How the Producers Guild Convinced Hollywood Studios to Let It Overhaul Movie Credits (Exclusive)
After a decades-long battle with the studios, the PGA is finally getting the respect it deserves. And yes, guild co-presidents Hawk Koch and Mark Gordon are a little embarrassed by the 41 producers getting credit for “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.” And no, not all of those 41 producers will become Academy Award winners if “The Butler” happens to snag the Oscar for Best Picture.
Universal Shake-Up: Steve Burke Crowns ‘One of His Guys’ in First Major Studio Move
Adam Fogelson’s ouster as Universal chairman came as a shock to Hollywood, but NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke may have been grooming loyal lieutenant Jeff Shell for awhile. Find out why Fogelson got the boot, while Shell and Donna Langley got major promotions.
WaxWord: Fallout Over Universal Shake-Up – Adam Fogelson, Steve Burke and the Flubbed Firing
Fallout from the sudden dismissal of Adam Fogelson at Universal continues to rock Hollywood with the ex-studio chief said to be “hit hard” by the news and an unexpected wave of sympathy emerging for the way he was fired.
J.K. Rowling on Why She Decided to Return to Wizarding World of Harry Potter
No, it’s not a sequel, but the adaptation of her 2001 book “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” — which she is writing for the screen herself — will be “an extension of the wizarding world.” So carve that lightning bolt scar back into your forehead, put on those black-rimmed spectacles you know you never needed, and find out what inspired her first foray into screenwriting.
Did ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Earn That School Shooting Scene?
FX’s top-rated drama came roaring back onto television this week for a sixth season, and it returned with a bang. Maybe too many.
‘Twerking Girl on Fire’: How Jimmy Kimmel Fooled the Internet (and ‘The View’)
Turns out the ABC late-night host was making a mockery of twerking before Miley Cyrus accidentally did at the MTV VMAs last month. And since you’re on the subject, find out what a filmmaker’s 76-year-old mother thought of Cyrus’ “turkey, twerky” or whatever the kids are calling it these days.
Tina Brown Exiting Barry Diller’s Daily Beast After Costly Newsweek Failure:
The Daily Beast and Newsweek have lost IAC at least $60 million since it began, and media reports suggest the Beast alone will cost Diller’s publicly-traded company as much as $12 million in 2013. Find out what Brown is planning on doing next, and when IAC will decide the Beast’s uncertain future.
AT&T, Marriott Issue Apologies for Tacky 9/11 Tributes (Photos)
There are a lot of respectful ways to honor America’s fallen heroes and victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but these two companies steered clear of them all. See what not to do when remembering one of the most tragic days in American history.
Style Network Employees Scramble After Last-Minute Cable Switcheroo
NBCUniversal’s last-minute decision to have Esquire Network take over Style instead of G4 means the 100 Style network employees may be folded into new positions within the company, or forced to look for work outside of the company, like many former G4 employees already have had to do.
‘X Factor’s’ Simon Cowell on Show’s Word of Mouth: ‘It’s All I Ever Think About’
Cowell is always worried about what the public thinks about his Fox reality competition — and he should be, because Wednesday’s premiere only received 6.2 million viewers, while last year’s premiere had 8.5 million. He better hoped they liked what they saw.
And now, here are three stories you don’t necessarily need to read. But you know you want to.
Miley Cyrus Rap Song Touts Drug Use, Michael Jordan, MC Hammer
You’ve seen her twerk. Now hear her rap. It’s a good bet to assume both hobbies will merge in a music video some time soon.
Anthony Weiner Ends NYC Mayoral Campaign with Another Explicit Photo — and Sydney Leathers
After finishing fifth in NYC’s Democratic primary race for mayoral candidacy, and his former online mistress crashed his campaign party, it’s safe to say Weiner had a pretty bad night — which probably explains why he flashed reporters the bird on his way home. Here’s the photographic proof. And as the disgraced politician knows all too well, pictures don’t lie.