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December 2009 Archive

Box Office

FOX REVISES FIGURES: 'AVATAR' No. 2 December Record With $77.025M Domestic; Opens To $242.5M Worldwide

BREAKING NEWS! (check for constantly updated and inserted info) MONDAY AM 4TH UPDATE: 20th Century Fox keeps refining its figures to show James Cameron’s Avatar actuals were better than expected — Friday: $26,752,099, Saturday: $25,529,036, Sunday: $24,744,346. Grosses dropped only -3% from Saturday to Sunday and finished the weekend with an opening number of $77.025481 million (not $77.3M or $76.8M or $73M as the studio previously reported). That placed second to 2D I Am… Read

R.I.P. Brittany Murphy

What a tragic waste of young talent. News reports say actress Brittany Murphy went into cardiac arrest this morning at age 32. I always found her performances fresh in both comedies like Clueless, Just Married and Little Black Book, and dramas like 8 MileDon’t Say A WordGirl Interrupted, and Sin City, and the dramedy Uptown Girl. She was about to have a career renewal with several movies coming out in… Read

Johnny Knoxville Promises 'Avatar' Technology In 2010 'Jackass 3D'

Paramount and MTV Films announced today that they’ve greenlit the 3rd installment of JACKASS in “eye-popping 3D” for release on October 15, 2010. It begins shooting in late January with Dickhouse Production's Jeff Tremaine directing yet again and producing alongside Spike Jonze and Johnny Knoxville. Said the star in the statement, “We’re going to take the same 3D technology James Cameron used in AVATAR and stick it up Steve O’s butt. We’re taking stupid to a whole new… Read

Gary Newman/Dana Walden Spread Un-Joy

You’ve GOT to watch this holiday card from 20th Century Television. Brutally honest and humorous about the biz. (My jaw is still on the floor.) UPDATE: Ah, it was written by Modern Family‘s Steve Levitan which is it’s funny. And it was made in a 1/2 hour during the crew’s lunch break.   Read

More Hollywood PR Fallout: ID Hires 2 PMK/HBH Veteran Publicists

UPDATES TOLDJA! PMK·BNC Finally Confirm Merger Still more PMK/HBH flacks are abandoning ship in advance of the January 1st merger of the newly named PMK·BNC joint company. Others have struck out on their own or joined the newly formed Slate PR. Which begs the question: What exactly is BNC left buying when all the shaking up finally stops? LOS ANGELES, CA, DECEMBER 21, 2009 – ID has tapped longtime PMK/HBH brand publicity executive Victoria Harvie as Vice President of… Read

ICM Axes MP Literary Agent Nick Reed

He used to co-head ICM’s motion picture lit department until 2008 when Nicole Clemens was put in sole charge. The agency is working to “transition” his clients Len Wiseman, Stephen Moyer, Steven Seagal and Ben Barnes, which means ICM is hoping to keep all of them even though he’ll be gone. Word is Nick Reed will try to become a producer.  Read

274 Feature Films Eligible For 82nd Oscars

Beverly Hills, CA — Two hundred seventy-four feature films are eligible for the Academy Award® for Best Picture of 2009, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. To be eligible for 82nd Academy Awards® consideration, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days. Under Academy rules, a feature-length motion picture must have a running… Read

Scott Lambert And Relativity Part Company

After only a year to the month at Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media, Scott Lambert and the company have gone their separate ways. Insiders tell me he was escorted out of the offices, and this cryptic email was sent around by Relativity: “Please be advised that Scott Lambert is no longer working with Relativity. Please do not share any company information with him going forward.” So there’s not even any pretense that this was an amicable exit. Lambert, the former William… Read

Unofficial 2009 Spec Market Scorecard

Here are some talking points for this weekend's holiday parties. Jason Scoggins, a partner at the literary management and production company Protocol, has compiled what he readily admits is a “terribly unscientific” but which I find very interesting compilation of the 2009 feature film spec script market based on information culled from public and non-public sources. The numbers do not include pitch sales or the film rights to underlying material. He found that: • 436… Read