EMMYS: What Was NBC/Conan Thinking?

By | Sunday August 27, 2006 @ 5:25pm PDT

The very idea that tonight’s Emmy showcast on NBC was so scripted-in-stone that neither the network nor host Conan O’Brien could change a word of the broadcast opener, or decide not to show it altogether and substitute another skit crafted at the last minute, is absurd. After all, isn’t that … Read More »

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Well, This Explains Hollywood Moguls…

By | Sunday August 27, 2006 @ 3:08pm PDT

We all know that Hollywood’s executive suites are populated by Hollywood’s Napoleons. Long on ego, short on stature. So now the latest working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research finds that tall people are smarter than their height-challenged peers. ”As early as age three — before schooling has had … Read More »

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Oops! Brad Grey Now Has No Deniability

By | Sunday August 27, 2006 @ 9:53am PDT

Here’s yet one more reason why rival Hollywood studios are salivating to use the newly branded Brad Grey Wimp Factor to get a leg up on Paramount with talent. Newsweek just ensured that Paramount boss Brad Grey has no deniability … Read More »

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Outkast’s ‘Idlewild’: Hip-Hop 2′s Demise?

By | Sunday August 27, 2006 @ 9:12am PDT

All of Hollywood had their eyes on the box office of popular hip hop group Outkast’s Idlewild from Universal this weekend since, historically, musicians who try to crossover into film rarely have luck although rap and hip hop artists have had … Read More »

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U.S. Loves Sports! Pro Football Film ‘Invincible’ #1; NASCAR Spoof ‘Talladega Nights’ #2; ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ #3; Outkast’s ‘Idlewild’ Best Per-Screen $$$

By | Saturday August 26, 2006 @ 8:18am PDT

SUNDAY UPDATE: U.S. moviegoers made sports films #1 and #2 at the box office this weekend. There’s nothing more predictable, as the NFL returns to television, than a movie about a down-on-his-luck guy who attempts an against-the-odds shot at making a … Read More »

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Guv Arnold Settles Groping, Smearing Lawsuit; That’s Some Fab Friend You Have, Steven/Jeffrey/Haim

By | Friday August 25, 2006 @ 3:54pm PDT

So this is the fab Republican “friend” whom Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Haim Saban and some other so-called Hollywood Democrats are financially and politically supporting in this November’s California gubernatorial election? Media reports today say Arnold Schwarzenegger has finally settled … Read More »

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I Was Sent This (Fake) WMA Email

By | Thursday August 24, 2006 @ 5:49pm PDT

No, I didn’t write this: I received this in my email and found it amusing. In the interest of fairness, send me fake trade articles, emails or internal memos for CAA or ICM or Endeavor or United Talent, and I’ll post the best one for each agency. Labor Day lazy days, … Read More »

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Viacom vs Cruise: Brian Grazer Mouthtrap

By | Thursday August 24, 2006 @ 3:16pm PDT

What a convenient time for Brian Grazer to be off vacationing with family and out of touch with his office and reporters. But not out of touch with his Hollywood pals, thankfully. I’m told that the Imagine uber-producer is disputing to friends … Read More »

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Viacom vs Cruise: LA Edition Of NY Times Missing Bert Fields’ Holy Crap Quote

By | Thursday August 24, 2006 @ 2:18pm PDT

BertF.jpgLos Angeles subscribers to The New York Times still don’t realize they are missing the “money quote” from Tom Cruise’s attorney Bert Fields today in the newspaper’s coverage of the Viacom vs Cruise war … Read More »

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Viacom vs Cruise: The Truth About Lying

By | Thursday August 24, 2006 @ 1:24pm PDT

The Los Angeles Times had this angle today, but screenwriter/columnist Bruce Feirstein said it first and funnier on LAObserved.com: ”As anyone who’s ever worked in Hollywood will tell you, the basic social contract (“Local Law #1”) is that nobody … Read More »

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Viacom vs Cruise: Who Ya Gonna Call?

By | Thursday August 24, 2006 @ 11:01am PDT

Just thought I’d point out that Rogers & Cowan is having a helluva summer in terms of celeb crises. The PR agency represents not only Mel Gibson but also Tom Cruise. (Well, the good news for Gibson is that Cruise’s bad news gets Mel off media minds.) No wonder Tom’s latest flack Paul … Read More »

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Michael Eisner Loves Jet Blue. Seriously.

By | Thursday August 24, 2006 @ 8:59am PDT

OK, I’ve heard the stories about how cheap Michael Eisner is. How he asks for change back when he slips a fiver to the valet parking attendant. And so on, ad nauseum. Still, it came as a huge surprise to me when TMZ.com, the Internet gossip site, reported that the ex-Disney honcho and wife Jane flew Jet … Read More »

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Evidence Why Project Runway Rules…

By | Thursday August 24, 2006 @ 7:39am PDT

Best Fashion One-Liner Ever: On Bravo’s Project Runway 3 last night, designer/judge Michael Kors (why don’t they describe him by that ridiculous ‘jet set’ moniker anymore?) said about Los Angeles contestant Jeffrey’s plus-size sack: “That looks like Comme des Garçons goes to the Amish country.”

What To Dread This Season: Exactly how … Read More »

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DHD Update: 3 Million Page Views

By | Wednesday August 23, 2006 @ 11:10pm PDT

Today, DHD passed 3,000,000 page views. Thank you so much.

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Who’s Crazier: Viacom or Tom Cruise?

By | Tuesday August 22, 2006 @ 3:45pm PDT

If there’s suddenly a litmus test for insanity to be administered by the owners of Hollywood movie studios, then start with the executive suites. That’s my reaction to the are-you-shitting-me pronouncement by Viacom Inc. chairman Sumner Redstone … Read More »

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‘Snakes On A Plane’ Flakes For #2; ‘Talladega Nights’ Holds #1 for 3rd Week; ‘World Trade Center’ A Surprising #3; ‘Pirates 2′ Crosses $400 Mil for U.S.

By | Saturday August 19, 2006 @ 7:53am PDT

SUNDAY UPDATE: After all the Hollywood hype, New Line’s Snakes on a Plane flakes. I’m told that, despite a long pre-release marketing campaign that sent some Internet showbiz blogs into a writhing frenzy of anticipation, the Samuel Jackson-starring horror flick came … Read More »

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Character Actor Bruno Kirby Dies

By | Tuesday August 15, 2006 @ 9:01pm PDT

From AP: Bruno Kirby, the veteran character actor who co-starred in When Harry Met Sally and City Slickers has died at age 57 in Los Angeles from complications related to leukemia, according to a statement today from his wife, Lynn Sellers. … Read More »

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‘Pirates’ Sequel No. 1 Overseas For 6th Straight Week; #11 All-Time Worldwide

By | Sunday August 13, 2006 @ 10:57am PDT

I’m told that, in addition to its $392.4 million U.S. box office gross, Disney’s blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest is No. 1 internationally for six straight weeks. The Johnny Depp starrer did $44 million this weekend bringing the overseas total to $463 million. So worldwide the total is … Read More »

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Word Of Mouth Helps ‘WTC’ Box Office; U.S. Moviegoers Seeking Escapism Make ‘Talladega Nights’ #1 & ‘Step Up’ #2

By | Saturday August 12, 2006 @ 8:04am PDT

SUNDAY: I’m told attendance for Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center was up a surprising 26% Saturday compared to Friday. It was the clearest indication yet that positive word of mouth was beginning to spread about the well-reviewed Paramount movie whose ticket sales … Read More »

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