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Posts Tagged ‘Jessica Biel’

Choking on a Pair of Runaway Production Love Letters

With the unemployment situation in LA still grim and much of the county’s once spectacular film production activity having migrated elsewhere, it’s easy to find today’s expletive. Thanks to a pair of Great White North newspaper articles, the runaway words du jour mirror that old South Park standby, “Blame Canada!”

Vancouver Sun film critic Katherine Monk frames the current bonanza of Wolverine, Superman and Mission: Impossible 4 within ten benchmark moments in the evolution of her backyard “Hollywood North.” For his part, Toronto Star reporter Tony Wong suggests that the most expensive movie ever filmed in Hogtown may well have saved the area’s faltering location-shoot biz this summer:

From the money that Colin Farrell has dropped at yoga classes, to Jessica Biel’s penchant for fine dining in the city with on-and-off-again boyfriend Justin Timberlake, the production, directly and indirectly, has had an enormous impact…

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American Film Market Unspools For 29th Time in Santa Monica

The American Film Market, which each year represents the diamonds and the dregs of the film business worldwide, opened its doors for a week at the Santa Monica Loews Beach Hotel on Wednesday with dozens of scurrying international sales reps, low-brow producers and a few dozen media.walken.jpg

The studios usually steer clear of AFM week, leaving it to what some have termed the subcutaneous elements of the film business to ravage about for deals.

This year, market honchos were loving the outlook for the market.

“It should be a great market,” said one buyer, who didn’t want to be named. “There are dozens of great films here this week. How about that phenomenal Walken film?”

The unknown buyer was referring to “The Maiden Heist,” which premieres in Santa Monica starring (Christopher) Walken, Morgan Freeman and William H. Macy and produced by Bob Yari’s The Yari Film Group.

Other premieres expected this week include “The Killing Room” with Tim Hutton, Chloe Sevigny, Nick Cannon and Peter Stormare; and “Powder Blue,” starring Forest Whitaker, Jessica Biel, Kris Kristofferson, Ray Liotta and Patrick Swayze.

More than 500 other films, including 102 world premieres and 375 market premieres will be screened during the market, which stretches to Nov. 12.

FBLA 20 Questions: Hanna Pantle

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Hanna Pantle has what must be considered a dream job. She’s Assn’t VP of Corporate and Media Relations for BMI, and yet, she answered our old-skool prying questions. Which is just as well, because how could she possibly choose a theme song?

1. What newspapers do you read? LA Times, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, NY Post, LA Weekly, Tolucan Times (seriously)

2. Which ones do you move your lips to while reading Wall Street Journal

3. Which Web sites are on your favorites bookmark? All of them? I am a bookmark junkie so the ones I visited recently were American Express (gotta pay that bill), Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Nordstrom,, American Airlines, Trip Advisor, Dressage Daily,, Drudge, ebay, LA Times, LA Daily News, New York magazine, (Anaheim Angels),, youtube, Digital Hollywood,,

4. Where do you get your car washed? The car wash in North Hollywood at Burbank and Lankershim or Studio City car wash.

5. Do you know your dentist’s first name? yes, Jackie

6. Do you believe newspapers are going to die? If so, when? No. They won’t become the La Brea tarpits. They’ll figure out a way to do both– print and online. I am just more concerned that the days of a trusted beat reporter will be gone–so many reporters are having to cover 10 beats, blog, edit and take photos every day. Well, maybe not take photos, but multitasking journalists aren’t always the best, trusted, focused voice for the community.

7. What was the last book you read? All the way through? Kite Runner. Half way through–the Motley Crue book. It really disgusted me so I stopped.

8. What’s the last book you say you read? Where The Wild Things Are.

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Jeff Robinov Retrospective


Seen above, in happier times, Warner’s Alan Horn, producer Joel Silver, and in the role of Baby Bear, Jeff Robinov, president of production.

Robinov, you may recall, was quoted by Nikki Finke as saying that Warner’s was “longer doing movies with women in the lead”.

Gloria Allred called for a boycott, meaning crowds can continue to ignore the movies they weren’t seeing anyway.

Finke goes into more detail about Robinov’s response, and that of the other media. She stands by her story, but you knew that.

Jeffrey Wells has a semi-reasoned take to follow his initial reactions.

Anne Thompson writes a straight for the horse’s mouth piece on what Jeff Robinov really said or meant or didn’t mean or whatever.

Erik Davis isn’t taking any of this very seriously, but he loved Persepolis.

Karina Longworth notes that this is far from over.

Jeremy Smith wants to see Jessica Biel as a Navy SEAL. It rhymes!

Sasha Stone and her readers try to figure out what’s really going on.

FBLA bets that Warner’s will probably rush Paddington into production. Stuffed animals can’t talk back.