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THR Adds Associate Art Director

Ten years ago, Kyle Sackowski (pictured) graduated from the Indiana University with a degree in journalism, bolstered by an emphasis on graphic arts, photography and the Japanese language. Today, he begins his newest professional chapter as associate art director at The Hollywood Reporter after previous stints at the Orange County Register, the Press-Enterprise and South Bend Tribune.

Sackowski joins two other associate art directors on staff, Katherine Bryja and Ada Guerin, and will take orders from shared boss Shanti Marlar. The design portfolio slide show at his personal website begins with work he did for another magazine’s “The Greying of Oscar” feature. Good practice, no doubt, for his new gig.

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Wainwright Huge Draw For H’wood Heavyweights, Homos

rufus.jpegThe combination of Rufus Wainwright and some classic Judy Garland songs proved to be an attraction that some of Hollywood’s elite couldn’t resist.

Thus, Wainwright’s Sunday night show at the Hollywood Bowl was a veritable who’s who of Tinseltown‘s gay bold-faced names along with some female celebs thrown in for good measure.

FBLA was in the mix in a big way with VIP seats just a stone’s throw from the stage (thanks, Michael), surrounded by all the town’s A-listers.

Seated directly in front of us – surrounded by a trio of pretty boys – was David Geffen, who often was the first to rise to two feet with an energetic applause.

And he wasn’t the only one. Also spotted in FBLA’s immediate vicinity were heavyweight industryites Barry Diller, Bill Condon, Donald DeLine, Laurence Mark, Drew Barrymore, Reese Witherspoon, Hilary Swank (with John Campisi), WMA agent Rena Ronson, Bruce Vilanch, Ryan Murphy, Bruce Cohen, Dan Bucatinsky and others like Dita Von Teese, Ann Magnuson and Robert Gant

And though they may be power players, that didn’t stop some of the notable concert-goers – treated to Wainwright’s renditions of Garland’s beloved tunes, at times accompanied by his mother, sister and Garland’s daughter Lorna Luft – from letting loose and sneaking in some party favors.

Yeah, it’s true: FBLA saw what David Geffen was passing around – and it wasn’t a bottle of Pinot. We won’t out everyone we saw indulging in illegal yet typical concert behavior but you know who you are!

- CHRIS GARDNER

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