• 31 May 2011 at 1:57 PM

How’d You Like Too Big To Fail?

If you watched the HBO version of Andrew Ross Sorkin’s book last week, what kind of tears did you shed while watching? Read more »

Will Dick Fuld (who Woods plays in the movie) heed this advice and set the DVR? Read more »

  • 02 Mar 2011 at 9:15 AM

Ed Burns To Portray Out Of Work Bear Stearns Employee

HBO has announced the Entourage creator Doug Ellin will produce a new ensemble show featuring four 40 year-old friends living in New York. Among them: “a rich metrosexual,” “a ripped personal trainer,” “a schlumpy neurotic married guy” and a former Bear Stearns exec who made $2 million a year and has now been out of work for almost 12 months, played by Ed Burns. Jimmy Cayne has presumably been asked to consult on the project, but if anyone else has some tips for Burns on how to make this character as real a possible, please share them at this time. [Deadline]

In fact, James Woods isn’t sure the economy can be saved at all, an outlook with which his girlfriend silently agrees. Read more »


Meanwhile, the part of noted interior decorator/part-time beekeeper John Thain has gone to Matthew Modine. [TVS]

In a move sure to chap Hank Paulson’s hide, HBO has acquired the rights to Andrew Ross Sorkin’s Too Big To Fail (along with Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera’s book on the fall of Lehman). Not because the former Treasury Secretary doesn’t get a kick out of the Hollywood-ization of his life’s work, or because he isn’t excited at the prospect of scoring an invite to the premiere, but because this book is full of lies. Damned lies. He doesn’t vomit. He dry heaves. Christ on a crutch someone needs to get this right, for once. You think if anyone could it’d be wonderboy, but, apparently, you’d think wrong.
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  • 12 May 2008 at 10:59 AM
  • Apple

HBO Wins Better Deal From Apple

Time Warner Inc.’s HBO cable network is thisclose to reaching a deal to have its programming delivered through Apple’s iTunes. Portfolio broke the story this morning, noting that when the deal is announced it will be the first time Apple agreed to a different price structure for a content provider.
The details are still vague, but HBO apparently got a better deal than other content providers. “One possibility is that HBO programming will have a higher retail price than the flat $1.99 fee Apple currently charges for video content; another is that HBO will receive a larger cut of the same flat rate than other iTunes content providers receive,” Portfolio’s Josh Saul writes.
Although both companies are likely to bill the agreement as a victory—Apple gets more content and HBO more distribution—the deal could inspire other content providers to seek better deals from Apple. Many of those who have struck deals with Apple are reportedly dissatisfied, arguing they should be getting better economics from Apple, which makes money both on the distribution of content through iTunes as well as the sale of iPods and iPhones.
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