Will Smith About To Be Oscar-Touted

By | Monday October 23, 2006 @ 2:44pm PDT

Over the next weeks, several articles in the “Important Media” will tout Will Smith as a Best Actor shoo-in for his dramatic role in Sony Pictures’ The Pursuit of Happyness. Given the upcoming critics’ awards, Golden Globes, and other pre-Academy Award nonsense, this probably isn’t too early to be shouting Oscar though the movie … Read More »

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Does Bigger Media = Better Media? Nope!

By | Monday October 23, 2006 @ 1:46pm PDT

Four new academic studies were presented at a news conference today under the headline, Does Bigger Media Equal Better Media? (MediaOwnershipReport). The new research focuses on how the concentration of media ownership affects media content, from local news reporting to … Read More »

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Burkle vs Ovitz: Together Again In Court

By | Monday October 23, 2006 @ 12:06pm PDT

Billionaire Ronald W. Burkle is scheduled to answer questions today regarding the strength of his multi-million dollar lawsuit against Michael Ovitz, according to the City News Service. The lawsuit, filed in February 2005, alleges Ovitz breached an oral agreement to share investment opportunities they were supposed to make jointly. Attorneys for Ovitz last … Read More »

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Does Ari’s Mom Have A Secret Recipe?

By | Sunday October 22, 2006 @ 3:03pm PDT

Endeavor Agency’s Ari Emanuel talks several times a day to his brother, U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel, who is masterminding the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s midterm elections. There’s a well-reported piece on Rahm in today’s Washington Post (Fighting For Read More »

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UPDATE: Clint’s ‘Flags Of Our Fathers’ Unfurls Only No. 3; ‘The Prestige’ Proves Magical #1; Scorsese’s No. 2 ‘Departed’ Has Legs; Sofia Coppola’s ‘Marie’ So-So

By | Saturday October 21, 2006 @ 7:43am PDT


eastwood-lac2-f.jpgSUNDAY AM: I’m told there was some sleight of hand at the box office Friday as the expected No. 1 movie, Clint Eastwood’s … Read More »

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William Morris On The 90212 Move

By | Friday October 20, 2006 @ 4:10pm PDT

So CAA and ICM are moving to Century City as we all know. Now William Morris is trading places too, only staying within Beverly Hills. (I hear the BH mayor is thrilled.) The purpose of the move is to consolidate all … Read More »

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Sherry Lansing Pledges To Write “Scrupulously Honest” Memoir

By | Friday October 20, 2006 @ 2:48pm PDT

So the first thing I asked Sherry Lansing today is: Are you going to tell the truth? Because she’s signed to write a memoir with Crown’s Harmony Books in a deal negotiated by her agent Lynn Nesbit. When I reached … Read More »

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Rupe Predicts “Pretty Quick Resolution” With Malone “If Liberty To Be Believed”

By | Friday October 20, 2006 @ 12:50pm PDT

Today was News Corp.’s shareholder meeting, and in my view it rock-’n-roll’ed. According to news reports on the scene, there was Rupert Murdoch withstanding a blistering attack from the chairman of the family values-advocacy group Parents Television Council, Leon Weil, … Read More »

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UPDATE: Did CAA Free Some Agents?

By | Friday October 20, 2006 @ 9:55am PDT

UPDATE: CAALogo-thumb.jpgFor two days now, I was hearing that CAA was going to free some agents. Then I was told that CAA last night let go of as many as six agents, including four minorities. I was given names. But I may … Read More »

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‘Dreamgirls’ Trailer: One Of The Best

By | Thursday October 19, 2006 @ 7:03pm PDT


I meant to post this last night, but I’ve been ill for the past 24 hours. The Dreamgirls trailer premiered Wednesday night during MTV’s reality show Laguna Beach. And it was one of the best I’ve ever seen. It manages with a lot … Read More »

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EXCLUSIVE: Bert Fields Can Put Pellicano Scandal Behind Him; “Done And Over”

By | Wednesday October 18, 2006 @ 5:51pm PDT

BertF.jpgEXCLUSIVE: I can report tonight that Hollywood superlawyer Bert Fields is virtually free and clear of almost every aspect of the Pellicano case, including the wiretapping and conspiracy accusations which federal prosecutors have been … Read More »

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Finke/LA Weekly: Ugly Fall TV Season

By | Wednesday October 18, 2006 @ 3:55pm PDT

My latest lalogo.gif column, It’s Ugly Out There, is about the networks throwing mad money at this season’s primetime schedule, but catching only two beauties. This wrapped before The CW cancelled Runaway which was dead last in ratings. Here’s how … Read More »

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Lee Gabler’s Daughter Flees CAA for Endeavor; CAA Partner About To Retire?

By | Tuesday October 17, 2006 @ 3:16pm PDT

Endeavor.jpgAt first it was a hot rumor. Now I have confirmation: Jennifer Gabler Rawlings, a motion picture talent agent at CAA and daughter of CAA partner Lee Gabler, arrived on Endeavor’s doorstep today. She worked closely with Endeavor partners … Read More »

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‘Santa Clause 3′ Is Tracking BIGGER Than Hyped ‘Borat’; Both Head-To-Head Nov. 3

By | Tuesday October 17, 2006 @ 9:10am PDT

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I’m told that, right now, early tracking shows that Santa Clause 3 will be bigger at the box office than the much hyped comedy Borat. “The middle of the country … Read More »

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Sony’s ‘Grudge 2′ Scares Up Top Spot; Scorsese’s ‘The Departed’ Has Legs; Robin Williams Is No ‘Man Of The Year’

By | Saturday October 14, 2006 @ 7:48am PDT

SUNDAY UPDATE: I’m told Sony scored its 12th No. 1 movie opening of the year when horror movie Grudge 2 took advantage of the perfect release time: Friday the 13th. Playing in 3,211 theaters, the movie starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and Amber … Read More »

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Finke/LA Weekly: Dean of Sycophants (And The Paper Drops A Bomb)

By | Friday October 13, 2006 @ 6:07pm PDT

My latest lalogo.gif column Dean Of Sycophants, written and posted early this week, dealt with how much news the Los Angeles Times is not giving its already ill-served readers about its current battle with Tribune Co., its firing and hiring of publishers, and … Read More »

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Why Is David Geffen Selling His $$$ Art?

By | Friday October 13, 2006 @ 9:09am PDT

UPDATE: *Now there’s talk that David Geffen sold a third painting…* Is the mogul selling some of his spectacular art collection to amass a war chest to buy the Los Angeles Times from Tribune Co? Nice to be able to take two paintings off the … Read More »

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LA Times’ Calendar Section In The Dark

By | Thursday October 12, 2006 @ 4:19pm PDT

The Los Angeles Times is in more dire financial straits than previously thought, judging from today’s internal memo from deputy editor for features Sherry Stern: ”Hi all. They’re going to start turning the lights on and off in each area to conserve energy… I’m trying to get a handle on the many … Read More »

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Allan Mayer Partners Up With Leslee Dart

By | Wednesday October 11, 2006 @ 7:22am PDT

AM.jpgSmart of Sitrick and Company’s Allan Mayer to partner with Leslee Dart in the Dart Group’s newly renamed 42West showbiz flacking shop instead of go it alone. (Mayer had indicated there was another shoe … Read More »

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