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Monday, August 13, 2007

"HollyBeej" News From Inside the Hollywood Machine.


Monday, August 13, 2007
Live from Hollywood...

"Married With Children" star Christina Applegate has finalized her divorce with Jonathan Schaech. According to documents, Applegate gets control of bank accounts totaling $4.3 million, the couple's two homes, a 2006 Mercedes and all interest in Moolah Productions, Inc.

Merv Griffin, who parlayed his work in game shows and talk shows into a career as a media and resort tycoon, has died. He was 82.

The soft-spoken though stubbornly tenacious performer had a brief singing and film career and then found his sea legs on television, where he won 17 Emmys. And though CBS tried and failed to pit him against Johnny Carson's "Tonight" show, he struck gold when he took his "Merv Griffin Show" into first run syndication.

As producer of that show and two-mainstay game shows -- "Jeopardy" and "Wheel of Fortune" -- Griffin began to amass a sizable fortune. When he sold his TV holdings to Coca-Cola subsidiary Columbia Pictures in 1986, he collected $250 million. In 1986 he sold Merv Griffin Enterprises to Coca-Cola for $250 million. Soon after, he bought the Beverly Hilton Hotel for $100 million after losing a bid to buy the Beverly Hills Hotel to the Sultan of Brunei. Griffin's net worth has been estimated somewhere in the $1 billion range…Variety.

TV PICKS:
Usually I would say MTV's REAL WORLD. This season they are down under in Sydney, Australia. However, I'm not too big on the cast. However, this week (also on MTV) is THE HILLS (8/13) and NEWPORT HARBOR: THE REAL ORANGE COUNTY (8/15). The 4th season of Laguna Beach but in a new neighborhood just up the beach.

If you’re in the mood for some great comedy, watch LITTLE BRITAIN (BBC America, 8/17) (HollyBeej continued click READ MORE below)


Weekend Box Office Estimates: August 10-12, 2007
-Rush Hour 3 (New Line) $50.2 million - opening weekend
-The Bourne Ultimatum (Universal) $33.7 million - 2 wk total $132.3m
-The Simpsons Movie (Fox) $11.1 million - 3 wk total $152.2m
-Stardust (Paramount) $9.0 million - opening weekend
-Underdog (Buena Vista) $6.5 million - 2 wk total $24.7m
-Hairspray 2007 (New Line) $6.4 million - 4 wk total $92.1m
-I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (Universal) $5.95 million - 4 wk total $103.8m
-Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix (Warner Bros.) $5.4 million - 5 wk total $272.0m
-No Reservations (Warner Bros.) $3.9 million - 3 wk total $32.1m
-Daddy Day Camp (SonyRevolution) $3.6 million - opening weekend
Source: Box Office Mojo


"Sopranos" star James Gandolfini will return to HBO when he plays Sonny Vaccaro in "ABCD Camp", who signed Michael Jordan to the first million-dollar shoe deal at Nike.
Vaccaro is credited with launching the careers of dozens of NBA stars, including LeBron James and Tracy McGrady. He made a fortune brokering deals with college coaches to outfit teams in brand-name shoes, and then signing multimillion-dollar shoe-endorsement deals with Jordan, Kobe Bryant and others. Vaccaro worked first for Nike, then Adidas and Reebok. Vaccaro was a thorn in the side of the NCAA. The governing body of college athletics tried to crack down on Vaccaro in its role of restricting compensation of amateur athletes.

Source: beej, variety, box office mojo

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