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Richard Horgan

[Email contact: rhorgan@gmail.com; personal Twitter account: @hollywoodspin] I have worked as a journalist and editor for several decades, beginning in Canada at age 17 with a full-time job at the Ottawa bureau of Associated Press Canada (Canadian Press).

Derek Curl Readies ‘The Netflix of LGBT’

DerekCurlPicSome intriguing details about Derek Curl‘s forthcoming streaming channel were revealed over the weekend in an article in Memphis’ Commercial Appeal.

The New York-based Curl (pictured) is not yet willing to reveal the name of his digital platform, set to launch in January. Rainbow TV? Equality? It’s still, at this stage, very much TBA. But Curl had no problem lavishing praise on Morgan Jon Fox, an indie filmmaker shooting for the channel the eight-episode low-budget series Feral, about a group of Memphis friends:

“He not only makes the stories real, but he stays true to his vision. He can express visually what is the Southern experience of contemporary gay youth, and the world loves Southern stories. I compare Morgan to Horton Foote and Tennessee Williams, except Tennessee Williams was a drunk and Morgan’s not.”

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NYT Columnist Defends Provocative Ray Rice Lede

Predictably, the lead sentence of New York Times “Gotham” columnist Michael Powell‘s latest item has generated an instant, massive outcry. From fellow journalists and others:

Say this for Ray Rice: His left cross was of professional quality, a short, explosive punch. And his fiancée’s head snapped back as if she’d been shot.

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Robin Thicke: ‘I Didn’t Do a Single Interview Last Year Without Being High’

ShutterstockRobinThickeJuly2013Hollywood Reporter legal eagle Eriq Gardner dubs it the “rock ‘n’ roll defense.” And certainly, the unsealed deposition obtained by the trade reporter backs up that great description.

Beating TMZ to the court docket punch, Gardner has pulled some wild quotes from Robin Thicke and “Blurred Lines” producer Pharrell Williams, as part of their ongoing legal dispute with the family of Marvin Gaye. The deposition of Thicke and Williams was taken in April:

Thicke states he hardly remembers his specific media comments [about "Blurred Lines"] because he “had a drug and alcohol problem for the year” and “didn’t do a sober interview.” In fact, when he appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s show with his young son and talked about how weird it was to be in the midst of a legal battle with the family of a legendary soul singer who “inspires almost half of my music,” Thicke admits he was drunk and taking Norco — “which is like two Vicodin in one pill,” he says.

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Adweek’s Third Brand Visionary is Bono

Our sister publication Adweek had previously tipped the majority of those set to be celebrated at a September 30 gala event to be MC-ed by Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski. But today, they added two more notable honorees: U2 lead singer Bono and the charity he co-founded, (RED).

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Deborah Dugan, CEO of (RED), will accept the honors on Bono’s behalf during Advertising Week at Cipriani Downtown. Adweek has also partnered with (RED) for a year-long initiative to rally brands around the global fight against AIDS. From today’s announcement:

While Adweek Brand Genius recognizes excellence in brand-building efforts over the past year, the Brand Visionary honoree acknowledges a career’s worth of achievement and celebrates an individual’s propulsion of their cause or brand to worldwide renown. Previous Brand Visionary recipients are former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg (2012) and Russell Simmons (2013).

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Arianna Celebrates Major HuffPost Milestone

For Arianna Huffington, a comScore traffic report can sometimes be much more than a simple amalgamation of numbers. Per a memo circulated today to staff, it is also in some instances a flashpoint for a wave of prideful memories about how her company started and has grown.

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Huffington-Post-150x150Today I’m delighted to share the news of a major HuffPost milestone: in August we reached 115 million global unique visitors – the first time we’ve surpassed 100 million UVs on comScore – making us the #1 news site in the United States. (Our internal numbers, at 368 million UVs, are of course much higher) So much for the dog days of summer! August was also the fourth consecutive month HuffPost was recognized as the largest publisher on Facebook – with more than double the social actions of the second-largest publisher. In every significant growth area of the media business – social and mobile and video and native and global – HuffPost continues to lead the way.

I have to say, this news made me a lot more emotional than a comScore stat usually does. It’s the same feeling I get when I walk into our newsroom and see how a group of five has become a teeming team of hundreds – or when I visit one of our 11 flourishing international editions. It’s a lump-in-the-throat combination of gratitude and amazement; of satisfaction at what we’ve accomplished and surprise at how fast it all happened; of nostalgia for the early days when we celebrated every small spike in traffic and a delight in knowing that our best days, without question, still lie ahead.

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Twitter Plays Key Role in Media Couple Meeting, Marriage

It started in February 2009 when Wall Street Journal columnist Joanna Stern came across a series of funny tweets about the Showtime TV program The L Word posted by Deep Focus social media whiz Michelle Barna.

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The tweets led Stern to follow Barna. Over the next two weeks, the pair exchanged emails and finally got together for drinks. Five months later, they were dating. From Vincent M. Mazzolli‘s fun New York Times “Weddings/Celebrations” write-up:

On Nov. 10, 2013, while vacationing together in Hawaii, Ms. Stern popped the question, appropriately, on Twitter.

“It seemed only right to ask her, where we first met, to marry me,” Ms. Stern said. “I gave her the ring and she started crying and I was really excited, and even more relieved that everything went off without a hitch.”

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Liam Neeson Goes the Extra Mile for NYC Cobbler

ShutterstockLiamNeesonFeb2014Many topics are addressed by Liam Neeson in this wonderful newspaper interview, conducted recently in Hollywood with The Independent‘s Gill Pringle.

There’s the 62-year-old actor’s view of the likely embarrassment our Founding Fathers would feel if they could see how the Second Amendment is being touted today. His fear of heights, recently confronted on a Utah mountainside with the help of one of his two sons. And this fascinating bit of civic-duty confessing from the New York resident, whose latest movie A Walk Among the Tombstones comes out September 19:

The problem, Neeson believes, stems from a generation that prefers to replace older items rather than repair them. “They just don’t fix things any more. It gives me cause for concern.”

“Where I live in New York, any time a bar closes down, suddenly there’s a Revlon make-up shop. There must be about 15 of them along Columbus Avenue. In the middle of it all there’s a little cobbler who operates from a tiny little space and I find myself sometimes breaking shoes in order to just bring them to him; just to keep it alive.”

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Radio Show Offers Forensic Analysis of Sam Kinison’s Soul

This week’s edition of The Outer Limits of Inner Truth kicks off with audio from one of comedian Sam Kinison‘s many hilarious bits. The one about the dichotomies of world hunger:

“You see a little [starving] kid out there [on TV] and you know, the film crew could give this kid a sandwich… You know there’s a director, five feet away, going, ‘Don’t feet him yet! Get that sandwich out of here!! It doesn’t work unless he looks hungry!’”

While the overall spiritual POV of this radio program is certainly not everybody’s cup of tea, it’s yet another reminder of just how far and wide the audience net has been cast thanks to the power of the Internet. Fans of the comedian will definitely want to bookmark and listen to the September 11 episode of this Star Com Radio Network offering, as it features a lengthy interview with the comedian’s brother Bill, who also co-authored the 1994 book Brother Sam. The portion of the conversation covering Sam’s interactions with Robin Williams is newly poignant. (Starts at 57:30 mark.)

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All the News That’s Fit to Preen

ShutterstockKarlLagerfeld2012Here’s one way to beat the print newspaper downturn. Target a very narrow niche in Europe and China, and hire Karl Lagerfeld as your namesake editor-in-chief.

Per a report in Women’s Wear Daily, The Karl Daily is set to roll out in seven European cities where the fashion icon has retail locations, September 20:

A comic strip, street-style photos and a list of hot spots round out the “satirical” broadsheet, which carries four pages of advertising for Lagerfeld brands. Tongue-in-cheek elements include fictional personals and Choupette, the couturier’s pet cat, serving as guest editor and reporter.

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EW Editor Matt Bean Previews the ‘Fall TV Preview’ Issue

Chelsea Handler has not done many print interviews since ending her E! show. But one of them can be found in the “Streaming” section of Entertainment Weekly‘s 2014 “Fall TV Preview” double issue, on newsstands today.

Handler shares at least one scoop about her upcoming 2016 Netflix talk show as she answers “Five Questions” about her October 10 one-hour stand-up special for the website, Uganda Be Kidding Me. The “Streaming” section also highlights Jeffrey Tambor‘s Amazon show Transparent, Season Two of Amazon’s political drama Alpha House and the AOL series Making a Scene with James Franco.

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“Streaming is more important than it’s ever been,” EW editor Matt Bean tells FishbowlNY via telephone. “The quality and caliber of the programs on streaming outlets cannot be not ignored. Our readers, even more so than with TV, need a guide to that kind of content because it comes at you so quickly. And in many cases, at such a phenomenal volume.”

“I think James Franco is one of the most fascinating actors in the business right now,” he continues. “He just tries things. We’ll have to see how he does with this [AOL] project, but it’s certainly like nothing I’ve ever seen before.”

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