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Nicita Out At CAA for Morgan Creek…Go figure!

RickNicita.jpgCreative Artists Agency top-rung earner Rick Nicita seems to be waving bye-bye to the agency to take a job as Chairman and Chief Operating Officer for Morgan Creek Pictures, according to a company release.

While that may well be possible, it’s an awkward fit at best. Nicita has been a top agent at CAA for years with clients like Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. He’s also married to Cruise’s partner at United Artists, Paula Wagner.

While the Morgan Creek position is in fact a job, it seems a bit unlikely because Morgan Creek is by no means a major production entity and Nicita is very much a top agent. The company has had a deal with Universal since 2004, but the best money-makers of their movies were with Warner Bros., with “Robin
Hood: Prince of Thieves
,” “Major League” and “Major League 2.”

As well, the company has long been run by Jim Robinson, who doesn’t play well with others. When former Hollywood Reporter Editor Alex Ben Block left the Reporter to become head of marketing for Morgan Creek and Robinson, it ended quickly because Robinson demanded that Block be in by 9 a.m.

Who knows whether Nicita’s schedule will be all that amenable to Robiinson and Morgan Creek. For L.A. Times story read on…

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LAT In 90 Seconds

32373556.jpgElizabeth Snead’s Big Weekend: The Dish Rag makes us feel dirty… and, worse, somehow culpable in the destruction of Britney Spears.

sseagalp.jpegSteven Seagal Buries The Hatchet: A six-year battle between Steven Seagal and former business partner Julius R. Nasso ends with an out-of-court settlement, in which Seagal agrees to pay Nasso $500,000. With that headache out of the way, Seagal can now get back to the business of being completely irrelevant.

tomcut.jpgYesterday’s News: Yes, this is a day-old, but we were too hung-over yesterday to report: “United Artists, the independent production unit of MGM controlled by actor Tom Cruise and his producer partner, Paula Wagner, is expected to become the first movie company to reach an interim agreement with the Writers Guild of America, enabling the recent start-up to hire union writers despite the continuing strike.”

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34303224.jpgWriting Their Way Out Of This Mess? In a lovely F.U. to the studios dozens of striking writers are considering setting up companies that bypass studios and reach consumers directly with original Web video. This would be kind of a step back for some writers, as writing for the Web isn’t exactly a writers’ dream – but Joseph Menn likens this approach to the early days of United Artists, so who knows? Bonne chance!

34300851-16154641.jpgHarsh Reality: Columnist Scott Collins takes WGA president Patric Verrone to task for apparently softening his stance toward getting union representation for reality TV writers.

34301543-16173900.jpgWait…There Is Something To Watch After All: It’s on VH1, of all places. Seven Ages of Rock is, apparently, fun for the whole family. And just when your TiVo was running dry.

Trade Round-Up: August 28

OWEN2.jpegIn the wake of Owen Wilson‘s hospitalization and recovery, Variety does its best to diagnose his slate of upcoming films. New Variety staffer Tatiana Siegel writes that first up, the actor was due to begin shooting a role in “Tropic Thunder” opposite Ben Stiller followed by the January start of “Marley & Me” opposite Jennifer Aniston. He’s also scheduled for promotional activities to support Wes Anderson‘s “The Dareeling Limited,” set for release Sept. 28 from Fox Searchlight.

Variety‘s Michael Fleming writes that Oliver Stone has set his sights on yet another Vietnam project by closing a deal with United Artists to finance “Pinkville.” Pic is a drama about the investigation of the 1968 My Lai massacre. He’ll direct and Bruce Willis and Channing Tatum will star. Stone’s “Born on the Fourth of July” star Tom Cruise now runs UA with partner Paula Wagner.

Jennifer Lopez is also hustling with a new project for the small-screen, teaming up with Jane Startz Prods. to develop “The Amigas Sweet 15 Club,” a half-hour comedy about five Miami teens who run their own Quinceanera party-planning biz.

Innovative Artists has been ripe with a lot of work-related gossip this year from assistant drama to a brand new lawsuit. THR reports that Innovative agents Michael McConnell and Ben Press filed suit Monday in LA demanding that they be allowed to leave the tenpercentery along with their clients due to unfair one-sided employment contracts.

Scott Baio‘s reality run on VH1 with his self-titled TV show has been extended but the new season won’t just find him “45…and Single” but instead a year older and expecting his first child. THR says the new plotline will focus on impending fatherhood following a season finale engagement with girlfriend Renee.

– CHRIS GARDNER

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callgirl.jpgSilly Madam Tricks Are For Barnes: Convicted Hollywood madam Jody “Babydol” Gibson has a tell-all book coming out — not that you’d need it to find out who used her high-end call girl service. Court records that had been sealed or redacted are now public. And they list everyone from Bruce Willis to Ben Barnes, the former lieutenant governor of Texas who bragged that he helped George W. Bush dodge the draft. Our favorite line: “The Times reached Barnes by calling a cellphone number listed beside his name in Gibson’s records. ‘I have never met or talked to this broad in my entire life,’ Barnes said. He said he could not explain why his cellphone number was in her files.”

lonelygirl15ish.jpgLeggo My Ego: Think teenagers are selfish little pricks? So do researchers from four universities.

cruisegetscash.jpgSuck On That, Sumner: Private investors are close to giving the Tom Cruise-led United Artists $500 million.