Hollywood Highlights

Monday, September 15, 2008

Top five at the box office

Frances McDormand  At the top of the box office this past weekend, “Burn After Reading,” a dark comedy by Ethan and Joel Coen. The film debuted with an estimated $19.4 million. The star-studded cast includes, Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand, George Clooney, and John Malkovich. Tyler Perry In second place, “Tyler Perry’s the Family that Preys” racked up an estimated $18 million on its first weekend […]
Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Streisand to sing for Obama

Google Image Barbra Streisand rarely performs these days. Apparently, she has decided to do so for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. “The Diva” is scheduled to lift up that magnificent voice of hers in song at a star-studded Beverly Hills fundraiser next Tuesday, September 16. Variety reports that several hundred people are expected to attend the reception and concert at the Beverly Wilshire […]
Monday, September 8, 2008

Harry Potter author wins victory in court

J.K. Rowling shows off a copy of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” J.K. Rowling, the author of the hugely successful Harry Potter series, got her wish today when a federal judge in New York permanently blocked the publication of a Harry Potter encyclopedia. Steven Vander Ark, a Harry Potter fan, operates a website called “Harry Potter Lexicon.”  When Vander […]
Friday, September 5, 2008

Movie Deals

Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington is about to make a leap into the future. Washington has signed on to star in “Book of Eli,” according to Variety. Washington reportedly will star as a lone hero in an apocalyptic future who must fight his way across America to bring society the knowledge that could be key to its redemption. The drama will be […]
Tuesday, September 2, 2008

“Tropic Thunder” & “The Dark Knight” Box Office winners

Movegoers buying tickets at a theater in Burbank. The Box Office is losing some of its heat as the summer draws to a close. Ticket buying was slow over the long Labor Day weekend, but there were still a couple of clear cut winners. “Tropic Thunder” held onto the number one spot for the third week in a row with an […]
Thursday, August 28, 2008

Aaron Sorkin goes from politics to Facebook

Prolific writer/producer Aaron Sorkin is apparently trying to get some real-life experience for his new screenplay. According to Variety, Sorkin has set up a personal page on the popular Internet social network, Facebook. Sorkin is working on a script about the evolution of Facebook, from its humble beginnings in 2004 as an idea by Harvard sophomore Mark Zuckerberg to more than 60 […]
Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Movie & TV Deals

Coco Chanel 1883-1971 From book to movie The life and times of legendary fashion designer Coco Chanel are headed to the big screen. The film “Coco Avant Chanel” is set to start filming in Paris in mid-September and scheduled for release next year. Chanel is known for a classic style that has staying power. She introduced the perfume Chanel No.5 in […]
Friday, August 22, 2008

F. Scott Fitzgerald & Brad Pitt

          F. Scott Fitzgerald                              Brad Pitt Author F. Scott Fitzgerald made some serious money, but had little real success as a screenwriter during his time in Hollywood. His only screen credit was for the drama “Three Comrades,” in 1938. Decades later, Fitzgerald’s storytelling is very much in demand in Tinseltown. A movie based on Fitzgerald’s 1922 short story, “The Curious Case […]
Thursday, August 21, 2008

Update on SAG negotiations & location filming in Burbank

     Those long-running Screen Actors Guild negotiations appear to be stalled in a nowhere zone. The most recent press release posted on SAG’s website is dated August 15 and it claims “informal discussions” are happening. Ah, but wait, over on the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers’ website a posted statement denies there are ANY talks underway.  Not a good […]