‘The Hurt Locker’ Dominates Gothams

By | Monday November 30, 2009 @ 8:59pm PST

The 19th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards were held in NYC tonight.
The winners were:

BEST FEATURE
The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Producers: Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier, Greg Shapiro

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Food, Inc (Magnolia Pictures)
Director: Robert Kenner
Producers: Robert Kenner, Elise Pearlstein

BEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
The Hurt Locker

BREAKTHROUGH DIRECTOR
Robert Siegel, Big Fan

BREAKTHROUGH ACTOR
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John Ferriter’s $25M Lawsuit Against WME

By | Monday November 30, 2009 @ 5:36pm PST

UPDATES Ferriter Claims Unlawful Termination, WME Claims Told Him To Work
UPDATES Agent John Ferriter Declares War On WME
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AP: GE & Vivendi Finally Reach Tentative Deal On That 20% NBC Universal Stake

By | Monday November 30, 2009 @ 5:30pm PST

vivendi-logo-1The price tag is said to be $5.8 billion. This, even after GE chairman Jeff Immelt last week went to Paris to beg the one-time French water company to come to reasonable terms. Then again, the French love money even more than … Read More »

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Changes At ABC Sales & NBC Marketing

By | Monday November 30, 2009 @ 4:37pm PST

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Broadcasting & Cable today says longtime ABC sales and marketing president Mike Shaw is leaving and that Disney is considering creating a new position for ad sales across all its properties.

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Producers Guild Announces TV Awards

By | Monday November 30, 2009 @ 1:25pm PST

LOS ANGELES (November 30, 2009) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today the nominations for Television Series and Non-fiction Television categories that will advance in the voting process for the 21st Annual Producers Guild Awards. The PGA Awards television categories include: Danny Thomas Producer of the Year

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SPOOF: ‘DeGrassi: The Next Generation’

By | Monday November 30, 2009 @ 1:03pm PST

I’ve been meaning to post about YouTube star Shane Dawson. So now the Fine Brothers have brought some production value to his channel by co-writing and co-directing this weekend’s epic 11-minute send-up of the Canadian TV show DeGrassi: The Next Generation which is a U.S. cable staple. (Must be on … Read More »

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Fox Searchlight Marketing EVP Leaving

By | Monday November 30, 2009 @ 12:04pm PST

I’ve learned that Stephanie Allen, EVP of marketing at Fox Searchlight Pictures, is leaving after a decade there promoting Slumdog Millionaire, Sideways, Juno, Little Miss Sunshine, Napoleon Dynamite, and other pics. “Stephanie has decided to take a break from the movie business. She is already enrolled in graduate school, … Read More »

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IWantMedia’s 2009 Media Person?

By | Monday November 30, 2009 @ 11:33am PST

Once again my pal Patrick Phillip at IWantMedia.com is asking you to vote for the top figure in media for 2009. Previous winners have been Arianna Huffington, writers on strike, Stephen Colbert, Anderson Cooper, Jon Stewart, Bonnie Fuller, and Martha Stewart. So who do you think was the leading … Read More »

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WB ‘Hangover’ Exec Greg Silverman Upped

By | Monday November 30, 2009 @ 10:59am PST

(November 30, 2009 – Burbank, CA) Greg Silverman has been named to the newly created position of Executive Vice President, Creative Development and Production, Warner Bros. Pictures, it was announced today by Jeff Robinov, President, Warner Bros. Pictures Group.

In his new position, effective January 1, 2010, Silverman will report

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UPDATE: UTA’s David Guillod Not Leaving Agency Biz After All; Jumped To Paradigm

By | Monday November 30, 2009 @ 10:30am PST

MONDAY AM: It looks like this was not a resignation, but a defection. That’s right — UTA partner and co-head of the motion picture talent department David Guillod told the tenpercentery he was leaving the agency biz to supposedly join a content company. … Read More »

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RECORD-BREAKER THANKSGIVING $278M: ‘New Moon’ $42.5M Weekend/$66M Holiday; ‘Blind Side’ $40.1M/$57.5M

By | Sunday November 29, 2009 @ 9:16am PST


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SUNDAY AM: Official numbers coming in now… Analysis on its way…

1. NEW MOON (Summit Entertainment) Week 2 [4,042 Theaters)
Wed $14.3M, Thurs $9.2M, Fri $17.7M, Sat … Read More »

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Actors Will Do Anything To Land A Role…

By | Thursday November 26, 2009 @ 12:44pm PST

TJ Miller, an LA-based comedian (Cloverfield, Carpoolers) shot this video after two unsuccessful auditions for the Warner Bros’ Yogi Bear movie. Studio boss Alan Horn and producer Donald De Line saw this footage and offered him a major part in the film. He’s already in New Zealand shooting:

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Oscar Screeners Sent Out So Far…

By | Wednesday November 25, 2009 @ 1:39pm PST

Among Academy Awards screeners which Oscar voters should have by now:

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(500) DAYS OF SUMMER
ANVIL
AN EDUCATION
A SERIOUS MAN
AWAY WE GO
BRIGHT STAR
CAPITALISM: A Love Story
COCO BEFORE CHANEL
CORALINE
DISTRICT 9
JULIE & JULIA
PIRATE RADIO
TAKING WOODSTOCK
THE BLIND SIDE
THE DAMNED UNITED
The INFORMANT
THE MESSENGER
THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE
THE PROPOSAL
THE STONING OF SORAYA M
THE YOUNG VICTORIA
TRUCKER
WHATEVER WORKS
WHERE THE
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Photos: Hollywood At Obama State Dinner

By | Wednesday November 25, 2009 @ 12:39pm PST


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Official List Of Hollywood Attendees At Obama’s 1st White House State Dinner

By | Tuesday November 24, 2009 @ 5:45pm PST

5:45PM: Hollywood VIP David Geffen was seated at President Obama’s table.

3PM: Below is a list of expected entertainment industry attendees at tonight’s first White House State Dinner hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for guest of honor Dr. Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India, & Ms. … Read More »

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LA Times To Make Staff Cuts In Calendar? Washington Post Closing Its L.A. Bureau

By | Tuesday November 24, 2009 @ 3:48pm PST

WEDNESDAY AM UPDATE: Los Angeles management told editors at a meeting this morning that, yes, more layoffs are planned. But management is claiming the 40 number is too high, and no film writers are involved. If anyone’s job has been saved because of adverse publicity, then great. (I’ve added a … Read More »

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FIRST LOOK! ‘Avatar’ Interactive Trailer

By | Tuesday November 24, 2009 @ 12:30pm PST

20thCenturyFoxTwentieth Century Fox is calling this is a first-of-its-kind “next generation” trailer because its a dynamic interactive experience allowing viewers to access special additional content embedded in the piece. The trailer also will keep audiences up to date on AVATAR events by … Read More »

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Obamas’ White House State Dinner Entertainment: Jennifer Hudson, AR Rahman, Kurt Elling, Marvin Hamlisch, Bay Area Empire Bhangra

By | Tuesday November 24, 2009 @ 12:29pm PST


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From Michelle Obama’s remarks today: ”There’s also more to the dinner than just the food, even though that’s going to be exciting.  Dinners like these also need great entertainment.  So who do we have tonight?  We’ve got someone you guys … Read More »

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SHOCKER! Carolina Lightcap Named President Of Disney Channels Worldwide; Heir Apparent Gary Marsh Passed Over

By | Tuesday November 24, 2009 @ 9:15am PST

disney channels logoUPDATE: Hollywood is buzzing this morning as Disney made another unexpected in-house management move. It had been assumed that Disney Channels Worldwide entertainment president Gary Marsh would take over from his boss Rich Ross to head the … Read More »

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