AFM: Hyde Park International Closes Deals For ‘Life Of Crime’, ‘The Fall Guy’, ‘Christ The Lord’

By | Friday November 15, 2013 @ 4:02pm PST

Ashok Amritraj’s company came home from AFM with a raft of sales for the features Life Of Crime, The Fall Guy and Christ The Lord. Hyde Park International closed deals for Daniel Schecter’s Jennifer Aniston starrer Life of Crime in territories including the UK (Artificial Eye), Canada (VVS), Germany (Constantin). Sales for McG’s actioner The Fall Guy, starring Dwayne Johnson and based on the ’80s TV series, included StudioCanal for the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand. And Cyrus Nowrasteh’s Christ the Lord, based on the Anne Rice novel about Jesus’ early years, sold to Germany (Tele-Munchen), Latin America (Swen), Middle East (Gulf Film) and elsewhere. Hyde Park also closed deals for the pics in other territories.

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LA Weekly Hires Amy Nicholson As Film Critic

By | Monday July 1, 2013 @ 9:00am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Longtime film writer Amy Nicholson has been named full-time film critic at LA Weekly. Her hire was made by parent company Voice Media Group, and her reviews will also appear in VMG’s other 10 newspapers. Nicholson … Read More »

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Village Voice And LA Weekly Distance Themselves From Sex Trafficking Ads

By | Monday September 24, 2012 @ 6:16am PDT

The venerable alternative newspapers plus 11 others are part of a buyout announced last night that will separate them from, the classified ad service that critics say promotes prostitution. The chief operating officer of Village Voice Media Holdings, Scott Tobias, led the team buying the papers, called Voice Media Group. Terms weren’t disclosed, except that is not included. The site known for its classified ads offering “escorts” had been a “distraction,” Tobias — who’s CEO of the new Voice Media Group – told AP. In March, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof said that Backpage played “a major role in the trafficking of minors or women who are coerced.” Goldman Sachs responded by selling its stake in the site. The Voice said that Kristof had it wrong, and that Backpage “dedicates hundreds of staff to screen adult classifieds in order to keep juveniles off the site and to work proactively with law enforcement in their efforts to locate victims.” Read More »

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Tonight’s SNL Skit Mocked McCain… (But Al Franken Should Stick To Campaigning)

By | Saturday September 20, 2008 @ 9:20pm PDT

Video below. Politico says comedian turned U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken helped head writer Seth Meyers brainstorm tonight’s SNL opening sketch mocking John McCain. Ugh, it was lame. Not funny at all. In fact, the whole show stank.

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Why Do NBC Anchors Love Aaron Sorkin?

By | Friday August 29, 2008 @ 9:08am PDT


Few people in Hollywood actually like Aaron Sorkin, least of all his fellow Writer’s Guild scribes who recently learned about his attempts to undermine the guild’s solidarity behind the writers strike. But NBC political anchors really really like him. Last night, NBC’s Brian Williams and MSNBC’s … Read More »

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Michael Moore To Obama: Denounce Me!

By | Wednesday August 13, 2008 @ 1:48pm PDT

Hot button documentary filmmaker Michael Moore has come out today on his website and in the media with his blueprint for “losing the most winnable presidential election in American history” taken from his new book, Mike’s Election Guide. The Oscar … Read More »

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George Clooney Denies Advising Obama

By | Tuesday August 12, 2008 @ 4:06pm PDT


George Clooney this afternoon just responded to published reports that he is phoning and texting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on everything from the Middle East to body language. today posted an account by the London Daily Mail claiming Clooney and Obama regularly chat by email and text message, speak by phone at least twice … Read More »

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Showbiz Smoking B.S. From Governator (& Similarities Between Hellboy & Arnold)

By | Thursday July 10, 2008 @ 5:53pm PDT

California governator Arnold Schwarzenegger is so useless — and not just because nearly every morning he sits around drinking coffee in a Brentwood cafe instead of tending to state business in Sacramento. Now, instead of helping the California economy by stopping the networks’ and studios’ runaway … Read More »

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SAG vs AMPTP: The Nastiness Ramps Up

Tonight the AMPTP issued this statement on something they call “final offer retroactivity.” (But if you ask me, it just sounds like the Hollywood moguls don’t want their summer vacations interrupted…):

“The Producers remain committed to making a deal with SAG as soon as possible, which is why the AMPTP’s

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Bernie Weinraub’s Second Act: Two Plays


Bernie Weinraub, the retired Hollywood and political correspondent for The New York Times (and my pal), has not one but two plays previewing. His drama The Accomplices about Jewish activists who sought aid from the U.S. government … Read More »

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Obama Hardly A “Hollywood Candidate” — And Not Necessarily Sumner Redstone’s

By | Wednesday June 25, 2008 @ 3:11pm PDT


News reports say Barack Obama raised nearly $5 million at yesterday’s celebrity- and mogul-packed fundraiser at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The asking price for a ticket to the gala’s general reception for Obama’s campaign was $2,300. Tickets to the VIP dinner were $28,500 for the Democratic National Committee. The Center for … Read More »

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R.I.P. George Carlin


I’ve just been told by a source that George Carlin died this evening. This is indeed shocking. Last week, it was announced that on November 10th the veteran comic whose infamous “Filthy Words” routine reached all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court would be the 11th person inducted into … Read More »

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Two 1st Places: 2008 AltWeekly Awards

By | Sunday June 8, 2008 @ 3:58pm PDT

The winners of the 2008 AltWeekly Awards were announced yesterday in Philadelphia at a luncheon held as part of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies’ annual convention for alternative newsweeklies across the United States and Canada. The contest administered by Northwestern University’s Medill School Of Journalism seeks to … Read More »

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Tim Russert Blackballing Arianna At NBC?

By | Tuesday April 29, 2008 @ 3:54pm PDT

UPDATE: Sources close to Arianna Huffington are claiming just that. Arianna Huffington is currently on book tour for her new political tome Right Is Wrong: How The Lunatic Fringe Hijacked America, Shredded The Constitution, And Made Us All Less Safe, in which she goes after Tim Russert … Read More »

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More About AMPTP’s Fabiani & Lehane

By | Tuesday January 8, 2008 @ 9:26pm PST

Hardball political consultants Lehane & Fabiani advising the AMPTP for $100,000 a month “may boost the likelihood of Washington-style political hijinks” in the WGA strike. “Things are going to get much more negative in Los Angeles — and the strike will increasingly be linked to the approaching presidential primary,” according … Read More »

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TOLDJA! Warner’s Jeff Robinov Promoted

By | Monday November 26, 2007 @ 12:16pm PST

robinovhorn.jpgHere’s my post from October 12th that reported this would happen and my column from LA Weekly that fleshes out the story. So the Warner Bros news release was just sent to me about Jeff Robinov’s promotion … Read More »

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Finding Humor In The Writers Strike

By | Sunday November 25, 2007 @ 10:54pm PST

Two new articles about the picketing WGA members laughing until they cry. Or something like that… this in Monday’s The New York Times, and this in LA Weekly. The latter boasts this chant which I hadn’t heard before:
“Treat us fairly, Mr. Zucker. We’re not your two-bit hooker.”

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Impact Of WGA Strike On TV Production

By | Wednesday November 14, 2007 @ 4:00pm PST

IATSE sources tell me that the number of TV shows that have shut down because of the writers walkout was 50 at the beginning of this week. And, by the end of this week, that number will be over 100. Here’s my latest LA Weekly column on the strike and … Read More »

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Deborah Klein Moves To Jackoway Firm

By | Tuesday November 6, 2007 @ 2:00pm PST

So I told you last night that bigtime entertainment lawyer Deborah Klein is leaving the Century City law firm that bears her name, Barnes Morris Klein Mark Yorn Barnes & Levine and how it caught all her partners by surprise. I just learned she’s on her way to Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum … Read More »

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