AFTRA Keeps SAG In Dark For Past Week

On the eve of the restart of negotiations with the AMPTP, SAG prez Alan Rosenberg sent this message to members. Following it is an AFTRA insider’s response to me:

May 27, 2008
Dear SAG Members,

Tomorrow we will resume TV/Theatrical contract negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP).  As you

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Anatomy Of A Showbiz News Inaccuracy: How Reputable Reporters Screwed Up…

UPDATE: A Fox spokesperson issued a public denial tonight. ”The story about the Studio banning CAA from the Fox lot, is categorically untrue. The exchange, which took place well over a year ago, between a Fox executive and a CAA agent — that supposedly triggered the ‘ban’ — never at any point … Read More »

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R.I.P. Sydney Pollack

By | Monday May 26, 2008 @ 9:27pm PDT


So sad to be gone all Memorial Day and come back to dozens of phone and email messages that Hollywood’s great filmmaker Sydney Pollack has died after a long bout with cancer. I first heard about the seriousness of his illness when he went to … Read More »

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‘Indy 4′ Reels In $311 Million Global: But Fans Fume Spielberg-Lucas Phoned It In

MONDAY AM: Paramount’s Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull keeps piling up the box office gross domestically and internationally. After a 19-year hiatus, the fourquel mega-hit became the 10th biggest Friday-through-Sunday in the U.S. of all time, the 5th … Read More »

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AFTRA Having Difficulty On AMPTP Deal: Preparing Members For Clips Cave-In?

The message below went out from AFTRA’s leadership to its membership just now. In my opinion, it sure looks as if the union is preparing members for a major cave-in on the clips issue. But I must say that hiding behind … Read More »

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French Film Wins Cannes #1 Palme D’Or

Robert DeNiro presented top honors today to Laurent Cantet’s French classroom drama Entre Les Murs at the 61st Cannes Film Festival. The winner of the Palme D’Or is a frank tale about classroom life using real students and … Read More »

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INDY MEMORIALIZED! Fourquel Reels In $151M Holiday Wkd, $311M Global; But Fans Fume Spielberg-Lucas Phoned It In


MONDAY AM: It’s officially a mega-hit for adventurer Indiana Jones after a 19-year hiatus. The 10th biggest Friday-through-Sunday in the U.S. of all time, the 5th biggest international opening of all time, Steven Spielberg’s biggest opener (passing War Of The Worlds), and George Lucas’s second best opener behind … Read More »

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David O. Russell Film Shut Down 3rd Time


Either this indie is horribly cursed, or Capitol Films is completely busted, or both. I’m told that IATSE today ordered its members off the political comedy Nailed because the crew haven’t been paid. There are no plans to resume filming until next Thursday at the earliest. This … Read More »

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Grossman New Broadcasting & Cable Editor; Robichaux To Multichannel News; Steinert-Threlkeld Lost Out To Advertorial

By | Thursday May 22, 2008 @ 7:46am PDT

Reed Business may be up for sale, but life goes on at the brands pbroadcastingcablelogo.gifroduced by the media giant. Ben Grossman has been named editor of Broadcasting & Cable, overseeing both digital and print. The announcement was made today … Read More »

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What’s The Magic Number For ‘Indy 4′?


THURSDAY AM UPDATE: The line forms for the 12:01 AM Thursday showing of Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull at the Vista Theatre in Los Feliz. And it keeps going, and going… (Photos by Jim Stevenson)


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Time Warner Divorces Time Warner Cable: Guess Who Gets The Better Settlement?

On yet another day when the stock market is tanking comes this Wall Street play: Time Warner announced that it’s agreed on a plan to separate from Time Warner Cable, the No. 2 U.S. cable TV service provider. The move, which had been … Read More »

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Hutch Parker Exits Fox For New Regency; Ends Months of Speculation About His Exit

By | Wednesday May 21, 2008 @ 11:21am PDT

It was getting to the point that every few weeks I heard another rumor about where Hutch Parker, the vice chairman of Twentieth Century Fox Film Group, would be heading. Because it’s been common knowledge that Parker had one foot out the … Read More »

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New York Times Now Programming HBO: Frank Rich Hired As Creative Consultant

By | Wednesday May 21, 2008 @ 9:56am PDT

HBO’s Richard Plepler, who rose from top corporate communications officer and exec VP to the company’s programming boss in a promotion that raised creative eyebrows, has decided to get some help from a source very familiar to him: The New York Times. Specifically, from Frank … Read More »

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DHD UPDATE: Still Sick

By | Tuesday May 20, 2008 @ 10:38am PDT

I’m going to try posting today on Wednesday. Thanks for your patience.

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AFTRA Negotiations With AMPTP: “Number Of Challenging Issues… Resolution May Not Be Quick Or Easy”

This email was sent by AFTRA to members today about the AMPTP talks:

May 19, 2008
Dear AFTRA Member:


As you know, AFTRA has been in negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) on our contract covering primetime network dramatic programs—also known as Exhibit A—since

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Friendly Kids Franchise Turns Too Fierce: Darker ‘Narnia 2′ Falls $ Short Of Original


SUNDAY AM: Weekend estimates show that the sequel The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian‘s 3-day opening fell far short of the original despite a No. 1 box office finish  this weekend. The 2005 first installment of the joint Disney/Walden Media fantasy, … Read More »

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DHD UPDATE: Light Posting Until Tuesday

By | Friday May 16, 2008 @ 11:55pm PDT

I will be posting sparsely for the next two days due to a medical problem. I hope to resume regular posting by Monday Tuesday.  Thank you for understanding.

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By | Thursday May 15, 2008 @ 11:51am PDT

2ND UPDATE:  Pellicano Juror Reveals Inner Workings…

UPDATE: Here is LA Weekly‘s account

The federal trial of infamous Hollywood private investigator Anthony Pellicano ended today with a jury verdict finding him guilty of all but one of the racketeering and conspiracy … Read More »

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URGENT! Jake & Jessica Sidelined Again: IATSE Shuts Down David O. Russell Film


EXCLUSIVE: I’m told that, this time around, it’s IATSE who has put the screws to the Capitol Films indie film Nailed because its crew members weren’t being paid. The pic’s union members had been begging IATSE for weeks to get involved over all the payroll irregularities. Friday was supposed to … Read More »

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