MRC Cancels Two Shows On The CW

By | Friday October 31, 2008 @ 5:02pm PDT

I’m told that financier and producer Media Rights Capital has canceled two of the four shows it put on The CW after being given the rare opportunity to program a network’s Sunday nights. Both Valentine and Easy Money had been … Read More »

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LA Times Fires Its Film Box Office Guy

By | Friday October 31, 2008 @ 4:57pm PDT

I’ve confirmed that Josh Friedman, who wrote the “Movie Projector” column covering the weekly box office, has been laid off. An insider told me the Los Angeles Times is now looking for a low-cost freelancer to do it…. Read More »

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The “Other” Jon Favreau…

By | Friday October 31, 2008 @ 3:34pm PDT


During the next few weeks you’ll read and hear Jon Favreau’s name repeated by the Washington press corps. It’s because Barack Obama’s favorite speechwriter has the same name as Jon Favreau, the Hollywood director, writer, and actor. Today, a posting of possible personnel in an Obama administration spotlighted … Read More »

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DHD Advisory: 40+ Million Page Views!

By | Friday October 31, 2008 @ 2:59pm PDT

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
DHD started up 32 months ago in March 2006 and it’s been gratifying to see people are reading it and responding to it. Your tips have never been better, and your comments have never been livelier. (Keep ‘em coming!) I remain in awe.

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MTV Networks Hiding News Of Layoffs

By | Friday October 31, 2008 @ 1:34pm PDT

I’ve just been told that Viacom’s MTV Networks is planning “a lot” of layoffs. And get this: it’s making the announcement on Tuesday hoping that the news will be overshadowed by Election Day. Dontcha just love Big Media’s sensitivity?

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Females Flocking To Buy Twilight Tickets

By | Friday October 31, 2008 @ 12:30pm PDT

The Summit Entertainment vampire romance doesn’t open for another three weeks, but fans are already scooping up advance tickets for the film. In a recent survey, Twilight was voted by moviegoers as the most anticipated film of the season. … Read More »

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Bill Clinton Campaigning For Al Franken

By | Friday October 31, 2008 @ 11:46am PDT


As DHD readers know, I’ve been closely following the Al Franken vs Norm Coleman hotly contested U.S. Senate race in Minnesota because, while showbiz talents who are also Democrats routinely raise money and campaign for political candidates, they rarely run for public office themselves. For a while, Franken, the … Read More »

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‘Whaddaya Mean Bro Won’t Take My Call?’

By | Friday October 31, 2008 @ 11:03am PDT

Endeavor’s Ari Emanuel may soon have a sibling in a higher place. Today’s political news is filled with speculation that Ari’s brother Rahm Emanuel, the U.S. representative who helped engineer the Democratic takeover of Congress, is Barack Obama’s first choice for White House chief of staff … Read More »

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Film Producer Finds $200 Mil Financing From Banks Despite Current Credit Crisis

By | Friday October 31, 2008 @ 10:53am PDT

Isn’t this a nice surprise? Veteran film producer Philippe Rousselet and entertainment executive Fabrice Gianfermi announced today the formation of Vendome Pictures — described in the press release as a development, production and financing entity focused on producing internationally driven and commercially viable feature films … Read More »

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‘Quantum Of Solace’ Leads Advance Sales

By | Friday October 31, 2008 @ 10:04am PDT

UPDATED: online sales for October 27-31 as of 12 PM ET today:

Quantum of Solace (MGM/Sony) 39%
High School Musical 3: Senior Year (Disney) 30%
Twilight (Summit Entertainment) 8%
Saw V (Lionsgate) 4%
The rest are 2% or less

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John McCain To Appear On SNL…

By | Friday October 31, 2008 @ 8:52am PDT

The host is actor and Democratic activist Ben Affleck.

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AMPTP Takes Its Turn Meeting Mediator

By | Thursday October 30, 2008 @ 5:46pm PDT

Statement by the AMPTP:
The AMPTP met this afternoon with federal mediator Juan Carlos Gonzalez. During the meeting AMPTP presented details of the AMPTP’s Final Offer to SAG, along with background information on the

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‘Twilight’ Tops Online Movie Ticket Sales

By | Thursday October 30, 2008 @ 4:47pm PDT Ticket Sales (as of 10:00 AM PT today)

Twilight (Summit Entertainment) 43%
High School Musical 3: Senior Year (Disney) 19%
Saw V (Lionsgate) 8%
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (DreamWorks Animation) 8%
Quantum of Solace (MGM/Sony) 3%

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NBC Is Truly TV’s Best Soap Opera Drama

By | Thursday October 30, 2008 @ 3:08pm PDT

I’m planning another piece on NBC for Sunday. But for now it’s fascinating to watch the network squirm.. Will BBC Worldwide America’s Paul Telegdy become EVP over just unscripted entertainment? Is Telegdy pushing to now or eventually be given a bigger job? Will NBC’s current reality czar Craig Plestis get shown the door despite Ben Silverman’s assurance? Will Jeff Zucker reup Silverman or could Ben decide … Read More »

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Top 10 ‘Most Anticipated’ Movies Of 2009

By | Thursday October 30, 2008 @ 1:06pm PDT

According to a survey from conducted between August 8th and October 5th of nearly 4,000 movie fans who had just purchased tickets at the website, these are their picks for the “most anticipated” films over the next year:

The Top 10 Most Anticipated Films

1.  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Warner Bros)

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2ND UPDATE: Is BBC America’s Telegdy About To Become A Top NBC Executive?

By | Wednesday October 29, 2008 @ 3:31pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: This is a really fast-moving story. For months now, I’ve been asking my sources when is NBC going to give more power to real programmers since salesman Ben Silverman isn’t one. So this morning Paul Telegdy suddenly and unexpectedly resigned from BBC Worldwide America. Now I’m told NBC … Read More »

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Focus’ James Schamus Fires Back At THR

By | Wednesday October 29, 2008 @ 2:33pm PDT

James Schamus is really pissed at that Hollywood Reporter story carried by Reuters yesterday on the eve of the San Francisco premiere dissing the marketing strategy to supposedly not focus on the political significance of Focus Features’ Milk. Here’s the complaint Schamus sent to the trade:

To the Editor:

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D-List Actors Diss Al Franken For Senate

By | Wednesday October 29, 2008 @ 1:55pm PDT
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Gersh Theater Agent Goes AWOL Again…

By | Wednesday October 29, 2008 @ 10:48am PDT

Say you’re a tenpercentery with a hot agent who’s also a hot head. And say he walks off the job in a huff from time to time. Well, if you’re the Gersh Agency, you let John Buzzetti blow off steam and then welcome him back again and again. It’s because the New … Read More »

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