VF: Brad Grey Wanted to Replace Sopranos with “Pellicanos” When Gandolfini Walked

By | Wednesday April 26, 2006 @ 6:35am PDT

A former Brillstein-Grey executive tells Vanity Fair that manager/producer Brad Grey admired Pellicano so much that when James Gandolfini briefly walked off the set of The Sopranos in a salary dispute, Grey — the producer of the … Read More »

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VF: Ovitz Was Pellicano’s Most VIP Client

By | Wednesday April 26, 2006 @ 6:30am PDT

A former Pelican employee tells Vanity Fair that Pellicano had done personal work for Ovitz since at least 1996. “When Ovitz was leaving Disney,” this employee says, “he became Anthony’s biggest interest, meaning most important client. They were good … Read More »

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VF: H’wood Raised $$$ for Pellicano Kids

By | Wednesday April 26, 2006 @ 6:28am PDT

When Pellicano was arrested in November 2002 Fields spearheaded an effort to raise $$$ for Pellicano’s kids. “He left us with nothing. That’s why I became a real-estate agent,” Kat Pellicano tells Vanity Fair. The president of a … Read More »

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VF: Pellicano Almost Jew for Bert Fields

By | Wednesday April 26, 2006 @ 6:27am PDT

Vanity Fair reports that Pellicano and lawyer Bert Fields were so close that Pellicano contemplated converting to Judaism. “Six or seven years ago, Anthony comes home one night and tells me we are going to become Jewish and that Bert Fields has arranged conversion classes for both of us,” … Read More »

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VF: Brad Grey Used Pellicano for Brad Pitt, Adam Sandler, and the Late Chris Farley

By | Wednesday April 26, 2006 @ 6:23am PDT

Former associates of both Pellicano and Paramount chief Brad Grey tell Vanity Fair that the dealings between the two men were extensive, and a former … Read More »

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Pellicano Probed? H’wood Attorney Patty Glaser Says “Absolutely Not”

By | Monday April 24, 2006 @ 2:18am PDT

Controversial and confrontational Hollywood attorney Patty Glaser and her fellow law partners at Christensen, Miller, Fink, Jacobs, Glaser, Weil & Shapiro have agreed she will be “the spokeswoman, the public face, the disaster control executive” for the firm as it deals with the Pellicano scandal fallout from the February … Read More »

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Desperate Networks Or Desperate Errors?

By | Monday April 24, 2006 @ 12:15am PDT

Many TV biz types tell me that Bill Carter’s new book, Desperate Networks, is riddled with factual inaccuracies. I’ve learned some of those major and minor players mentioned in it got their hands on the galleys — which were everywhere — and … Read More »

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What Studio Exec Dresses Like This?

By | Sunday April 23, 2006 @ 11:44pm PDT

Ah, the cluelessness of the Los Angeles Times. I’m not the first (LAobserved.com was) to notice this new ad campaign, featuring the graphic to the left, but I am the first to ask: In all your … Read More »

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007′s Casino Royale Script Disappoints

By | Sunday April 23, 2006 @ 11:10pm PDT

How do we hate thee? Let us count the ways… So it’s not enough that Sony/MGM’s James Bond fiasco, um, film Casino Royale (opening Nov. 17th) has received horrendous press – such as Daniel Craig is a wuss who can’t fight (one of his front tooth caps was knocked loose) and can’t … Read More »

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Geraldo Still Seeking Pellicano Suckers

By | Sunday April 23, 2006 @ 10:30pm PDT

Remember I told you that Geraldo Rivera is looking for regulars to be part of one- or two-times a week panel discussions about the Pellicano scandal for his syndicated Geraldo at Large? Well, he’s still seeking suckers, er, suitable … Read More »

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MTV Spinoff Series Stiffs LA Fashion School

By | Sunday April 23, 2006 @ 9:51pm PDT

MTV finally announces details this week for The Hills, that Laguna Beach spin-off set in Los Angeles and airing in May. The new reality show (and I use that term loosely since so much of Laguna Beach 1 and 2Read More »

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Ca. Supremes OK Hollywood’s Potty Mouth

By | Thursday April 20, 2006 @ 4:13pm PDT

So go ahead, you showbiz types. Talk dirty. Offend everyone. Get raunchy. The California Supreme Court ruled unanimously today on Lyle v. Warner Brothers Television Productions that raw, coarse and vulgar language and conduct, including the recounting Read More »

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Sitrick Reps Burkle. Sitrick Reps Ovitz. No NYT Mention of P.R. Connection.

By | Thursday April 20, 2006 @ 2:56am PDT

What do Ron Burkle and Mike Ovitz have in common besides today’s New York Times article about their ties to Pellicano? I’m told Los Angeles P.R.-meister Mike Sitrick.
When Burkle’s federal sting against a New York Post gossip freelancer hit the headlines … Read More »

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The Pellicano Scandal as Morality Play

By | Wednesday April 19, 2006 @ 10:20pm PDT

I’ve written this before, but it’s worth repeating: It’s always hard to know whether bad people are drawn to Hollywood or good people go bad here. So when the Devil came calling, in the lumpy pudding face of Anthony Pellicano, either you hired him, or not. Too bad we now suspect … Read More »

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Geraldo Ready to “O.J.” Pellicano

By | Wednesday April 19, 2006 @ 12:12pm PDT

People with more than half a brain may not know that Fox News Channel’s 2nd most embarrassing star, Geraldo Rivera, has a relatively new syndicated show called Geraldo at Large. Today I learned that Geraldo is about to “O.J.” … Read More »

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Brad Grey’s “Brutal” Paramount Tenure: Pellicano & Berman

By | Tuesday April 18, 2006 @ 10:45pm PDT

For the record, Tom Freston, Brad Grey and Grey’s lawyer all discussed what Brad did or didn’t do, knew or didn’t know, re Pellicano before Grey was hired to head Paramount Studios, Freston confirms to Business Week. The brief article describes Grey’s short Paramount tenure so far … Read More »

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DHD Update: Half Million Page Views!

By | Tuesday April 18, 2006 @ 4:17pm PDT

This afternoon, DHD passed 500,000 page views in about five weeks of operation.
Let’s keep it going!

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TomKat Has Kitten, Grazers Split

By | Tuesday April 18, 2006 @ 3:54pm PDT

Suri, a girl, 7lb-7oz, in Santa Monica. Let the paparazzi games begin.

Meanwhile, sad news, Brian Grazer has filed for a legal separation from his wife, Gigi.

Sorry, but don’t expect to read dish on … Read More »

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UPDATED: HDnet’s Mark Cuban Emails Me Tonight Why He Wasn’t Kidding

By | Tuesday April 18, 2006 @ 3:17pm PDT

I joked here today that Internet billionaire and HDnet/HD Movie Net founder Mark Cuban was an unintentional cut-up and in desperate need of Wikipedia. But he emailed me tonight that he wasn’t kidding.
At the National Cable and Telecommunications Association’s national show in Atlanta … Read More »

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