Hollywood received a taste of things to come last week, as Angelenos were given a sneak preview of the looming digital transformation.
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Captain America rode again at the opening of the expanded CityWalk at Universal Studios. To the delight of an invited crowd of 5,000, Peter Fonda reprised his most famous role from “Easy Rider” on Wednesday. He fronted a caravan of two dozen bikers who rode into the revamped entertainment district as part of the launch ceremonies, stopping at the new Harley-Davidson store.
Pubcaster WNET dominated Sunday night’s 43rd Annual New York Emmy Awards, winning 22 of the 88 statuettes — a record for the station.
Michael McKean, who just wrapped Universal’s “Little Nicky” with Adam Sandler, has landed the role of Alex the Transvestite opposite Jill Clayburgh and Jeffrey Tambor in helmer Eric Schaeffer’s feature “Never Again” for Michael/Finney Prods. McKean is repped by William Morris and Harriet Sternberg Management. * * * Character actor Richard Riehle (“Office Space”), currently… Read more »
Scott Rudin Prods. has upped Mark Roybal to director of development.
Paramount isn’t exactly dubbing “Rules of Engagement” a 21st century “Titanic.” But the pic held off four debuts and stood strong in a blah frame, which is more than many B.O. pundits expected.
Universal Studios’ consumer products arm, continuing its drive into sports sponsorships, has moved into professional basketball by signing rookie star Wally Szczerbiak of the Minnesota Timberwolves to an exclusive endorsement deal.
Entertainment Boulevard Inc., parent company of Netcaster Vidnet.com, acquired f/x house Digital Muse on Thursday.
Internet mag Salon.com has pacted with Endeavor to help the Web site license its original editorial content to Hollywood studios and production companies and push the development of the company’s TV series, scheduled to bow later this year.
Artists Management Group has inked deals with Jill Smoller and Paul Annacone to join its sports management division, AMG Sports. Smoller is a former women’s tennis tour pro and was formerly head of ICM’s sports division. Annacone coached pro tennis star Pete Sampras.
Andrew Macbean is quitting as chief exec of U.K. program distributor Itel after 17 years with the company. A keen amateur thesp, he is planning to go to drama school.