Hollywood Highlights

Sunday, May 3, 2009

“X-Men Origins:Wolverine” takes a huge bite out of the Box Office

 A superhero mutant with some amazing steel claws stormed the Box Office this weekend.  “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” raked in around $40 million at  midnight shows Thursday and screenings on Friday. The film continued to trounce the competition on Saturday. By today, the weekend haul for “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” had soared to an estimated $87 million — allowing the film to easily debut in the number […]
Thursday, April 30, 2009

First Lady Michelle Obama makes People’s 2009 Most Beautiful List

Photo: Marc Hom from People website   Some fresh new faces in People’s 2009 Most Beautiful issue. There’s a sneak peek of some of the celebrities and famous folks selected on People’s website, among them First Lady Michelle Obama. Along with the photos, some candid comments as well. In the past 100 days, President Obama has been making his mark with policy […]
Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Swine flu strikes more victims including superhero Wolverine

 More bad news about that new strain of swine flu. Health officials today say there are now confirmed cases in New Zealand and Israel. So far the only deaths have occurred in Mexico where 149 have died from this type of flu and several hundred people suspected of having it are being treated at hospitals.   As a result of the swine […]
Monday, April 27, 2009

Major Hollywood Deal: William Morris and Endeavor agencies to merge

After months of negotiations, two powerful entertainment agencies, William Morris and Endeavor, announced they will merge into one company today. The new agency will be known as William Morris Endeavor (WME) Entertainment. The announcement came shortly after the leadership at both talent agencies approved the historic deal, which requires government approval. The Hollywood Reporter says this is “the largest combination of two existing agencies in Hollywood history.” Variety described WME Entertainment as a […]
Sunday, April 26, 2009

Beyonce’s “Obsessed” beats the competition at the Box Office

The multi-talented Beyonce has a movie hit to add to her string of accomplishments. The new stalker thriller, “Obsessed,” ran over the competition to land in the number one spot at the Box Office this weekend. “Obsessed” debuted with a hefty $28.5 million. In this psycho-drama a sexy office temp, played by Ali Larter, becomes obsessed with Beyonce’s Los Angeles investment […]
Saturday, April 25, 2009

Stage and TV actress Bea Arthur dies at 86

Photo: Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times (2001) Veteran actress of stage and TV, Bea Arthur, died today in Los Angeles. Arthur was truly one of a kind. She carried her tall frame proudly and with a deep voice and sharp wit, could deliver some of the best comedy one-liners ever.   Arthur acted on stage in local theater as well as on Broadway. She won […]
Saturday, April 25, 2009

TV talk show host Jay Leno out of the hospital and headed back to work

Photo: NBC Funny guy Jay Leno will be back cracking jokes and talking to guests at “The Tonight Show” desk come Monday. Leno was reportedly released from Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank yesterday. The late-night show host started feeling badly on Thursday and drove himself to the hospital. Leno’s personal representative told the People website: “They had him […]
Friday, April 24, 2009

Successful screenwriter making his mark as a novelist

        Writer Derek Haas has had great success scripting movies for Hollywood. Haas co-wrote “3:10 to Yuma” (2007,) a remake of the classic western film based on acclaimed author Elmore Leonard’s short story with the same title. Along with his partner, Michael Brandt, Haas wrote the screenplay for “Wanted” and several major scripts in development like “The A-Team,” “Beverly Hills Cop IV,” and “The Thirteenth Hour.” Now Haas is creating […]
Thursday, April 23, 2009

“Tonight Show” taping canceled; Jay Leno goes to the hospital

There will be a rerun in “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” television slot tonight, because the taping this afternoon had to be canceled. The host, Jay Leno, reportedly became ill and drove himself to  Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank. KNX 1070 newsradio is reporting Leno may be suffering from a bout of food poisoning. The veteran entertainer is said to be resting in a hospital […]