May 2006 Archive

Claim: Murdoch Foe Was H'wood Anti-War Activists; Friend Nicole Kidman & China

In an interview published today with Advertising Age's Simon Dumenco, ex-New York Post Page Six reporter Ian Spiegelman claims exactly what we all suspected about the paper's parent company run by Rupert Murdoch ever since Dubya's ill-fated Iraq invasion: “News Corp's enemies were the usual bunch: Anyone who thought the war in Iraq might not be the best of all possible adventures to pursue, especially if they lived in Hollywood.” [Murdoch, of course, owns 20th Century… Read

Sequel Fever: Sony Has Da Vinci II and III

I'm told it's absolutely true that Sony bought the rights to the Robert Langdon character. Not only is Harvard symbologist Langdon the protaganist in Dan Brown's already written novel, “Angels and Demons,” but I know Langdon is also featured in a new book Brown is penning as we speak that takes off where Da Vinci Code leaves off. So that means Sony has the immediate prospect of not only one but two sequels. Wow, this town is really, really, gonna hate that studio… Read

Box Office

Da Vinci #1 in Every Country It Opened

UPDATE: My latest column,  The Passion of the Cash, is all about how I've seen the future of Hollywood, and it is foreign, as demonstrated by the craptastic Da Vinci Code. Final May 19-21 numbers have come in for The Da Vinci Code: a $231.8 million worldwide opening, making it the 2nd biggest ever — $154.7 mil international, $77.1 mil domestic. Sony is telling me it was #1 in every territory it opened. I'm frankly flabbergasted that mainstream papers such as The New York… Read

Pat Dollard vs Sharon Waxman

This is why I love covering showbiz…You can take Iraqi War documentarian Pat Dollard out of Hollywood. But you can't take Hollywood out of the former agent/manager. Over the weekend, I emailed him the opening numbers on Da Vinci Code because, “Hey, you may be witnessing horrific war, but you'll always want to know box office.” To which he responded, after thanking me, “Fuckin 'a'.” For the latest on the Dollard Watch, including the newest gory photo from his Iraqi… Read

Box Office

EXCLUSIVE: Da Vinci Code Is 2nd Biggest Opening Weekend Of All Time Worldwide With $224 Million; No. 1 International Opening Weekend with $147 Mil; $77 Mil U.S. Opening Weekend; Sony Execs Attribute Huge Success To Younger Moviegoers Globally

LATEST SUNDAY AM UPDATE: Sony Pictures told me exclusively this morning that Da Vinci Code earned $224 million worldwide, making it the second biggest opening weekend of all time worldwide. (The only movie that did better was Star Wars 3, the last of the prequels, with $254 mil). That DVC figure broke down to $147 mil internationally, and $77 mil domestically. The studio told me that the film is the No. 1 all-time opening weekend internationally. DVC was #1 in… Read

Dreamgirls Gets Great Cannes Response

The first 20 minutes of Dreamworks/Paramount's Dreamgirls starring Beyoncé Knowles and Jamie Foxx screened at the Cannes Film Festival tonight and received big applause from the media, distributors and VIPs inside the Martinez Hotel. Dreamworks' David Geffen, Viacom's Tom Freston, Paramount Pictures' Brad Grey and Gail Berman were all spotted inside the screening. Almost as big a reaction, but not quite, as the reception for Volver, the latest from director Pedro… Read

Box Office

EXCLUSIVE: Da Vinci Code Is 2nd Biggest Opening Weekend Of All Time Worldwide With $224 Million; No. 1 International Opening Weekend with $147 Mil; $77 Mil U.S. Opening Weekend; Sony Execs Attribute Huge Success To Teen Moviegoers Globally

8th UPDATE (Wednesday): My latest column,  The Passion of the Cash, is all about how I've seen the future of Hollywood, and it is foreign, as demonstrated by the craptastic Da Vinci Code 7th Update (Sunday): Sony Pictures told me exclusively this morning that Da Vinci Code earned $224 million worldwide, making it the second biggest opening weekend of all time worldwide. (The only movie that did better was Star Wars 3, the last of the prequels, with $254 mil). That DVC… Read

Moonves Blinks: 20th's Reba Coming Back

I've just been told Les Moonves blinked after The CW's anemic upfront presentation today and finally made a deal to bring back the highest-rated sitcom on The WB. But Reba won't air until CW's 2007 midseason schedule. You may remember that, back on April 30th, I wrote that Les had manhandled 20th Century Fox's show. I was told 20th was shocked to hear the CW didn't want the sitcom even though, last year, Reba was picked up by the WB for two years. When news broke about… Read

Stone's WTC: Is a Moving Movie Enough?

Yes, Paramount is showing 20 minutes of the film at the Cannes Film Festival. But you don't have to be near the Croisette: I just saw Extra's exclusive and shorter preview tonight for Oliver Stone's World Trade Center which opens wide on August 9th. I'm not much of a Stone fan because so many of his more recent movies have generally stunk. But I must say this preview was incredibly moving. I had tears in my eyes. Will there be more natural storytelling, more realistic… Read