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Sarah Palin has launched her own online video channel. The Sarah Palin Channel launched Sunday, with the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice-presidential candidate serving as executive editor and overseeing all of the channel's content. Photos Team Hillary Clinton: Jeffrey Katzenberg, David Geffen and Her 2016 Supporters The subscription-based channel will be available on the Tapp platform. Tapp, which launched in March 2014, is the collaboration of former TV execs Jeff Gaspin and Joe Klein. Tapp aims to provide high-profile personalities with their own channels, and the Palin chanel has been rumored to be in the works for
- Ryan Gajewski
Name: David Ellison Source Of Wealth: Family Bio: Son of Oracle’s Larry Ellison, whose net worth is estimated between 41.8 billion (Bloomberg) and $48 billion (Forbes). Brother of uber-producer Megan Ellison. USC film school graduate. Accomplished acrobatic pilot. Marital Status: Married to actress/singer Sandy Modic. Hollywood Connections: His father once co-owned the 450-foot, $200 million yacht Rising Sun with fellow billionaire and DreamWorks co-founder David Geffen. David Ellison began career as an actor, appearing in and co-financing the 2006 MGM flop “Flyboys.” Founded Skydance Productions label, named for his love of flying. Raised $350 million to co-finance movies with studio partner Paramount Pictures. Re-upped co-financing pact with Paramount through 2018. Films Of Note: “True Grit,” “Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol,” “Jack Reacher,” “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “World War Z.” Combined, those films have made more than $2.4 billion at the global box office—Deadline. Film Projects In The Work: *“Terminator: Genesis.” Director: Alan Taylor. »
- Robert W. Welkos
On 11th January 1991, the-then head of The Walt Disney Company's motion picture division, Jeffrey Katzenberg, sent out a memo. Running to over 10,000 words, he sent this document to key higher-ups at the studio, noting that "it is meant for internal use only". Naturally, the memo leaked, and was widely ridiculed in the Hollywood trade press as a consequence. Thanks to the wonderful Letters Of Note, you can read it in full here.
But re-reading Katzenberg's memo, over 20 years later, the now head of DreamWorks Animation called a lot of things right. In fact, given that as he wrote it, »
Award-winning Latino filmmaker Robert Rodriguez will host President Barack Obama at his home in Austin, Texas, on July 17 to raise money for the Democratic National Committee's midterm election efforts, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Photos Team Hillary Clinton: Jeffrey Katzenberg, David Geffen and Her 2016 Supporters Rodriguez, whose film El Mariachi was selected in 2011 for preservation in the National Film Registry, is the latest in a growing number of Hollywood Latinos to throw their money and influence behind the Democrats. Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Demi Lovato and Danny Trejo are among those who have signed on to support
- Tina Daunt
Spielberg is a director who has a hard time making up his mind. Hence the many projects he's constantly attached to. (Sometimes, producers find, the good news of having Spielberg attached becomes bad news, when the movie never gets made.) But the rash of announcements over the past few months leads one to suspect that Spielberg's partner Stacey Snider is cleaning house and getting things in order before her imminent departure, presumably to run Fox. Spielberg's partner at DreamWorks is working on possibly exiting the company sometime before her contract expires in November, with blessings from Spielberg, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg, who wants her to join him at Fox, where Rupert Murdoch and motion picture chairman Jim Gianopulos have been courting her. The box Snider has to function at DreamWorks has gotten ever smaller--hits "Lincoln" and "The Help" were not easy to push up the hill, and she wound »
- Anne Thompson
DreamWorks Animation is celebrating a big year in 2014. While the studio's first theatrical release would not come until 1998, it was October 12, 1994 that saw the birth of Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg's vision of a new movie studio, including, of course, Katzenberg's animation division. That makes it 20 years of DreamWorks, and with the release of "How to Train Your Dragon 2" next week (on the heels of a Cannes debut last month), the studio is toasting two decades with one of the most elite installments of its entire portfolio. That's a portfolio that is already 29 films deep, by the way, and it'll extend to 30 in November with the release of "The Penguins of Madagascar." There have been ups, there have been downs, but above all, an empire has been built. So on the occasion of "Dragon 2," we thought maybe it was time we took a stab at ranking the whole of that empire, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Steve Balmer, the former Microsoft CEO, has reportedly signed an agreement to pay $2 billion dollars to the Sterling family trust for ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Steve Balmer Buying Clippers
Balmer apparently negotiated the sale with disgraced owner Donald Sterling’s wife, Shelly Sterling, reported CNN. The tech mogul reportedly initially offered the Sterlings $1.8 billion, but co-owner Shelly insisted he go up to $2 billion if he wanted the team. Though the Shelly Sterling has agreed to Balmer’s price, an NBA Board of governors will have to approve the sale.
Donald Sterling will also have to approve of the sale, according to his lawyer Maxwell Blecher. While the $2 million might be sufficient monetary payment, there’s something else he wants before he sells the team; he wants the NBA to say he’s not a racist.
“He wants to be vindicated. He doesn't want his tombstone to say, 'Here lies Donald Sterling, »
Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has outbid competitors to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers from disgraced owner Donald Sterling for a record $2 billion. The bid exceeded a $1.6 billion offer from a group including David Geffen, Larry Ellison, Oprah Winfrey, Laurene Jobs and the Guggenheim Group, as well as a $1.2 billion bid from Los Angeles-based investors Tony Ressler and Steve Karsh. Geffen confirmed to TheWrap that his group's been had been withdrawn as of late Thursday. Also read: Donald Sterling Sent Letter to NBA Allowing His Wife to Negotiate La Clippers Sale Individuals with knowledge of the situation said Shelly Sterling. »
- L.A. Ross
Shelly Sterling will accept offers this week to buy the Los Angeles Clippers ... and a frontrunner is a group led by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer ... TMZ Sports has learned.We broke the story ... Shelly met with Ballmer Sunday at her Malibu home, and our sources say his group made "a very competitive offer."Sources tell us .. Shelly and her lawyer Pierce O'Donnell have put the word out ... they'd like to make a deal This Week. »
- TMZ Staff
Arsenio Hall is the latest Hollywood star to express an interest in buying the Clippers, but he needs help to reach the billion dollars he believes he needs to secure the franchise. Monday night, the late-night host has set up an Indiegogo campaign to raise money to buy the team. As of Tuesday afternoon, Hall had raised $1,242 of his total. Story: Oprah Winfrey in Talks With David Geffen, Larry Ellison to Bid for Clippers Hall writes that while he'd love to raise money to be on the Clippers, he would, but that's not allowed and "I don't
- Hilary Lewis
The Academy Museum is moving along at a normal pace, says Bill Kramer, reassuring Acad observers that “the design concepts remain the same” as before.
Reached in Italy, Kramer, managing director of the Academy Museum project, addressed some of the misperceptions that have been reported in the media. The massive project, involving the redesign of the May Co. building at Wilshire and Fairfax, is leaving the “design development” stage and entering the “construction documents” phase.
This means that in the next few weeks, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will be announcing the hiring of a firm that specializes in matters like building codes and construction documents. So the groundbreaking this year and the 2017 opening are still on track.
On April 15, the Los Angeles Times ran architectural sketches that Kramer described as “high-concept renderings of the project.” In other words, like a rendering of a costume or set design, »
- Tim Gray
Jennifer Lawrence knows that her time as America’s sweetheart is limited. She believes that we’ll eventually get sick of her antics. “My picture is everywhere, my interviews are everywhere. I’m way too annoying because I get on red carpets and I’m really hyper, most likely because I’ve been drinking, and I can’t not photo-bomb somebody if it’s a good opportunity. It’s something I always tell myself: ‘You need to calm the f–k down. You don’t want to constantly be a Gif.’” And I love her even more.
David and Jason Benham of the cancelled Hgtv project say that the network is honoring their commitment to finish shooting the six shows that were planned so the homes »
- Ed Kennedy
Jimmy Kimmel had an interesting business proposition for guest Kobe Bryant on Thursday night, but sadly the NBA definitely wouldn't approve. The late-night host asked the Los Angeles Lakers star if, now that the league has ousted Clippers owner Donald Sterling, he would buy the rival team Normally never at a loss for words, the former Mvp looked highly uncomfortable touching on the controversial topic of Sterling's alleged racist rant and lifetime ban, replying: "No. ... I know that's not a possibility as terms of brand appreciation goes." Story: Oprah Winfrey in Talks With David Geffen, Larry Ellison to Bid
- Debbie Emery
Gayle King would bet money that her good friend Oprah Winfrey would buy the La Clippers. Winfrey is considering a joint bid with David Geffen and Larry Ellison to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers “should the team become available,” a spokeswoman said last week. “Listen, I wouldn't bet against Oprah Winfrey, David Geffen and Larry Ellison,” King said on Wednesday morning's “CBS This Morning.” “That is quite a trifecta and as you all know, they're all thinking about it. That's pretty funny stuff.” King was responding to a joke by David Letterman about what would happen if Winfrey bought the team. »
- James Crugnale
Will billionaire Oprah Winfrey be the next owner of the Los Angeles Clippers? The mogul and TV personality is considering the purchase of the NBA team along with businessmen David Geffen and Larry Ellison. The basketball franchise is expected to go up for sale after the banning of current owner Donald Sterling earlier this week for racial slurs. Speaking to Espn, Geffen said, "Oprah is not interested in running the team. She thinks it would be a great thing for an important black American to own (another) franchise." Winfrey is a much-honored host and actress with many Daytime Emmys, Kennedy Center Honors, honorary Academy Award, and a membership in the TV Hall of Fame. TV Guide. -Break- How big will "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" be at the box office this weekend? Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and Jamie Foxx, the film has already taken in over $155 million overseas. Projections now »
Those of you who want simple, blissful happiness for Klaine are probably out of luck according to Chris Colfer. “We pretty much fight up until the end of this season. I love it when we fight,” confesses the actor, whose Glee script-writing debut airs next week. “It’s funny, the fans get upset with me when I say things like this, but we’re actors. That’s why we go to work, for the drama. I’m very happy when there’s some drama with them.”
The Global Women’s Rights Awards have pulled their event from the Beverly Hills Hotel in response to the Sharia Law decree from the Sultan of Brunei. It was set to be hosted by Jay and Mavis Leno. It will now be held at a rival hotel. »
- Ed Kennedy
Magic Johnson was asked the question on everyone's mind when he appeared on a panel at the Milken Institute Global Conference on Wednesday: Is he going to buy the Los Angeles Clippers? "I have been saying 'no' all the time. I think we will see what happens. I will be owning an NBA team sometime. It has to be the right situation. Is the Clippers the right situation?" he told the group, which was moderated by Jim Gray. Story: Oprah Winfrey in Talks With David Geffen, Larry Ellison to Bid for Clippers Johnson is the latest high-profile name in
- Debbie Emery
Oprah Winfrey's always been a baller, so why shouldn't she own a professional basketball team?! Well, maybe she will soon! The media mogul is "in discussions with David Geffen and Larry Ellison to make a bid for the Los Angeles Clippers should the team become available," her spokeswoman Nicole Nichols confirmed in a statement Wednesday. In other words? Oprah & Co. could be buying the Clippers from Donald Sterling if the 80-year-old owner decides to—or has no choice but to—sell his team following the NBA's decision to ban him for life. Oprah spoke out against Mr. Sterling's controversial comments on CBS' This Morning Tuesday, saying, "I'm waiting to see »
One day after telling TMZ — the media outlet of record on Donald Sterling’s Racist Remarks story — she is not interested in buying the Sterling-owned Los Angeles Clippers, Oprah Winfrey let it be known she is interested in buying the NBA team. Because that kind of publicity is a terrible thing to waste. “No, I won’t be buying the Clippers, but I hear Magic Johnson might be,” Oprah told TMZ on Tuesday, after greeting its representative with a chatty, “Chai it up! Chai it up!” – because Oprah’s also got a new drink to sell, in partnership with Starbucks. Related: Clippers Playoff Game Expected To Clock Big Ratings After Owner Banned For Life Oprah was cast as the lead in the Whither Goest Clippers saga this morning when Espn reported she was interested in making a bid for the team with David Geffen, whose interest in buying the team »
- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist
Oprah Winfrey is in talks to enter a joint bid with David Geffen and Larry Ellison to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers “should the team become available,” her spokeswoman Nicole Nichols said in a statement. Also read: Clippers Controversy Play-by-Play: How Did We Get Here? TheWrap on Tuesday reported Geffen's interest in buying the team, and Ellison also previously expressed a desire to purchase the Clippers. Also read: David Geffen Interested in Buying La Clippers NBA owners will vote on whether to force current Clippers owner Donald Sterling to sell the team in the wake of the lifetime ban imposed by the league Tuesday, »
- L.A. Ross
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