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Entertainment Bytes: The top grossing domestic films of 2009 & a new high-powered agency in Hollywood

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 “Transformers ll” tops the Box Office in 2009

Well, you can’t win them all. The blockbuster, “Avatar,” is dominating the Box Office right now, but when it came to to the top grossing domestic films of 2009, another action flick grabbed the top spot. The title of the number one big grosser belongs to “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” with $402,111 million. 

2.   “Avatar” $352,114 million.

3.   “Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince”   $301,959 million.

4.    Up”  $293,004 million.

5.    “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” $287,954 million.

The rest of the top ten includes “The Hangover,” “Star Trek,” and “The Blind Side.”  Box Office Mojo has the top 100 grossing domestic films of 2009 here.


A new talent and literary agency sparks buzz in Hollywood

Nothing like a new agency with some serious players behind it to rattle the status quo in Tinseltown.  Announcements went out today about the newly minted Verve Talent and Literary Agency. It was formed by WME motion picture literary agents Bill Weinstein, Adam Levine, and Bryan Besser. They’re former Endeavor agents who apparently didn’t like the fit of the new venture of William Morris Endeavor.

The Verve partners reportedly plan to provide the kind of representation that puts client interest ahead of agency. Hey, that should have a whole lot of talented folks making a run to Culver City, where the agency will be based.  The Hollywood Reporter has more and so does Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood site.

Last year was huge for Hollywood movies. The studios and the movie-going audiences are hungry for more. It’s a good time for a new agency with clout, fresh ideas, and cutting edge talent to jump into the mix.

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