What A Lousy Week For Rupert Murdoch…

It was bad enough that hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters stopped by his Fifth Avenue home on Tuesday to chant slogans about the unfairness of the tax system. The media mogul’s troubles also grew as he had to deal with a second UK newspaper scandal: The publisher of the Wall Street Journal Europe, Andrew Langhoff, resigned amid allegations that he had cut a deal to artificially inflate circulation figures by 41%. And that story began to unravel just as the UK Parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport Committee said it will interrogate Murdoch’s right-hand man Les Hinton on October 24 as part of its investigation into Murdoch’s other UK newspaper problem –  the News Of The World phone-hacking scandal. This matter has already begun to loom large as investors prepare to converge in Los Angeles next Friday for News Corp’s annual shareholder meeting. Advisory firms Institutional Shareholder Services, Egan Jones, and Glass Lewis asked stock owners to reject several company board nominees — including Murdoch’s two sons, James and Lachlan — for failing to get to the bottom of the hacking allegations before the company was forced to close NOTW. Read More »

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U.S. Justice Department Asks News Corp For Information About Paying British Bribes

Can News Corp Escape The Scandal Unscathed?

U.S. prosecutors are checking to see if News Corp violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. They have have written to request info on alleged bribes paid by its employees to UK police, … Read More »

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News Corp Scandal: Scotland Yard Goes After Reporters Who Embarrassed Them

Scotland Yard is demanding that reporters at The Guardian disclose the confidential sources that enabled the paper to break the News Corp phone hacking scandal story. The police are citing the UK’s Official Secrets Act — normally used against spies — in a legal … Read More »

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Hacking Update: U.K. Trials Could Be Delayed Until 2013, Face Media Blackout

UPDATE: If prosecutors decide to charge several people over the allegations surrounding former News of the World journalists, all the defendants would likely be tried at the same time, London’s Telegraph reports today. Because of the parallel police inquiries into phone hacking and police corruption, any trials are likely to be delayed until … Read More »

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Rupert Murdoch Ad Apologizes for “Serious Wrongdoing” In Phone Hacking Scandal

News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch is placing a signed ad — written as a letter to readers — in UK newspapers this weekend that includes the headline “We Are Sorry,” The Guardian reports. Here’s the text, followed by a response from Guardian News & Media:

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DreamWorks Enters WikiLeaks Movie Sweepstakes, Buying Two Major Books

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: DreamWorks has officially entered the derby to turn the story of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks into a feature film. The studio has acquired rights to two books by pivotal players in the WikiLeaks drama. DreamWorks has secured screen rights … Read More »

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‘Hurt Locker’s Mark Boal At Center Of WikiLeaks Film Deal As Other Julian Assange Movies Mobilize

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: The Hurt Locker screenwriter Mark Boal and Management 360 have partnered with financier/producer Megan Ellison to option The Boy Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, an article about WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange in The New York Times Magazine written by the … Read More »

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Director Orson Welles Final Film To Screen?

By | Sunday January 23, 2011 @ 3:55pm PST

UK newspapers report that director Orson Welles’s unseen 1972 film The Other Side of the Wind could now see the light of day. The unedited film has been hidden away in a vault and been the subject of an ownership … Read More »

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Venice Fest “No Longer Special” Say Critics

Newspaper critics are increasingly being put off by how expensive the Venice Film Festival, which begins tomorrow, has become. One critic from Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf says that he can spend two weeks covering Toronto for the same cost of one week … Read More »

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UTA Signs Producer Mark Johnson’s TV Biz

By | Monday August 9, 2010 @ 4:00pm PDT

I’m told Oscar-winning producer Mark Johnson and his Gran VIA production company have signed with UTA for representation in television. Johnson, who’s produced everything on the big screen from Rain Man to The Notebook to the Chronicles of Narnia series, is looking to significantly expand his presence on the small … Read More »

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