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May 2009 Archive

VIDEO: Bare-Butt Bruno Stunts Eminem

Twilight may have swept five awards — including best movie, best kiss and best fight — at tonight’s MTV Movie Awards. But everybody’s talking about that Sacha Baron Cohen stunt that “shocked” Eminem. MTV is claiming this was unscripted. (Then again, MTV produced that Janet and Justin wardrobe malfunction Nipplegate for the 2004 halftime Super Bowl show aired on CBS — then claimed that was unscripted… Read

Chase Carey In Talks With News Corp

I was told about this last Wednesday and decided to see where the talks with the president and CEO of DirecTV went before posting tonight. But indications are the job Carey is negotiating would be structured differently than the one Peter Chernin occupies. For instance, my sources wonder whether Carey would be as integrally involved in Hollywood; if he didn’t move to Los Angeles, then he wouldn’t closely oversee the film and television business like Chernin. At one time… Read

Box Office

'UP', 'UP', AND AWAY! Soars For $68.2M; #2 'Night At The Museum' Sequel $25.5M; #3 'Drag Me To Hell' $16.6M; 'Star Trek' Becomes 1st Film Of 2009 Past $200M

SATURDAY PM / SUNDAY AM: Hollywood planned a 2nd straight weekend friendly for family filmgoers who have pent-up demand, and it was a wild success with the two top family films placing #1 and #2. With 20% of K-through-12 kids out of school Friday, Pixar/Disney’s 10th pic and first 3-D movie, Up, was able to get a jump on the domestic box office with busy matinees from 1,534 3-D theaters — a record — and a total of 3,766 theatres total. So the unusual toon starring the… Read

Produced By Conference 2009, June 5-7

Next weekend’s “PRODUCED BY CONFERENCE” is already so successful that general registration is temporarily suspended due to overwhelming demand. Now the Producers Guild Of America is trying to accommodate as many attendees as possible. So check back on June 1st if you want to register. Billed as a weekend of the latest information and innovation impacting the entertainment industry, the Produced By Conference at Sony Pictures Studios will gather in one place 100 of the… Read

EXCLUSIVE: This Is The WME Logo. Really.

SATURDAY NOON: The verdict from DHD commenters is that the WME Entertainment logo is a flop. And I’ve just heard that, no, the new agency isn’t going to change it. FRIDAY 8PM: This really is the WME Entertainment logo unveiling next week. It was on the official WME online stationery sent to employees today. Stupid as it is, the “2” stands for the double “E”s — Endeavor and Entertainment. Have at… Read

NO TEARS: Jay Leno Gets Standing Ovation On His Last 'Tonight Show'

Jay stuck to the same formula that kept him No. 1 for most of his 17 years as host and let loose with one-liners about the celebutards who’ve been a part of his opening monologues. He also poked fun at his next gig: “I’m going to be going to a secluded spot where no one can find me — NBC prime time,” Leno told the audience, according to news reports. “It’s a gamble. I’m betting NBC will still be around in three months, but that’s not a given.” I still say he should have… Read

SAG Leadership Debuts Tom Hanks Video; “Vote Yes” Support From George Clooney

Today, SAG’s new leadership unveiled support for its “Vote Yes” campaign on the tentative TV/Theatrical Contract with the AMPTP from Tom Hanks who is starring in a video. There’s also a new SAG "Statement of Support" signed by George Clooney and others who “wholeheartedly recommend that SAG members VOTE YES on our tentative Television and Theatrical Contracts.”  Read

WGA: “Our Successful Organizing Efforts”

To My Fellow Members, It's been a while since I've reported to you about the progress of Writers Guild organizing efforts and the many successes we've had in the past two years. Organizing writers who work without a WGA contract is one of the key ways we strengthen the Guild and protect the standards we have all struggled so long and hard to achieve. Our first priority in organizing is always to defend our core jurisdiction: network and cable dramas, sitcoms (including… Read

MPTF Protest Rally Skedded For Monday

“HOLE IN THE HEART OF HOLLYWOOD” RALLY: KEEP THE MPTF NURSING HOME OPEN! While elderly residents of the long-term care facility suffer daily under threat of eviction, the Motion Picture Television Fund (MPTF) will host "Heartbeat of Hollywood," a golf tournament and "lavish cocktail party" on the very same campus. Unfortunately, even if requested by donors, the money raised will NOT go towards saving the home. Members of Saving the Lives of Our Own will gather outside… Read