EXCLUSIVE: J-Lo Has 2nd Thoughts about “Dallas” — And Swaps Talent Agencies

By | Sunday April 30, 2006 @ 8:51pm PDT

I have just learned that Jennifer Lopez is having second thoughts about accepting a starring role in the upcoming motion picture version of the TV series Dallas — so much so that she … Read More »

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EXCLUSIVE: Moonves Manhandles “Reba”

By | Sunday April 30, 2006 @ 8:31pm PDT

So CBS thinks Reba McEntire is good enough to host the Academy of Country Music Awards live on May 23rd. (It’s her 8th time.) But CBS’ Les Moonves doesn’t think the 51-year-old actress-singer’s show Reba is good enough for his new CW netlet — even though it’s the highest-rated sitcom on the WB. (Background, see my … Read More »

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Suspended LAT Columnist to Probe Sports

By | Sunday April 30, 2006 @ 6:54pm PDT

No one has been following the really sad Michael Hiltzik/Los Angeles Times saga more closely, and more accurately, than Kevin Roderick at LAobserved.com. In a nutshell, the paper determined that Hiltzik violated its ethics rules, and stripped him of both his blog and his Golden State column. … Read More »

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NYT on Ron Meyer/Pellicano Friendship

By | Sunday April 30, 2006 @ 5:24pm PDT

So tomorrow The New York Times‘ Pellicano probers focus on Universal Studios prez/COO Ron Meyer in their latest article. Not any wrongdoing by him, mind you, just his friendship and visits in prison with Anthony … Read More »

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Will MI3 Withstand Tom Cruise Cooling? Or Da Vinci Code Faint From Vatican Heat?

By | Friday April 28, 2006 @ 1:21pm PDT


Two major Hollywood movies that help kick-off the summer silliness are shaping up as referenda more than recreation. That’s because the opening box office numbers for Mission Impossible 3 will gauge Tom Cruise’s viability given all that bad press he’s getting (most of it his doing). Meanwhile, today, the Vatican … Read More »

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Growing Fallout From VF/Pellicano Article

By | Friday April 28, 2006 @ 8:36am PDT


There’s growing fallout from Vanity Fair‘s upcoming June issue article, and it’s not good for the mag. Given what I reported yesterday about Pellicano’s ex-wife Read More »

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EXCLUSIVE: Angelina Jolie Fires CAA!

By | Thursday April 27, 2006 @ 3:35pm PDT

I have just learned that Angelina Jolie has fired her talent agency CAA after 13 months there. This is a huge loss, the biggest in quite some time for that agency which has a history of keeping its marquee clients in the fold. Oscar-winner Jolie right now is inarguably the top actress … Read More »

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EXCLUSIVE: Kat Pellicano vs Vanity Fair

By | Thursday April 27, 2006 @ 12:55pm PDT

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Kat Pellicano, Anthony’s ex-wife who spent nearly 20 years together with the imprisoned P.I. and is the mother of his four children, has given me this exclusive statement to release today about the upcoming Vanity Fair June issue article Read More »

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Hanks Writes Well (who knew?); His Movie Da Vinci Code Tracks Huge

By | Thursday April 27, 2006 @ 11:07am PDT


I know what you’re thinking: that Tom Hanks probably had his publicist or a Nobel Prize winner pen today’s literate ode in The New York Times to his makeup artist of 19 years Dan Striepeke … Read More »

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EXCLUSIVE: U.S. Attorney’s Office Informs VF Writer of Pellicano Threat

By | Thursday April 27, 2006 @ 9:25am PDT

Vanity Fair informed me this morning, in response to my questions on another matter, that last week the magazine’s contributing editor John Connolly “heard from the U.S. Attorney’s office who told him that they were obligated to inform him that Anthony Pellicano had threatened his safety.” Connolly has written several articles … Read More »

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UPDATED: “Studio Prez” Unnamed by VF/Pellicano Is Ron Meyer

By | Wednesday April 26, 2006 @ 4:04pm PDT

I’ve just learned the name of the “studio president” not identified by Vanity Fair who contributed money to an effort to raise $$$ for Pellicano’s kids when Pellicano was arrested in November 2002 — even … Read More »

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Finke/LA Weekly: Moonves Kidnaps CW

By | Wednesday April 26, 2006 @ 1:15pm PDT

My latest lalogo.gif column is headlined Screwing The TV Viewers: The CW network is the bastard child of The WB and UPN. To tease you, here’s some of my scoop: How Les Moonves kidnapped The CW, won a … Read More »

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Finke/LA Weekly: CW Screws Underserved TV Audiences

By | Wednesday April 26, 2006 @ 1:01pm PDT

My latest lalogo.gif column is headlined Screwing The TV Viewers: The CW network is the bastard child of The WB and UPN. Here’s what I say about CW programming:  Read More »

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Finke/LA Weekly: Orgasmic Over Les?

By | Wednesday April 26, 2006 @ 12:51pm PDT

My latest lalogo.gif column is headlined Screwing The TV Viewers: The CW network is the bastard child of The WB and UPN. Here’s what I say about TV execs:
“Everyone loves Les. Fortune just sucked … Read More »

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Pellicano Prosecutor Nixes Press Profiles & Probes NYT Leaks

By | Wednesday April 26, 2006 @ 12:11pm PDT

So everyone and their mother wants to do a profile on the Pellicano prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel A. Saunders. But I’m told he won’t even cooperate with the legal paper Daily Journal, and they profile judges, for chrissakes. I’ve also learned he doesn’t even have an official bio ready. … Read More »

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Sneak Peek at New VF Pellicano Article: Juicy Stories About Grey, Ovitz, Fields

By | Wednesday April 26, 2006 @ 7:28am PDT


I woke up at 6:30 AM to find an advance copy of the latest Vanity Fair Pellicano article in my email. It’s juicy! So I began posting about it right away to give you a sneak peek. By special correspondent Bryan Burrough and contributing Read More »

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VF: Pellicano’s Wiretap War Room: “We Could Do Anything We Wanted To You”

By | Wednesday April 26, 2006 @ 7:11am PDT

In a series of interviews with Vanity Fair, Tarita Virtue, Pellicano’s former executive vice president, describes in detail what has been called “the secret heart of Pellicano’s business,” a small, locked office that held his elaborate wiretapping set-up that he referred to as the “War Room.” Virtue says that … Read More »

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VF: IRS Debt Almost Shut Down Pellicano

By | Wednesday April 26, 2006 @ 7:04am PDT

Pellicano feared he might lose his business after he received $2 million from Michael Jackson (as well as a Mercedes) for spearheading his defense against that molestation charge in the early 90s. After Pellicano reported only $1 million of the payment to the I.R.S. as a loan, he received … Read More »

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VF: “310″ Easiest Wiretap for Pellicano

By | Wednesday April 26, 2006 @ 7:00am PDT

Vanity Fair reports that Pellicano’s operation had one drawback: the Macs could receive wiretap recordings only from their own 310 area code. To tap phones in the 323, 213, 626, and 818 area codes, Pellicano had to rent an apartment in each area code where he could stash a … Read More »

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