#1 ‘Sex’ Frenzied $55.7M Weekend For All-Time R-Rated Comedy; ‘Indy 4′ Beats Ultimate Chick Flick Saturday & Sunday; Warner Bros Already Planning Sequel

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SUNDAY AM: Here are the official box office numbers — Sex And The City finished its opening weekend No. 1 with North American domestic gross of $55.7 million in 3,285 theaters. The R-rated female romantic comedy posted a great $16,968 per screen average even though many multiplexes had it playing … Read More »

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‘SEX’ SELLS! Female Phenom $26.9M Fri; But Can It Sustain Through Sat & Sun?

SATURDAY AM: Here are Friday’s official North American numbers from the studios for the biggest romantic comedy debut – No. 1 Sex And The City truly shocked Hollywood pros by opening with a hanging-from-the-chandeliers $26.9 million from 3,285 theaters. The big question now is whether this staggering … Read More »

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Leight Leaves ‘Criminal Intent’ For HBO

Within days of USA Network renewing Law & Order: Criminal Intent with an order for 16 episodes, the series has just lost its showrunner. I’m told Warren Leight has left to be the showrunner of HBO’s In Treatment. It’s a … Read More »

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‘Sex’ Sell-Out & Blow-Out! Could Go As High As $28M Friday, $75M Weekend

11 PM UPDATE: Friday’s Sex And The City opened with great foreplay for the biggest romantic comedy debut. Really early box office numbers could be as high as $26 million to $28 million and for the weekend $65 million to $75 million. That’s … Read More »

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Director Rob Marshall Exits ICM For CAA

SUNDAY AM UPDATE: The helmer’s flack just emailed me to say that “Rob Marshall was concerned about your report that his departure from ICM had anything to do with Harvey Weinstein. Here is what Rob has to say, personally, about his … Read More »

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‘SEX’ NOW THE ULTIMATE CHICK FLICK! Biggest R-Rated Comedy Debut Ever; But Its Box Office Fell 34% Sat And 37% Sun; Female Frenzied $55.7M For Weekend #1; Warner Bros Already Plans ‘SATC’ Sequel

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SUNDAY AM: Here are the official box office numbers — Sex And The City finished its opening weekend No. 1 with North American domestic gross of $55.7 million in 3,285 theaters. The R-rated female romantic comedy posted a great $16,968 per screen average even though many multiplexes had it playing … Read More »

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SAG Finally Let In On AFTRA-AMPTP Deal

UPDATE: SAG was formally briefed “yesterday, at 1:15 PM, at the AMPTP,” according to an AFTRA spokesperson, by a delegation of AFTRA negotiations committee members and senior staff. (See my previous post written 12 hours before the briefing was arranged, Read More »

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Who’s Adopted This Orphaned Cash Cow?

It’s hard not to root for a Depression era kiddie movie that costs under $9 million, showcases good clean fun for little girls, and stars Abigail Breslin, the Hayley Mills of her generation, as well as a great supporting cast of very funny adults … Read More »

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Stifler Fires United Talent…

By | Friday May 30, 2008 @ 2:48pm PDT

Nothing more to say about American Pie‘s Seann William Scott exiting UTA.
(I just wanted to write that headline.)

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If You Liked the Los Angeles Times’ Awful WGA Strike Coverage, Then You’ll Love…

…The newspaper’s announcement today that Sallie Hofmeister is the new Business Editor. She’d overseen entertainment and technology stories, including the Los Angeles Times‘ embarrassingly weak coverage of the writers strike which new editor Russ Stanton effusively praises in this memo about her appointment. So let … Read More »

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Who’s Gonna Be The Boss Of ‘Gossip Girl’?

By | Thursday May 29, 2008 @ 10:07pm PDT

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I’m told that tonight MTV’s Tony DiSanto is still very busy denying to Hollywood that he is replacing Dawn Ostroff as head of The CW. I first heard from sources three weeks ago that Dawn was out, and Tony was in, following rounds of not-so-secret meetings with possible candidates … Read More »

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AFTRA Skedaddled To Avoid Briefing SAG

First, I’ve got additional info about the AFTRA-AMPTP deal announced yesterday: I’m told the union’s New Media terms are the exact same offered by the networks-&-studios group to SAG on Day 1 of their negotiations last month. So AFTRA negotiated with the networks and studios for 16 days only to … Read More »

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Digital Big Media vs Prehistoric Hollywood

By | Wednesday May 28, 2008 @ 7:47pm PDT

I smirked while watching the highlight reels of Big Media moguls like Rupert Murdoch and Sir Howard Stringer and Jeff Bewkes being interviewed at the “All Things Digital” confab (aka D6 co-hosted by the Wall Street Journal‘s Walter Mossberg and Kara Swisher) taking place right now at the … Read More »

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David Bergstein/ThinkFilm Sued for Fraud

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A lawsuit was filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court by Boston-based Allied Advertising Ltd alleging breach of contract, fraud and deceit, and unfair business practices against David Bergstein and his ThinkFilm movie distribution company. It … Read More »

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A Feuding Flack To The Very End…

By | Wednesday May 28, 2008 @ 3:21pm PDT

I’m told PR legend Warren Cowan left very specific instructions to ban certain people from his funeral and memorial service. Don’t you love Hollywood grudges?

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For All You ABC ‘Lost’ Fans Out There…

By | Wednesday May 28, 2008 @ 2:32pm PDT

I don’t get the popularity of this ABC series. But here’s a YouTube homage to Thursday’s Lost season finale. With action figure dolls. And Indiana Jones. ‘Nuff said.

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Kramer And Jacobs Boosted To UTA Board

EXCLUSIVE: David Kramer, a 16-year veteran who started in the mailroom, and Tracey Jacobs, a 10-year veteran who came over after a long career at ICM, have been promoted to members of United Talent’s governing board of directors. Agency head Jim … Read More »

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AFTRA Deal With AMPTP Caves On Clips; SAG Vowing To Fight Hard On This Issue

UPDATE: I’m told that AFTRA’s New Media deal terms are the exact same offered by the networks-&-studios group to SAG on Day 1 of their negotiations last month. So AFTRA negotiated with the networks and studios for 16 days only to obtain what SAG flatly rejected. So that was … Read More »

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Capitol Films Cash Crunch: SAG Demands Meeting With Owner David Bergstein

EXCLUSIVE: The following email was sent this month by the Screen Actors Guild to David Bergstein, the owner of Capitol Films, whose financial meltdown has been crushing indie after indie while he reportedly was lounging on a yacht during the Cannes Film Festival. It confirms all my recent reporting:

To: David Bergstein

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