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November 2008 Archive

R.I.P. Irving Brecher

One of the most memorable online videos I posted during the WGA strike starred writer Irv Brecher (Meet Me In St. Louis, Bye Bye Birdie, Marx Bros’ At The Circus & Go West, creator of radio and TV’s Life of Riley) remembering residuals battles with Hollywood employers from years past, and revealing he was still angry about them all. Well, he recently passed away at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles at age 94. Watch his Same Old Story YouTube below and read this April 2006 profil… Read

DHD Advisory: Thanksgiving Schedule

Sorry for past days’ posting delays. I’ve not discussed this before, but recently my father has been very ill and undergone many hospitalizations and surgeries. I’ve been trying to divide my time between the website and his care. I will be out of town visiting him beginning Wednesday November 26th and returning home Thursday December 4th. I plan to keep DHD coverage as up to date as possible with special attention paid to the holiday box office. Please do not hesitate to… Read

Terry Christensen Gets 3 Year Sentence; Judge Calls House Detention “Ludicrous”

It also looks as if the now disgraced uber-entertainment lawyer and convicted felon in the Pellicano scandal won’t be doing his time under house detention, either. This morning, federal judge Dale Fischer granted prosecutors’ recommendation and sentenced Terry Christensen to 36 months, plus a $250,000 fine to be paid within 30 days. She is allowing him to stay out on bond pending his appeal, and authorities have confiscated his passport. But Fischer poured cold water on… Read

AMPTP To Employers: SAG “Completely Out Of Touch With Reality”; Authorization Vote “Will Lead Inexorably To A Strike”

The AMPTP today sent the following message to its employers: “We are disappointed to report that the federal mediation efforts between SAG and AMPTP failed in the early morning hours of Saturday, November 22nd, when mediator Juan Carlos Gonzalez ended the process. “The mediation failed for one fundamental reason:  SAG continued unrealistically to insist on a substantially better deal than all of the other major Hollywood Guilds and Unions have negotiated so far in 2008. … Read

Universal Enrolls In 'Umbrella Academy'

In terms of Marvel and DC, Dark Horse is considered just what its name implies — the dark horse in the American comics industry dominated by more well-known names. But superhero-challenged Universal is determined to try to make the most of its deal with the publisher. So the studio is fast-tracking The Umbrella Academy (about a group of 7 children born with mutant superpowers) after just pinning down its deal with Gerard Way, the lead singer of the rock band My Chemical… Read

New Bond Now Boasts $418.5M Globally

The new Bond pic Quantum Of Solace was down 59% from its franchise record opening a week ago for a $27.4M weekend. Its new North American cume passed $100M Saturday in just 6 days time to finish with $109.4M through Sunday. Going into Friday, Daniel Craig’s 2nd turn as 007 had made $335M worldwide. Then the actioner opened in Australia and Spain to the biggest Bond openings ever. So MGM/Sony had an overseas weekend of $40.6M which will put international at $309M for a… Read

Box Office

NO SEX, VIOLENCE OR STARS, YET #1: 'Twilight' Takes Biggest $70.5M Bite Out Of Box Office Weekend; Bond #2, Bolt #3

SUNDAY AM: Summit Entertainment’s low cost blockbuster Twilight opened huge as expected because of heavy pre-sales with $35.8M Friday. But the front-loaded pic dropped a big but expected 41% to $21M Saturday. (Similarly front loaded Sex And The City also had a big Friday to Saturday fall…)With an estimated $13.6M Sunday from 3,419 theaters, including $7M worth of Thursday midnight shows, Twilight will end up with $70.5M for its first North American weekend in… Read

UPDATE: AMPTP Trash Talks SAG Strike

2ND UPDATE:  New SAG-AMPTP post coming with all new information… Just now, the Big Media cartel’s negotiating clique, the AMPTP, issued this statement about SAG’s decision to seek a strike authorization vote from its members now that all talks have broken down and federal mediation has been adjourned. (It’s interesting that the AMPTP has yet to comment on the WGA’s news that the infotainment conglomerates aren’t paying residuals for writers' work that is reused on New… Read

SAG-AMPTP Talks Break Down After Only 2 Days; Mediation Process Adjourned; SAG Will Now Seek Strike Authorization

The federal mediator had arranged the first formal face-to-face in months between the two parties. But, given the acrimonious history of their stalled negotiations, it’s not surprising that there was no progress. The question, just as it was before the economic climate collapsed, is what happens next? SAG seemed to answer that by issuing this statement about the breakdown of talks: “Our leadership was optimistic that federal mediation would help to move our negotiations… Read

Weinstein Co's Expected Layoffs Reality: But Will Harv & Bob Ever Admit Blame?

Sorry I’m late getting this up because today has been nonstop. But I’d been hearing from tipsters for weeks that firings were on the horizon at the Weinstein brothers’ company. But they finally came down today. (The New York Post says NYC employees were called into a meeting shortly after 2 PM ET to receive the bad news from Human Resources.) The big surprise to me is that The Weinstein Co bloodletting was only 11% of its workforce. But that’s because so many other staff… Read