For the week ending April 29th, one of the challenges of this column is finding events that don’t so much represent the writer’s interests but actually present events that have some consensual significance (across the board) in Hollywood generally. That said events that are popular or hugely successful or unsuccessful always have some significance to every one. After all celebratory and cautionary tales attract everyone’s attention. That “The Avengers” is already breaking sales records over seas would represent the former, already covered brilliantly by LIH, continued fallout out over Rich Ross’s removal at Disney would represent the latter. As usual we had to peruse some reliable industry news and information resources like: Deadline.com, The Hollywood Reporter, Indiewire.com, and Variety.com to locate these stories.
- Ryan Seacrest inks new deal
- Prominence of the Tribecca film festival
- The prestige and the influence of Joel Silver
RYAN SEACREST INKS NEW DEAL
- A week that isn’t a unique one for news will likely benefit in regard to individuals who are not frequently the focus of stories yet might instead be the messenger of stories. Assuming that neither, Variety, Deadline, or The Hollywood Reporter, solely succumbed to the frequent announcer’s publicist, Ryan Seacrest’s new production deal for NBCUniversal does a lot to cement Seacrest’s reputation for being the spokesperson for all that is good in entertainment public events . Like seemingly Omni-present promotional forbearers like Casey Kasem, his presence on NBC’s Today Show will increase significantly.
PROMINENCE OF THE TRIBECCA FILM FESTIVAL
- The Robert Deniro founded Tribecca film festival created ripples at all of the information sites including Deadline, Indiewire, The Hollywood Reporter, and Variety. Well regarded films such as ‘War Witch,’ ‘Una Noche,’ took top prizes yet few resisted the urge to use the event to point toward events that will likely gain attention in the near future. Indie wire thought it was necessary to mention that the women’s filmmakers’ lunch did not confirm doubts promoted by Cannes lack of female nominated directors this year. Joining a chorus of positive appraisal  of Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s new HBO comedy “Veep” Indiewire promoted her short film “Picture Paris.” Similarly frequently minimally covered character actor, Michael Jai- White was heralded for his role  as a security guard in the indie film “Freaky Deaky.
THE PRESTIGE AND THE INFLUENCE OF JOEL SILVER
- Frequently the focal point for so many of Hollywood’s big and small events, wunderkind producer Joel Silver attracted both Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter’s attention. Deadline focused on the even that Warner Brothers and Silver were severing their 25-year relationship, (despite many blockbusters could this be a reaction to Silver’s inability to contain or compete with Marvel entertainment group). While The Hollywood Reporter chose to focus on silver’s continued influence in the controversial space of Hollywood influenced electoral politics.