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Judd Apatow Gives UTA Screening Room the Seal of Approval

The front page of today’s LA Times business section is going to grate a little at the CAA, WME and ICM coffee table end. Above the fold is a reminder from entertainment reporter Daniel Miller of what UTA has and they don’t… yet.

The spectacular state-of-the-art 165-seat screening room, unveiled last fall at UTA’s new Civic Center Drive headquarters in Beverly Hills, has been put to frequent daily use. Via email, the writer-director of the very first feature shown had this to say to Miller:

“It was fun because the room has perfect sound and picture, the decor is beautiful but not gaudy and it does not have the ghosts of a thousand bad movies,” Judd Apatow said in an email.

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Far from Bel Air Circuit, San Diego Couple Living It Up – Robert Evans Style

Get ready to hear more about Prima Cinema Inc. in the coming months. Per an article in the LA Times by Daniel Miller, the company’s product costs around $35,000 plus another $500-600 per stream, plugs into expensive home-theater set-ups and allows the lucky homeowners to access select first-run Hollywood titles the same weekend the movies arrive in theaters.

From Miller’s article:

The Schultzes are not members of the exclusive “Bel-Air circuit”… Instead, these Rancho Santa Fe film fans, who also own a West Hollywood condominium they bought from actor Matthew Perry, are willing to pay a premium to screen movies as the Hollywood moguls do.

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Jeff Berg’s New Talent Agency Scores Double Media Booking

The rapid return of one-time ICM chief Jeff Berg to the Hollywood talent agency business underpins this week’s oddest LA media coincidence.

On the front page of today’s LA Times Calendar section, there is an article about Berg’s new agency Resolution by Daniel Miller. And inside this week’s Hollywood Reporter print magazine, Miller’s former THR colleague Stephen Galloway shares a longer, deeper feature about the very same topic. Galloway got to speak with the 65-year-old Berg at the latter’s new 23rd-story Century City offices; Miller’s request for an interview was declined.

Whether Berg’s Resolution will be good for the Hollywood community as a whole has yet to be determined. But per Galloway’s piece, it’s already been very good for talent agents:

Rivals criticize Berg for overpaying, noting most [Resolution agents] are getting well above the $200,000 to $300,000 they might expect elsewhere and some as much as seven figures. “He is making deals just because they are possible to make,” one rival grouses.

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New York Post Headline Sticks It to the Academy

As Daniel Miller reminds in the LA Times, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is famously finicky when it comes to all injurious and unlicensed use of their golden trademark. However, even with some more high-priced assistance from Quinn Emanuel, it’s unlikely AMPAS can make the New York Post pay for this:

Today’s two-word exclamatory is another instant-classic NYP front page headline, transposing the business of a scandalous South African murder case onto the vaunted Dolby Theatre red carpet. With large-font, surround headline sound.

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Daniel Miller Logs His First LA Times Piece

As we reported, Daniel Miller recently jumped from The Hollywood Reporter to his hometown newspaper the LA Times. He replaces Ben Fritz who, after a short break, starts next Monday at the Wall Street Journal LA bureau.

For his first LAT item, appearing in Saturday’s print editions, Miller focuses on Universal Pictures’ re-entry into the toy business. As Miller notes, it’s been a while:

The last time Universal mounted a significant products campaign was in 2005, when it partnered with toy makers on the studio’s King Kong remake…

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More Additions to The Hollywood Reporter Editorial Team

It’s shaping up as a momentous week on the Hollywood trades staffing front. Following Monday’s announcement that THR senior writer Daniel Miller is headed to the LA Times and today’s dismissal of Jeff Sneider by Variety, there is also confirmation to FishbowlLA of a gaggle of new Reporter hires.

The marquee addition is Marc Bernardin (pictured) as senior editor. He comes over to THR from Entertainment Weekly and was previously a contributing editor for io9.com, managing editor of Starlog magazine and a consulting editor for Fangoria. Bernardin has also written a range of comic books.

Joining him as the newest THR additions will be:

- Jen Hoche as copy chief. She was formerly copy chief at Teen Vogue and has worked as a freelance copy editor at THR for two years.

- Kelsey Stefanson, assistant art director. She will focus on designing pages for the print magazine and iPad App.

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Daniel Miller to Join LA Times’ Company Town

Hollywood Reporter senior writer Daniel Miller is leaving the entertainment trade for the  pastures of the LA Times‘ showbiz blog Company Town. He starts his new gig next Monday. Looks like he’ll be on the studio beat.

Miller will report to entertainment news editor Claudia Eller.

Memo to staff from LA Times assistant managing editor John Corrigan after the jump:

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Son of Hollywood Reporter Founder Apologizes for Dad’s Support of Blacklist

Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, The Hollywood Reporter has put to bed a little earlier than usual the November 30 edition of its weekly print magazine. And what an edition it is.

To go along with a cover story by Gary Baum and Daniel Miller about the involvement of the magazine’s original publisher Billy Wilkerson beginning in 1946 with the Hollywood Blacklist, there is a heartfelt essay from Wilkerson’s son (pictured). Together, these articles mark the first time THR has publicly acknowledged its role in one of Hollywood’s saddest chapters. Here’s how W.R. Wilkerson III ends his piece:

On the eve of this dark 65th anniversary, I feel an apology is necessary. It’s possible, had my father lived long enough, that he would have apologized for creating something that devastated so many careers. On behalf of my family, and particularly my late father, I wish to convey my sincerest apologies and deepest regrets to those who were victimized by this unfortunate incident.

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Tom Cruise Publicist: He Never Forced His Religion on Katie Holmes

As part of their evaluation of how fallout from the scandalous Vanity Fair October cover story might affect the way Tom Cruise promotes his next movie (Jack Reacher), THR reporters Daniel Miller and Kim Masters share a couple of interesting official denials of the magazine’s Nazanin Boniadi claims.

The first comes from attorney Bert Fields, who says that if someone were foolish enough to believe Maureen Orth’s article, “even she [the reporter] doesn’t claim that Tom knew what she claims the church was doing.” The other is delivered by Cruise’s 42West publicist Amanda Lundberg (pictured). She says the VF piece was nothing but “lies designed to sell magazines” and then adds this bucket of cold water:

Lundberg denies that Cruise ever forced his religion on Holmes. “He has a right to believe what he wants to believe,” says Lundberg. “Do I think fans care about it? No. Do I think he owes anybody an explanation? No. He has a job to do, and he does it better than anybody. He has nothing to apologize for.”

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Sister of Missing Fox Exec Gavin Smith Still Suspects Foul Play

According to Daniel Miller’s Hollywood Reporter interview piece with the wife and sister of missing Fox executive Gavin Smith, who mysteriously disappeared May 1, no helpful case info came out of a related June LASD search of a drug dealer’s home in West Hills.

In lieu of new developments, Smith’s 57-year-old wife Lisa says her sons can barely function while she has been unable to complete a recent and equally daunting task:

In late August, Gavin Smith’s remaining personal effects were quietly removed from his Calabasas office and delivered by the studio to his home. But Lisa says the boxes, which contain such items as framed family photos and golf trophies remain on her porch… “It’s been tough to bring them into the house,” says Smith.

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