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Nanci Ryder Shares ALS Diagnosis, Steps Down at BWR - Posted October 15, 2014
Today, famed celebrity PR pro Nanci Ryder -- co-founder of BWR and frequent "most powerful publicists in Hollywood" honoree -- made ... [FishbowlDC]

Tuesday Odds and Ends - Posted September 17, 2013
  -Creative studio ACNE has added a trio of interactive directors including music producer Drasko Vucevic, animation and effects vet Chris Gardner and ... [GalleyCat]

Trade Round-Up: Oct. 11, 2007 - Posted October 11, 2007
DiCaprio, Clooney Team Up for WB Warner Bros. has a super A-list project on its hands courtesy of a big-screen adaptation of Beau Willimon's play called Farragut North, Var's Michael Fleming reports.... [FishbowlLA]

Trade Round-Up: Oct. 3, 2007 - Posted October 3, 2007
DreamWorks, Paramount Update DreamWorks is working through tension with parent company Paramount Pictures with the latter reporting boxoffice receipts for DreamWorks under the newly-created DreamWorks-Paramount banner, Variety is reporting. The move, Var says, "could he... [FishbowlLA]

Salinas Officially Exits Telemundo - Posted October 2, 2007
October 1 came and went yesterday and so did Mirthala Salinas' job at Telemundo. The television newscaster, whose highly publicized affair with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa led to a two month suspension from Telemundo's KVEA TV, failed to report back to work on Monday. Her absence then led the... [FishbowlLA]

Trade Round-Up: Oct. 2, 2007 - Posted October 2, 2007
Wolf Readies Dynamite New Project Dick Wolf is taking a dive outside his rich Law & Order pool for a new project on the small-screen, Variety is reporting. He's teaming with Disturbia duo D.J. Caruso and J.H Wyman on a "comic-book style drama that will use the same gre... [FishbowlLA]

Trade Round-Up: Oct. 1, 2007 - Posted October 1, 2007
Game Plan Picks Off Kingdom Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson rocked the box-office over the weekend with his family laffer The Game Plan from Disney. The kid pic opened at $22.7 million, exceeding weekend expecations, THR ... [FishbowlLA]

Trade Round-Up: Sept. 27, 2007 - Posted September 27, 2007
Transformers 2 Picks a Date Paramount and DreamWorks are moving ahead with plans for a Transformers 2 project, stamping down June 26, 2009 as the release date, reports Variety. The story say... [FishbowlLA]

Kingsley Steps Down at PMK/HBH - Posted September 26, 2007
All of Tinseltown's top publicists will be barking around about this story today: THR's Borys Kit reports that "uber-entertainment publicist" Pat Kingsley is stepping down from her post as CEO of PMK/HBH... [FishbowlLA]

Trade Round-Up: Sept. 26, 2007 - Posted September 26, 2007
CASTING ROUND-UP Universal Pictures is back in business with Jennifer Aniston, signing the actress to star opposite Aaron Eckhart in Traveling, Variety reports. Pic will be the directing debut of Bra... [FishbowlLA]

Trade Round-Up: Sept. 25, 2007 - Posted September 25, 2007
Discovery Channel Back Into 'Wild' Bear Grylls is back on the air! THR reports on the comeback of his unscripted show Man vs. Wild on the Discovery Channel, which put the series back on the tube on Monday, re-edited of course. The network added a disclaimer, THR says, to four episodes from the... [FishbowlLA]

Wainwright Huge Draw For H'wood Heavyweights, Homos - Posted September 24, 2007
The combination of Rufus Wainwright and some classic Judy Garland songs proved to be an attraction that some of Hollywood's elite couldn't resist. Thus, Wainwright's Sunday night show at the Hollywood Bowl was a veritable who's who of Tinseltown's gay bold-faced names along with some female celebs ... [FishbowlLA]

Trade Round-Up: Sept. 24, 2007 - Posted September 24, 2007
Resident Evil Reigns Supreme Milla Jovovich and her Resident Evil franchise again took the top spot at the boxoffice over the weekend. The Sony horror pic Resident Evil: Extinction raked in an estimated $24 million while the Jessica Alba, Dane Cook romantic comedy Good Luck Chuck... [FishbowlLA]

Trade Round-Up: September 21, 2007 - Posted September 21, 2007
Pitt to Punch on Film, Again Brad Pitt is going back to work again, this time opposite Mark Wahlberg in The Fighter for Paramount Pictures. Variety reports that it's a drama about Boston boxer "Iris... [FishbowlLA]

Panettiere Joins Lear's Political Party - Posted September 20, 2007
Hayden Panettiere's legal status served as an ongoing joke at last Sunday's Emmy Awards telecast but the Heroes starlet is working hard to stop the laughs surrounding her 18th birthday. She is scheduled to join America Ferrerra and other celeb names at a Sept. 27 private political part... [FishbowlLA]

Joe Francis Speaks Out Behind Bars - Posted September 20, 2007
Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis is still being held in a Nevada jail on various charges but that hasn't stopped him from reaching out to friends and colleagues outside the cell to let them know about his legal sitch. In an email letter received by FBLA on Thursday, Francis says that... [FishbowlLA]

Elle Picks Up Premiere's Party - Posted September 20, 2007
Premiere Magazine is gone for good, but one of the mag's main interests in Hollywood will live on thanks to sister publication Elle Magazine. Elle has taken on toplining duties for the 14th annual Women In Hollywood tribute, which honors womens' work on the big-screen. The mag has set Oct. 15 to... [FishbowlLA]

Trade Round-Up: September 18, 2007 - Posted September 18, 2007
Fox, Seacrest Pairing Plunges Emmy Ratings It's safe to say that Monday was a pretty bad day for Fox and Ryan Seacrest. Their tag-team on Sunday's Emmy telecast was the second lowest rated show in the awards' history, garnering just 13.1 million viewers, ... [FishbowlLA]

Advocate Celebrates 40 Years - Posted September 18, 2007
After covering milestones in the gay, lesbian and transgendered community for years, it's time for The Advocate to turn the page on a milestone of its own. The weekly mag has turned 40 and will celebrate its anniversary tonight in West Hollywood with a bash at Republic on La Cienega. Some famous faces... [FishbowlLA]

W Mag Lassoes NBC's Silverman - Posted September 14, 2007
NBC Universal's TV entertainment chief Ben Silverman has industry insiders divided thanks to his success on the small-screen coupled with an over-the-top attitude. W Magazine's October issue lets readers judge for themselves in a feature - penned by Senior Writer Gabriel Snyder - on NBC's main man and here's ... [FishbowlLA]

Fergie's Hummer Fetches $63K on eBay - Posted September 14, 2007
Pop songbird Fergie turned to eBay to ditch her gas-guzzling Hummer. And she did it in the name of charity with all proceeds going to Global Green USA following on the heels of her participation in Live Earth last summer. So far, the bidding is up to $63,999 and more than 660,... [FishbowlLA]

Trade Round-Up: Sept. 14, 2007 - Posted September 14, 2007
Johnson Helps Clinton Campaign Following up on Oprah's ritzy fundraiser for Barack Obama last weekend in Montecito, Variety gives the deets on another campaign party planned for Southern California this weekend but this time it's Magic Johnson hosting a bash for Hillary Clin... [FishbowlLA]

Dunne Readies Memoir - Posted September 13, 2007
He's got his hands full with the Phil Spector trial right about now, but Dominick Dunne is already looking ahead to his next project. FBLA recently ran into the infamous writer at the Chateau Marmont during a book party for fashion scribe Dana Thomas (in town celebrating the relea... [FishbowlLA]

Trade Round-Up: Sept. 13, 2007 - Posted September 13, 2007
Spielberg's Talisman on Hold at TNT THR talks about Steven Spielberg's The Talisman in today's paper, telling its readers that the adaptation of the Stephen King, Peter Straub novel has hit a ... [FishbowlLA]

AFI Teams With Target for Film Fete - Posted September 12, 2007
The American Film Institute is taking its 40th anniversary public thanks to a Target sponsored bash on Oct. 3 at the Arclight Hollywood. The film fete has already snagged RSVPs from George Lucas, Morgan Freeman, Jack Nicholson, Clint Eastwood, Kirk Douglas, Julie Andrews and Sylvester Sta... [FishbowlLA]

Trade Round-Up: Sept. 12, 2007 - Posted September 12, 2007
Stewart Tapped for Academy Awards He's baaaack! Jon Stewart has signed on to front next year's Oscarcast, bringing him back to the Kodak Theatre stage for the second year in a row. And even though it's his second outing, Stewart says in ... [FishbowlLA]

Trade Round-Up: Sept. 11, 2007 - Posted September 11, 2007
Potter Breaks Bond Record Harry Potter used his magic skills to generate billions in box-office receipts - to the tune of $4.47 billion worldwide - making it the most lucrative film franchise of all time. Warner Bros. announced the record-breaking Potter news Monday, ... [FishbowlLA]

Ullman Readies New Showtime Series - Posted September 10, 2007
Is America ready for more Tracey Ullman? The comedic actress is prepping a return to the small-screen that will again showcase her diverse talents as she dresses up and creates a variety of new characters for a new series called State of the Union. This time it's for Showtime (rather than... [FishbowlLA]

THR Adds Two to Film Department - Posted September 10, 2007
The Hollywood Reporter has added two reporters to its film staff on the heels of Tatiana Siegel's exit from THR in favor of a film job at Variety. And they're both familiar faces to fellow staffers ... [FishbowlLA]

Trade Round-Up: Sept. 10, 2007 - Posted September 10, 2007
Yuma Scores at Boxoffice James Mangold and producer Cathy Konrad's follow-up to their Walk the Line, the western 3:10 to Yuma starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, took top stop at the boxoffice over the weekend. Variety reports that it played... [FishbowlLA]

FBLA Photographed With Jessica Alba - Posted September 7, 2007
OK, not really. But the current issue of Cosmo features a pic of Jessica Alba on the cover ... and a shot of our own Guest Blogger, Chris Gardner inside. Gardner is Cosmo's Celeb Gossip Blogger, and the mag ran a little house ad/blurb declaring Gardner a "celeb know-it-all." G... [FishbowlLA]

Portuguez to LA Times - Posted September 7, 2007
Enid Portuguez has joined the LA Times as an online producer for the paper's calendarlive site. Portuguez, who joins from, will focus on the shopping beat but is also likely to contribute to various sections of the paper, including Calendar Weekend. Prior to the Times, she was an editor at... [FishbowlLA]

Clintons Head Back to Hollywood - Posted September 7, 2007
Hollywood is bringing out a few heavyweights to help the Hillary Clinton presidential bid - and her husband is on board as well. Steve Bing, Scott Budnick, Ron Burkle, Michael Kives, David O'Connor and Lona Williams are hosting a reception with former President Bill Clinton... [FishbowlLA]

Trade Round-Up: September 7, 2007 - Posted September 7, 2007
Smith for Seven Pounds Will Smith is pursuing a major reteam with the creative minds behind The Pursuit of Happyness. The actor has inked to star in Seven Pounds, Variety reports. The project reunites him with helmer ... [FishbowlLA]

LA Mag Names New Publisher - Posted September 6, 2007
Los Angeles Magazine has a new publisher: Amy Saralegui. Emmis Publishing just announced Saralegui's new gig which brings her over from another Emmis publication, Texas Monthly. She replaces outgoing LA Mag publisher Alan Klein who left for Angeleno. At Texas Monthly, Saralegui served as advertising director since 2003 and was in charge... [FishbowlLA]

Trade Round-Up: Sept. 6. 2007 - Posted September 6, 2007
Shepherd to Join View, Variety Says Variety does some source leaning in today's paper, announcing that Sherri Shepherd is the new cohost on The View, taking the fifth spot on the morning chatfest alongside Barbara Walters, Joy Behar, Elizabeth H... [FishbowlLA]

Publicist Pokes Fun at Richie in 'Cookbook' - Posted September 6, 2007
Nicole Richie has been attacked by the tabs about her weight over and over again. But now a "Hollywood publicist" is stepping up to the plate to take a jab at Richie's formerly gaunt frame (remember, she's pregnant now) courtesy of what else, a cookbook. Robert Smith has come up with the... [FishbowlLA]

Costner Makes Blogger's Dreams Come True - Posted September 6, 2007
Listen up celeb bloggers! You don't have to be bitchy like the self-proclaimed "Queen of All Media" Perez Hilton to get bold-faced names to read your random fan musings on news, pop culture or celebrity life. Just ask Evan Kessler. He's the celeb-friendy brain behind "If I Blog It The... [FishbowlLA]

Legend Lines Up For TV Guide Bash - Posted September 6, 2007
Okay, so it's not the Oscars but Emmy night is still one of Tinseltown's biggest post-awards party nights. And the race is on to see who will get the prize for best bash on Sept. 16. TV Guide is tossing its hat into the ring with a Les Deux-set soiree that will... [FishbowlLA]

Wachowski Sex Change Saga Continues - Posted September 5, 2007
The transgendered community is likely to get a big boost of awareness soon thanks to Larry Wachowski. One-half of the Wachowski brothers directing team - the inventive minds behind The Matrix trilogy - has long been rumored to be undergoing a sex change. Rated M blog confirmed that the process is... [FishbowlLA]

Trade Round-Up: Sept. 5, 2007 - Posted September 5, 2007
Burton Busts Out Todd in Venice Tim Burton took his filmmaking act to the Venice Film Festival where he picked up a Golden Lion Award for lifetime achievement. In return, Burton took the festival opportunity to unspool an eight-minute sneak of the big-screen adaptation of his next pic, Sweeney Todd ... [FishbowlLA]

Trade Round-Up: Sept. 4, 2007 - Posted September 4, 2007
Adios Summer 2007 The summer movie season ended with a scream on the Labor Day holiday, with Dimension Film's Halloween scaring up a surprising $31 million take, reports Variety. In today's story, Variety writes that summer 2007 d... [FishbowlLA]

Trade Round-Up: August 30, 2007 - Posted August 30, 2007
Atonement Wows Venice Fest A-list celebs and their filmmaker friends are causing a commotion in the canals right now at the Venice Film Festival, which kicked off its 75th anniversary yesterday with the premiere of Joe Wright's war romancer Atonement. Variety gives ... [FishbowlLA]

Trade Round-Up: August 28 - Posted August 28, 2007
In the wake of Owen Wilson's hospitalization and recovery, Variety does its best to diagnose his slate of upcoming films. New Variety staffer Tatiana Siegel writes that first up, the actor was due to begin shooting a role in "Trop... [FishbowlLA]

YouTube Phenom Shares Success Tips - Posted August 24, 2007
Liam Sullivan became a YouTube phenom thanks to his hilarious alter ego "Kelly" and her deliciously bitch love for "Shoes." The random music video has been viewed by more than 25 million times so the LA Times went to the comedian to ask Sullivan for his surefire tips to duplicate his... [FishbowlLA]

Tracking Down Mrs. X With "Nanny Diaries" Scribes - Posted August 24, 2007
Harvey Weinstein is offering a $100,000 reward to anyone who can accurately reveal the identity of the real Mrs. X as portrayed onscreen by Laura Linney in "The Nanny Diaries." And The New York Post reports that ... [FishbowlLA]

Trade Round-Up: August 24, 2007 - Posted August 24, 2007
Ang Lee is back with a new film and like his last boundary-pushing pic, "Brokeback Mountain," the Oscar-winning helmer pushes the envelope again but this time it's with the MPAA. His newest film, "Lust, Caution," just received an NC-17 rating, Variety reports. It's an erotic espionage ... [FishbowlLA]

Trade Round-Up: August 23, 2007 - Posted August 23, 2007
The industry is gearing up for September's Toronto International Film Festival and THR gives the full fest lineup in today's paper, unveiling the "most American-friendly lineup in years." Included in the fest offerings are new pics from helmers... [FishbowlLA]

Trade Round-Up: August 22, 2007 - Posted August 22, 2007
Variety's TV insider Brian Lowry breaks down Star Jones' return to television, reviewing her new Court TV talk show. Lowry gives Jones a lashing, writing that her new star vehicle is "utterly off-putting" and reminds viewers why Oprah Winfrey's skills aren't easily cloned, sayi... [FishbowlLA]

Trade Round-Up: August 21, 2007 - Posted August 21, 2007
Variety's Daniel Frankel and Ben Fritz tag team on a story about the drama surrounding Paramount and DreamWorks Animation's DVD decisions. Paper announced on Tuesday that the studios have exclusively picked HD DVD for all future releases. The story details the move, saying that it's th... [FishbowlLA]

LA Times Serves Up H'wood's New Dining Rules - Posted August 20, 2007
People who know the entertainment biz are well aware that making it in Tinseltown means you understand the inside politics and well as the savvy social skills required to successfully navigate through Hollywood. So it's no surprise that there are oh-so-important rules even when it comes to lunch. However, those rules have... [FishbowlLA]

Trade Round-Up: August 20, 2007 - Posted August 20, 2007
THR reports that Fox has again gone to its go-to guy for live broadcasts, Ryan Seacrest, signing the American Idol host to emcee the network's Sept. 16 telecast of the 59th annual Emmy Awards. Reporter Nellie Andreeva ... [FishbowlLA]

Trade Round-Up: August 17, 2007 - Posted August 17, 2007
"The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" jumps into the serious news fray a bit with a report next week from Iraq-based correspondent Rob Riggle, reports THR. Though Riggle and crew had contact with a USO-Multi Nationa... [FishbowlLA]

THR Loses Another Staffer to Variety: Tatiana Siegel - Posted August 14, 2007
The Hollywood Reporter recently recruited Elizabeth Guider from Daily Variety to be the trade paper's new editor-in-chief, but this week Variety struck back and snagged yet another of THR's staffers. This time, it's film reporter Tatiana Siegel who is making the move down Wilshire Boulev... [FishbowlLA]

Hillary, Barack hit up WeHO - Posted August 10, 2007
The Democratic presidential candidates were out and about in West Hollywood last night — and no, it wasn't your typical $10,000 a seat fundraiser at a house in the hills. Instead, the White House hopefuls hit up a couple of WeHo hotspots — Barack Obama opted for the hopping watering... [FishbowlLA]

OC Register Editor Ken Brusic Announces Layoffs: Focus on the Light - Posted August 2, 2007
Chris Gardner gets another scoop! The OC Register newsroom got this memo at 11:20 from Ken Brusic, which must have caused an early lunchtime stampede: Folks, Most of you heard during town halls last week that revenue problems continue to plague our company and our industry. We learned, for example, that revenue was 1... [FishbowlLA]

Perez Hilton--Up like the Rocket, Down Like the Stick? - Posted July 31, 2007
Perez Hilton continues his domination of the celeb blogosphere. And of course, he was the first to share the happy news yesterday by letting readers know that he set another traffic record to his with 8.82 million page views in 24 hours. In his post, he credited the high volume... [FishbowlLA]

More Staff Changes at Variety - Posted July 31, 2007
Guest editor Chris Gardner delivers! While the news of Elizabeth Guider's appointment as Editor of The Hollywood Reporter is still fresh, there are a few other staff changes over at Variety that are interesting to point out. Former InStyle staffer Monica Corcoran, who joined Variety las... [FishbowlLA]

Breaking: Elizabeth Guider to Head Hollywood Reporter - Posted July 30, 2007
Chris Gardner (watch this space for more from him) sends us this breaking news: The Hollywood Reporter just announced to their staff minutes ago that the new editor in chief of the paper will be Elizabeth Guider from Variety. ... [FishbowlLA]