Reporter Apologizes: Universal Un-Bans

By | Wednesday March 29, 2006 @ 11:00am PST

A Hollywood trade reporter who’d been banned by Universal Studios three weeks ago for what it considered to be unethical journalism — putting off-the-record remarks by the boss on the record — has apologized in a handwritten letter sent to the head of the studio, both sides confirmed to me … Read More »

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DHD: I’m on assignment for a week

By | Friday March 17, 2006 @ 7:31am PST

305,000+ page views since DHD’s inception two weeks ago. I will be on assignment for a week so posting will be light, if at all. Think of it as coitus interruptus.

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Universal Bans Trade Reporter

By | Thursday March 16, 2006 @ 2:21pm PST

I’m told that Universal has banned a Hollywood trade reporter for what it considered to be unethical journalism: putting off-the-record remarks by the boss on the record.
Here’s what happened, according to my sources:
Ron Meyer, … Read More »

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Universal: Like, Duh

By | Thursday March 16, 2006 @ 10:48am PST

MarcShmuger.JPG Marc Shmuger, new chairman, Universal Pictures

DavidLinde.jpg David Linde, new co-chairman, Universal Pictures

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New Epidemic: Pellicano Amnesia

By | Wednesday March 15, 2006 @ 11:25am PST

Here’s my latest LA Weekly column, Two Tonys Is One Too Many for Mogul.
You know how, in that New York Times article, Paramount studio boss Brad Grey issued a statement through a spokesperson that he was only “casually acquainted” … Read More »

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Bernie Talks about Brad

By | Tuesday March 14, 2006 @ 3:52pm PST

Given The New York Times Page One story linking Paramount studio boss Brad Grey to Anthony Pellicano, it’s natural to wonder what Brad’s longtime talent management and production partner and mentor Bernie Brillstein thinks of it. Here’s what Read More »

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Reiner Ruckus Scaring Actor Activists?

By | Tuesday March 14, 2006 @ 11:11am PST

Kudos to Rob Reiner for not retreating into seclusion but instead meeting with the press club in Sacramento today re the brouhaha behind his handling of that California preschool ballot initiative. Reiner rightly tells the Los Angeles Times he “worries, tremendously, that the controversy surrounding … Read More »

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Old, Old News: Pellicano/Tabloids

By | Tuesday March 14, 2006 @ 8:56am PST

Journalists for the Los Angeles legal newspaper Daily Journal write today about a tabloid reporter in the early 1990s surreptitiously taping Anthony Pellicano – bugging the bugger, according to LAObserved — while the PI fed, watered and overall negotiated with the night-crawlers of the news biz. (Actually, that was reported extensively two years … Read More »

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By | Tuesday March 14, 2006 @ 7:43am PST

No, that won’t be an April Fool’s Day prank by The New York Times. I’m told that, on April 1st, The Gray Lady confirmed today it’s planning to drop its … Read More »

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Brad Grey on NYT’s Hot Seat UPDATED

By | Sunday March 12, 2006 @ 4:44pm PST

The New York Times exploded with a Page One story for Monday about Brad Grey’s alleged ties to Anthony Pellicano, target of that heated-up U.S. Attorney wiretapping investigation and catalyst for … Read More »

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Sopranos Spoilers for Season 6

By | Saturday March 11, 2006 @ 8:05pm PST

The Sopranos spoiling really began when Lorraine Bracco gabbed that, due to a planned “major plot development” in the Season 6 opener, HBO this month would not be having its usual huge premiere advance screening bash at Radio City Music Hall. Way worse was when, yesterday, the HBO website … Read More »

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April Fool’s: No NYT Stocks

By | Saturday March 11, 2006 @ 4:45pm PST

No, that won’t be an April Fool’s Day prank by The New York Times. I’m told that, on April 1st, the Grey Lady is planning to drop its Monday-through-Friday stock listings and to replace them with some kind of new web access. In the paper will be a very limited 1 1/2 pages, trimming those thousands of stock tables to … Read More »

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Oscar’s Jewish Fallout

By | Saturday March 11, 2006 @ 1:16pm PST

Jewish JournalHere’s the new annual Purim cover spoof by the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. It sends up this town’s Jew/Oscars/Hollywood ties, especially Jewish discomfort with the moral equivalence in Steven Spielberg’s Munich. “Spielberg to Jews … Read More »

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Larry King Live?

By | Friday March 10, 2006 @ 8:00am PST

Note to Jon Klein, honcho at CNN: You might want to get a succession plan together sooner than later. Around Beverly Hills, they’re noticing that 72-year-old resident Larry King seems increasingly frail physically. (I could go into detail, but I consider it unseemly.) Also, … Read More »

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NBC’s Wright: Cheeky & Thinskinned

By | Friday March 10, 2006 @ 7:30am PST

Two Bob Wright takes…….
It’s a textbook case of chutzpah, though in Bob Wright’s world, it’s known as cheekiness. Doesn’t matter, because it was still really, really bad behavior. Harken back to that stunning announcement in late January: two flailing networks (WB and UPN) will now become one … Read More »

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Dreamworks De-Animation

By | Thursday March 9, 2006 @ 7:12pm PST

Also on the subject of animation, DreamWorks Animation (SKG’s IPO company) told Wall Street analysts today it won’t see significant earnings in the first half of 2006. That’s because its newly crowned Oscar-winner Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit under-performed. You see, DreamWorks can’t score any revenue from the film until … Read More »

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Pixar’s Rusty Cars?

By | Thursday March 9, 2006 @ 5:27pm PST

A few minutes ago, I saw the “world premiere” of the trailer for Disney/Pixar’s Cars (June 9). Owen Wilson sounded over the top. Paul Newman was appropriately world weary, but then he elevates any material. Talking cars taking Route 66 may be the end-all-and-be-all for little and big boys, and NASCAR junkies. But … Read More »

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Roger Ebert Gets the Last Word

By | Thursday March 9, 2006 @ 3:40pm PST

Here is Roger Ebert’s reply to my response to his dissing my Oscar night scribble What Did I Tell You. At issue is my citing anecdotal evidence pouring in to me in January about hetero Academy members unwilling to screen Brokeback Mountain and why I predicted Crash would win Best … Read More »

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Lawyering Up Pellicano’s Victims

By | Thursday March 9, 2006 @ 6:51am PST

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I’ve learned that two high profile Westside Los Angeles litigators, Neville Johnson (of the firm Johnson and Rishwain) and Brian Panish (of Panish Shea & Boyle) are meeting with many victims of the Pellicano wiretapping scandal to jointly represent … Read More »

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