TOLDJA! Media Moguls Nix SAG Demands; Hollywood In De Facto Features Strike

I told you this would happen, and now it has: the Alliance for Motion Picture and Television Producers representing the Big Media moguls finally acknowledged today that after 13 days the negotiations with SAG are at a stalemate with only … Read More »

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UPDATE: “TV Guide Getting Gutted Today”

By | Wednesday April 30, 2008 @ 2:17pm PDT

(I’ve woven in more info…) Add TV Guide to the long list of publications undergoing massive downsizing. It’s yet another sign of the shifting fortunes of TV in general along with the downsizing in network pilots and upfronts etc. An insider tells me … Read More »

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Pellicano Trial Update: Closing Arguments

By | Wednesday April 30, 2008 @ 11:14am PDT

So the trial that would not end is finally ending with closing arguments. Not much of a Hollywood angle to report, except for the lawyer for LAPD Sgt Mark Arneson, who is accused of doing all those illegal law enforcement database … Read More »

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Tim Russert Blackballing Arianna At NBC?

By | Tuesday April 29, 2008 @ 3:54pm PDT

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UPDATE: Sources close to Arianna Huffington are claiming just that. Arianna Huffington is currently on book tour for her new political tome Right Is Wrong: How The Lunatic Fringe Hijacked America, Shredded The Constitution, And Made Us All Less Safe, in which she goes after Tim Russert … Read More »

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GTA IV: How Much Will It Hurt Box Office?

By | Tuesday April 29, 2008 @ 2:16am PDT

When’s the last time moviegoers were as excited as these GTA IV gamers?


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GTA IV: Is The Game Really That Good?

gtaiv.jpgIt’s certainly in demand: tonight, before Rockstar’s creation hits store shelves, a few UPS workers were fired for stealing pre-ordered copies of Grand Theft Auto IV. There’s no doubt it’s going to set a new sales record for entertainment product starting tomorrow — … Read More »

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THR Rearranges Deck Chairs On Titanic

So if you’re one of the 10 readers of The Hollywood Reporter left in this town, then you may have noticed today’s rebrand. Yes, it looks cleaner and sharper. But ultimately it’s what’s inside the trade paper that counts. “It all … Read More »

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Pellicano Trial Update: No Mistrial

U.S. District Court Judge Dale Fischer nixed Pellicano co-defendant LAPD Sgt Mark Arneson’s motion for a mistrial. If only this trial would end… and it will soon. The case goes to the jury this week.

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In Case You Missed These Last Week…

By | Monday April 28, 2008 @ 10:19am PDT
  • ‘Late Late’ Host Craig Ferguson Dishes At The White House Correspondents Dinner
  • Box Office April 25th-27th: Comedies Rule
  • CAA’s Top 3 NFL
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    ‘Late Late’ Host Craig Ferguson Dishes At The White House Correspondents Dinner

    By | Sunday April 27, 2008 @ 10:54am PDT

    The new U.S. citizen went way tougher on the press than on Dubya…



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    Box Office April 25th-27th: Comedies Rule

    By | Sunday April 27, 2008 @ 9:37am PDT

    Good news going into the summer movie season –weekend box office was up finally, +15% compared to last year. Funny films swept the Top 3 as the obvious antidote to rising food bills, astronomical gas prices and the constant tide of bad news these days. … Read More »

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    CAA’s Top 3 NFL Draftees Go #1, #3, #6

    By | Saturday April 26, 2008 @ 6:03pm PDT


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    After 2 straight years of lousy drafts for its NFL-headed clients since its 2006 inception, costly CAA Sports finally found that the 3rd time was the charm. Let’s not … Read More »

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    SAG’s 2008 Contract Report On Residuals

    This is the third in the Screen Actors Guild’s 2008 contract reports about issues. Report #1 discusses middle-income actors and #2 talks about New Media (at end of post), and now #3 explores residuals below:

    SAG CONTRACT 2008 REPORT
    Number 3 – Residuals
    April 25, 2008

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    COMEDIES RULE BECAUSE OF BAD NEWS: Tina Fey’s ‘Baby Mama’ Berths No. 1; ‘Harold & Kumar’ #2, ‘Sarah Marshall’ #3

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    SUNDAY AM: Good news going into the summer movie season –weekend box office was up finally, +15% compared to last year. Funny films swept the Top 3 as the obvious antidote to rising food bills, astronomical gas prices and the constant tide of bad news these days. Universal’s female buddy … Read More »

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    What CAA’s Kevin Huvane Is Doing To Risk Losing His Many Actress Clients

    By | Friday April 25, 2008 @ 5:11pm PDT

    I’m told CAA partner Kevin Huvane is throwing a belated birthday party on Saturday night for recently released from prison Joe Francis, the scandalous founder of Mantra Films Inc, which produces those disgusting Girls Gone Wild soft-porn video and DVD … Read More »

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    Wkd Prediction: ‘Baby Mama’ To Berth #1

    10:45 PM: COMEDIES RULE BECAUSE OF BAD NEWS: Tina Fey’s ‘Baby Mama’ No. Read More »

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    Breaking Pellicano Bombshell: A Mistrial? Feds’ Witness Screws Up Trial Big-Time

    UPDATED: It all has to do with Asst U.S. Attorney Daniel Saunders oversealousness in calling to testify a woman who appears to have lied on the witness stand and to the feds about Pellicano co-defendant LAPD Sgt Mark Arneson. Here is the just posted story by LA Weekly‘s Steven Mikulan, my … Read More »

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    Jackie Chan Leaves CAA For Morris, And Paul Thomas Anderson Lands There, Too


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    I’m told Jackie Chan fired CAA on the day his new movie The Forbidden Kingdom opened #1 last Friday. Today he landed with the William Morris Agency’s Phillip Button. As for the There Will Be Blood director, Paul Thomas Anderson leftRead More »

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    FIRST NEWS ABOUT SAG-AMPTP TALKS: CEOS TO WAIT OUT SAG UNTIL MID-JULY (…& See SAG’s 2008 New Media Report)

    By | Thursday April 24, 2008 @ 4:02pm PDT

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    EXCLUSIVE (Keep refreshing for latest updates): I can now report that the negotiations between the Screen Actors Guild and the AMPTP are not making any progress with both sides very far apart and very frustrated. Negotiators for the Hollywood CEOs are privately making Read More »

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