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Reporter Ponders Status of Hollywood Project Kill Bin Laden

Veteran Hollywood Reporter staffer Borys Kit filed a quick overnight report about how the historic events of May 1st in Abbottabad, Pakistan might impact a gestating project reuniting Oscar winning director Kathryn Bigelow with her The Hurt Locker screenwriter Mark Boal (pictured).

The action thriller – tentatively titled Kill Bin Laden – was reportedly going to tell the story of a failed Black Ops attempt to assassinate the al-Qaida leader. That of course is now ancient history. Per Kit:

The Bigelow movie could stay more or less the same, gaining momentum as Sunday‚Äôs events give its subject matter added weight, context and timeliness. Or perhaps the project will do a 180-degree turn, with a new story line and focus. We can’t imagine the events surrounding Bin Laden’s ultimate killing not being incorporated into the script in some fashion.

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Assessing the New Hollywood Reporter

OK, we finally got our hands on a copy of the new and improved Hollywood Reporter. First thought: wow, this thing is thick. 152 pages thick, filled with glossy fashion ads. Nice.

That said, our initial thoughts about the cover have stuck with us: that’s an awful lot of white women. Said cover is a rather dull shot of pasty Oscar hopefuls Amy Adams, Nicole Kidman, Helena Bonham Carter, Annette Bening, Hilary Swank and Natalie Portman. When we wrote about the lily white cover earlier this week, a rep from THR wrote us to say she agreed, and that THR had covered the issue of how this could be the whitest Oscars in 10 years–no minorities are expected to be nominated in any of the major categories.

True, but that doesn’t mean you have to go along with it. It’s your cover.

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Warner Bros. Axes WIP and Picturehouse

The Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit and Gregg Goldstein have the scoop:

After Warner Bros. absorbed New Line as an in-house production label, industryites wondered which Warners specialty unit would be kept, Warner Independent Pictures or Picturehouse. The answer came Thursday: Neither.

In a move that sent ripples of shock around town, Warners said it is was shuttering both divisions, citing cost savings and an elimination of redundancies.

Most of the units’ 70 employees are expected to lose their jobs, including all 43 Picturehouse staffers. WIP president Polly Cohen said that some of her 27 staffers will remain on board to shepherd projects to the studio. The 11-year Warners vet’s contract runs for about two more years, and she will stay within Warners for now, though she’s unclear in what capacity.

Some Picturehouse staffers also might remain.

Kingsley Steps Down at PMK/HBH

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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.

And it takes two to replace her: Cindi Berger and Simon Halls have been upped to co-CEOs while Nate Schreiber will take a president title.

Kingsley is now 76 years old and while she will still head into the office, she tells THR that her new nonexecutive chairman title will allow her to keep working with her clients (Michael Mann, Jodie Foster and Sally Field) and not be bogged down with paperwork.

“I’m going to be coming to work, but you won’t see a balance sheet in front of me,” she told THR. “I won’t have to do any administration work. I can do creative work with clients, which is the part that I think I do best.”

She is a legend in the personal publicity field and is known for protecting the private lives of her clients while still skyrocketing them to superstardom. And she’s perhaps best known for her longtime work with now former client Tom Cruise.

- CHRIS GARDNER

Trade Round-Up: August 24, 2007

ang lee.jpegAng 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 thriller which is set to premiere in Toronto next month. Get some of the dirty details on why “Lust, Caution” kissed its way to dreaded NC-17 territory here.

It was kind of a big deal when Starbucks opened its doors and clientele to Hollywood marketing gurus who hoped that in-store campaigns for studio pics would lead to a frenzy of caffeine-induced ticket sales. However, Variety reports that a potential boon in receipts has so far tasted more like a stale cup of decaf.

Members of the Directors Guild of America won’t be getting any free DVD screeners this year heading into awards season, Variety reports. Guild guy Dave McNary gave the news to DGA members in today’s paper and wrote that the news comes following last year’s semi-controversial awards season when Paramount/DreamWorks caught some flack for getting the green light to send out “Dreamgirls” screeners to DGA members.

Fox‘s blonde and busty “Anchorwoman” will have to find a new medium for her talents. THR reports that the network has pulled the plug on the pseudo-reality show less than 24 hours after airing the first episode, which barely managed to cross the 2 million mark in viewers. Maybe she can see if there is an opening on “Girls Next Door.”

THR‘s Borys Kit reports that Paramount is rounding up the troops for a live-action take on the “G.I. Joe” brand with Stephen Sommers signing on to direct. Pic is based on the popular Hasbro military action figures.
- CHRIS GARDNER

Trade Round-Up: August 21, 2007

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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 the third by Paramount in an “ongoing format war,” not to mention DWA’s Jeffrey Katzenberg’s back-and-forth quotes on the format. Katzenberg normally isn’t one to second-guess major decisions, so read all of Variety’s archive reporting here.

Jennifer Garner is headed to the Great White Way, reports Variety. The “Alias” actress has signed on to star opposite soon-to-be big-nosed Kevin Kline in a revival of “Cyrano de Bergerac.” The role will be Garner’s first foray to the Broadway stage. Well, kind of. She served as an uderstudy in the 1995 revival of “A Month in the Country.” But film auds have no need to fret: she’ll be back on the big-screen soon in Uni’s “The Kingdom” and Fox Searchlight’s “Juno.”

Bidding wars are few and far between these days in Hollywood. However, a hot one has recently gone down with Universal cashing its way to the top of the crop to acquire “Lone Survivor.” The story centers on the life of Marcus Luttrell, a Navy Seal who led a team into Afghanistan in search of a major Taliban leader. THR dishes the details on the new deal, which include Peter Berg on board to direct.

Speaking of new projects, THR has also the scoop on another redo, this time about the sci-fi thriller “Logan’s Run.” The long-in-development Warner Bros. project will be directed by commercial helmer Josesph Kosinski and THR’s Borys Kit gives all the back-story in today’s report.

Variety also has a couple song and dance stories to fill the paper today. On the heels of news that “Hairspray” has become only the third recent musical to cross $100 million at the domestic box office, Michael Fleming reports that Rob Marshall and Harvey Weinstein are prepping a “Chicago” follow-up with “Nine.” Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard and Javier Bardem are on board. Get the rest of the musically-charged deets here.

- CHRIS GARDNER

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