WHEN AGENTS ATTACK! Ferriter Claims Unlawful Termination: WME Claims He Was Told To Report For Work

By | Tuesday October 27, 2009 @ 3:59pm PDT

UPDATES Agent John Ferriter Declares War On WME
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Top 20 Independent Films October 23-25

By | Tuesday October 27, 2009 @ 10:38am PDT

FROM THE INDEPENDENT FILM & TELEVISION ALLIANCE
(IFTA relies on the definition that an independent film is financed in majority from sources other than the six U.S. major studios. So films on this list distributed by a major studio were independently produced and acquired.)

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Ben Silverman Now Addicted To Self-Promotion; UPDATE: See ’30 Rock’ Diss

By | Monday October 26, 2009 @ 2:20pm PDT

The 30 Rock diss of Ben Silverman is here.

Amazing that the “Advertising Hall of Achievement” is honoring Ben Silverman as one of its “Newest Stars”. Check out the full page ad in The New York Times on Page A11 today. It seems that just a few months into his … Read More »

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Video Spoof: …If You’re Sick Of Vampires

By | Monday October 26, 2009 @ 2:00pm PDT

This purports to be a parody of those vampire relationship projects proliferating now. I can’t decide if this is funny or lame: “After a few years, every relationship can get old. Even when it’s with a vampire.”… Read More »

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Ricky Gervais To Host 67th Golden Globes

By | Monday October 26, 2009 @ 11:16am PDT

Hopefully, Ricky Gervais will mock NBC, and dick clark productions, and especially the Hollywood Foreign Press Association when he hosts the bogus awards show on January 17th.

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Lionsgate & ZillionTV Make Content Deal

By | Monday October 26, 2009 @ 10:35am PDT

The agreement Brings Lionsgate’s current and catalog feature film releases and television programming from its 12,000-title library to the ZillionTV service as either pay-per-view, electronic sell-through, or advertising-supported video-on-demand. The deal includes Mad Men, Weeds, and Tyler Perry pics. ZillionTV is scheduled for nationwide availability in the second half of … Read More »

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Michael Jackson’s ‘This Is It’ Hot Online

By | Monday October 26, 2009 @ 10:18am PDT

Fandango reports that Michael Jackson’s This Is It , which opens tomorrow night, is scooping up 61% of all its online ticket sales. And its week-long online survey shows that 43% of the moviegoers interested in seeing the pic are hardcore Michael Jackson fans, 48% of This Is It moviegoers … Read More »

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About Hollywood’s Coming-Out PR Guru

By | Monday October 26, 2009 @ 9:31am PDT

bragman1LA Weekly recently ran an in-depth cover story on how showbiz flack Howard Bragman helps gay actors come out to the Industry. “In Hollywood,” Bragman told the paper’s Patrick Range McDonald, “most publicists keep their clients in the closet. … Read More »

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Jim Wiatt Named To Indie AOL’s New Board

By | Monday October 26, 2009 @ 8:32am PDT

Nice gig for the former William Morris Chairman/CEO turned independent consultant Jim Wiatt to be one of the 9 directors on the board of AOL when that company separates from Time Warner in December. Wiatt joins Michael Powell (former FCC Chairman) Michael Powell, Pat Mitchell (former president/CEO of PBS and … Read More »

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Rupert’s Main Man May Go After Olympics, But Disney “Buying Everything” In Sports

By | Monday October 26, 2009 @ 8:16am PDT

In his first public speaking engagement since leaving DirecTV for his return to News Corp No. 2 Chase Carey sat down for a keynote Q&A at the 2009 B&C/Multichannel News OnScreen Media Summit. Here’s what I thought was most pertinent, including that News Corp isn’t in acquisition mode because … Read More »

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SERIOUSLY? Anne Rice Likes HBO’s ‘True Blood’, Claims Not To Have Read ‘Twilight’

By | Sunday October 25, 2009 @ 1:28pm PDT

Vampire fangsBefore Stephenie Meyer authored the Twilight Saga, Anne Rice was the Queen of Vampires. So, in a recent Wall Street Journal interview, she talks about the fang explosion in showbiz. (And, yes, this is another in my shameless plugs … Read More »

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#1 ‘Paranormal Activity’ Scares Away Weekend Rivals; ‘Saw VI’ Scares Away Audiences For Only #2; ‘Vampire’s Assistant’ Can’t Scare Up Hardly Anyone

By | Saturday October 24, 2009 @ 10:30pm PDT

paranormalactivity posterSATURDAY PM/SUNDAY AM: The big story this weekend is the pre-Halloween box office — the horror, the horror of it all — and how Saw VI, which has been a disgusting but reliably performing franchise over the years for Lionsgate, … Read More »

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AFTRA Fall Plenary: Only Affected Members Can Vote To Ratify Video Game Contract Extension

By | Saturday October 24, 2009 @ 10:29pm PDT

LOS ANGELES AND NEW YORK (October 24, 2009) — The National Board of Directors of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) met today by videoconference plenary in Los Angeles and New York.

The AFTRA National Board approved that the tentative agreement with the video game industry for

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UTA Hires CAA Talent Agent Boghosian

By | Saturday October 24, 2009 @ 9:34pm PDT

United TalentEXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that UTA has hired CAA agent Darren Boghosian for its talent department. (And, no, this is not related to UTA talent agent Darren Statt wanting to leave for CAA. Just a coincidence of names.) Boghosian … Read More »

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VIDEO: Ricky Gervais Promotes Today’s Hollywood Disabilities Forum At UCLA

By | Saturday October 24, 2009 @ 9:49am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Here’s a little promo clip made by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant to help promote the Hollywood Disabilities Forum today at UCLA for actors, writers, directors, producers, casting directors, and industry pros:

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NBC Also Picked Up ‘Mercy’

By | Friday October 23, 2009 @ 3:47pm PDT

In addition to Parks & Recreation and Community, I’ve learned that NBC also ordered the “Back 9″ on Mercy today. The show is struggling, to say the least.

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EXCLUSIVE: Summit To Market ‘Twilight Saga: New Moon’ With 15-City Cast Tour

By | Friday October 23, 2009 @ 3:18pm PDT

new-moon-poster-teaserHere’s another of my shameless plugs for Twilight fan traffic… What do you do when you’re a mini-major and the second film in your hot Twilight Saga franchise is opening next month? Well, if you’re Summit Entertainment, you send the New Read More »

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NBC Also Just Picked Up ‘Community’

By | Friday October 23, 2009 @ 2:55pm PDT

UPDATES NBC Picks Up ‘Parks & Recreation’

It’s had a rocky start, but NBC is committed to the “Back 9″.

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UPDATE: ‘Southland’ Set For Pick Up By TNT — If NBC Doesn’t Screw It Up

By | Friday October 23, 2009 @ 2:51pm PDT

I hear it looks certain for a TNT pickup of Southland, which was dumped by NBC. People working on the show are being told to prepare for a projected November 2nd resume shooting date, but that may be premature. Warner Bros has no official announcement. But that’s because TNT and NBC are … Read More »

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