New ‘Law & Order: CI’ Season Delayed

By | Wednesday October 29, 2008 @ 10:05am PDT

UPDATE: I’ve confirmed now. Season 8 of what I consider the best of the Law & Order series was supposed to debut on November 7th. But last night the rumor on the set was that that Criminal Intent is postponed until sometime in 2009 on the USA Network. And, yes, the show is now delayed until first … Read More »

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Obama Infomercial To Be Seen On 7 Nets

By | Wednesday October 29, 2008 @ 9:27am PDT

CBS, NBC, Fox, MSNBC, BET, TVOne, Univision are all carrying Barack Obama’s half-hour broadcast tonight. ABC is sticking with Pushing Daisies.

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Lionsgate Must Be Staffed By Mad Men; Execs Look To Replace Creator Weiner

By | Tuesday October 28, 2008 @ 2:30pm PDT

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EXCLUSIVE: It takes a lot to shock me when it comes to Hollywood business. But this is lunacy. I’ve confirmed that Lionsgate execs are calling Hollywood agencies looking for a showrunner to replace Matthew Weiner, the brilliant creator of Mad Men. The reason is that they … Read More »

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Weinstein Company Blames Mystery Man For Spreading “False” Writedown Rumor

By | Tuesday October 28, 2008 @ 2:29pm PDT

UPDATE: It’s not just that The Weinstein Company is denying today’s buzz in film financing circles that it’s taken a $50 million writedown because of all the movies it’s dumped into 2009. Nah, what’s way more interesting is that … Read More »

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VIDEO: Richard Dreyfuss vs Oliver Stone

By | Tuesday October 28, 2008 @ 1:44pm PDT
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Relief For Big Media Stock Market Prices: Dow’s 2nd Biggest Point Gain Ever

By | Tuesday October 28, 2008 @ 1:22pm PDT

It was also the S&P’s 6th largest point gain ever, back above 900 after rallying 91 points. The Dow came back 899.35 points to inch above 9,000. NASDAQ was up over 9.5%, for its 4th largest one-day point gain ever. Here are the Big Media numbers:

TUESDAY, October 28, 2008
GE (NBC Universal) +1.76 (+9.93%) $19.49
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An Idea Becomes Reality: Strike TV

By | Tuesday October 28, 2008 @ 11:20am PDT

Strike.TV is up and running. There was even a press breakfast about it held this morning with some of the participants, including CEO Peter Hyoguchi and CCO Ian Deitchman. It was formed in January 2008 during the writers strike as a way for top Hollywood writers, direcors and actors to exercise … Read More »

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The -$50 Million Weinstein Company?

By | Tuesday October 28, 2008 @ 8:49am PDT

Weinstein Company Blames Mystery Man For Spreading “False” Writedown Rumor

I just heard the buzz in film financing circles that The Weinstein Company had to writedown $50 million … Read More »

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SNEAK VIDEO: Michelle Obama On Leno

By | Monday October 27, 2008 @ 7:36pm PDT

She gave Disney Channel and Nickelodeon a plug… Jeff Zucker will be thrilled.

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WMA Losing Another Key Talent Agent…

By | Monday October 27, 2008 @ 7:02pm PDT

I’m told Scott Lambert, whose father-in-law is the infamous Arnon Milchan and whose wife is well-known producer Alexandra Milchan, has decided to become entrepreneurial as well. He’s departing William Morris after a 14-year career there to become a buyer and financier. (He hasn’t closed … Read More »

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New Bond Wannasee 2x ‘Casino Royale’; But What Did ‘Quantum Of Solace’ Cost?

By | Monday October 27, 2008 @ 5:19pm PDT

Quantum Of Solace came online for tracking and I’m told the good news has Sony doing somersaults. Because the first choice is almost double what it was for Daniel Craig’s debut as Bond in Casino Royale, That’s a very solid … Read More »

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Newspaper For Below-The-Liners In Peril

By | Monday October 27, 2008 @ 4:26pm PDT

The economic downturn keeps taking its toll. Today, Patrick Graham, the publisher of Below the Line, a newspaper claiming to be the “editorial voice of the crew”, wrote a plaintive email addressed to Hollywood types warning that the November issue can’t come out … Read More »

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Latest Calendar Layoffs From LA Times

By | Monday October 27, 2008 @ 4:04pm PDT

UPDATE: More Calendar casualties. Film reviewer Carina Chocano. Calendar assistant editor Maria Russo (hired from the New York Observer in 2004). Staff writer Scott Timberg. There may be more, all part of the latest Los Angeles Times layoffs, buyouts and resignations. Arts writer Lynell … Read More »

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Jail Birds Of A Feather Flock Together…

By | Monday October 27, 2008 @ 11:15am PDT

Convicted felon Terry Christensen’s motion for a new trial (arguing that a juror had been improperly kicked off the panel for apparently disagreeing with fellow jurors on the merits of the wiretapping case) was heard today and denied by federal … Read More »

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Hollywood Agency News And Notes…

By | Monday October 27, 2008 @ 9:24am PDT

I forgot to post last Friday that CAA signed Tom Selleck. My question is simply: “Why?” Granted he needs new agents since his career is cold as ice. But CAA has more than enough out-of-work actors bitching and moaning under Richard Lovett’s 100% market share philosophy…

Endeavor had in its fold writer/director John … Read More »

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‘Mad Men’ 2nd Season Finale Tonight

By | Sunday October 26, 2008 @ 5:42pm PDT

Jon Hamm was wonderful on SNL last night. Who knew he did impressions? Here’s the skit about “Don Draper’s Guide To Picking Up Women”:

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Michelle Obama Will Do Leno Monday

By | Sunday October 26, 2008 @ 5:31pm PDT

Let’s see if Jay can get her to sing, “Solid As Barack”…

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‘Saw’ Top Grossing Horror Franchise Ever

By | Sunday October 26, 2008 @ 10:43am PDT

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SNL: “Solid As Barack”, “Biden/Murtha”

By | Sunday October 26, 2008 @ 9:23am PDT

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