Deals, Deals & More Sundance Deals…

By | Monday January 22, 2007 @ 5:45pm PST
  • Waitress sold to Peter Rice’s Fox Searchlight. Studio puts price at $4 million worldwide (but I heard $5 mil). Starring Keri Russell, written and directed by the late Adrienne Shelley. Searchlight outbid Miramax, Focus among other distribs for this sweet pic.
  • Fox Searchlight also shelled out $4 mil for worldwide rights to
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    Want Superbowl XLI Tickets? Ask CAA*

    By | Sunday January 21, 2007 @ 8:07pm PST

    *Since CAA’s IMG-acquired sports agents Tom Condon and Ken Kremer rep Peyton Manning, the Indianapolis Colts quarterback who’s headed to Miami to play the Chicago Bears. caalogo-thumb.jpgIt was the largest comeback in AFC and NFC championship game history. In terms of … Read More »

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    Sundance Suckering Still The Story

    By | Sunday January 21, 2007 @ 5:11pm PST

    sundancefilmfestival.JPGMy old lalogo.gif column, The Sundance Suckers, is as true today as when I wrote it back in 2003. I don’t get all … Read More »

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    H’wood Will Never Forget Art Buchwald

    By | Sunday January 21, 2007 @ 4:47pm PST

    Art Buchwald, who passed away Wednesday, will always be remembered in Hollywood because the  columnist / writer helped establish the parameters of what “net” means in the movie business. “Hey, buddy, have you found any more money in Paramount’s books?” the comedian inquired with his trademark impish grin when his celebrated Los Angeles trial … Read More »

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    Link to LA Weekly’s Daily Sundance Blog

    By | Saturday January 20, 2007 @ 12:25pm PST

    I highly recommend the Sundance blog being kept by my LA Weekly colleague, film critic Scott Foundas. Check out his opener stories, and stay tuned for his daily insights. As for me being there, sorry, but I don’t do cold. Unless I’m paid to.

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    Biz Fallout From Roy E. Disney’s Divorce?

    By | Saturday January 20, 2007 @ 12:05pm PST


    Huge surprise (even to his publicist) about Roy E. Disney, who looks so eeerily like his late uncle Walt, divorcing his wife of 51 years, Patricia. And so sad, like Mickey and Minnie splitting up. All I can say is … Read More »

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    Post Golden Globes: #1 ‘Stomp’-ing B.O.; ‘Queen’, ‘Babel’, ‘Dreamgirls’ All Helped

    By | Saturday January 20, 2007 @ 10:12am PST

    goldenglobesbrad.jpgSUNDAY AM ANALYSIS: The Golden Globes broadcast last Monday did exactly what it’s supposed to: help the winning films. While the Hollywood Foreign Press Association behind the show is meaningless, the awards are a … Read More »

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    Ross Johnson Exits Freelance For Flackery

    By | Friday January 19, 2007 @ 8:18pm PST

    I’m busy on a project, but I thought I’d pass along this in the meantime: Los Angeles freelance journalist Ross Johnson who now and then covered the Hollywood beat has gone to work for Sitrick & Co. A while ago, he used to work for the Los Angeles Daily Journal legal newspaper, and … Read More »

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    Burkle/Broad: Details of ‘Da Boys’ Bid: They Now Want TV Group + Newspapers; Their Meetings With Both Baquet & Hiller

    By | Thursday January 18, 2007 @ 1:07am PST


    Wow, was the Tribune Co. punked, or what? That was some lousy auction since none of the bidders offered to pay a premium to swallow the company whole. Broad/Burkle have put in a bid, and so have the Chandler family, who … Read More »

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    Finke/LA Weekly: Brad’s Boorish Globes

    By | Wednesday January 17, 2007 @ 5:18pm PST

    My latest lalogo.gif column, Brad Grey’s Performance Less Than Golden, examines what people were saying about the Paramount honcho’s behavior at the Globes, and in recent weeks during this awards season, involving Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, table-hopping, the press room, … Read More »

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    The Horror, The Horror, Of CAA’s 424

    By | Wednesday January 17, 2007 @ 10:16am PST

    caalogo-thumb.jpgNow that CAA has finally made the move to its new office digs at 2000 Avenue Of the Stars — known as the “hole” building — in Century City (sorry, but I don’t think I can be funnier … Read More »

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    Who Is America’s Favorite Movie Star?

    By | Tuesday January 16, 2007 @ 2:20pm PST

    denzeltom.jpgWho woulda thought? Denzel Washington was the No. 1 movie star for 2006, (after dropping off the Top 10 list in 2005), according to the annual Harris Poll which I’ve managed to put my hands on today. … Read More »

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    Pellicano To Re-Marry Kat & Re-Hire Attys

    By | Tuesday January 16, 2007 @ 12:39pm PST

    Make up your mind, Anthony. First, he and Kat Pellicano divorced in 2002 after an 18-year marriage. Now I’m told they’re going to re-marry. When I phoned Kat today, she declined at this time to confirm or deny my report of her pending … Read More »

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    CAA Vultures Circling Basketball Stars

    By | Tuesday January 16, 2007 @ 9:57am PST

    caalogo-thumb.jpgBack in April, I wrote extensively about the vultures at CAA circling the sports management business by hiring some top sports agents repping football and baseball stars. And I also reported how this was CAA prez … Read More »

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    Golden Globes: My Running Awards Blog

    By | Monday January 15, 2007 @ 6:10pm PST

    At the 64th annual Golden Globes. First came the surprise arrival of Jack Nicholson, who’d been ill. Then the awards show began and, right now….


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    Jack Nicholson Shows For Golden Globes

    By | Monday January 15, 2007 @ 5:51pm PST

    jack.jpgJack Nicholson showed up at the Golden Globes (he’s a 7-time Globe winner, and was nominated again tonight but did not win) despite reports that he’s been sick for months. But his pals “hope … Read More »

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    Will Broad/Burkle Bid For Tribune Co? Well, Mogul Frank Biondi Is Advising

    By | Monday January 15, 2007 @ 5:18pm PST

    No one still knows anything about the future of the Los Angeles Times. But Hollywood will remember Frank Biondi, the ex-Viacom and Universal mogul who it turns out is helping advise the Broad / Burkle duo. (Biondi’s Big Media bonafides also aided Carl … Read More »

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    Yes, Network Chiefs Have Favorite Pilots

    By | Monday January 15, 2007 @ 4:47pm PST

    tellem1.jpgNetwork suits may say they love all their shows, but they really do have favorites. I’m told that CBS Paramount Network TV Entertainment Group prez Nancy Tellem’s pet pilot is the one about 1970s suburban … Read More »

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    ABC Ent Prez McPherson ‘Lost’ His Lunch

    By | Monday January 15, 2007 @ 4:11pm PST

    lost.jpgI love that ABC Entertainment prez Steve McPherson suffered major heartburn when the Lost executive producers announced an end game to the TV Critics Association (TCA). Saying that X Files is their “cautionary tale” … Read More »

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