SAG National Negotiating Committee To Discuss AMPTP’s Rejection This Week

By | Tuesday September 30, 2008 @ 5:19pm PDT

Los Angeles, (Sept. 30, 2008)  –  The Screen Actors Guild released the following statement from SAG National executive director and chief negotiator Doug Allen in response to the AMPTP’s Sept. 29, 2008 statement: “We are disappointed to hear that the

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ICM Hires 2 Gersh Movie Talent Agents

By | Tuesday September 30, 2008 @ 4:11pm PDT

I’m told that Lorrie Bartlett and Chuck James will be joining ICM as senior agents in the motion picture talent department after working at the Gersh Agency for several years. Their clients include young talent like Academy Award nominee Djimon Hounsou, Megan Fox, Zoe Saldana, … Read More »

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Warner Bros Warns Harry Potter Fans

By | Tuesday September 30, 2008 @ 2:33pm PDT

Now that the new Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince pic has been delayed, this Warner Bros faux flack has some choice words for angry Harry Potter fans.

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She’s Got Bette Davis Eyes But No Ciggy

By | Tuesday September 30, 2008 @ 1:40pm PDT

This email is making the rounds from the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences to Hollywood’s name talent criticizing the U.S. Post Office for this stamp issued September 18th. I’ve X’ed out the names:

From: ”XXX” <>
To: <>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2008 11:23:26 -0700
Subject: Re: Postal censorship

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Studios Always Find Money For Lawyers: Majors Sue To Stop RealDVD Software

By | Tuesday September 30, 2008 @ 12:08pm PDT

The Motion Picture Association Of America just released this press statement:

Los Angeles – The nation’s top movie companies filed a lawsuit today asking a federal court to stop RealNetworks Inc. from distributing the company’s RealDVD software which allows movies to be copied illegally.  In their complaint and motion for

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Roller-Coaster Dow Up 485 Pts Tuesday

By | Tuesday September 30, 2008 @ 11:44am PDT

1:00 AM: Media stocks recovered slightly while the rest of the Dow is regaining nearly 2/3′s of what it lost the day before. At first, no one could really give a decent explanation as to why the stock market headed up … Read More »

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UPDATE: Rudin Admits ‘HW’ Email Is His

By | Tuesday September 30, 2008 @ 2:32am PDT

Scott Rudin confirmed to me Monday night that it is his email describing Harvey Weinstein’s alleged callous treatment of the late Anthony Minghella’s and the deceased Sydney Pollack’s families. Rudin also claimed to me that HW’s people all day pestered him ”to protect Harvey and deny the email and lie to Page Six” — so … Read More »

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MGM Memo Surveys ‘Valkyrie’ Online Buzz

By | Tuesday September 30, 2008 @ 1:07am PDT

It never fails to amaze me how studios convince themselves that up is down, and left is right. Here’s an internal MGM memo giddy over the possibility that the new trailer for Tom Cruise’s December 26th Nazi pic will translate into big biz:

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AMPTP Rejects Today’s SAG Overture

By | Monday September 29, 2008 @ 7:10pm PDT

The AMPTP tonight issued its response to today’s letter from SAG‘s Alan Rosenberg & Doug Allen asking Peter Chernin, Bob Iger, and Nick Counter to restart formal negotiations. Disappointing, but not surprising. Obviously, no one has bothered to tell Counter that … Read More »

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Harvey Weinstein’s Offer I Can’t Refuse…

By | Monday September 29, 2008 @ 5:38pm PDT

The New York Post‘s Page Six just called me saying Harvey Weinstein has told them he’ll give $1 million to charity if I can produce the Scott Rudin email about HW’s alleged callous treatment of Anthony Minghella’s and Sydney Pollack’s families. Because Harv doesn’t think it exists. Question is, do I … Read More »

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UTA Hires 360 Manager Doug Johnson

By | Monday September 29, 2008 @ 4:53pm PDT

A rare instance of a manager becoming an agent. Then again, UTA can use more people whom Hollywood actually likes. (Just kidding.) Doug Johnson is telling clients right now that he’ll be … Read More »

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SAG’s Alan Rosenberg & Doug Allen Send Letter To Peter Chernin, Bob Iger, Nick Counter To Restart Formal Negotiations

By | Monday September 29, 2008 @ 12:09pm PDT

UPDATE: AMPTP Rejects Today’s SAG Overture

It was released to the SAG board today and sent to News Corp (Fox) No. 2 Peter Chernin, Walt Disney Co CEO Bob Iger and the … Read More »

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DOW CRASHES: Closes Down 777 Monday; Worst Single Day Point Drop In History

By | Monday September 29, 2008 @ 11:12am PDT

1 PM UPDATE: Because it took everyone by surprise that the financial bailout bill failed in the House Of Representatives. This is terrible news for media stocks, Wall Street, and Main Street as the credit markets literally start to shut down. The S&P alone has lost 8% of its value. Today’s market plunge … Read More »

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PARAMOUNT-MARVEL DEAL: Paramount To Distribute Next Five Marvel Films

By | Monday September 29, 2008 @ 9:15am PDT


2ND UPDATE: I’m told that Marvel received from Paramount a so-called volume discount with regard to distibution fees under this new deal. For Iron Man, Paramount was paid 10% distribution fees by Marvel. Now that figure goes to down to near the 8% Paramount is … Read More »

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HARVEY WEINSTEIN VS FILM WORLD: Scott Rudin Wins War Of Wills With TWC: ‘The Reader’ Director Is Given More Time

By | Sunday September 28, 2008 @ 1:13pm PDT

2ND UPDATE: Rudin Admits ‘HW’ Email Is His
UPDATE: Harvey Weinstein’s Offer I Can’t Refuse…

He was once The Big Macher and now … Read More »

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Hollywood Wonders Why ‘Fireproof’ Did So Well When Other Christian Pics Don’t

By | Sunday September 28, 2008 @ 11:48am PDT

A big surprise at the box office this weekend was the 4th place opening of Provident/Samuel Goldwyn’s Fireproof, the small budget and limited release pic about a firefighter who recommits to his marriage and his faith. The movie is the … Read More »

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Tina Fey Returns In Palin-Couric SNL Skit: Plus, SNL On First McCain-Obama Debate

By | Saturday September 27, 2008 @ 10:31pm PDT

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R.I.P. Paul Newman

By | Saturday September 27, 2008 @ 7:43am PDT

His death at age 83 following a long battle with cancer was described as just as private and discreet like the way he had lived — surrounded by family and friends at his farmhouse home near Westport, Conn. I had the opportunity to interview him for … Read More »

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Shia’s Political Thriller ‘Eagle Eye’ No. 1: ‘Nights In Rodanthe’ #2; U.S. Presidential Debate Dampened Weekend Box Office

By | Saturday September 27, 2008 @ 12:16am PDT

SUNDAY AM: Even though they’re getting a divorce after two dysfunctional years, Steven Spielberg and Paramount have still had a successful marriage with films starring Shia LaBoeuf, including Disturbia, Transformers and Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull. … Read More »

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