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Archives: June 2006

Elsewhere in Hollywood …

Squirming Their Way To Victory:4213.jpg Jury prizes went out to two films that deal with the painful, uncomfortable and downright icky at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Gretchen, the story of an awkward teen’s slavish devotion to bad-boy types, and Deliver Us From Evil, a documentary about a pedophile priest, each won $50,000.

DiCaprio Goes Counterculture:images-12.jpg Leo is going to blow our minds, man. The prettiest face in Hollywood is considering developing (and starring in) a biopic about LSD advocate Timothy Leary.

We’ll Laugh Later: Fox entertainment president Peter Liguori is hunting for new comedy projects that can be ready to air when American Idol returns in January. This is good news to all those out-of-work comedy writers who have been cursing unscripted programs like — well, like American Idol.

Isobella Jade: The FishbowlNY Interview


Yesterday, we reported the story of Isobella Jade, the 5’2″ homeless model who has been pitching — in third person — Almost 5’4″, her tragic-cum-triumphant memoir of her struggle as a height-challenged model, written entirely in heels at the SoHo Apple Store, around town.

We had but a pair of follow-up questions for her:

1. How were you saving your files?

2. Not to belittle your struggle in any way — seriously — but how are you “perhaps the most successful model in nyc under the height of 5’4″” and still living out of a suitcase?

Isobella’s e-mailed response, written, presumably, from the Apple Store in SoHo:

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Herb Greenberg’s Fine, Thank You

We told you about the collapse of Herb Greenberg at the breakfast for the book he co-authored. Cousin GalleyCat tell us he’s fine.

Better Homes Names Editor

Via the release:


DES MOINES, IA AND NEW YORK, NY (June 29, 2006) — Meredith Corporation (NYSE:MDP) today named Gayle Butler Editor-in-Chief of Better Homes and Gardens magazine, effective July 1. With a circulation of 7.6 million and a monthly readership of 40 million, Better Homes and Gardens is America’s premier monthly magazine and one of the most successful and recognizable magazine brands in the world.

Apple Announces Internal Investigation of Grant ‘Irregularities’

Just in:

NEWS ALERT from The Wall Street Journal

June 29, 2006

Apple said an internal investigation found options “irregularities” related to some grants made between 1997 and 2001. One of the grants was to CEO Steve Jobs, but the company said it was subsequently canceled. Apple said it has notified the SEC.

Apple Finds ‘Irregularities’ In Stock-Options Practices [WSJ]

Maerdar 3.0: Matt Haber To Join Radar?

We hear that Matt Haber, he of lowculture and Observer fame, is moving over to Radar as Maer Roshan continues to fill out his re-relaunch lineup card. Haber will be working on the Radar Web site.

With all of Roshan’s new hires, we’re also told Radar has been forced to take additional temporary space in its 9th avenue residence.

EARLIER: Maerdar 3.0: Reactions On Radar‘s Re-Re-Relaunch
Maerdar 3.0: ‘Unstoppable’ Radar Announces New Hires, ‘Long-Term Backing’
Radar To Re-Relaunch With a Ballast of a Web Site First

Let’s Buffer Something to Watch

images-11.jpgRather than create anything new and interesting for the TV network (Ryan Seacrest counts as neither), the folks at E! are betting on that sure-fire, never-fails, no-one-has-ever-lost-a-dime-on-it medium: The Internet.

The Answer Bitch, L.A.’s hottest little vixen of gossip, tells us – and only us, because we’re that cool – that she filmed a short-form Internet program on her brand-new set yesterday, joining other short-form nuggets, such as The 2006 Tater Tops Awards and a Web-only complement to The Simple Life, Life Ain’t Simple.

Why do networks insist on relegating their good stuff to the Web? It’s nice to have something to watch at work, but our TiVo is hungry.

Maerdar 3.0: Reactions On Radar‘s Re-Re-Relaunch


  • Gawker: “Kudos to the usually loquacious Maer Roshan, who in this latest Radar go-round has successfully restrained himself from any pronouncements about its rebirth. Until today.”

  • Fine On Media: “Times Headline: Radar Rises From The Ashes. Riposte From Former Radar Writer: Ashes Say ‘Good Riddance.’”
  • Jossip: “ is back offline. The site has gone on and off so many times, it’s been like watching Courtney Love try to stay sober.”
  • Online Press Gazette: “Some publications never give up trying.”
  • Mediawire Daily: “The only magazine on earth made of Teflon.”
  • Rex Hammock’s rexblog: “I used to blog about magazines that are announced (vaporzine) or return (even if briefly) after a hiatus (dejazine). I got bored with that, primarily because one magazine kept doing it over-and-over. I thought the magazine was gone forever, however, apparently some folks didn’t get the memo. Fortunately, I’m not blogging that beat anymore.”

    EARLIER: Maerdar 3.0: ‘Unstoppable’ Radar Announces New Hires, ‘Long-Term Backing’
    Radar To Re-Relaunch With a Ballast of a Web Site First

  • Bad Feng Shui?

    images-10.jpgDenise Richards is selling her $4.3 million house. She only lived in it for a year, but we’re guessing her move has something to do with the fact that the Westlake Village home was virtually next door to the house ex-friend Heather Locklear once shared with Richie Sambora, Locklear’s former husband and current Richards flame.

    The Fifth Estate: Blog Mobs

    shelly.jpgTV consultant Shelly Palmer coins a way of looking at the term Fifth Estate today on MediaPost, calling “blog mobs” “The Fifth Estate.” The argument goes something like this: If journalism and the press are the Fourth Estate (after the three traditional arms), then the new technologies creates a new mass entity allowing people to aggregate, to “mob” and assemble as never before, assert their mass control over information that no longer emanates from a central point:

    “This is the first time in history that an idea (good or bad, true or false) can travel worldwide instantaneously and live on with a permanent, un-erasable, record of itself. Burn all the books you like, the knowledge lives on in the ether.”

    Shelly, whose book Television Disrupted we excerpted on mediabistro, finishes with a very provocative question that makes us go “whoa” — and we aren’t even hepped up on caffeine or something stronger:

    Perhaps the legacy of RSS (Really Simple Syndication–the specification which enables blogging) will be the empowerment of a true Fifth Estate with a collective mind of its own and the ability to amplify the voice of the people above all others. Which begs the question: “Can any traditionally organized government withstand an ideological force of this magnitude?”