After the coffee. Before trying to beat D.C. traffic.
The Skinny: I just realized that I haven't seen a movie since "Silver Linings Playbook" in December. Either Hollywood's getting lazy or I have. Friday's headlines include a preview of the weekend box office, some tension between shareholders and Walt Disney Co. and a review of "Jack the Giant Slayer."
Daily Dose: A fight in San Diego between Fox Sports and Time Warner Cable has reached the mayor's office. At issue is a sports channel that Fox owns which has rights to the San Diego Padres that Time Warner Cable isn't carrying. With baseball season nearing, Mayor Bob Filner wrote Time Warner Cable brass noting that every other pay-TV distributor is carrying the channel which leaves one "questioning Time Warner Cable's true motivations." Time Warner Cable spent billions to outbid Fox for rights to carry the Dodgers in Los Angeles, which Filner noted may be a factor but has nothing to do with his town. “Rest assured, I will continue to monitor the situation and am prepared to take the steps necessary to bring about resolution prior to the 2013 baseball season," he said.
Giant will be slayed. "Jack the Giant Slayer" will be humbled at the box office this weekend. The 3-D movie about a guy battling giants is only projected to take in $25 million. Given that it cost almost $200 million to make, "Jack the Giant Slayer" may turn out to be "Jack the Egg Layer." Other movies opening this weekend include the teen comedy "21 & Over" and the horror flick "The Last Exorcism Part II." Previews of the weekend box office from the Los Angeles Times and Variety.
Tense times. Walt Disney Co. has a had good run under chief Bob Iger. But his large pay package and dual role as chairman and chief executive has some of the company's shareholders upset. Disney's annual meeting is next week and a few of the pension funds that hold big chunks of Disney stock are expected to vote against Iger's reelection to Disney's board of directors. A preview of the annual meeting from the Wall Street Journal.