‘Open Season’ on Ashton Kutcher/Kevin Costner for No. 1; Their ‘Guardian’ #2

By | Saturday September 30, 2006 @ 8:16am PDT

SUNDAY UPDATE: Sony’s animated kiddie fare Open Season kicked butt this weekend for No. 1. It was an embarrassing loss for Ashton Kutcher and Kevin Costner despite Disney’s heavy promotion of their Coast Guard action/adventure The Guardian. (So what did we learn? That Costner’s career is definitely toast, while Kutcher’s appeal is limited.) … Read More »

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Finke/LA Weekly: Baquet’s Billionaire Boys Club; Geffen ‘Confident’ LAT Buy

By | Wednesday September 27, 2006 @ 5:16pm PDT

My latest lalogo.gif column, Baquet’s Billionaire Boys’ Club, examines whether the Los Angeles Times editor, “Dean of Arc”, is playing a dangerous game with the newspaper’s integrity. Here’s how it begins:… Read More »

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Problem With ‘Studio 60′ Is Scheduling: Would Beckman Have Let This Happen?

By | Tuesday September 26, 2006 @ 11:55am PDT

Don’t get me wrong: I like this show. But the primary problem with NBC’s expensive but struggling Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip isn’t the Aaron Sorkin (right) inside-the-bubble flourishes, or the smarty-pants staccato scripts, … Read More »

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NY/LA Times Re-Commit to Oscar Puffery

By | Tuesday September 26, 2006 @ 9:25am PDT

David Carr has confirmed to me he’s reprising his Red Carpet role as “The Carpetbagger” for The New York Times this Oscar season beginning in early November. The blog will appear after the NYT‘s annual holiday movie issue is published. Intended to supplement the paper’s news coverage of the Academy Awards, Carr, a Times culture reporter … Read More »

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Pellicano: Feds Lose Wiggan Perjury Case

By | Monday September 25, 2006 @ 2:02pm PDT

This afternoon, the jury in the Joann Wiggan perjury trial returned verdicts acquitting the former SBC phone employee of four of the five counts. The jury split 6-6 on the third count, and U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer declared … Read More »

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Will Oscar Voters Judge Mel’s Film Fairly? Gibson Sneaks ‘Apocalypto’ For Native Americans; Both Time/Newsweek Cover?

By | Sunday September 24, 2006 @ 11:50am PDT

I’ve learned that both Time and Newsweek want to put Mel Gibson’s Apocalpto on their covers timed to its Dec. 8th opening. This happened with Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ: Newsweek made it the cover before the film’s release, and Time after the movie was in theaters. It’s quite … Read More »

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‘Jackass 2′ Knocks Out Box Office For #1; Jet Li’s ‘Fearless’ #2; ‘King’s Men’ Bombs

By | Saturday September 23, 2006 @ 8:19am PDT

Again, moviegoers sought mindless entertainment as Johnny Knoxville’s stupid stunt pic Jackass Number Two delivered a knockout punch at the box office for No. 1. The flick took in a bruising $11.9 million Friday and $10 million Saturday at 3,059 theaters … Read More »

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EXCLUSIVE: Top LA Times Editors Loyal To Baquet Said To Have A ‘Suicide Pact’

By | Thursday September 21, 2006 @ 12:30am PDT

The Tribune Co., which has an all-important board meeting today where the crisis at its Los Angeles Times will be front and center, may have a bigger problem than even the corporate owners realize with the paper’s top editorial management. I’m told … Read More »

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Finke/LA Weekly: Blood-and-Guts Behind The Scenes Why Jim Carrey Went to CAA

By | Wednesday September 20, 2006 @ 11:27am PDT

My latest lalogo.gif column, Cash and Carrey, explores the Entourage-like exploits behind-the-scenes of what was once known as Team Carrey: actor Jim Carrey, his managers Gold/Miller, and his agent, UTA’s Nick Stevens, in even more detail, with more surprises, than … Read More »

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LAT’s Hofmeister Now H’woodmeister

By | Wednesday September 20, 2006 @ 10:43am PDT

UPDATE: *A day after my original posting, the Los Angeles Times internal memo making the announcement finally went out today.* It’s not been announced yet, but I’m told the Los Angeles Times did select its replacement for Amy Wallace, the talented Deputy Business Editor in charge of entertainment/Big Media/technology industry coverage who … Read More »

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Ex-Mogul Sherry Lansing: Happy At Last

By | Wednesday September 20, 2006 @ 2:09am PDT

OK, so now we know what ex-studio moguls do: they blog on HuffPo. If Sherry Lansing’s doing it, can ousted Viacomer Tom Freston be far behind? Sherry opines about turning 60. But there are some interesting Hollywood revelations as well. … Read More »

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Hannibal Is Harvey’s Cannibal Now: Young French Actor Stars in Film Prequel; Dr. Lecter’s Lucrative Movie/Book Tie-In

By | Wednesday September 20, 2006 @ 12:55am PDT

Thomas Harris’ just-delivered prequel, “Hannibal Rising”, is coming to bookstores Dec. 5. The author also penned the screenplay for the hush-hush movie version, Young Hannibal: Behind the Mask, which will be released in theaters two months later. Even though very little has … Read More »

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Pellicano Wiretap Scandal Update: Phone Employee’s Perjury Trial Starts Today; Beat Reporter Exits; Pellicano Won’t Rat

By | Tuesday September 19, 2006 @ 9:15am PDT

It’s been a while since I’ve provided a Pellicano scandal update. So here goes:

  • Today is the start of SBC telephone employee Joann Wiggan’s perjury trial before U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer — important because it’s one of the first cases relating

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Bruce Willis Not A Diehard Republican?

By | Monday September 18, 2006 @ 11:20am PDT

For years, I have been “brainwashed” by the GOP into believing that Bruce Willis is a diehard Republican. Maybe that’s because he has voiced support for the war in Iraq, accused the media of ignoring “success stories” there, backed George Read More »

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Brad Grey’s Posse Denies That Cruise/Scientology Thug Report

By | Monday September 18, 2006 @ 8:27am PDT

Brad Grey’s people finally tell me it’s “nonsense” that Tom Cruise dispatched goons from the Church of Scientology to intimidate him. That’s why I waited to comment on last week’s assertion by the newly revived Radar Online citing “a high-ranking media executive.” … Read More »

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Senate Dems Probe Iraq Profiteering Per Robert Greenwald’s New ‘Iraq For Sale’

By | Monday September 18, 2006 @ 1:31am PDT

Hollywood filmmaker Robert Greenwald is in Washington today for Senate Democratic  oversight hearings on Iraq war profiteering, and the D.C. movie premiere of his latest documentary, Iraq For Sale: The War Profiteers. The Brave New Films DVD will be released on September 26th. The Senate Democratic Policy Committee, led by Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND), … Read More »

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Some Showbiz Dems Feel Used By Arnold

By | Saturday September 16, 2006 @ 9:32am PDT

Arnold_In_Pink.jpgI’m told some Hollywood Democrats are furious they’ve been “outed” by Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s campaign. On Friday, the Los Angeles Times, in what was tantamount to a press release for Ah-nuld, presented the laundry … Read More »

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The Rock Rules At Rocky Box Office: ‘Gridiron Gang” #1; ‘Black Dahlia’ #2; Sony Overtakes Disney In Market Share

By | Saturday September 16, 2006 @ 8:39am PDT

SATURDAY: Box office continues to slump as moviegoers stay away from theaters for another weekend, showing yet again how the lack of big tentpole pics can’t drum up excitement for all film fare. But Sony scored yet another No. 1 opening … Read More »

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GOP Trying To Blacklist Rosie O’Donnell

By | Saturday September 16, 2006 @ 7:35am PDT

You’d think that with the Abramoff scandal heating up again, a failed war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and New Orleans still reeling, the GOP would have better things to focus on before the midterm elections. But no. The attack machine known as the Republican National Committee is attempting … Read More »

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