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Universal hopes to 'Kick-Ass!' Eddie Sotelo lands at SiriusXM.

August 13, 2013|By Joe Flint
  • Lionsgate may regret passing on "Kick-Ass 2" starring Jim Carrey, left, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
Lionsgate may regret passing on "Kick-Ass 2" starring Jim Carrey,… (Universal Pictures )

After the coffee. Before finding a new mantra.

The Skinny: Thanks to the Time Warner Cable-CBS blackout, I'm now totally behind in "Under the Dome." Did they get out yet? Do they have cable in the dome? I'm in the dark here! Tuesday's headlines include a new home for radio personality Eddie Sotelo and some new approaches to fighting piracy. Also, new cast members aren't the only thing new in "Kick-Ass 2."

Daily Dose: Every day Al Jazeera America announces new hires for its channel that launches next Tuesday. But there are still some things it is staying quiet about. One is the fate of the live Web feed for Al Jazeera English. Most industry observers expect it go away here after Al Jazeera America launches. but a spokeswoman declines to comment. The network also won't say what time on Tuesday it will launch. Let's hope they at least told TV Guide.

New character. This weekend, "Kick-Ass 2," a sequel to the surprise 2009 dark and violent comedy hit, will open. While much is the same including Chloe Grace Moretz as the wisecracking Hit-Girl, there is one big change. No, not Jim Carrey joining the cast. We're talking about Lions Gate Entertainment, which handled domestic distribution for the original, opting not to be involved the second time around. Universal Pictures didn't have to be asked twice to step in and it looks like that will turn out to be a smart move. The Los Angeles Times on "Kick-Ass 2."

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Foiling the pirates. PirateEye, a tech start-up, puts little cameras above movie screens that can sense if recording devices are being used in the audience. This is just one of many new ideas about improving Hollywood's methods to fight piracy, which the industry says sucks billions out of Hollywood's bottom line. The Wall Street Journal on PirateEye and other potential solutions to stem piracy.

Squeeze play. Time is running out for Fox Sports 1 to wrap up deals with some of the nation's biggest pay-TV distributors before its launch this Saturday. Still holding out are Time Warner Cable and satellite broadcasters DirecTV and Dish, which combined reach over 40 million homes. Details from Sports Business Journal.

The force wasn't with them. Walt Disney Co. held its own version of Comic-Con this past weekend when it hosted D23, which is a promotional event for its upcoming movies. Unfortunately fans flocking to Anaheim hoping to get word on the next installment of "Star Wars," which will be made by J.J. Abrams, were sadly disappointed. Variety looks at whether Disney dropped the ball.

These old sharks still have bite. ABC's "Shark Tank," a show in which entrepreneurs pitch their idea to a panel of potential investors (think of it as a business version of "The Gong Show"), continues to see its ratings grow as it prepares to enter its sixth season. This time around, the two female judges -- real estate queen Barbara Corcoran and QVC diva Lori Greiner -- will appear together in some episodes instead of rotating. USA Today on keeping "Shark Tank" moving forward.

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Get out the rabbit ears. As the CBS-Time Warner Cable blackout continues in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas, some subscribers are making the trip to Radio Shack and buying antennas. According to Advertising Age, the retailer has seen a double-digit increase in sales.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Satellite radio broadcaster SiriusXM has signed a deal to create a show with Eddie "Piolín" Sotelo, the popular morning personality who recently left Univision. 

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