REGARDING HARVEY

The fact that Hollywood has been waiting for this dossier to come crashing out literally for, as the headline says, decades, that it all but exploded two years ago before going back into its shell, didn’t make the site of the hammer falling on Harvey Grabberhands any less dramatic. In fact, as damaging as the NYT piece was, Harvey’s statement was even worse and would be enough to get a person run out of most counties all by itself, without even knowing what he’s accused of. It’s a document that graduate seminars will study for decades to come as a textbook example of Hollywood sociopathy in full regalia. The story is unfolding, and will keep unfolding but here’s some early takeaways: The Weinstein revelations are part of a story that’s been playing out all year. To date, 2017’s fallen include: LA Reid, Dr. Luke, Harry Knowles, a blogger, a programmer, maybe still the nation’s major indie

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THE ROTHXDUS CONTINUES!

(from the October 3 issue of The Ankler) Just last week, I reported on the ongoing trickle away from Culver City becoming a veritable flood as producers and executives seem to be racing for the door to escape what is described as an atmosphere of generally bereft misery under the Rothman reign – an era that the smart money now says isn’t coming to an end anytime soon. After the last item, it was pointed out to me that in my honor role of evacuees I had neglected to include the studio’s head of lit development, Ryan Doherty, a previously reported exit to the publishing world. However – it gets worse!  Not only did Doherty hit the bricks, but his heir apparent in the book department, Phil Cohen, also fled to Warners, pretty much wiping the slate clean on the leadership of the entire group. I’m told that Sanford Panitch made a

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Ankler 1.0

Of all the things! Who the hell needs another Hollywood trade?  Don’t we have too many of those already? Way too many? Well, we do and we don’t. The great innovation of the internet is that so many have been given the opportunity to say exactly the same thing at the same time everyone else. If you want that breaking news about the Mid-Season premiere date of Agents of Shield, or what director is in talks for the new Loki standalone, or who said on the red carpet that they are “very excited” for their new season, then you’re very covered. But if you’re looking to find out what’s happening in this loony bin of ours, you’re out of luck. Hollywood deserves better. To read the coverage of this place, you’d think it’s just a bunch of nice, smart people, getting up early and manning their desks to churn out the

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IN THE AMAZONE: WOODY WOODY

(from the September 15th edition of The Ankler) Not to get all judgmental, but is Amazon drunk? Like, majorly drunk? Two years ago, jaws dropped across town when the toilet paper seller/movie studio produced this headline: From THR Amazon recently paid $160 million for two seasons of a drama from David O. Russell starring Robert De Niro and another $75 million for an anthology from Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner. It also is said to be millions of dollars over budget on season two of Goliath after the drama’s second showrunner, Clyde Phillips, exited amid clashes with star Billy Bob Thornton. Sources say Price and lieutenant Joe Lewis doled out $80 million to lure Woody Allen to TV for Crisis in Six Scenes. One insider describes the six-episode comedy created by and starring Allen as a “$100 million boondoggle.” I’m a little worried that if we mock them too much over this they might hand Woody the keys to Jeff Bezos’

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