Again, Big Media Gets Big Political Bucks

By | Tuesday June 20, 2006 @ 3:37pm PDT

According to Broadcasting & Cable’s Multichannel News, the 2006 political advertising market is overheating even without a presidential race. Candidates and issue-oriented groups have spent $440 million on advertising … Read More »

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Stalking Gawker’s Jesse Oxfeld in LA

By | Tuesday June 20, 2006 @ 2:50pm PDT

Jesse.jpgSince gawker.jpgmakes a habit of stalking the famous — actually, the readers report their close encounters of the celebrity kind at restaurants and bars, and Daily Gawker … Read More »

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A Screenwriter’s Realistic MPAA Ratings

By | Monday June 19, 2006 @ 12:39pm PDT

My pal, L.A. screenwriter Bruce Feirstein, received a lot of hate mail for his latest New York Observer column imagining new movie ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America, which therefore endears this piece to me. What prompted him was Facing the Giants, that film about the Christian football coach which received a “PG” … Read More »

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Disney Uber-Sells Depp’s Jack Sparrow

By | Monday June 19, 2006 @ 11:39am PDT

Oh, those workaholic Walt Disney lawyers. They’re plotting to make Pirates of the Caribbean 2 a merchandising juggernaut to match its … Read More »

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Wolcott vs Finke: Diss For Dissing George

By | Sunday June 18, 2006 @ 1:58pm PDT

You can’t please all of the people all of the time. Though Vanity Fair columnist James Wolcott has praised me in the recent past, he defends George Clooney and disses me in the July … Read More »

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Newsweek Covers Pirates 2 Juggernaut

By | Sunday June 18, 2006 @ 9:49am PDT

I’ve been tellin’ ya, and tellin’ ya, since June 7th that Pirates of the Caribbean 2 … Read More »

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Tom Hanks’ Biggest Film? Da Vinci Code!

By | Sunday June 18, 2006 @ 9:06am PDT

Don’t fret, Forrest! I’m told that Sony’s Da Vinci Code is now Tom Hanks’ biggest movie at the box office, passing his previous record-setter Forrest Gump from Paramount. Reportedly, the actor’s salary … Read More »

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UPDATED: Jack Goes Slack! Disney/Pixar’s Cars Speeds To No. 1 With $31 Million; Nacho Libre Slows To No. 2

By | Saturday June 17, 2006 @ 8:49am PDT

UPDATE: *I’m told Jack Black went slack on Saturday giving Disney/Pixar’s Cars the heavily hyped title of No. 1 movie in U.S. theaters with $31 million its second weekend out. The … Read More »

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1st Place: 2006 AltWeekly Media Reporting/Criticism Award

By | Saturday June 17, 2006 @ 7:39am PDT

The winners of the 2006 AltWeekly Awards were announced yesterday in Little Rock, Ark., at a luncheon held as part of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies’ annual convention. First-place articles/columns … Read More »

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Latest Summer Movie Tracking: Pirates 2 Biggest Opening Ever; Superman Not At X-Men 3 Levels; Click Looking Strong

By | Thursday June 15, 2006 @ 4:33pm PDT

Come ‘n’ get your latest summer movie tracking… What I told you a week ago still holds true: Pirates of the Caribbean 2 came on huge today. The Disney sequel starring Johnny … Read More »

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EXCLUSIVE: Orlando Bloom Isn’t Following His ICM Agent to CAA

By | Thursday June 15, 2006 @ 2:23pm PDT

On the eve of his Pirates of the Caribbean 2 shaping up to have the biggest movie opening ever, I’ve got exclusive news that Orlando Bloom has decided not to follow his ICM talent agent Chris Andrews to CAA. Instead, Bloom will … Read More »

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UPDATE: Why Does LA Mag Waste Trees?

By | Thursday June 15, 2006 @ 12:46pm PDT

CoverUPDATE: *I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that Los Angeles magazine won 13 awards in the 21st annual national, city and regional magazine prizes. In addition to silver for general excellence, Los Angeles won gold awards in food/dining Read More »

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DHD Is Back To Normal

By | Monday June 12, 2006 @ 1:11pm PDT

DHD had been having technical trouble for several days. Thanks for your patience.

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Who Ya Gonna Call? Fox’s Perkbusters

By | Monday June 12, 2006 @ 12:29pm PDT

Perkbusters.JPG\To me, the most interesting facet of Fox Filmed Entertainment’s managing pair is why no Hollywood agency has yet tried to bump them off. Today’s New York Read More »

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Hey Hollywood: Charlie Rose Is Back!

By | Monday June 12, 2006 @ 10:55am PDT

Since Charlie Rose’s PBS talk show seems to consist 80% of fawning showbiz interviews (like there aren’t enough of those already, even if Charlie’s are smarter), I thought you’d like to know that he’s back at the round table tonight. For the first half of the show, he’ll talk about … Read More »

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Da Vinci Code Passes Passion Worldwide

By | Sunday June 11, 2006 @ 9:19am PDT

I’m told that Da Vinci Code is still red hot overseas and set another benchmark: passing The Passion of the Christ globally with $642 million compared to $623 million, making Sony’s religious thriller the 26th biggest all-time hit. As far as foreign box office, all the Hollywood studios expected deep slides because of … Read More »

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Imprisoned Pellicano Sings To LA Times

By | Sunday June 11, 2006 @ 12:33am PDT

So Anthony Pellicano broke his silence and granted a jailhouse phone interview to the Los Angeles Times’ Chuck Philips who wrote it up for today. Finally, the hometown newspaper has a scoop about its hometown scandal. Until very recently, … Read More »

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Pellicano Defends ‘Mr. Clean’ Bert Fields

By | Saturday June 10, 2006 @ 11:57pm PDT

In a jailhouse phone interview with the Los Angeles Times, Anthony Pellicano defended longtime client, Hollywood litigator Bert Fields, who is a subject of the federal probe into the P.I.’s alleged wiretapping and other … Read More »

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LAT: Pellicano Playing Chess in ‘The Joint’

By | Saturday June 10, 2006 @ 11:42pm PDT

According to his jailhouse phone interview with the Los Angeles Times, Anthony Pellicano tries to keep busy in “the joint” by playing chess, reading books on mathematics, doing mind puzzlers, and working on his legal case. He complained that he’s broke and his family is suffering. But he tells the young … Read More »

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