough sooner or later you'll start to like it a little. That appears to be happening to me with HBO's "Newsroom." Just don't tell anyone. Monday's headlines include coverage of the CBS-Time Warner Cable fight and a recap of the weekend box office. 

Daily Dose: Satellite broadcaster DirecTV got some attention for coming out in support of Time Warner Cable in the pay-TV fight against CBS over a new distribution deal. DirecTV may be Time Warner Cable's friend today, but next year when the cable operator starts shopping its new Dodgers channel and asking for big bucks, expect DirecTV to change its tune. 

Blackout! The unthinkable became reality Friday afternoon when the signals of CBS-owned channels including KCBS-TV Channel 2 Los Angeles went dark on Time Warner Cable systems in Los Angeles, New York City, Dallas and elsewhere. The two sides have been unable to come to terms on a new distribution deal and talks broke down Friday and have yet to resume. Besides TV stations owned by CBS, Time Warner Cable has also taken down Showtime. CBS then blocked Time Warner Cable broadband subscribers from accessing the network's content from Both companies appear to let this fight drag on. The latest from the Los Angeles Times and Reuters

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Would they call it Weinmax? The Weinstein Co., the movie production company headed by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinsten, have had merger talks with Miramax, the company they founded and later sold. According to Variety, the two companies have had talks recently about merging or forming some sort of strategic business partnership. Since being acquired by Colony Capital, Miramax has primarily been monetizing its library but hasn't created much in the way of new content. The Weinstein brothers, meanwhile, have been eager to get back the company they built and named after their parents, Miriam and Max.  

Bang! "2 Guns," the action movie starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, had enough firepower to take in $27.4 million, which was respectable given the movie's $60-million budget. That was also enough to beat "The Smurfs 2," which took in a disappointing $18.2 million here but did better abroad. Weekend box office recaps from the Los Angeles Times and Hollywood Reporter

Cable without cable? Jim Dolan, chief executive of New York-based pay-TV distributor Cablevision Systems, said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that he could envision a day when his company gets out of the video business to focus solely on broadband. Dolan cited new technologies and old business models as the main factors making selling TV packages less desirable. 

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Coming back? Jennifer Lopez is near a deal to return as a judge on Fox's "American Idol" next season, reports Deadline Hollywood. She would join Keith Urban and a still-unnamed third judge. While Lopez brings familiarity with the show, her arrival also pretty much ends the idea of having some previous "American Idol" winners return as judges.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: ABC is banking on "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." to turn its fortunes around this fall. After Seth MacFarlane's raunchy turn as Oscar host, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tapped Ellen DeGeneres as the next host for a softer touch.

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