The Dailies

August 07, 2008

The Dailies - August 7, 2008


Ledger-gate: A bizarre DEA power grab?
Fresh from a heavy-handed raid on a Culver City medical marijuana clinic, the DEA declines to pursue a criminal investigation of Heath Ledger's accidental death, letting Mary-Kate Olsen off the hook from testifying.  But why such an unprecedented inquiry in the first place?

What happened to Tom Cruise's career?
Roger Friedman dishes out high praise for Tom Cruise's "Tropic Thunder" cameo, but who knew this would be Cruise's only appearance on film this year?  Fans, who last enjoyed him in "Lions for Lambs", will have to wait until February 2009 for the actor to plant a bomb (literally) in "Valkyrie."

James Cameron reveals "Avatar" tech details
With principal photography over, it's now all about CG production for the $200 million 3-D epic. Cameron calls "Avatar" "the most challenging film I've ever made."

-- Tim Doyle

July 28, 2008

The Dailies - July 28, 2008


Can "Dark Knight" sink "Titanic" record?
Batman sequel crosses $300 mil mark in record 10 days

Comic-Con 2008 wraps up
Die-hards lament commercialism, marginalization of comic vendors

Shia LaBeouf in automobile accident
Hand injury sidelines actor from "Transformers 2"

July 24, 2008

The Dailies - July 24, 2008


New Line piles on the "Hairspray"
John Waters to write treatment for sequel

MTV "Rocky Horror" remake in the works
New music may be used alongside original script

Fanboys (and girls) flock to Comic-Con
"Watchmen," "Terminator" info to be revealed

July 17, 2008

The Dailies - July 17, 2008


"Mad Men," "Damages" land Emmy nods
"John Adams" leads with 23 nominations

Amazon.com launches video-on-demand store
Service will be integrated with Sony Bravia TVs

YouTube, Lionsgate in online deal
Branded channel to offer clips for flexible use

Studios, SAG silent after third meeting
Stalemate continues, discussions remain confidential

July 15, 2008

The Dailies - July 15, 2008


Paramount loses $450m in financing
Deutsche Bank closes film unit as market interest wanes

Warner Brothers finds "Lost Planet"
Hayter to pen adaptation of video game

Weinsteins signs TV deal with Showtime
Pact to start in 2009 with Tarantino's "Inglorious Bastards"

July 14, 2008

The Dailies - July 14, 2008


"Hellboy II" tops at box office with $35.9m
"Hancock" a strong second; "Meet Dave" bombs

Tribune Co. in turmoil
LA Times publisher out, Chicago Trib editor resigns

update: ax is expected to fall on 150 newsroom employees today. sw.

Is Bravo Sabotaging Project Runway?
Lack of promotion for final season at net may be sour grapes as reality hit readies move to Lifetime

July 11, 2008

The Dailies - July 11, 2008


iPhone 3G rolls out in worldwide launch
Faster device expandable with new iTunes App Store

SAG rejects AMPTP's final offer
Dispute over new media, DVD residuals prolongs stalemate

News Corp unlikely to be part of Yahoo deal
Murdoch quashes idea of Microsoft partnership

July 09, 2008

The Dailies - July 9, 2008


AFTRA ratifies pact
Three-year TV contract deals a blow to SAG

Tarantino introduces "Inglorious Bastards"
Writer-director shows long-awaited script to Hollywood

Burnett sued for $70 million
Business partner claims breach of partnership agreement

July 07, 2008

The Dailies - July 7, 2008


"Hancock" flies high at box office
Smith flick reaps $107.3m since Tuesday

NBC U buys Weather Channel
$3.5 billion deal includes Weather.com

Icahn: Microsoft still in game if Yahoo! board quits
Activist investor kindles speculation with shareholder letter

Osbournes to host Fox variety show
Format a throwback to "Sonny and Cher," "Donny and Marie"

July 02, 2008

The Dailies - July 2, 2008


Ferrell, Baron Cohen find Sherlock Holmes funny
Pair to reteam for Apatow-produced pic

Can Sirius XM afford Howard Stern?
Merged satcaster to wield greater negotiating power

Public TV network turns on French President
Sarkozy studio outburst secretly taped, released online

Posthumous Oscar for Heath Ledger?
Critical praise for "Dark Knight" kindles award speculation

June 30, 2008

The Dailies - June 30, 2008


"Wall-E" blasts off at box office
Pixar pic grosses $62.5 million, "Wanted" a solid second

SAG says strike not imminent
Current deal expires but talks to continue between guild, AMPTP

Google, "Family Guy" creator in deal
Web-only animation series to be distributed via search giant's Adsense network

June 27, 2008

The Dailies - June 27, 2008


'Wall-E,' 'Wanted' in box office battle
Pixar's latest garners universal critical praise

Clooney stays neutral in union dispute
Actor won't choose sides in face-off between AFTRA, SAG

Goldblum replaces Noth on "Criminal Intent"
"Law and Order" vet hangs up his badge, looks to the big screen

June 25, 2008

The Dailies - June 25, 2008


Stars step up for SAG
67 actors -- including Jack Nicholson and Ben Stiller -- back campaign opposing AFTRA pact ratification

Spielberg investigates "39 Clues"
DreamWorks acquires rights to 10-book multimedia adventure series

Coldplay immune to music biz slump
"Viva la Vida" sales break iTunes record

June 24, 2008

The Dailies - June 24, 2008


Madonna machine in trouble?
Poor ticket, album sales raise eyebrows over $120 million Live Nation deal

Strike threat worries Hollywood
Production slows in anticipation of walkout by actors

Imus in new racial controversy
Reborn radio host calls comments "sarcastic"

Nokia takes full control of Symbian
Cellphone maker revs up for fight with Apple, Google

Google tackles obscenity
Data from the search giant may bring precision to the community standards test

June 23, 2008

The Dailies - June 23, 2008

Mark Burnett, IMG in talks
Reality TV titan Mark Burnett is looking to sell at least half of his production company to IMG for a rumored price of $250 million.

Rambo to lead Bollywood's US invasion
Sylvester Stallone is set to star alongside Indian actors and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the most expensive Bollywood production of all time, and the first to shoot at Universal Studios in Hollywood.

Fandango buys Movies.com
The last remnant of Disney's failed Internet strategy has found a new home at Fandango, the online ticketing site.

NBC axes employee who gave Wikipedia Tim Russert scoop
Wikipedia, not NBC, broke the news of Tim Russert's death, and now the news network has fired the low-level staffer responsible.

Trades not playing nice with indie film Web sites
Variety and The Hollywood Reporter stand accused of poaching stories from popular film Web sites without attribution -- and the fanboys are hopping mad.

June 20, 2008

The Dailies - June 20, 2008

Swan song for Live Nation boss
Michael Cohl, the man who negotiated rich deals with Madonna and Jay-Z, is exiting the stage as Chairman of Live Nation, leaving behind a flagging stock price and a company riven with internal conflict.

Spielberg running up the Jolly Roger?
DreamWorks has landed itself a big pile of Indian treasure -- and an alliance with a conglom accused of piracy by Universal Studios.

Turnover turmoil upends Yahoo!
Bar the doors, Jerry Yang.  You may have fended off Carl Icahn with a last-minute Google deal, but your top talent is deserting you in droves.

June 19, 2008

The Dailies - June 19, 2008

Is Geffen still the 'G' in DreamWorks SKG?
David Geffen is staying out of DreamWorks rumored deal with India's Reliance behemoth. But Spielberg and Katzenstein may well want this pit bull on their side. Variety reports that the Indian company, valued at $100 billion, is built on a background of sibling rivalry, between owner Anil Ambani and his brother, Mukesh, who runs Reliance Industries.

Slow 3-D rollout threatens next generation of Hollywood movies.
Despite industry boosterism of the 3-D revolution, only 1,500 theater will be ready to show films in the format by next year. Some moguls may be left holding the bag.

Documentaries no longer golden at box office
John Horn reports that noe of this year's crop of documentaries, including "Bigger, Stronger, Faster," "Standard Operating Procedure," "Jimmy Carter: Man From Plains" and "My Kid Could Paint That," have taken in more than $250,000 each in theaters.