AMPTP’s Nick Counter Stays On Message

By | Monday October 29, 2007 @ 1:06pm PDT

TV Week Q-&-A published today shows Nick Counter, president of the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers, is still breathing fire. He calls the WGA demands “so over-the-top and unreasonable”. Here’s what I found interesting:

TVWeek: How do things change for you once they have the power to call a

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Instead Of CAA Partners Taking A Pay Cut

By | Monday October 29, 2007 @ 12:52pm PDT

caa2.bmp… A rumor is making the rounds that CAA will fire up to 10 agents in the very near future supposedly because they’re “underperformers”. Or to trim down pre-strike?

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Jeff Zucker’s PR Machine Works Overtime

By | Monday October 29, 2007 @ 11:17am PDT

zucker2.jpgHow nice to know that, while a major Hollywood strike looms, Jeff Zucker has nothing better to do today than get his knob shined by CEO Pornster Ken Auletta over breakfast at an event sponsored by the Newhouse School … Read More »

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Screenwriters Videoed In Their Day Jobs

By | Monday October 29, 2007 @ 10:34am PDT

strikeillust3smaller.jpgSince everyone needs humor now, here’s a very funny 1-minute video from WGA members Gregg Rossen and Brian Sawyer about what Hollywood screenwriters will be doing for day jobs post-strike. Featured are Paul Guay (Liar, Liar), Doug … Read More »

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STRIKE COUNTDOWN: WGAW’s Verrone Forsees ‘Rumors, Lies, Even Threats’ And ‘Low-Ball 11th Hour Offer’ By AMPTP

By | Sunday October 28, 2007 @ 9:19pm PDT

Tonight, WGA West President Patric Verrone issued to members this pre-strike email obtained by me. It paints an ugly picture of what lies ahead for the next three days until the guild’s contract expires. He warned members about “a climate of fear on both sides” and a producers’ strategy of “brinkmanship [that] will likely … Read More »

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Weekend Sickos Scream For #1 ‘Saw IV’

By | Saturday October 27, 2007 @ 10:21am PDT

sawiv_bigtheatricalposter.jpgSUNDAY AM: Given that the Hollywood writers strike is pending against the studios and networks and could come as soon as midnight on Halloween, weekend box office seems like an absurd after-thought. So do the gross receipts when the No. 1 … Read More »

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Federal Mediator Will Attend WGA Talks; Writers Focus On New Media & Internet

By | Friday October 26, 2007 @ 6:12pm PDT

SATURDAY AM UPDATE: I’m told that a federal mediator is coming to the contract negotiations on Tuesday. The WGA says it’s at the suggestion of AMPTP, but the producers say the decision was mutual by both sides. A producers’ source explains: ”A federal mediator is assigned at the beginning of any major negotiation and has … Read More »

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WGA/AMPTP Talks Update: Still Going On

By | Friday October 26, 2007 @ 5:16pm PDT

I’m told both sides have been meeting all day and it’s still going on even at this late hour. That has to mean actual negotiations are taking place. I’m told this is a good sign. I’ll let you know what’s happened in today’s session as soon as I hear. Could sanity prevail? Or … Read More »

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Now Dick Parsons Can Ruin NYC As Mayor

By | Friday October 26, 2007 @ 4:03pm PDT

twtop.jpgC’mon, he should have been thrown out of Time Warner with Gerry Levin years ago. After all, Teflon Dick was just as culpable for that abysmal AOL deal. So it’s a day late and a dollar short if he … Read More »

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Hey, Barbara & Diane: You’re Obsolete. Owen Tells All Post-Meltdown To MySpace

By | Friday October 26, 2007 @ 2:56pm PDT

In a savvy bit of News Corp synergy, The Darjeeling Limited‘s star Owen Wilson tonight at midnight airs his first interview since his September suicide attempt on owenmyspace.JPGThis was the result of … Read More »

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Blu-ray/HD DVD: Which Hollywood Studio Is Accused Of ‘Big Ass, Fat, Stupid Lie’?

By | Friday October 26, 2007 @ 10:43am PDT

transformers-dvd.jpgHere’s yet another gory round in that ongoing HD vs Blu-ray extreme death match between heavyweight Hollywood studios to see which DVD format is left standing at the end:

UPDATE: Two rival Blu-ray studios which prefer to remain nameless tell me … Read More »

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Tricks & Treats At WGA Strike Talks Today (…And, Yes, I Know All About The Chairs)

By | Thursday October 25, 2007 @ 4:06pm PDT

2ND UPDATE/New Info Throughout: Sources are telling me that today’s negotiating session between the writers and producers can be summed up in two words: “Not pretty.”

Just as I’ve told you for days and days and days what would happen, the … Read More »

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Rose McGowan Wasn’t The Reel Story…

By | Thursday October 25, 2007 @ 3:56pm PDT

robertandrose.jpgI’m surprised no one has set the record straight yet about why Universal passed on Robert Rodriguez’s Barbarella remake since there’s been so much bullshit reporting about it. “He’s getting a bum rap here,” one Uni exec told me … Read More »

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Will FCC Investigate Rupert’s WSJ Buy?

By | Thursday October 25, 2007 @ 1:56pm PDT

michaelcopps.jpgI just heard that FCC commissioner Michael Copps is demanding an inquiry into News Corp.’s purchase of The Wall Street Journal. In a letter to FCC Chairman Kevin Martin today, the Democrat expressed worry that a single company will be in control … Read More »

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Maria Shriver Has Quit TV News Biz … Because Of Anna Nicole Smith Sideshow

By | Thursday October 25, 2007 @ 1:42pm PDT

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Ah-nold’s newscaster wife Maria Shriver who used to do a ton of celebrity stories for NBC News and Dateline cites the media circus over the death of Anna Nicole Smith as the reason why she won’t resume her TV … Read More »

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A Preview Of Tonight’s Leno Monologue (…That Is, If He Weren’t On Vacation)

By | Thursday October 25, 2007 @ 12:51pm PDT

Headline: “VP Cheney Nods Off During Meeting on California Wildfires”. Video here. I’m told that, unfortunately, Jay and Dave and Conan are all in re-runs this week (because they always take the week before a Sweeps Month off.)

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Celebrity Fawning At Its So Fatuous Best

By | Thursday October 25, 2007 @ 10:15am PDT

jolie_esquire07_1b.jpgAttention Hollywood flacks: here’s a nightmare for you… There’s an ongoing discussion by journalists over what qualifies as “The Worst Celebrity Profile Ever Written”. Slate‘s Ron Rosenbaum started it off in June by nominating Tom Junod’s summer piece on Angelina … Read More »

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More Hollywood Heat From The Fires…

By | Thursday October 25, 2007 @ 2:52am PDT

In addition to my own postings about DreamWorks moguls David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg in Malibu during the fires here and here and here, I’ve just combed other news stories and culled this showbiz-related coverage:

kiefersutherland.jpgPerhaps the hardest-hit entertainment … Read More »

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Finke/LA Weekly: Strike Happy H’wood

By | Wednesday October 24, 2007 @ 10:50pm PDT

In my latest lalogo.gif column, Strike Happy, I pulled together much of my reporting about the strategy and snarking behind the scenes at the WGA and AMPTP. It begins:

“As the strike deadline draws near,

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