After the coffee. Before the Redskins hopefully beat the Eagles.
The Skinny: As a Redskins fan, I was rooting for both the Giants and Cowboys to lose last night and it seemed like for a while they both tried to do that. But alas, in the end the Giants wanted to lose more. Now it's time to see if Robert Griffin III's knee can hold up. Monday's roundup includes a look at the weekend box office, a profile of MGM, previews of Arsenio Hall's return to late night, and Bruno Mars gets the call to play the Super Bowl.
Daily Dose: AT&T's U-verse pay-TV distributor has struck a deal to carry three Pac-12 networks, which are home to USC and UCLA football, among other things. Time Warner Cable and Dish Network also carry Pac-12. The biggest holdout remains DirecTV, which has already indicated that it does not see a deal happening with Pac-12 this season. Of course, after USC's poor performance against Washington State, this news from U-verse may be met with a shrug rather than a bottle of champagne.
Woof! Woof! The Dog Pound is back. Arsenio Hall, who shook up late night more than 20 years ago, is returning this evening. But will late night welcome him back or has the landscape shifted too much for Hall to make the same mark he did two decades ago? A look at Hall's return from the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, TV Guide and the New York Times.
Diesel powers "Riddick." The Vin Diesel sci-fi action movie "Riddick" rolled to first place during a slow weekend at the box office. "Riddick" took in almost $19 million, which was enough to knock "The Butler" out of the top spot. The Spanish-language comedy "Instructions Not Included" finished in third place with $8.1 million. Box-office recaps from the Los Angeles Times and Hollywood Reporter.
Roaring again? MGM, the once-storied movie studio, is showing new signs of life. It has several new movies in the works and some successful television shows. The next question is whether it's time for a public offering or a sale. The New York Times looks at MGM and talks with the investment firms and hedge funds that own the studio.
Bring a coat! Crooner Bruno Mars will be the halftime entertainment at this season's Super Bowl, which will be played in New Jersey in February. While Mars may not be at quite the same level as previous performers including Beyoncé, Madonna and Bruce Springsteen, he's a rising star and an energetic performer who should be able to gyrate enough to keep warm and excite the crowd. The Los Angeles Times broke this story Friday.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: "China Beach" is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a DVD release.
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