LL COOL J &
OMAROSA MANIGAULT STALLWORTH
CHRIS BROWN & LIL KIM
The deal between Anil Ambani, the Indian billionaire, and DreamWorks provoked a great deal of debate last week.
Opinions of the deal among Hollywood's major players this week tended to break down by generation.
New: The deal symbolizes the globalization of the industry and the new worldwide opportunities that will spur Hollywood's growth.
Old: Many foreign players have invested big bucks in Hollywood in the past and the ventures never paid off.
New: DreamWorks will get a new infusion of capital and autonomy with aggressive new partners who will help it achieve its original objectives.
Old: DreamWorks experienced its most prosperous period ever under its relationship with Paramount and also contributed its best and brightest marketing and development troops to Paramount (and there they have to stay). DreamWorks also nurtured its best development slate there (which also has to stay).
The bottom line: DreamWorks wants to pursue its dream and rid itself of its corporate angst.
The "movie god" pays no attention to generational thinking, only to the whims of the marketplace.
The late Roddy McDowall was a good friend of mine, and I remember his accounts of what it was like going to school on the old MGM backlot (it's now Sony).
Stars of Disney's "tween" market are squeaky clean, to be sure, as befits the Disney Channel, but it's hard to look at the sharp-looking Demi, posing in jeans, hat and suspenders, without pondering the complexities of squeaky clean.
Ms. Cyrus ran afoul of the image earlier this year when Vanity Fair published her photo with only a bedsheet covering her torso.
An article in the Wall Street Journal this week described the meticulous process of screening and market testing that prospective teen stars must undergo.
Sometimes, as with Britney Spears, the end product didn't turn out according to what the handlers had in mind.
"We can't stockpile this type of talent because of their ages, so we have to find it anew and it has to fit the programs we're doing,"
There's a lot a stake.
The Jonas boys really look like teens and if they were still in school, probably would worry about asking out either Ms. Lovato or Ms. Cyrus since the girls look a bit like Roddy McDowall's classmates of old.
Roddy, who admired showmanship, would have greatly admired the amazing "build" behind the careers of Miley and Demi. Poor Roddy --
Posted Jun 24th 2008
He's got seven children from five different women, but it's 63-year-old Jurassic rocker Rod Stewart that can't get enough of mother's milk!