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Hollywood Trade #IceBucketChallenge Devolves Into Twitter War

LAObserved got the ball rolling with some media coverage of TheWrap’s August 18 #icebucketchallenge and the admittedly funny visual of site founder Sharon Waxman seeming not to get wet while underlings to her left and right did.

However, as Waxman subsequently tweeted – and LAObserved’s Kevin Roderick updated – she did in fact sustain collateral ice-cube damage. The lack of an SW torrent was the result of TheWrap’s decision to opt, in drought-stricken SoCal, for the most optimally water-supply-friendly route.

But it is on Twitter where the real cold water was poured on TheWrap. After Sneider did not take kindly to the LAObserved coverage, he got into it with David Poland (Movie City News) and Kristopher Tapley (HitFix/In Contention), both of whom harshly criticized the above video. Also chiming in more neutrally: Sneider’s former colleague Josh Dickey, now with Mashable, and Wall Street Journal film reporter Joe Flint.

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Adrien Brody Charms New York Times Reporter

Brooks Barnes has uncorked a breezy, admiring and – at times – hilariously opinionated profile of actor Adrien Brody for this weekend’s New York Times. We’re referring, in the last instance, to this paragraph:

He has a reputation in Hollywood as loyal and affable. Women seem to find him sexy, at least judging by the knockouts he dates.

And this one:

Mr. Brody was certainly ready to talk. And talk. At one point, I wondered if I had stumbled upon That Guy You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With at a Party.

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Daily Mail Aims to Resolve ‘Madison Avenue Challenge’

Right now, the U.S. Daily Mail home page resides at dailymail.co.uk/ushome and the paper’s Internet presence as a whole is universally referred to as MailOnline. But not for much longer.

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As newly appointed North American CEO Jon Steinberg explained to Ad Age‘s Michael Sebastian, by Thanksgiving, the UK paper should have a new stateside (and overall) shingle:

One year from now, he hopes to have solved MailOnline’s “Madison Avenue challenge,” which he blamed partly on brand confusion around the Daily Mail‘s digital presence being MailOnline. By the middle of the fourth quarter, MailOnline will migrate to DailyMail.com, according to Mr. Steinberg. ”I want confusion around the brand fixed,” he said.

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Good News-Bad News for Salt Lake City

Food & Wine tags its first annual “America’s Favorite Food Cities” online survey as “quasi-scientific” and “potentially controversial.” Indeed, those two things tend to go together like a risotto’s mushrooms and finely shaved Parmesan.

In the “Best of the Rest” section, Salt Lake City receives a couple of flagged mentions. There, asserts the magazine, you will find both this country’s Worst Tippers and fewest amount of Pompous Foodies.

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Tom Hanks is King of the Typewriter Apps

HanxWriterAppGranted, it’s a relatively small category. But this week’s number-one-with-a-bullet Productivity and Overall categories success of Tom Hanks‘ free Hanx Writer iPad App proves the two-time Oscar winner can do no wrong.

From Sarah Perez‘s TechCrunch report:

Launched last week, Hanx Writer turns your iPad into an old-fashioned typewriter, offering a pseudo-analog typing experience. The bangs of key presses, hard returns and the chimes that sound when you reach the end of a new line now sit alongside modern conveniences like the ability to correct without white tape or whiteout, and options to print, email or share your documents when complete.

Is it necessary? No, not really. Is it enjoyable to use and well-made? Well, yes.

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Vanity Fair Scouting for New Oscar Party Location

ShutterstockSofiaVergaraVF2012Nice lede from E!’s Marc Malkin. He writes:

Perhaps throwing a party for Hollywood’s biggest stars in a parking lot wasn’t such a good idea after all.

Vanity Fair confirms to Malkin that indeed, after a year in the main parking lot of Sunset Plaza, publication event staff – per Graydon Carter‘s directive – are evaluating new locations for next year’s star-studded bash. However, a spokesperson was equally quick to clarify that despite what Malkin had heard, the embattled Beverly Hills Hotel has not been visited as part of this process.

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Kirk Douglas on the Kindness of Lauren Bacall

AmericanAcademyDramaticArtsLogoThe year was 1941. And as Kirk Douglas touchingly recalls in this week’s issue of The Hollywood Reporter, the simple gesture of fellow aspiring actor Lauren Bacall made a profound difference to his early Big Apple experiences:

I met Betty when she was 17 and I was 24. We were both studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. I was on my own in New York with meager funds. That winter, Betty saw me shivering in my thin overcoat. She didn’t say anything, but she talked her uncle into giving me one of his two thick coats.

I wore it for three years. That sort of unassuming kindness was one of her most endearing characteristics. When I had the honor of presenting Betty with her honorary Oscar in 2009, I told the audience: “People said Bacall was ‘tough.’ She’s a pussycat with a heart of gold.”

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University Professor Recalls a ‘Fearless’ James Foley

JamesFoleyPicIn between Libya and Syria, journalist James Foley spoke in February 2012 at San Diego State University. His February 9 talk with students was part of the series “Understanding the Arab Spring.”

In the wake of Foley’s apparent, horrific execution at the hands of ISIS, SDSU economics professor Hisham Foad has shared with News 10 San Diego reporter Rachel Bianco some memories of this intrepid truth-seeker:

“The story he was telling was like a movie,” Foad recalled. “It was better than a movie almost, going out there, getting captured, his life in captivity.”

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Cleveland Cavs Owner Bids $60 Million for Robb Report

Robb Report, the magazine for the insanely rich and Curren$y, might have a new owner soon.

According to The New York Post, Dan Gilbert — owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans founder — has offered $60 million for CurtCo Robb Media, parent of Robb Report.

Current CurtCo CEO Bill Curtis has rebuffed other suitors — including DuJour Media’s Jason Binn — because he wants to stay involved in the company after its sale.

Should the deal go though, Curtis and the magazine’s staff would be retained by Gilbert.

Wired Adds Jessi Hempel, Promotes Mat Honan

wired_logoWired has hired Jessi Hempel and promoted Mat Honan to senior staff writer.

Hempel — who will be a senior staff writer covering the business side of technology at Wired — comes to Wired from Fortune, where she has worked for the past seven years. Prior to that she worked at Businessweek

“Wired is for people who care deeply about the future as it applies to their every day lives,” Hempel wrote about her new job. “Its opportunity and its obligation is to continue to stay ahead of its readers, and to bring them a deep understanding about where the world is moving and how technology gives it direction.”

Honan has been with Wired since 2012. He most recently served as a staff senior writer.

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