2nd UPDATE: Jim Carrey Fires Long-Time UTA and Long-Loyal Nick Stevens. “The Fix Is In” For CAA To Sign Jim. But Nick Gave Ari Advice On How To Bag Carrey

By | Wednesday September 13, 2006 @ 5:24pm PDT

2nd UPDATE: *Two Jim Carrey meetings this coming week: Endeavor and CAA. First, I was told Jim Carrey’s manager Jim Miller called UTA’s Nick Stevens to fire him as the star’s 15-year-long agent. Then the truth came out (when people stopped trying to shield the client): it was Jim Carrey himself who Wednesday morning called … Read More »

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TV/Movie Stats To Make Your Head Spin

By | Wednesday September 13, 2006 @ 12:59pm PDT

Either these stats are going to elate you … or depress you. There’ll be 30 new TV shows debuting this fall on the networks. And 60 new movies screening in theaters until the end of the year. Before this, I used to have a life.

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LA Times’ Scriptland: Just a Terrible Idea

By | Tuesday September 12, 2006 @ 10:48pm PDT

This may be the single worst idea in the history of the Los Angeles Times’ Calendar section. It’s certainly the single worst execution. I’m talking about the just launched “Scriptland” once-a-week column purporting to be “a new weekly feature on the work and professional lives of screenwriters.” What to the LATRead More »

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UPDATED: George Clooney Spoke To UN Security Council About Darfur

By | Tuesday September 12, 2006 @ 8:09pm PDT

2nd UPDATE: *George Clooney spoke movingly and passionately to the United Nation’s most powerful body Thursday, saying the world would be blamed for another Rwanda if atrocities were not halted in Sudan’s Darfur region. “In many ways it is unfair but it is nevertheless true that this genocide will be on … Read More »

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NYT Selling Off Its Broadcast Network

By | Tuesday September 12, 2006 @ 2:34pm PDT

Pinch Sulzberger announced to the staff today that, after a year of rethinking strategy for The New York Times, he’s made ”some very hard choices about what kind of company we are going to be five years down the road. Regrettably, in an … Read More »

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Reviews Are In for New Movie iTunes Only Selling Disney Pics: Thumbs Down!

By | Tuesday September 12, 2006 @ 10:35am PDT

Disney’s Bob Iger took the stage at Apple’s “It’s Showtime” special media event in San Francisco today as Steve Jobs unveiled a new version of the iTunes store selling downloads of movies and videogames. The dog-and-pony show also debuted a revamped Ipod lineup including a specially adapted-for-movies 5th generation iPod with 80G storage, … Read More »

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DHD Is Having Technical Difficulties

By | Monday September 11, 2006 @ 1:18pm PDT

All day. They should be ironed out by Tuesday. Thanks for your patience.

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Johnny Depp Joins Billion Dollar Club

By | Saturday September 9, 2006 @ 2:31pm PDT

Walt Disney Pictures announced today that its Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest joined the Billion Dollar Club box office benchmark. Behind only Titanic and Lord of the Rings 3, P2 has topped the overseas box office for 9 … Read More »

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Ben Affleck Wins Venice Best Actor, But His ‘Hollywoodland’ Lags At Theaters; This Weekend’s Box Office Pulls Up Lame; Sony Horror Pic ‘Covenant’ Limps To #1

By | Saturday September 9, 2006 @ 9:01am PDT

SUNDAY: Lousy box office at movie theaters was the entertainment story this weekend as Sony yet again boasts the No. 1 movie. Audiences continued their lust for horror movies as The Covenant opened with $3.1 million in 2,681 theaters Friday … Read More »

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ABC’s 9/11: Big Mystery! Where’s Disney Chairman George Mitchell In This Mess?

By | Friday September 8, 2006 @ 3:53pm PDT

There are many inexplicable facets to this huge political controversy over ABC’s The Path To 9/11 mini-series. But in my view the most bewildering is the whereabouts of Disney’s nonexecutive chairman George Mitchell. He’s long been known as the ultimate Compromise Broker, which is what this ruckus needs. But he’s Missing In Action, … Read More »

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ABC’s 9/11: Chief Disney Lobbyist Raises $$$ For GOP Midterm Candidates

By | Friday September 8, 2006 @ 12:45pm PDT

I’m not sure why this hasn’t been dwelled on during the ABC The Path to 9/11 controversy, but remember this the next time the network asserts it is even-handed politically: Disney’s chief lobbyist, Preston Padden, is one of Washington D.C.’s … Read More »

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Amy Pascal Made Sony Pic Co-Chairman (Uh, Supposed To Happen A Year Ago)

By | Wednesday September 6, 2006 @ 1:28pm PDT

So Amy Pascal today was named co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and extended her employment contract to infinity. Well, until 2011. Wait a minute. I was told this was supposed to happen last year. In fact, right around the time Sony … Read More »

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Reality TV Goes Wild: ‘Big Brother’ Threat

By | Wednesday September 6, 2006 @ 10:53am PDT

My latest lalogo.gif column, Savage TV, asks the question: Are the contestants turned into psychos, or are they psychos waiting to happen? Reality TV is turning into Savage TV. First freak shows. Then, over the weekend, freak accidents. Now it’s freakin’ … Read More »

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Geffen To Redstone: Hire Jeffrey. Redstone to Geffen: No.

By | Tuesday September 5, 2006 @ 5:58pm PDT

Dreamworks.jpgI’m told David Geffen is telling pals he did call up Sumner Redstone this morning and did suggest that the Viacom octogenarian hire Jeffrey Katzenberg to run the whole she-bang. (Of course, Freston’s fired … Read More »

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Wherefore Were Thou, Tom Freston?

By | Tuesday September 5, 2006 @ 5:48pm PDT

I’m told that Viacom executive chairman and founder Sumner Redstone was so effin’ eager to fire Tom Freston that the big boss spent the day frantically looking for his underling in order to invite him up to his Beverly Park mansion in that fancy schmancy gated community … Read More »

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The 411 On Tom Freston’s Firing

By | Tuesday September 5, 2006 @ 8:58am PDT

Just ask yourself these questions: Why is Sumner Redstone the only person on the planet who doesn’t believe he’s mortal? Could he be a bigger rat bastard for lopping off the head of his once fair-haired boy after only 9 … Read More »

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Nicolas Cage’s ‘The Wicker Man’ Bombs; Beaten By Mark Wahlberg’s ‘Invincible’

By | Saturday September 2, 2006 @ 9:44am PDT

LABOR DAY UPDATE: Nicolas Cage’s career continues in freefall as his new movie, The Wicker Man, bombed badly, opening only in 3rd place. The poorly reviewed film made just $2.8 million Friday and $3.5 million Saturday for what was an anemic $11.7 … Read More »

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