Finke/LA Weekly: LA Times’ O’Shea Hits Back At NY Times’ Keller; “Somebody Sitting In NY Isn’t A God Of Journalism”

By | Wednesday January 31, 2007 @ 5:27pm PST

My new lalogo.gif column, Goodbye Baquet, Hello O’Shea, [plus today's 1st update and 2nd update] features an interview with recently installed Los Angeles Times editor Jim O’Shea. (I’ll be posting the full Q-and-A online here tomorrow.) And the Chicagoan came out fighting. … Read More »

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Another LAT Showbiz Reporter Exits

By | Wednesday January 31, 2007 @ 1:21pm PST

LA Times entertainment biz reporter (and I use that term loosely) Claire Hoffman has given her proverbial two weeks’ notice to go work for Portfolio, the Conde Nast monthly business magazine where Amy Wallace is working. Here’s background.

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Small Explosion Inside CAA’s New Home

By | Tuesday January 30, 2007 @ 4:52pm PST

News reports say several people were slightly injured in a small explosion inside the building that’s CAA’s new Century City digs. I hope everyone recovers fully.

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Their Dinner About Brad… Sumner Feasts

By | Tuesday January 30, 2007 @ 2:33pm PST

dinner-parties.jpgOn Saturday night, two tables of moguls and their wives were wined and dined at TV & movie producer Leonard Goldberg’s swanky home at a dinner party in honor of that geriatric Viacom jerk Sumner Redstone. … Read More »

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Eisner Busy Building Private Media Co.

By | Tuesday January 30, 2007 @ 1:41pm PST

We all heard the other day that Michael Eisner is an investor in the Internet TV network Veoh, an ad-supported YouTube-like consumer-generated video site that claims 4 million unique monthly users. Here’s more on what FrankenEisner is up to during his post-Disney days. … Read More »

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LAT’s Fired Dean Baquet Lands At NYT: Returning As Washington Bureau Chief

By | Tuesday January 30, 2007 @ 8:22am PST

baquet1.JPGUPDATED THROUGHOUT DAY: Dean Baquet, the fired editor of the Los Angeles Times, has landed at The New York Times as Washington Bureau Chief and Assistant Managing Editor. His return follows the Tribune Co.’s … Read More »

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Billionaire Saves Bankrupt Air America; Franken Leaving Radio Network Feb. 14

By | Monday January 29, 2007 @ 12:48pm PST

al-franken.JPGFormer Saturday Night Live comedian and bestselling political author Al Franken announced on his radio show this morning that struggling Air America has been saved by the New York real estate developer brother … Read More »

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Going & Gone From The Showbiz Beat

By | Thursday January 25, 2007 @ 4:57am PST

kkelly1.jpgI’m told that the Wall Street Journal‘s very good showbiz reporter in the Los Angeles Bureau, Kate Kelly, is heading back to the NYC headquarters to cover Wall Street. Family reasons are behind … Read More »

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The Day Scooter Libby Met Tom Cruise…

By | Thursday January 25, 2007 @ 1:09am PST


Just when you think the news out of Washington can’t get any more bewildering… I hear that Tom Cruise’s name, and that of his then girlfriend Penelope Cruz, have surfaced during … Read More »

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DHD Update: I’ll Head Out Of Town Soon

By | Wednesday January 24, 2007 @ 7:25pm PST

Fair Warning: I’ll be heading out of town for a few days beginning Friday. DHD posting will be lighter. Please communicate all news tips to me through email rather than phone until I’m back. (My public email is

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Finke/LA Weekly: The Scars Of Oscars

By | Wednesday January 24, 2007 @ 6:27pm PST

My new lalogo.gif column, The Scars Of Oscars, adds some fresh analysis to my previous online posting. Do read the whole column, but here are some excerpts:

“The negatives, not positives, will decide this year’s Academy Awards. That’s par for the course … Read More »

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Here’s Oscar Tally By Hollywood Agency

By | Wednesday January 24, 2007 @ 1:46pm PST

caalogo-thumb.jpgNo wonder CAA wants to talk about sports these days. (Surely you saw that they’ve hired another three warm bodies, this time execs, to run CAA Sports division.) Maybe because they don’t want to talk about the Oscars. That’s right, things are not going … Read More »

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Ryan, I Hardly Knew You…

By | Tuesday January 23, 2007 @ 6:17pm PST


I’m writing my LA Weekly column so I won’t get back to Oscar analyzing here until later. (Thanks for all your cool comments. And, yes, I was channeling a filthy-mouthed gaffer named Bick.) But, in the meantime, I want to update you … Read More »

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Since It’s Tuesday, More Sundance Deals

By | Tuesday January 23, 2007 @ 5:42pm PST

More deals from Sundance…

  • Weinstein Co. and Fox Searchlight bought La Misma Luna for $5 mil.
  • Weapons sold to After Dark, the folks who gave you American Haunting.
  • Details later.

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    Oh, No: Rupe to the Chandlers’ Rescue

    By | Tuesday January 23, 2007 @ 4:59pm PST

    Those muffled wimpering sounds you hear emanating from Spring Street are Los Angeles Times staffers frightened by today’s news that Rupert Murdoch has entered the battle for Tribune Co. The Financial Times reports this afternoon that News Corp. has joined the Chandler family in its bid for Tribune “with an eye to taking a stake … Read More »

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    79th Oscar Nods: Dreamgirls’ Nightmare; United 93 Crashed; Mel’s Mayans Mauled

    By | Tuesday January 23, 2007 @ 5:48am PST

    It sucks having to wake up in total darkness for the 5:38 a.m. Oscar nominations, much less analyze them at that obscene hour. So be sure to keep clicking here throughout the day. Because I get nastier with every caffé latte. There’s so much to say about this morning’s 79th Academy Award nods. Let’s start

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    Pellicano Hearing: NYT Covering Itself

    By | Monday January 22, 2007 @ 10:23pm PST

    Speaking of one of The New York Times‘ Hollywood correspondents (see Big NYT Hollywood Coverage Shake-Up below), how curious that Pellicano Scandal reporting duo of staffer David Halbfinger and freelancer Allison … Read More »

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    The Horror of CAA’s ’424′ (Part Deux)

    By | Monday January 22, 2007 @ 9:41pm PST

    I’m told that if you try to reach CAA at what should be its new phone number, (310)288-2000, it’s the main fax line of another Hollywood talent agency, Paradigm. Now we know why CAA got stuck with (424)288-2000. What a laugh riot. Reminder, CAA … Read More »

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    Big NYT Hollywood Coverage Shake-Up

    By | Monday January 22, 2007 @ 6:32pm PST


    EXCLUSIVE: I’m told of big news affecting Hollywood coverage by The Paper Of Record: The New York Times is shaking up its personnel. L.A.-based movie editor Michael Cieply will now become one of the newspaper’s Hollywood reporters. And former … Read More »

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