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Icahn sells chunk of Netflix stake. Clooney movie pushed to 2014.

October 23, 2013|By Joe Flint
  • "The Monuments Men," starring George Clooney and Matt Damon, has been delayed to 2014.
"The Monuments Men," starring George Clooney and Matt Damon,… (Sony Pictures )

After the coffee. Before deciding who to root for in the World Series.

The Skinny: If I don't have a personal rooting interest in the World Series, I tend to go with the American League. This year is tougher since the Red Sox beat the Tigers and I hate those stupid beards. It will be a gut decision made with the opening pitch tonight. Today's roundup includes Carl Icahn's Netflix stock sale and George Clooney's "The Monuments Men" pushed to next year. Also, a look at NBC's "Dracula."

Daily Dose: Although most of Ryan Seacrest's work is for NBCUniversal, which owns E! and NBC, he will continue to host "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest" (that's a mouthful) for the next few years. There had been speculation that because of Seacrest's ties to NBCUniversal, he might move his New Year's Eve show there.

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Take the money and run. Investor Carl Icahn sold about 3 million shares of Netflix stock. He bought low and sold really high for a nice profit of about $800 million. Icahn still has 2.7 million shares or a 4.5% stake in Netflix, which now has more subscribers in the United States than HBO does. He had good timing, as usual: Netflix stock tumbled Tuesday as some analysts fear it is overvalued. More on Icahn's sale from the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Variety and Reuters.

Oh those tricky visual effects. "The Monuments Men," directed by and starring George Clooney, won't be released at the end of December as originally scheduled. That means the movie won't be eligible for the 2014 Oscars. Clooney and Sony blamed special-effect delays although there had been whispers for awhile that the film about a band of brothers looking to rescue art from the Nazis at the end of World War II may get pushed into 2014. Probably didn't help that Sony has had a rough few months at the box office and may have wanted to push the obligatory Oscar campaign for "The Monuments Men" to next year. Clooney and Sony talk to the Los Angeles Times about the decision.

Not getting any younger. The audience for the big broadcast networks continues to age and while us folks getting older don't think it's a big deal, advertisers do. Among the new shows skewing old are the Robin Williams comedy "The Crazy Ones" on CBS (median age 55.4) and the infidelity drama "The Betrayal" on ABC (median age 54.7). NBC already has pulled the plug on its remake of "Ironside," which had a median age of almost 60. USA Today looks at the numbers.

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Reincarnated? ABC, which other than "The Shield" has struggled somewhat with its new shows this season, is considering bringing back the crime drama "Body of Proof." Deadline Hollywood reports that a decision will be made to bring it back within the next month. Of course, much of the cast and crew of the show, which starred Dana Delany, have moved on so it may be a challenge.

Final out. The World Series, which starts tonight on Fox, will probably be the last that Tim McCarver broadcasts. Though he sometimes is criticized for talking too much, the bottom line is nobody knows the ins and outs of the game like he does and it will be the end of an era when the last out is made. Let's hope it goes seven games. The New York Times on McCarver's legacy.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: NBC hopes its new "Dracula" series has some bite.

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