Tick-Tock: AMPTP Makes “Last Best Offer” Before SAG Contract Expires At 12:01 AM

By | Monday June 30, 2008 @ 6:30pm PDT


I wouldn’t get too excited about this 11th hour “Last Best Offer” by the Big Media cartel before SAG’s contract expires at 12:01 AM on July 1st. Because WGA exec director Dave Young had already informed his SAG counterpart Doug Allen that the AMPTP offered the writers “at least … Read More »

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COUNTDOWN TO JUNE 30TH: The Details That The Moguls Don’t Want You To Know


Part I: SAG/AFTRA/AMPTP Overview: Calm Down. There Will Be No Strike Sequel.

PART II: The Details That The Moguls Don’t Want You To Know

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Warner Bros Will Embrace ‘The Women’

EXCLUSIVE: I’m told that Warner Bros will now aggressively push Diane English’s remake of The Women skedded for release September 12th with wider distribution and bigger marketing in the wake of the success of Sex And The City. This is an about-face Read More »

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SAG’s Alan Rosenberg Publicly Confirms My “Calm Down, No Strike Steps” Report

By | Sunday June 29, 2008 @ 11:45am PDT

Los Angeles, June 29, 2008 – Screen Actors Guild released the following statement from SAG National President Alan Rosenberg: “We have taken no steps to initiate a strike authorization vote by the members of Screen Actors Guild. Any talk about a strike or a management lockout at this point is

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Filmgoers Wild For ‘Wall-E’ And ‘Wanted’: Angelina Jolie Posts Best Opening Ever; Lonely Droid Debut Is Pixar’s 3rd Biggest



SUNDAY AM: North American box office numbers show that No. 1 Disney / Pixar’s futuristic Wall-E blasted off with a $23.1 million Friday and $22 million Saturday from 3,992 theaters for what was a $62.5 million opening weekend. This means arty Wall-E is big and … Read More »

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COUNTDOWN TO JUNE 30TH: Calm Down. There Will Be No Strike Sequel. But When Will Hollywood Ever Get Back To Work?

Here is my COUNTDOWN TO JUNE 30TH package:
Part I: SAG/AFTRA/AMPTP Overview: Calm Down. There Will Be No Strike Sequel
Part II: The Details That The Moguls Don’t Want You To Know


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Sony Pic’s Van Galder & Weinstock Upped

(Culver City, June 27, 2008) — Sony Pictures Entertainment has promoted Valerie Van Galder and Marc Weinstock to co-presidents of Worldwide Theatrical Marketing, it was announced today by Jeff Blake, chairman of worldwide marketing and distribution for the studio, to whom the two will report.

Van Galder and Weinstock will

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Shame On Toby Emmerich…

By | Friday June 27, 2008 @ 8:54am PDT

I’m told this is the last day of employment for as many as 550 laid-off New Line employees. But Toby Emmerich has been driving around in a shiny new car and parking in the 116 North Robertson lot since June 10th. Like the jackass couldn’t have waited until July to show it off to … Read More »

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Wkd Prediction: Robot $70M, Angie $40M

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I’m told that not only is Pixar/Disney internally hoping for a $70+ million dollar opening for Wall-E, but also a Best Picture Oscar nomination for the L’il Robot. It’s possible with 100% great reviews from top … Read More »

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‘Wall-E’ Orbiting Best Picture Oscar Nod?


I’m told that Disney and Pixar are going to push hard for a Best Picture Oscar nomination for Wall-E on the basis of its anti-toon moody darkness and rave reviews by critics who matter. Certainly many toons have tried for that high honor over the years, … Read More »

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FCC To Curb Product Integration On TV: WGA Calling For “Real Time” Disclosure

While SAG has been fighting product integration in its ongoing negotiations with the AMPTP, Hollywood writers have been fighting it in Washington DC. For non-insiders, that’s when Aiden on Sex And The City keeps talking about KFC, or when The Office refers to real corporations like … Read More »

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‘Hancock’: $115M Over Fourth Of July?


All my box office gurus think Hancock will be massive. So they’re predicting a floor of $100M all the way up to $115M over the 5-day holiday since the Sony pic is starring Mr Independence Day Weekend, Will Smith. Let the prognosticating begin… Meanwhile, Sony is rolling out its Read More »

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Wasserman’s Slam Dunk At NBA Draft

By | Thursday June 26, 2008 @ 9:26pm PDT

Wouldn’t Lew Wasserman be proud. With only a handful repping the entire basketball pactice, Casey Wasserman’s sports management agency had a cost-effective slam dunk at this year’s 2008 NBA draft. And there’s another showbiz connection: WMG principal and NBA player superagent Arn Tellem is married to … Read More »

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Obama Hardly A “Hollywood Candidate” — And Not Necessarily Sumner Redstone’s

By | Wednesday June 25, 2008 @ 3:11pm PDT


News reports say Barack Obama raised nearly $5 million at yesterday’s celebrity- and mogul-packed fundraiser at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The asking price for a ticket to the gala’s general reception for Obama’s campaign was $2,300. Tickets to the VIP dinner were $28,500 for the Democratic National Committee. The Center for … Read More »

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Billy Crystal Has Exited ICM

By | Wednesday June 25, 2008 @ 1:49pm PDT

ICM says it was an amicable parting of the ways. But one of my sources within the agency says it wasn’t because of a TV deal that didn’t happen. ”Name calling ensued and Billy had had enough. Lots of this kind of dysfunction happening.” I hear Billy Crystal is going back to CAA’s … Read More »

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Newspaper Publisher/Philanthropist Endows UCLA Center For Costume Design

By | Wednesday June 25, 2008 @ 1:22pm PDT

UCLA announced:

An unprecedented gift of $6 million from newspaper publisher and philanthropist David C. Copley will endow a chair and an innovative new center for costume design at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (TFT). The center will be the first of its kind in the world.


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Goldstein On Finke; Finke On Goldstein

By | Wednesday June 25, 2008 @ 12:40pm PDT

I was surprised to see what the Los Angeles Times‘ Patrick Goldstein said in today’s New York Observer under the headline, “Make Nice, Nikki: L.A. Times Starts Hollywood Blog”:

When asked what blogs he reads, the first one Mr. Goldstein cited by name was Deadline Hollywood Daily, by Nikki Finke. … Read More »

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Big Actor vs Big Actor SAG-AFTRA Inanity

By | Tuesday June 24, 2008 @ 6:28pm PDT

For days and weeks and now minutes ago, I’ve been bombarded with lists of name actors who are supporting either AFTRA’s AMPTP contract ratification or else SAG’s effort to get AFTRA to renegotiate. (Seriously, is someone going to choose how to vote just because AFTRA paraded … Read More »

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“Mark Canton Wants A Word With You…”


Variety‘s Todd McCarthy has just reviewed Sony’s Hancock and hilariously said it has “a certain whiff of” 1993′s The Last Action Hero. Oy. Since that infamous pic brought down upper management of the studio way back then. If the Sony Pictures Entertainment toppers weren’t all heading … Read More »

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