Decision Day Fast Approaching For Bob Shaye, Michael Lynne, and New Line

By | Tuesday February 26, 2008 @ 4:10am PST


Sources tell me that Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne could officially find out as soon as this week what will happen to New Line Cinema and their expiring employment contracts at the movie studio they co-founded 40 years ago. … Read More »

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And The Best Buttocks Oscar Goes To…

By | Monday February 25, 2008 @ 5:31pm PST

tilda-and-brian.JPGI had to phone Endeavor agent Brian Swardstrom since his buttocks are now world famous because of Tilda Swinton’s hilarious acceptance speech last night. (If you missed it, Swinton admired her Oscar and said, “I have an American agent … Read More »

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Getty Images Sold To Private Equity Firm

By | Monday February 25, 2008 @ 5:24pm PST

photographers.jpgBecause of our sick obsession with images of celebrities, it’s one of the fastest growing categories in the visual content business. Getty Images, the world’s leading creator and distributor of visual content and other digital media including … Read More »

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Whoopi, Steve, Brad, Where Were You?

By | Monday February 25, 2008 @ 4:38pm PST

whoopi2.jpgI’ve put in a call to AMPAS’ Sid Ganis to find out why Sunday night’s video montage of great moments from the Oscars didn’t feature any hosting footage of 4-timer Whoopi Goldberg or Steve Martin when everyone else was shown. Whoopi teared up about … Read More »

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UPDATE: Wow, Worst-Rated Oscars Since Nielsen Started Tracking Them in 1974!

By | Monday February 25, 2008 @ 3:18pm PST

cates-gil.jpgIt’s even more horrible than first thought. It’s not just the lousiest Nielsen’s in a decade but the lousiest since at least 1974 and maybe ever! (Honestly, my headline last Friday Read More »

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And The Big Media Oscar Goes To…

By | Monday February 25, 2008 @ 1:54pm PST

big-media-oscar.JPGI’m terrible at math (so if these figures are wrong, correct me): Viacom and Disney, which distributed Best Picture winner No Country for Old Men, won seven Oscars each last night, the most of the major studios. Films from Universal won … Read More »

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TOLDJA! Really Lousy 80th Oscar Ratings

By | Monday February 25, 2008 @ 1:18pm PST

stewart-oscars-08.jpgWe won’t know total viewership calculations until later today. But early ratings for the 80th Oscars are showing that this may have been the lowest rated show in a decade, down some 20% compared to last year’s. (See my previous, … Read More »

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The 411 About David Letterman & Oscar

By | Monday February 25, 2008 @ 12:44pm PST

dave-letterman-oscars.JPGBy the way, the conventional wisdom is that Dave bombed as Oscar host in 1995 because he didn’t take it seriously and has never been asked back. But I heard over the weekend the truth is that the Academy of Motion … Read More »

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Tom Shales Agreed With Me About Oscars

By | Monday February 25, 2008 @ 11:02am PST

I’m running Washington Post Style columnist Tom Shales’ review of the 80th Academy Award broadcast. Because he agreed with me about last night’s show. (And even if you dislike what I wrote, remember that he has won a Pulitzer for his TV criticism…)

Oscar Viewers Got Clipped, In More Ways Than One


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By | Sunday February 24, 2008 @ 3:00pm PST

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SUNDAY 3 PM Pacific Time: Above is a celebrity stand-in during Red Carpet rehearsals for the 80th Academy Awards telecast Sunday (photo by Jonathan Alcorn) followed by the real George Clooney … Read More »

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DHD UPDATE: Live-Blogging The Oscars

By | Sunday February 24, 2008 @ 10:23am PST

nikkioscarnf.jpgI will be live-blogging the Academy Awards for the 3rd straight year starting with the Red Carpet arrivals at 3 PM Pacific time today and continuing until host Jon Stewart calls it a night. Comments will be … Read More »

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Defending SAG Against A-Lister “Insults”

By | Sunday February 24, 2008 @ 1:41am PST

dave-clennon1.jpgsag-2.jpgBack on February 12th, I broke the story A-List Actors Pressure SAG To Start Read More »

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‘SNL’ Comes Back On The Air Post-Strike

By | Sunday February 24, 2008 @ 12:10am PST

Saturday Night Live came back on air last night after its enforced writers strike hiatus, and it was way better than I remember. (After all, the scribes on the show had like four months to pen it, right?) If … Read More »

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Live-Blogging IFC’s Indie Spirit Awards…

By | Saturday February 23, 2008 @ 1:45pm PST

ifc-2008.JPGJuno won. All the winners below:

First, some background: this year’s 23 Annual IFC Spirit Awards, hosted by The Office‘s Rainn Wilson who has a small role in Juno, was the first event event to honor independent film exclusively and is the premier awards … Read More »

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More Last-Minute Oscar Viewing Parties

By | Saturday February 23, 2008 @ 12:48pm PST

Barry Diller and Diane Von Furstenberg, Bob Shaye, Colin Callender, Arnold Kopelson…
Hollywood Oscar Parties Sked

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Best To Expect The Worst Oscars Ever…

By | Friday February 22, 2008 @ 5:51pm PST

Go to Live-Blogging of the Oscars here beginning at 5 PM Pacific Time.

SUNDAY 3 PM Pacific Time: Above is a celebrity stand-in during Red Carpet rehearsals for the 80th Academy … Read More »

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Spielberg Delays Start Of ‘Chicago 7′ Due To “Uncertainty Over A SAG Strike”

By | Friday February 22, 2008 @ 3:35pm PST

spielberg-chicago-7.jpgEXCLUSIVE: I’ve just been told that the famed director has backed off setting an April start date for his pic The Trial Of The Chicago 7 and won’t finalize a new start date until the Screen Actors Guild and AMPTP agree on a … Read More »

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How Did Agencies Place In Oscars Race? Endeavor #1, UTA #2, CAA #3

By | Friday February 22, 2008 @ 1:46pm PST

the-oscars-logo.JPGLet’s do a count of the Academy Award nominees by looking at the Hollywood talent agency ads in Variety today and breaking them down into the following major categories: Picture, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Original Screenplay, … Read More »

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More On Variety’s (& RBI’s) Sale…

By | Friday February 22, 2008 @ 1:30pm PST

I’ve been talking to some very smart folks over the past 24 hours about the just-announced sale of Reed Business Information, including Variety, Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News. Here are some excerpts from conversations:

“It is what Reed Elsevier says it is. Reed is changing the entire portfolio. … Read More »

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