February 2008 Archive

CLIFFHANGER: 3 Pellicano Co-Defendants In Talks To Cop Pleas: But Not Anthony…

This new development puts incredible pressure on Anthony Pellicano because it could dramatically strengthen the U.S. Attorney's case against him. But the Hollywood private investigator has been fighting the feds at every twist and turn of his much-delayed conspiracy and wiretapping trial which is now set to start on March 5th. Frankly, few think he'll give up — or give up his former high-profile clients. Hollywood figures with something to hide up could become very… Read

WGA Extends Member Health Coverage, Says Writers Must Help & Support SAG

To Our Fellow Members:Today, it is our pleasure to inform you that members of the Writers Guilds of America, East and West, have voted to ratify the MBA contract with 93.6% approval.  With a total of 4,060 votes cast, the tally was 3,802 to 258. These numbers reaffirm the tremendous level of support and commitment our membership has continuously demonstrated over these last few crucial months. We are also pleased to report that the trustees of our health fund voted… Read

WGA Members Vote Yes To New Contract

Writers Guild Members Overwhelmingly Ratify New Contract Los Angeles and New York - The members of the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) today put their final stamp of approval on the deal that ended their 14-week strike, giving writers new rights and protections for work distributed on and created for the Internet and other new media platforms. An overwhelming majority of the WGA membership voted in favor of ratifying the… Read

Decision Day Fast Approaching For Bob Shaye, Michael Lynne, and New Line

Sources tell me that Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne could officially find out as soon as this week what will happen to New Line Cinema and their expiring employment contracts at the movie studio they co-founded 40 years ago. “This is the week Bob gets told what the decision from Warner Bros will be,” an insider confirmed to me. BusinessWeek has already urged Time Warner Chief Jeff Bewkes to move New Line into the parent company's Warner Bros fold. After that, in a… Read

And The Best Buttocks Oscar Goes To…

I had to phone Endeavor agent Brian Swardstrom since his buttocks are now world famous because of Tilda Swinton's hilarious acceptance speech last night. (If you missed it, Swinton admired her Oscar and said, “I have an American agent who is the spitting image of this, the same shaped head and the buttocks. And I'm giving this to him because there's no way I would ever be in America if it weren't for him.” Then she mentioned Brian's name.) Said Swardstrom: “That was very… Read

Getty Images Sold To Private Equity Firm

Because of our sick obsession with images of celebrities, it's one of the fastest growing categories in the visual content business. Getty Images, the world's leading creator and distributor of visual content and other digital media including so many glitzy Hollywood photos, announced today that it has agreed to be acquired by private equity firm Hellman & Friedman LLC for $2.4 billion. Getty Images stockholders will receive $34 in cash for each outstanding share of… Read

Whoopi, Steve, Brad, Where Were You?

I've put in a call to AMPAS' Sid Ganis to find out why Sunday night's video montage of great moments from the Oscars didn't feature any hosting footage of 4-timer Whoopi Goldberg or Steve Martin when everyone else was shown. Whoopi teared up about it on today's The View which, like the Oscars, is broadcast by ABC. (Didn't anyone at the network go, “Huh?”) See the clip hereThe View women found the oversight unforgiveable since Whoopi was the first female host, the first… Read

UPDATE: Wow, Worst-Rated Oscars Since Nielsen Started Tracking Them in 1974!

It's even more horrible than first thought. It's not just the lousiest Nielsen's in a decade but the lousiest since at least 1974 and maybe ever! (Honestly, my headline last Friday Best To Expect The Worst Oscars Ever… was meant to be tongue-in-cheek, not psychic.) According to this afternoon's news reports, the Nielsen's recorded only a pathetic 32 million people who watched the 80th Academy Awards. And the 56 metered markets averaged a 10.7 rating among adults… Read

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