Hot Trailer: ‘Wall Street 2′

By | Friday January 29, 2010 @ 8:18am PST

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Complete Transcript Of Jay Leno On Oprah

By | Friday January 29, 2010 @ 6:24am PST

LENO OPRAHHere’s the complete transcript of Jay Leno’s interview with Oprah as supplied by her show. (Mea culpa, but yesterday was such a busy news day that I failed to post it…) What’s amazing is how many untruths Leno tells and the oh-woe-is-me way he tells them. (Of course he made Letterman jokes — I posted those videos.) He thinks he deserves our sympathy because he was NBC’s victim just as much as Conan was. Bullshit. Jay lost me when he decided to become NBC’s pathetic doormat instead of ABC’s heroic defector. O’Brien stood his ground and protected The Tonight Show‘s future from NBC’s nitwits. His predecessors, from Steve Allen through Jack Paar and during Johnny Carson: also refused to knuckle under to the network. Only Leno didn’t. Instead, he begged like a dog for The Tonight Show, and then rolled over and played dead even after Zucker canned him. Then Leno stayed with NBC and agreed to a 10 PM show doomed from the outset. Obviously, NBCU thought Conan would be just as compliant. You don’t see defiance anymore from showbiz talent afraid for their future livelihoods in this downsizing entertainment community. As much as Big Media’s networks and studios think they call all the shots, and in almost every case they do because they’re so rich and powerful, here’s one of those rare times when they couldn’t push people around at will. So go cry me a river, Jay. The full transcript follows: Read More »

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‘Tillman Story’ Docu At Sundance Goal Line

By | Thursday January 28, 2010 @ 8:52pm PST
Mike Fleming

sundance 2010In the latest Sundance development, The Tillman Story is on the goal line for a distribution deal. The film — about the tragic friendly fire death of gridiron star-turned Army ranger Pat Tillman and the dogged efforts of his … Read More »

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Summit Expressing “Very Preliminary” Interest In Miramax Name & Film Library

By and | Thursday January 28, 2010 @ 4:30pm PST

miramax_logo_blackEXCLUSIVE: Disney’s Miramax is shutting its doors today, and staffers are packing up their belongings. Yet the big question in Hollywood is who will walk away with the company’s name and film library? Our already reported this week that the … Read More »

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Tom Cruise Fires Another PR Agency: This Time Exits Rogers & Cowan For 42 West

By | Thursday January 28, 2010 @ 2:53pm PST

BREAKING NEWS! EXCLUSIVE UPDATE: So my sources just told me. He’d been with Paul Bloch and Arnold Robinson at Rogers & Cowan. He’ll now be repped by 42 West’s Amanda Lundberg, who also personally reps MGM CEO Mary Parent. Cruise is still the titular head of United Artists although the studio is now seemingly dormant because of MGM’s financial problems teetering on the bring of bankruptcy. “42West handles MGM’s movies, and Tom was impressed by Amanda’s work on Valkyrie,” an insider explains to me. “They’ve been talking about this for a long time.” Read More »

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TOLDJA! Daniel Craig Bonds To Alien West

By | Thursday January 28, 2010 @ 2:51pm PST
Mike Fleming

UPDATES Daniel Craig Saddles Up For Old West Alien Invasion

bondDaniel Craig has closed his deal to star in Cowboys and Aliens for DreamWorks and Universal, … Read More »

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TOLDJA! Newmarket Acquires Hit ‘Hesher’

By | Thursday January 28, 2010 @ 2:47pm PST
Mike Fleming

UPDATES Sundance Hit ‘Hesher’ Lands At Newmarket

PARK CITY, UT (January 28, 2010) – Nigel Sinclair and Chris Ball, Co-Chairmen of EMG, today announced Exclusive Media’s Newmarket Films has acquired U.S. rights to the Sundance favorite, HESHER, starring Joseph Gordon Levitt and Natalie Portman. The seven figure deal was reached early this morning following an extremely successful screening in Salt Lake City last night, and negotiated by WME Global and CAA on behalf of the film with Chris Ball and John Crye, Head of Acquisitions, on behalf of Newmarket. Since premiering at the festival last Friday, the film has picked up momentum with the fan boy driven audience who respond to the character of HESHER.

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TOLDJA! Focus Buys ‘Kids Are All Right’

By | Thursday January 28, 2010 @ 2:43pm PST
Mike Fleming

UPDATES Focus Gets Custody Of ‘Kids’ At Sundance Tonight

PARK CITY, UTAH, January 28th, 2010 – Following its acclaimed world premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, Focus Features has acquired domestic and select international rights (the U.K., Germany, and South Africa) to Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids Are All Right. Focus Features CEO James Schamus made the announcement today.

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Hollywood Signings & Hirings & Firings

By | Thursday January 28, 2010 @ 2:38pm PST

Paradigm has signed well known actresses Heather Graham and Liv Tyler.

WME Entertainment has signed that ‘it’ guy from Gossip Girl Ed Westwick who’s also in the films Children of Men, Breaking and Entering, Son of Rambow.

WME also signed Jared & Jerusha Hess, the directors of Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre.

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Miramax PR Chief Hired By Rubenstein

By | Thursday January 28, 2010 @ 2:11pm PST
Mike Fleming

Miramax Films publicity chief Emily Bear has been hired by Steven Rubenstein to co-head with Susie Arons the entertainment division at Rubenstein Communications (which reps News Corp., HBO, Paramount, Time Inc, Lionsgate, David Letterman’s Worldwide Pants, and Oliver Stone). Bear joined Miramax in 2005, ran corporate, and oversaw campaigns for … Read More »

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NYC Oscar Party At New York Palace

By | Thursday January 28, 2010 @ 1:21pm PST

Osc2Beverly Hills, CA — On Oscar Sunday, March 7, 2010, New York-area members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will celebrate the 82nd Academy Awards® at GILT at The New York Palace hotel. Since 1990, the Academy has hosted

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Movie Racial Stereotyping In Age Of Obama

By | Thursday January 28, 2010 @ 1:04pm PST

There’s an interesting article in the Boston Phoenix about Hollywood movie racial stereotyping in the Age Of Obama. Was this a landmark year for films about race? Or in reality the worst?

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American Cinematheque Award To ABC

By | Thursday January 28, 2010 @ 12:30pm PST

abc_logoCalling it a broadcast television first, the American Cinematheque Award honoring Matt Damon on March 27th will be shown on ABC as a special, “Hollywood Salutes Matt Damon: An American Cinematheque Tribute,” at a later TBD date. Quite the coup for Rick Nicita, Chairman of the American Cinematheque, and a much-needed financial shot in the arm for the organization. Read More »

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Worst Network Pilot Season For Women?

By | Thursday January 28, 2010 @ 7:56am PST

womenHollyAccording to one Hollywood agency’s stats so far this year, 33 comedy pilots have been picked up by CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX. Only 3 are written by women. And 36 drama pilots have been picked up by CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox. … Read More »

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‘Film Threat’ Is Sold At Sundance

By | Thursday January 28, 2010 @ 7:53am PST

Film Threat founder Chris Gore has sold the webzine to former editor-in-chief Mark Bell for an undisclosed six-figure sum. Gore, who founded Film Threat 25 years ago, made the announcement during the Sundance Film Festival. Once upon a time a fanzine, then a glossy magazine from Larry Flynt, but most … Read More »

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Oprah Getting Pointers From Jeff Gaspin?

By | Thursday January 28, 2010 @ 7:48am PST

Oprah Winfrey was spotted listening to NBC Universal Entertainment chairman Jeff Gaspin’s speech at the NATPE confab in Las Vegas. She was sitting about 10 rows back and keeping a very low profile.

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Mel Gibson In ‘The Jimmy Kimmel Story’

By | Thursday January 28, 2010 @ 7:33am PST

Last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, ABC was touting Mel Gibson’s debut of the trailer for his latest project — a biopic of late night host Jimmy Kimmel — written, directed and starring Gibson:

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Sundance Hit ‘Hesher’ Lands At Newmarket

By | Thursday January 28, 2010 @ 6:39am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: sundance 2010With Sundance buyers so cautious, how can sellers get them excited enough to step up and make a distribution deal? For Hesher, the answer was showing the film to a paying crowd of regular moviegoers. After the pic received a rousing reception at last night’s screening away from the festival at the Broadway Centre Cinemas in Salt Lake City, Newmarket captured U.S. distribution rights after an all-night bargaining session. Several other distributors were in the mix, insiders said. In the deal negotiated by WME Global’s Mark Ankner and CAA, Newmarket’s Chris Ball and John Crye paid a low 7-figure price and an “aggressive” P&A commitment. Read More »

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Sarah Polley Waltzes With Seth Rogen

By | Thursday January 28, 2010 @ 6:32am PST
Mike Fleming

sarah polleySarah Polley came to Sundance to promote the thriller Splice. Michelle Williams was there to launch Blue Valentine. But now they’ve got a reason to get together this summer. I’ve learned that Polley has secured the financing to direct her script Take This Waltz. Williams will star with Seth Rogen in the romantic triangle. The script made the most recent Black List of 2009′s best unproduced screenplays. Polley will set another actor shortly to round out the cast. The producer is Susan Cavan. Read More »

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