That Shitty DGA Deal Is At Least A Start…

By | Monday January 21, 2008 @ 8:14am PST

I’ll post starting tomorrow but in the meantime express yourselves intelligently here. Given that the writers may have just enough pre-Oscars leverage over the next three weeks to quickly hammer out something less excremental, that is if the moguls can stop punishing them for striking in the first place, what should that be realistically using the DGA deal … Read More »

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DHD Update: Better But Not Back Yet

By | Monday January 14, 2008 @ 3:36am PST

JANUARY 21ST PROGRESS REPORT: I’m feeling better. But I won’t return to reporting until January 25th. Most of you don’t know that I’m an insulin-dependent diabetic, which greatly complicates my health. I debated whether or not to put it in my first advisory, but I felt entitled to my privacy. Now I wish … Read More »

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There’s A Mike Sucker Born Every Minute

By | Monday January 14, 2008 @ 3:32am PST

So now Michael Ovitz is bringing his “I see into the future” carnival act to the digital crowd who, unbelievable as it sounds, is still impressed with his one-time moniker as “The Most Powerful Man in Hollywood.” You have to wonder if these … Read More »

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Golden Globes Speed Winners

By | Sunday January 13, 2008 @ 5:14pm PST

(And isn’t this how all awards should be announced — fast! But there’ll be no analysis here because, as always, the Globes are meaningless when it comes to the Oscars.)

MOVIES

ATONEMENT (Focus Features), BEST MOTION PICTURE DRAMA

DANIEL DAY-LEWIS, There Will Be Blood (Paramount Vantage/Miramax), BEST DRAMATIC ACTOR

JULIE Read More »

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FORCE MAJEURED! Writer Deals Axed At ABC Studios

By | Friday January 11, 2008 @ 5:58pm PST
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Fox Atomic’s Marketing Operations Fold

By | Friday January 11, 2008 @ 5:55pm PST

Fox Atomic today announced the transition of all marketing operations to 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight “in an effort to reduce redundancies between the companies”. Peter Rice, president of Fox Atomic and Fox Searchlight, announced the restructuring to Fox Atomic employees today. We “realized that with the best commercial … Read More »

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AMPTP AND DGA AGREE TO BEGIN FORMAL CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS; Apted Says “Within Shouting Distance”

By | Friday January 11, 2008 @ 1:11pm PST

dga.jpgThe AMPTP just made this announcement. Talks begin tomorrow and I’m told this news reflects significant “progress.” Indeed, DGA President Michael Apted told members in a letter today “We would not enter negotiations with the AMPTP unless we were within shouting distance … Read More »

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NBC vs Dick Clark Prods Blame Game: Lawyers To Untangle Golden Globes Mess

By | Friday January 11, 2008 @ 12:48pm PST

This is what NBC is just telling me. How confusing… I now have the whole backstory and will posting soon.

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TOLDJA! Paramount Makes It Official

By | Friday January 11, 2008 @ 12:05pm PST

Weeks after my exclusive reporting about Paramount’s behind-the-scenes executive suite shake-up (Paramount Now All Shook Up and … Read More »

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CONFIRMED! NBC Cancels Golden Globes Newscast Exclusivity; No WGA Picketing When Foreign Press Announce Winners

By | Friday January 11, 2008 @ 12:00pm PST

I’m told there may be even some A-list actors helping the Hollywood Foreign Press Association hold its 30-minute press conference now open to all media since the Writers Guild has agreed to back off its threat to picket since NBC won’t be involved. So what I reported yesterday has come … Read More »

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Hollywood Reporter Sharon Waxman Quits NY Times Rather Than Transfer To NYC Metro Desk

By | Friday January 11, 2008 @ 11:59am PST

I know how hard it is to conform to mainstream news organizations since I first made my career with them and now work in alternative journalism. So it doesn’t surprise me that Sharon Waxman has announced to friends and readers from her blog that she has left The New York Times “to … Read More »

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WGA Behavior Has Been Kinda Bratty, Too

By | Friday January 11, 2008 @ 10:04am PST

cherninhome2-address.JPGI don’t mean to imply that the WGA have been angels, either. I just have fewer examples of their petty, mean-spirited and spiteful actions. For instance, there has been no WGA picketing of the moguls’ homes. But I do think … Read More »

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Kimmel On Leno On Kimmel: Strike Talk

By | Thursday January 10, 2008 @ 11:32pm PST

ABC’s late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel guested on Jay Leno’s The Tonight Show:

JAY: ”Now we’re both back without writers. How’s it going for you? It is very hard. I miss my writers tremendously.”

JIMMY: “It makes booking guests very difficult because people don’t want to cross a picket line. Instead of movie … Read More »

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Bratty Big Media Moguls Are Beginning To Exact Revenge On Pro-WGA Hollywooders

By | Thursday January 10, 2008 @ 6:47pm PST

What an incredible list of petty, mean-spirited and just spiteful behavior the Hollywood CEOs are compiling for themselves. Really, they’re never going to be able to explain away this stuff when the strike eventually ends and they’re held accountable by everyone else. I’ve been confirming episode after episode of the AMPTP’s giant … Read More »

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EXCLUSIVE: George Clooney Offers To Set Up “Mediation Panel” To Solve WGA Strike

By | Thursday January 10, 2008 @ 5:06pm PST

clooney_critics-002.jpgHollywood’s Triple-A list actors have started becoming integrally involved in trying to solve the Writers Guild strike against the Hollywood CEOs. I’ve just been told that George Clooney today is volunteering to personally set up a so-called “mediation panel” including … Read More »

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SOURCE: No Golden Globes Newscast?

By | Thursday January 10, 2008 @ 5:01pm PST

I’m trying to officially confirm… Just a rumor right now.

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Uh, What Constitutes An Awards Show?

By | Thursday January 10, 2008 @ 3:37pm PST

I got a good laugh when I read the WGA statement just now that “The Writers Guild of America, West will be announcing the 2008 Writers Guild Awards winners on February 9. There will be no Writers Guild of America, West show until the strike is over.” Look, I’ve been … Read More »

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UPDATE: Harvey Weinstein Says WGA Side Deal “Gives Me A Competitive Edge”

By | Thursday January 10, 2008 @ 3:32pm PST

So now Harvey Weinstein will be in the same enviable position as United Artists executive VP of production Jeff Kleeman who I’m told has scripts “pouring” into his office after UA just competed its side deal. As Harvey told me just now, “I did it because it gives me a competitive edge.” I … Read More »

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TOM TERRIFIC: First Triple-A List Actor Links Fate Of Oscars To Studios Refusal To “Get Down To Honest Bargaining”

By | Thursday January 10, 2008 @ 12:56pm PST

tomhanks-100.JPGIt’s hard to imagine any actor in Hollywood who makes the studio and network CEOs swoon more than Tom Hanks. So the fact that he has gone public and shamed them for breaking off bargaining talks with the Writers Guild is hitting … Read More »

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