MAJOR MESSY NBC SHAKEUP AHEAD: Network Wants To Fire Teri Weinberg & Hopes Ben Silverman Quits Very Soon

By | Sunday August 31, 2008 @ 2:59pm PDT

teri.JPGEXCLUSIVE: After weeks of checking out rumor after rumor, I’m finally able to pin down details of the long-overdue shakeup that’s ahead for NBC when this fall’s primetime schedule shapes up to be an unmitigated disaster. Someone has … Read More »

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‘Dark Knight’: $500M In Record 45 Days

By | Sunday August 31, 2008 @ 11:53am PDT


So The Dark Knight posts still another best-ever. Media By Numbers is reporting that Warner Bros’ latest Batman installment crossing the $500 million domestic gross milestone today after only 45 days in release. It’s already the second-highest grossing pic of all time behind only the $600.8 million domestic haul of TitanicRead More »

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UPDATE: AFTRA Set To Negotiate Interactive Contract Separately From SAG

By | Sunday August 31, 2008 @ 10:44am PDT

MONDAY: Now AFTRA has officially weighed in on the Interactive Contract and confirmed what SAG Interactive Committee chair Michael Bell told me — that AFTRA is starting informal negotiations on its own. Wheras in 2005 both AFTRA and SAG bargained the Interactive Contract jointly. See AFTRA’s statement below Bell’s…

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LABOR DAY LEADERS: Ben Stiller’s ‘Tropic Thunder’ Ousts Vin Diesel’s ‘Babylon A.D.’ As #1; ‘Dark Knight’ Passes $500M Today

By | Saturday August 30, 2008 @ 8:42am PDT


MONDAY AM UPDATE: Here is the tentative summer total through today’s holiday – $4.12 billion, compared to Hollywood’s best-ever $4.16 billion for summer 2007 or just 1.3% behind. The summer box office may have run up near-record numbers, but it crawled to a … Read More »

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SHOWBIZ LEGAL EAGLE GOES DOWN! Christensen Found Guilty On All Counts; Pellicano Also Convicted For 2nd Time

By | Friday August 29, 2008 @ 11:19am PDT


UPDATE: Sentencing will take place November 17th.

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Why Do NBC Anchors Love Aaron Sorkin?

By | Friday August 29, 2008 @ 9:08am PDT


Few people in Hollywood actually like Aaron Sorkin, least of all his fellow Writer’s Guild scribes who recently learned about his attempts to undermine the guild’s solidarity behind the writers strike. But NBC political anchors really really like him. Last night, NBC’s Brian Williams and MSNBC’s … Read More »

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Anti-Membership First Flyer Sighted…

By | Thursday August 28, 2008 @ 5:50pm PDT

My photographer Jim Stevenson spotted this anti-Membership First poster visible near a film production in Los Feliz today. Is this savvy or slimey? You be the judge. UPDATE: Opposing slate leader Ned Vaughn emails me: “Unite for Strength had nothing to do with this anti-Membership First flyer and I don’t know who’s behind it.”

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More Bitterness: SAG Hollywood vs NY

By | Thursday August 28, 2008 @ 5:26pm PDT

Anti-Membership First Flyer Sighted… 

It was inevitable in this bitter SAG election between Membership First and Unite For Strength that both slates would find red meat in the just-as-bitter relationship between SAG Hollywood and the … Read More »

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Lionsgate, A Studio With No Conscience

By | Thursday August 28, 2008 @ 12:59pm PDT


The Pulitzer-prize winning New Orleans local newspaper thinks it’s an outrage that Lionsgate is releasing Disaster Movie on the 3rd anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The studio that has hawked torture porn for years has now decided to make a buck off the suffering of hundreds of thousands of people, … Read More »

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URGENT! Actors Guilds And Advertisers Agree To 6-Month Contract Extension

By | Wednesday August 27, 2008 @ 2:06pm PDT

I just received the following announcement:

New York and Los Angeles (August 27, 2008) – Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) and the advertising industry’s ANA/AAAA Joint Policy Committee on Broadcast Talent Union Relations (JPC) today jointly announced an agreement to extend, through March

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TOLDJA! Alli Shearmur Joining Lionsgate

By | Wednesday August 27, 2008 @ 1:45pm PDT

I was out of the office yesterday but DHD readers already knew what Joe Drake finally announced: that Lionsgate hired Alli Shearmur to head a new production arm as part of the studio’s expansion. See my previous from July 18th: … Read More »

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By | Wednesday August 27, 2008 @ 12:04pm PDT

So my sources, BusinessWeek‘s sources, and now’s sources all report that MGM is for sale despite the studio’s denials. Last night, the well-known financial website (whose articles require a subscription) noted that MGM doesn’t need Goldman Sachs because it already … Read More »

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Pellicano/Christensen Trial Goes To Jury

By | Wednesday August 27, 2008 @ 11:29am PDT


The conspiracy and wiretapping case against ex-Hollywood P.I. Anthony Pellicano and Terry Christensen, the managing partner of the powerhouse … Read More »

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SAG Board Slates To Be Web-Interviewed

By | Wednesday August 27, 2008 @ 11:08am PDT

UPDATE: The interviews are archived here.

The two competing slates in the SAG election, Membership First and Unite For Strength, will be interviewed today at 2PM and 4PM via live Internet streaming using a novel technology known as user generated television. It’s U4S … Read More »

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IATSE Member Petition Urges Leadership To Stop ‘Corporate Welfare’ For HBO

By | Wednesday August 27, 2008 @ 9:13am PDT

I’m told a group of IATSE members are circulating a petition that lobbies IATSE leadership to end what they say is a sweetheart deal enjoyed by HBO at the expense of below-the-line IATSE employees. ”With all the labor management strife in recent months, it … Read More »

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Delay Those Flights By At Least A Day…

By | Tuesday August 26, 2008 @ 12:36pm PDT

Labor Day Weekend is usually a big getaway for Hollywood types. But if you’re boarding a commercial plane today – DON’T. An FAA flightplan computer glitch has created a mess at airports nationwide. This is also affecting general aviation.

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Closing Arguments Set For Today In Pellicano/Christensen Trial: End In Sight

By | Tuesday August 26, 2008 @ 12:28pm PDT

Both ex-Hollywood P.I. Anthony Pellicano and Terry Christensen, the managing partner of the showbiz law firm Christensen, Glaser, Fink, Jacobs, Weil & Shapiro, are charged with wiretapping and conspiracy. Lawyers rested their cases on Friday.

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SAG Warns Agents, Managers, Producers, Casting Directors: Hands Off Our Election!

By | Monday August 25, 2008 @ 11:18pm PDT

This statement from the Screen Actors Guild is on the big actors union’s website. UPDATE: I just found out this is not in response to anything in particular. SAG says it posts this every election cycle:


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‘Valkyrie’ Nazi Extras Sue Tom’s UA Studio

By | Monday August 25, 2008 @ 11:02pm PDT

There’s more bad news for the movie studio part-owned by Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner with MGM. Last summer, 11 extras dressed in Nazi army uniforms fell out of the back of a World War II-era troop carrier truck as it … Read More »

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