Nice Airport Reopens After Sunday Closure

By | Monday May 10, 2010 @ 9:05am PDT

Icelandic volcanoTravel alert for Cannes Film Festival goers: the nearest airport in Nice has reopened after the French authorities grounded outgoing flights on Sunday night. Authorities were still worried about drifting clouds of volcanic ash from Iceland. Flights from North America … Read More »

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Flight Ban Cuts Book Meetings By 80%

By | Wednesday April 21, 2010 @ 9:47am PDT

Pile of BooksThis week’s London Book Fair almost sank because of the European flight ban. Those who did manage to attend the annual event said between 50-80% of meetings had been cancelled. Around 15% of seminars were scrapped. “For … Read More »

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VOLCANO IMPACTS HOLLYWOOD: ‘Iron Man 2′ Premiere Moved From London To LA

By | Monday April 19, 2010 @ 10:44am PDT

iron man downey1Due to the continuing air travel uncertainty, Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment made the decision today to move the IRON MAN 2 World Premiere and press junket from London to Los Angeles. A press release will be … Read More »

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150 Acres In Santa Barbara Burning

By | Tuesday May 5, 2009 @ 6:27pm PDT

This is an area where a lot of Hollywood types live. Evacuations are being ordered. The fire began in San Roque Canyon in north Santa Barbara..

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‘W.’ Actress Found Beaten And Stabbed

By | Monday October 20, 2008 @ 12:22pm PDT

There is no indication whatsoever that the crime is related to the movie. But Anne Pressly, a Little Rock, Arkansas, TV news reporter who did a blink-and-you-missed-it portrayal of Ann Coulter in Oliver Stone’s W., was discovered in her home this morning beaten and stabbed after an apparent home invasion. She is hospitalized in … Read More »

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That Was One Big Long Earthquake…

By | Tuesday July 29, 2008 @ 11:45am PDT

UPDATE: Early reports peg it at a 5.8 5.4 at 11:42 AM. My phone service has been interrupted is back to normal (after I pulled out my Juno hamburger phone).
Send me any reports of Hollywood production interruption…

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Uni’s Internal Update On Backlot Fire

By | Thursday June 19, 2008 @ 7:24pm PDT

From: Ron Meyer (NBC Universal)
Sent: Thursday, June 19, 2008 2:57 PM
To: NBC Universal Employee Communications (NBC Universal)
Subject: Universal Studios Backlot Fire UpdateDear Co-Worker,
It has already been a few weeks since our June 1 fire that turned into an

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Uni Fire Burned 100% Of Archived 35mm Prints; Negatives Still Intact, However; But Art Houses & Film Societies Impacted

EXCLUSIVE: I’ve confirmed what I first heard on Monday: that Universal Classics has sent out an email to about 35 art house exhibitors and other film bookers of classic films alerting that the Universal Studios fire destroyed nearly 100% of archived 35mm prints … Read More »

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Uni Music Claims “Little Lost” In Vault Fire

By | Monday June 2, 2008 @ 12:10pm PDT

Here’s my latest update with Universal Music’s new claim, which my insiders refute.

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2ND UPDATE: Uni Blaze Burns Music History

By | Sunday June 1, 2008 @ 3:29pm PDT

MONDAY AM UPDATE: Universal Music just gave me a “clarification” on my report regarding UMG’s vault and the Universal Studio fire on Sunday: “Thankfully, there was little lost from UMG’s vault. A majority of what was formerly stored there was moved earlier … Read More »

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URGENT! Universal Studios Backlot Fire: NYC Streetscape & King Kong Destroyed; Video Vault Damaged But Film Vault Safe

By | Sunday June 1, 2008 @ 9:07am PDT


UPDATE: Uni Blaze Burns Musical History

A huge fire described as an “inferno” on Universal City’s lower backlot broke out before dawn today and destroyed several buildings, sets and a sound stage and damaged a video vault, causing tens … Read More »

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Malibu Fire Impacts Actors & Musicians

By | Saturday November 24, 2007 @ 9:51am PST


UPDATE: Matthew McConaughey and Minnie Driver were among those forced to evacuate while Red Hot Chili Peppers bass guitarist Flea’s home was destroyed by a wind-driven wildfire this morning that burned multimillion-dollar homes in Malibu where so many Hollywood players live. … Read More »

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A Preview Of Tonight’s Leno Monologue (…That Is, If He Weren’t On Vacation)

By | Thursday October 25, 2007 @ 12:51pm PDT

Headline: “VP Cheney Nods Off During Meeting on California Wildfires”. Video here. I’m told that, unfortunately, Jay and Dave and Conan are all in re-runs this week (because they always take the week before a Sweeps Month off.)

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More Hollywood Heat From The Fires…

By | Thursday October 25, 2007 @ 2:52am PDT

In addition to my own postings about DreamWorks moguls David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg in Malibu during the fires here and here and here, I’ve just combed other news stories and culled this showbiz-related coverage:

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David Geffen Shows Class In Malibu Fire

By | Monday October 22, 2007 @ 2:58pm PDT


More news from Deal Beach, aka Billionaires Beach. David Geffen, whose Malibu Beach Inn recently underwent a major renovation, has opened the landmark hotel to evacuees for free as well as to firefighters who sleep there in shifts during the inferno. “Why be empty? I’d rather it go … Read More »

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Fire Threatening Malibu’s “Deal” Beach

By | Monday October 22, 2007 @ 12:33pm PDT

A foamer on the roof of Jeffrey Katzenberg’s house on Malibu’s Carbon Beach protects it from burning embers. ”It’s been very touch and go for the last 24 hours. It was literally right up to the doorsteps yesterday afternoon,” Katzenberg, chief executive of Dreamworks Animation, told … Read More »

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Out-Of-Control Malibu Fire Keeps Burning And Spreading …(Updated Continuously)

By | Sunday October 21, 2007 @ 7:43am PDT

malibufire2.jpgwildfire.jpgI’ve just heard that the area around Malibu Pier — which includes David Geffen’s hotel, the newly remodeled Malibu Beach Inn — is now threatened … Read More »

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Fire Evacuation Of Gene Autry Museum

By | Tuesday May 8, 2007 @ 3:29pm PDT

gene_autry.jpgThat arson suspected blaze ripping through tinder-dry brush in the Hollywood Hills and Griffith Park today, scorching at least 200 acres, has forced the evacuation of the Gene Autry Museum Of Western Heritage dedicated to Hollywood’s beloved “singing cowboy” … Read More »

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UPDATE: Helicopters Saved The Day! Brush Fire Flaming Out Near Universal Theme Park & Famed Hollywood Sign

By | Friday March 30, 2007 @ 1:01pm PDT


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UPDATED: Helicopters dumping water along the ridgeline saved Hollywood! Only hot spots are burning now thanks to the seven choppers. But, for 1 1/2-hours today, an out of control 150-acre brush fire was … Read More »

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