Jerry Brown headed to the cradle of the Hollywood film industry Thursday to sign legislation that more than triples the state's tax credit to $330 million a year for films and TV shows produced in California.» Read More
The Writers Guild is marching on, as it's day three of the strike. But they're not alone, as the top three Democratic presidential candidates are coming out in favor of labor. This is not the first time the party has supported workers, but one might argue Hollywood writers are the least blue collar of any guild.
I'm not a car geek, but I have to admit, there are certain models that immediately make me smile. Ford's Bullitt Mustang is one-mainly because I still say the chase scenes in Steve McQueen's movie "Bullitt" are among the best I've ever seen ("The French Connection" is another favorite).
The biggest names in media are at the Pierre Hotel in midtown Manhattan for private equity firm Quadrangle's 'Four Square' conference. The event is closed to the press but I got my hands on an agenda and am spending the afternoon outside the hotel.
Google will someday rule the world. Look, it’s true. I’m just saying this so when it happens you're not surprised. Apparently one of the top priorities of the Google Defense Department (the GD Dept.? The Googagon?) will be fighting SPAM! Email spam is, as we all know, like herpes—the best you can hope for is to keep it in check until the next erupt
Here's the video of my report today about Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama coming out in support of the Hollywood writer's strike. Take a listen.
The Writers Guild contract expired at midnight--though there's no strike just yet, it is NOT looking good. The rhetoric last night was so angry and stubborn on both sides, I'm predicting a strike by mid-week next week. The WGA says the producers association "refused to continue to bargain until we agree that the hated DVD formula be extended to Internet downloads." HATED? Ouch.
The writers strike all comes down to money, but how much is really at stake? Right now the writers get 4 cents for every DVD sold and they want to increase that to 8 cents. The 4 cents formula is old, based on VHS, which used to be very expensive to produce. So back in the mid 80s the writers and producers agreed to give writers 1.5% of 20% of DVD revenues (assuming production costs were about 80%).
I'm in front of the Writers Guild headquarters in Los Angeles and right now the leadership of the guild is meeting to ratify to decision to strike and to plan the details of exactly when writers should walk of the job. At the Writers Guild meeting at the LA Convention Center last night, 3,000 writers rallied to push a strike forward and it became clear that this WGA leadership means business.
Folks, we are in for a long, ugly strike in Tinseltown unless something gives this week. I covered the Writers strike in 1988, and people lost their homes. Nineteen years later, as Julia Boorstin is reporting, both sides have less leverage because consumers have so many more entertainment outlets now compared to then, from YouTube to Xbox.
Seems I struck a nerve with yesterday's post on the format war involving next generation DVD's. I came into the office today, welcomed by a flood of nasty e-mails challenging the blog, the premise, the spelling (sheeesh, "their" vs. "there" -- it's been corrected!)
Could it be a "black-and-blue" Friday for Blu-ray? There are rumblings about a big announcement coming from Wal-Mart that could give a big boost to HD-DVD. I'm hearing that the company will begin selling the Toshiba HD-A2 for $98 in a special one-day, in-store secret sale. The unit sells for $198 at Circuit City and Amazon, so this is a steep discount.
Here's an update to my previous post: Best Buy now confirms it will match Wal-Mart's $98 HD-DVD sale on Friday on the Toshiba HD-A2 DVD player. The web site Gizmodo says Best Buy online is already sold out, but that local pick-up might work. And Blu-ray? The ball's in your court.
In the entertainment industry, the idea of being green is very, very cool. You can't go two feet without seeing a Prius--they're even becoming the limo-of-choice for the Oscars. I myself bought a Prius in May and I love it. Not only is it eco-friendly, but it's also incredibly convenient. Not having to fill up that often saves a ton of money, and all that time wasted at the gas station. Tons of time.
As many of you know, yesterday was the Taco Bell World Series promotion. I’ve received tons of e-mails from people telling me that I’ve underestimated how many tacos Taco Bell was going to give out. As I’ve said, I admit I underestimated because I didn’t think Taco Bell would promote the giveaway as much as they did. But maybe they really did want to give away tacos.
My head is buzzing at the moment. I've been out on the farm trying to separate fact from fiction in the "great bee disappearance of 2007." This on the same week Jerry Seinfeld debuts in an animated movie in which he plays a bee. It's all about the bees lately. Seinfeld's film, "Bee Movie," is his first big splash since his hit show's final broadcast in May 1998.
NBC Universal and News Corp's HULU.COM finally launches after six months, plenty of delays, name-calling, and mocking. The joint venture between NBC Universal and News Corp's Fox was announced in March, conceived as a media company-controlled way to distribute a broad range of professionally created content--a viable alternative to YouTube.
"American Gangster"--starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe--is one of the most highly anticipated Oscar contenders. It's not hitting theaters until a week from today, November 2nd, but it's already available on Manhattan's piracy central, Canal Street, and in downtown Los Angeles.
Haven't had much time to blog as I'm out here covering the California wildfires. Wish I could tell you all I've seen but here's at least one slice. For all the problems people sometimes have with their insurance companies, here in Southern California, right now those agents are heroes.
Malibu is so beautiful, and so far from the grind of LA traffic, it's a natural fit for Hollywood moguls and celebrities who want peace and quiet on their private beach, and the ritziness of the local Malibu Country Mart, which of course is home to a Nobu sushi restaurant. The dozens of high powered Hollywood honchos and are now suffering from the terrible wildfires.
Microsoft has momentum as its friend when it comes to the game console business. Finally. Halo 3 has been like a magic elixir for Xbox 360, by some measures tripling console sales in the wake of the title's release, and for the first time, Microsoft beat sales of Nintendo's Wii during the month of September, selling an average of 105,600 units a week last month.
The Suitsy connects the shirt to the pants to the jacket—a professional onesie fit to wear to work.
Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma's hero is a fictional character, with a background not much different from his own.
Busch Gardens removed some props from their Halloween attractions after people in Virginia complained about decapitated heads, the theme park said.
MEXICO CITY, Sept 19- One of Mexico's richest men has resigned from broadcaster Televisa's board over a potential conflict of interest because he wants to acquire his own television network, the company said on Friday.
NEW DELHI, Sept 19- An Indian TV news anchor has been sacked after she referred to Chinese President Xi Jinping as' Eleven' Jinping, apparently confusing Xi's name with the Roman numerals XI, a senior official at the state television channel said on Friday,.
*Turkish TV saturated by images of brutality. ISTANBUL, Sept 18- Sefer Calinak killed his first wife when he was 17 and murdered his girlfriend a few decades later with an axe. prime-time talk show host Seda Sayan asked Calinak, who served two separate prison sentences for the murders before being released under an amnesty program.