July 2008 Archive

New 'Law & Order: CI' Exec Producers

EXCLUSIVE: Talk about flattering. I've just learned that Warren Leight has been replaced by not one but two executive producers on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Sources tell me that Dick Wolf's plan is to break the 16-episode season into two sets of 8 episodes each. Walon Green will exec produce the 8 episodes starring Vincent D'Onofrio, while Robert Nathan will exec produce the episodes starring newcomer Jeff Goldblum who replaced Chris Noth. And of course Wolf… Read

Ken Turan & Sam Rubin: Together On TV

While I'm on the subject of the Los Angeles Times, the newspaper is engaging in another bit of synergy with its Tribune-owned local TV station KTLA — this time about Hollywood. I'm told that LA Times chief film critic Kenny Turan is teaming up with KTLA Morning News entertainment reporter Sam Rubin for a half-hour television show based around the print version of “Sneaks”, the LA Times' four-times-a-year look at movies coming out. The show will be called Sneaks… Read

Rocket Scientist New LA Times Publisher?

EXCLUSIVE: Reliable sources tell me that Eddy Hartenstein, the ex-chief of DirecTV, is under serious consideration to be the new Los Angeles Times publisher, replacing David Hiller who was fired this month. A deal for him isn't done yet but he's first choice on the short list. The 57-year-old rocket scientist (yes, really) is a name well-known to Hollywood since he was the Big Kahuna  in the development of modern-day satellite television, serving as DirecTV's CEO… Read

COMIC-CON 2008: DC Comics

(Regular DHD readers know I don't do geek. But frequent LA Weekly film reviewer and comic book expert Luke Y Thompson does. He spends all year waiting for Comic-Con and this time he's covering it for me. Here's his latest report.)  DC Comics' Dan DiDio As I write this, Comic-Con 2008 has just concluded. Before everything ended, I had to check in on a couple of panels with DC Comics president Dan DiDio. Would nit-picky fans rake him over the coals for not getting DC's act… Read

COMIC-CON 2008: 'Friday The 13th'

(Regular DHD readers know I don't do geek. But frequent LA Weekly film reviewer and comic book expert Luke Y Thompson does. He spends all year waiting for Comic-Con and this time he's covering it for me. Here's his latest report.)   FRIDAY THE 13TH Remake  Sometimes, I just cannot predict what panels will and won't draw crowds. Like, the HAROLD AND KUMAR DVD panel filled up Ballroom 20. I would not have called that one. Got in at the very tail end, just in time to hear… Read

COMIC-CON 2008: 'Hamlet 2'

(Regular DHD readers know I don't do geek. But frequent LA Weekly film reviewer and comic book expert Luke Y Thompson does. He spends all year waiting for Comic-Con and this time he's covering it for me. Here's his latest report.)  HAMLET 2 Now, when it comes to movies not really appropriate to the Con, there's HAMLET 2. A comedy from Andrew Fleming (DICK) about a despondent high school drama teacher prone to staging pathetic stage interpretations of big-budget movies… Read

COMIC-CON 2008: 'Mutant Chronicles'

(Regular DHD readers know I don't do geek. But frequent LA Weekly film reviewer and comic book expert Luke Y Thompson does. He spends all year waiting for Comic-Con and this time he's covering it for me. Here's his latest report.)   MUTANT CHRONICLES THE MUTANT CHRONICLES is the perfect kind of movie to screen at Comic-Con. A sci-fi actioner that makes the maximum use of its limited budget, as-yet undistributed, but with actors popular in geekdom who all show up (Thomas… Read

COMIC-CON 2008: Day 4

(Regular DHD readers know I don't do geek. But frequent LA Weekly film reviewer and comic book expert Luke Y Thompson does. He spends all year waiting for Comic-Con and this time he's covering it for me. Here's his latest report.)  Miscellaneous Musings When you start Day 4 with LOST and TERMINATOR 4, where can you go from there? Not too far, as it turns out. Used to be that Saturday was the big busy day for Comic-Con and Hall H, but today, there were seats available for… Read

SAG National Board Reaffirms Jurisdiction Over All New Media Productions And Residuals For All Made-For-New Media

SAG's National Board met today and issued as statement. (The AMPTP's reaction is below it): Los Angeles, July 26, 2008 — The National Board of Directors of Screen Actors Guild passed the following resolution at its meeting today: It is a core principle of Screen Actors Guild –That no non-union work shall be authorized to be done under any Screen Actors Guild agreement and; That all work under a Screen Actors Guild contract, regardless of budget level, shall receive fair co… Read

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