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'Argo' gets SAG vote. 'Hansel and Gretel' top weak box office.

January 28, 2013|By Joe Flint
  • "Argo" director and star Ben Affleck with his SAG Award.
"Argo" director and star Ben Affleck with his SAG Award. (Associated Press )

After the coffee. Before the beignets and gumbo.

The Skinny: About half the TV industry is in Miami for a programming convention, and the other half is in New Orleans for some football game. Either way, they are warm and dry. Monday's headlines include analysis of the Screen Actors Guild Awards and a recap of the weekend box office.

Daily Dose: The Dodgers and Time Warner Cable are finally announcing their new TV partnership today, but this won't be a one-day story. Besides Angelenos being worried about what another sports channel will mean for their wallets, Padres fans are going to be mad at Time Warner Cable for having billions of dollars to spend on the Dodgers while refusing to cut a deal with Fox Sports to carry Padres games on its systems in San Diego.

"Argo" unstoppable. The rescue drama "Argo" took home the top trophy from the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday. Other big winners included Daniel Day-Lewis, who was named best male actor in a leading role for his work in "Lincoln," and Jennifer Lawrence for her performance in "Silver Linings Playbook." On the TV side, "Modern Family" and "Downton Abbey" took home the prizes for top ensembles in comedy and drama series, respectively. A look at what it all may mean for the Oscars from the Los Angeles Times, Variety and the Hollywood Reporter.

No golden bread crumbs. "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" finished first at the box office but there probably wasn't a ton of celebrating going on at Paramount Pictures. Though the approximately $19 million "Hansel and Gretel" made easily topped everyone else, it was less than what the studio and other industry forecasters had projected. Flopping right out of the gate were "Parker" and "Movie 43." As for returning movies, "Silver Linings Playbook" had another strong weekend, as did "Zero Dark Thirty." Box-office recaps from the Los Angeles Times and Movie City News.

Meet me in Miami. If you're a big-shot TV executive, you're probably in Miami this week (before heading to New Orleans for the Super Bowl) for the National Assn. of Television Program Executives convention. This is where a lot of daytime TV shows and reruns are bought and sold. The convention, once known for huge parties and lots of excess, has become a much smaller and duller affair. Mark Cuban is this year's keynote speaker, so at least it won't be totally boring. A look at this year's NATPE and the event's 50-year history from Variety.

Welcome to the big game. Besides the usual suspects advertising in this year's Super Bowl (Budweiser, Pepsi and Coke), there will be several newcomers betting that spending about $4 million on one commercial no one will remember three days later is the way to go. According to the Wall Street Journal, rookie advertisers include Gildan Activewear and SodaStream, an Israeli company that makes soda machines for the home. Also buying a spot in the game is BlackBerry parent Research In Motion for its latest phone. I hope it's good because I need an upgrade and I don't want to get an iPhone.

If they don't read it maybe they'll watch it. NBC is having no problem finding small-town newspapers willing to turn their newsrooms into reality shows. The New York Times says more than 150 such papers have applied to be considered for the potential show. Let me give NBC a tip: Most folks who toil in print have faces and bodies made for radio. I'm, of course, an exception.

Open for business. Because we all know there is a tremendous shortage of talent agents in Hollywood, former ICM head Jeff Berg is opening a new shop. Called Resolution, Berg is setting up offices in Century City. Doesn't he have enough money to coast by now? More on Berg's new business from Deadline Hollywood.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Viacom Chief Executive Philippe Dauman took a pay cut last year, but don't feel too bad -- he still made over $30 million.

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