This Weekend: ‘Superbad’ #1, ‘War’ #2, ‘Nanny Diaries’ #3; Summer 2007 Record

By | Thursday August 23, 2007 @ 12:29pm PDT

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Sony’s Superbad should continue as No. 1 this weekend. Down 40% or less would be a big show of strength for this low-cost coming-of-age comedy from producer Judd Apatow (who’s now officially a mogul in my opinion). My box … Read More »

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If Only Showtime Had HBO’s Promo Dept

By | Thursday August 23, 2007 @ 12:09pm PDT

duchovny.jpgHilarious that it’s taken until today for The New York Times‘ Bill Carter to declare HB-Over. (I guess Les Moonves didn’t tell him what to think about it until now.) I already did it June 12th (… Read More »

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David Lynch: World ‘Moved On’ From Film

By | Thursday August 23, 2007 @ 9:48am PDT

david-lynch.jpgIdiosyncratic David Lynch doesn’t give many interviews, so it’s worth looking at MTV’s little one on the occasion of the newly released DVD of his digital pic, Inland Empire, featuring more than an hour of additional scenes (more of his actors … Read More »

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Bonus Time Won’t Be Happy Time At CAA

By | Wednesday August 22, 2007 @ 6:37pm PDT

Wow, CAA just keeps cutting back and cutting back. While partners Bryan Lourd, Richard Lovett and Kevin Huvane are paying themselves $15 million a year, caalogo.jpgtheir tenpercentery is buzzing that the bonuses for the agents who work … Read More »

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DHD Update: Postings Resume Tonight

By | Wednesday August 22, 2007 @ 5:43pm PDT

Thanks for your patience. And your continuing tips!

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Michael Bay Switches Support To HD-DVD

By | Tuesday August 21, 2007 @ 4:00pm PDT

This is hilarious. A few hours after director Michael Bay declared “No Blu-Ray, No ‘Transformers’ 2!” (and nearly gave poor Paramount boss Brad Grey a panic attack), he has backtracked. By the way, to answer all your questions about my personal views, I honestly don’t care which format takes over; … Read More »

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Death Deal For Tribune Pensions OKayed

By | Tuesday August 21, 2007 @ 11:27am PDT

News reports say Tribune Co shareholders today formally voted to approve an $8.2 billion plan to take the company private. The company said 97% of the shares cast OKed the $34-a-share buyout led by a group that includes Chicago real estate tycoon Sam … Read More »

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Director Michael Bay Says To Paramount: No Blu-Ray, So No ‘Transformers’ Sequel!

By | Tuesday August 21, 2007 @ 9:58am PDT

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UPDATE: Michael Bay Changes Mind

There’s more fallout today from yesterday’s announcement that Paramount has gone from supporting both Blu-ray and HD DVD formats to just the losing high-def format HD. An obviously vexed Michael Bay wrote in a forum posting … Read More »

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Will the Last Limato Assistant To Leave ICM Please Turn Off The Lights?

By | Tuesday August 21, 2007 @ 8:11am PDT

ICM didn’t renew the contract of Jim Osborne, whose clients included Hayden Christensen and who is another former Ed Limato protégé. The agency expects to retain Jim’s clients.

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‘Lone Survivor’ Book To Be Universal Film

By | Monday August 20, 2007 @ 10:47am PDT

lone-survivor.JPGI just heard that Universal won the negotiations and acquired (not just optioned) The New York Times No. 1 non-fiction bestseller Lone Survivor and Navy Seal author Marcus Luttrell’s underlying life rights for seven figures. (I hear … Read More »

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Apatow’s ‘Superbad’ Superbetter: $33M

By | Monday August 20, 2007 @ 10:20am PDT

Sony’s Superbad had a better than expected Sunday so the official weekend total is now $33 mil, not just $31 mil. “We had an exceptional hold, one of the best I have ever seen, and it looks like we will be only down about 2% off of Saturday’s number.” See … Read More »

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UPDATE: Desperation Move & Cash Grab? Or Bloodier Blu-ray/HD-DVD Format War?

By | Sunday August 19, 2007 @ 11:46pm PDT

hdstudios.JPGMONDAY AM UPDATE: Here’s the official Hollywood announcement today. Note how there’s no mention of the money Paramount (I’m told $50 million) and DreamWorks Animation (I’m told $100 million) is receiving for “promotional consideration” from the HD … Read More »

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‘High School Musical 2′ Breaks TV Records

By | Sunday August 19, 2007 @ 12:08pm PDT

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News reports say early Nielsens show that Friday’s premiere of The Disney Channel’s made for TV High School Musical 2 was the most-watched basic cable television program of all time. With 17.2 million viewers, it was also the most-watched basic cable movie of all time, … Read More »

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‘Superbad’ Trounces Competition & Helps Summer 2007 Stay On Track For Record

By | Sunday August 19, 2007 @ 7:49am PDT

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SUNDAY AM: It was the 6th “up” weekend in a row in overall summer box office which looks increasingly likely to set a new record for 2007. Summer to date’s domestic box office revenues of $3.82 billion (Media By Numbers) this year already have passed … Read More »

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Who Knew There Was Talent At Morris?

By | Saturday August 18, 2007 @ 3:34pm PDT

On Friday, a William Morris assistant sent out an email (see below) to scores of the agency’s staff members and some outsiders as well. wma.jpgThis is a lesson in what assistants should never do. Shai Steinberger (Harvard ’04) worked … Read More »

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Why Didn’t LA Times’ Chuck Philips Use U.S. Attorney Statement About Seagal?

By | Saturday August 18, 2007 @ 2:28pm PDT

chuckphillips.jpgIn Friday’s article about Steven Seagal and the Pellicano scandal, Los Angeles Times staff writer Chuck Philips regurgitated claims about the conduct of the U.S. Attorney’s office from one of Seagal’s attorney’s, Jan L. Handzlik. … Read More »

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More On Merv & The Hollywood Reporter

By | Saturday August 18, 2007 @ 1:03pm PDT

I’m told that The Hollywood Reporter‘s newly named editor Elizabeth Guider misled Merv Griffin’s people. logo_hollywood-reporter.gifThey were told by her on Friday that Ray Richmond’s claims about the TV legend’s personal life had been removed from the paper’s website … Read More »

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Sick Of Bloated Blockbusters, Filmgoers Flock To Small Teen Comedy ‘Superbad’

By | Saturday August 18, 2007 @ 7:01am PDT

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SUNDAY AM: Sony’s Superbad did supergood at the domestic box office this weekend as the studio told me Judd Apatow’s low-cost coming of age comedy opened with a surprisingly big $31.2 million from 2,948 theaters. … Read More »

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Ben’s ‘Bring Back Sexy’ NBC Peacock Tatt

By | Friday August 17, 2007 @ 4:17pm PDT

peacock-ben.JPGI love Ben Silverman because he’s the gift that keeps on giving me material. Another day, so another antic. His latest took place at Tuesday’s one-day retreat in Santa Monica at Shutters On The Beach for NBC Entertainment and Universal … Read More »

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