‘Sit Down, Shut Up!’ Final Showdown Between IATSE Toon And WGA Writers

By | Tuesday June 24, 2008 @ 3:12pm PDT

I have learned that Sony late last night presented a new financial package to the WGA writers of Sit Down, Shut Up! — but it still keeps the animated series an IATSE show. A Sony insider tells me that if the WGA … Read More »

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More Hollywood Title Inflation Coming…

By | Tuesday June 24, 2008 @ 2:12pm PDT

I’m told that senior execs in Sony’s marketing / advertising / distribution departments will be rewarded with bigger titles in coming days. It’ll involve “a lot of promotions”. I can confirm, however, that one exec who’s not being upped (but is … Read More »

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Why Hollywood Is Such A Homewrecker…

How often does this happen? Will Smith was on Letterman last night and noted that his 7-year-old daughter Willow’s film Kit Kittredge: An American Girl opens wide against his Hancock in U.S. theaters on the same day (July 2nd). Said Will, … Read More »

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R.I.P. Howard Brandy

By | Monday June 23, 2008 @ 6:57pm PDT

I just heard from a source that showbiz PR man Howard Brandy died last night after a long illness. He was always a gentleman to journalists, with a dry wit and an ability to laugh at his clients’s many antics.

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ADVISORY: SAG/AFTRA/AMPTP News

By | Monday June 23, 2008 @ 12:25pm PDT

I have a major package all about SAG/AFTRA/AMPTP posting later. It is multi-part and contains a lot of new and urgent reporting, commentary and analysis.

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Paramount First To Hit $1 Billion For 2008

HOLLYWOOD, CA (June 23, 2008) – Coming off reaching the billion-dollar mark in international box office sales last weekend, Paramount Pictures Corporation has now also crossed the billion-dollar milestone on its domestic gross sales, making it the first studio to accomplish this feat this calendar year and besting last

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Los Angeles Press Club Awards…

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Last year the Los Angeles Times‘ Patrick Goldstein graciously handed off the Los Angeles Press Club’s Entertainment Journalist Of The Year title for print, broadcast or online to me, and now I fittingly hand it off to the L.A. Times‘ John Horn after Saturday’s 2008 … Read More »

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R.I.P. George Carlin

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I’ve just been told by a source that George Carlin died this evening. This is indeed shocking. Last week, it was announced that on November 10th the veteran comic whose infamous “Filthy Words” routine reached all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court would be the 11th person inducted into … Read More »

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A Reboot Of DC Comics Before Comic-Con?

With Comic-Con fast approaching (July 24-27) and all the Hollywood studios getting ready, I understand that Warner Bros has been nervously monitoring the deteriorating situation at its subsidiary DC Comics. There could be a major shake-up – especially if … Read More »

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David O. Russell Film Shut Down 4th Time

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This has truly turned out to be the indie film shoot from hell. The political comedy Nailed, directed and co-written by David O. Russell and starring Jessica Biel and Jake Gyllenhaal, was shut down by IATSE on Friday for the same reasons as before: crew not … Read More »

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Dueling Comics: Steve Carell’s ‘Get Smart’ #1, Mike Myers’ ‘Love Guru’ Bombs At #4

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SUNDAY AM: The No. 1 movie was Warner Bros’ mediocre laffer Get Smart, which opened in 3,911 theaters to a better-than-expected $39.1 million weekend. (The studio had been projecting $35M.) Exit polling showed the … Read More »

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William Morris Agency Expands Board To Include Younger Agents And More Music

By | Friday June 20, 2008 @ 1:49pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: In the old days, to be a board member at the William Morris Agency, you had to be an “Elder” with white hair, a slight stoop, Red Buttons as a client, and pants pulled up to the waist. Read More »

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UPDATE: Reality TV Sale Price $500 Mil? Mark Burnett “Seriously” Talking To IMG; Already IMG Execs Fawning All Over Him

FRIDAY UPDATE: I just heard from a knowledgeable source that the Mark Burnett-IMG deal may be as rich as $500 million — $250M upfront, the rest earned out…

EXCLUSIVE: I chased a rumor from a month ago … Read More »

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Uni’s Internal Update On Backlot Fire

By | Thursday June 19, 2008 @ 7:24pm PDT

From: Ron Meyer (NBC Universal)
Sent: Thursday, June 19, 2008 2:57 PM
To: NBC Universal Employee Communications (NBC Universal)
Subject: Universal Studios Backlot Fire UpdateDear Co-Worker,
 
It has already been a few weeks since our June 1 fire that turned into an

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R.I.P. Joey DeMarco

By | Thursday June 19, 2008 @ 6:32pm PDT

The Fox Searchlight exec VP Joey DeMarco died of apparent cardiac arrest. He’d been ill and scheduled for surgery, sources tell me. He was only 48. He’d joined Fox in 1990. This was sent out to employees from Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos: ”We are deeply saddened to inform you that our beloved friend … Read More »

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New Rules For 81st Academy Awards

By | Thursday June 19, 2008 @ 1:55pm PDT

AMPAS just released this news release:

Beverly Hills, CA –– The governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences approved the rules for the 81st Academy Awards at their Tuesday evening (6/17) meeting.  The only significant changes were in the Music – Original Song category.  Other modifications of

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All About ‘Grand Theft Auto’ The Movie

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Given that Grand Theft Auto IV blew away the global retail sales record, a day doesn’t go by that I’m not asked about when it’s going to be made into a movie. Of course, that happens with every best-selling video game. But this isn’t a case … Read More »

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Furious Horror Film Fans Target Lionsgate

I give TV and movie fans a lot of credit: when they get mad, they scare the crap out of the moguls. That’s happening at Lionsgate where the studio’s phones and email accounts are jammed with angry fans for the past week. They’re … Read More »

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How Argument About ‘Iron Man’ Led To Bob Shaye’s Marvel Stock Short Debacle

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You know how there’s no fool like an old fool? Well, how about a vengeful fool? So fired New Line founder Bob Shaye told his close pals the following story: Years ago, as everyone knows, New Line had Iron ManRead More »

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