The latest news from Hollywood -- ''No Country for Old Men,'' the Moldy Peaches, and ''Private Practice'' made news the week of March 7, 2008
+ While No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood were the big winners at the Academy Awards, those Oscar statues came at a hefty price. Sources tell Hollywood Insider that Miramax spent some $55 million on prints and advertising for its U.S. release of No Country; one Miramax insider puts the price tag closer to $45 million. Regardless, either figure cuts significantly into the $64 million the film has grossed domestically. Meanwhile, for Blood‘s Daniel Day-Lewis to take home ”the handsomest bludgeon in town,” Paramount Vantage spent in the low $40 million range. That movie has only earned $35 million at the box office. (The studio had no comment.) What’s so telling about these figures is that the marketing bills have now exceeded the $30 million that it cost to produce each of these movies. The money hasn’t stopped flowing either — at least from Miramax’s coffers: Though No Country has already been in theaters for 16 weeks, this weekend marks its widest release yet, on some 2,000 screens.
+ The Trial of the Chicago 7, which was supposed to be Steven Spielberg‘s next film, has been delayed. The movie, which explores the infamous trial of the protesters from the 1968 Democratic Convention, had been scheduled to begin production in April. According to Spielberg’s longtime spokesman, Marvin Levy, Chicago still may be Spielberg’s next endeavor, but the script, written by Aaron Sorkin, needs work, and the 100-day writers’ strike delayed the project so long that it couldn’t be ready for an April start date. — Nicole Sperling
+ One of the strangest exchanges on Oscar night didn’t occur at the Kodak Theatre, but on Barbara Walters‘ special. The View doyenne told Juno‘s Ellen Page that she doesn’t ”get” the Moldy Peaches — even though she booked the semiretired duo to perform on her daytime talk show. ”I’m not bitter,” says Adam Green, one-half of the anti-folk act. ”When it comes to Moldy Peaches music, I don’t think anyone’s taking Barbara’s opinion too seriously.” Green, whose fifth solo album, Sixes & Sevens, is due March 18, marvels at the post-Juno bump: ”If Michael Jordan turned out to be the biggest Moldy Peaches fan, I’d be, like, ‘Join the f—ing club.”’ — Shirley Halperin
+ Private Practice, starring Kate Walsh, may have been this season’s second-highest-rated new drama (before it ran out of fresh episodes during the writers’ strike), but that doesn’t mean everyone’s happy with the series. Several sources confirm that creator Shonda Rhimes is hunting for another exec producer to spruce up her Grey’s Anatomy spin-off. Practice‘s Wednesday companion, Dirty Sexy Money, just hired its own new EP, Daniel Cerone, executive producer of the 2004 CBS baseball drama Clubhouse. A footnote: Though Practice won’t return with new outings till the fall, ABC says there are no plans for Walsh to drop by Grey’s this spring.
+ Jim Belushi may not want to clean out his dressing room just yet. HI hears that ABC is mulling another season of According to Jim — its eighth. Though hardly a ratings warhorse (it averages 5.3 million viewers), Jim is still a lucrative syndication hit. — Lynette Rice