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Archives: June 2006

Endless Summer Media Preview #3: Michael Eisner ‘Sucks the Will to Live’ Out of Studio Audience


The third installment of our 2006 Summer Media Preview features some of the sharpest media minds young and old, including a Jossiper, Dealbreaker and “public intellectual.”

Here’s what they’re up to this summer:

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Is Nothing Holy in Hollywood?

The Hollywood Palladium is likely going to be bought by a development company, which – in images-16.jpgthis age of blandness, means it’s going to have the cool pissed right out of it.

The sharp-eyed folks blogging over at Franklin Ave. also offer this warning about another Old Hollywood landmark: “Personally, I think it’s time to throw our attention over to Columbia Square, which could disappear within the next year if we’re not careful.”

Hunter S. Thompson Funeral To Be Screened In Brooklyn


For FishbowlNY readers stuck in the city for the July 3rd holiday:

directed by Wayne Ewing
60 min 2005 USA English Color
East Coast Premiere

Hunter S. Thompson stated in a 1978 interview that he wanted a 150 foot obelisk built in his backyard from which his ashes would be shot five hundred feet into the air over his beloved Owl Farm in Woody Creek, Colorado. When I Die documents the construction of the good doctor’s Gonzo Monument and the trials, tribulations & triumphs of his elaborate funeral production.

FIRST & THIRD MONDAY of Every Month @ 7pm FREE!
Brooklyn Independent Cinema Series
376 9th St (at Sixth Ave)
Park Slope, Brooklyn
subway: F to Seventh Ave

Brooklyn Independent Cinema Series

NYPress Uncovers Disturbing Underground Monogamy ‘Trend’

nypress_discovers_monogamy.jpgOf late, we can barely be bothered to read the ever-thinning New York Press, which has become a shadow of its former self. But it was hard not to pick up this week’s issue, with its three somewhat-naked people on the cover and the tagline “The New Underground Monogamy.” Had we missed a major trend here? Since when has monogamy had to go into hiding?

A look inside at the article assured us we hadn’t been missing out on the “next cool thing” by gleefully flitting from one New Yorker to the next these past months. Turns out the piece is really not about monogamy at all, but a contrived trend piece about sex parties that are allegedly attracting “faithful” monogamous couples. And (whew!) near the bottom we find out that “rigid monogamy is as outdated as homophobia.”

Despite its poor case that swinging is any more a trend today than it was in the past (um, Plato’s pimpage?), the cover will likely generate a little single-issue bump for the Press — a couple fewer bales of unread papers to send back to pulp — as the city’s undersexed pore through the article to try and find out how to get to said parties. And hey, maybe it’ll even attract some more hooker ads.

Blog Editor Refuses To Give E-Mail Address To Star Jones


While attempting some mild research on Star Jones, we found ourselves on Jones’ Web site — or, as she calls it, “the only dictionary that defines me.” But unless you’re willing to give Jones and/or her Webmaster your e-mail address — this dictionary is nothing more than a flash intro. You can’t even view her bio — making it about as useful as TimesSelect.

EARLIER: Video: Star Jones On Larry King
Star On Barbara On Today: She’s Still In My Heart

A Christian Devil Wears Prada?

a_stitch_in_time.jpgAs you may have heard, the film version of A Devil Wears Prada opens today, facing box-office competition from another journalism-related film, Superman. As such, the Christian Broadcasting Network points us its review of Superman (“You don’t have to dig too deeply to realize that Superman is obviously a Christ-figure”) but we were more interested in its review of A Stich In Time, which, judging by its book cover and tagline (“Dee Decker is out to prove that a middle-aged Christian woman can be faithful, fashionable, and fabulous”) might be Christianity’s answer to Anna Wintour.

Which would give new meaning to the “blood” used for those PETA fur protests, now wouldn’t it?

EARLIER: The Devil Won’t See You Now

Elsewhere in Hollywood …

images-15.jpgBrandy is rumored to become The View’s new Star. The just-this-shy-of-a-has-been actress will fill in for a “try-out” next week.

Just Another Day — In Court:images-14.jpg Michael Jackson’s latest court travails began this week in Santa Monica, with promises of smutty sex secrets, charges of faking his goofy persona and a guest appearance by his former nose.

World Domination: The Academy is dropping its requirement that a film be in the official language of the submitting country to qualify for Best Foreign Picture. The announcement will allow Poland to submit movies in languages that don’t make audience members think of their grandparents.

French Lawmakers Approve iPod Law

Parisian lawmakers want your iPod to be compatible with Napster.

Via AP:

PARIS (AP) — French lawmakers gave final approval Friday to legislation that could force Apple Computer Inc. to make its iPod and iTunes Music Store compatible with rivals’ music players and online services. Both the Senate and the National Assembly, France’s lower house, voted in favor of the copyright bill, which some analysts said could cause Apple Computer Inc. and others to pull their music players and online download stores from France.

The vote was the final legislative step before the bill becomes law — barring the success of a last-ditch constitutional challenge filed last week by the opposition Socialists.

Apple had called the bill “state-sponsored piracy” earlier this year.

What’s Wrong With You, People?

angelina_jolie6.jpgPeople invites you to quiz yourself on your Brangelina knowledge.

“How well do you know the world’s most beautiful couple?” the quiz asks. If, like us, you get one out of the five questions right, the mag tells you, “You don’t know Brad and Angelina like we do.” If you get all five right, your dead grandparents override your computer with a prompt telling you they’d like their DNA back.

Media Minutiae: Independence Edition

  • Tabloid Wars: Is almost here. [E&P]
  • Bush Times: House’s condemnation of media. [NYT]
  • Edge: Time Inc. quietly “testing” new title. [NYP]
  • ‘Terri Schiavo Moment’: The Times and First Amendment need one, says William Powers. [National Journal]
  • Confirm: USA Today can’t, as far accuracy of details of its NSA story go. [USA Today]