Daybreak Daily’s venture into pop-culture capitalism finds a steel worker, a flagging franchise, other things, and the mystery music video.
DOES HE STILL HAVE IT?: A first glimpse, per the Los Angeles Times, “It seems strange to ask — rude even — given Superman’s long history as a bulletproof champion of American pop culture, but the question will hang in the air this weekend at Comic-Con International: Can Superman still fly as a film franchise?
Hollywood’s next Superman, a chiseled and charismatic Brit named Henry Cavill, will greet roughly 6,500 fans in the hangar-like Hall H of the San Diego Convention Center on Saturday as part of Warner Bros.’ panel at the annual pop culture expo. The director of the upcoming Superman reboot, “Man of Steel,” Zack Snyder, will show the first footage from the feature film that brings the “first and greatest” superhero of them all back to the screen in June 2013.” http://lat.ms/P4isTm
FALLEN IDOL: Or at least trying to regain its balance, per the AP, “"American Idol" is on the brink of an adolescent identity crisis. Judge Steven Tyler is leaving and taking his naughty rock star vibe with him, fellow judge Jennifer Lopez is dithering about staying put, and ratings for the Fox show have declined as TV's talent show field gets more competitive.” http://apne.ws/LO17it
MEANWHILE: Yo, yo, yo, dawg, per Us Weekly, “A source tells Us Weekly that Tyler and Lopez's fellow judge Randy Jackson is also making a big move -- with plans to leave the judges' panel but remain involved with a mentoring role on the show.” http://bit.ly/M6HwYS
ARLO’S DAD: Of the original, per the New York Times, “The Smithsonian Institution’s “Woody at 100,” a three- CD boxed set commemorating the centennial of Woody Guthrie’s birth, begins, as it must, with “This Land Is Your Land,” his most famous song. But instead of the standard, sanitized lyrics taught to schoolchildren as a kind of patriotic bromide, it offers an alternate version with an extra verse that is a biting, defiant and subversive jab at what today would be called the 1 percent.” http://nyti.ms/NlZR1z
NO CASH COW: Things were carefully planned, per TMZ, “Tom Cruise did not pay Katie Holmes a lump sum in his divorce settlement, but he will pay handsomely in the child support department ... sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ. Our well-connected sources tell us ... reports that Katie scored $50 million are "ridiculous." We're told she did not get a lump sum of money at all. As we previously reported, Katie signed a prenup which gave her goose eggs by ending the marriage.” http://bit.ly/OCnrXv
NO STONES: Olympics will be Mick-less, per Rolling Stone, “Unlike Paul McCartney, Blur and other U.K. bands, the Rolling Stones won't be playing the London Olympics this year. "I didn't think, to be honest, we were quite stage ready," says Mick Jagger in a new interview with ITN to mark the band's 50th anniversary of their first gig.” http://bit.ly/Nqlbob
REVIEW: Seems kind of frozen, per indieWIRE, “I was charmed, and pleasantly surprised, when I saw Ice Age a decade ago. Its enormous success has prompted multiple sequels, which have made a ton of money around the world (with Fox cannily hiring well-known actors and comedians to provide the voices for their individual countries). This money machine, with its sure-fire kid appeal, makes the fourth entry in the series, Ice Age: Continental Drift, virtually critic-proof. But it doesn’t stop me from saying that everything I liked about the original movie has been worn down.” http://bit.ly/Nqm1Bl
LOCALS ALERT: Might want to steer clear of this one, per the Washington Post, “Lacking stylistic coherence, a well-developed plot or even catchy tunes, this touring incarnation of “The Addams Family,” taking up residence in the Kennedy Center Opera House through the end of July, relies for chuckles almost entirely on flickers of spectator recognition of trademark shtick.” http://wapo.st/OilyhO
ON A BENDER: Just turn on the TV, per the Wall Street Journal, “Binge viewing is transforming the way people watch television and changing the economics of the industry. The passive couch potato of the broadcast era turned into the channel surfer, flipping through hundreds of cable channels. Now, technologies such as on-demand video and digital video recorders are giving rise to the binge viewer, who devours shows in quick succession—episode after episode, season after season, perhaps for $7.99 a month, the cost of a basic Netflix membership.” http://on.wsj.com/NuvtRg
BAD BREAKS: For it’s next trick. . .per the Wrap, “How do they top that? It's been the challenge of each new season of "Breaking Bad" -- and with the show's return Sunday, we'll find out if its fifth and final season is up to the challenge of being its best.” http://bit.ly/Lep2RX
PAY MUCH ATTENTION: To the man behind the curtain, per The Hollywood Reporter, “Despite his success as the director of the first three Spider-Man movies, not to mention his cult classics Evil Dead I and II and Darkman, Sam Raimi is anything but self-aggrandizing. In a press conference at Thursday for his upcoming film Oz: The Great and Powerful, Raimi confessed that he is keenly aware of the shortcomings of his films, no matter how well they fare commercially.” http://bit.ly/N5ho2d
HMMMM: Just the facts, per Billboard, “Target will not be carrying Frank Ocean's debut studio album, "Channel Orange," in response to the label's decision to sell it ahead of its scheduled release date via iTunes -- not due to Ocean's sexuality -- according to statements from the company and Ocean's manager. iTunes is the sole digital seller of the album until July 17.” http://bit.ly/NwQbU9
AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video. http://bit.ly/MqoTuO
--Skip Wood (Follow me on Twitter @DaybreakSkip)