SAG & AFTRA Together To Set Talks Date

By | Friday February 29, 2008 @ 6:17pm PST

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WHAT A SURPRISE! Hollywood Only A Bit Player In Feds’ Memo For Pellicano Trial

By | Friday February 29, 2008 @ 3:14pm PST

anthonypellicano.gifAfter all this time — the years, the witnesses before the grand jury, the rumors, and the media coverage — I can tell you that the trial memo filed last night by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the case of … Read More »

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URGENT ADVISORY: Pellicano Trial Memo

By | Friday February 29, 2008 @ 12:37pm PST

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles has filed the trial memo outlining the case against Anthony Pellicano and his co-defendants. It’s lengthy. Hollywood figures are mentioned in it prominently. I will summarize as quickly as I can for posting.

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Could Pellicano Go Through Two Trials?

By | Friday February 29, 2008 @ 10:22am PST

anthony.jpgIf a federal judge severs a pair of counts from the wiretapping and conspiracy case against Anthony Pellicano, then the imprisoned Hollywood P.I. would have two trials — the one starting Wednesday, and a second to be held later alongside bigwig showbiz attorney Terry Christensen. … Read More »

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Paramount Cancels 3 HD-DVD Releases

By | Friday February 29, 2008 @ 9:14am PST

Not only has Blu-ray won the format war, but now HD-DVD is rubbing consumers’ faces in it. Paramount will stop releasing HD-DVDs after next week. Cancelled releases include Bee Movie (DreamWorks Animation, which is distributed by Paramount, had scheduled it for March 11), Sweeney Todd (April 1), and even the just announced There Will Be Blood. Into Read More »

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UPDATE: SAG To Start Talks In Spring; “We Are Well Underway In This Process”: SAG-NY Accuses SAG-LA Of Delaying

By | Thursday February 28, 2008 @ 2:04pm PST

2ND UPDATE: The New York board of directors of the Screen Actors Guild released a resolution today that urges the guild to begin negotiations on a new contract as soon as possible. It’s well known that the NY and LA branches of SAG are often at odds. The resolution comes only hours after SAG leaders … Read More »

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TOLDJA! New Line Folds Into Warner Bros; Bob Shaye & Michael Lynne Exit; Read All The Interoffice Memos Here

By | Thursday February 28, 2008 @ 1:26pm PST

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This is, in my estimation, a logical, necessary and ballsy move by Time Warner’s new chief Jeff Bewkes (unless Toby Emmerich is kept on as New Line Cinema’s president of production, which would be moronic). It also shows that Bewkes is moving aggressively to start the transformation process … Read More »

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Petition Drive Leaders Have Met With SAG

By | Thursday February 28, 2008 @ 12:29am PST

sag-2.jpgNow that the writers strike is truly behind Hollywood, I’m turning my attention as much as possible to the actors’ upcoming contract negotiations with Hollywood CEOs. Already, Variety is using its Page One bully pulpit to pressure SAG leadership to begin talks … Read More »

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My Eyes! My Eyes! My Lying Eyes!

By | Wednesday February 27, 2008 @ 11:53pm PST

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Last night on The Late Show, David Letterman noted the writers approval of the new contract by having the WGA’s Dave Young and the AMPTP’s Nick Counter come out onstage at the Ed Sullivan Theater. And shake hands. And hug. And then lip-lock for … Read More »

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More Hillary vs Obama On SNL Ordered…

By | Wednesday February 27, 2008 @ 10:05pm PST

Already Lorne Michaels has asked Jim Downey to write another Hillary vs Obama skit snl.gifto open the next Saturday Night Live show. (With Ellen Page hosting, the Juno star might play Chelsea Clinton.) Not bad for a veteran … Read More »

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Series From Internet To NBC Bombs Big

By | Wednesday February 27, 2008 @ 7:16pm PST

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UPDATE: Sources say Quarterlife will move from NBC to NBC Universal-owned Bravo.

The announcement that Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz had sold their 36-episode Internet show Quarterlife to NBC for a network series caused a lot of talk during the writers strike. (See my previous, … Read More »

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The Hollywood Reporter’s Publisher Exits; More Variety-zation Of THR’s Nielsen

By | Wednesday February 27, 2008 @ 3:05pm PST

Jeez, we hardly knew him. John Kilcullen, who since October 2006 has served as publisher of  beleaguered The Hollywood Reporter, will leave the company at the end of this month. The reason is “to pursue his passion as an entrepreneur,” … Read More »

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CLIFFHANGER: 3 Pellicano Co-Defendants In Talks To Cop Pleas: But Not Anthony…

By | Tuesday February 26, 2008 @ 10:12pm PST

anothony_pellicano_msnbc.jpgThis new development puts incredible pressure on Anthony Pellicano because it could dramatically strengthen the U.S. Attorney’s case against him. But the Hollywood private investigator has been fighting the feds at every twist and turn of his much-delayed conspiracy and wiretapping trial which is … Read More »

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WGA Extends Member Health Coverage, Says Writers Must Help & Support SAG

By | Tuesday February 26, 2008 @ 9:39pm PST

To Our Fellow Members:Today, it is our pleasure to inform you that members of the Writers Guilds of America, East and West, have voted to ratify the MBA contract with 93.6% approval.  With a total of 4,060 votes cast, the tally was 3,802 to 258. These numbers reaffirm the tremendous level

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SAG’s Rosenberg On WGA Contract Vote

By | Tuesday February 26, 2008 @ 7:49pm PST

Alan Rosenberg, President, Screen Actors Guild released the following statement:

Screen Actors Guild congratulates the WGA on the overwhelming membership ratification of their new contract. We applaud the WGA’s solidarity and the dedication of their membership in the struggle to achieve an agreement that serves the interests of professional writers.

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WGA Members Vote Yes To New Contract

By | Tuesday February 26, 2008 @ 3:45pm PST

Writers Guild Members Overwhelmingly Ratify New Contract

Los Angeles and New York – The members of the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) today put their final stamp of approval on the deal that ended their 14-week strike, giving writers new rights and protections

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Gil Cates Apologizing To Whoopi, But…

By | Tuesday February 26, 2008 @ 3:30pm PST

…Steve Martin, Brad Renfro, Joey Bishop, Alice Ghostley, Robert Goulet, Charles Nelson Reilly, Lois Nettleton, Allan Melvin, Tom Poston, Charles Lane, Merv Griffin, Marcel Marceau, Floyd “Red Crow” Westerman, and many others whom Hollywood can’t believe were also omitted, are waiting for theirs…. Read More »

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Stay Tuned For WGA Contract Vote…

By | Tuesday February 26, 2008 @ 3:06pm PST

Counting was still going on. But there should be an announcement any moment now regarding the membership vote on the new WGA contract.

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Now, The Video Spoofs Of Diablo Cody

By | Tuesday February 26, 2008 @ 11:39am PST

No one would bother if they didn’t like her (or wanna be her…)

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