Finke/LA Weekly: The Iceberg Cometh

By | Wednesday August 9, 2006 @ 12:39pm PDT

My latest lalogo.gif column, The Iceberg Cometh, is about Jeff Berg and ICM’s purchase of the Broder, Webb, Chervin, Silbermann Agency. Here’s how it starts:

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RIP Garry Abrams, Hollywood Truthteller

By | Monday August 7, 2006 @ 6:42pm PDT

He covered so much more territory than Hollywood as the columnist for the Los Angeles legal newspaper Daily Journal. But Garry Abrams was the sharpest truthteller about the entertainment business’ many legal scrapes I’ve ever known. He was also my friend, and he died after a long battle … Read More »

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What? Spielberg, Katzenberg & Saban Supporting ‘Their Friend’ Guv Arnold

By | Saturday August 5, 2006 @ 8:24am PDT

The big question here is what are their real motives? What have they been promised? Hollywood woke up with a shock today: the Los Angeles Times reporting that Democratic loyalists Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Haim Saban … Read More »

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NASCAR MOVIE NATION: Talladega Nights’ $47 Mil Victory Lap for No. 1; Opening Is Will Ferrell’s Biggest Ever

By | Friday August 4, 2006 @ 7:11pm PDT

SUNDAY/SATURDAY/FRIDAY: I’m told Sony’s good-natured NASCAR spoof, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby First, victory lapped every movie at the box office for No. 1 passing $18 million Friday and $16 million Saturday for a fast-paced $47 million weekend. This is comic Will Ferrell’s biggest opening ever, … Read More »

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Finke/LA Weekly: Too Fast & Too Furious

By | Wednesday August 2, 2006 @ 7:49pm PDT

My latest lalogo.gif column, Too Fast And Too Furious, applies not just to Mel Gibson, but sanctimonious Hollywood, too. Many may think I hold a controversial opinion about this, but it’s mine and I’m entitled to it. And you’re … Read More »

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DHD Update: 2.7 Million Page Views

By | Wednesday August 2, 2006 @ 2:35pm PDT

Today, DHD passed 2,700,000 page views. Thank you so much.

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No TV Interviews ‘Anytime Soon’ For Mel

By | Tuesday August 1, 2006 @ 4:51pm PDT

I’m told by a Mel Gibson insider that he has no plans for any TV interviews “anytime soon”. I do know that NBC’s Dateline is pulling together a Mel-in-crisis piece for this Sunday (they asked me to go on camera along with GMA, MSNBC & CBS, but I’ve declined all the … Read More »

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Jewish Leaders Approaching Mel, Mel Approaching Jewish Leaders; Rabbi Hier Predicts Jewish Community ‘More Than Willing To Engage & Help Him’ If Serious

By | Tuesday August 1, 2006 @ 3:55pm PDT

The Jewish community is starting to respond — some warmly, some more coldly — after Mel Gibson today admitted he made “vitriolic and harmful” anti-Semitic slurs, apologized to the Jewish community, and asked “for its help understanding where those vicious words came from.” I’m told by a source intimate with the Oscar-winning actor, director and … Read More »

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New Mel Gibson Statement: ‘I Am Not A Bigot’; Apologizes To Jewish Community and Asks ‘For Its Help Understanding Where Those Vicious Words Came From’

By | Tuesday August 1, 2006 @ 7:14am PDT

STATEMENT FROM MEL GIBSON on August 2, 2006: There is no excuse, nor should there be any tolerance, for anyone who thinks or expresses any kind of Anti-Semitic remark. I want to apologize specifically to everyone in the Jewish community for … Read More »

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More Hollywood Reaction to Mel Gibson

By | Tuesday August 1, 2006 @ 12:49am PDT

I understand that ICM will be making a statement today re Mel Gibson. ICM decision not to make a statement today. The agency will keep Mel Gibson, its client of 18 … Read More »

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