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Anita Busch: From Deadline Commenter to Deadline Film Editor

DeadlineAnitaBuschPicThe great majority of reader comments that made it through to the bottom of Nikki Finke‘s Deadline items were anonymous or pseudonymous. Among the regular exceptions to this was Anita Busch.

The one-time LA Times and Hollywood Reporter vet, sidelined in recent years by some very nasty Anthony Pellicano business, could always be counted on to chime in under her real, full name. Today, some Hollywood trade watchers were stunned to learn that a journalist who has been out of the game for many years was hired as Deadline’s new film editor. She takes over for Mike Fleming, who moved into Finke’s vacated EIC perch. From today’s announcement:

Both [TV editor Nellie] Andreeva and Fleming have a long history with Busch. She hired and mentored Andreeva at The Hollywood Reporter, and she and Fleming worked closely together for years at Variety, dominating film industry news.

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Anita Busch vs. Michael Ovitz Business Still Lingering

In the spring of 2008, former CAA kingpin Michael Ovitz answered an odd-sounding question in an LA courtroom. It was during the trial of now incarcerated former PI Anthony Pellicano and went like this with defense attorney Chad Hummel, who was representing an LAPD sergeant:

Hummel: Did you ever hire Mr. Pellicano to put a fish on Anita Busch’s car?
Ovitz: Absolutely not.

Five years later, despite that denial, Busch and Ovitz are still legally entangled in a civil lawsuit. Per a THR Esq. update by Eriq Gardner, Ovitz is asking for “sanctions against Busch, summary judgment in the lawsuit on the basis that her claims are time-barred and the right to learn through discovery what else Busch was working on at the time in question.”

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Mel Gibson Exclusive Impresses Anita Busch, Revolts David Poland

The two most intriguing media reactions to last night’s big exclusive interview with Mel Gibson posted on come from Anita Busch and David Poland. Busch is the former Hollywood Reporter journalist-editor who was targeted by renegade P.I. Anthony Pellicano. In the Deadline comments, she writes:

[Interviewer] Allison Hope Weiner always drinks upstream from the herd. And was the only one to do so during the Pellicano case. Gibson picked the right [Q&A] format and the right journalist to give the interview to.

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EXCLUSIVE: P.I. Pellicano Sentenced to 15 Years and a Tiny Fine

antonypellicano.jpgAnthony Pellicano, P.I. to the stars who was convicted of 78 counts of wiretapping, wire fraud and racketeering in August, was sentenced today by District Judge Dale Fischer to 180 months (or roughly 15 years) and just $7,800, our courtroom source Paul Barresi confirmed.

Fischer said: “Mr. Pellcano’s conduct was reprehensible for many years eagerly and maliciously as evident in the demeanor of the recordings.”

Busch Lashes Out at Pellicano During Sentencing

Our insider at the Anthony Pellicano sentencing, private eye Paul Barresi, had this to report:

anita.jpgAnita Busch, the former LA Times journalist who locked horns with private eye Anthony Pellicano, had the last laugh as she slammed the investigator at his sentencing for wiretapping, wire fraud and racketeering today.

Pellicano’s sentencing by Judge Dale Fischer is expected later today.


Busch, who was on crutches during the testimony, said:

“You kept attacking lead FBI agents, the lead U.S. Attorney, the jury and others through the L.A. Times with your entrusted relationship with one of the reporters (Chuck Phillips). Mr. Pellicano, you show contept for the law and you destroyed my life’s work. You violated the privacy of a journalist and her sources. You’ve hurt my elderly parents, my brothers, my sisters and my friends.

I constantly live in fear of a car running me down. I was afraid to turn the igntion of my car because of a fear that the engine would blow up.

You’ve used fear and intimidation, smeared your targets in the press and destroyed their employment. You discredited me at the paper through your L.A. Times contact to make sure they did not believe me. Information was fed to the L.A. Times through your defense team.

I battled constant fear. I no longer had my career, my peace of mind, my music or my health. Death by a thousand cuts and those cuts were deep and hard.

I cannot say enough to thank the FBI for helping me more than anyone else. Those lousy razors you use on your face, the sandpaper toilet paper, nobody cares. You did it yourself. You cannot hold you mother’s hand when she gets sick. You threw it all away. You threw away your mother’s oldest son and you threw away the father to your children all for money.”

Busch, who had been accosted by a Pellicano henchman when a dead fish with a rose in its mouth was left on her car with a note that said ‘Stop,’ later left the courtroom and collapsed on a bench in the hallway.

Christensen Gets a Nothing Sentence: Lawyers Nobless Oblige

terrychristensen.jpgTerry Christensen, the high-flying Hollywood attorney who hired disgraced PI Anthony Pellicano to wiretap a billionaire’s wife, got a wrist-slap from federal authorities today.

Christenen hired the mercurial PI-to-the-Stars Pellicano to carry off this brazen plan to get evidence for billionaire and former MGM owner Kirk Kerkorian in his divorce.

Fact was he made a blatant error employing Pellicano, who was facing troubles of his own with weapons charges of all things.

Christensen was given 36-month sentence, plus a $250,000 fine to be paid within 30 days. Judge Dale Fischer is allowing him to stay out on bond pending his appeal, and authorities have confiscated his passport, Deadline Hollywood Daily reports.

But Fischer poured cold water on Christensen’s request for house detention instead of prison, which the U.S. Probation Office had recommended for a total 10-month sentence.

“The probation officers’ recommendation was ludicrous,” she said. “Home detention in an 8,000-square-foot house is not punishment.”

Speaking about Christensen’s own letter to the court expressing his
regret for his actions in the wiretapping case, Fisher declared, “His regret seems of recent vintage.”

Paul Barresi, a local PI who has worked with Pellicano in the past, observed the judge in court this morning and told FBLA: “The judge acknowledged Christensen’s defense team assertion that sentences handed down by the court in the past have been lenient. However, in this case, the judge noted that an example must be set.”

pellicano2.jpgPellicano, who was convicted in the wiretapping case as well, has had his sentencing moved to Dec. 15.

Pellicano Convicted

Anthony Pellicano and attorney Terry Christensen were convicted of illegal wiretapping by a federal jury in downtown LA today.

Guess Pellicano was just ‘well-known’ and not ‘famous’ because the famous get a walk. The well-know get convicted.

P.I. Paul Barresi Takes On Scientology

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Hollywood private eye Paul Barresi, the former porn star who later worked for jailed gumshoe Anthony Pellicano, has become mired in the anti-Scientology, anti-Tom Cruise.jpg
Tom Cruise
craze that has been feuled by the $250 million lawsuit against the Church.
Barresi provided documents for the New York Daily News last week that helped show how Peter Letterese had been complicit in the suit, but Barresi was clearly on the record when he denied having any relationship or doing any work for Cruise.
He also had his own outright denial about any link to Cruise:

“The freedoms we enjoy in the United States are both a wonderful and a dangerous thing. Scientology represents the latter.

In 1987, Tom Cruise found himself caught up in an eerie citadel, spun around him by one of Scientology’s most loyal member’s, Mimi Rogers, and in my view, he has been nothing more than a puppet on a string ever since.

Contrary to what most think, Cruise does not make a move without the approval of his handler. He can’t wipe his own rear end without first getting permission from those who have control over him. Even his attorney Burt Fields has his hands tied.

Rest assured, the Scientology makes all decision having to do with Cruise’s personal and professional life.

Short of kidnapping him and deprogramming him, like an addict riddled with cocaine, there is no hope.

Sadly, unless there is some divine intervention, in my opinion, Cruise will be los t in shallow and in misery for the rest of his life.

With regard to my handing the lawsuit documents over to the New York Daily News, I merely wanted to point out that Cruise’s name tacked on to a law suit, gets peoples attention. Fact is, he is not one of the ring leaders. He is nothing more than a “yes man” who does what he is told — period.”

Tom Can’t Cruise Away from Scientology

Cruisephoto.jpgTom Cruise, ever the crusader for Scientological aims, is one of the targets in a new $250 million lawsuit against the “Church” filed in Florida this month. The suit involves Peter Letterese, a long-time critic of the church and names Cruise as being involved in a systematic harassment on him by members of the church, which included phone calls to Letterese’s wife from a man claiming to be a homosexual lover of her husband, according to the New York Daily News.

Letterese calls the church a “crime syndicate” and wants it broken up under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization law, just as the feds have broken up Mafia families.

He singles out Cruise, who’s made no secret of his religion, saying that Scientology head David Miscavage is “aided and abetted by the actions of Tom Cruise, his right-hand man for foreign and domestic promotion, as well as for foreign and domestic lobbying. He has assisted the syndicate in acquiring funds and [made] his own donations of money believed to be in the multiple tens of millions of dollars.”

One of Letterese’s beefs is that the church allegedly uses a business book, “Effective Sales Closing Techniques,” as part of its teachings. He says this violates his intellectual property rights, since he bought the rights to the book from the widow of author Leslie Dane.

Cruise’s lawyer, Bert Fields, did not respond to an e-mail requesting comment.

Karin Pouw, a spokeswoman for the Church of Scientology, told us: “This is a frivolous suit based on falsehoods.”

Meanwhile, Hollywood private eye Paul Baressi, who has investigated problems for Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eddie Murphy and now Cruise has taken up the cause defending the “Mission Impossible” star. Baressi, a former investigative associate of jailed private eye Anthony Pellicano, claims that Letterese “is just including a celebrity name to get attention.”

LAT In 90 Seconds

‘YouTube Is Becoming the World’s Biggest Focus Group’: Just when you thought the democratic sandbox of lowest-common-denominator entertainment was safe from the prying eyes of marketers and information-seekers, comes this. Oh well.

39584442.jpgMost Unexpected Paragraph(s) of the Day: In her op-ed piece about the Rob Lowe case, Rachel Abramowitz raises the specter of Anthony Pellicano: “…where’s Anthony Pellicano when you need him? … he definitely had a well-defined spot in the Hollywood food chain — fixer, interlocutor between celebrities and the populace, the man to call when your one-night stand, your nanny, your personal assistant, your housekeeper, yoga instructor, chakra cleanser, what-have-you decides to sue for slights real and imagined. … Obviously Pellicano was a bully, ready to smear the less powerful with impunity. But there could be a cool efficiency to how he operated.”

39617125-04115953.jpgIs This Photo An Editorial Statement? Elizabeth Snead dishes about how American Idol creator Nigel Lythgoe didn’t want George Bush to appear on the Idol Gives Back show — which is all fine and good, but what’s with the photo choice of Nigel as a clown?