June 2009 Archive

Paramount Approaches Rivals Sony & Fox

Just what Hollywood needs — more anti-competitive behavior by Big Media. (Time to re-energize the dormant anti-trust division of the U.S. Justice Department.) I've confirmed what the Financial Times is reporting that Paramount is in advanced home entertainment merger talks with Sony Pictures and News Corp's Fox studio. Prompted by the 20% DVD sales slump of the past year, Paramount initiated the merger discussions to save money. “The talks have focused on combining DVD… Read

Paramount's Adam Goodman Wields Ax: Production Workforce Cut By 31 People: NYC Literary & Paramount Vantage Closed

UPDATED: Don't you just love it when, after making $400M in 5 days on a monster hit like Transformers 2, a studio starts firing people? That's the situation at Paramount today as new leader Adam Goodman is wielding the layoff ax. This morning, he gutted New York's literary and development offices. Today he's been meeting with the studio's creative group. Let go are head of Physical Production Georgia Kacandes, SVP of production Ben Cosgrove, EVP of production Dan Levine… Read

George Clooney Exits Warner Bros For Sony

So just days after dumping a pic with his one-time producing partner Steven Soderbergh, Sony Pictures Entertainment's Amy Pascal has done a deal with George Clooney and his other producing partner Grant Heslov. My question is: why? Pascal swore off making movies just for the masturbatory sake of winning Oscar nominations after Sony went through hell on All The King's Men and came up empty. “You need to look no further than Sony's track record with A-list talent like Adam… Read

Hollywood Democrat In U.S. Senate! Minnesota Court Affirms SNLer Franken's Election Victory; Coleman Concedes

UPDATE: Norm Coleman has finally conceded, clearing the way for Al Franken to be certified as the election winner and take his U.S. Senate after 8 bitter months of legal battling over the Minnesota election. News reports say Dem leaders reserved spots for Franken on four committees which willoversee the health care overhaul and the Supreme Court nomination among other high-profile issues. This decision by the Minnesota Supreme Court ends the recount process and affirms… Read

DHD ADVISORY: Transition Starting

Deadline Hollywood Daily's transition from Village Voice Weekly to Mail.com Media Corp is about to begin. Fortunately, the Fourth Of July holiday lies ahead, so expect light posting — primarily box office with occasional news coverage. In the meantime, I'll try to shake this virus I've had for the past 10 days. Thanks for your patience…  Read

Box Office

ROCK 'EM, 'SOCK 'EM! 'TRANSFORMERS 2' OPENS TO $390.4M WORLDWIDE! That's $200M Domestic + $190.3M International! But 5-Day Debut Can't Beat 'Dark Knight'

MONDAY PM: Paramount is announcing bigger actual numbers. “More theatres ran midnight shows than we had originally forecast. And a number of Imax locations that aren't in multiplexes and are not in the reporting system did huge grosses,” an exec explains. So Transformers 2: Revenge Of The Fallen opened to a 3-day weekend total is $108.9M and 5-day overall is $200M from 4,234 theaters. The breakdown is $32M for Sunday, $40.2M for Saturday, $36.7M Friday, $29M Thursday, and Read

MORE OSCAR CHANGES: Thalberg, Hersholt, & Honorary Awards To Be Separate Event; Fewer Original Song Nominees; More Rules?

Anybody who knows the way that the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences rolls, knows that its board of governors does nothing without an ulterior motive. So the decision to make an entirely new event for those honorary Oscars is a way for AMPAS to get itself off the hook. After all, there's a blacklog of Hollywood legends who campaign annually for the coveted Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. And those legends are all pals with the AMPAS bigwigs. So it gets more… Read

Jeff Goldblum Alive & Well In Los Angeles

His publicist is denying crazy web rumors the Law & Order: Criminal Intent star died in New Zealand today. Sounds like the next plot (combined with the circumstances of David Carradine's death) for the NYPD major crimes series. But I've since learned that, every coupla years, a rumor starts on the Internet about a celeb dying in New Zealand: Tom Hanks in 2006 and Tom Cruise in 2008… Read

R.I.P. Michael Jackson

He died at UCLA Hospital at age 50. There is going to be a huge media circus (see below), but not here at DHD. So go elsewhere on the web for tributes to his talent and details about his death. I will sort out the business side of his career and not dwell on his personal life. There'll be a link when the story/s post… Read

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