WHY NOW? Baffling Resurgence Of Rumor About MGM-Lionsgate Merger Talks

lionsgate_logoI’m being told there’s really nothing new with these explanatary conversations. And, anyway, Lionsgate can’t do any kind of deal with MGM unless the studio management brokers some settlement with 32% shareholder Carl Icahn, who has made it clear he won’t … Read More »

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Rupert And James Murdoch “Shocked” By BSkyB Rebellion: Who Gets The Profits?

By | Tuesday June 15, 2010 @ 3:18am PDT

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UPDATES BSkyB Still Rejects News Corp’s Increased Offer But Both Agree to Keep Negotiating & Proceed With Regulatory Process Read More »

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Fox Scheduling Rumors: ‘Idol’ On the Move? ‘Lone Star’ With ‘House’ On Monday? ‘Glee’ Part of All-Comedy Tuesday? Stay Tuned

By | Friday May 14, 2010 @ 4:53pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

foxlogo.thumbnailHere we go again. A rumor, which is making the rounds today, has Fox’s American Idol switching its Tuesday 8 PM/Wednesday 9 PM broadcast pattern to Wednesday 9 PM/Thursday 9 PM next season. While Idol could finally be on the move … Read More »

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Will Jamie Foxx Do More Than Mentor ‘Idol’?

By | Tuesday May 11, 2010 @ 7:34pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Jamie Foxx is mentoring the Top Four contestants on American Idol tonight amidst persistent chatter that he is being considered for the soon-to-be-vacated judge’s chair of Simon Cowell. Jamie_Foxx_American_IdolThe Foxx rumor first surfaced in January when the actor/R&B singer was quoted … Read More »

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Bob Berney Flies To Cannes Amid Rumors; More Insight Into Why He Exited Apparition

By | Tuesday May 11, 2010 @ 9:31am PDT
Mike Fleming

UPDATE: The rumors keep flying about where Bob Berney will land. Deadline has already posted Team Harvey’s denial that the ex-Apparitions chief is headed to the Weinsteins. At least not yet. (Berney Exit Blindsides Apparition) Now the latest chatter is that Berney … Read More »

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UPDATE: Berney Exit Blindsides Apparition

By | Monday May 10, 2010 @ 9:01pm PDT
Mike Fleming


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UPDATE: Insiders are denying the rumor that Bob Berney is going to work with Harvey and Bob Weinstein. I’m told there haven’t been any talks — yet.  Meanwhile, I’ve learned that Berney has the ability to take key staffers with him wherever he’s … Read More »

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Sony Pushes Back ‘Green Hornet’ Release By Three Weeks For 3D Enhancements

By | Thursday April 22, 2010 @ 3:53pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Green Hornet is moving its release date from December 22nd to Martin Luther King Weekend, which is January 14, 2011, so it can be converted into 3D. green-hornetSony is using the term “3D enhancements”. (Because no visual effects on the film … Read More »

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Trio In the Running for NBC’s ‘Beach Lane’

By | Friday April 16, 2010 @ 9:22am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE FRIDAY PM: Rumor is Michael Landes also tested for the role.

EXCLUSIVE: Comedian Nick Thune, True Blood’s Michael McMillian and John Forest, are in contention to replace Patton Oswalt on NBC’s comedy pilot Beach Lane. The three are screen testing with star Matthew Broderick. Beach Lane stars Broderick as a celebrity … Read More »

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Whedon To Direct Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’

By | Tuesday April 13, 2010 @ 1:25pm PDT
Mike Fleming

joss whedonI’m told Marvel Studios is in final negotiations for Buffy the Vampire Slayer series architect Joss Whedon to direct Marvel Studios’ The Avengers. That’s the fast-tracked film that would amount to an all-star team of Marvel superheros, including Iron … Read More »

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Akiva Goldsman’s To Haunt ‘Paranormal Activity 2′ – But Not As Director

By | Tuesday March 16, 2010 @ 1:08pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Hollywood PalladiumDon’t believe the rumors. Akiva Goldsman won’t be directing Paranormal Activity 2, but he has boarded the project. Goldsman became executive producer and is helping to flesh out the sequel story with the producing team of Oren … Read More »

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Ed Helms Will Have 2nd ‘Hangover’ Before ‘Central Intelligence’

By | Friday March 12, 2010 @ 8:26am PST
Mike Fleming

Universal won’t start production this spring on Central Intelligence, the comedy that had The Office‘s Ed Helms starring and Dean Parisot directing. Rumors raced yesterday that the film was scrapped. Insiders insist that isn’t so. I’ve learned the comedy won’t likely come before Helms reprises in The Hangover sequel, giving … Read More »

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Knocking Down DC Comics Rumors…

By | Friday February 12, 2010 @ 1:18pm PST

I’m assured there is no truth to the Internet rumors circulating that Barbara Marcus will be the next publisher of DC Comics. A bigtime kid books publisher, Marcus is pals with DC Entertainment president after they launched the licensing partnership between Scholastic and Warner Bros for the Harry Potter films.

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“Not A Chance” Of ‘Watchmen’ Film Sequel

By | Thursday February 4, 2010 @ 7:10am PST

watchmenThe Internet is filling up with chatter here and here about how Dan DiDio, the SVP/Executive Editor for DC Comics, is determined to push not only a sequel to the Watchmen graphic novel, but a multiple prequel comic book … Read More »

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Oscar Campaign Badmouthing Has Begun!

By | Tuesday December 15, 2009 @ 2:20pm PST


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2ND UPDATE: I love awards season because my email and voicemail get filled with negative campaigning about all the Academy Awards hopefuls. (Such holiday cheer is out here!) Over the years, I’ve reported on the studio badmouthing of heavyweight … Read More »

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Anne Hathaway Wanted For ‘Spider-Man 4′

By | Wednesday November 18, 2009 @ 5:03pm PST


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Black_CatEXCLUSIVE: You know I’m insecure about my geek bonafides which I’ve been trying to improve in recent years. (Heck, I grew up never reading a single comic book.) … Read More »

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SAG Internet Rumors Ridiculously Wrong!

By | Saturday October 3, 2009 @ 1:15pm PDT

SAG_logoI can confirm that there is NO truth to that ridiculously wrong Internet report that newly elected SAG president Ken Howard has undergone back surgery and has already handed over his office at 5757 Wilshire Blvd to newly elected Secretary-Treasurer (and fellow … Read More »

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Now Brian Roberts Sends Note To Troops

By | Friday October 2, 2009 @ 5:48pm PDT

Message from Brian Roberts

comcast_logoYou have probably seen the news reports that speculate about Comcast’s interest in buying NBC Universal. As you know, we’ve had a long-standing policy not to comment on these types of stories. We have not commented about this

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On Huffington Post’s Media Page Right Now

By | Thursday October 1, 2009 @ 9:22am PDT


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Jeff Zucker Sends Memo To NBCU Staff

By | Thursday October 1, 2009 @ 6:59am PDT

From: Jeff Zucker (NBC Universal)
Sent: Thursday, October 01, 2009 8:50 AM
To: NBC Universal Employee Communications (NBC Universal)
Subject: Note Regarding NBCU

zucker1_1By now, you have probably seen or heard stories regarding the ownership of NBC Universal, most recently a flurry of stories

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