Scripps Yanks Food Network & HGTV Off Cablevision in Tri-State Area (NY, NJ, Conn)

By | Thursday December 31, 2009 @ 10:12pm PST

Cablevision vs Scripps Fight Over Food Network/HGTV Could Last Weeks Longer

UPDATE: Cablevision just gave me this hardball statement:

“We are sorry that Scripps’ current financial difficulties are making it impossible for them to continue our relationship on

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Marvel Stockholders OK Merger With Disney – UPDATE: See Both Company Statements

By | Thursday December 31, 2009 @ 9:25am PST

UPDATE: Here’s the Walt Disney Co statement:

Disney Logo2BURBANK, Calif., December 31, 2009—Advancing its strategy of delivering great branded content to people around the world, Robert A. Iger,  President and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) announced

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DHD ADVISORY: Posting To Resume

By | Wednesday December 30, 2009 @ 10:58am PST

Look for new posts starting soon. Thanks for your patience!

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$278M XMAS WEEKEND IS BIGGEST EVER! ‘Avatar’ Back On Top By Beating ‘Sherlock Holmes’; 3D Technopic Takes In $617M Worldwide; ‘Alvin Squeakquel’ Opens #3

By | Saturday December 26, 2009 @ 11:17pm PST

Sherlock Holmes PosterSUNDAY AM WRITETHRU: It’s official: 20th Century Fox’s week-old Avatar fell behind Friday, but was back on top Saturday, and easily beat Warner Bros’ newcomer Sherlock Holmes for No. 1 this 3-day Christmas weekend in North American theaters. As usual, … Read More »

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Warner Bros Sets $2+B Film Gross Record

By | Saturday December 26, 2009 @ 12:33pm PST

Warner Bros domestic grosses will cross $2 billion today, breaking the movie industry record of $1.789B set by the studio last year. And there’s still 9 more days of holiday play time left to fatten the record.

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Non-Franchise Sequels You Want To See?

By | Friday December 25, 2009 @ 12:53pm PST asked over 32,000 filmgoers which movie without an existing film franchise they’d like to see turned into a sequel. Here’s a look at the Top 5:

1. The Hangover (37%)
2. District 9 (27%)
3. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (21%)
4. Watchmen (8%)
5. Paul Blart: Mall Cop (7%)

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Merry Christmas From Deadline Hollywood

By | Thursday December 24, 2009 @ 8:27pm PST

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‘Alvin 2′ Beating ‘Avatar’ in Online Tickets

By | Wednesday December 23, 2009 @ 12:31pm PST

alvinsqueakuelposterIt’s 20th Century Fox vs 20th Century Fox. So reports big online ticketseller Fandango as of 11 AM PT. James Cameron’s Avatar continues to be a strong seller on Fandango (and 32% of Avatar filmgoers surveyed on the site say they’ll … Read More »

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TOLDJA! Official: Chris Albrecht To Starz

By | Tuesday December 22, 2009 @ 1:24am PST

UPDATES EXCLUSIVE: Ex-HBO Chief Chris Albrecht To Be Named New CEO Of Starz

This announcement will be going out Tuesday:

Englewood, Colo, Dec. 22 – Liberty Media Corporation announced today that Chris Albrecht, former Chairman and CEO

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EXCLUSIVE: Ex-HBO Chief Chris Albrecht To Be Named New CEO Of Starz

By | Monday December 21, 2009 @ 10:40pm PST

UPDATE: TOLDJA! It’s Official: Chris Albrecht To Head Starz

StarzMONDAY PM EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that Liberty Media chairman John Malone and CEO Greg Maffei are installing former HBO chairman/CEO Chris Albrecht as head of Starz. Sources … Read More »

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TOLDJA! Rave Buys Up To 35 of Redstone’s National Amusements Theater Complexes

By | Monday December 21, 2009 @ 12:35pm PST

UPDATES EXCLUSIVE: Rave To Acquire 35 National Amusements Complexes

I had this scoop back on December 7th. (Shame on the Los Angeles Times for trying to grab credit.) Today there’s an official announcement:

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News Corp Negotiations To Buy MGM “Screeched To A Standstill”

By | Monday December 21, 2009 @ 11:25am PST

MgmlogosmallNews Corp insiders tell me: “Our negotiations screeched to a standstill Friday night. We’re at an impasse over a highly restrictive (and unusual) provision in their ‘must sign NDA [Non-Disclosure Agreement]‘. So who knows what will happen next? But for now … Read More »

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FOX REVISES FIGURES: ‘AVATAR’ No. 2 December Record With $77.025M Domestic; Opens To $242.5M Worldwide

By | Monday December 21, 2009 @ 10:30am PST

BREAKING NEWS! (check for constantly updated and inserted info)

avatar_posterMONDAY AM 4TH UPDATE: 20th Century Fox keeps refining its figures to show James Cameron’s Avatar actuals were better than expected — Friday: $26,752,099, Saturday: $25,529,036, Sunday: $24,744,346. Read More »

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R.I.P. Brittany Murphy

By | Sunday December 20, 2009 @ 12:20pm PST

What a tragic waste of young talent. News reports say actress Brittany Murphy went into cardiac arrest this morning at age 32. I always found her performances fresh in both comedies like Clueless, Just Married and Little Black Book, and dramas like 8 MileDon’t Say A WordGirl Interrupted, and Sin City, and … Read More »

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Johnny Knoxville Promises ‘Avatar’ Technology In 2010 ‘Jackass 3D’

By | Saturday December 19, 2009 @ 10:08am PST

johnny_knoxville_narrowwebParamount and MTV Films announced today that they’ve greenlit the 3rd installment of JACKASS in “eye-popping 3D” for release on October 15, 2010. It begins shooting in late January with Dickhouse Production’s Jeff Tremaine directing yet again and producing alongside Spike Jonze and … Read More »

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More Hollywood PR Fallout: BNC Responds

By | Saturday December 19, 2009 @ 1:44am PST

UPDATES ID Lands 2 PMK/HBH Veteran Publicists
UPDATES TOLDJA! PMK·BNC Finally Confirm Merger
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New Trailer For ‘Shrek Forever After’

By | Saturday December 19, 2009 @ 1:18am PST

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Gary Newman/Dana Walden Spread Un-Joy

By | Friday December 18, 2009 @ 2:34pm PST

You’ve GOT to watch this holiday card from 20th Century Television. Brutally honest and humorous about the biz. (My jaw is still on the floor.) UPDATE: Ah, it was written by Modern Family‘s Steve Levitan which is it’s funny. And it was made in a 1/2 hour during the crew’s … Read More »

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More Hollywood PR Fallout: ID Hires 2 PMK/HBH Veteran Publicists

By | Friday December 18, 2009 @ 1:58pm PST

UPDATES TOLDJA! PMK·BNC Finally Confirm Merger

Still more PMK/HBH flacks are abandoning ship in advance of the January 1st merger of the newly named PMK·BNC joint company. Others have struck out on their own or joined the newly formed Slate PR. Which begs the … Read More »

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