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10 items from 2017


Judge Upholds 15-Year Prison Sentence for Former Hollywood Pi Anthony Pellicano

31 July 2017 6:04 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

A judge upheld the 15-year prison sentence for former Hollywood private investigator Anthony Pellicano on Monday. According to the Los Angeles Times, U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer ruled that the sentence was “reasonable and sufficient” despite a technical error in the 2008 trial which resulted in two of Pellicano’s charges being vacated by an appeals court in 2015. Pellicano, who was charged with illegal wiretapping and running a criminal enterprise, is expected to be released in March 2019 and faces three years of supervision following his release. Also Read: Former La Times Reporter Anita Busch's Suit Against Hollywood Pi Gets June Trial Date In. »

- Reid Nakamura

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Anthony Pellicano Re-Sentenced, Ex-p.I. Stays Behind Bars Until 2019

31 July 2017 10:10 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

"I have no intention of appealing anything," Anthony Pellicano told a federal judge today as the disgraced former Hollywood private investigator was re-sentenced. In a short hearing in front of U.S. District Judge Dale Fisher on Monday morning, Pellicano joined in via videoconference to learn he will remain in the big house until March 2019. As prosecutors had requested, Pellicano was re-sentenced to 180 months for violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act with three… »

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Anthony Pellicano Prepares for New Prison Sentence

24 July 2017 12:15 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Anthony Pellicano, the notorious private eye who once spied on behalf of powerful clients such as Michael Ovitz and Kirk Kerkorian as well as celebrities including Tom Cruise and Chris Rock, is scheduled to appear before a California federal judge next Monday.

In 2008, Pellicano was convicted of 78 felony offenses including racketeering, wiretapping and illegal weapons possession. He was sentenced to a 15-year prison term. Widely expected to remain in jail until at least 2019, Pellicano got the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2015 to vacate his sentence with the overturning of a conviction for violation of the »

- Eriq Gardner

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Anthony Pellicano Prepares for New Prison Sentence

24 July 2017 12:15 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Anthony Pellicano, the notorious private eye who once spied on behalf of powerful clients such as Michael Ovitz and Kirk Kerkorian as well as celebrities including Tom Cruise and Chris Rock, is scheduled to appear before a California federal judge next Monday.

In 2008, Pellicano was convicted of 78 felony offenses including racketeering, wiretapping and illegal weapons possession. He was sentenced to a 15-year prison term. Widely expected to remain in jail until at least 2019, Pellicano got the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2015 to vacate his sentence with the overturning of a conviction for violation of the »

- Eriq Gardner

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Anita Busch Wants FBI Agents Testifying at Anthony Pellicano Trial

16 June 2017 6:27 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

If Anita Busch's lawsuit against former Hollywood super-agent Michael Ovitz proceeds to trial as scheduled on November 13, it will mark the last of many civil actions over the activities of private eye Anthony Pellicano, currently sitting in a Texas prison for illegal possession of firearms and explosives, unlawful wiretapping and racketeering. With the looming trial in mind, Busch is pushing a California judge to authorize the testimony of current and former FBI agents who, 15 years earlier, investigated the Pellicano matter.

Busch has been waiting her trial turn for quite some time.

In 2002, the entertainment industry journalist found a »

- Eriq Gardner

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Former Paramount CEO Brad Grey Dies at 59

15 May 2017 7:36 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Brad Grey, the former Paramount Pictures chairman and CEO, died on Sunday night of cancer. He was 59.

In addition to running Paramount for 12 years, Grey helped transform Brillstein-Grey Entertainment into one of Hollywood’s most successful management and production companies, playing a key role in the development of “The Sopranos” and “The Larry Sanders Show.” He also co-founded Plan B Entertainment with Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, through which he produced the Oscar-winning “The Departed.”

Grey was forced out at Paramount in February in the wake of several film flops and some $450 million in annual losses at the studio.

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Grey, a shrewd operator who alternately stroked and clashed with Hollywood’s key power brokers, had a tumultuous tenure at Paramount. He was credited with maintaining strong relationships with Pitt and Martin Scorsese, as well as overseeing the successful “Transformers” and “Mission: Impossible” series. »

- Brent Lang and Stuart Oldham

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Kevin Nealon Remembers Garry Shandling, One Year Later

24 March 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Last year, my wife, Susan and I were sitting in our parked car on a cul-de-sac in the hills of Brentwood, California, just outside the bougainvillea draped gate that led to Garry Shandling’s Spanish villa. With great melancholy, we were ruminating and paying tribute to our good friend when a postal worker pulled up and sprang out of her jeep with a handful of deliveries. As she headed toward Garry’s mailbox, I gently alerted her that Mr. Shandling had passed away four months earlier and wouldn’t be needing those letters. She somberly responded that she was aware of that, but it was her duty and the law to continue to deliver the Bed, Bath and Beyond coupons, an Architectural Digest subscription and other mail still addressed to him.

2016 was not a good year for a narcissist to die. It was akin to being on an airplane going down with about a dozen famous people »

- Kevin Nealon

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Former La Times Reporter Anita Busch’s Suit Against Hollywood Pi Gets June Trial Date

6 March 2017 12:44 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Veteran film journalist Anita Busch’s civil lawsuit against former Hollywood private investigator Anthony Pellicano has landed a June 5 court date, TheWrap has learned. Barring a settlement, the trial would begin nearly 15 years after the journalist, then writing for the Los Angeles Times, reported finding a dead fish with a rose in its mouth and a note reading, “Stop” on her car’s windshield after she wrote articles about one of Pellicano’s clients, industry power player Michael Ovitz. The threat and the federal investigation that flowed from it riveted Hollywood and the rest of the country for the better part of. »

- Thom Geier

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Brad Grey in Talks to Leave as Paramount Pictures Chairman

17 February 2017 1:56 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Updated: Paramount Pictures chairman and CEO Brad Grey is in talks with his bosses at Viacom to step aside and take on a new role with the company, a long-rumored shift that would come after five years of dismal results at the film studio, two sources confirmed Friday.

Grey’s possible departure comes after not only a long series of box office flops, far outnumbering hits, but also upheaval in the top executive ranks. Though a replacement has not yet been chosen, several sources said that it is possible the job will go, at least on a temporary basis, to Amy Powell, Paramount’s president of television and digital entertainment.

The talks between Grey and Viacom’s leadership, including CEO Bob Bakish, were continuing into the afternoon Friday and might not be resolved until Monday or Tuesday, according to one of the sources.

Grey, a former talent manager, has had a largely tumultuous run. »

- Brent Lang and James Rainey

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John McTiernan's first film in 14 years is Ghost Recon promo

17 January 2017 12:17 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Matthew Byrd Jan 18, 2017

Die Hard director John McTiernan was the man behind a videogame promo released earlier this year...

Director John McTiernan may have three excellent action films on his resume (Die Hard, Predator, and The Hunt For Red October), but that resume only consists of 11 feature length movies. In fact, the last film we received from the legendary director was 2003's Basic. Since then, McTiernan's career has gone as silent as the Red October (partly due to his incarceration, which he continues to protest). 

As such, you would think that the first John McTiernan directed live-action piece in 14 years would be a cause for uproarious celebration that would have genre fans lining up around the block. Instead, that release took the form of a Ghost Recon: Wildlands trailer quietly uploaded online earlier this year. 

Yes, it turns out that the incredible live-action short intended to promote Ubisoft's next entry »

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