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'Elysium' takes first. Fox Sports 1 gets ready to battle ESPN.

August 12, 2013|By Joe Flint
  • "Elysium" fought its way to the top spot at the weekend box office.
"Elysium" fought its way to the top spot at the weekend box office. (Sony )

After the coffee. Before getting another jet on the runway.

The Skinny: Here's my ending for "Breaking Bad." In the final episode, a big dome comes down with Walter on one side and Dean on the other and a meth factory split in two. Seriously, I don't try to guess endings, nor do I read all the dissections of every episode. I just enjoy the show. Monday's headlines include the box-office recap and some preview pieces on Fox Sports 1, which launches  Saturday.

Daily Dose: AMC got pretty crafty Sunday night. Rather than show scenes from the next episode of "Breaking Bad" immediately after the season premiere wrapped, it told viewers the preview would come in the first commercial break of "Low Winter Sun, the network's new drama that premiered at 10 p.m. That meant viewers had to stick around and sample "Low Winter Sun" and would also get counted by Nielsen for the show's first quarter-hour.

"Elysium" scores. The science-fiction thriller "Elysium" starring Matt Damon took in just over $30 million to win the weekend box office. But the race was closer than expected, as the raunchy comedy "We're the Millers" starring Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston came in second with almost $27 million. "Planes," the 3-D kids film, was supposed to be in second place but ended up in third with $22.5 million. Box-office recaps from the Los Angeles Times and Movie City News.

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It's go time. This Saturday, Fox will launch Fox Sports 1, a new cable sports channel that will represent the most serious challenge Walt Disney Co.'s ESPN has had in years. While ESPN still has the bulk of top sports locked up in long-term deals, Fox has deep pockets and a decent lineup of its own. Naturally, there will also be a steady stream of articles on the showdown in the days ahead. Here are previews of Fox Sports 1 vs. ESPN from the Los Angeles Times and USA Today.

Feeling some pain. Although CBS boasts that its national ratings are holding firm despite being dropped by Time Warner Cable in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas, its local stations are seeing declines. Local news, which is the lifeblood of local TV stations, has seen drops in viewership since the blackout started over a week ago. The Los Angeles Times looks at the fallout at CBS' local stations.

Dish vs. Disney? While the CBS and Time Warner Cable spat is getting a lot media attention and leaving viewers in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas without the network's programming, it could just be an opening act for a Disney-Dish Network showdown. At the end of next month, the contract Disney has with satellite broadcaster Dish will be up. Disney is parent of ABC and ESPN and Dish has not been shy about concerns regarding the high costs of sports programming. Variety looks at the potential Disney vs. Dish showdown.

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To 3-D or not 3-D. There is no doubt that 3-D is here to stay. In the next three years, another 60 or so 3-D films will be hitting the big screen. But are viewers starting to lose excitement over the format? The New York Times notes that 3-D ticket sales in North America are off almost 15%.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Meet Uzo Aduba, who plays "Crazy Eyes" on the Netflix prison drama "Orange Is the New Black." 

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