The 411 Behind NYT’s New Media Desk…

By | Wednesday September 10, 2008 @ 4:54am PDT


UPDATE: David Carr sends along this email to me: ”My job has not changed. I do Culture/Oscars for Sam Sifton and a Monday media column for Bruce Headlam, two of the best editors in a building that has its share. I love working for both and … Read More »

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Thank You, Vanity Fair…

By | Friday June 13, 2008 @ 12:07pm PDT


Vanity Fair magazine has created a Blogopticon which charts the tone and content of what it considers ”the most influential or amusing blogs” vying for the attention of the world’s billion-plus Web surfers. The sites are categorized along four attributes: “news” vs “opinion”, “earnest” vs “scurrilous”, … Read More »

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Am I Worthy? 2008′s ‘Time 100′ Finalists

By | Friday April 4, 2008 @ 11:38am PDT

time_100_cover.jpgSATURDAY AM UPDATE: It’s getting to be quite a horse race as the “Time 100″ finalists move up in the rankings race minute by minute. This hour, I’m still behind that wannabe, the Dalai Lama. Vote by moving the meter towards … Read More »

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BusinessWeek Urges Jeff Bewkes To Move New Line Into Warner Bros

By | Thursday February 7, 2008 @ 4:21pm PST

The very respected veteran LA bureau manager of BusinessWeek, Ron Grover, agrees with me about New Line in the current issuebusinessweek_logo.gif“It’s time to bring New Line Cinema into the fold… It’s more than just one bad flick. New Line … Read More »

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First Official ‘Indiana Jones 4′ Film Poster

By | Tuesday December 11, 2007 @ 8:58pm PST


See slide show here

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Jeff Zucker, Your 15 Minutes Are Now…

By | Friday November 9, 2007 @ 7:23pm PST

I detect a groundswell for Jeff Zucker as The Tonight Show‘s guest host. Or is it just that no one else wants to cross picket lines and sit in for strike sympathizer Leno?  So forget whom you want to host, tell DHD whom you think would host and why.

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This Explains Everything About Viacom…

By | Monday August 27, 2007 @ 10:41am PDT

monavie.JPGSo old coot Sumner Redstone’s secret elixir for long life is four ounces a day of a little-known superjuice called MonaVie. “It’s a miracle drug,” he told Fortune. “I feel great.” The dark purple antioxidant rich concoction has at its main … Read More »

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Bonus Time Won’t Be Happy Time At CAA

By | Wednesday August 22, 2007 @ 6:37pm PDT

Wow, CAA just keeps cutting back and cutting back. While partners Bryan Lourd, Richard Lovett and Kevin Huvane are paying themselves $15 million a year, caalogo.jpgtheir tenpercentery is buzzing that the bonuses for the agents who work … Read More »

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What Harvey Really Thinks Of ‘Entourage’

By | Thursday July 19, 2007 @ 6:55pm PDT


Just when you think these Hollywood moguls have a sense of humor about their media portrayals, you find out they don’t. There’s been some Internet buzz that Harvey Weinstein is amused by his doppelganger portrayal on HBO’s Entourage. (Watch a video clip here.) I can tell you that’s … Read More »

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Ex-Chief Producing Series Pilot For HBO

By | Thursday June 21, 2007 @ 12:57pm PDT

fuchsmichael.jpgOne gossip column today buzzsaws Michael Fuchs about when he was honored June 11th at HBO’s NYC headquarters whose state of the art theater will now be known as the Michael J. Fuchs Theater. It tries to imply that … Read More »

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Primetime Pilot Panic: Upfront Events

This will be updated throughout the day. These are restricted invitation-only. 

Sunday, May 13th
9:00pm: United Talent/American Eagle Outfitters Upfront Party @ Marquee 

Monday, May 14th
9:00am:  Museum of Television & Radio annual upfronts breakfast @ The MT&R
3:00pm:  NBC Upfront Presentation @ Radio City Music Hall – Sales
              Reception to follow @ The Summer Garden at … Read More »

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Is Marty/Leo Manager Rick Yorn In Play?

By | Thursday May 10, 2007 @ 5:55pm PDT

yorn.JPGOn Wall Street they talk about a company being “in play” when a battle for ownership is about to wage. That’s the buzz in Hollywood tonight regarding Rick Yorn, the manager/producer who represents major AAA-list talent like Leonardo DiCaprio, … Read More »

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Hollywood Environmentalists vs Karl Rove

By | Sunday April 22, 2007 @ 10:06pm PDT

rovecrowe11.jpgUPDATED: A photo has emerged of singer Sheryl Crow and An Inconvenient Truth producer Laurie David arguing with Karl Rove about global warming. also adds its version of what happened Saturday night when the two environmental … Read More »

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‘Spider-Man 3′ Tracking “Thru The Roof”! Black Spidey Looks Bigger Than 1 And 2

spiderman3_refredposter.jpgEXCLUSIVE (refresh for latest): It’s very early, still. But I’m told the first round of tracking for Spider-Man 3 is better than the first pulse that was registered for either Spidey 1 or 2 pics in this all-important Sony franchise. Remember: the first two had a combined worldwide theatrical gross of $1.6 billion: $821.7 million for Spider-Man 1 and $783.7 mil for Spider-Man 2. “The early awareness and indicators are through the roof,” one box office guru told me. Said another expert: “With so many other movies struggling for attention this year, SM3 came on [tracking] with over 90% awareness and over 20% first choice a month out.” The big upside for Spider-Man 3, I’m told, is that moviergoers are responding like crazy to director Sam Raimi’s dark and disturbing “Black Spidey” very cool iconography that characterizes the third installment along with its tag line “The Greatest Battle Lies Within.” With great trailers, aggressive Internet and TV promotion, and a storyline which the other two films seemed to building towards, Spider-Man 3 should amass a $100+ million opening weekend in the United States beginning May 4th because, based on tracking, “the number is massive,” I’m told. tobey_maguire6.jpg(SM1 had a $114 mil opening weekend and SM2 $88 mil.) The new pic’s release will be a global event. Spider-Man 3 will debut first in China before it officially opens in North America. Since comic book caper kicks off the 2007 summer movie season, this is clearly going to be a banner year at the box office — probably the biggest in cinematic history – given all the sequels, prequels and tentpole pics being released. (See my LA Weekly column Orgy Of Sequels Climaxing In 2007.) There’s one downside: Wall Street film financing experts tell me that, based on SM3‘s budget, it may well be the most expensive film ever made. Sony privately is admitting to a budget of $250 mil, but analysts tell me it’s more like $300+ mil. (The previous $$$ record-holder is Warner’s remake of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory which cost about $272 mil, analysts say.) And that’s even without the promotion and advertising costs which are said to be another $75+ mil. Read More »

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‘Die Hard 4′ Trailer Is Fox Record-Breaker

By | Wednesday April 11, 2007 @ 6:00am PDT

bruce_willis21.jpgGet ready with all those Minoxidil jokes before this pic opens June 27th. But I’m told the exclusive-to-Yahoo full trailer for Live Free Or Die Hard has tested higher than the trailers for any action movie in Fox history. And that’s … Read More »

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‘Grindhouse’: Too Much Weinstein Hype?

By | Thursday April 5, 2007 @ 3:06pm PDT

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grindhouse_bigfinalposter.jpgMy box office gurus are predicting a $20 million opening this weekend (more now with the new midnight sneaks added) for Grindhouse, the Quentin … Read More »

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Test Screening Details On ‘The Simpsons’

By | Friday March 30, 2007 @ 10:27am PDT


Here’s more from that hush-hush Portland, Oregon, test screening of the hush-hush The Simpsons movie which is still a work-in-progress with only partial animation and in need of tweaks like Hans Zimmer’s score. Naturally, the attendees were forced to sign a multi-page nondisclosure agreement. Given all the secrecy, what does Fox think they have buried there: gold? Why, yes, box office gold! Who’s not gonna see this pic. And what summer blockbuster would be without a big sickening summer promotion. Right now, 7-11 and Fox are working on a deal to transform 11 of 4,700 stores across the U.S. to resemble the front of the Kwik-E-Marts selling some of Homer Simpson’s favorite snacks. Inside every 7-11 will be a bonanza of Simpsons characters hawking the food. And all 7-11 customers will be able to buy products inspired by the show, including KrustyO’s cereal, Buzz Cola, and iced Squishees (the cup will say Squishee, but the contents will be Slurpee). But back to the test screening. My immense thanks to Shawn Levy of The Oregonian, whose source adds nice detail to the already posted brief write-up by a contributor to Ain’t It Cool News:

“A reliable informant sends the following: ‘I, too, attended the first public test screening last Tuesday night at the Lloyd. Matt Groening sat four seats away from us, James L. Brooks and a plethora of writers sat behind us in two rows. It was good but very rough. Lots of animatics, both pencil drawings, and CG match moves and storyboards. Pretty enjoyable all around though and a pretty amazing screening experience, perhaps one of the best of my life thus far. It’s in the top five at least. Here are a few more details:

  • simpsonsmovie_bigteaserposter1.jpgThe film was about 90 minutes + some more.
  • It was very rough in places with CG animatics and match move models of characters and then pencil sketches. Some were just story boards.
  • The plot of the film is like a big episode, but kept pretty straightforward and linear. Not a ton of wacky digressions, but the focus is on the family first and foremost.
  • The first 45-50 minutes are pretty tightly written and cut, with a lot of well structured ‘A’ jokes followed up very quickly by the smaller ‘B’ joke.
  • At this point, the film is pretty well mapped out and plotted, but still very very malleable.
  • I would say the most work needs to be done near the last third of the film. It just feels a bit fast in how it wraps up, otherwise, it’s a solid piece of entertainment.
  • There were more than a few points where I had to remind myself that I was watching a movie, not just an episode and they even make a few jokes about this too.
  • The film is in Scope/2.35:1 and makes a joke about this in the first 3-4 minutes.’”
  • Ain’t It Cool News contributor Biker-Boy wrote earlier about the test screening:

  • The film in its current form is massively unfinished; with, I would guess, around 30% of the film in the final hi-def, super sharp animation. The rest was divided between hand drawn storyboards, and low res, choppy colour animation.
  • The voice soundtrack was complete, but the musical score wasn’t.
  • simpsons2.jpgAll this probably means that, even if unchanged, the final print will maintain its pacing, excitement and charm a little better than the version we saw, as 2 or 3 hand-drawn storyboards don’t quite manage to convey all of the things which makes The Simpsons so special.
  • We did get a pretty good idea of what to expect though, and where the film makers are going with this big screen version. So what did I, a Simpsons appreciator of long standing, think of the movie? It’s excellent. Is it mind blowingly awesome? No, not quite. Almost, but not quite. At least not in it’s current form.
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    Judd Apatow Is Latest Hollywood Hottie

    By | Wednesday March 14, 2007 @ 2:57pm PDT

    juddapatow.jpgJeez, everyone is gushing over Knocked Up. This is just insane. And I’m talking about people whose taste and acumen I respect. As opposed to most of the morons out there. They’re saying how it’s funnier and filthier than The Read More »

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    Reclusive Sue Reappears In Hollywood

    By | Wednesday November 1, 2006 @ 9:52am PST

    I’m bored with that rat bastard Sumner Redstone and his geezer ramblings. So see the new Vanity Fair article if you must. But I love this quote in it by Sue Mengers: ”The consensus in the community is that what … Read More »

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