Hollywood Highlights

Sunday, February 8, 2009

“Slumdog Millionaire” wins another big award

                                                                             “Slumdog Millionaire,” the rags-to-riches story produced on a mini-budget, has scored another huge victory among the top Hollywood awards. Last night, Simon Beaufoy won the best adapted screenplay honor for “Slumdog Millionaire” at the 2009 Writers Guild Awards. The film is based on the novel, “Q&A” by Vikas Swarup. The 2009 Writers Guild Awards were handed out simultaneously at ceremonies in Los Angeles and […]
Friday, February 6, 2009

“The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” still a hot ticket in stormy weather

   A cold winter storm pounded Burbank yesterday afternoon as I drove by the NBC Studios at Alameda and Olive Avenues. Along the side the building, huddling under the overhang, a long line of folks waiting to get into “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” A miserable day to be standing outside, but I can understand the dedication. Leno’s days on […]
Wednesday, February 4, 2009

SAG legal battle set for a second round in court tomorrow

Battling parties in the Screen Actors Guild are scheduled to go before a Los Angeles Superior Court judge again tomorrow. Yesterday, the judge ruled a lawsuit filed by SAG President Alan Rosenberg and three others was defective. Rosenberg , SAG First V.P. Anne-Marie Johnson, National Board member Diane Ladd, and National Board member Kent McCord were scheduled to re-file their suit tomorrow. The Rosenberg group wants to reinstate […]
Tuesday, February 3, 2009

SAG and AMPTP contract talks abruptly canceled

        Instead of meeting with the big studio representatives, the Screen Actors Guild will be dealing with its own legal drama today. Last night, SAG canceled negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers set for today and tomorrow. The reason, SAG’s bitter in-fighting has now moved to the courts. Media sites such as Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood […]
Monday, February 2, 2009

“The Daily Show’s” Samantha Bee gets a book deal

Funny lady Samantha Bee has parlayed her television gig on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” into a book deal; taking a cue from comedienne/actress Tina Fey.   Bee signed onto “The Daily Show” back in 2003. The Canadian actress appeared in last year’s Box Office dud, “The Love Guru.” Also, Bee stars with Uma Thurman, Minnie Driver, and Anthony Edwards in the new comedy film, […]
Sunday, February 1, 2009

“Taken” grabs the number one spot at the Box Office

Movie fans got hooked on the action/adventure/thriller “Taken” this Super Bowl weekend. “Taken” debuted number one with an estimated haul of $24.6 million. In the film, Liam Neeson plays an ex-government spy who has only a few days to find his kidnapped daughter. “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” dropped from number one to second place this weekend with $14 million. After […]
Sunday, February 1, 2009

“Slumdog Millionaire” wins top Directors Guild Award

“Slumdog Millionaire” has jumped from underdog to front runner in the race for Oscar, after picking up the Directors Guild of America’s best directed feature film of 2008 honor last night.  “Slumdog Millionaire” director Danny Boyle accepted the award during the 61st Annual DGA Awards dinner  at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. The DGA award is […]
Saturday, January 31, 2009

Singer Jennifer Hudson to perform publicly for first time since family tragedy

Academy Award winning actress/singer Jennifer Hudson will step back into the public eye in a big way tomorrow when she sings “The Star Spangled Banner” to kick off the Super Bowl in Tampa, Florida. Hudson’s performance of the national anthem at Sunday’s match-up between the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers will be her first since the murders of her mother, brother, […]
Friday, January 30, 2009

Super Bowl MVP life story bought by Hollywood

  No matter who wins the Super Bowl on Sunday, the Steelers or the Cardinals, it will probably be a super weekend for former NFL star quarterback Jim Plunkett. A movie deal, which involves the life rights for Plunkett’s story, was announced in Variety today.  Plunkett, who is Mexican-American,  was raised by blind parents who struggled to make a living in San Jose, California. Plunkett went […]