Louis Virtel, entertainment journalist at Movieline.com, occasional Chelsea Lately guest, and self-described “future hate crime of the century,” has taken a long, hard look at 2011 on his YouTube show, Verbal Vogueing.
Archives: December 2011
January 1st marks the one-year anniversary of the launch of Oprah Winfrey‘s OWN channel. As you’ve probably heard, 2011 didn’t go so great for OWN. Its ratings routinely failed to top the meager showing of its predecessor Discovery Health. That probably had a lot to do with the fact that for most of the year, the woman whose name makes up two-thirds of the channel acronym wasn’t on her own channel. Not sure whose idea it was to launch OWN without actually having Oprah on the channel. But whoever it was is either really dumb or really cynical. People love Oprah because she gives them quality. You can’t just slap the Oprah brand on some crap and expect people to keep tuning in.
Seems like the OWN folks and Oprah herself, have figured that out. Winfrey just gave a lengthy interview to the AP talking about her network’s year-one struggles.
She attributes the channel’s rough start to a more basic error: The lack of a “library” of programming for the many hours of airtime not filled by original shows, compounded by overconfidence about her market value in general.
“I don’t understand what anybody was thinking. You’re going on the air, you’ve got four shows. What do you think you’re going to do by Tuesday? Did they think people were going to turn on the channel just because it had my name on it?” she said, sounding almost eager to cast doubt on her drawing power.
Earlier today, the usually unimpeachable People magazine ran an incorrect item about Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kim Richards (pictured) leaving rehab. Because the report originated in their pages, it was quickly picked up by everyone from Radar Online to HollywoodLife.com.
But the item is no longer posted. Thanks in large part to GossipCop.com, People realized the error of its ways. In place of the original report, there is now a somewhat laughable correction in the magazine’s subsequent Richards item:
Despite earlier reports she had left treatment and was home with her sister Kyle, she was, in fact, visited by Kyle.
A familiar pattern has been repeated this holiday season: Wayne Gretzky‘s daughter Paulina tweeted out a photo that got some attention (since deleted), and the Toronto Star reported about it. According to the paper, the picture was an outtake from a recent Christmas card photo session snapped by LA photographer Ryan Phillips:
The book she’s referring to is Another Dimension: Growing Up with the Man Behind The Twilight Zone. In the December 27 excerpt, she recalls going through various phases of grieving after her dad died in 1975, leading her eventually to re-watch his timeless TV show:
Later that summer, a little more resilient, I began to watch my father’s Twilight Zone‘s, doing this more to see him than the actual show. I randomly selected one called “In Praise of Pip.” The episode was filmed at the Pacific Ocean Park, the same amusement park on the Santa Monica Pier that my dad took my sister and me to.
Evan Kleiman of KCRW’s Good Food has been the owner and chef of Angeli Caffe since 1984. But after 27 years, the Melrose restaurant is closing for good on Jan. 8.
LA Weekly has the email that Kleiman sent out regarding the closure:
Today I am meeting with my staff to let them know that I will be closing Angeli. Sunday, January 8 will be our last day. If you would like to meet as a group to ask me questions I am open to that. If you want to contact me separately that is fine too. This is a decision that I’ve known I had to make for the last couple of years and I can put it off no longer. I had hoped someone would come forward to buy the brand and carry it forward but up to now, that hasn’t happened.
What’s good for KOST-FM turned out to be not-so-good for KTWV-FM.
Per a report by Steve Carney in the LA Times, the former killed it as usual in local Arbitron ratings for the period of mid-November through early-December 2011, vaulting past KFI 640 AM to claim the number one ranking. But things did not work out so well for KTWV-FM, a.k.a. 94.7 The Wave, which made the Xmas format switch for the first time this year, two days before KOST 103.5:
The onetime smooth-jazz station actually lost ground in the December ratings book, for the second month in a row. It fell from eighth place in October to 11th in November, then to 14th in December, slipping from a 3.4% share to 3.1% and now 2.6%.
The above tweet from Bill Maher about the Broncos’ loss to the Buffalo Bills has some Christians spitting mad – particularly those on FOX. Follow the Money host Eric Bolling tweeted that Maher was “vile trash,” and on Monday joined his co-hosts of The Five in slamming the comedian.
A boycott of HBO by Christian conservatives angry at Maher has since been widely reported by the media – though the only evidence of a boycott we can find are a few dozen tweets by people who likely don’t watch the network anyway.
Maher, a vocal critic of religion, is probably enjoying all the free press. Season 10 of Real Time With Bill Maher premieres January 13.
Even though Yifat Oren (pictured) prefers not to be referred to as a “celebrity wedding planner,” that moniker has stuck because of her A-list clientele. Today, in what appears to be her first and only blog entry on the HuffingtonPost, she criticizes the constant media frenzy that surrounds major Hollywood nuptials.
Oren feels that today’s constant coverage of celebrities chips away at the self-worth of the audience-at-large. She also recalls that while working the Kevin Costner wedding in Aspen, Colorado, she was astounded when she finally caught sight of a hillside filled with photographers wielding telephoto lenses:
I thought to myself, what is it these people are trying to capture? What story are they trying to tell? Having witnessed celebrity nuptials several times since that day, I can attest to the following; there is no special story, celebrity weddings are like all other weddings, they have snafus, annoying family members, bouquets that need to be fixed, toasts you could have lived a lifetime without. It’s a wedding, that’s it, no more nor less. If you are still vested in fairytales, may I suggest the Brothers Grimm, they were my favorite.
Above is your first look at the poster for the 84th Academy Awards on Feb. 26.
Next to the Oscar statue are images from Gone with the Wind (1939), Casablanca (1943), Giant (1956), The Sound of Music (1965), The Godfather (1972), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Forrest Gump (1994) and Gladiator (2000).
The poster was designed by Mark and Karen Crawford of Blood & Chocolate and Anthony Goldschmidt.
“Whether it’s a first date or a holiday gathering with friends or family, movies are a big part of our memory,” Tom Sherak, Academy president, said in a statement. “The Academy Awards not only honor the excellence of these movies, but also celebrate what they mean to us as a culture and to each of us individually.”