Ducks Back In Fox Den: Birds Make Studio Lot Their Permanent Summer Home

By | Wednesday June 2, 2010 @ 10:29pm PDT
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IMG00009-20100602-1357They’re baaaack: the ducks on the Fox lot! After winning over the hearts of News Corp employees last spring, Mama Duck, named Harriet, made a return with a new flock of cute ducklings this year. When I was entering the Fox … Read More »

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Don’t You Hate When That Happens…?

By and | Tuesday May 4, 2010 @ 1:55pm PDT

JLDThe Hollywood Chamber of Commerce misspelled Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ name when she received a star along the Hollywood Walk Of Fame today. UPDATE: “You should know they fixed the star before the dedication,” an exec tells me. “It was just incorrect when … Read More »

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NO JOKE: Jeff Zucker Had Conan Arrested

By | Thursday January 14, 2010 @ 11:10pm PST

It’s just been brought to my attention that, while they were Harvard undergraduates, Jeff Zucker ’86 called the cops on Conan O’Brien ’85. (I never saw previous reports about this.) According to articles in both the Harvard Crimson and Yale Daily News, handcuffsZucker, … Read More »

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Oh How The Once Mighty Have Fallen

By | Thursday November 5, 2009 @ 2:51pm PST

So today producer Mark Canton was seen screaming at Kate Mantilini’s maitre’d. “Do you know who I am? Mark Canton! You can look up my credits!” Now, I go to that restaurant all the time, and the people who work there couldn’t be nicer. And I confirmed the … Read More »

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Wassup With H’wood Hitler Comparisons?

By | Friday September 11, 2009 @ 1:25pm PDT

First, Transformers franchise starlet Megan Fox Megan Fox promotes Twentieth’s Jennifer’s Body in Wonderland magazine by accusing Michael Bay of wanting to “create this insane, infamous mad-man reputation. He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is. So he’s a nightmare to work for.” Now, Woody Harrelson, … Read More »

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ICM’s Martha Luttrell Retires After 25 Yrs

By | Tuesday September 23, 2008 @ 4:39pm PDT

I’m told it was a very amicable and mutual decision since she’s been dividing her time between Los Angeles and Aspen (as well as her beloved Africa). After being mentored in the movie biz by director Mike Nichols, Luttrell joined ICM in 1983 when it … Read More »

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‘Dark Knight’ Fans Turning Out Dressed Up And In Droves At Los Angeles Theaters

By | Friday July 18, 2008 @ 6:57am PDT

My photographer Jim Stevenson went around to local Los Angeles theaters snapping pictures of The Dark Knight fans dressed up in their Batman and Joker best. You gotta love these dedicated fanboys turning out in droves for their fave pic.

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Look At What It Says On Ovitz’s T-Shirt…

By | Friday July 11, 2008 @ 2:52pm PDT

This is a photo of Michael Ovitz arriving at Camp Allen. Look closely at his T-shirt. (FYI, I reported three weeks ago about his renting the I.M. Pei building, the ex-home of CAA, to Sony BMG. Embarrassing for Variety to be so late on this…):

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So What Was All The Fuss About? Marvel Locks In Jon Favreau For ‘Iron Man 2′

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EXCLUSIVE: It’s not officially announced yet, but I’m told that Marvel Studios and Iron Man director Jon Favreau have reached a deal for him to helm the sequel, due out in 2010. (Robert Downey Jr had a … Read More »

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Will Fox Work With Eddie Murphy Again?

By | Wednesday July 9, 2008 @ 4:20pm PDT

I’m told Fox is really pissed that Eddie Murphy didn’t show up for his own Meet Dave premiere last night. People around Eddie told the studio that he ran late shooting a film for DreamWorks’ A Thousand Words – whereas Brian Robbins, the director of both movies, did make the premiere, too. … Read More »

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UPDATE: Quentin Tarantino Talking To Brad Pitt To Star In ‘Inglorious Bastards’

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EXCLUSIVE: I’ve confirmed Quentin Tarantino is talking to Brad Pitt to star in Inglorious Bastards, the writer/director’s newly unveiled script being shopped right now to 4 Hollywood studios: Universal, Warner Bros, Paramount and Sony. And Harvey Weinstein will produce it with Lawrence Bender… See my previous today, … Read More »

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Quentin Tarantino Unveils ‘Inglorious Bastards’ To 4 Major Hollywood Studios; UPDATE: Director Asking Brad Pitt To Star

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UPDATE: I’ve just confirmed that Quentin Tarantino is talking to Brad Pitt to star… And Harvey Weinstein will produce it with Lawrence Bender…

EXCLUSIVE: Quentin Tarantino has just gone out with his long-anticipated script about World War II. I hear it’s gone out to Universal, Warner Bros, Paramount, and … Read More »

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‘Hancock’ Soars To $17.3 Mil Wednesday

By | Thursday July 3, 2008 @ 8:30am PDT

Sony Pictures now has a hefty $24.2 million total domestic gross in 1 1/2 days for its dramedy Hancock starring Will Smith and directed by Peter Berg: $6.8M Tuesday (from two evening shows starting at 7 PM at 3,680 North American theaters) and … Read More »

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“Trash-Talking With Harvey Weinstein”

By | Tuesday July 1, 2008 @ 2:06pm PDT

First, let me emphasize that this came about by accident the other evening when Harvey Weinstein’s office refuse was dumped in a recycling bin in Tribeca. So Village Voice newspaper editor Tony Ortega seized it and then wrote an article about the … Read More »

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‘Wall-E’ Orbiting Best Picture Oscar Nod?

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I’m told that Disney and Pixar are going to push hard for a Best Picture Oscar nomination for Wall-E on the basis of its anti-toon moody darkness and rave reviews by critics who matter. Certainly many toons have tried for that high honor over the years, … Read More »

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David O. Russell Film Shut Down 4th Time

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This has truly turned out to be the indie film shoot from hell. The political comedy Nailed, directed and co-written by David O. Russell and starring Jessica Biel and Jake Gyllenhaal, was shut down by IATSE on Friday for the same reasons as before: crew not … Read More »

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All About ‘Grand Theft Auto’ The Movie

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Given that Grand Theft Auto IV blew away the global retail sales record, a day doesn’t go by that I’m not asked about when it’s going to be made into a movie. Of course, that happens with every best-selling video game. But this isn’t a case … Read More »

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Ovitz Back In Control… Sort Of

I keep forgetting to report that the old CAA building designed by I.M. Pei, complete with its Roy Lichtenstein mural, is back in the hands of Michael Ovitz. Both his ex-partners Ron Meyer and Bill Haber recently sold to him their financial … Read More »

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DreamWorks Finds Indian Big Bucks To Form New Film Biz; But Battle Brewing Over Paramount Exit

So now we know with whom David Geffen has been negotiating all these many months. And the newest Hollywood mogul names to put on speed dial are Rajesh Sawhney and Anil Dhirubhai Ambani (one of the world’s Top 10 richest men). I can confirm … Read More »

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