Is Carl Icahn swooping in on MGM?
Nikki Finke says he’s buying up MGM bonds like a “bat out of hell,” but the bonds are privately traded so her sources can’t exactly be confirmed.
There are $3.7 billion in bonds out there, according to Ms. Finke, so Mr. Icahn would have to invest quite Read More
Christmas came early at the box office this weekend as A Christmas Carol bah humbugged its way to $31 million in ticket sales and a first place finish, ahead of newcomers The Men Who Stare at Goats ($13.3 million in second) and The Fourth Kind ($12.5 million in fourth). The big story, though, was Read More
On Monday, April 13, the actor Ashton Kutcher sent a message out to his fans using the microblogging tool Twitter.
“My dad always said ‘I’ll believe when I hear it from the horses mouth,’” was the message his subscribers received. “twitter is the horses mouth. no more ‘well the news said …’”
By Friday, April Read More
Starting on Monday, The Los Angeles Times will be throwing itself into the already crowded online Hollywood news and rumor business with a revamped version of its Company Town blog. Former Wall Street Journal reporter Joe Flint (who most recently was director of industry programs at the Paley Center’s Media Council) will be Read More
Peter Bart was on the phone from Los Angeles. Variety‘s longtime editor-in-chief wanted to clarify a few things about his change of position to vice president and editorial director of the Reed Elsevier-owned entertainment industry trade publication.
“It’s not a very sexy story, and that’s why I’m sort of amused by all this speculation Read More
This weekend, bloggers and reporters who cover media and Hollywood put in a little overtime to cover a small, but important, bit of breaking news: Would News Corporation fire Foxnews.com’s Fox 411 columnist Roger Friedman over a column in which he admitted to watching a bootleg copy of 20th Century Fox’s X-Men Origins: Read More
Tentpole news in Hollywood tradeland! Longtime Variety editor named vice prexy as scribblers ask, Was he ankled as replacement tapped for topline gig?
What we meant to say was that this weekend, it was announced that Peter Bart, editor-in-chief of Variety for the last 20 years, would become vice president and editorial Read More
As you may have heard, Chris Weitz has been tapped to replace Catherine Hardwicke as the director of New Moon, the sequel to Stephanie Meyer’s vampire love story Twilight. ("TOLDJA!," Deadline Hollywood Daily’s Nikki Finke shouted when the news was announced.)
By way of introduction, Mr. Weitz sent an open letter to Twilight‘s Read More
Deadline Hollywood Daily’s Nikki Finke directs us to this great Funny Or Die video that purports to show Variety Writers Sling The Slanguage.
The video is a satire of Variety‘s semi-impenetrable Slanguage, including new definitions for Geek Meat (n., "a movie that’s based on a video game") and Ben Silvermandering (v., "when Read More