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'Warm Bodies' warms box office. Joe Flacco drops bomb. Capus kaput.

February 04, 2013|By Joe Flint
  • Joe Flacco celebrates the Baltimore Ravens' Super Bowl victory.
Joe Flacco celebrates the Baltimore Ravens' Super Bowl victory. (AFP/Getty Images )

After the coffee. Before making sure my electric bill is paid up.

The Skinny: I wonder if that blackout during the Super Bowl would have been as much fun without Twitter around for people to crack jokes and stay interested in the game. I just hope that Joe Flacco's swearing won't lead to another decade-long legal battle between CBS and the FCC. Monday's headlines include a recap of the weekend box office, a look at the sometimes tense relationship between Legendary Films head Thomas Tull and Warner Bros., and the challenges of trying to make historical films look right.

Daily Dose: Knowing that it would have a huge audience, CBS used the Super Bowl to hype its own shows with more than two dozen promotion spots. Assisting me in keeping track of all this was TV blogger Marc Hilsenrath (a.k.a Big TV Fan) who noted that more interesting than what CBS was promoting during the big game was what it didn't promote. CBS shows that got no individual promotional spots during the game were "The Good Wife," "The Mentalist" and "Criminal Minds."

Warm box office. Although many men opted to drown themselves in all things Super Bowl this past weekend, the quirky romance movie "Warm Bodies" managed to a post a very respectable $20 million at the box office. Thank goodness for little girls. Sylvester Stallone's "Bullet to the Head" took about 50 shots to the body as it took in less than $5 million. Ya know, Sly, we all remember "Copland." We know you can do good work. So how about doing some? Box-office recaps from the Los Angeles Times and the Hollywood Reporter.

Lights out. Last night's Super Bowl was interrupted (or saved, depending on your perspective) by a power outage at the start of the third quarter that lasted about 34 minutes. When the power was lost, the Ravens had a seemingly insurmountable lead. But the 49ers woke up when the lights came back on and made a game of it. That was good news for CBS and all those advertisers with spots in the fourth quarter. Ad Age looks at what the blackout meant for Madison Avenue, and the Wall Street Journal wonders if those $4-million commercials will pay off.

Wait, Lincoln didn't have an earring? Hollywood has always loved historical films. But now with so many actors and actresses sporting tattoos and piercings, makeup artists are having to put in extra hours to cover up the telltale signs of the modern era. Of course, some things such as sculpted bodies are a little harder to conceal. The Los Angeles Times looks at what goes into keeping it real.

Skating away? Thomas Tull, the head of Legendary Pictures, which supplies a lot of big movies to Warner Bros. ("The Dark Knight," "300") is nearing the end of his deal with the studio. Will he stay or bolt to another studio, such as Universal Pictures. The New York Times looks at Tull's relationship with Warner Bros. and what each brings to the party.

Capus kaput. This has been such a long weekend for me (cross-country travel, Super Bowl Sunday, etc.) that it already seems like it was months ago that NBC News President Steve Capus quit his job. Actually, it was last Friday. The move was not a surprise given that a new reporting structure put in by his bosses at the network had weakened his position, and the debacle at the "Today" show didn't help. More on his departure from USA Today.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Joe Flacco's F-bomb may create some headaches for CBS. AEG is preparing to take on Ticketmaster. From Saturday's paper is my article on Lance Barrow, the head producer of the Super Bowl. It wasn't his fault that the lights went out. 

Follow me on Twitter. My lights are never out. @JBFlint.

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