Top 10 Actress Earners? On What Planet!

By | Thursday November 30, 2006 @ 3:41pm PST

So I’ve read The Hollywood Reporter‘s annual list of highest earning actresses and about some in the Top 10 all I can say is: ON WHAT PLANET? Here are my reasons:

nicole.jpg1. Nicole Kidman, makes … Read More »

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The 411 On CAA Starting To Lose Clients

By | Thursday November 30, 2006 @ 1:44pm PST

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Comments On My Screenwriter Column…

By | Thursday November 30, 2006 @ 12:36pm PST

Among the incredible reactions to my latest lalogo.gif column, Screenwriters In The Shit, come these two astute comments:

“An interesting side note is how well some of the New York based scribblers are doing. Tony Gilroy, David Koepp, John Hamburg, Richard … Read More »

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2007 Sundance Film Festival Lineup

By | Wednesday November 29, 2006 @ 1:26pm PST

Here’s the lineup for the 2007 Sundance Film Festival (January 18-28). Brett Morgan’s docu Chicago 10 will open the fest. A total 64 films have been selected to compete for the best new work categories. A total 122 feature films … Read More »

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While Mr. $4 Mil Akiva Goldsman Fiddles, More Accomplished Movie Scribes Burn

By | Wednesday November 29, 2006 @ 12:03pm PST

My latest lalogo.gif column, Screenwriters In The Shit, examines today’s desperate situation in Hollywood: while Akiva Goldsman fiddles, more accomplished movie scribes burn. It puts into context my exclusive last week … Read More »

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How To Fight Hollywood’s Caste System

By | Wednesday November 29, 2006 @ 10:33am PST

The findings of this report on casting aren’t a surprise, but the fact that they justify legal action against the Hollywood caste system is. A new study by the UCLA School of Law and UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center finds that Latino, black, Asian American and Native American actors have few acting … Read More »

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Pam Anderson/Kid Rock ‘Borat’ Bust-Up: What’s Ron Meyer Got To Do With It?

By | Wednesday November 29, 2006 @ 9:57am PST

Here’s what interests me — well, more like confuses me — about the Pam Anderson/Kid Rock Borat bust-up: This happened at Ron … Read More »

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Pellicano: Woman Who Got Away Indicted

By | Tuesday November 28, 2006 @ 2:23pm PST

If at first the feds do not succeed, they try, and try, again. So word from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Los Angeles today is that a federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment against former SBC phone employee Joann Wiggan last … Read More »

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‘Casino Royale’ Biggest Global Bond Ever; #1 Pic Overseas With $224+ Mil Already

By | Sunday November 26, 2006 @ 7:23am PST

bondprepar.jpg007 so far is doing Da Vinci Code-like biz in all 50 countries where it’s opened No. 1 (except the U.S. where it opened No. 2). There were 18 new international debuts for Casino Royale (in Paris Read More »

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Tap Dancin’ Baby Mumbles Hot Xmas Toy: ‘Happy Feet’ No. 1, ‘Casino Royale’ No. 2; It’s ‘Deja Vu’ (#3) At The U.S. Box Office

By | Thursday November 23, 2006 @ 12:28pm PST

babymumbles.jpgSUNDAY AM: Happy T-Bird weekend, and get out of the way for the mall stampede as shoppers try to score one of the hottest toys this holiday season: Happy Feet‘s Baby Mumbles, on sale … Read More »

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EXCLUSIVE: New $ High for Screenwriter

By | Wednesday November 22, 2006 @ 10:38am PST

akiva.jpgI’m about to give all the Hollywood moguls indigestion before they’ve even taken a bite of their Thanksgiving meal. That’s because I’m told that Akiva Goldsman, who adapted Dan Brown’s worldwide bestseller into … Read More »

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RIP: John M Higgins, Astute B&C Editor

By | Tuesday November 21, 2006 @ 3:33pm PST

What a shock that Broadcasting & Cable‘s business editor John M. Higgins is gone at the age of 45 (Monday night, of a heart attack). Like most good journalists, he had a way of establishing an instant and easy intimacy … Read More »

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RIP: Robert Altman 1925-2006

By | Tuesday November 21, 2006 @ 9:07am PST

Robert Altman, the director and writer and producer known for his originality and creativity, died at age 81. Who didn’t love his movies? I thought, as a tribute, I’d reprint a portion of his speech accepting the Honorary Academy Award during the 78th Oscar broadcast. (He never won an Oscar, but should have): “I’ve always said… Read More »

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Another Pellicano Trial Delay: August 22

By | Monday November 20, 2006 @ 5:50pm PST

Pellsmaller.jpgU.S. District Court judge federal Dale Fischer today postponed the racketeering and wiretapping trial of Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano until August 22. Originally scheduled first for October and then for February, the trial keeps … Read More »

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Kramer Apologized On Dave Tonight With Seinfeld’s Help; Behind The Meltdown: Comedy Clubs Are Cesspools Of Hate

By | Monday November 20, 2006 @ 1:24pm PST

kramer.jpgUPDATE: I’m told arrangements were made by none other than Jerry Seinfeld himself for Michael Richards to go on Letterman via satellite tonight. Video here. “Kramer” made a major apology on Dave’s Late Show which had … Read More »

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PHOTO FINISH! Birds Beat Bond For #1; ‘Happy Feet’ Runs Away With Matinees; But 007 Opens Huge No. 1 In 27 Countries

By | Friday November 17, 2006 @ 3:41pm PST

danielbond.JPGSUNDAY AM: (Refresh for latest) Whose numbers to believe? Sony officially tallied the Casino Royale weekend take at $40.6 mil, lower than any rival studio’s estimate, and Warner Bros. officially put Happy Feet at … Read More »

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Sitrick/BWR: No Love Lost, But No Faking

By | Thursday November 16, 2006 @ 11:33pm PST

When I first heard about bad blood between two major showbiz flackeries, Sitrick and Company and BWR, I was intrigued enough to look into it. Well, it had to do with BWR bringing in crisis specialist Sitrick and Company for representation of Ryan … Read More »

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Tracking: Birds #1 & Bond #2 in U.S.? ‘Casino Royale’ UK Biggest 007 Opening

By | Thursday November 16, 2006 @ 1:00pm PST

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FRIDAY UPDATE: Friday U.S. Matinees: Bond Beating Birds

THURSDAY UPDATE: I’m told Casino Royale with Daniel Craig is … Read More »

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Film Threat’s 2006 ‘Frigid 50′ List

By | Thursday November 16, 2006 @ 12:14pm PST

I love Hollywood lists. I even love those flack-phonied-up Hollywood lists about “Best Feet” which are little more than an excuse just to mention actor clients who can’t get any other ink. Best of all are the cynical lists. So Film Threat has issued its annual 2006 “Frigid 50″ List … Read More »

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