SHOCKER: Charlie Koones Exits Variety

By | Wednesday November 28, 2007 @ 10:10am PST

koones.jpgI just got off the phone with Charlie who laughed when I asked if this was another one of those “I’m leaving to spend more time with my family” job exits. ”While I adore my family, this isn’t about that. And … Read More »

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“Speechless” #15: ‘Just What’s On The Page’ (Josh Brolin, James Franco)

By | Wednesday November 28, 2007 @ 9:48am PST

CAST: (in order of appearance): Demi Moore, Martin Sheen, Dulcy Rogers, Marguerite Moreau, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Deitrich Bader, Olivia Wilde, Marcia Cross, Chris Redman, Josh Brolin, Jenna Elfman, Elizabeth Pena, Polly Shannon, Kamala Lopez, James Franco
Director: Paul Haggis
Producer: Kamala Lopez
D of P: Dana Gonzales
Sound: Justin Shumaker
Editor: Kamala Lopez
Technical Team: Joel Marshall, … Read More »

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CBS Writers Considering Dec 10th Strike To Disrupt Network’s Presidential Debate

By | Wednesday November 28, 2007 @ 8:08am PST

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The WGA is saying that CBS news writers are ‘cbs_news.jpg‘strongly considering” a December 10th strike date. The timing appears to be an attempt by union leadership to disrupt CBS plans for a presidential debate the same … Read More »

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EXCLUSIVE: Talks Day #2 Still Friendly But Unproductive; “Game Of Chicken”

By | Wednesday November 28, 2007 @ 4:43am PST

Tuesday was the day that the writers and the producers were supposed to start considering “new business” during their resumed contract negotiations. But, instead, they just kept focused on old business. Day #2 was supposed to be ”when they really start advancing the ball forward” and “where the rubber can … Read More »

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More From Letterman’s Late Show Writers

By | Tuesday November 27, 2007 @ 9:22pm PST

lateshowstriker.jpgI find lateshowwritersonstrike.com consistently the funniest strike blog out there. Some recent gems you may have missed:

BILL SCHEFT’S STRIKE RELATED DAVE-TYPE MONOLOGUE JOKE OF THE DAY: The hookers in Times Square, God Bless ‘em, are now offering their … Read More »

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Horror Writers Strike Up Warner Exorcism

By | Tuesday November 27, 2007 @ 7:28pm PST

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Here are the deliciously sick photos from today’s “Studio Exorcism” picketing stunt outside Warner Bros organized by the WGA’s horror writers Scott Kosar (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2003 and The Amityville Horror 2005), Jace Anderson (Crocodile, Rats, Crocodile 2) and Adam Gierasche (who co-wrote … Read More »

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WGA Scolds Carson Daly For Returning ‘To Support Staff’ And Seeking Scab Jokes

By | Tuesday November 27, 2007 @ 6:07pm PST

dalychimp.JPGI should start this post by noting that everyone I know, young and old, doesn’t get lunkhead NBC’s Last Call host Carson Daly’s appeal. Indeed, I’ve seen chimps with better TV charisma and good looks and interviewing skills. And yet NBC at the time was so … Read More »

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WGAE “Solidarity” Rally Reveals Celebfest

By | Tuesday November 27, 2007 @ 5:47pm PST

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wgaemarg.jpgToday’s Writers Guild of America East (WGAE) and Labor Community Solidarity Rally held in NYC’s Washington Square Park was a major celebfest. Almost 1,000 members of the labor community were on hand, including striking writers from … Read More »

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Fox Searchlight Wins 11 Indie Spirit Nods

By | Tuesday November 27, 2007 @ 4:13pm PST

Paramount Vantage, Miramax, Focus Features and The Weinstein Co grabbed 5 each. But the biggest problem facing the 2008 indie honors held February 23rd (a day before the Oscars during what’s always a much livelier broadcast) is that most of the well awarded films have barely registered at the box … Read More »

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URGENT! Streisand Endorses Hillary

By | Tuesday November 27, 2007 @ 1:15pm PST

What a horserace this 2008 Democratic race for the White House is turning out to be. No, not the candidates but the Hollywood endorsements.

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WGA Horror Writers Plan Studio Exorcism

By | Tuesday November 27, 2007 @ 10:40am PST

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Today, some kooky WGA members have scheduled a very spooky protest at 11:30 AM PT that involves presumably fake priests and nuns throwing holy water at Warner Bros Studios. (Oh, yeah, this so-called “studio exorcism” is just gonna thrill Barry Meyer and Alan Horn…) “In a town where … Read More »

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EXCLUSIVE: Today’s Talks Productive; “Reasonableness Ruled The Day”

By | Monday November 26, 2007 @ 9:09pm PST

I am thrilled to give you a report on how today’s much-anticipated resumed contract talks went between the writers and the producers. And they went well, according to my sources. “It was very productive, very level-headed, and it seemed as though the producers came ready to bargain,” an insider told … Read More »

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Variety’s Motto: Better Late Than Never

By | Monday November 26, 2007 @ 8:47pm PST

How interesting that, more than 15 hours after I filed my report, Dare We Hope A Deal Has Been Struck…?, Variety has finally caught up. Without credit, of course.

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“Speechless” #14: Susan Sarandon & Chazz Palminteri

By | Monday November 26, 2007 @ 3:00pm PST

CAST: Susan Sarandon, Chazz Palminteri
CREATIVE TEAM: George Hickenlooper, Alan Sereboff, Kamala Lopez, Jill Kushner
MUSIC: Anthony Marinelli
TECHNICAL TEAM: Joel Marshall, Justin Shumaker, Clint Bennett

This is the 14th of the Writers Guild Of America member-conceived Internet videos for Project “Speechless” featuring A-list Screen Actors Guild talent. For the first … Read More »

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“Speechless” #13: Ed Asner

By | Monday November 26, 2007 @ 2:00pm PST

CAST: Ed Asner
CREATIVE TEAM: George Hickenlooper, Alan Sereboff, Kamala Lopez, Jill Kushner
MUSIC: Anthony Marinelli
TECHNICAL TEAM: Joel Marshall, Justin Shumaker, Clint Bennett

This is the 13th of the Writers Guild Of America member-conceived Internet videos for Project “Speechless” featuring A-list Screen Actors Guild talent. For the first time in … Read More »

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TOLDJA! Warner’s Jeff Robinov Promoted

By | Monday November 26, 2007 @ 12:16pm PST

robinovhorn.jpgHere’s my post from October 12th that reported this would happen and my column from LA Weekly that fleshes out the story. So the Warner Bros news release was just sent to me about Jeff Robinov’s promotion … Read More »

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“Speechless” #12: SPEECHLESS ANTHEM

By | Monday November 26, 2007 @ 9:00am PST

CAST: David Schwimmer, Kate Beckinsale, Chic Eglee, Susan Sarandon, Benito Martinez, Walton Goggins, Sean Penn, Richard Benjamin, Paula Prentiss, Paula Garces, Garry Marshall, Lizzy Caplan, Holly Hunter, John Amos, Gary Dourdan, Matthew Perry, Bill Hader, Robert Patrick, James Lemar, Joshua Jackson, Matthew Modine, Bill Macy, Andre Benjamin … Read More »

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Dare We Hope A Deal Has Been Struck…?

By | Monday November 26, 2007 @ 2:38am PST

strikeillust71.jpgMONDAY PM EXCLUSIVE REPORT: Today’s Talks Productive: “Reasonableness Ruled The Day”

As the WGA strike begins its 4th week, I’ve been told positive news about today’s resumption of contract talks … Read More »

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Thank You, Readers…

By | Sunday November 25, 2007 @ 11:16pm PST

I’m very aware that The New York Times and Bloomberg Financial News would not be writing about my Deadline Hollywood Daily website Monday if it weren’t for your support. Here’s the NYT piece, ”Alternative Journalist’s Web Site Is Scrutinized for Writers’ Strike News.” The Bloomberg story has posted, too, but it has errors.

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