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 in Washington,” my source says. The moguls in particular blame him for not being able to keep those $246M in tax breaks for studios and filmmakers intact within the stimulus package. The thinking is that Glickman, a Democrat like Jack Valenti (although that’s where the comparison ends), got outmaneuvered by Republican lawmakers. (I wouldn’t be surprised if the MPAA looks for a GOP lobbyist.) I’m told the MPAA board, comprised of the major studios, only voted to extend Glickman’s contract for another 18 months. That’s enough time they figure to find a replacement. So Valenti had 38 years atop the organization, and Glickman will have 6 1/2. Meanwhile, the MPAA will finally release its full report on what a record-breaking year 2008 was for the movie biz — but only on Tuesday, following Glickman’s appearance at ShoWest, and then only online. Bad enough the MPAA doesn’t want Congress to know that the box office is going gangbusters domestically and internationally, but it doesn’t want the Hollywood guilds to realize this, either.
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