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Archives: July 2006

OC Register Points Out Obvious–Designer Looks Weird

Warning: Non-Mel Gibson content

Down in the OC, The Register doesn’t mince words. Four short ‘graphs in, and Teri Sforza addresses how landscape genius/nutcase Kevin Smith has strange looking-glasses. The LA Times is too refined to comment on how people look, but we applaud the audacity. Smith knows how he looks. Maybe he’ll get that mole removed, too.

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As MTV’s Cashflow Slows, So Does The Bottled Water Delivery

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Via Broadcasting & Cable:

MTVN’s record of stunning double-digit–percentage cash-flow growth is in trouble. Ad dollars started slowing earlier this year for the unit, which goes forward facing a much softer market for cable advertising. Nielsen ratings are mixed. Top executives are urgently scrutinizing every cost, right down to curtailing bottled-water deliveries.

As evidenced by the branded mineral water schwag produced for the MTV Video Music Awards [above], perhaps it’s not the bottled water delivery that’s at issue.

An Rx for MTV [B&C]

Time Out New York Launches Broadband Video Channel

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Hitting on the the buzziest of new media buzz words, circa January, Time Out New York has launched an on-demand broadband Web channel.

Via the release:

“The Time Out New York brand is perfectly suited to multiple platforms, as demonstrated by our successful extension into video on demand, radio and now broadband. We’re looking forward to our continued expansion and expect many great things to come for TONY,” said Alison Tocci, President and Group Publisher at Time Out New York.

The channel also gives its editors, including ex-Details player Brian Farnham, some face-time.

RELATED: TONY Launches Broadband Video Channel [Mediaweek]

More Mel Madness

Looking undeniably smarmy, LA County Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore gave a press conference today denying a coverup of Mel Gibson’s anti-Semitic slurs.

Nikki Finke has an interview with Rabbi Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, decrying Gibson’s slurs and saying he needs help — not just for the drinking problem, but for, you know, hating Jews.

In other news, TMZ.com is running a fantastic PSA Gibson shot for the Sheriff’s office in 2002. Delicious irony and Scott Baio! Who could ask for more?

Rob Corddry Finds Post-Pavement Solo Projects Tad Unsatisfying

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Via the Onion A.V. Club’s Random Rules:

In Random Rules, The A.V. Club asks some of its favorite people to set their MP3 players to shuffle and comment on the first few tracks that come up — no cheating or skipping embarrassing tracks allowed.

Pavement, “Stereo”

Rob Corddry: Oh wow, I’m awesome. Brighten The Corners — I would argue, the best Pavement record. The Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain people can slam a cock, because this is the best. I miss Pavement. I went and saw Stephen Malkmus live a couple years ago. Terrible. He’s a jam band now. There was this guy in the front row who wouldn’t stop asking Malkmus, “What’s up with the Jicks?” He kept saying, “Steve, what’s up with the Jicks?” And my friend Jason started yelling, “Esteban, que pasa los Jicks?” Needless to say, he did not answer us. Not a good show, though I got very drunk.

EARLIER: Corddry To Leave Daily Show?
The Daily Show‘s Rob Corddry Channels Nick Hornby

Media Minutiae: Tony Blair | Sulzberger Stock | AOL | NYSun | New Media Moguls

  • Rupert Murdoch: To offer Tony Blair News Corp. post after British PM’s run ends. [Independent]
  • Sulzbergers: Tightening grip on Times Co. stock. [Boston Herald]
  • AOL: To revamp its video portal. [NYP]
  • New York Sun: And other newspapers sign on with news aggregator to link to other newspapers, including competitors. [NYT]
  • Moguls: Of new media. [WSJ]

LAT in 90 Seconds – A Mel-Free Edition

Risky Business: images-55.jpgIs Tom Cruise’s production company going to be dropped by Paramount Pictures today? Cruise-Wagner Production’s $10 million-plus a year deal is set to expire today. Paramount is reportedly offering just a fraction of the old deal. The Times story focuses mostly on the shifting economic tides in Hollywood — but we’re guessing Cruise’s couch-jumping/baby-hiding can’t be helping, either.

Vice Precedent: 24556233.jpgWe’re usually wary of made-from-TV movies, but it seems the opening of Miami Vice this weekend marks one of the first legitimately good leaps from small to large screen. Plus, it’s the first time this summer an actual movie was released.

Notorious Killer Sought: 24645898.jpgIn light of a wrongful death lawsuit against LAPD by the mother of Notorious B.I.G., the police have reopened the 9-year-old cold case and launched a task force of senior homicide detectives to hunt down the killer. According to the LAT, it seems what the LAPD is really looking for is exoneration for itself.

Media Looks For After-School Special Amid Mideast Crisis

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ESPN.com, “Hooping With The Enemy“:

Not everyone has given up hope. A handful of brave and visionary people think the answer may lie, believe it or not, in basketball, specifically a nascent program called Playing for Peace.

Wall Street Journal, Friday:

As missiles fly between Lebanon and Israel, bloggers on both sides are talking to one another, providing live updates, commenting on each other’s writing and sometimes linking to blogs across the border.

EARLIER: Newsweek Chooses Oliver Stone Drama Over Real-Life War In World Trade Center Cover

Isn’t He Getting Too Old For This Shit?

gibson_wi_3_200.jpgAccording to the tenacious TMZ.com (hey, when you’re mentioned before the jump in an A1 LAT Sunday piece, you keep hitting it hard), Mel Gibson has allegedly been allowed to wink and smile his way through past driving recklessness.

Mel Gibsons Say the Darndest Things

images-54.jpgL.A. is ringing with the news: Mel Gibson is an anti-Semite!

Wait. This is news? The guy made Passion of the Christ, for Schmulik’s sake! His dad’s a Holocaust denier. But apparently it’s amazingly surprising that Gibson would allegedly make anti-Semitic remarks when he’s arrested for an alleged DUI.

There’s dispute over whether the L.A. Sheriff’s department covered up the slurs. Nikki Finke says no, LAT suggests yes.

There is no dispute, however, that Gibson has now shown his “true colors,” no matter what his hung-over self said later.

Praising TMZ.com’s scoop, Ari Emanuel in The Huffington Post called for Hollywood to shun Gibson.

A celebrity facing consequences for his actions? Now that would be news.

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