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Posts Tagged ‘Joe Roth’

Stewart, Sanders and the Double-Edged Acronym SWATH

The expression “to cut a swath” means to make a pretentious display, to attract attention. It’s a perfect description of some recently photographed behavior on an LA hiking trail involving director Rupert Sanders and actress Kristen Stewart.

SWATH also happens to be the handy abbreviation being used by the celeb media to refer to the movie that brought these two scandalous lovebirds together. That’s right. Sanders and Stewart cut a swath in and around him yelling “cut!” on the set of Snow White and the Huntsman.

Everywhere we look this morning, there are article mentions of SWATH director this and SWATH set that. It all adds up to some rather bittersweet etymological echoing.

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Hollywood Attorney Skip Brittenham Prepping Massive Graphic Novel

The name of the October 15 graphic novel release is Anomaly, and that it certainly is. Mainly because the co-author is none other than show business super-attorney Skip Brittenham, whose day job involves negotiating massive pay-or-play deals for A-list actors.

At 370 pages, Anomaly is being hyped as the longest graphic novel yet. Brittenham has paired with artist Brian Haberlin (of Spawn series fame) for a story set in 2717:

Humans live in off-world colonies, and a single corporation, The Conglomerate, routinely conquers other planets to steal their resources. The story follows a group of explorers who embark on a diplomatic mission to a mysterious planet, only to find themselves embroiled in a global conflict between its exotic inhabitants… Brittenham and Haberlin worked with distinguished professors in philosophy, religion and science to develop Anomaly‘s cultural landscape and planetary functions based on actual historical and scientific facts.

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No Love Lost Between StarGreetz, StarClipz

Accusations of intellectual theft in Hollywood typically revolve around screenplays. But in the case of StarClipz vs. StarGreetz, the narrative length being tussled over is of the logline length.

Per LA Times reporter Joe Flint, local start-up StarGreetz Inc., which launched this week and allows people to purchase celebrity custom greeting messages for dissemination on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms, is being sued by StarClipz. That’s a lot of “z’s” to go along with the parties of the first part:

StarClipz and its founders, industry veterans Mark Lieber and Adam Newman, filed a lawsuit this year in U.S. District Court claiming that Frankel took their idea and business plan. Lieber and Newman not only accuse Frankel of swiping their idea and trying to cut them out of the operation but also of being motivated in part by “Lieber and Newman’s status as a same-sex couple,” their suit said.

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Two More Entities Join LA Geek Media Parade

As of yesterday, the LA version of GeekChicDaily.com’s daily email newsletter is up and blasting. The company — backed by such heavyweights as Peter Guber, Bob Pittman, and Joe Roth — also threw itself a little shindig Thursday night at Meltdown Comics on Sunset Boulevard.

In today’s mirrored website posting, the LA folks ponder potential Fantastic Four kill-off scenarios. For Jessica Alba‘s character, they suggest “forcing Sue Storm’s alter-ego to sit through a screening of The Love Guru. Death by embarrassment.”

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GeekChicDaily.com Opts Into $1.5 Million in Financing

Since opening its doors in October 2009, LA-based GeekChicDaily.com has quickly harnessed the powerful combo of niche marketing and opt-in e-mail subscribers. In this case, the focus is on geeky pop culture movies, games, toys and more.

Today, the official press release went out confirming a new infusion of $1.5 million in cash, led by former Revolution Studios head honcho Joe Roth and Seattle venture capitalist Mike Slade. The money, it is said, will go towards infrastructure, marketing and “brand extension.”

Presumably, the money will also help solidify the tonge-in-cheek GeekChic M.O. Today’s highlighted item, under the category of “Toys,” links to a ThinkGeek.com collectible based on the movie 2001 A Space Odyssey.

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Nikki Finke Explains What’s Wrong With Across the Universe

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Just the other day, David Carr in the NY Times admitted what we already knew: New Yorkers don’t understand show biz all that much. And today, Hollywood’s own Nikki Finke tears into Sharon Waxman’s version of events surrounding art-chick Julie Taymor’s battle with Joe Roth over some musical romance movie called Who Signed Off On This?, Across the Universe.

The musical uses songs by the Beatles, now owned by Michael Jackson and Sony. Sony Pictures is distributing the movie. Waxman didn’t bother to mention this little detail, but does go on about Taymor’s MacArthur grant.

Finke points out that Taymor’s movies haven’t been (a) very good and (b) profitable. Joe Roth, who Finke thinks should have known better with a girl like Julie, cut his own version of the movie, and it’s not all that hot either. And the songs aren’t performed by the Beatles, they’re covered by the actors, including Evan Rachel Wood and Jim Sturgess. With puppets. And Eddie Izzard as Mr. Kite. Taymor even cast Selma Hayek. Did we mention the puppets?

Is this Ishtar for the new millenium? Is it Heaven’s Gate for the YouTube set? One of the IMDB commentors says:

an advertisement for LSD

We’re betting Peter Travers uses that line as his blurb.