DHD Update: 1 Million Page Views!

By | Friday May 19, 2006 @ 10:42pm PDT

Tonight, DHD passed 1,000,000 page views in 9 weeks of operation.

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Dreamgirls Gets Great Cannes Response

By | Friday May 19, 2006 @ 4:33pm PDT

The first 20 minutes of Dreamworks/Paramount’s Dreamgirls starring Beyoncé Knowles and Jamie Foxx screened at the Cannes Film Festival tonight and received big applause from the media, distributors and VIPs inside the Martinez Hotel. Dreamworks’ David Geffen, Viacom’s Tom Freston, Paramount Pictures’ Brad Grey and Gail Berman were all spotted inside the … 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 Teen Moviegoers Globally

By | Friday May 19, 2006 @ 10:48am PDT

8th UPDATE (Wednesday): My latest lalogo.gif column,  The Passion of the Cash, is all about how I’ve seen the future of Hollywood, and it is foreign, as demonstrated by the craptastic Da Read More »

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Moonves Blinks: 20th’s Reba Coming Back

By | Thursday May 18, 2006 @ 7:19pm PDT

I’ve just been told Les Moonves blinked after The CW’s anemic upfront presentation today and finally made a deal to bring back the highest-rated sitcom on The WB. But Reba won’t air until CW’s 2007 midseason schedule. You may remember that, back on April 30th, I wrote that Les had manhandled … Read More »

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Stone’s WTC: Is a Moving Movie Enough?

By | Thursday May 18, 2006 @ 6:46pm PDT

Yes, Paramount is showing 20 minutes of the film at the Cannes Film Festival. But you don’t have to be near the Croisette: I just saw Extra‘s exclusive and shorter preview tonight for Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center which opens wide on August … Read More »

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When Will (Like Grace) Was Straight

By | Thursday May 18, 2006 @ 2:04pm PDT

Given that after tonight’s season finale, Will & Grace goes off the air (though it will live on, in syndication), I thought I’d look back a bit. I was in the audience at Radio City Music Hall the day at the … Read More »

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UPFRONTS: CW

By | Thursday May 18, 2006 @ 12:56pm PDT

Cw_logo_color CW PRIMETIME SCHEDULE FOR FALL 2006-07
*New programs in CAPS

MONDAY
8:00 p.m. ”7th Heaven”
9:00 p.m. ”RUNAWAY”

TUESDAY
8:00 p.m.  “Gilmore Girls”Read More »

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UPFRONTS: Fox

By | Thursday May 18, 2006 @ 11:48am PDT

FOX PRIMETIME SCHEDULE FOR FALL 2006-07
*New programs in CAPS

MONDAY
8:00 p.m. ”Prison Break”/Jan 2007 “STANDOFF”
9:00 p.m. ”VANISHED”/Jan 2007 “24″

TUESDAY
8:00 p.m.  “STANDOFF”/Jan 2007 “American Idol”
9:00 p.m. “House”

WEDNESDAYRead More »

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Who’s John Hanusz, Pellicano Scooper?

By | Thursday May 18, 2006 @ 11:10am PDT

LADJ.jpgWhile the media seems to have suddenly gone silent on the Pellicano scandal (The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, even bloggers), the one guy plugging away at it with scoops is John Hanusz, whose beat for the local legal newspaper Los Angeles … Read More »

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Pellicano: Brad Asks to Stay Bo’s Lawsuit

By | Thursday May 18, 2006 @ 10:33am PDT

The legal newspaper Daily Journal‘s John Hanusz reports today that Brad Grey has asked a judge to stay Bo Zenga’s lawsuit seeking to add the Paramount Pictures studio boss as a defendant for his alleged … Read More »

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DHD Update: 900,000 Page Views!

By | Wednesday May 17, 2006 @ 9:10pm PDT

Tonight, DHD passed 900,000 page views in 8+ weeks of operation.
Thank you!

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Finke/LA Weekly: Promiscuous TV Bitches

By | Wednesday May 17, 2006 @ 6:00pm PDT

It’s not every morning I wake up to an excited phone call telling me, “You’re in Maureen Dowd today!” The New York Times columnist mentioned me and my interview with Grey’s Anatomy creator/exec producer/head writer Shonda Rhimes (Here’s … Read More »

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Clooney and Crowe Were First Choices to Play White House’s Clarke, Not Penn

By | Wednesday May 17, 2006 @ 5:25pm PDT


I’m told that Sony Pictures’ first choices to play Richard Clarke in the film version of his first-person book, Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War Read More »

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Ebert/Roeper and Lumenick/NY Post Only Raves for Da Vinci Code So Far

By | Wednesday May 17, 2006 @ 4:57pm PDT

Even though it’s not yet been announced, I’m told that Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper are giving Sony/Imagine’s The Da Vinci Code two thumbs-up. So far, they, and Lou Lumenick of the New York Post, are the only major film critics who like the movie. Already, Richard Corliss for Time magazine, … Read More »

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Wasn’t Schamus Already Running Things?

By | Wednesday May 17, 2006 @ 3:52pm PDT

File this under the promotions-for-the-sake-of-promotions category:
From Universal Pictures today. Dateline Cannes: “As Focus Features commences its fifth year of operations, James Schamus has been promoted to chief executive officer of the company, taking … Read More »

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Da Vinci Code’s Cannes World Premiere: French Say Oui! While Critics Say Non!

By | Wednesday May 17, 2006 @ 3:25pm PDT

Despite tepid and even terrible reviews coming in from film critics, the first report I’ve received from the Cannes Film Festival today tells me Sony/Imagine’s The Da Vinci Code received a standing ovation at the end of its official world premiere. (Clearly there’s no accounting for taste within that VIP audience.) … Read More »

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UPFRONTS: CBS

By | Wednesday May 17, 2006 @ 1:24pm PDT

CBS PRIMETIME SCHEDULE FOR FALL 2006-07
*New programs in CAPS

MONDAY
8:00 p.m. “How I Met Your Mother”
8:30 p.m. “THE CLASS”
9:00 p.m. “Two and a Half Men”
9:30 p.m. “The Read More »

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UPFRONTS: When Kevin Met Jon

By | Tuesday May 16, 2006 @ 3:19pm PDT

Last night’s William Morris party — biggie of all agency upfront fêtes — took place as usual at the swanky Four Seasons Restaurant. Bob Wright and Jeff Zucker were there. Les Moonves was there (sitting at a table in the corner with wife Julie Chen and letting the rabble come up to kiss … Read More »

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UPFRONTS: ABC

By | Tuesday May 16, 2006 @ 6:56am PDT

ABC PRIMETIME SCHEDULE FOR FALL 2006-07
*New programs in CAPS
MONDAY
8:00 p.m. “Wife Swap”
9:00 p.m. “The Bachelor”/”Supernanny”
10:00 p.m. “What About Brian”

TUESDAY
8:00 p.m. “Dancing with Read More »

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