Da Vinci Code Hits $500 Million This Week

By | Monday May 29, 2006 @ 8:11am PDT

I’m told Sony’s Da Vinci Code will hit the magic $500 million mark worldwide later this week. To date, the religious thriller has racked up over $465 mil worldwide since opening a little more than a week ago, $320 mil of it from international. The foreign front was bolstered by huge holds in Europe and … Read More »

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Two Puff Profiles of Sony’s Sir Howard

By | Sunday May 28, 2006 @ 4:10pm PDT

Jeez, the Sony corporate flacks are working overtime. But don’t bother reading The New Yorker‘s just published profile of Sir Howard Stringer in the June 5th issue. Or The New York Times’ profile of Sir Howard in Sunday’s edition. Egads, haven’t there already been enough puff jobs penned about this … Read More »

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Cannes Film Festival: Palme D’Or to Ken Loach’s The Wind That Shakes The Barley

By | Sunday May 28, 2006 @ 2:47pm PDT

PALMARÈS DU 59e FESTIVAL DE CANNES – 59TH FESTIVAL DE CANNES AWARDS

May 17th – May 28th 2006
LONGS MÉ TRAGES/FEATURE FILMS

PALME D’OR: THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY réalisé par Ken LOACH

GRAND PRIX: FLANDRES réalisé … Read More »

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UPDATED: X-M3 Busts Record For Biggest Mem Weekend Opening Ever; But Da Vinci Bigger Overseas and Set for Half-Billion $$$ Gross Worldwide This Week

By | Saturday May 27, 2006 @ 12:17pm PDT


3rd Update: *So here’s one for the record books! The superhero movie X-Men 3: The Last Stand had a superheroic gross of $120.1 million for the biggest opening ever for a U.S. Memorial Weekend. The comic book franchise also posted the … Read More »

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NYT: Studios Go Sane & Pull Plug On $112 Mil Jim Carrey/Ben Stiller Comedy. Wow!

By | Wednesday May 24, 2006 @ 6:14pm PDT

The terms “fiscal responsibility” and “movie biz” rarely appear in the same sentence. That’s why I’m thinking there might still be hope for Hollywood after reading Sharon Waxman’s story in Friday’s New York Times. It’s all … Read More »

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Come Back, Howard, All Is Forgiven?

By | Wednesday May 24, 2006 @ 4:51pm PDT

As everyone expected, that CBS vs Howard Stern lawsuit officially ended today. Now the clock’s ticking: how long before Howard does a deal to get himself back on FM as well as Sirius satellite radio? God, how I miss him in Los Angeles. For seemingly forever, we’d heard about him here. … Read More »

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Ovations and Catcalls for Sofia’s Marie

By | Wednesday May 24, 2006 @ 2:31pm PDT


Today, Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette screened for the world press this morning and for the VIPs tonight at the Cannes Film Festival, then opened big in France today. (It doesn’t open wide in the U.S. until the fall.) Frankly, I … Read More »

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AFI’s Uninspiring “Inspiring” Movie List

By | Wednesday May 24, 2006 @ 1:24pm PDT

Please, someone, anyone, stop them before they whore themselves yet again. CBS on June 14th will air AFI’s latest b.s. list, this time the 100 “most inspiring” films. And, again, the “jury” composed of VIP moviemakers and movie critics and movie … Read More »

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Finke/LA Weekly: The Passion of the Cash

By | Wednesday May 24, 2006 @ 12:29pm PDT

Here’s my latest lalogo.gif column,  The Passion of the Cash: Da Vinci Cannes the World, about how I’ve seen the future of Hollywood, and it is foreign, as demonstrated by the craptastic Da Vinci Code. This time, I’ll … Read More »

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Gore’s Cannes Screening Serves Up Sherry

By | Tuesday May 23, 2006 @ 12:29am PDT


There was a surprise at the Cannes Film Festival screening of Al Gore’s ecodoc An Inconvenient Truth. No, it wasn’t the packed Salle Bunuel on the fifth floor of the Palais des Festivals giving Gore … Read More »

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DHD Update: 1,250,000 Page Views

By | Monday May 22, 2006 @ 5:40pm PDT

Today, DHD passed 1,250,000 page views in 9 weeks of operation. And, this past weekend, DHD had a 24-hr traffic ranking of 2,590th among all Internet sites.

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Pellicano: Limp NYT H’wood Lawyer Angle

By | Monday May 22, 2006 @ 5:14pm PDT

As I promised you, The New York Times has a new Pellicano scandal story, this time focusing on the Hollywood lawyers. Frankly, it’s not even worth your time reading; it’s all dated stuff, wrapped around an old premise. Without naming … Read More »

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Claim: Murdoch Foe Was H’wood Anti-War Activists; Friend Nicole Kidman & China

By | Monday May 22, 2006 @ 3:36pm PDT


In an interview published today with Advertising Age‘s Simon Dumenco, ex-New York Post Page Six reporter Ian Spiegelman claims exactly what we all suspected about the paper’s parent company run … Read More »

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Sequel Fever: Sony Has Da Vinci II and III

By | Monday May 22, 2006 @ 12:56pm PDT

I’m told it’s absolutely true that Sony bought the rights to the Robert Langdon character. Not only is Harvard symbologist Langdon the protaganist in Dan Brown’s already written novel, “Angels and Demons,” but I … Read More »

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Da Vinci #1 in Every Country It Opened

By | Monday May 22, 2006 @ 12:44pm PDT

UPDATE: My latest lalogo.gif column,  The Passion of the Cash, is all about how I’ve seen the future of Hollywood, and it … Read More »

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Pat Dollard vs Sharon Waxman

By | Monday May 22, 2006 @ 12:21pm PDT

This is why I love covering showbiz…You can take Iraqi War documentarian Pat Dollard out of Hollywood. But you can’t take Hollywood out of the former agent/manager. Over the weekend, I emailed him the opening numbers on Da Vinci Code because, “Hey, you may be witnessing horrific war, but you’ll … Read More »

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Toldja! Hiltzik Returns to LAT in Sports

By | Monday May 22, 2006 @ 11:51am PDT

Per my April 30th infoLos Angeles Times staffer Michael Hiltzik today is back in the paper on the sports beat (with investigative pieces to follow) after the brass determined he violated its ethics rules, stripped him of both his blog … Read More »

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EXCLUSIVE: Da Vinci Code Is 2nd Biggest Opening Weekend Of All Time Worldwide With $224 Million; No. 1 International Opening Weekend with $147 Mil; $77 Mil U.S. Opening Weekend; Sony Execs Attribute Huge Success To Younger Moviegoers Globally

By | Sunday May 21, 2006 @ 7:51am PDT

LATEST SUNDAY AM UPDATE: Sony Pictures told me exclusively this morning that Da Vinci Code earned $224 million worldwide, making it the second biggest opening weekend of all time worldwide. (The only movie that did better was Star Wars 3, the last of the prequels, with $254 mil). That DVC figure … Read More »

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UPDATED: Da Vinci Code Posts 12th Best Opening Day in U.S., 5th Best Opening Day in Japan; Just Under $30 Million For Friday’s Domestic Box Office; Sony Rivals Predict $80 Mil Opening Weekend

By | Saturday May 20, 2006 @ 7:00am PDT

For news through Sunday, see: UPDATED: First B.O. Reports on Da Vinci Code

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