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'300' sequel delivers. Is Charlie Sheen acting up again?

March 10, 2014|By Joe Flint
  • "300: Rise of an Empire" rose to the top of the box office.
"300: Rise of an Empire" rose to the top of the box office. (Warner Bros. )

After the coffee. Before seeing how "Cosmos" did in the ratings.

The Skinny: Man there was a lot of good TV last night. We had the "True Detective" finale, the return of "The Good Wife," the debuts of "Cosmos" and "Resurrection," and, of course, "Girls" and "The Walking Dead." Alas, my Time Warner Cable DVR didn't record "The Good Wife" so I missed the first 20 minutes. Hope Comcast does better (see below). Today's headlines include the weekend box office recap and a look at the future of music. Also, Charlie Sheen may be melting down again.

Daily Dose: Time Warner Cable told its subscribers over the weekend that its deal to be acquired by Comcast Corp. will result in "great customer experiences." In an email blast, Time Warner Cable said the combined company will "innovate faster and deploy even better products and features, including a superior video guide, faster Broadband Internet speeds and even more WiFi access points so you can access the Internet wherever you go." I'll settle for more space on my DVR and the ability to record more than two channels at once. 

On target. "300: Rise of an Empire" took in just more than $45 million in its opening weekend. Well, no one can say it sneaked up on people. Also opening strong was "Mr. Peabody & Sherman," which made $32.5 million. That was better than expected and showed that the animated flick about a super smart dog had some bite to go with its bark. Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" opened in limited release on four screens and took in an impressive $800,000. Box office recaps from the Los Angeles Times and Variety

The right tune? The woes of the music industry over the last decade are no secret. Illegal downloads and cheap legal ones have cut into the bottom line of the business. But where others see headaches, Universal Music Group Chairman Lucian Grainge sees opportunity. "He's the great hope for the music business," said legendary manager Irving Azoff. The Los Angeles Times looks at Grainge's plans to save the music industry.

Here we go again. There is a saying that those who don't study history are doomed to repeat it. Lionsgate and FX may be learning that lesson with Charlie Sheen. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the star of "Anger Management" (produced by Lionsgate and carried by FX) has been blowing off work and annoying his colleagues. Anyone familiar with his epic meltdown while on "Two and a Half Men" won't be surprised by any of this. The usual denials were issued by Sheen's camp and no one associated with the complaints about Sheen had the guts to go on the record.

Too big. The Mexican government wants to weaken the power held by television giant Televisa and wireless behemoth América Móvil. On Friday, Mexico said both companies would have to share their infrastructures with competitors. Televisa might even have to undo its exclusive sports programming deals. Next time U.S. media companies complain about the regulatory environment here, just send them this article from the New York Times

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