Camp Allen Speakers/Panels List Here

By | Friday June 30, 2006 @ 12:02pm PDT

I’ve finally got my hands on the preliminary speakers schedule for Camp Allen, the nickname given Allen & Co.’s annual summer investment conference for the macho mogul set in bucolic Sun Valley, Idaho. The dates for this sleepaway for plutocrats are July 11th-16th. Highlight (or is it lowlight?): the idea of Barry Diller, … Read More »

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UPDATED: Thank You For Your Support

By | Friday June 30, 2006 @ 10:05am PDT

UPDATE: It’s True: Gawker’s Jesse Oxfeld Canned

I just want to thank you for all your support re MarketWatch/Gawker. The many emails and phone calls I’ve received, mostly from women … Read More »

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No Media Experience For Disney’s Incoming Chairman? Wrong!

By | Thursday June 29, 2006 @ 7:22pm PDT

Wow, so much misinformation and omission in recent newspaper articles, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal, about Walt Disney Co.’s incoming chairman John Pepper Jr, the ex-CEO of Procter and Gamble. Granted, he looks like he just got cast by ABC Family for an Americanized remake of Mr. Chips, … Read More »

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Superman Doesn’t Return At Box Office: $19 Mil Opening Disappoints Biz Experts

By | Thursday June 29, 2006 @ 8:43am PDT

I’m told Warner Bros.’ Superman Returns opened Wednesday with $19 million at the U.S. box office. That’s only OK — not great, not terrible, prompting box office guru analysis that the gay whisper campaign which crescendoed into newspapers and on … Read More »

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David Geffen/LA Times Update

By | Thursday June 29, 2006 @ 1:35am PDT

dreamworks-skg.jpgIt was as recently as April that David Geffen attended a reception for the dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Nick Lemann, at the Los Angeles home of Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman and … Read More »

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Accidental Gun Discharge At CAA

By | Wednesday June 28, 2006 @ 5:30pm PDT

So today a rumor swept Hollywood about recent gunplay in a crowded lobby of a top talent agency. Here’s the reality: I’ve been told about an accidental gun discharge incident at Creative Artists Agency in Beverly Hills on January 28th at 1:50 p.m. You first need to know that no one … Read More »

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I Respond To MarketWatch/Gawker

By | Wednesday June 28, 2006 @ 12:05pm PDT

UPDATE: It’s True: Gawker’s Jesse Oxfeld Canned

I find it shameful that Dow Jones/Marketwatch media critic Jon Friedman has chosen to write such a misogynist piece published today (I refuse to link to it) that trivializes me and what I do. … Read More »

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UPDATED: Whopping $2,995 for Nielsen’s New “Modern Movie Experience” Study; Co-Author Explains Why It’s Worth It

By | Monday June 26, 2006 @ 11:31am PDT

If you’ve got $2,995 burning a hole in your wallet, then that’s the cost of Nielsen Analytics’ and The Movie Advisory Board’s new 100-page “Modern Movie Experience” study — billed as “a report on moviegoer behavior today, possibilities for tomorrow, and the impact of digital technologies on the movie value chain.” Quite … Read More »

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Deadline Hollywood Daily Named Among “Top 100 Coolest Film Sites On The Net”

By | Sunday June 25, 2006 @ 9:10pm PDT

The film industry magazine Fade In named Deadline Hollywood Daily as one of its Top 100 Coolest Film Sites On The Net in its latest issue with this description: “Nikki Finke’s well-reported daily blog on the business of show.” Thanks!

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Da Vinci Code Hits $700 Mil Worldwide

By | Sunday June 25, 2006 @ 9:37am PDT

I’m told Sony’s Da Vinci Code passed $700 million worldwide gross today. Adding $4 mil domestically and $9 mil internationally this weekend put the total take at $701.3 million. The movie is now the … Read More »

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America Loves Adam! Click Opens No. 1; 5th Sandler $40 Mil+ Opening Weekend; Da Vinci Code Hits $700 Mil Worldwide; Indian Mob Ransacks Da Vinci Multiplex

By | Saturday June 24, 2006 @ 1:00am PDT

UPDATED: *Adam Sandler is looking like American moviegoers’ favorite comedian as his latest Click scored his fifth $40 million+ opening weekend today to become the nation’s No. 1 film. The Sony comedy about a … Read More »

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The Day I Sucker-Punched Aaron Spelling

By | Friday June 23, 2006 @ 9:59pm PDT

It’s the end of Aaron Spelling, and the end of a TV era. To understand his once-upon-a-time utter dominance in the medium, you have to put together both Jerry Bruckheimer’s and … Read More »

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Latest Summer Movie Tracking News: Click No. 1, Superman Gaining Strength

By | Friday June 23, 2006 @ 3:39am PDT

Here’s the latest summer movie tracking news: I’m told Sony’s Click will become No. 1 at the box office and hit the so-called “Adam Sandler sweet spot” of at least $40-$45 mil its opening weekend. The bigger news I’ve learned is that … Read More »

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Warner Bros. Asked Joel Silver For Advice On How To Market More Manly Superman

By | Friday June 23, 2006 @ 2:39am PDT

Warner Bros.’ marketing of Superman Returns is a tragicomedy of errors upon errors. More to the point, I’m told Bryan Singer is fed up with it. For good reason. I could go on and on, but I’ll hit the low points for now. The gay buzz sparked by one-sheets presenting Brandon Routh as the … Read More »

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UPDATED: Da Vinci Does Bollywood Amid Protests; Qatar and Oman Ban Lifted

By | Friday June 23, 2006 @ 1:49am PDT

UPDATED: *Attempts by Sony to screen the film in one part of Andhra Pradesh today were unsuccessful when dozens of protesters under the banner of the Christian United Front raided a Hyderabad multiplex and damaged property … Read More »

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LA Times Expecting Movie Ad Rebound?

By | Friday June 23, 2006 @ 1:08am PDT

Parent company Tribune and  the Los Angeles Times must be members of the cockeyed Optimists Club. How else to explain that, in their first public remarks since the Chandler family went to war against them, they claimed ”trends” expected to boost revenue during the second half include additional advertising due to a larger … Read More »

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Sir Howie Faces Angry Sony Shareholders

By | Friday June 23, 2006 @ 12:06am PDT

So now it’s all-too-apparent why Sony’s corporate flackery was working 24/7 to generate those many media puff pieces about Sir Howard Stringer (see my previous … Read More »

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Hollywood Minorities Complain To Me: “We Are Not That Hard To Find”

By | Wednesday June 21, 2006 @ 12:14pm PDT

It’s a standard Hollywood excuse that there isn’t a sufficient talent pool of minorities from which to choose executives. Well, that’s horseshit. So I disagree with Patrick Goldstein’s latest Los Angeles Times column, More Color, Please, in which 20th Century Fox Co-Chairman Jim Gianopulos is quoted as saying, ”It’s not for lack of interest or desire, because we’re … Read More »

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Why Hollywood Gets No Work Done

By | Tuesday June 20, 2006 @ 5:20pm PDT


I was shocked to hear that Hollywood types were already leaving town for the July 4th holiday. It’s bad enough you guys cancel four straight scheduled meetings with screenwriters. Or have your assistants book … Read More »

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