- What slump? The major studios actually made more money in the first quarter of 2005 than during the correlating period in 2004. It's the indies that are in trouble - without Passion-sized "surprise" hits, they're just not competing with the majors.
- DreamWorks Animation reported its second straight monthly shortfall in DVD sales yesterday, and investors are pretty pissed. To add insult to injury, the company admitted that they're facing an investigation by the SEC in regards to securities trading and the reporting of first-quarter profits. Eek.
- Warner Brothers has acquired rights to the story of poker player Stuey "The Kid" Ungar, the tragic rock star of modern poker. Ungar won back-to-back World Series titles, then ran through all of his earnings and died penniless of a drug overdose in 1998.
- Gregg Araki was honored Thursday night at the opening of Outfest in Los Angeles. "It's a very 'This Is Your Life' moment," he said.
- Paramount has hired Kyle Pennekamp and Scott Turpel to write a remake of the 1987 hit, Summer School. The original starred once-and-future Sexiest Man Alive Mark Harmon as a slacker gym teacher forced to give up him summer on the beach to teach an English class.