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January 2007 Archive

Ryan, I Hardly Knew You…

I’m writing my LA Weekly column so I won’t get back to Oscar analyzing here until later. (Thanks for all your cool comments. And, yes, I was channeling a filthy-mouthed gaffer named Bick.) But, in the meantime, I want to update you on the 411 behind Ryan Gosling’s wild card nomination. (I called it this year’s “What the fuck?” Oscar noms moment, said those lost kids on the back of milk cartons are better known than this ex-Young Hercules, the TV series, and surmised that… Read

Oh, No: Rupe to the Chandlers' Rescue

Those muffled wimpering sounds you hear emanating from Spring Street are Los Angeles Times staffers frightened by today’s news that Rupert Murdoch has entered the battle for Tribune Co. The Financial Times reports this afternoon that News Corp. has joined the Chandler family in its bid for Tribune “with an eye to taking a stake in New York’s Newsday newspaper.” Really, we’re not that naive: first Newsday, then the LA Times. Surely, Rupe can’t be satisfied with those… Read

79th Oscar Nods: Dreamgirls' Nightmare; United 93 Crashed; Mel's Mayans Mauled

It sucks having to wake up in total darkness for the 5:38 a.m. Oscar nominations, much less analyze them at that obscene hour. So be sure to keep clicking here throughout the day. Because I get nastier with every caffé latte. There’s so much to say about this morning’s 79th Academy Award nods. Let’s start with the bad since this is, after all, my website. But, first, you must recognize that to understand this process, you have to think like an Oscar voter. Which means… Read

Pellicano Hearing: NYT Covering Itself

Speaking of one of The New York Times‘ Hollywood correspondents (see Big NYT Hollywood Coverage Shake-Up below), how curious that Pellicano Scandal reporting duo of staffer David Halbfinger and freelancer Allison Hope Weiner were in court taking notes on today’s explosive hearing when the subject was, er, themselves. At issue are the ongoing leaks to the journalist pair. Big-shot attorney Terry Christensen, indicted in connection with his rep of billionaire investor and… Read

The Horror of CAA's '424' (Part Deux)

I’m told that if you try to reach CAA at what should be its new phone number, (310)288-2000, it’s the main fax line of another Hollywood talent agency, Paradigm. Now we know why CAA got stuck with (424)288-2000. What a laugh riot. Reminder, CAA finally made the move to its new office digs at 2000 Avenue Of The Stars when horror ensued: CAA lost its “310” number and got stuck with the new area code… Read

Big NYT Hollywood Coverage Shake-Up

EXCLUSIVE: I’m told of big news affecting Hollywood coverage by The Paper Of Record: The New York Times is shaking up its personnel. L.A.-based movie editor Michael Cieply will now become one of the newspaper’s Hollywood reporters. And former media editor turned writer Lorne Manly will take Cieply’s place as movie editor, moving the job back to NYC. I gotta say this is a surprise: I’d heard Cieply was unhappy, but Manly’s move really floors me. This is also hard for me… Read

Deals, Deals & More Sundance Deals…

Waitress sold to Peter Rice’s Fox Searchlight. Studio puts price at $4 million worldwide (but I heard $5 mil). Starring Keri Russell, written and directed by the late Adrienne Shelley. Searchlight outbid Miramax, Focus among other distribs for this sweet pic. Fox Searchlight also shelled out $4 mil for worldwide rights to Manhattan-set modern horror story about a well-to-do family from George Ratliff, Joshua. Clubland, called a dramedy, sold to Warner Independent Pictures… Read

Want Superbowl XLI Tickets? Ask CAA*

*Since CAA’s IMG-acquired sports agents Tom Condon and Ken Kremer rep Peyton Manning, the Indianapolis Colts quarterback who’s headed to Miami to play the Chicago Bears. It was the largest comeback in AFC and NFC championship game history. In terms of endorsement moolah, most of his current deals — including DirecTV, Reebock, Gatorade, MasterCard, Sprint and Sony — pre-date his agents’ April arrival at CAA. So those commissions go to IMG, I’m told. Even though his… Read

Sundance Suckering Still The Story

My old  column, The Sundance Suckers, is as true today as when I wrote it back in 2003. I don’t get all aflutter at the mere mention of the Park City film festival like some media. That’s because I’m much too cynical. If you accept the premise that the film business is the folly of the filthy rich, then the independent-film business must seem the folly of the stupidly rich. Lore has it that, if a sucker is born every minute, all eventually land in Hollywood — with a… Read

H'wood Will Never Forget Art Buchwald

Art Buchwald, who passed away Wednesday, will always be remembered in Hollywood because the  columnist / writer helped establish the parameters of what “net” means in the movie business. “Hey, buddy, have you found any more money in Paramount's books?" the comedian inquired with his trademark impish grin when his celebrated Los Angeles trial attorney in that infamous (and successful) Coming to America case saw him for the last time in a Washington D.C. hospice. O’Donnell… Read