‘Ratatouille’ Roasts Rivals, ‘Die Hard’ #2; Michael Moore’s ‘Sicko’ Has Healthy Debut

By | Friday June 29, 2007 @ 11:55pm PDT

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SUNDAY AM: Disney / Pixar’s Ratatouille cooked up a winning recipe as America’s No. 1 movie, opening big with $47.2 mil this weekend from a bountiful 3,940 theaters. bruce.jpgSurprisingly, it performed equally well on … Read More »

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RIP: GMA Entertainment Critic Joel Siegel

By | Friday June 29, 2007 @ 6:55pm PDT

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I didn’t know Joel Siegel personally until I started Deadline Hollywood Daily. So I was incredibly flattered when he emailed me one day saying he was a huge fan of the website, and loved reading my caustic Oscar commentary. Joel rightfully patted himself on … Read More »

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Does Bruce Die Hard Or Get Ratatouille’d?

By | Friday June 29, 2007 @ 6:23am PDT

livefreeordiehard_teaser2.jpgFRIDAY AM: Yes, it’s the start of another nailbiter for gross receipts this summer weekend as blockbusters bust a move in movie theaters. Right now my box office gurus are saying the totals for both films by Sunday look neck-and-neck: between $40 … Read More »

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How Many In Hollywood Scored iPhones?

By | Thursday June 28, 2007 @ 10:52pm PDT

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Jay Leno tonight speculated that the iPhone for sale Friday comes with “its own cappucino maker and nose hair trimmer”. I hear the Hollywood version has an assistant whacker. It’s no biggie if you score the Ultimate Hand Job tomorrow. Surest sign … Read More »

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Thumbs Up By NYU Journalism For DHD

By | Thursday June 28, 2007 @ 9:56pm PDT

Among the millions of blogs, these are some of our favorites:

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According to the webzine produced by New York University’s Department of Journalism, DHD was one of the 20 “Blogs We Like” chosen for study by the undergraduate course ”Digital … Read More »

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So Germany’s Film Ban Isn’t Due To Tom?

By | Thursday June 28, 2007 @ 3:13pm PDT

All I can say is that I sincerely hope the future talk about United Artists is more focused on film profits than on Tom Cruise’s Scientology. (See my previous: Germany Bans Tom’s Latest UA Film.) … Read More »

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WSJ Reporters Stage Big Murdoch Protest

If you had trouble reaching a Wall Street Journal reporter this morning, that’s because many wsjlogo.jpgwho belong to the union chose not to show up for work across the country until this afternoon. It’s been described to me … Read More »

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NYSE Says No Moore to ‘Sicko’ Director

sicko_bigposter.jpgEXCLUSIVE: I just confirmed that Sicko documentary creator Michael Moore was barred from making a scheduled media appearance inside the New York Stock Exchange today. His publicist says it was because he and a group of nurses intended to call … Read More »

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Hollywood Agency Wars: Client Jumps

By | Thursday June 28, 2007 @ 10:00am PDT

caa1.bmpScreenwriter/director Zak Penn (wrote and helmed Incident at Loch Ness, co-writer of X-Men: The Last Stand) has left Endeavor for CAA.

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Limato’s Negotiations With ICM In Limbo

By | Wednesday June 27, 2007 @ 3:50pm PDT

I know that Ed Limato’s negotiations with ICM are very fluid right now since his contract is up this month. But there’s an interesting push-pull surrounding this legendary motion picture agent. So consider this Part II to my original Rumor of ICM’s Limato To CAA ‘Ridiculous’Read More »

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Influential Harvard Grads In Hollywood?

By | Wednesday June 27, 2007 @ 12:58pm PDT

harvard_logo.gifUgh, the lamebrains who ask me for Hollywood info. The latest is the magazine 02138 – described as “devoted to, but not affiliated with, Harvard” – that’s compiling a supposed list of 100 Influential Harvard Grads including infotainment. But the mag seems totally clueless … Read More »

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Tom Cruise Is Finally Shown The Money

By | Wednesday June 27, 2007 @ 10:40am PDT

money10.jpgI’m told Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner have completed that $500 million production financing arranged by Merrill Lynch for United Artists. (This had been in the works for months and months.) There should be an announcement before … Read More »

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At Least They Kept Their Sense Of Humor

By | Wednesday June 27, 2007 @ 9:35am PDT

universal_logo121.jpgWhen the Universal execs realized that their Evan Almighty wasn’t going to do boffo box office, they started thinking up possible headlines that the media would use to report the opening weekend numbers.
First place? ”Evan Not So Mighty”.

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Exactly Why I So Love Hollywood, Part II

By | Tuesday June 26, 2007 @ 10:29pm PDT

UPDATE: I thought it sounded familiar. Turns out this latest email skirmish was picked up by the media back in 2002, so read the full exchange here. But the insults traded by these witty wounded egos made another go-round in Hollywood under the banner, “If you enjoyed Saperstein vs Strickler, then you’ll adore … Read More »

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‘Transformers’ Opening July 2, NOT July 3

By | Tuesday June 26, 2007 @ 9:34pm PDT

dpar.jpgI’ve never seen Hollywood studios so slippery when it comes to box office as they’ve been this blockbuster crowded summer. Here’s the latest example: I was told as late as yesterday – yesterday – by Paramount that it was still … Read More »

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This Is Exactly Why I So Love Hollywood

By | Tuesday June 26, 2007 @ 12:43pm PDT

sixmillion.jpgPeople know Endeavor agent Tom Strickler has a deliciously arch sense of humor. People also know that Richard Saperstein used to work for Bob Shaye at New Line, and now toils for Harvey and Bob Weinstein as prez of production at … Read More »

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MySpace Pair Looking To Loot News Corp

By | Tuesday June 26, 2007 @ 9:12am PDT

dewolfe_anderson.jpgEXCLUSIVE: I’m told that MySpace founders Chris DeWolfe and Tom Anderson have made a very aggressive (some would term it rather fanciful) compensation proposal to owner News Corp for when their contract is up in October. They’re asking Peter Chernin … Read More »

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Harv’s Board Hiring CEO To Run Company

By | Monday June 25, 2007 @ 4:27pm PDT

missingharvmilk2.jpgRemember when Harvey Weinstein told me, “Now I have to go back to being Harvey” and refocus on the movie biz? That was back in April after Grindhouse bombed. Well, it’s not even his choice anymore. … Read More »

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Has LA Times Turned Hollywood Tabloid?

By | Monday June 25, 2007 @ 2:36pm PDT

There are a lot of insufferable pricks in Hollywood. Risa Shapiro isn’t one of them. Even agency rivals like and respect the ICM agent who helped take many actors and actresses including Julia Roberts, Jennifer Connelly, Andie MacDowell, Hugh Grant, David Duchovny and Rosie O’Donnell from obscurity to worldwide fame. Nor is she even an ICM … Read More »

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