Hollywood Highlights

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Money bits: Southland lottery winner going to Disney World, Demi Moore’s book deal & new “Monster High” musical

 A Southland lottery winner cashed in that missing $7 million SuperLotto Plus jackpot winning ticket last Monday, June 14. This is the unclaimed jackpot I posted about a few days ago. The ticket was bought in the 7-Eleven store at 3450 Overland Avenue in Los Angeles for the June 5 draw. Oh, the 7-Eleven gets a $35,000 bonus for selling that winning ticket.  The owner of […]
Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Entertainment News Bits: Lakers win game 6, White House party crasher gets TV gig, Hollywood studios and agencies convene, Tony Awards recap

Lakers blow out the Celtics in game 6 of NBA Finals   Photo: Robert Gauthier/The Los Angeles Times — Actor and Devoted Laker fan, Jack Nicholson points to the Celtics bench during game 6 of the NBA finals at Staples Center, Downtown Los Angeles 06/15/10  The Los Angeles Lakers came out swinging and slamming in a must win game at Staples […]
Monday, June 14, 2010

“The Karate Kid” kicks butt at the Box Office

The domestic Box Office is on fire again, thanks to the remake of “The Karate Kid.” Over the weekend the re-do of the 1984 hit, starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith, demolished the competition with a debut of $55.7 million — to become the number one movie in the country. The updated “Karate Kid” probably should have been called, “The Kung Fu Kid.” […]
Thursday, June 10, 2010

Entertainment News Bits: “The A-Team” movie, Ex-Disney worker goes to court again & weird Emmy campaign for Conan O’Brien

“The A-Team” movie and the dish on its development “The A-Team” film re-do of the popular 1980s TV series reportedly has been in the works since the mid 1990s. No wonder there’s a long list of writers on the project. Nikki Finke over at Deadline.com/Hollywood has the dish on the behind the scenes dealings on the film and who got the best writer credit on it. […]
Monday, June 7, 2010

Entertainment News Bits: Another downer Box Office, hot spec script sale, and new movie deal for Sandra Bullock

“Shrek Forever After” number one again   For the third week in a row, “Shrek Forever After” is king of the domestic Box Office, but the achievement is overshadowed by the lackluster performance of a new crop of films. Audiences are not packing the theaters like they did last year at this time. “Shrek Forever After” drew the biggest crowds making $25.4 […]
Sunday, June 6, 2010

City Buzz

Voters head to the polls on Election Tuesday Photo: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove — A Burbank pollworker prepares to insert a voter’s ballot into the Inkavote machine to check for errors on Election Day,  November 4,  2008. Jobs are hard to come by these days, but Los Angeles County officials are still finding it difficult to attract enough pollworkers for the Primary Election, […]
Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Entertainment News Bits: Box Office dilemma, James Cameron & the Comcast-NBCU Deal

Sequels stumble at the Box Office The four-day Memorial Day weekend was no thriller at the Box Office, and that has sparked a lot chatter about whether moviegoers are growing weary of the sequels. Ticket sales for the long weekend, $184.2 million compared to $213.8 million for the same holiday weekend last year. Many critics are putting the blame for this year’s disappointment on the […]
Monday, May 31, 2010

City Buzz

A final exit for actors Dennis Hopper & Gary Coleman Photo:  Mark Boster/ Los Angeles Times — A frail Dennis Hopper gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, March 26, 2010 A legendary Hollywood  “Bad Boy” Veteran actor and co-star of the cult classic motorcycle/road film, “Easy Rider” (1969), Dennis Hopper, died last Saturday, May 29, at the age […]
Monday, May 24, 2010

“Shrek 4” wins Box Office derby — and gets no cheers

The weekend Box Office numbers came out today. The new animated sequel, “Shrek Forever After,” also known as “Shrek: The Final Chapter,”sprinted to the finish line over the weekend with a $71 million debut – – to become the number one film in the country. However, there is a lot of disappointment and very faint applause for this final chapter in a very […]