Hollywood Highlights

Thursday, January 29, 2009

SAG and big studio representatives to meet next week

Representatives for the big Hollywood studios and the Screen Actors Guild announced jointly tonight that they will meet face to face next week. The statement below appears on both the SAG and Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers websites.  Screen Actors Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers will meet February 3 and 4, at the AMPTP […]
Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Screen Actors Guild drama continues

More drama today for Hollywood’s largest actors union. The President of the Screen Actors Guild, Alan Rosenberg, sent out an e-mail to the membership late yesterday blasting the National Board of Directors for its firing of Doug Allen on Monday. Allen, the union’s National Executive Director and Chief Negotiator, was ousted by the Guild’s National Board of Directors on Monday. Rosenberg praised […]
Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Big shake-up in the Screen Actors Guild

For weeks now the rumors have been flying about the ouster of the National Executive Director and Chief Negotiator of the Screen Actors Guild, Doug Allen. Despite all the denials, there was something in these rumors that suggested Allen’s days were numbered. And so it is, Allen is no longer working for SAG today, after being given his walking papers by the Guild’s National Board of Directors […]
Monday, January 26, 2009

Meryl Streep & Sean Penn big winners at SAG Awards

Meryl Streep and Sean Penn took the top honors at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony last night at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles; giving them added heat in the race for Oscar. Streep was both thrilled and surprised to win the best actress in a Motion Picture statuette:”Even though awards mean nothing to me anymore,” she said, “I’m […]
Sunday, January 25, 2009

Comedy is still king at the Box Office

“Paul Blart: Mall Cop” is number one for a second straight week at the Box Office. The slapstick comedy about a  security guard who has to face down a bunch of bad guys in a New Jersey mall earned an estimated $21.5 million at theaters across the nation. That brings its two week total to just under $65 million. Close […]
Saturday, January 24, 2009

Hollywood buys another bestseller for the big screen

   A film version of the bestselling novel “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle” is coming to a theater near you in the not too distant future. Earlier this week, Universal Pictures bought the rights to the David Wroblewski novel – his first. “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle” reportedly has spent  at least 30 weeks on the bestseller lists since being […]
Friday, January 23, 2009

An extortion plot against John Travolta under investigation

File photo of John Travolta and son Jett   Today in the Bahamas two men are reportedly being held in connection with an alleged plot to extort money from actor John Travolta, according to a police official there. The alleged plot involved the recent death of Travolta’s and actress Kelly Preston’s 16-year-old son Jett, who was found unconscious in the […]
Thursday, January 22, 2009

13 Oscar nominations for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

Movie inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story.   Voters for the 81st Annual Academy Awards were apparently dazzled by the journey of a man who ages backward in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” When the Oscar nominations for 2008 were announced bright and early in Beverly Hills today, this film was mentioned 13 times — more than any other. For some 13 […]
Sunday, January 18, 2009

Several new movies fire-up the weekend Box Office

  “Paul Blart: Mall Cop”  #1 at the Box Office   Movie theaters reportedly are doing great business over this long Martin Luther King Junior Holiday weekend. Leading the pack of films at the Box Office, a new contender “Paul Blart: Mall Cop,” which is now the number one flick in the country. “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” racked up an estimated $34 […]