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Peter Jackson Heads Back To Middle Earth

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The Hobbit and its sequel will finally be made back-to-back for New Line and MGM the way they should be — under the Academy-Award-winning creative vision of Mr. Lord Of The Rings. But Jackson won’t be directing this time out, because of his previous commitments to DreamWorks for The Lovely Bones and Tintin trilogy with Steven Spielberg. While that will disappoint his LOTR fans, they’ll be pleased to know that the famed director will be integrally involved as executive producer along with his partner Fran Walsh. I’m told Jackson will make all creative decisions in concert with New Line, which will manage the production of the films.

Trade Round-Up: Oct. 3, 2007

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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 help pave the way for a scenario in which DreamWorks becomes more of an autonomous production company.” Read the rest of the story here.

‘Brothers’ Love Triangle Set
Natalie Portman will join Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal in Brothers for director Jim Sheridan, Variety reports. It’s a love triangle based on the 2004 Danish pic by Susanne Bier starring Connie Nielsen.

Diesel, Walker Back in Drivers’ Seats
Universal is back on track with its Fast and the Furious installment with a reteaming of the first pic’s original stars Vin Diesel and Paul Walker back on board to star in a fourth film. You may remember that the pic helped boost their respective careers and in turn ditched they franchise. They’re back now but obviously THR has already forgotten who Diesel is: on the trade paper’s site, a pic of Chris Daughtry is identified as Diesel. Guess it was the bald head that got the editors confused.

- CHRIS GARDNER

Trade Round-Up: Sept. 27, 2007

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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 says the date is just a target but isn’t “ironclad” as they still need to lock in Michael Bay and work out the ongoing tension between the two studios.

Reiner Backs Clinton
Variety‘s Ted Johnson writes in today’s paper that director Rob Reiner has given Hillary Clinton’s campaign a boost by endorsing her in the upcoming election. Johnson writes that Reiner’s decision is a “key endorsement” for Hil because he’s “one of the entertainment industry’s most politically-active figures.”

THR reports that Disney is canceling its Disney Mobile MVNO service, the second such Disney-branded project to bite the dust in less than a year following ESPN Mobile. Read the full Disney shuttering story here.

- CHRIS GARDNER

THR Adds Two to Film Department

thr.jpegThe 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 inside THR‘s Wilshire Boulevard offices. Studio sources tell FBLA that Carly Mayberry and Leslie Simmons have been making calls around town announcing their new gigs.

Mayberry joins THR‘s film department after working on the ‘Convergence’ pages for the paper while Simmons moves to the film desk after covering entertainment law for the now-defunct spinoff, THR Esq.

Both Mayberry and Simmons had bylines in last week’s paper.

FBLA is also hearing a bit about their beats: Mayberry is said to be covering Paramount and DreamWorks while Simmons has been assigned Sony and 20th Century Fox.

- CHRIS GARDNER

LA Times Serves Up H’wood’s New Dining Rules

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 been amended a bit as of late, with power players giving up their chic, expensive haunts in favor of cost-effective joints for a variety of reasons.

The LA Times unveils those reasons with the help of writer Nicole LaPorte (who has played the Hollywood game via reporting on the biz for Variety and her latest project, an ambitious book about DreamWorks for Houghton Mifflin).

LaPorte spills the beans on some new and old trends when it comes to industryite dining and she gets vet manager Bernie Brillstein on the record, giving his two cents on the latest money-saving meals: “I don’t think lunch is as much of a ritual anymore. I think it’s lessened over the years. Agencies and studios and networks are so much more cost-conscious. A lot of them say, ‘Why do we have an office if you have to go to a restaurant?’”

Get your fill of LaPorte’s LA Times piece here. – CHRIS GARDNER

In The Trades: Watching Over and Over Again

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YouTube removed those priceless moments of the Oscar show, at the request of the Academy, even though Ellen’s opening monologue and Will Farrell’s musical interlude were some of the most-viewed clips. Oscar.com had brief snippets of the musical numbers and the opening monologue. Copyright issues, rather than competition, are the Academy’s reasons for strong-arming YouTube.

Variety’s On The Town live-blogged the Oscars from the press room:

10:09 Scott Rosenberg is a menace to society. His fawning, self-referential questions cause the NYT’s David Halbfinger’s head to pitch forward, nearly deleting his story.

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Kelsey Grammer is moving his producing deal to 20th after 15 years at Paramount. He brings “an eclectic range of projects” with him, whatever that means.

Dreamworks Animation did indeed drop a steamer on Flushed Away, with $21.3 million fourth quarter loss. Shrek the Third is supposed to rescue DWA, and next year brings a sequel to Madagascar and Jack Black in Kung Fu Panda. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Los Angeles Rains Money For Obamania

obamania.jpgBarack Obama blew into town yesterday, smiled at DreamWorks execs, kissed a few babies and whipped up a cool million. (Actually, it was about $1.3 million.)

But while the press (and Jennifer Aniston) swooned over Obama’s smile and clean, articulate yumminess, we had to wonder if his take was really all that great. Sure a $1.3 million one-night stand is impressive, but every week it seems Tina Daunt talks to a different Hillary operative who is hanging out in a hotel lobby, like a high-class hooker, collecting endorsements and checks.

Hopefully Ms. Daunt will tackle that topic in her column this week. Until then, we’ll have to make do watching local reporters write “I (Heart) Obama” in Whiteout on their notebooks.

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