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February 2009 Archive

AMC Theatres Shakeup: Peter Brown Out; Strangely, Starbucks EVP Gerry Lopez In

EXCLUSIVE: I just heard that coffee guy Gerardo “Gerry” Lopez is replacing Peter Brown, who is retiring after joining AMC Theatres since 1990 and rising to Chairman/President/CEO of AMC Entertainment. (The film buyers are calling all the distributors with it this minute… But as one studio exec jus emailed me, “Retirement, in this case, is clearly a euphemism for, “Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.” Albeit, a lucrative exit door.”) For the caffeine-challenged… Read

NEW MURDOCH FAMILY DRAMA: Report Says Daughter Elisabeth Declined Dad's Recent Request To Rejoin News Corp is reporting this as a “snub”. Richard Siklos writes today that, in the weeks while Rupert Murdoch was trying to keep his No. 2 Peter Chernin at News Corp, the mogul also had to accept his daughter Elisabeth’s decision to turn down a spot on the company’s board. That palace intrigue will now intensify the speculation following Chernin’s departure about who will eventually run the media conglomerate. And, judging from Siklos’ report, it’s looking like James… Read

Andy Richter Joining Conan O'Brien, Again

Conan’s old Late Night sidekick is returning to The Tonight Show as the announcer, but also to take on sidekick duties by appearing regularly in the comedy sketches. After all, no one expected NBC to come up with actually new ideas for the show’s post-Leno reincarnation starting June 1st. At least Richter is better known this time around, having appeared in more than his fair share of failed primetime series. And he’s certainly harmless on air. But the chemistry might… Read

More Comic Book Movie News: Michel Gondry To Direct Sony's 'Green Hornet'

Sony/Columbia Pictures' The Green Hornet stars Stephen Chow and Seth Rogen (who slimmed down for the role) who also wrote the screenplay with Evan Goldberg, who will also executive produces. Neal H. Moritz will produce the film through his Original Film production company. "We're huge fans of Michel Gondry. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and all his films are as daring as they are extraordinary, fueled by creative ideas that spring from his unique worldview,”… Read

White Knot Oscars And Spirit Awards Lists

White Knots (symbolizing the campaign for marriage equality) were worn at the Oscars by winner Dustin Lance Black, Josh Brolin, Guillaume Canet, Bruce Cohen, Emile Hirsch, Richard Jenkins, Dan Jinks, Cleve Jones, Anne Kronenberg, Gus Van Sant, Anne Hathaway’s father/Oscars date Gerard Hathaway (Anne has worn the Knot to several events in the past). White Knots worn at the Spirits: Christina Applegate, Padma Lakshmi, Lucy Liu, Kerry Washington, Rosie Perez, Jessica Alba… Read

Some Good Hollywood News: Marvel Made Ton Of Money In 2008

Marvel Entertainment announced today operating results for its 4th-quarter ended December 31, 2008 and record net sales, net income and earnings per share for the full year 2008. For Q4 2008, Marvel reported net sales of $224.3 million and net income of $63.0 million, or $0.80 per diluted share, compared to net sales of $109.3 million and net income of $27.6 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, in Q4 2007. “The improvement reflects recognition of $135.5 million in film… Read

Marvel Studios Updates Its Pipeline: 'Iron Man 2' Starts Shooting in April; Kenneth Branagh To Direct 'Thor'

Below is an updated look at the Marvel Studios’ product pipeline. The company also announced today that Kenneth Branagh is set to direct Thor which Paramount Pictures will distribute worldwide. It will be released domestically on July 16, 2010. And Iron Man 2 begins principal photography in early April. Marvel Studios Entertainment Pipeline (According to its 4th quarter earnings report. Scheduled release dates are subject to change) Self-Produced Feature Film Line-Up Iron… Read

4TH UPDATE: Peter Chernin Has Decided To Step Down As No. 2 At News Corp; What Happens Next? Who Happens Next?

WRITETHRU (keep refreshing for breaking news): Predicting whether Peter Chernin would stay or go as chairman Rupert Murdoch’s president/COO, and who might replace him (if anyone at all right away), has been Hollywood’s favorite guessing game recently. But now that fun is over. Peter Chernin is stepping down with a unprecedented-for-Hollywood golden parachute. Hollywood agents are saying in internal emails today that James Murdoch, Rupert’s youngest son from his 2nd… Read

Oscars “In Memoriam” Omissions…

My commenters and emailers are pointing out whom AMPAS failed to honor this year. (Please let me know if there are more names.) There’s outrage over missing Patrick McGoohan, so good in Braveheart. Also Eartha Kitt. I think my pals Bernie Brillstein and Guy McElwaine weren’t included. Don LaFontaine, THE voiceover artist on most film promotion, was omitted even though he was also the voice of the Oscars. Not included was George Carlin. And it’s inexplicable why Irv… Read

UPDATE: Roger Ebert Apologizes To Me…

UPDATE: Roger Ebert kindly posted this on his website tonight: Monday p.m.: Nikki Finke says on her blog that the London Independent, and therefore me, incorrectly read what she wrote. I am guilty of finding the quote above on the Independent's web site. When I went to Finke's site, I found her "Live-Snarking the Oscars." Finke explains she never said those stars wouldn't be on the program [as presenters], but that they didn't want to be. Point taken, although it was not… Read

UPDATE: 13% Oscars Ratings Rise; Kudos Go To Larry Mark & Bill Condon; But Still 3rd Worst Viewed Academy Awards

UPDATED: Nielsen’s national ratings have come in, and the 81st Annual Academy Awards on ABC averaged 36.3 million viewers with a 12.1 rating among adults 18-49 on Sunday. It increased viewership by 13% by total audience over last year when both slumped to a record low. But this was still the third least viewed Oscar telecasts on record. In a 2009 to 2008 comparison, the Oscars built its ratings and reach by 4.3 million viewers (36.3 vs. 32.0 million), 13% among adults… Read