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The Newsdesk 12.18.08 – Piven Leaves Speed-the Plow, Dreamworks in Trouble

Just when you need it the most, studios are cracking down on free content. The Motion Picture Association of America filed lawsuits in federal court yesterday against, and Aliens watch for free but earthlings have to pay.

Jeremy Piven needs to stop eating tuna: The Entourage actor had to cut short his stint on Broadway because doctors say his mercury levels are too high. (His Speed-the-Plow replacement is yet to be named.) Something to make him feel better: Like Speed co-star Elisabeth Moss, he’s nominated for a SAG award.

Global revenues from digital media will exceed revenue generated by filmed entertainment (movie theaters and home video combined) for the first time in 2008, according to new research from Strategy Analytics. It’s especially profitable if you create productions for new media using nonunion actors and without paying residuals.

• The credit crunch is threatening Dreamworks future. Would someone please loan Spielberg some money?

• SAG news that has nothing to do with a strike: The Screen Actor Guild Award nominees were announced this morning. Doubt leads the way with five nominations; Milk and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button each garnered three. Mad Men
also nabbed a trio of nods: In addition to a Jon Hamm nomination for
Male Actor in a Drama Series, the AMC show earned nominations for
Female Actor in a Drama series (Elisabeth Moss) and Ensemble in a Drama

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