Roger Ebert: Naif?

By | Thursday March 9, 2006 @ 4:15am PST

This week, Roger Ebert slammed my Oscar night scribble What Did I Tell You about why, eons ago, I predicted Crash would win Best Picture despite the hype for Brokeback Mountain. I cited the anecdotal evidence pouring in to me about hetero Academy members unwilling to screen Brokeback. (See … Read More »

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Oscar Hangover: Finke/LA Weekly Column

By | Wednesday March 8, 2006 @ 7:36pm PST

OscarHangover.jpgOscar’s got a hangover, says my latest LA Weekly column, and only a self-help step program’s gonna fix that. My advice to improve ratings includes: No more uncomfortable opening monologue, show us your tits instead! Create … Read More »

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Shorties: Waxman, Ovitz

By | Wednesday March 8, 2006 @ 5:48pm PST

Did you score? The newly released paperback version of New York Times Hollywood correspondent Sharon Waxman’s book Rebels on the Backlot was included in every Independent Spirit Awards goodie Waxman.jpgbag from Oscar weekend. That’s 1,900 copies looking at six … Read More »

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That Agency Urge to Merge (Updated)

By | Wednesday March 8, 2006 @ 5:11pm PST

When each agency urge-to-merge rumor surfaces, it’s the baby agents/ambitious assistants who worry. And why not? After all, they realize that, if it becomes a reality, it’ll take longer for them to rise in the new agency’s food chain. And these windup-toy-types aren’t … Read More »

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My Sopranos Moment: Kissed by “Jr” Gotti

By | Wednesday March 8, 2006 @ 11:58am PST

Given the return to HBO this Sunday of Tony, Carmela, the kids, and everyone not already murdered, here’s my own Sopranos moment: the time in 1994 when I was on assignment for Vanity Fair to write a profile of the son also rises: John Read More »

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DHD Audience: First 48 Hours

By | Wednesday March 8, 2006 @ 1:41am PST

I’m in awe of you. Deadline Hollywood Daily has received 180,166 page views in just the first 48 hours of its existence. The live Oscar snarking was a draw. But the average per day DHD can expect, based on the traffic received, is about 45,000. Thanks!

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GOP Dissed Dana

By | Tuesday March 7, 2006 @ 11:48pm PST

On the sad occasion of Dana’s death, here’s the column I wrote right after her husband died in 2004: Where’s Their Sense of Decency? I learned that, just a day after the actor’s passing, one or more … Read More »

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Welcome Back, Sagansky

By | Tuesday March 7, 2006 @ 3:22pm PST

It wasn’t so long ago that Jeff Sagansky and Harry Sloan looked at buying into ICM together. They didn’t. But it was inevitable they’d pair up in the very near future. That time is now. I’m told that Sloan’s MGM has just agreed to an output deal with Sagansky’s showbiz … Read More »

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More MGM Output Deals

By | Tuesday March 7, 2006 @ 2:28pm PST

I can report that Harry Sloan’s MGM output deals are set with Bauer Martinez and Lakeshore Entertainment and the not-mentioned-before Jeff Sagansky. Yesterday’s news of the Harvey Weinstein pact didn’t cite what I’m told: it’s a 22-picture deal.

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DreamWorks Book

By | Tuesday March 7, 2006 @ 12:20pm PST

Henry Holt has bought Variety scribbler Nicole LaPorte’s non-fiction DreamWorks book for low six figures based on what I’m told was a very well-written 70-page proposal. Chummy deal. The seller was agent David Kuhn, who used to be an … Read More »

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Pissed Off Penguins?

By | Tuesday March 7, 2006 @ 10:56am PST

First, come the Oscars. Then the lawsuits. (Unless you’re Bob Yari.) I hear those French filmmakers may be about to sue Warner Independent Pictures for a bigger cut of the $77 million-to-date box office gross of March of the Penguins, winner of the Best Documentary Feature at Sunday night’s … Read More »

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HBO Grounded

By | Tuesday March 7, 2006 @ 3:35am PST

If HBO kahuna Colin Callender seems a tad taciturn, it may be because he’s missing his favorite toy. For months, Time Warner vituperative shareholder Carl Icahn kvetched about the NYC palace posing as its headquarters, the corporate support departments more crowded than Barney’s Santa Monica hangar sales, and other … Read More »

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Sid Ganis, Real

By | Tuesday March 7, 2006 @ 1:56am PST

The very idea that AMPAS president Sid Ganis would use his brief TV face time during the Oscars to urge viewers to see movies in theaters and not just on DVDs at home was a laugh riot. Not because … Read More »

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Clueless AMPAS Board

By | Tuesday March 7, 2006 @ 12:28am PST

Of the 42-member Board of Governors for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, those Oscar party circuiters amply demonstrated just how clueless they were about Sunday night’s telecast. To them, it went great, Jon Stewart … Read More »

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Stinko Oscars

By | Sunday March 5, 2006 @ 10:47pm PST

This was the most incoherent, inchoate Oscar telecast in recent memory. Nothing flowed, everything jarred, cut ins and cut outs weren’t preceded by necessary segues. Added up to a butt-ugly broadcast that even the biggest film buff had to gag through.
Stop the misery. End this hell on earth. … Read More »

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What Did I Tell You?

By | Sunday March 5, 2006 @ 10:09pm PST


Way back on January 17th, I decided to nominate the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Best Bunch of Hypocrites. That’s because I felt this year’s dirty little Oscar secret was the anecdotal evidence pouring in to me … Read More »

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Clooney, Shmooney: Part Trois

By | Sunday March 5, 2006 @ 7:49pm PST

There’s the Sports Illustrated cover curse.
Will there be an Oscar telecast curse for George Clooney?
Let’s face it, no career can withstand the kind of excessive gushery that Clooney is receiving during this Academy Awards. Enjoy these hours, George.
Because the inevitable backlash begins tonight.
I have … Read More »

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Why Jon Bombed

By | Sunday March 5, 2006 @ 7:22pm PST

Yes, he bombed!

At least Jon Stewart admitted he was a poor choice to host the Oscars, given that his film experience amounted to little more than “the fourth male lead from Death to Smoochy.” That filmed bit of schtick at the start of the … Read More »

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Stop the Music!

By | Sunday March 5, 2006 @ 6:55pm PST

Everyone is hating that music playing over everything during the Oscar telecast.
Which moron made that decision?

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