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February 2007 Archive

Don't Piss On Hollywood Today, LA Times!

Here it is, the Sunday of the Oscars, and the one day of the year that Hollywood deserves a free pass. The rest of the Los Angeles Times is covering every inch of the Academy Awards (including great photos like these from Al Seib). But the Opinion pages prove just how out of touch this newspaper is with the city and the industry that primarily pays its way. The front page of the op-ed section features two negative pieces about movies and the Oscars. The first is written… Read

Pre-Oscars: E! Starts Boobs Coverage…

E! Entertainment has started its usual insipid but slick coverage of the Academy Awards. (And just think, I could have been part of it. Gag.) Now the hosts are plugging Victoria’s Secret bras — a custom one, with their names embroidered on them, give to the five Best Actress nominees. This sounds like a made-up reason to use the word “cleavage” 800 times. It’s a lovely day here in Southern California. No rain (after a few days of wet weather), bright sun turning to cloud… Read

Oscar Spoilers Update: Weekend Changes

OSCAR TELECAST SPOILERS WARNING: Please don’t read further if you wish to be surprised tonight… I have just found out that, after posting here “My 8 Spoilers On Oscar Telecast” very early Friday morning, some of the plans for tonight’s Academy Awards show have changed. I’m told these alterations were made over this weekend because the changes weren’t popular. But I’m told that, at the time I wrote them, my spoilers were correct. 1. Yes, the three amigos — Steven… Read

Oscar Diller Thriller: Picnic Of The Moguls

Ostensibly, it’s in honor of Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter. But if you ask me, Barry Diller’s annual Oscars picnic today, complete with four buffet stations, is the ultimate mogul meet’n’greet. Sure, on Friday night, Bryan Lourd’s party got the stars (but would it kill him to actually serve dinner?) and Ed Limato’s got talent and execs and Ari Emanuel’s got two tents’ worth of celebs and studio heads. And tonight Jeffrey Katzenberg’s got money ($50,000 a ticket to… Read

Live-Blogging The Indie Spirit Awards…

Live from Santa Monica, the 2007 Independent Spirit Awards, with comedian Sarah Silverman hosting, was not as lively nor as funny nor as nutty nor as hoochie-mama as in past years… even with Sharon Stone presenting. What a shame. WRAP-UP: Little Miss Sunshine won Best Feature and Best Director and Best Supporting Male and Best First Screenplay. Half Nelson won Best Female and Best Male. The Road to Guantanamo Bay won Best Documentary. Pan’s Labyrinth won Best… Read

Box Office

Cage's 'Ghost Rider' Revs To #1, Leaving Carrey's 'The Number 23' In Its Exhaust

This weekend’s box office won’t get much publicity — not with the Oscars happening on Sunday night. Based on Friday’s gross receipts, still on top after one week out is Marvel/Sony’s comic book caper Ghost Rider, which should speed to a very strong $18.5 million weekend in 3,620 theaters. (Can’t you smell the sequel, Nic Cage? Don’t blow it by over-negotiating.) Left in its exhaust was New Line’s poorly reviewed pulp thriller The Number 23, which probably will open to… Read

UPDATE: My 8 Spoilers On Oscar Telecast; Don't Read If You Want To Stay Surprised

SUNDAY AM UPDATE: I have just found out that, after posting this Friday morning, some of the plans for tonight’s Academy Awards show have changed. (Click here for latest.) I’m told that some of these alterations were made over this weekend because the changes weren’t popular. But, at the time I wrote them, my spoilers were correct. WARNING – SPOILERS AHEAD: Few things in Hollywood are more fun than revealing the surprises which the Academy of Motion Picture Arts… Read

She's The Hostess With Oscar's Mostest: Everyone Who's Anyone Goes To Dani's

When it comes to Oscars, there’s only one party that really matters: Dani Janssen’s. It’s the most private, the most star-studded, the most relaxed in town. Only my pal Dani is a bundle of nerves on the phone with me because she just found out her condominium had stripped a lobby wall the day before. So the first thing greeting her VIPs when they arrive is a demolition mess. (See photo below.) Trust me, no one will be looking. Not with guests like Jack Nicholson and… Read

Could Sunday's Oscars Be Longest Ever? Right Now, Show Cutting, Cutting, Cutting

UPDATED THURSDAY PM: Sunday night’s Academy Awards telecast could end up the longest on record. That’s the prediction I’ve been given by one VIP who helps oversee this 79th Oscars and is therefore in a position to know. Sad but probably true, since this year’s producer is Laura Ziskin (Spider-Man) who was responsible for bringing in the 74th show at what was then a record 4 hours and 23 minutes. Yikes, is the Academy trying to drive away TV viewers? But I’ve also… Read

DHD UPDATE: Our One-Year Anniversary!

This year’s Academy Awards coincides with another event, albeit a tiny one: it’s almost Deadline Hollywood Daily’s one-year anniversary. The website went up last Oscar weekend (March 3, 2006), and my immense thanks to everyone (and anyone) who’s reading it. DHD now has 6.5 million page views! To celebrate, I’ll live-blog the Oscars on Sunday night. And, if I’m not too busy, I’ll live-blog the IFP’s Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, too. Here’s to the start of… Read

Now Come Out The Truth And Lies, #2

Meanwhile, insiders tell me that Hillary Clinton’s communications director Howard Wolfson may be pushed out sooner rather than later and that senior campaign adviser Ann Lewis already is taking more of a top role in that area. Lewis, of course, was director of communications for Hillary Clinton’s Senate re-election campaign and formerly White House communications director in Bill Clinton’s administration. It was Wolfson who made yesterday’s major mistake: saying Geffen is… Read