Well, this is a surprise since I’m so accustomed to these things going the other way. I’m told that ICM has hired Andrea Nelson Meigs, who is Beyoncé’s CAA agent. According to sources, it looks like the singer, who’s being touted for an Oscar for her lead role in Dreamgirls, will leave CAA to follow her to ICM. Meigs starts Monday in the motion picture department. She is that rarity in Hollywood: an African-American agent. (Note to all you agency heads: you really, really need to start better diversifying your rosters of agents. This whole white-boys-rule thing you’ve got going is just wrong.) A child actress and a graduate of Duke Law, Meigs began her career in the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office. Talk about a leap of faith — she left there for CAA’s mailroom where she paid her dues for 4 1/2 years until making agent in 2000. She’s married to entertainment lawyer John V. Meigs, Jr. The agent took a leave of absence from CAA last year after her daughter was born. A one-time child actress, Meigs appeared in an episode of the TV show White Shadow.
In other agency news, writer-director M. Night Shyamalan left UTA for CAA on the heels of his Lady In The Water tanking badly. Jim Carrey made the same jump during the summer after 15 years at UTA.
Deadline Hollywood Daily is back up, with a slightly different look to accomodate more advertising. There will be a lot of new features coming online, so stay tuned. This weekend, the site should pass 5 million page views after only eight months out.
This is a needed feature I’m starting for Saturdays: my round-up of what’s new and hot in entertainment from Village Voice Media alternative newspapers across the country. Trust these alt-weeklies to know about the … Read More »
SUNDAY AM: I’m told it was another boffo box office weekend for Borat. The Fox spoof from the HBO comedy stylings of Sacha Baron Cohen raked in $9.7 million Friday and $11.3 mil for … Read More »
Peter Bart’s Variety column today asks the question, about Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto, “Will the very community that understandably has been offended by Gibson’s inebriated diatribes be willing to pass fair judgment on his artistic contributions?” How interesting — because I asked that same question, and answered it, here back on September 24: … Read More »
OK, here’s the latest tracking news from my gurus: 007′s Casino Royale which is getting good reviews, is “getting to … Read More »
FYI: As DHD approaches 5 million page views since the site went up in March, its look is going to change ever so slightly next week so it can accomodate a lot more advertising. I’ve made certain this won’t interfere with the content. Many thanks.
I heard about this around 5 pm today, then tried to find out details why threatened ex-journalist Anita Busch (and her lawyers) decided to include the ex-CAA chairman and ex-Disney president in her civil lawsuit against Anthony Pellicano and others for directing, organizing, commanding, employing and/or hiring individuals to engage in what is only generally … Read More »
My new column, Deal Or No Deal, compares what’s happening with Eli Broad, Ron Burkle and David Geffen and the Los Angeles Times/Tribune Co. to NBC’s hit game show and asks the question: Broad, Burkle, Geffen… when it comes to the … Read More »
My latest column, Stars Get Caught In Hirsch’s Hornets Nest, is my exclusive account all about the names dropping and allegations flying as showbiz legal eagle Barry Hirsch sits in L.A. Superior Court. Here’s how it begins:… Read More »
Latest news on the Los Angeles Times front: Reportedly, Los Angeles billionaires Eli Broad and Ron Burkle have jointly submitted a bid to acquire Tribune Co., owner of television stations, newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Cubs baseball team. The offer was made through affiliates of Mr. … Read More »
Not exactly a surprise, especially to my readers. So now let’s see who has the guts to quit in solidarity (LA Times Editors Loyal To Baquet Said To Have A ‘Suicide … Read More »
Here’s the link to The New York Times annual Holiday Movies preview featuring the makings of a New York Oscar campaign, Emma Thompson, Will Smith, a brand new flock of penguins and more. And, all I can say, is: I’m … Read More »
UPDATED Sunday AM: Wow, were all those box office guru predictions for this weekend wrong! I’m told Fox’s Borat, though playing in just 837 theaters, shocked the experts and became the No. … Read More »
Wow, massive print coverage on Tom Cruise’s takeover of United Artists, but little of it as cynical as my posting yesterday how this was hardly more than out of … Read More »
Count on Sony not to miss a merchandising opportunity now that James Bond is in the ‘hood. In celebration of the 21st 007 film Casino Royale, Sony Electronics oh-so-proudly urges consumers to buy its product tie-ins, aka the Limited Edition James Bond 007 Spy Gear. The “Bond-branded beauties” — how much time … Read More »
UPDATE: The 411 On Tom’s Partner Paula Wagner
So I exhaustingly spend the entire night working, and finally go to sleep in the wee hours, and I wake … Read More »