Judge Blocks Weinstein Co From Taking ‘Project Runway’ From Bravo To Lifetime

By | Friday September 26, 2008 @ 3:06pm PDT

harv21.jpgWhen it rains, it pours for Harvey Weinstein who should should really be producing ”The Biggest Loser”. In NYC, Judge Richard B. Lowe III ordered that The Weinstein Co could not go through with its agreement with Lifetime and promote, … Read More »

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William Morris Agency Sells Beverly Hills Buildings For Big Bucks; Stays Until 2010

By | Friday September 26, 2008 @ 2:52pm PDT

I’m told the deal has just gone down for WMA’s much prized real estate holdings in prime Beverly Hills territory — two on El Camino Drive, and one on Rodeo Drive. They’d been for sale for months but only for … Read More »

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Letterman vs McCain, Round 2

By | Thursday September 25, 2008 @ 5:30pm PDT

After busting the GOP president candidate for lying last night, David Letterman opened The Late Show tonight saying this about John McCain (video here):

“I don’t know if you know about this or not, but last night….Here’s the deal – we do this little TV show

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Columbia Pics Names New SVP Biz Affairs

By | Thursday September 25, 2008 @ 10:45am PDT

Michael Marshall is Columbia Pictures’ new SVP, Business Affairs, to negotiate development and production related deals for feature projects, including rights acquisition and personal services deals for writers, directors, producers and actors.

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Hollywood Gentiles Have A Lot To Learn

By | Thursday September 25, 2008 @ 10:14am PDT

This email circulating around Hollywood was sent by a DreamWorks floater. Last names have been deleted to protect the Semitic-challenged:

Sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2008 5:09 PM
Subject: RE: SWP Mtg. Kristi w/ Kristin and Matthew

Hey Ryan-
I’m sorry, b/c I’m covering for Lindsey’s usual asst., could you tell me, who’s Rosh Hashanah and why

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Media Relief? Stock Market Rallies Today

By | Thursday September 25, 2008 @ 8:37am PDT

Let’s see if it holds… Infotainment stocks finished flat on Wednesday.

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David Letterman Busts McCain For Lying

By | Wednesday September 24, 2008 @ 5:15pm PDT

UPDATE: More Letterman About McCain Thursday…

Let me explain before you watch the 9-minute YouTube footage (below): I’ve just been told that on David Letterman’s Late Show tonight, the talk show host caught John McCain in a big fat lie as to … Read More »

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AMPAS Cronyism Chose Oscar Producers

By | Wednesday September 24, 2008 @ 2:46pm PDT

This is precisely why the Academy Awards telecast sucks. Because the Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences doesn’t seek out the best people, just its closest pals. So AMPAS president Sid Ganis made his selection of Dreamgirls team Larry Mark and … Read More »

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EXCLUSIVE: Relativity Will Keep Financing 75% Of Universal’s Slate Through 2015

By | Wednesday September 24, 2008 @ 10:38am PDT

This is a huge new deal extending the co-financing partnership between Ryan Kavanaugh’s L.A.-based Relativity Media LLC and Universal Pictures for most of the studio’s movies. So the previous cut-off through 2011 is now through 2015. And it follows Relativity just reeling in another $1 billion from NY-based $13B … Read More »

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Life Imitates Art: Endeavor Signs “Vince”

By | Wednesday September 24, 2008 @ 8:56am PDT

Yada, yada, yada, we all know that Entourage‘s Ari Gold is based on Ari Emanuel. And that Emanuel’s client Mark Wahlberg is the exec producer of the series which HBO recently picked up for a 6th season. Now life is imitating … Read More »

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Advisory: Three-Part Series Posts Soon

By | Wednesday September 24, 2008 @ 8:15am PDT

All I’ll say is that it’s about the movie biz… Stay tuned this week.

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Don’t Expect Truth About NBC On CNBC

By | Wednesday September 24, 2008 @ 8:13am PDT

So CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo did a quickie interview with Ben Silverman yesterday and shilled shamelessly about the “7 straight weeks” that NBC has beaten the other networks ratings wise. Unfortunately neither she nor Ben bothered … Read More »

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CAA’s New Deal Should Get Guild Scrutiny

By | Tuesday September 23, 2008 @ 7:39pm PDT

News out of Japan is that CAA has signed an artist cooperation agreement with Japan’s largest talent agency and leading production company, Yoshimoto Kogyo. Yoshimoto has none of the restrictions like the U.S. used to have when the Hollywood guilds prevented talent agencies from producing. But the guilds … Read More »

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ICM’s Martha Luttrell Retires After 25 Yrs

By | Tuesday September 23, 2008 @ 4:39pm PDT

I’m told it was a very amicable and mutual decision since she’s been dividing her time between Los Angeles and Aspen (as well as her beloved Africa). After being mentored in the movie biz by director Mike Nichols, Luttrell joined ICM in 1983 when it … Read More »

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Israel’s Oscar Bid: ‘Waltz With Bashir’

By | Tuesday September 23, 2008 @ 3:02pm PDT

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You may recall that last year the Israeli Academy of Motion Pictures chose The Band’s Visit as the country’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar only to see it disqualified by the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for having too much English … Read More »

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WGA West/East Give Election Results

By | Tuesday September 23, 2008 @ 2:43pm PDT

Los Angeles (September 23, 2008) – The Writers Guild of America, West has announced the results of its 2008 Board of Directors election.

The following eight members were elected to the WGAW’s Board of Directors: Katherine Fugate (647, 9.1%), John F.

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Sources: Acme Talent & Literary Merging

By | Tuesday September 23, 2008 @ 2:34pm PDT

This is the same tenpercentery that starred in Fight For Fame, a 2005 E! Entertainment Television contest show for wannabe actors. First there were rumors circulating last week that Acme Talent and Literary had never recovered from the writers strike and was … Read More »

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Media Stocks Ride Dow Roller-Coaster

By | Tuesday September 23, 2008 @ 11:23am PDT

UPDATE: All the media stocks were buffetted during the stock market’s up-and-down performance Tuesday which fell sharply during the last hour of trading. The Dow index alone dropped 4.2% over the last two days. Most infotainment stocks are at or near their lows. Today, lawmakers … Read More »

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Fall TV Season Update: More ’90210′, More ‘Entourage’, More ‘Good Family’

By | Monday September 22, 2008 @ 4:56pm PDT

I just heard that The CW has ordered the back 9 episodes for 90210. Also, ABC has ordered 8 extra scripts to add to its original order of 13 episodes of Mike Judge’s midseason animated series Good Family. (Network bigwigs liked the animatics that much…) And HBO will announce it’s … Read More »

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