Fox Screws Up ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ DVD

By | Tuesday March 31, 2009 @ 11:48pm PDT

There was a bad batch of Slumdog Millionaire DVDs released without the special features advertised on the box. Missing are “The Making Of” featurette and the “Deleted Scenes” among other promised content. Needless to say, a lot of buyers are complaining to Amazon about it. The web seller has added … Read More »

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CBS: Smaller Shows, Bigger Film Division

By | Monday March 30, 2009 @ 10:12pm PDT

UPDATE: You asked, I’ll answer. I’ve just learned that CBS has demanded that each existing TV show — even the hit ones – reduce their budgets for next year, if renewed. This may mean smaller writing staffs. Meanwhile, Hollywood has been … Read More »

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I Bet Sacha’s ‘Bruno’ Charms The MPAA Ratings Board On The 2nd Time Around

By | Monday March 30, 2009 @ 7:21pm PDT

Universal isn’t even breaking a sweat. “People don’t get the process,” one exec told me. “The film isn’t even rated yet.” So I can’t believe some bloggers think it’s a big deal that Sacha Baron Cohen’s Bruno has received a possible NC-17 rating on its first submission to the MPAA. Because it … Read More »

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Can Redstone Go To Fiscal Hell And Back?

By | Monday March 30, 2009 @ 6:57pm PDT

I hear Sumner Redstone is denying those persistent rumors that he’s talking to Peter Chernin about replacing Philippe Dauman as No. 2. “Chernin is from the creative side, and Dauman isn’t,” said a source explaining the whispering. And Sumner has … Read More »

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Les Is Less: CBS Falls 17% On Downgrade

By | Monday March 30, 2009 @ 5:01pm PDT

Just when you think it can’t get any worse for Les Moonves, it does. He’s already slashed the CBS Inc dividend. Today the stock fell more than 17%. That followed a UBS downgrade of the media stock from neutral to … Read More »

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R.I.P. Steven Bach

By | Monday March 30, 2009 @ 5:00pm PDT

The former United Artists exec wrote what I consider to be the best books about the lunacy of the entertainment business — Final Cut, about how Michael Cimino’s disastrous 1980 Heaven’s Gate brought down the studio. Bach also wrote biographies of Marlene Dietrich, Moss Hart and Leni Riefenstahl. He died … Read More »

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Gersh Hires Former Endeavor Agent Wu

By | Monday March 30, 2009 @ 2:33pm PDT

Before she was let go, Endeavor talent agent Daisy Wu’s client list included Oscar winner Mira Sorvino, DL Hughley, Alexander Skarsgard, Lindsay Sloane, Chris Eccleston, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Alex Pettyfer, and Amelia Warner. I’m told it’s not confirmed at this time … Read More »

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Warner Bros Woes With Abu Dhabi Deal

By | Monday March 30, 2009 @ 1:05pm PDT

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When the pact was announced 18 months ago, I noted that, if a sucker is born every minute, all eventually land in Hollywood. And that, after exhausting the German dentist money, then the American tycoon scion money, … Read More »

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ICM Signs Emmy Rossum

By | Monday March 30, 2009 @ 11:51am PDT

As I reported back on March 20th, Emmy Rossum left CAA. She took meetings with several top agencies and has now signed with ICM.

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DHD Advisory: 72 Hours Light Posting

By | Monday March 30, 2009 @ 11:39am PDT

I’ll be in and out over the next 3 days so cut DHD some slack. Will file when I can. But expect lighter than usual posting and late stories. Keep those tips coming!

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‘Monsters vs Aliens’ Blasts Off #1 For Biggest 3D Opening: $58.2M Weekend

By | Saturday March 28, 2009 @ 12:02am PDT

SUNDAY AM: Feel that heat? It’s another hot weekend at the box office, +40% over last year for $140 million in overall grosses. And it’s mostly due to the blistering North American performance of 3-D blockbuster Monsters Read More »

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Digital Changes For News Corp: Ex-AOL’er Jon Miller Becomes Digital Media CEO, FIM Prez Peter Levinsohn To “Big Studio Job”

By | Friday March 27, 2009 @ 4:19pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE & UPDATED: Sources tell me that outcast AOL CEO Jon Miller has agreed to join News Corp in a newly created role as CEO, Digital Media. He will report to Rupert Murdoch and be based in NYC and in charge of … Read More »

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Rumor About ICM Agent Layoffs Untrue

By | Friday March 27, 2009 @ 4:15pm PDT

Two coordinators – inbetween assistants and agents — were let go. No one else.

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We Interrupt Lunch For This ‘Bulletin’…

By | Friday March 27, 2009 @ 12:18pm PDT

Now urgent emails announcing “an all staff meeting” at William Morris are being sent around Hollywood by a rival tenpercentery. (Then again, I was assured by rival agents that the WMA-Endeavor merger would be announced a month ago.) This is hilarious, and why playing out agency negotiations in public is only fun for competitors. As one tells me, … Read More »

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Lionsgate About To Do Big Relativity Deal: So Why Today’s Layoffs?

By | Friday March 27, 2009 @ 11:25am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate’s Jon Feltheimer and Michael Burns were having a celebratory St Patrick’s Day dinner at the Chateau Marmont with Relativity Media’s Ryan Kavanaugh on March 17th. “The guys are on their second bottle of expensive wine and getting along like a house on fire,” my source who spotted them emailed me. … Read More »

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Who’s Clued In …And Just Clueless

By | Friday March 27, 2009 @ 5:52am PDT

Geez. It took the Los Angeles Times four reporters to say absolutely nothing new today about the William Morris-Endeavor merger story. Not even one fresh development. This, despite the fact that the paper is more than 5 weeks late printing a word about the deal, and more than two weeks … Read More »

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Studios Plan To Replace MPAA’s Glickman

By | Friday March 27, 2009 @ 4:23am PDT

Yes, it’s true. I’m told there’s a lot of dissatisfaction among Hollywood CEOs with MPAA head Dan Glickman. “The unhappiness focuses on the fact he’s a bad and boring speaker who has not repped the movie business well … Read More »

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GREAT NEWS! California Film Commission Getting “Tons Of Calls” For New Tax Break

By | Friday March 27, 2009 @ 3:35am PDT

The California Film Commission tells AP it’s receiving tons of calls from independent producers, studios, TV shows and features and ”all very excited and very anxious to get started” filming in the state because of $500 million in new tax credits. Even though the first credits aren’t applicable until … Read More »

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Big Media To Become Behemoth Media?

By | Friday March 27, 2009 @ 3:22am PDT

News reports say the FCC may have to revisit newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership restrictions because of the rotten financial condition of print newsosaurs. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has written to the Justice Department suggesting it take a broader view of competition when it considers possible media mergers. Big Media has gone … Read More »

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