More Side Deals Signed With WGA

By | Thursday January 31, 2008 @ 1:10pm PST

The WGA has announced new interim agreements with The Film Department and Intermedia. wga-side-deals.JPGThe deals are similar to agreements the WGA recently reached with RKO Productions Inc, Lionsgate, Marvel Studios, Yari Film Group, Anonymous Content/Overt Operations, The Weinstein Company, United Artists, Sidney … Read More »

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‘Old Christine’ Remembers Its BTL Crew

By | Thursday January 31, 2008 @ 9:20am PST

julia-louis-dreyfus.jpgJust thought I’d let you know that the crew of New Adventures of Old Christine just got checks of $1,000.  The card said: “To Our Old Christine Friends:  We miss you and hope we’ll be together soon.  Keep the faith.  With … Read More »

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Chernin Returns To WGA Talks Friday

By | Thursday January 31, 2008 @ 8:56am PST

Inbetween sneezing and sniffling and gulping Theraflu, I’ve been told that the WGA-mogul negotiations get a kick-start on Friday when Peter Chernin returns from London and rejoins the talks in person. He’s also cancelled his Super Bowl tickets for Sunday in order to stay in town. I can’t post a lot today because … Read More »

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ADVISORY: Down With Bronchial Flu

By | Wednesday January 30, 2008 @ 11:30am PST

Trying to rally today. If not, then tomorrow. I’m so sorry.

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Rumors About ICM’s Jeff Berg “Untrue”

By | Tuesday January 29, 2008 @ 2:33pm PST

jeff1.jpgLet me knock down that rumor making the rounds that Jeff Berg is supposedly leaving ICM on April 15th as far as any operating capacity is concerned and will just stay on the board. Sources tell me that not only does Berg … Read More »

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More Sources Say More WGA Progress

By | Tuesday January 29, 2008 @ 1:53pm PST

“Things are looking very good,” I’m told.

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Director Quits Uni’s ‘Wolfman’ Remake

By | Tuesday January 29, 2008 @ 8:41am PST

wolfman2.jpgStart your engines, agents, because this is a prime project to slot in one of your many out-of-work directors. I have no doubt that Universal will find another helmer by the end of the week after Mark Romanek quit Universal’s … Read More »

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“Speechless”: Maggie Gyllenhaal

By | Tuesday January 29, 2008 @ 8:01am PST

Cast: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Zoe Kazan, Allyson Sereboff, Diana Paschal
Creative: George Hickenlooper, Alan Sereboff, Jill Kushner, Dean Alioto
Technical: Zachary Mortensen, Ghost Robot-Tripod, Scott Beardslee, Antonio Arroyo, Allyson Sereboff Roman Martynyuk, TCS (camera equipment), Dean Alioto, Robert Campbell, Chad Carter, Clint Bennett
Special Thanks: Galit and Michael Gold, Russo’s Avenue B Pizzeria
Music: Anthony … Read More »

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“Speechless”: Jennifer Jason Leigh

By | Tuesday January 29, 2008 @ 7:53am PST

Cast: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brian Cox, Nicole Ansari
Creative: George Hickenlooper, Alan Sereboff, Jill Kushner, Dean Alioto
Technical: Zachary Mortensen, Michael Simmonds, Antonio Arroyo, Allyson Sereboff, Roman Martynyuk, TCS (camera equipment), Bravo Studios (Location), Eclectic Encore (Props), Dean Alioto, Chris Burns, Robert Campbell, Chad Carter, Clint Bennett
Music: Anthony MarinelliThis is the latest … Read More »

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Feb. 27 Pellicano Trial Won’t Be Delayed

By | Monday January 28, 2008 @ 3:54pm PST

pellicano1.jpgThere was a status conference in the Pellicano case this morning. Several things were discussed: disgraced entertainment attorney Terry Christensen’s motion to stay the case or to continue the trial was denied as well as his request to dismiss his indictment. So, … Read More »

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SOURCES: Terry Semel Looks At New Line

By | Sunday January 27, 2008 @ 11:12am PST

terry_semel.jpgEXCLUSIVE: I’m told that Terry Semel wants back in the movie biz in a big way. His pals know he’s been working on something big behind the scenes. “I’m looking at everything,” Semel is saying privately. But now … Read More »

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Harvey Wants Another ‘Rambo’ Even Though Sly Can’t Beat ‘Spartans’ Spoof; Likes “Idea Of An Older Guy Kicking Ass”

By | Sunday January 27, 2008 @ 8:39am PST

rambo_galleryposter.jpgSUNDAY AM: I just got off the phone with Harvey Weinstein whose Weinstein Co is co-distributing Rambo with Lionsgate, and he’s remarkably bullish on Sly Stallone’s prospects especially overseas. Harv estimated that Rambo, which took in $18.1 mil from 2,751 … Read More »

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URGENT! Talks Status Report: Optimism

By | Friday January 25, 2008 @ 4:40pm PST

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I’m told the informal writer-mogul meetings are going “in a positive direction” enough so that it’s beginning to look possible for the Academy Awards to proceed normally. Friday’s was an especially productive session, I’ve learned. “I feel optimistic. In my opinion, today … Read More »

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Add RKO To List Of WGA Side Deals

By | Friday January 25, 2008 @ 2:07pm PST

The side deal for RKO Productions Inc, a subsidiary of RKO Pictures, is similar to agreements the WGA recently reached wga-side-deals.JPGwith Lionsgate, Marvel Studios, The Weinstein Company, United Artists, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Spyglass Entertainment, MRC, Jackson Bites, Mandate Films, and Worldwide … Read More »

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DHD Update: Getting Up To Speed

By | Wednesday January 23, 2008 @ 8:36pm PST

I’m reading thousands of emails and returning hundreds of phone messages. Back today with full-time posting as soon as I get up to speed. I’m feeling great.

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Finke To Goldstein: Do The Write Thing

By | Tuesday January 22, 2008 @ 4:47pm PST

Patrick, you and I are longtime pals. We like each other personally. But professionally we usually find ourselves on the opposite sides of the Hollywood spectrum. You rarely write about a mogul or exec you don’t like. I rarely write about a mogul or exec I like. You think the … Read More »

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HOLLYWOOD CEOS FINALLY GET SERIOUS! Moguls Return For Informal WGA Talks; Writers Abandon Reality & Animation; Grammys Won’t Be Picketed; Can Oscars Be Saved? Tick-Tock…

By | Tuesday January 22, 2008 @ 3:40pm PST

Here is the message just sent to membership by WGAW president Patric Verrone and WGAE president Michael Winship showing that the WGA-AMPTP negotiations have entered a new phase:

“We have responded favorably to the invitation from the AMPTP to enter into informal talks that will help establish a reasonable basis for

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Advisory: Oscar Noms/DGA Deal Analyses

By | Tuesday January 22, 2008 @ 2:20am PST

Separate commentaries coming much later today (hopefully), though the two stories are related. Still, it seems so futile to focus attention on the Academy Awards right now when we don’t know if there’ll even be a real Oscars.

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SOURCES: Bob Shaye’s New Line Contract Won’t Be Renewed By Time Warner Boss

By | Monday January 21, 2008 @ 9:15pm PST

robertshaye.jpgEXCLUSIVE: I’m told that New Line Cinema founders Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne are meeting with Jeff Bewkes this week to talk about their contracts which expire this year. Sources say it’s virtually certain that the studio pair … Read More »

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