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FOR THE RECORD: SHARON STONE WAS NOT A SUSPECT

June 3, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

It was supposed to be “satire,” except that it wasn’t funny — and many readers concluded that it was fact. After all, the report, headlined “Sharon Stone Named Suspect in Cannes Jewel Heist,” appeared in Variety, then was picked up by Yahoo! and made its front page. Several other websites followed suit. True, the stories […]

WILL FINKE LEAVE DATELINE.COM?

June 3, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Nikki Finke and Jay Penske have each denied a report by rival industry blogger Sharon Waxman on TheWrap.com that Penske had fired Finke. “The scourge of Hollywood media [i.e. Finke] has clashed repeatedly with her boss, who apparently has had enough,” Waxman wrote on Sunday. Likewise, the Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday that Finke […]

CABLEVISION DEFIES NLRB — SAYS IT’S ILLEGAL

May 31, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Cablevision has asked a federal appeals court in Washington DC to rule that the National Labor Relations Board has no authority to take action against it since it lacks a quorum. The cable company, which principally operates in the New York City area, claims that President Obama acted illegally when he appointed three members to […]

BEN-HUR RIDES AGAIN

January 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

And lo, the return of James Bond and the Hobbit will beget the return of Ben-Hur. According to Deadline.com, the success of Skyfall and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has so raised MGM’s standing that it now plans to remake the 1959 blockbuster (a silent version, directed by Cecil B. DeMille, was also produced in […]

CHINA FILM EXPERT: DEADLINE DEAD WRONG ABOUT LOOPER‘S BOX OFFICE

October 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Robert Cain, a consultant to the entertainment industry on China, has dismissed reports by Nikki Finke’s Deadline.com about the supposedly record Chinese debut of Sony’s Looper last weekend. Finke, citing unnamed sources, originally reported that the film earned $23-25 million over the weekend, topping the $21 million that it earned domestically. If that figure held, […]

TMZ DISCOVERS ITS BIG SCOOP AFTER THE FACT

June 14, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The gossip website TMZ on Wednesday headlined “Terrence Malick — TMZ Captures a Hollywood Bigfoot!” Problem is, as the website itself admitted in an article accompanying the video, “Something INCREDIBLE happened and we didn’t even realize it — TMZ got footage of THE MOST elusive superstar in Hollywood!!!” As the video reveals, the TMZ reporter/cameraman […]

JACKSON PREVIEWS THE HOBBIT FOR THEATER OWNERS

April 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

At CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Peter Jackson presented a 10-minute preview of scenes from his upcoming The Hobbit that were shot at 48 frames per second, double the 24 frame rate per second that has been the standard in motion pictures since the advent of talking pictures in the late 1920s. To some in the […]

WHAT WILL SACHA BARON COHEN DO AT OSCARS?

February 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is reportedly awaiting assurances that Sacha Baron Cohen will not appear on the Oscar red carpet Sunday as “The Dictator,” the title character in his upcoming movie. The website Deadline.com reported on Wednesday that the Academy was refusing to send Baron Cohen his tickets to the event […]

IN WAKE OF OSCARS HAVOC, INDUSTRY OFFERED HELP, SAYS SHERAK

November 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Motion picture academy president Tom Sherak maintains that the turbulence of the past week, which saw both the co-producer and host of next year’s Oscar telecast resign, will have no effect on the production of the telecast itself. Referring to the departure of Brett Ratner and Eddie Murphy, Sherak told Deadline.com: “If this happened in […]

OSCAR THE GROUCH TO HOST THE OSCARS?

November 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

In a radio interview more than 35 years ago, the late Jim Henson and Frank Oz discussed the possibility of doing a Muppets sketch in which Oscar the Grouch would host — what else? The Oscars. Now, a number of websites are suggesting that something just like that could come to pass. With the departure […]

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