Saturday, June 14, 2008

Covenant News- The Latest Industry & Social News From the Entertainment & Media Capital of the Universe, HOLLYWOOD, Los Angeles.CA. Sat,14 June 2008


The guy who penned "Showgirls" and "Basic Instinct" has found religion.

Tough-guy screenwriter Joe Eszterhas just finished a book about his relationship with Jesus, titled "Crossbearer," and regularly attends Sunday Mass, reports blogger Sharon Waxman.
She notes the ex-boozer and smoker, who battled cancer, now has "a fainter version of the old grizzled rasp, but his hair is still a thick, Hungarian mane and his face still looks like a Harley biker's after a bar brawl.


***The AMPTP came out swinging yesterday and accused SAG of stalling at the bargaining table.
The angry proclamation came after SAG president Alan Rosenberg said he was skeptical that a deal would be reached by the June 30 deadline.


The top 25 celebrities according to Forbes Magazine:


***The little daughter of David Arquette and Courteney Cox is taking after her star parents
Spies at Il Sole on the Sunset Strip in L.A. the other night saw the Hollywood duo's adorable Coco "vamping it up in a long blond wig.
" We're told Coco, who turns 4 today, "kept asking her dad to braid her 'hair,' and every time she came through the dining room, she had a new hairstyle."
Tatum O'Neal sipping water and karaoke-singing R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion" for a crowd including Josh Lucas at the Accompanied Literary Society party at East Broadway restaurant in L.A. for Bob Morris' new book, "Assisted Loving".

***US Weekly editrix Janice Min boarding an uptown F train at the Broadway / Lafayette stop with a New York Post in hand.

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Prominent entertainment manager Harriet Sternberg along with approximately 295,000 other "influencers".

***Yahoo! Inc. agreed to let Google Inc. sell some of the advertisements it runs alongside Internet search results, seeking to shore up sales after ending talks with Microsoft Corp. about a combination.

Lewis Hamilton..

a thesis on EGO?????
By David Mirsky

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Today)
6/13/08 —
Living large in the international spotlight, you’d think a young Englishman, and a well bred young American woman would be able to control their manners as well as their egos.
Have the words such as humility and politeness been removed from Lewis Hamilton and Danica Patrick’s vocabulary? might seem so.

Whenever you’re involved in a competitive sport, whether it’s a team type of sport, or an individual sport, you’re going to be confronting yourself for the most part.
You’re competition is usually someone similar to you, and most of the time, with similar talent.
You don’t rise to the top level of your sport without being a great something.

You’ve got talent, you’ve got ambition, and you’ve got something few have to be in your league.

Along with this observation, you’re usually young, and have a knack for being something of an egotist.
You might think of these athletes as arrogant psychos with a talent…and most of them are.
Even team sports such as basket ball and base ball have their fair share, even though their success does rely on their team mates.

Solo sports, such as tennis, golf, motor racing, and boxing tend to breed your better egotists.
They have no one else to share their loses or successes with.
Although, most of the time they will thank god for their victories, but seldom blame themselves for their defeats.

They will make sure to let everyone know that they were, as always, perfect, and if it weren’t for “whatehisname”, they would have most likely won whatever it was everyone else was trying to win.
Their egos will not allow them to promote failure to any audience; including themselves…they will justify failure by never admitting to it.
It comes with being perfect after all.

We’ve seen Danica Patrick, a talented young Indy Car drive, who has proven that she can hold her own with her male counterparts on the race track.
Although I find it amusing watching Danica get pissed off.
She is a girl after all, and girls can wear their emotions on their sleeves.
At this year’s Indy 500 race, after a pit lane mishap that took Danica out of the race, we watched
Danica, with fire in her eyes, heading towards the pit area of the car and driver who cause the incident, and subsequent retirement of Danica from the race.

Honestly, what the hell is she thinking anyway?
This cute, 25 year old female is all of 5’2” tall and weighs in at a whopping 102 pounds.
Danica, I had a steak the other night that weighs more…just what were you going to do had you
had the chance to come face to face with your foe?
Be a girl and yell at him?
Well, unless you’ve got something a guy wants, there’s no way any man is going to stand there and listen to your whine.
Or, were you going to slap him?
Perhaps you were hiding a black jack or mace in your pocket…or even a small machine gun you’ve been secretly hiding for such an occasion?
It would have been a bad choice to physically confront this guy.

I’m pretty sure he could have kicked your ass…then again; you have provided us with some unexpected moves once in a while.
I do have one confession though…I love watching Danica when she gets stomping mad.
She sort of reminds me of Shirley Temple stamping her feet when she got mad…adorable comes to mind.

And this isn’t only about girls…there are guys out there who are either very stupid, or want to act like morons, or think if they whine like a little kid, they can get what they want because it worked on their parents.

This past weekend in Montreal, at the Formula 1 race, young British driver, Lewis Hamilton fresh off his victory at the Monaco Grand Prix did one of the dumbest things a professional race car driver could do…he ran into a parked car.
Current World Champion, Kimi Raikoennen was stopped at a red light at the end of the pit lane.
The race officials had issued the red light order, which of course means STOP.
Well, as it turns out, Hamilton ran into the back of Kimi’s car, causing enough damage to take Kimi’s car out of the race as well as himself.
Talk about stupid, this was it.
Okay…in this type of sport, accidents will and do happen.
It’s the nature of this very fast and dangerous sport.
You rarely see something like this happen at this level of motor sport racing.
Formula 1 drivers are considered to be the elite race drivers in motor sports, and for the most part, they are.
There are only 22 of these drivers on the planet…so it is a tough profession.

Getting back to Lewis and his crash…I will admit that this sport is filled with all sorts of mishaps, accidents, and of course, egos.
We can’t forget about egos.
And, F1 being racing’s top tier, so comes the top tier for egos.

At the Monte Carlo Grand Prix, Kimi apparently suffered a mild brain cramp and accidently mis-judged the braking ability of his Ferrari, and ran into another car late in the race that was running in 4th place.
And worse was the young driver who had never finished an F1 race in the top 10.
After all, this was Monaco, the ultimate race anywhere.
Well, Kimi knew he blew it for himself, and for the young driver he crashed out of the race.
Kimi was first to apologize to the other driver, and from all appearances, was truly upset about it.
Its one thing to make an error and damage yourself, but no racer, no true competitor wants to hurt another driver

However, here comes that whiney thing again.
Getting back to the Canadian Grand Prix, and Hamilton’s idiotic mistake hitting Kimi at a red light, I couldn’t help notice Kimi’s demeanor.
He quickly got out of his car, and immediately headed back towards his pit.
As he passed Hamilton, Kimi motioned for Hamilton to look at the red light behind him…red means stop.
Hamilton paid little attention to Kimi, as he tried to become invisible.
His ego has a problem with this, and all the people looking on.
Okay, I can understand his feelings here.
This perfection of a driver, a 23 year old millionaire who had just won the greatest race in the world had and made one of the worse mistakes ever.
So what happens now?

Hamilton has broken the rules…you’re not supposed to run into other drivers…especially parked ones, stopped by the race stewards…with that big, bright red light right in front of everyone.
So there’s nothing else to do.
He’s given a punishment.
He will start 10 places back from where he qualifies from at the next race in France.
It doesn’t sound like a lot, but in Formula 1, it’s a matter of winning a race.
So Lewis has spent the last couple of days whining about his punishment for running into another car, and taking that driver out of the race and points.
Poor Lewis thinks he’s getting a bad deal here, just because his stupid actions could have caused some serious harm to the other drivers.
Just what should your punishment be, Lewis?
How about paying for the damage to the car you hit…and trust me, Ferraris aren’t cheap to fix.
Should you get some sort of physical punishment, what about a million dollar fine now that you have the money.

You see….prima donnas like Hamilton think they’re above it all…its not their fault, its their ego taking over…it’s a built in protection device that can take years to learn.
At least Danica was ready to “Man up” in the pits, whereas you wait until you’re out of arm’s reach before you make your opinion heard.
In all of this, Hamilton still thinks that he’s a victim, and that he’d done nothing wrong…therefore, why would he apologize for something he didn’t do.
I mean really, what the hell was that red light doing on in the pit lane anyway.
And why should he have to start the next race with a 10 grid penalty.
Just because you failed to respond to the red light in front of you and crashed into another competitor, taking him out of the race, why should you have any remorse, or accept any responsibility to your actions.
I would really hate to see Hamilton if the situation was reversed.
I’m sure he’d do his best Danica impersonation, and seek justice.
Perhaps cutting off a hand would be to his liking.

What I’m really trying to say is…Danica…know what you can get away with, and know you’re enemies, and learn that in racing, there are mistakes…its racing.

And Hamilton…what I guess I’m trying to say is…Shut the hell up
Stop being such a little bitch…stop whining.
Man up with this…its called racing and shit happens.
Take responsibility for your actions.
Yes, you are a good driver…you’re not the best, at least not at this moment anyway…and for
God’s sake….stop whining.
This is racing…its hard enough to win without hearing your whining all the time.
And learn that being an arrogant jerk is a bad thing…race drivers have seldom won a Nobel prize or influenced society, or cured cancer….they entertain us…they’re great to watch, and I love it…
but don’t ever forget, you’re a man, or woman first…then a driver.
So watch it….we’ll all be watching you just a little bit closer.

Thank you.

SAG - Makes its Stand

By Jeffrey Jolson

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Today)

6/12/08 —

The Screen Actors Guild, dealing with both the studios for fair dollars and AFTRA for members, released a singular statement.

HT presents it without further comment.

“The Screen Actors Guild negotiating committee, representing all Screen Actors Guild members across the United States, is working hard to secure a fair deal for actors.

We continue to believe that it is possible to complete negotiations and secure a fair deal before the expiration of the current agreement.

“SAG’s negotiating committee has made significant moves in the AMPTP’s direction on a number of proposals.

The limited progress the AMPTP referred to in its recent statement is largely because management has not made an equally dedicated effort to achieving progress.

Negotiations are about give and take and thus far it has primarily been SAG’s negotiating committee “giving.”

“Nevertheless, Screen Actors Guild is dedicated to the process and is committed to continuing the hard work it has already given the effort to negotiate a contract that best serves the interests of actors in the rapidly evolving entertainment media industry.

“The committee is motivated to finding a path to agreement.

To do otherwise would do a great disservice to the more than 120,000 members of Screen Actors Guild whose livelihoods depend upon this contract.

Management’s time would be better spent by committing to real progress and substantive negotiation of our various proposals.

“It is well known and understood by SAG members that a consistent employer tactic in negotiation is to distract from core issues and attempt to sow dissension — as management attempted in its latest communications. This tactic will not work.

“The Screen Actors Guild national negotiating committee, comprised of representatives from the Guild’s Hollywood Division, New York Division and Regional Branch Division is unanimous in its commitment to successfully concluding these negotiations.

We hope we can count on an equal effort from management.”

The Happening - M.Night Shyamalan's &

Mark Wahlberg's Surprise Twist ????

Will R-Rating centric TV commercials help or hinder

By Kate Brennan

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Today) 6/13/08 —

For a writer-director known to be fond of symbolism it is ominous that the marketing surrounding M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film ‘The Happening’ is based on little more than the film’s “R” rating – not on its hit stars Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel or John Leguizamo.

Commercials for the film are short on plot and heavy on rating hype suggesting that those theater goers hoping for a return to the ‘The Sixth Sense’ glory days may be disappointed.

Audiences will undoubtedly be curious to see what happens when Shyamalan has license to be as graphically disturbing as he wishes.
But if ‘The Happening’ falls short on the kind of suspense that brought Shyamalan his initial fame can gore sustain the film in the box office?
Shyamalan’s films have seen dramatic differences in box office grosses since his acclaimed film ‘The Sixth Sense’ starring Bruce Willis in 1999, which grossed upwards of $177 million.
Then in 2000 ‘Unbreakable’ again starring Willis, was unable to reproduce box office gold and it brought in only $64 million leaving audiences to wonder if Shyamalan had staying power.

Fans and filmmakers alike were encouraged after the alien thriller ‘Signs’ grossed over $167 million.

But have since remained disappointed by the lukewarm reviews and poor box office returns of Shyamalan’s following two films ‘The Village’ (2004) and ‘Lady in the Water’ (2006) which grossed $88 million and $34 million respectively.

Fans attribute these declines to poor plots and in some cases misleading marketing.

‘The Village’ was marketed as a gruesome horror flick when in reality it was relatively low on gore and many thought it carried a thought provoking message about society at large
The plot of ‘Lady in the Water’ was widely criticized for being disjointed and slow despite advertising that showed the film in a creepy and suspenseful light.

With little substance to go on audiences for ‘The Happening’ will have to bank on gore or hope that Shyamalan has one of his characteristic plot twists up his sleeve.

Cool Hand Paul Newman, fighting the Bad Guy----the Big...... C..ancer

Paul Newman reportedly in a face to face showdown with cancer
By Brian Frederick

HOLLYWOOD TODAY, CA (Hollywood Today)
6/12/08 - -

“It’s a form of lung cancer and he’s dealing with it,” said Paul Newman’s business partner, A.E. Hotchner.
Newman (83) has been rumored to be battling cancer for the past two years.

Newman’s fragile health is showing up in photographs.
Although the Oscar winning actor appeared at the super bowl of auto racing, the Indianapolis 500 for practice events, he did not appear for the grand finally race on Memorial Day weekend.

Newman had been planning to direct a play ‘Of Mice and Men’ in his hometown of Connecticut last month, however he has dropped those plans.

Newman’s partner Hotchner co-founded Newman’s Own salad dressing in 1980.
The company has since turned to making multiple food products, from lemonade to dog food.
Charitable donations have exceeded $200 million.
Paul Newman is known for his indifference towards the Hollywood celebrity scene.
Choosing to keep himself from the media, rarely giving interviews, or autographs to fans.
He lets his charity ‘Hole in the Wall Camp’ speak about who he is.
Newman’s Own donates 100% of it’s income after taxes and expenses to charity.

“He’s battling,” said Hotchner
“He seems to be going through a good period right now.”

Newman has been nominated nine times for an Academy Award, winning once for best actor in the film, ‘The Color of Money.’
Newman’s most memorable films are ‘The Sting’ and ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,’ with Robert Redford as the Sundance Kid.
Redford is noted for starting the Sundance Film Festival and naming it after his character.

Newman’s agent has been reported deny that Newman is suffering from lung cancer and that he is “doing nicely.”
This contradict Newman’s partner saying the actor was suffering “with a form of cancer.”
However Hotchner later stated he was reported as being misquoted by AP.
“The AP misquoted me.
I have no knowledge of Mr. Newman being treated for any illness.”

TOM Cruise' Lawyer likens Dr.Drew Pinsky as an NAZI official ?????

Comment in response to Pinsky’s mention of Cruise in ‘Playboy’

By Matthew B. Zeidman

NEW YORK (Hollywood Today)

6/13/08 –

Tom Cruise will be playing a key figure of the German resistance in next year’s World War II drama, “Valkyrie,” but it’s his lawyer who is stirring up controversy by comparing medical doctor and media personality Dr. Drew Pinsky to an infamous Nazi.

“He seems to be spewing the absurdity that all Scientologists are mentally ill,” Cruise’s attorney, Bert Fields, told “New York Post” gossip column Page Six.

“The last time we heard garbage like this was from Joseph Goebbels.”

The comparison to Goebbels (who was responsible for propaganda under the Nazi regime) was in response to Pinsky’s suggestion in next month’s issue of “Playboy” that Cruise may have become a member of the Church of Scientology because he was neglected as a child.

“Take a guy like Tom Cruise,” Pinsky told the publication.

“Why would somebody be drawn into a cultish kind of environment like Scientology?

To me, that’s a function of a very deep emptiness and suggests serious neglect in childhood—maybe some abuse, but mostly neglect.”

In a statement issued Thursday, Pinsky apologized for offending Cruise, but firmly maintained that it was not his intention to make a “blanket diagnosis” of Cruise or his fellow Scientologists and that he was simply using Cruise “as an example of someone who is recognizable to help the public understand.”

Pinsky is a specialist in addiction medicine, a medical field that often incorporates elements of psychiatry to treat patients.

Scientology opposes the use of modern psychiatry, and Cruise, himself, suggested a connection between psychiatry and the Nazi regime in a 2005 interview in “Entertainment Weekly,” when asked about similar correlations made in Scientology textbooks



Tim Russert, NBC journalist and political heavyweight host of "Meet the Press," has died after collapsing at NBC's Washington news bureau, a source said.

He was 58 years old.

Russert, who rose from the inside world of politics where he was former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo's press secretary and one-time chief of staff to the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, was able to successfully cross over to political journalism and rise to become one of its leading lights.

In his role as host of the seminal Sunday morning political program "Meet the Press" - which he took over in 1991 - he became renowned for his hard-nosed interviews where he frequently cornered some of Washington's cagiest political figures with tough questions.

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