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This Racket Magazine is Alive and Well

Thanks to the wonderful whirl of Twitter, we received this rapid response Tuesday to an item about the retreat of First Look Media’s Racket:

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Ha ha. Duly noted. As a public journalism service, we took the time to check out the content of this Racket gang, posted below the delightful tagline – ‘The Lifestyle Magazine For People With No Life.’ What’s more, in the retreating shadow of Matt Taibbi‘s eight months of service, this Racket – based in Redlands, CA – is getting ready to celebrate its tenth anniversary under the leadership of Jonathan Yost:

I launched Racket in 2005 because I loved talking about bands, concerts, comics, video games and God knows what else with my friends. It didn’t hurt that publishing one’s opinions makes you some kind of journalist, and journalists get this shit for free.

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Single Mother of Five is First ‘Savannah’s Fund’ Recipient

SavannahsFundFinalIn April, as we reported, west coast entertainment journalist Larry Carroll somehow found the strength to turn the tragic death of his young daughter Savannah into the basis for a most unusual charitable campaign. This week in Savannah, Georgia, Carroll and his wife Carrie found and gifted a randomly chosen family with the spirit of their Savannah, and Thanksgiving.

From a feature interview report by Yahoo Parenting senior writer Elise Solé:

“When Savvy was alive, we made a point to create spontaneous memories with her – a surprise cookie, a trip to the playground – and we’d refer to these experiences as ‘Stolen Moments,’” Carroll tells Yahoo Parenting. “We wanted to find a girl who resembled Savannah and give her a ‘Stolen Moment.’” The Carrolls determined that $10,000 would pay for a “Stolen Moment” of the girl’s choice (“It could be a trip to Paris or an expensive birthday party — whatever she wants,” says Larry) and the remaining amount would be directed toward her college education fund.

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Natalie Wood Author Completes Follow-Up Book

CloserCoverLanaWoodFor those of us who pay close attention to the re-opened investigation into the death of Natalie Wood (she died 33 years ago this holiday weekend), the latest media flurry started with a cover story in the September 4 issue of Closer magazine. That interview with Natalie’s sister Lana was followed, earlier this month, by an emphatic open letter from Lana in the National Enquirer.

In the Closer piece, there was also some subtle framing offered up by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau Lieutenant John Corina.

No matter what develops on the law enforcement front, there is guaranteed to be more attention on this matter generated next year, thanks to Marti Rulli. The New Jersey-based author, whose 2009 book and subsequent 2011 efforts sparked the re-opening of the investigation, tells FishbowlNY she has just completed the first draft of her Natalie Wood “continuation” book.

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Writer Gives Thanks for Eddie Murphy, Bruce Beresford

ShutterstockEddieMurphy2010Journalists-slash-screenwriters, please take note. In turkey dinner terms, it is possible that great script you just finished polishing will not hear the cry of “Action!” until Thanksgiving 2025.

By way of proof, we point you to a recent blog post by former Patch columnist and current Mom sitcom staff writer Susan McMartin. The film Cook, inspired by her family life experiences, started production today:

To say it’s been a long ride to get here is an understatement. I wrote the screenplay, Cook, when my daughter was just a little over two-years-old.

She’s going to be 13 in a month.

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So What Do You Do, Bill Schultz, Emmy-Winning Animation Producer?

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He’s best known as the producer of animated smash hits, like The Simpsons and King of the Hill, but it’s his forthcoming animated dramedy he hopes will earn him worldwide (Web) praise and land him a weekly spot on your TV. Bill Schultz‘s latest venture, Jimmy Stones, takes to the Internet to create a series for the people, by the people, to reach the masses.

After four Emmy awards and nearly 30 years in the film and television business, Schultz is no stranger to collaboration, but online crowdfunding — that’s new. Now he’s teamed up with Jim Manos, Jr., Emmy-Award-winning writer of The Sopranos and The Shield, and creator of Dexter, to develop a new kind of animated series. Jimmy Stones is a half-hour adult animated comedy series that follows a cynical guy as he deals with his miserable life and finds himself speaking to animals living around him New York City. The animals remind him it’s never too late to start anew, even if your ex-wife wants you dead, the IRS is looking for you and your landlord is ready to toss you out.

Manos and Schultz are asking fans to pony up to deliver custom content with a highly fan-centric approach. Get your name on the credits, get your script covered or just get a T-shirt… every little bit helps bring the carefully drawn characters to life! If Jimmy Stones is victorious, you’ll catch about a dozen episodes online and Manos and Schultz hope it’ll be on your television set, too.

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Le Monde Profiles Nikki Finke

Sandwiched around a great full-page, in-place-of-current-headshot illustration by Kelsey Dake, Le Monde’s M magazine has chimed in with a November 22 profile of Nikki Finke. Good timing, since heading into Thanksgiving, Finke tweeted that she is getting ready to announce by year’s end if and how her day-job efforts will continue.

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Although Finke did not on-the-record participate, article author Samuel Blumenfeld does at one point reference her off-the-record response to M inquiries. He writes that the speed and detail of her words made it feel like M was the only party to have ever contacted her.

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John Cleese is No Fan of Rupert Murdoch

JohnCleeseLiveTalksLAThis penultimate portion of Live Talks LA’s fifth season sold out quickly a month beforehand. A total of 900 copies of John Cleese‘s autobiography were purchased in conjunction with the November 18 Alex Theatre sit-down. And per the full video of the conversation now posted, nearly an equal amount of scintillating anecdotes were shared.

Event series founder-producer Ted Habte-Gabr has matched up a lot of great authors and interviewers over the years, but the pairing of Cleese with Monty Python pal Eric Idle ranks right at the top. Probably the funniest single stretch is when Cleese and Idle recalled touring New Zealand during their earliest days (“We left England in July 1964 and we arrived in Auckland in…” Cleese began, “…in July 1864,” Idle added.)

There were also during the discussion a couple of notable mentions of Rupert Murdoch. At one point, Idle and Cleese talked about having recently read Nick Davies‘ acclaimed book Hack Attack: How the Truth Caught Up with Rupert Murdoch:

Idle: “It’s a very interesting book of how, we won’t mention his name – Rupert Murdoch! – took over England, really, and was responsible for electing Thatcher, Blair, Major and Brown. That power is really extraordinary.”

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Graham Norton on Tom Cruise, ‘Bad Boyfriend’ and More

GrahamNortonHeDevilCoverPolly Vernon‘s profile of Graham Norton for the New Zealand Herald is unlikely to leave a single reader “banjaxed.” As opposed to Norton himself, to whom Vernon at one point applies that descriptive to convey the talk show host’s reaction to a question about the perhaps-missed-opportunity of engaging a female sex surrogate.

Vernon and Norton are a match made in dazzling-wit heaven. The 51-year-old UK media star, who foresees exiting his BBC America talker in three years, says he is at peace with both not making it “big” in the U.S. and being less proactive than a certain year-older A-lister:

Tom Cruise is supernaturally good at [being nice]. Nothing will prepare you for it. He is like an alien. He’s like someone from a different planet! So like, on the way in here, he’ll have met that manager guy, who did introduce himself to me, but I don’t remember his name. Tom will know it! And on the way out, he’ll thank him for everything. And then that guy will love Tom Cruise forever. We can be pleasant to him, but already we’ve messed up, because we don’t remember his name. And the difference is that.”

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Reporter Remains ‘Livid’ About Spiking of 2005 Bill Cosby Expose

RobinMizrahiPicThe Bill Cosby news stream continues to unfurl at a furious pace. And from an inside-media perspective, one of  the biggest headlines remains the business explored by Mark Ebner and now, The Guardian.

New York-based Guardian reporter Ed Pilkington spoke to Robin Mizrahi (pictured), the journalist whose National Enquirer 2005 expose was spiked after pressure from Cosby attorneys. (Details of this pressure and editorial flip, which resulted in the piece being replaced with a more straightforward Cosby denial, were documented in the Andrea Constand civil lawsuit.) The original Enquirer story centered around the civil suit’s “Jane Doe No. 5:”

Mizrahi made contact with Beth Ferrier, who alleged that she too had been drugged and sexually molested by the entertainer. The Enquirer brought Ferrier to Los Angeles from her home in Denver, where she was then working as a model, and Mizrahi interviewed her and arranged for her to undergo a lie detector test.

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Who Should Play Helen Gurley Brown?

It’s still a long way from a big-screen sure thing. But as reported by Deadline EIC Mike Fleming Jr., Fox2000 has optioned the 2015 HarperCollins book Enter Helen: The Rise And Reign Of The Original Cosmo Girl, by Brooke Hauser.

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The editors of Cosmopolitan reacted by noting some of the great quotes (like the one above) that are first-draft worthy. We’re more fixated on which star should-could play Gurley Brown.

The possibilities are almost endless. Reese Witherspoon, gathering awards momentum currently with Wild, could die her hair. Shannen Doherty might engineer a career renaissance by combining some facial resemblances with Oscar-worthy hair extensions. And Nicole Kidman could drop the accent.

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