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Grammys! 'Identity Thief' steals top spot. NBCU rebrands G4.

The Morning Fix

February 11, 2013|By Joe Flint
  • "Identity Thief" ran away with the top spot at the box office.
"Identity Thief" ran away with the top spot at the box office. (Universal Pictures )

After the coffee. Before dealing with real life.

The Skinny: I missed "The Walking Dead," "Girls" and my new favorite "Enlightened" last night so no spoilers until I catch up! And, no, I wasn't at the Grammys or doing anything fun. Monday's headlines include a recap of the weekend box office and a look at the big winners at the Grammy Awards. Also, NBC is in a slump and "Argo" is on a roll.

Daily Dose: Don't expect CBS to top the ratings for last year's Grammy Awards, which came on the heels of Whitney Houston's tragic death and drew almost 40 million viewers. Last year there was interest in how the stars and industry would pay tribute to Houston. This year's Grammy Awards also faced increased competition as AMC's hit "The Walking Dead" returned. But, hey, at least there wasn't a blackout.

The song remains the same. Alternative folkies Mumford & Sons won the Best Album Grammy for Babel, which was the record that sounds like that other record they did. I kid, I kid. I like Mumford & Sons. Other winners at the Grammy Awards included Black Keys, Kelly Clarkson and Fun. Grammy coverage from the Los Angeles Times and Billboard

Stolen box office. There was no mistaking the identity of the top movie at the box office. "Identity Thief," a comedy starring Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman, took in more than $36 million this past weekend despite concerns that a blizzard on the East Coast would keep many at home. "Side Effects," the Steven Soderbergh thriller took in $10 million, which beat industry forecasts. A recap of the weekend box from the Los Angeles Times and Movie City News.

Crash. A reality-show production turned tragic Sunday when a helicopter crashed at the Polsa Rosa Ranch in Acton, killing three people. The show, an untitled military-themed program, was for Discovery Network. The crash may bring more attention to the dangers of many reality shows and increase calls for greater scrutiny of the genre. Details from the Los Angeles Times.

"Argo" keeps going strong. "Argo," the Ben Affleck-directed drama about the rescue of several Americans from Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis, cleaned up at Britain's BAFTA awards. The movie won best film and best director. "Argo" appears to have the most momentum heading into the Oscars later this month. More on the BAFTAs from Variety

Bravo for men. The cable industry's worst-kept secret is now out for real. G4, the struggling NBCUniversal cable channel aimed at video game geeks is rebranding itself as the Esquire Channel and will look to lure men who like to blow money on fancy clothes and look like they fell out of vodka ads. I'll pass. More on the network from the New York Times.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: It's been a long winter for NBC as several new shows are tanking. It's still in third place, but CBS' morning show is showing some signs of life.

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