'Ratatouille' Roasts Rivals, 'Die Hard' #2; Michael Moore's 'Sicko' Has Healthy Debut
SUNDAY AM: Disney / Pixar's Ratatouille cooked up a winning recipe as America's No. 1 movie, opening big with $47.2 mil this weekend from a bountiful 3,940 theaters. Surprisingly, it performed equally well on Friday as it did Saturday featuring the famed kiddie matinees. But Remy The Rat's debut is still well below the last Disney / Pixar toon Cars, which opened in 2006 to $60 mil and earned less than 2003's Finding Nemo ($70 mil) and 2004's The Incredibles ($70 mil)… Read
RIP: GMA Entertainment Critic Joel Siegel
I didn't know Joel Siegel personally until I started Deadline Hollywood Daily. So I was incredibly flattered when he emailed me one day saying he was a huge fan of the website, and loved reading my caustic Oscar commentary. Joel rightfully patted himself on the back for his own best line to describe how interminable the most recent Academy Awards on his ABC network had become: “When the broadcast began, Jack Nicholson had a full head of hair.” So sad that this funny and… Read
Does Bruce Die Hard Or Get Ratatouille'd?
FRIDAY AM: Yes, it's the start of another nailbiter for gross receipts this summer weekend as blockbusters bust a move in movie theaters. Right now my box office gurus are saying the totals for both films by Sunday look neck-and-neck: between $40 million to $45 million. Naturally, Fox especially is trying to lower 5-day expectations for Live Free Or Die Hard by projecting high $30s (as in millions) since its adult action marketplace is so jammed with high-profile product… Read
How Many In Hollywood Scored iPhones?
Jay Leno tonight speculated that the iPhone for sale Friday comes with “its own cappucino maker and nose hair trimmer”. I hear the Hollywood version has an assistant whacker. It's no biggie if you score the Ultimate Hand Job tomorrow. Surest sign of showbiz status? Those who got their iPhones last week… Read
Thumbs Up By NYU Journalism For DHD
According to the webzine produced by New York University's Department of Journalism, DHD was one of the 20 “Blogs We Like” chosen for study by the undergraduate course “Digital Journalism: Blogging”. (Spring 2007. Instructor: Patrick Phillips, editor & founder of I Want Media). Here is journalism student Cristina Gonzalez's article, Deadline Hollywood Daily Covers… Read
So Germany's Film Ban Isn't Due To Tom?
All I can say is that I sincerely hope the future talk about United Artists is more focused on film profits than on Tom Cruise's Scientology. (See my previous: Germany Bans Tom's Latest UA Film.) According to a translated German newspaper article published today, Germany's widely reported opposition to UA's movie-in-the-works Valkyrie filming at military sites has less to do with its star Cruise's being a “dangerous” Scientologist and more to do with fuss and… Read
WSJ Reporters Stage Big Murdoch Protest
If you had trouble reaching a Wall Street Journal reporter this morning, that's because many who belong to the union chose not to show up for work across the country until this afternoon. It's been described to me as a “non walk-in”. First, because they feel the paper's long tradition of independence is threatened since its editorial integrity is dependent on an owner committed to journalistic independence. (In other words, that's not Rupert Murdoch.) And second, they… Read
NYSE Says No Moore to 'Sicko' Director
EXCLUSIVE: I just confirmed that Sicko documentary creator Michael Moore was barred from making a scheduled media appearance inside the New York Stock Exchange today. His publicist says it was because he and a group of nurses intended to call for Wall Street investors and Main Street consumers to divest themselves of HMO, health insurance, and drug company stocks. The Oscar-winner and representatives of the California Nurses Association were slated to do a series… Read
Hollywood Agency Wars: Client Jumps
Screenwriter/director Zak Penn (wrote and helmed Incident at Loch Ness, co-writer of X-Men: The Last Stand) has left Endeavor for CAA.
Limato's Negotiations With ICM In Limbo
I know that Ed Limato's negotiations with ICM are very fluid right now since his contract is up this month. But there's an interesting push-pull surrounding this legendary motion picture agent. So consider this Part II to my original Rumor of ICM's Limato To CAA 'Ridiculous' post. I hear that, despite the poker faces of all involved, the talks between ICM and Limato aren't going well. “It's turning into a mess,” one insider told me. There are two big sticking points: Will… Read
Influential Harvard Grads In Hollywood?
Ugh, the lamebrains who ask me for Hollywood info. The latest is the magazine 02138 — described as “devoted to, but not affiliated with, Harvard” — that's compiling a supposed list of 100 Influential Harvard Grads including infotainment. But the mag seems totally clueless about Hollywood players, much less which ones were Harvard alums. (Especially when most wear the school crest virtually around their necks.) My advice? Don't read this issue. It'll be laughable. But if… Read
Tom Cruise Is Finally Shown The Money
I'm told Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner have completed that $500 million production financing arranged by Merrill Lynch for United Artists. (This had been in the works for months and months.) There should be an announcement before the end of June. As I first reported on Sunday, their new campaign to raise the profile of UA continues. The latest: Cruise and Wagner will make an “unannounced” stop at the European exhibitors confab Cinema Expo in Holland today to unveil… Read