Archives: June 2011
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The celeb sibling is making headlines with her conspiracy theorizing about Michael’s death, but let’s just hope her grasp of circumstantial evidence is better than her knowledge of her late brother’s Sony/ATV music catalog. About two minutes into the interview, Jackson mentioned that the MJ Family Trust co-owned entity encompasses an astounding 750 million individual compositions:
If you’re one of the few remaining employees of Myspace, you’re now working for Justin Timberlake. The pop star is a part owner of Specific Media, the company that just purchased Myspace. Timberlake said in a statement “There’s a need for a place where fans can go to interact with their favorite entertainers, listen to music, watch videos, share and discover cool stuff and just connect. Myspace has the potential to be that place.”
He may be on to something. Myspace Music is by far the best part of the site, allowing new and undiscovered artists a useful platform.
Timberlake will serve as a creative consultant to the Beverly Hills-based firm. According to USA Today, he’ll have his own office and everything.
And there’s plenty of empty office space to occupy. The Wall Street Journal reports that Myspace is laying off over half of its approximately 450 employees. Ouch.
Village Voice Media has launched another “special investigation” into the secret and tawdry world of anti-child-sex-trafficking advocacy. A few months ago, VVM ran a lengthy piece snarkily dismissing a Women’s Funding Network study, which showed child prostitution is a booming business, aided by online ads–like the kind VVM sells on its site Backpage. Now they’re back with another opus, posted on the website of every paper in the chain, belittling Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore‘s “Real Men Don’t Buy Girls” campaign. Why? Because the actors dared to argue there may be 100,000 to 300,000 child sex slaves in America.
“There are not 100,000 to 300,000 children in America turning to prostitution every year,” VVM argues in its latest expose. “The statistic was hatched without regard to science. It is a bogeyman.”
To help prove their point, the authors of the piece note that there is an average of only 827 annual arrests for underage prostitution in Americas 37 biggest cities.
Hmmmm…that’s a good point….oh wait! No, it’s complete horseshit.
Yesterday news broke on Twitter and our sister blog GalleyCat that Oxford University Press was doing away with its namesake comma, eliciting wails of collective grief from grammar nerds throughout the interwebs.
Mercifully, the report wasn’t exactly true. The Oxford University Press Style Guide remains the same. It was only the University of Oxford publicists that dropped the Oxford comma. And as anyone who has ever read a press release can attest, publicists are hardly the definitive word on punctuation.
Also known as the serial comma, the Oxford comma is defined by the OUP as the “comma before and or or in a list of three or more items.” It has plenty of supporters and detractors both, as yesterday’s premature obituary revealed.
Well look at this, some pleasant news coming out of the Costa Mesa area for a change–instead of the typical full-scale class war. The Newport-Mesa Unified school board just voted to honor former Daily Pilot sports editor Roger Carlson by naming Newport Harbor High School’s football press box after him.
“I’m overwhelmed. To have my name assigned with a Newport-Unified school district field is something that doesn’t come around very often,” Carlson told his former paper. “I’m very honored by it, and I have a lot of people to thank.”
Carlson got his start as a freelancer for the Pilot back in 1964 and covered local sports for the paper for more than 40 years. He spent his last 15 years with the paper as sports editor.
All you young, aspiring newspaper journos take notice. This will never happen to you. Never.
By his own admission, Jeffrey Wells‘ goal since 2004 at Hollywood-Elsewhere.com has been to provide film industry coverage that is unfair and unbalanced. If his stats are correct, it seems to be paying huge dividends.
According to traffic figures provided by the journalist for a Columbia Journalism review by Joel Meares of his one-man West Hollywood operation, Wells says his site is read by “30,000 odd people a day.” That is quite honestly way more than what FishbowlLA thought he was getting, with ostensibly the accent on “odd:”
“The idea is to deliver reporting, but I’ve mainly got to deliver the brand of writing of Hollywood Elsewhere, which is knowledgeable, been around for a long time, mouthy, smart-ass, opinionated,” Wells said. “Fair and modest and very careful and cautious reporting is not what I’m doing here. I’m doing incautious reporting.”
For wire service reporters like Associated Press Southern California staffer Thomas Watkins (pictured), the recent arrest of Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger and girlfriend in Santa Monica is the gift that keeps on giving. But it still requires a little ingenuity to make that gift really shine.
Score one on that front today for Watkins with his great dispatch about interest among prospective renters in Bulger’s vacated rent-controlled digs. Apparently, Westside Rentals—which has handled previous vacancies at the Princess Eugenia but has no formal arrangement with the building–is getting so many calls about Apartment 303 that the company has had to memo staff about how to handle the crush:
“It’s a total curiosity,” Westside Rentals owner Mark Verge said. “People say they want to rent it. But as the owner, you want the best tenant, not someone who is fanatical about living in a monster’s apartment.”
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