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Trade Round-Up: Sept. 5, 2007

Burton Busts Out Todd in Venice
burton.jpegTim 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 starring longtime actor collaborator Johnny Depp. Variety reports that Burton described the film – likely a potential Oscar pic for Paramount/DreamWorks – as an “old-fashioned horror movie with music in it.” And yes, Depp can carry a tune!

Big Cash for Big Name Directors
Robert Rodriguez, Ricky Gervais, Walter Salles, Ryan Murphy, Richard Kelly, Bennett Miller and Todd Field all got a shot in the arm for their new directing projects thanks to a $250 million equity fund from Media Rights Capital, reports Variety. The fund comes from a combo of Fortune 500 companies, Wall Street money and private equity, Michael Fleming‘s story says, and will cover eight pics that span all genres. Read all about Hollywood’s new influx of cash here.

High School Musical On Top, Again
A new week delivered pretty much the same results on the album charts – as far as the top spot is concerned. Disney‘s High School Musical 2 soundtrack is No. 1 again, selling 210,000 copies. Its cume has now topped the 1 million mark and is joined on the top 10 charts by two other Disney releases including Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus. Read Variety‘s chart breakdown of all the new discs on the market here.

Penn’s Wild New Pic
Sean Penn is back in the director’s chair with a new dramatic pic set for release this fall. But before it bows in theaters, Into the Wild is making the festival rounds with a screening at the picturesque Telluride Film Festival. THR got a glimpse of the pic based on Jon Krakauer’s book. The review is basically mixed but mostly negative calling the pic – a story about a young man’s demise in the wilderness – an “extravagantly ambitious, unfocused film that chronicles this tragic episode with flights of brilliance, self-indulgence and thrilling nature cinematography.”

ITunes Out, Amazon In at NBCUni
When one door opens another one closes. Atleast that’s the case for NBC Universal, which announced on Tuesday that it would not renew its contract for series downloads with iTunes, instead opting for a new deal with Amazon’s Unbox. Deal includes such series as The Office, Heroes, 30 Rock, Bionic Woman and Chuck.
- CHRIS GARDNER

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Trade Round-Up: August 22, 2007

star jones2.jpegVariety‘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, saying she delivers “incomprehensible” questions and is poorly cast. However, the Var reviewer does offer a bit of optimism by concluding that Jones and her team “may gradually revise the formula to better suit her limitations.” Find out what those are by reading his entire review here.

Another Var television expert, recent THR defectee Cynthia Littleton, does her own dissection of something on the small-screen, centering her latest blog posting on what else, Disney’s ubiquitous “High School Musical 2.” Littleton’s report centers on the aftermath of the telefilm’s debut: exactly who helped the sequel break so many records and why they watched. What’s interesting in her “On the Air” blog is that one-third of the viewership was adults 18 and over and that so many boys flipped on the tube to see a whole lot of singing and dancing. Read why Dis execs had so many reasons to brag about their “High School” baby here.

Look out iTunes, MTV Networks, RealNetworks and Verizon Wireless have pacted to push their own version of an integrated digital music service that is designed to give iTunes a run for its money. THR reports on the new service, which replaces the offering each company currently has in place.

If you’re reading this, then you are the type of person talked about in a new survey by IBM that says consumers are spending enough time on the Internet to rival the time they spend in front of the television. THR’s business guru Georg Szalai ingests the study’s findings in today’s story, which also points out that the findings suggest “studios, advertisers, ad agencies, content distributors and other industry players must continue to adjust their business strategies amid changes in media usage and consumers’ increased expectations for control and community.” We can only hope that leads to more money in ad revenue for FBLA!
- CHRIS GARDNER

Trade Round-Up: August 17, 2007

stewart_8116.jpeg“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 National Corps comedy sketch tour, the story says the team was primarily with troops under “military protection.”

Variety‘s Michael Fleming writes about the end of agency-gate 2007 with veteran ICM agent Ed Limato taking his act – and his A-list Denzel Washington, Mel Gibson, Richard Gere and Steve Martin – along with him to rival agency WMA.

It was a topsy turvy day for MGM/UA with the studio losing financing deal with Goldman Sachs for MGM while gaining a $500 million fund with Merrill Lynch for specialty label UA. Obviously the Variety story was good news for Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner who co-own the UA label following a bitter split with Paramount Pictures last year.

Scarlett Johansson proves in THR that she’s the workhorse of the starlet set, signing on to star in three new movies including the big-screen version of the “Sex and the City” cultural phenom, “He’s Just Not Into You.”

REVIEWS: THR takes on “High School Musical 2″ (calling it a soon-to-be smash) while Variety says “Superbad” is actually verygood, dubbing it another “ultra-raunchy and commercial sex comedy” from Judd Apatow.

– CHRIS GARDNER