3 Big Hollywood Directors Crash & Burn

By | Sunday July 23, 2006 @ 8:45am PDT

Box Office Update

It’s surprising but not exactly unexpected: three big film directors crashed … Read More »

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EXCLUSIVE: Jake Gyllenhaal Wants To Play Lance Armstrong in Sony Bio-Pic

By | Saturday July 22, 2006 @ 1:08pm PDT

A Socialite's Life Image ViewerYes it’s true — I’m told Jake Gyllenhaal and Lance Armstrong are hanging at the Tour De France together because the actor is the leading contender to play the cyclist in a Sony bio pic being … Read More »

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‘Monster House’ Scares Away ‘Lady In The Water’ For #2; #1 ‘Pirates’ Past $321 Mil; ‘Super Ex’ & ‘Clerks 2′ Bomb Big

By | Friday July 21, 2006 @ 7:35pm PDT

SUNDAY: This box office weekend was notable more for which opening movies bombed than which succeeded. Warner’s Lady in the Water from M. Night Shyamalan, Fox’s My Super Ex-Girlfriend from … Read More »

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Isn’t This Jumping The 007 Gun?

By | Thursday July 20, 2006 @ 3:32pm PDT

“Culver City, CA – July 20, 2006. It was announced today by producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. and Sony Pictures Entertainment, that the 22nd James Bond adventure will be released by Columbia Pictures on May 2, 2008Read More »

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Mo’ Reasons Why TV Critics’ Assoc Blows

By | Wednesday July 19, 2006 @ 11:34am PDT

I love Hollywood Reporter TV bloggist Ray Richmond’s “10 Iron-Clad Unwritten Rules” of those … Read More »

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Nina… And Then There Will Be None

By | Wednesday July 19, 2006 @ 12:25am PDT


Not since Dawn Steel learned she was ousted as president of production while on maternity leave from Paramount has a top woman movie executive found out this brutally she’d been axed in Hollywood. Even years … Read More »

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DISNEY SHOCKER! Nina Jacobson Out; Oren Aviv In; Hollywood Left Puzzled

By | Tuesday July 18, 2006 @ 3:21pm PDT

UPDATE: And Then There Will Be None…

Hollywood is agog over Disney movie move: Nina Jacobson out. Oren Aviv in. I’m told that Jacobson, prez of the Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group, was under big pressure from corporate as part of the so-called … Read More »

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HuffPo Seeks $5 Million in New Funding

By | Tuesday July 18, 2006 @ 1:51pm PDT

Back when The Huffington Post first began in May 2005, I reported in LA Weekly that, during conversations with potential investors, Arianna spoke of her ambition to raise $5 million to underwrite her new venture. Now, she’s more intent than Read More »

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Bernie Pisses On Pellicano Et Al

By | Tuesday July 18, 2006 @ 11:48am PDT

Bernie Weinraub, one of Pellicano’s victims, rants wryly on The Huffington Post today about Ken Aulleta’s New Yorker article about the P.I., Fields and Ovitz. (That story is not online. See my … Read More »

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LAT’s Amy Wallace Jumps to Portfolio

By | Monday July 17, 2006 @ 4:21pm PDT

I’m told Amy Wallace’s August departure as Deputy Business Editor in charge of entertainment coverage for the Los Angeles Times has caught her bosses completely by surprise. But her forthcoming jump to Conde Nast’s … Read More »

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New Yorker’s Auletta On Pellicano Probe: Interviews Bert Fields & Mike Ovitz

By | Sunday July 16, 2006 @ 8:51am PDT

It’s not online, but The New Yorker‘s Ken Auletta looks at the Pellicano probe with a long 12-page story featuring interviews with Bert Fields and Michael Ovitz. But do they really say anything? No. (Hey, they can’t, given the circumstances.) This … Read More »

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Camp Allen Photo Album: #3

By | Saturday July 15, 2006 @ 6:14pm PDT

“Ron Meyer was here a whole eight hours, and he didn’t kiss my ring?”

Terry Semel, CEO and chairman of Yahoo!, Inc., heads toward a morning session, Thursday.

“I’m ignoring you, Mike. I’m not looking at you, Mike. Move along, Mike.

Harvey Weinstein, left, of The Weinstein Company, walks with Michael Ovitz as … Read More »

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Camp Allen Photo Album: #2

By | Saturday July 15, 2006 @ 5:51pm PDT

“Swing by my condo tonight, Tom. We’re watching all the X-rated movies my MPAA wouldn’t let anyone see.”

Tom Brokaw, right, former anchor of NBC News, throws an arm around Jack Valenti, former chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc., Friday…. Read More »

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Camp Allen Photo Album: #1

By | Saturday July 15, 2006 @ 5:46pm PDT

“Brad, I’ll vouch that you never knew Pellicano. Hell, I’ll vouch that you never knew Brillstein…”

Jim Wiatt, left, CEO of William Morris Agency Inc, hugs Brad Grey, chairman and CEO of Paramount, Friday.

“Is there anything in my teeth? I just ate my young.”

Richard Lovett, president of Creative Artists Agency, arrives, Friday.

“Herbert Read More »

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Hot Hollywood Box Office Cools 5%: Pirates Sequel Still Warm At Box Office; Disappointing You Me & Dupree Loses #2 To Little Man; Superman Only #4

By | Friday July 14, 2006 @ 5:52pm PDT

SUNDAY: Hollywood’s hot, hot, hot box office cooled this weekend, slumping for the first time in 9 weeks: down around 5% compared to last year’s disastrous summer. I’m told Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Read More »

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DHD Update: 2 Million Page Views!

By | Thursday July 13, 2006 @ 10:47pm PDT

Today, DHD passed 2,000,000 page views.
With so many Internet choices these days, I’m thrilled anyone even bothers with DHD. Since I started it on March 3rd, there have been weeks I was out of town, or on assignment, or not feeling well, or working on a project, or too lazy to … Read More »

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Answer To The Question: What’s Ex-NYT H’wooder Bernie Weinraub Been Doing?

By | Thursday July 13, 2006 @ 12:37am PDT

Only his closest friends and family knew what he was doing, and dreaming, in retirement, and he swore them to secrecy. But he stuck to it, day after day, week after week, month after month, even taking courses for it at … Read More »

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Snakes in Hollywood: A Video Clip

By | Tuesday July 11, 2006 @ 5:45pm PDT

While cleaning out my email “in” box, I found this video clip sent by a pal. Pardon me if you’ve already seen it (though people are telling me they haven’t). I find it hysterically accurate about The Biz: Read More »

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P2: Why Does Wall Street Not Even Care?

By | Monday July 10, 2006 @ 12:12pm PDT

If Hollywood were Vegas, then the average Joe could put his money on Disney prior to the weekend and watch his number come up Monday morning when Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest collected its record-breaking box office … Read More »

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