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Golden night for Hollywood. 'Zero Dark Thirty' tops box office

January 14, 2013|By Joe Flint
  • Tina Fey, left, and Amy Poehler got high marks for their hosting of Sunday night's Golden Globes.
Tina Fey, left, and Amy Poehler got high marks for their hosting of Sunday… (NBC )

After the coffee. Before shaking off the Globes hangover.

The Skinny: I hope I get to have a Jodie Foster moment when I reach that age! Of course, for me it is still decades away. Monday's Morning Fix includes recaps and analysis of Sunday night's Golden Globes, a look at the weekend box office and news that South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have created their own studios.

Daily Dose: At the Fox party Sunday night to celebrate the Golden Globes, all eyes were on News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch, who was engaged in a lengthy conversation with Damian Lewis, a star of Showtime's terrorism drama "Homeland." Asked later what the two were so intensely talking about, Lewis deadpanned "world domination." Fox executives said Murdoch is actually a big fan of "Homeland" (which is produced by a unit of News Corp.). Murdoch's low voice and thick Australian accent, combined with a loud party, had some wondering if Lewis would understand what the mogul was saying. Hopefully he didn't agree to a pay cut.

'Argo' goes gold! "Argo," the thriller about the rescue of Americans from Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis," had a big night at Sunday's Golden Globes as it won best best dramatic picture and best director for Ben Affleck. Also having a big night was "Les Misérables," which won best movie in the comedy/musical category. On the TV side, Showtime's "Homeland" and HBO's "Girls" had great nights. Recaps and analysis of the Golden Globes and what -- if anything -- the results tell us abut next month's Oscar awards show from the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Variety, Deadline Hollywood, Hollywood Reporter and USA Today

Mission accomplished. "Zero Dark Thirty," the thriller about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, finished first at the box office in its first weekend of wide release. The movie, which has generated controversy for how it portrays torture, took in $24 million. Finishing second with almost $19 million was the horror parody "A Haunted House." "Gangster Squad" had trouble getting arrested as the big budget noir thriller took in only $16.7 million. A look at the box office from the Los Angeles Times and Movie City News.

Cartman gets a big deal. Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of the long-running Comedy Central cartoon "South Park" and the hit musical "The Book of Mormon," are launching their own studio. The pair have gotten funding to create the modestly named Important Studios. More on their latest venture from the New York Times.

Spoiling the surprise. Part of the fun of watching the Super Bowl is seeing all the big budget ads that run during the game. But over the last few years, many companies have taken to putting their ads online before the game to generate buzz. But Advertising Age questions the strategy, noting that advertisers are spoiling their own big event. For what it's worth, I agree. Do you want me to see the ad on YouTube or during the game where you spent millions to place it?

The perils of social media. Media companies love to embrace social media on the assumption that tearing down the wall between them and their audience is a good thing. Sometimes that is the case, but it can also lead to headaches. Engaging with viewers on Twitter or Facebook can get sticky. One snarky retort and the station will suspend you. It also gives stalkers one more platform to harass people. Broadcasting & Cable on the pitfalls of being socially active.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Mary McNamara on last night's Golden Globes telecast. NBC and ABC have no qualms about using their news units to hype entertainment programming regardless of the damage it does to their journalistic credibility. 

Follow me on Twitter. I'll rarely tweet about what some star is wearing. @JBFlint.

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