VIDEO: Bare-Butt Bruno Stunts Eminem

By | Sunday May 31, 2009 @ 11:34pm PDT

Twilight may have swept five awards — including best movie, best kiss and best fight — at tonight’s MTV Movie Awards. But everybody’s talking about that Sacha Baron Cohen stunt that “shocked” Eminem. MTV is claiming this was unscripted. (Then again, MTV produced that Janet and Justin wardrobe malfunction Nipplegate for the … Read More »

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Chase Carey In Talks With News Corp

By | Sunday May 31, 2009 @ 7:07pm PDT

I was told about this last Wednesday and decided to see where the talks with the president and CEO of DirecTV went before posting tonight. But indications are the job Carey is negotiating would be structured differently than the one Peter … Read More »

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‘UP’, ‘UP’, AND AWAY! Soars For $68.2M; #2 ‘Night At The Museum’ Sequel $25.5M; #3 ‘Drag Me To Hell’ $16.6M; ‘Star Trek’ Becomes 1st Film Of 2009 Past $200M

By | Saturday May 30, 2009 @ 11:30pm PDT

SATURDAY PM / SUNDAY AM: Hollywood planned a 2nd straight weekend friendly for family filmgoers who have pent-up demand, and it was a wild success with the two top family films placing #1 and #2. With 20% of K-through-12 kids out of … Read More »

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Produced By Conference 2009, June 5-7

By | Saturday May 30, 2009 @ 3:16pm PDT


Next weekend’s “PRODUCED BY CONFERENCE” is already so successful that general registration is temporarily suspended due to overwhelming demand. Now the Producers Guild Of America is trying to accommodate as many attendees as possible. So check back on June 1st if you want … Read More »

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EXCLUSIVE: This Is The WME Logo. Really.

By | Friday May 29, 2009 @ 8:05pm PDT

SATURDAY NOON: The verdict from DHD commenters is that the WME Entertainment logo is a flop. And I’ve just heard that, no, the new agency isn’t going to change it.

FRIDAY 8PM: This really is the WME Entertainment logo unveiling next week. It was on the official WME online stationery sent to employees today. Stupid as it … Read More »

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NO TEARS: Jay Leno Gets Standing Ovation On His Last ‘Tonight Show’

By | Friday May 29, 2009 @ 7:29pm PDT

Jay stuck to the same formula that kept him No. 1 for most of his 17 years as host and let loose with one-liners about the celebutards who’ve been a part of his opening monologues. He also poked fun at his next gig: “I’m going to be going to a … Read More »

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SAG Leadership Debuts Tom Hanks Video; “Vote Yes” Support From George Clooney

By | Friday May 29, 2009 @ 7:28pm PDT

Today, SAG’s new leadership unveiled support for its “Vote Yes” campaign on the tentative TV/Theatrical Contract with the AMPTP from Tom Hanks who is starring in a video. There’s also a new SAG “Statement of Support” signed by George Clooney and others who “wholeheartedly recommend that SAG members VOTE YES … Read More »

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Ed Asner Talks About SAG “Betrayal”

By | Friday May 29, 2009 @ 7:23pm PDT

Ed Asner let loose his opinions about the new SAG leadership when he sat down with KTLA entertainment reporter Sam Rubin this morning for an interview about his new movie, Disney/Pixar’s Up.

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WGA: “Our Successful Organizing Efforts”

By | Friday May 29, 2009 @ 6:10pm PDT


To My Fellow Members,

It’s been a while since I’ve reported to you about the progress of Writers Guild organizing efforts and the many successes we’ve had in the past two years. Organizing writers who work without a WGA contract is one of the key

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ICM Hires Another Laid-Off WMA Agent

By | Friday May 29, 2009 @ 3:02pm PDT

Aaron Hart joined ICM’s motion picture lit department this week. He’d previously been at William Morris for 3 years.

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MPTF Protest Rally Skedded For Monday

By | Friday May 29, 2009 @ 1:54pm PDT


While elderly residents of the long-term care facility suffer daily under threat of eviction, the Motion Picture Television Fund (MPTF) will host “Heartbeat of Hollywood,” a golf tournament and “lavish cocktail party” on the very same campus.

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Who Will Be The Next SAG President?

By | Friday May 29, 2009 @ 11:35am PDT

Based on my conversations with SAG leaders on all sides of the issues, I wouldn’t be surprised if the election for a new SAG president in September comes down to Martin Sheen vs James Cromwell.

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Is This Really Jim Wiatt’s Payday?

By | Friday May 29, 2009 @ 11:31am PDT

Fresh info to me is that WMA CEO Jim Wiatt is receiving $16 million over 5 years not to join WME.

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Your (Un)Trustworthy Trade Late On WME

By | Friday May 29, 2009 @ 9:51am PDT

You’d think Variety would be embarrassed about reporting my WME Entertainment scoops days later and not even giving me credit. You’d think that, but you’d be wrong. Worse, it takes two reporters to act so shamefully. (No credit, either, during primetime pilot panic.) Keep up with my merger postings here:

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    SAG Posts Nine New “Vote Yes” Videos: Preparing 10th Video Starring Tom Hanks

    By | Thursday May 28, 2009 @ 7:00pm PDT

    I’m told the Tom Hanks video is being shot today for the new SAG leadership. Eight of the “Vote Yes” videos are on the official ”SAG Communications Channel” on YouTube. (FYI, the guild’s new leadership removed all the videos at the previous leadership’s “Empower SAG YouTube Channel”…) Here’s the 9th and newest … Read More »

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    Another Laid-Off WMA Agent Hired

    By | Thursday May 28, 2009 @ 6:40pm PDT

    Joanne Wiles, a 14-year WMA veteran who began her career at ICM, is now returning there as a motion picture agent. Her clients include Melissa Leo, Kodi Smit McPhee, Karyn Kusama, Josh Klausner, Jesse Eisenberg, Jay and Mark Duplass, Wentworth Miller, Derick Martini.

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    Jimmy Fallon Topping Jimmy Kimmel?

    By | Thursday May 28, 2009 @ 3:15pm PDT

    I forgot to post this last week. At the NBC Comedy Showcase last Tuesday, which subbed for the network’s upfront, journalists who attended had to agree not to report what was said. So you didn’t hear the joke that Jimmy Fallon told about his boss: What do you get if Jeff Zucker … Read More »

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    Probably The Best Political Perk Out There

    By | Thursday May 28, 2009 @ 3:00pm PDT

    Ex-Jim Henson Company CEO Charles Rivkin has been announced as President Obama’s choice for Ambassador to France. A major California fundraiser for Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, Rivkin is the CEO of Wildbrain animation studios, a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council — a group of individuals from outside the … Read More »

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    Fandango: ‘Up’ 62% Of All Online Tickets

    By | Thursday May 28, 2009 @ 2:00pm PDT

    Fandango reports today’s Top 5 online ticket sales: Up (opening Friday) 62%, Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian 12%, Drag Me To Hell 10%, Terminator: Salvation 5%, Star Trek 4%.

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