She’s The Hostess With Oscar’s Mostest: Everyone Who’s Anyone Goes To Dani’s

By | Friday February 23, 2007 @ 2:05am PST

daniclint.jpgWhen it comes to Oscars, there’s only one party that really matters: Dani Janssen’s. It’s the most private, the most star-studded, the most relaxed in town. Only my pal Dani is a bundle … Read More »

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DHD Will Be Live-Blogging The Oscars: Come For The Cynicism And Subversion

By | Thursday February 22, 2007 @ 11:57pm PST


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Could Sunday’s Oscars Be Longest Ever? Right Now, Show Cutting, Cutting, Cutting

By | Thursday February 22, 2007 @ 4:27pm PST


UPDATED THURSDAY PM: Sunday night’s Academy Awards telecast could end up the longest on record. That’s the prediction I’ve been given by one VIP who helps oversee this 79th Oscars and is therefore in a position to know. Sad but probably true, since this … Read More »

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DHD UPDATE: Our One-Year Anniversary!

By | Thursday February 22, 2007 @ 3:21pm PST

This year’s Academy Awards coincides with another event, albeit a tiny one: it’s almost Deadline Hollywood Daily’s one-year anniversary. The website went up last Oscar weekend (March 3, 2006), and my immense thanks to everyone (and anyone) who’s reading it. DHD now has … Read More »

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Now Come Out The Truth And Lies, #2

By | Thursday February 22, 2007 @ 12:48pm PST

matthews.jpgMeanwhile, insiders tell me that Hillary Clinton’s communications director Howard Wolfson may be pushed out sooner rather than later and that senior campaign adviser Ann Lewis already is taking more of a top role in … Read More »

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Now Come Out The Truth And Lies, #1

By | Thursday February 22, 2007 @ 12:17pm PST

lou_dobbs.jpgI’m told that CNN yesterday had a heck of a time trying to find anyone in Hollywood or politics willing to go on air and disagree with David Geffen re the Hillary-Obama Read More »

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Right-Wing Having a Field Day With This

By | Thursday February 22, 2007 @ 12:12pm PST


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Getty Images Growing Showbiz Photo Biz

By | Thursday February 22, 2007 @ 10:42am PST

Because of our sick obsession with images of celebrities, it’s one of the fastest growing categories in the visual content business. Today, Getty Images, the world’s leading creator and distributor of visual content, announced it has entered into an agreement to purchase WireImage, one of the leading creators of entertainment and event imagery, … Read More »

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UPDATE: Geffen In Clinton-Obama Drama: Hillary Demands Obama Disavow/Cut All Ties; Obama Camp Issues Quick Refusal; Hillary Misrepresents Geffen-Obama Role; Is She ‘Trying To Gin Up A Controversy’?

By | Wednesday February 21, 2007 @ 10:38am PST


UPDATED (keep refreshing for latest): Hollywood’s David Geffen has suddenly become THE campaign issue between two of the Democratic candidates running for president on the heels of last night’s huge Obamamania … Read More »

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Movie Moguls And Democratic Candidates

By | Tuesday February 20, 2007 @ 4:16pm PST

hwooddemocrats.jpgAnd just whom are some movie studio heads really backing for president? Publicly, most claim they haven’t made a decision yet while they give to all the Democratic candidates who’ve announced a run for the … Read More »

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Giuliani’s Hollywood Coup Is A Grey Area

By | Tuesday February 20, 2007 @ 5:47am PST

Did Rudy Giuliani’s camp get too far out in front of its recent claim of a forthcoming endorsement and fundraising push from one Hollywood mogul?

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Remember, Vote For Oscars Early & Often

By | Tuesday February 20, 2007 @ 1:51am PST

Almost over: final polls for the 79th Academy Awards close at 5 p.m. PST today.

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Their Big Fat Satellite Radio Wedding…

By | Monday February 19, 2007 @ 12:21pm PST

sirius.jpgSo, finally, satellite radio operators XM and Sirius announce today they’re going to merge. Which means Howard Stern and Martha Stewart will pair up with Oprah Winfrey and Ryan Seacrest. (Like they’re not … Read More »

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‘How High Do We Jump, Mr. Spielberg?’

By | Monday February 19, 2007 @ 10:57am PST

dreampar.JPGWell, Steven Spielberg has achieved immediate results after complaining publicly that Paramount was grabbing credit for DreamWorks movies. Look at this tortured clarification which a Paramount publicist issued by email today to … Read More »

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‘Ghost Rider’ Sets Record For Biggest Prez Wkd Opener; ‘Bridge to Terabithia’ No. 2

By | Saturday February 17, 2007 @ 9:28am PST

nicolas_cage4.jpgMONDAY AM: Ghost Rider gunned the Marvel / Sony marketing engine for No. 1 as the biggest Presidents Day Weekend opening ever by a big margin. It sped to a whopping $44.5 million for Fri-Sat-Sun and $51.5 mil for the four-day holiday. Even though critics were lukewarm at best about the action film based on the popular Marvel comic book, it beat previous record holder 50 First Dates ($45.1 mil for the four-day holiday). Ghost Rider is the biggest film opening so far in 2007 — and Nicolas Cage’s biggest since 2003′s National Treasure because he’s been in a slump at the box office. Audience breakdown for the film is 62% male and 38% female with 55% under age 25 and 45% are age 25 and older. On the other hand, newcomer Walden / Disney’s children’s fantasy Bridge To Terabithia received wonderful reviews which propelled it into 2nd place for the weekend with $22.2 mil for Fri-Sat-Sun and $27.6 mil for the four-day holiday. With the long weekend stretching ahead of parents, the pic received a nice Saturday and Sunday kiddie bounce. DreamWorks’ one-week holdover Norbit starring Eddie Murphy in multi-roles was the surprise No. 3 considering that five new films came into the marketplace, all of which made over $10 mil for the three-day weekend. (Its cume as of Monday is $62.7 mil.) Pic made $16.8 mil for Fri-Sat-Sun and $20.7 mil for the four-day holiday. Read More »

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Bad Timing For Disney’s Legal Pooh-Pooh

By | Friday February 16, 2007 @ 10:40pm PST

tigger.jpgIn light of Disney losing a federal court ruling revealed today over Winnie the Pooh rights, I’m told that the Disney Channel is getting ready to unveil its My Friends Tigger & Pooh cable TV … Read More »

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Is Disney Now In Deep Legal Pooh-Pooh?

By | Friday February 16, 2007 @ 6:42pm PST

There’s an important federal court ruling revealed today having to do with Disney and rights to the Winnie the Pooh character. The case is Clare Milne et al v. Stephen Slesinger Inc., U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 02-8508.
I defer to Bloomberg’s story:

pooh.jpgDisney Loses Court Ruling Over Winnie the Pooh Rights: By Edvard Pettersson. Feb. 16 (Bloomberg) — Walt Disney Co., the world’s second-largest media company, lost a court bid to void the rights to the Winnie the Pooh characters held by Stephen Slesinger Inc. U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper ruled yesterday in Los Angeles federal court that Disney and the granddaughters of Pooh author A.A. Milne and illustrator Ernest Shepard can’t challenge a licensing agreement struck with Slesinger in 1983. The ruling, disclosed on the court’s Web site today, eliminates a procedural hurdle to Slesinger seeking more than $2 billion in damages from Disney. Disney had tried to terminate Slesinger’s rights to characters the media company has marketed for more than four decades. Slesinger acquired the rights from Milne in 1930. ‘This is definitely a setback for Disney,’ said Carole Handler, an intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner in Los Angeles. ‘They tried to dismantle the license of the party that has been most troublesome to them in court.’ The ruling is part of a larger 16-year legal battle between Disney and Slesinger that’s being fought in state and federal courts and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Last week, Los Angeles-based Slesinger asked the Patent Office to cancel rights to 25 Pooh-related names obtained by Disney since 1996. Disney ‘was not the owner of the registered marks at the time that these filings were made,’ Slesinger said in a petition. The company was ‘at most, only a licensee.’ Read More »

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WHY? LA Times Targets Hollywood Mogul; …This Is Tabloid Journalism At Its Worst

By | Friday February 16, 2007 @ 2:33pm PST

target_practice.gifHollywood, beware: the Los Angeles Times has decided to pursue the type of tabloid journalism associated with the National Enquirer. I have learned that reporter Kim Christensen is working on an article about studio mogul Ron … Read More »

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This Prez Weekend Pics: Ghost Rider #1, Tyler Perry #2, Hugh Grant #3, Bridge #4

By | Thursday February 15, 2007 @ 4:32pm PST

nicolas_cage4.jpgMarvel / Sony’s Ghost Rider opens this holiday weekend and my box office gurus are sticking to their prediction of $35+ mil. (Pic could aim at Daredevil-like box office “but $45 mil looks … Read More »

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