VIDEO: “Happy Holidays/Content House”

By | Friday December 19, 2008 @ 8:48pm PST
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Sumner’s Debt Reorg Still Not Solved…

By | Friday December 19, 2008 @ 10:09am PST

I’ve temporarily abandoned the story of over-leveraged Sumner Redstone’s protracted debt reorganization because at this point it continues to be nothing but speculation. And, frankly, one source’s predictions are no more meaningful than another’s, as I’ve learned from experience on … Read More »

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Mika Out, Einstein In, As THR Publisher?

By | Friday December 19, 2008 @ 9:40am PST

UPDATE: Lots of insiders have been telling me all week that Eric Mika is out as publisher of The Hollywood Reporter. Or is that just wishful thinking? (Remember, this guy was once described to me as “a prick with all the … Read More »

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Which Pic Is Leading Online Ticket Sales?

By | Friday December 19, 2008 @ 8:43am PST

With Will Smith’s Seven Pounds from Sony, Jim Carrey’s Yes Man from Warner Bros, and a heroic mouse’s The Tale of Despereaux from Universal all opening today, it’s somewhat surprising that Fandango big onlineticket seller reports that the rodent is leading weekly … Read More »

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End-Of-Year Hollywood PR News & Notes

By | Thursday December 18, 2008 @ 3:59pm PST

UPDATE: Longtime PMK/HBH publicist Joy Fehily is leaving the flackery after 13 years to start her own PR agency taking clients McG, Seth McFarland, Joel Silver, and other good names. “It’s a bummer but we’re very happy for her,” PMK/HBH CEO Simon Halls told me. “This is exactly what Stephen, Robin, and … Read More »

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LAYOFFS BE DAMNED! Oscar Campaign Spending From Reverse Into Overdrive

By | Thursday December 18, 2008 @ 3:07pm PST

UPDATE: Jeez, but it’s bewildering why Paramount took out 7 pages of full-page ads in The New York Times today for Revolutionary Road. Talk about overkill. Or why Paramount commissioned a full frills “making of” The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button coffee … Read More »

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VIDEO: “2008 Benderspink Holiday Short”

By | Thursday December 18, 2008 @ 3:05pm PST
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EXCLUSIVE: Baz Luhrmann Going ‘Gatsby’

By | Thursday December 18, 2008 @ 10:44am PST

He just paid tribute to his home country in the epic Australia, but director Baz Luhrmann is landing next on Long Island. Yes, it’s true: I can report that Baz Luhrmann’s next project is definitely The Great Gatsby. The Aussie … Read More »

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Warner Bros Alan Horn Talks Superheroes

By | Thursday December 18, 2008 @ 10:00am PST

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TV Guide Network Sold To Allen Shapiro

By | Thursday December 18, 2008 @ 9:27am PST

Santa Clara, Calif. (12/17/2008) — Macrovision Solutions Corporation, a digital entertainment technology leader, today announced it has reached an agreement to sell its TV Guide Network property to Allen Shapiro and One Equity Partners for approximately $255 million in consideration, subject to a working capital adjustment at closing, plus

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Screen Actor Guild Nominations

By | Thursday December 18, 2008 @ 8:56am PST

Miramax’s religious drama Doubt dominated the Screen Actors Guild nominations with five, followed by Milk and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button with three each — showing yet again that this year is a wide open awards race with the 5 top films for ensemble casts being Doubt, Frost/Nixon, Milk, Read More »

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SAG STRIKE AUTHORIZATION VOTE: “Yes” And “No” Sides Now Have Dueling Websites, Celeb Lists And Actor Videos

By | Thursday December 18, 2008 @ 2:22am PST

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Almost daily now, growing numbers of SAG actors, especially those with well-known names, are taking sides on the Strike Authorization Vote issue. But I don’t have the patience over the next few weeks to keep constantly calculating the star power of both the “Yes” or “No” solidarity signers. Especially when you can do it … Read More »

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Tonight’s SAG Town Hall: Of the 40 Speakers, 80% “Yes”, 15% “Undecided”, 5% “No” On Strike Authorization Vote

By | Wednesday December 17, 2008 @ 11:15pm PST

UPDATE: A dozen film industry workers protested outside the Hollywood town hall meeting of the Screen Actors Guild on Wednesday night holding up signs saying “Please No Strike Now — The Crew” in the rain. The group described themselves as location scouts, technicians and … Read More »

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MPAA Sues To Shut Down 3 Film Websites

By | Wednesday December 17, 2008 @ 10:47pm PST

Los Angeles – The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) on behalf of the major Hollywood movie studios filed lawsuits in federal court in Los Angeles today against campusist.com, movies-on-demand.tv, and sswarez.com – websites that facilitate copyright infringement on the Internet. These sites contribute to and profit from massive

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VIDEO: “Happy Holidays From Ashton Kutcher And Katalyst Films, 2008″

By | Wednesday December 17, 2008 @ 7:35pm PST
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William Morris Support Staff Score Kindles

By | Wednesday December 17, 2008 @ 7:16pm PST

I just received this email from inside William Morris: ”WMA, despite losing nearly every client they’ve ever had and despite the cratered economy, has gone ahead and given sweet holiday gifts to all assistants and support staff: Amazon Kindles. Everyone’s overjoyed and quite … Read More »

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Box Office Mojo To Expand Under IMDb

By | Wednesday December 17, 2008 @ 7:12pm PST

Hard to believe Box Office Mojo has been around for 9 years already. So it shouldn’t be surprising that Amazon.com’s subsidiary IMDb.com snapped it up in a deal finalized this week. The go-to website for movie stats sent an email today that it will continue … Read More »

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Next Layoffs At Comcast Entertainment

By | Wednesday December 17, 2008 @ 7:04pm PST

I’m hearing there are going to be senior-level cuts at E!, Style, G4 and Fearnet.

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The REAL DreamWorks Financing Story…

By | Wednesday December 17, 2008 @ 6:41pm PST

I’d been planning to update my DreamWorks financing story from December 4th about how things may come to a head on this fast-breaking news as soon as January. (Look for my post Thursday…) But Variety‘s article just published online is not only late (the trade didn’t match my reporting from two weeks ago) … Read More »

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