Breakdowns: LA Times Is Surprised Married Women Can Be Feminists Too

Beejoli Shah · 12/31/13 01:40PM

Editing is at an all time low at the LA Times during the holidays; Leonardo DiCaprio does not want you to keep calm and party on; don't feel bad about stealing Netflix from your ex-girlfriend; and Ty Burrell is taking a page out of the Wilson-Vaughn playbook.

Disney's Christmas Gift To Bill Simmons Is Making Him A Movie Producer

Beejoli Shah · 12/20/13 07:12PM

Fully-grown human Bill Simmons has the fervency of a small child when he really, really wants something (see: his impassioned pleas back in 2009 to become the general manager of the Timberwolves; see also: the Timberwolves bad cop refusal to indulge this). Good cop Disney has now given in to their adorable son's relentless demands, and made him producer on a Deadspin commenter's upcoming movie.

Jeff Zucker Interested in Fucking Over Jay Leno at CNN

Lacey Donohue · 12/18/13 01:44PM

Jeff Zucker, former NBCUniversal head turned CNN Worldwide president is best known for architechting Jay Leno's astronomical rise to the most hated talk show host in America. But now Zucker has an inspired new idea: bring Leno—the guy he fucked over—to CNN. What could go wrong?

Is Harvey Weinstein Right In His Hobbit Lawsuit Against WB?

Beejoli Shah · 12/11/13 05:27PM

It's easy to overlook Harvey Weinstein huffing and puffing and threatening legal action, because it's hard to deny an old man his simple pleasures, but his latest litigious tussle with Warner Brothers over The Hobbit profit participation may not just be Weinstein's audition tape to play Gollum in the final Hobbit film.

Hollywood "Expert" Sharon Waxman Shares No Actual Expertise On CNN

Beejoli Shah · 12/10/13 02:19PM

Hollywood's favorite drunk aunt Sharon Waxman, editor of TheWrap, appeared on Piers Morgan last night to lend her industry expertise on the recent deaths of Paul Walker and Nelson Mandela. Surprising to no one is the fact that Waxman offered little to no expertise whatsoever, other than touting her own unfounded conspiracy theories.

NBC's Reigning Queen Bob Greenblatt Vows To Do More Televised Musicals

Beejoli Shah · 12/10/13 11:53AM

In a tale of life imitating art where no one is Nathan Lane or Matthew Broderick, NBC's Bob Greenblatt is one step closer to turning his tenure as entertainment chairman of the struggling network into a real-life version of The Producers. (It stands to reason that fluffy NBC president Jen Salke envisions herself as ulti-beard Sarah Jessica Parker, because, you know, shoes.)

Sony Chairman's Assistant Makes 'Well Over' $250,000 A Year

Beejoli Shah · 11/25/13 01:55PM

Sony Pictures financial troubles have been widely public this year: after summer box-office failures After Earth and White House Down, Sony investor Daniel Loeb publicly slammed the company's overspending on weak projects. Just last week, the company hired Bain & Company to help cut over $100 million in costs. One of the first to go? Co-chairman Amy Pascal's assistant, who earns over a quarter of a million per year.

Terrence Howard Is Really Not Happy With Robert Downey Jr.

Beejoli Shah · 11/15/13 01:04PM

Terrence Howard showed up on the wacky funhouse that exists only in Andy Cohen's mind, and in true Howard fashion, managed to turn what was a playful interview with the lovely Nia Long into a foreshadowing of doom.

Spike Lee Is Too Cheap To Care About The Elderly People He Endangered

Beejoli Shah · 11/14/13 09:13PM

Mistakes happen. In the age of the internet, these mistakes can live on a lot longer than normal, but regardless, the proper way to deal with them is almost always a gracious apology, a swift repair or repayment caused by damages, and a healthy dose of contrition. That's the best way. Then there's the Spike Lee way.

​Brian Grazer Divests Money From Hair Gel Fund To Buy Instagram Art

Beejoli Shah · 11/07/13 01:23PM

You know that drunk uncle that shows up at Thanksgiving, sloppy, covered in snow, and while once cool, is now a general embarrassment to everyone? That's Brian Grazer. Except that the Thanksgiving dinner is Ron Howard's, the snow is "snow" (because this is Los Angeles and it's still 80 degrees even in November), and actually, no one ever thought Brian Grazer was cool, except for Brian Grazer.

NBC's Bob Greenblatt Mocks The Days When NBC Used To Be Good

Beejoli Shah · 11/04/13 03:27PM

In a speech delivered at Israel's Innovative TV conference, organized by Israeli mega-producers The Keshet Group, NBC's head-goatee Bob Greenblatt decided to shank his former NBC overlords, despite the fact that in his tenure at the trouble network, he hasn't delivered a single breakout new program.

Which Hollywood Agency Had The Best Halloween?

Beejoli Shah · 10/31/13 05:33PM

In the one-sided battle for agency superiority, Hollywood's best agencies made Halloween their bloody battleground yesterday. So whose Halloween-themed hallowed halls were the most frighteningly fantastic?

Hollywood Agencies Help Beleaguered Rich Children Celebrate Halloween

Beejoli Shah · 10/30/13 02:17PM

It's hard being the child of a Hollywood dealmaker—on one hand you get to have all those cool celebrities pop in at your bat mitzvahs, but on the other, Ari Emanuel just made daddy get rid of his second assistant, so now who's going to make your scale model of the solar system for the Harvard-Westlake science fair? Luckily, the top talent agencies have all united in their quest to make the lives of poor little rich kids significantly more enriching, if only for this spookiest of days.

Why Is Talent Agency WME So Obsessed With Rival CAA?

Beejoli Shah · 10/24/13 04:06PM

William Morris Endeavor—run by Ari Emanuel, the real-life inspiration for Jeremy Piven's twitchy Ari Gold on Entourage—empirically speaking, is a very good agency. So good, in fact, that their work speaks for itself: WME is a fairly well-known acronym, even outside the industry. So why is WME spending all their time bashing CAA, instead of just doing their damn jobs?

Out Of 45 Hollywood New Leaders, Variety Only Found Two Black People

Beejoli Shah · 10/23/13 05:09PM

This morning, Variety released its annual "New Leaders list"—a who's who of Hollywood's rising executives that's really just a testament to the power of a good in-house corporate communications specialist. But something seems to be missing. They have six legal and finance executives, 12 agents, another six digital developers, three film execs, six television suits, two managers, and ten rising assistants. Yet out of 45 featured people, only two are black.