‘Slumdog’ Director Danny Boyle Wins DGA

By | Saturday January 31, 2009 @ 11:31pm PST

Question: Does the Slumdog Millionaire team have a big enough mantel for all these awards? The DGA says its Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film has traditionally served as “a near-perfect barometer” for the Academy Award for Best … Read More »

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Over 200 RSVP’s To SAG Hollywood’s Open Board Meeting On Monday Night

By | Saturday January 31, 2009 @ 10:24pm PST

OPEN BOARD MEETING

When: Monday, February 2, 2009
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
(Light meal will be served beginning at 5:30 p.m.)

Where: James Cagney Boardroom
5757 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

The Hollywood Division board will open its February 2, 2009 meeting to members-at-large for observation. This is part of the policy the board

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Revenge Of The Nerds: Oscars Boycott

By | Saturday January 31, 2009 @ 5:35pm PST

Good for the geeks! I’m told that movie sites dedicated to comic book heroes, Star Trek sequels, and everything else sci-fi, action-oriented, and gory are promising to boycott all promotion of this year’s Academy Awards because The Dark Knight wasn’t nominated for … Read More »

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BUT IT WASN’T EASY: NBC Sets Record And Sells Out Super Bowl Ads For $201M

By | Saturday January 31, 2009 @ 3:58pm PST

NBC announced on the eve of the Super Bowl that it has sold the last two of the 67 advertising spots for the game and now 32 advertisers will be represented, pushing total ad revenue for the event to a … Read More »

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Text: SAG Board Majority’s Written Assent

By | Saturday January 31, 2009 @ 3:50pm PST

Pursuant to the Screen Actors Guild Constitution, Article V, Section 1. (J.) (4.), the following actions are hereby authorized through written assent by a majority of the members of the SAG National Board of Directors.I. Effective immediately, Doug Allen is terminated as an employee of Screen Actors Guild.

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Text Of AFTRA/SAG No-Insult Agreement

By | Saturday January 31, 2009 @ 2:25pm PST

As you are aware, late last year, the SAG and AFTRA National Boards both approved in principle the terms of an agreement concerning the conditions for negotiating the commercials contracts under the Phase One Agreement (the “Commercials Contracts Agreement”). The Commercials Contracts Agreement has now been finalized and approved

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Paradigm Sends People Packing Today

By | Friday January 30, 2009 @ 10:08pm PST

I hear 2 agents – one lit, one marketing – and 10 assistants gone in one fell swoop.

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TBS Wants George Lopez Late Night Talk

By | Friday January 30, 2009 @ 8:50pm PST

This year, Telepictures did a pilot for former ANC sitcom star George Lopez in his own late night talker. But the syndication arm of Warner Bros couldn’t sell it. Now I’m told that a deal is about to close for the Lopez talker to air at either 11PM or 11:30PM on TBS. My … Read More »

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NATPE Floor Space To Be Eliminated…?

By | Friday January 30, 2009 @ 8:50pm PST

So the folks returning from NATPE are telling me that “this will be the last year of NATPE as we know it”. Because they say NATPE couldn’t fill the floor space so the powers-that-be will eliminate it next year. Once upon a … Read More »

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LA Times Bringing Back “Company Town” And Pushing Calendar’s Deadlines Later

By | Friday January 30, 2009 @ 4:47pm PST

According to an internal memo from new publisher Eddy Hartenstein, the Los Angeles Times Business section beginning March 2nd will be “enhanced by bringing back the ‘Company Town’ feature, which will serve as the anchor for our ‘business of entertainment’ coverage”. Read More »

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Kyra Sedgwick Signs With United Talent

By | Friday January 30, 2009 @ 3:20pm PST

First, I should explain that someone close to the star of TNT’s The Closer clarified to me that “her team is completely intact except for Gersh. She has the same manager, same lawyer, same publicist, same assistant. Everything’s the same but Gersh.” And, further, that her rethinking her agency “has nothing … Read More »

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Paramount vs Sony On ‘Eat Pray Love’

By | Friday January 30, 2009 @ 11:04am PST

So this was a hot book but it’s been a cold movie in development at Paramount. Two years ago, Brad Pitt wanted the project for his Plan B production company. Then a year ago, Julia Roberts attached herself to play the lead … Read More »

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‘Taken’ Topping Online Wkd Ticket Sales

By | Friday January 30, 2009 @ 10:19am PST

Fandango.com Ticket Sales (as of 1/30/09, 9AM PT)

Taken 13%
Slumdog Millionaire 8%
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans 6%
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 6%
The Uninvited 6%

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Peter Chernin’s Contract Negotiation Now Hurting News Corp Stock On Wall Street

By | Friday January 30, 2009 @ 9:19am PST

Rich Greenfield at Pali Research has given up on News Corp, changing his “Buy” recommendation to “Sell” within the last 24 hours and dropping his stock target price to $5.50 from $12. The financial analyst was basing his very negative assessment … Read More »

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R.I.P. Variety Asia

By | Friday January 30, 2009 @ 9:06am PST

UPDATE: Yes, it’s true.

I’m trying to confirm Twitchfilm.com’s report this AM that Patrik Frater, the editor in chief of Variety Asia, and Marcus Lim, the web editor, have been laid off. Frater is known as one of the best connected guys in … Read More »

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An Invitation To Ben Silverman’s Crib

By | Thursday January 29, 2009 @ 5:44pm PST

I’ve already told you about personnel trouble inside all-shook-up NBC. Now I’m told that Ben Silverman is holding a big meeting at his new Pacific Palisades home for all the top NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios senior executives.  (Perhaps in the basement wine room/screening room of his self-described ”weekend oasis” purchased … Read More »

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Media Rights Capital Goes To Plan B

By | Thursday January 29, 2009 @ 3:06pm PST

I hear MRC just hired Brye Adler from Plan B to be the new production executive under Tori Metzger.

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Gersh Loses Two Actors, Signs Two Actors

By | Thursday January 29, 2009 @ 1:29pm PST

UPDATE: Someone close to the star of TNT’s The Closer clarified to me that “her team is completely intact except for Gersh. She has the same manager, same lawyer, same publicist, same assistant. Everything’s the same but Gersh.” And, further, that her rethinking her agency “has nothing to do with … Read More »

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Now It’s Disney/ABC Laying Off 400 Staff

By | Thursday January 29, 2009 @ 10:43am PST

Every day my “inbox” keeps filling with more in-house memos about staff cuts at the studios and networks. This latest whammy has Disney’s ABC Television Group axing 4% of the total workforce all the way up into the executive ranks. About 200 open positions won’t be filled, and another 200 staffers will be let go. Here’s the … Read More »

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