‘Wolverine’: 63%-65% Of Online Tickets; Sellouts Mount For Thurs Midnight Shows

By | Wednesday April 29, 2009 @ 12:55pm PDT

MovieTickets.com is reporting 200-plus X-Men Origins: Wolverine sellouts, over 1/4 of them for Thursday midnights showings. As of 9 AM PT, Wolverine accounted for 63% percent of all ticket sales at MovieTickets.com today. Those sales doubled for the third time in three days.

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Disney Plants 2.7M Trees In Brazil Based On 1st Week Ticket Sales For ‘Earth’

By | Wednesday April 29, 2009 @ 12:04pm PDT

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Nice to see the Big Media company kept its promise and this wasn’t just another bullshit marketing gimmick:

Burbank, Calif. – April 29, 2009 — Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has arranged with The Nature

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Video: Next ‘Family Guy’ Spoofs ‘The Hills’

By | Wednesday April 29, 2009 @ 10:37am PDT

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Hurry, This Want Ad Expires On May 18th

By | Wednesday April 29, 2009 @ 10:19am PDT

From a real ad on Mandy.com in the New York/New Jersey section:

Vacancy: Agents (Former WMA & Endeavor)
Employer: Confidential
Location: New York
Duration: 3 year contract minimum, starts Immediate
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If you have been “given the pink slip” or have decided NOT to ride into the new company, possibly this is for you.
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TOLDJA! Endeavor’s Abate Won’t Join WME After Personality Clash With Walsh

By | Tuesday April 28, 2009 @ 7:08pm PDT

I told you that, back in March, the first meeting between WMA book agent Jennifer Rudolph Walsh and Endeavor book agent Richard Abate went really, really badly. Apparently, the two hated one another. Both decided there was no way they could work with one another. There was even an unsuccessful … Read More »

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U.S. Supreme Court Backs Shitty FCC Broadcast Policy On “Fleeting Expletives”

By | Tuesday April 28, 2009 @ 11:33am PDT

But the Supreme Court sidestepped ruling on whether the FCC policy is unconstitutional. So the result is that the networks are still going to have to control even the fleeting curse word on live television. (Isn’t that why there’s a 3-second delay available?) According to news reports, the 5-4 Supreme … Read More »

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News About WME Entertainment Board…

By | Tuesday April 28, 2009 @ 11:17am PDT

It may look as if the William Morris Agency has an advantage over Endeavor on the WME Entertainment’s new board. But I’ve confirmed that the 5 WMA members have 1 vote each, and the 4 Endeavor members have 1 1/4 each. So it’s even.

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More WMA-Endeavor Meet & Greet

By | Tuesday April 28, 2009 @ 9:43am PDT

Ari Emanuel is playing host to WMA’s Jim Wiatt, John Fogelman, Jennifer Rudolph Walsh and Irv Weintraub as they all walk the Endeavor hallways and say hello. UPDATE: Later, WMA’s Peter Grosslight stopped by Endeavor. Same drill.

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Latest WMA-Endeavor Merger Update: Hollywood History In The Making Today: Endeavor And William Morris Vote Yes

By | Monday April 27, 2009 @ 2:17pm PDT

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6 PM: Three of the Endeavor partners who will sit on the new WME Entertainment board – Ari Emanuel, Patrick Whitesell, and Adam Venit — are at William Morris offices right now introducing themselves to and shaking hands with the WMA agents and Read More »

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We Won’t Have ‘Portfolio’ To Kick Around

By | Monday April 27, 2009 @ 2:04pm PDT

I can’t believe that Condé Nast’s business mag Portfolio has shut down without even yanking editor-in-chief Joanne Lipman and trying a new topper. (Like Peter Kaplan.) That sadly leaves a lot of good writers jobless, but hopefully they’ll snag contracts with other Condé Nast publications. (Like Amy Wallace.) I said … Read More »

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TOLDJA! Relativity & Lionsgate Ink Deal

By | Monday April 27, 2009 @ 9:41am PDT

I first reported this on March 27th (Lionsgate About To Do Big Relativity Deal). It took Variety until April 13th to even confirm it. Here’s today’s announcement:

SANTA MONICA, CA (April 27, 2009) – LIONSGATE® (NYSE:

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Best Bet That ‘Chuck’ Will Come Back…

By | Sunday April 26, 2009 @ 12:07pm PDT

Every year about this time, rabid fans of shows perceived to be on the bubble launch campaigns to convince networks to renew their favorite series. So Chuck fans on Monday plan to show NBC execs their loyalty by spiking sandwich sales en masse at Subway stores and sending Nerds candies. It didn’t work for … Read More »

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Weinraub’s ‘Accomplices” In 2nd LA Run

By | Sunday April 26, 2009 @ 11:10am PDT

Back by popular demand, my pal Bernie Weinraub’s play The Accomplices (“the true story of a man’s fight to save the Jews”) is back in Los Angeles and playing at the Odyssey Theatre from April 25th to June 14th in association with The Israeli Leadership Council. Weinraub was The New York Times‘ … Read More »

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Beyoncé Catfight #1 For $28.5M Opener; Zac Efron Still #2, ‘State Of Play’ Fizzles; ‘Earth’ Scores Biggest Nature Docu Debut

By | Saturday April 25, 2009 @ 9:30pm PDT

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SUNDAY AM: These kinds of movies are so demeaning to women when the wife and a deranged “other woman” catfight over a man. But there’s no denying that female filmgoers love this winning formula. (Remember the big box office of … Read More »

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EXCLUSIVE: Abramoff Gets Hollywood Prison Visit; Kevin Spacey Starring As ‘Casino Jack’

By | Saturday April 25, 2009 @ 2:00pm PDT

SATURDAY UPDATE: Kevin Spacey is in Washington DC this weekend doing extensive research for is portrayal of Jack Abramoff in the biopic Casino Jack, which starts principal photography this month with director George Hickenlooper. The actor will be meeting with former business associates of the imprisoned Capitol Hill lobbyist. Yesterday, at the … Read More »

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R.I.P. Bea Arthur

By | Saturday April 25, 2009 @ 1:16pm PDT

She died of cancer at age 86. By having the good fortune and good sense to appear in smartly scripted sitcoms, Bea Arthur helped redefine the image of women on television and in society as more than just eye candy: she brought her talent to roles as diverse as a … Read More »

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And In Other Agency News: Paradigm

By | Friday April 24, 2009 @ 7:25pm PDT

I’ve confirmed that Joel Wright and his New Media department have disappeared from Paradigm. Wright took another job up, and the agent working with him, Mitch Kapler, is going to reality with Steve Wohl. Another Paradigm exodus is 10-year veteran Jim Hess who created the Personal Appearances department. I’m told he … Read More »

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Universal Puts “Wildly Over-Budget” Gore Verbinski Pic ‘Bioshock’ On Hold For Now

By | Friday April 24, 2009 @ 6:32pm PDT

There’ve been rumblings about this. Verbinski told Variety that the studio bosses are pressuring him to move the production outside the United States to take advantage of tax credits instead of shooting in Los Angeles. Studio sources confirm to me that they’re looking for ways to “mitigate costs” and not ruling out … Read More »

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Aaron Kaplan’s $11 Million/5-Year Deal

By | Friday April 24, 2009 @ 5:04pm PDT

So let’s spend a few minutes looking at the fate of the William Morris TV kingpins since everyone at the top of the about-to-merge agency wants Endeavor’s Rick Rosen to run the TV department. CAA is prepared to welcome reality kingpin Mark Itkin with open arms. Sources tell me that John Ferriter … Read More »

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