Overseas Trailer For ‘Inglourious Basterds’

By | Tuesday June 30, 2009 @ 8:28pm PDT
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Paramount Approaches Rivals Sony & Fox

By | Tuesday June 30, 2009 @ 3:58pm PDT

Just what Hollywood needs — more anti-competitive behavior by Big Media. (Time to re-energize the dormant anti-trust division of the U.S. Justice Department.) I’ve confirmed what the Financial Times is reporting that Paramount is in advanced home entertainment merger talks with Sony Pictures and News Corp’s Fox studio. Prompted … Read More »

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Paramount’s Adam Goodman Wields Ax: Production Workforce Cut By 31 People: NYC Literary & Paramount Vantage Closed

By | Tuesday June 30, 2009 @ 2:12pm PDT

paramount-logo.jpgUPDATED: Don’t you just love it when, after making $400M in 5 days on a monster hit like Transformers 2, a studio starts firing people? That’s the situation at Paramount today as new leader Adam Goodman is wielding the layoff … Read More »

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George Clooney Exits Warner Bros For Sony

By | Tuesday June 30, 2009 @ 12:09pm PDT

So just days after dumping a pic with his one-time producing partner Steven Soderbergh, Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Amy Pascal has done a deal with George Clooney and his other producing partner Grant Heslov. My question is: why? Pascal swore … Read More »

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Hollywood Democrat In U.S. Senate! Minnesota Court Affirms SNLer Franken’s Election Victory; Coleman Concedes

By | Tuesday June 30, 2009 @ 11:36am PDT

UPDATE: Norm Coleman has finally conceded, clearing the way for Al Franken to be certified as the election winner and take his U.S. Senate after 8 bitter months of legal battling over the Minnesota election. News reports say Dem leaders reserved spots for Franken on four committees which … Read More »

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‘Transformers 2′ Now Up To $419M Global

By | Tuesday June 30, 2009 @ 9:20am PDT

I’m told that Monday’s haul was $14.8 million for Transformers 2: Revenge Of The Fallen for a new $214.9M domestic cume. Internationally, it made $14M foreign Monday for a new $204M overseas cume. Worldwide, the total is now a whopping $419M. (Previous: Read More »

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DHD ADVISORY: Transition Starting

By | Monday June 29, 2009 @ 4:54pm PDT

Deadline Hollywood Daily’s transition from Village Voice Weekly to Mail.com Media Corp is about to begin. Fortunately, the Fourth Of July holiday lies ahead, so expect light posting — primarily box office with occasional news coverage. In the meantime, I’ll try to shake this virus I’ve had for the past 10 days. Thanks for your patience…

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ROCK ‘EM, ‘SOCK ‘EM! ‘TRANSFORMERS 2′ OPENS TO $390.4M WORLDWIDE! That’s $200M Domestic + $190.3M International! But 5-Day Debut Can’t Beat ‘Dark Knight’

By | Saturday June 27, 2009 @ 10:00pm PDT

MONDAY PM: Paramount is announcing bigger actual numbers. “More theatres ran midnight shows than we had originally forecast. And a number of Imax locations that aren’t in multiplexes and are not in the reporting system did huge Read More »

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MORE OSCAR CHANGES: Thalberg, Hersholt, & Honorary Awards To Be Separate Event; Fewer Original Song Nominees; More Rules?

By | Saturday June 27, 2009 @ 9:10pm PDT

Anybody who knows the way that the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences rolls, knows that its board of governors does nothing without an ulterior motive. So the decision to make an entirely new event for those honorary … Read More »

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Jeff Goldblum Alive & Well In Los Angeles

By | Thursday June 25, 2009 @ 7:42pm PDT

His publicist is denying crazy web rumors the Law & Order: Criminal Intent star died in New Zealand today. Sounds like the next plot (combined with the circumstances of David Carradine’s death) for the NYPD major crimes series. But I’ve since learned that, every coupla years, a rumor starts on the Internet about … Read More »

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Julius Genachowski Confirmed As FCC Chair

By | Thursday June 25, 2009 @ 6:07pm PDT

The full Senate agreed by unanimous consent today to confirm Julius Genachowski as the next FCC chairman. Prez Obama’s classmate at Harvard Law School, he spent 8 years in senior positions at ex-Fox boss Barry Diller’s IAC/InterActiveCorp.

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R.I.P. Michael Jackson

By | Thursday June 25, 2009 @ 3:41pm PDT

He died at UCLA Hospital at age 50. There is going to be a huge media circus (see below), but not here at DHD. So go elsewhere on the web for tributes to his talent and details about his death. I will sort out the … Read More »

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LATE NIGHT WEEK 3: Dave Wins Eyeballs, Conan Wins Demos; But O’Brien Ratings Lowest Ever Recorded For ‘Tonight Show’

By | Thursday June 25, 2009 @ 12:29pm PDT


So it looks like there’ll be duelling press releases throughout the summer in the Conan O’Brien vs David Letterman battle for supremacy. But I’ve just learned that what wasn’t in either network’s PR sheets is that Conan is now garnering the … Read More »

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R.I.P. Farrah Fawcett And Ed McMahon

By | Thursday June 25, 2009 @ 10:29am PDT
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3RD UPDATE: Jeff Zucker Privately Pledging “Imminent Changes” At NBC And Universal

By | Wednesday June 24, 2009 @ 6:28pm PDT


WRITETHRU (UPDATED THROUGHOUT): It sounds as if Jeff Zucker wants to flip the switch at NBC and Universal, and scare the bejesus out of his Hollywood executives. Is it to divert attention from his own monstrous failure as their chairman?

I’ve learned he’s telling Hollywood privately that he’s planning … Read More »

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DHD Advisory: Please Re-Send Comments

By | Wednesday June 24, 2009 @ 2:12pm PDT

The website’s cability to receive comments went down at 10:30 AM. The problem has been fixed. Please re-send. (And don’t blame the new guys. The transition doesn’t occur until sometime in July…) Also, after being ill, and then reporting DHD news, I’m not back to normal operation of the site. So please cut DHD some … Read More »

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STUNNER! STUDIO PRESSURE SUCCESSFUL: Academy To Now Allow 10 Oscar Nominees In Best Picture Category (Worst Idea Ever)

By | Wednesday June 24, 2009 @ 10:38am PDT

This hugely surprising and dramatic change for the 82nd Academy Awards is the direct result of intense lobbying by the major studios of the “Acadummy” Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. And outgoing president Sid Ganis, … Read More »

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Truly A Sad Parting: VVM Now Searches To “Fill The Void” Left By DHD’s Departure

By | Tuesday June 23, 2009 @ 10:00pm PDT

Late today, Village Voice Media issued a very classy news release announcing that my Deadline Hollywood Daily website was leaving to join MMC. I’m so sad. I want to thank everyone at VVM for DHD’s past 3+ years: COO Jim Larkin and CEO Michael Lacey were great partners and great guys. … Read More »

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What To Expect From DHD’s Next Phase…

By | Tuesday June 23, 2009 @ 11:04am PDT

Know this: I did not sell out. I really meant it when I said that DeadlineHollywood Daily.com will continue to be an independent editorial voice – and I would retain complete control over everything reported on the website — so that DHD’s credibility with its readers could … Read More »

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