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Archives: October 2006

Steve Irwin Halloween Costume Hits NYC

How to Make a Million Dollars

chart.jpgLoral Langemeier, author of the best-selling The Millionaire Maker will be printing money again with her new book, The Millionaire Maker’s Guide to Wealth Cycle Investing.

The book comes out next week, and Langemeier will be in Southern California then to promote it — including a two-day intensive wealth building workshop (for $1,495) on Nov. 10-11 at the Marriott Suites in Garden Grove.

In the meantime, though, she agreed to lend us a little investment advice. And $20. Here it is:

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‘Poet Singer’ Andy Serwer Named Managing Editor Of Fortune

andy_serwer_fortune.jpgFortune magazine’s editor-at-large and CNN “American Morning” regular Andy Serwer has been named managing editor of Fortune. Serwer had been editor-at-large since 1998. He replaces Eric Pooley, who lasted less than 18 months (Pooley will now join Time Inc. editor John Huey and Time Inc. managing editor Jim Kelly on “investigative projects.”)

The New Yorker described Serwer in 2000 as a “poet singer”:

Achaea had Homer, the Spanish Civil War had Hemingway, California had the Beach Boys, and now our hyperactive stock market has its own poet singer — Andy Serwer.

Wall Street’s “poet singer” inherits Fortune at a critical time. Through September, Fortune is down 5.6 percent in ad pages and 4.5 percent in ad revenue compared to 2005, according to the Publishers Information Bureau. (Inc., by comparison, is flat.) Fortune Small Business, though, seems to be growing.

Alec Baldwin Wants No Part of Arnold Film–Calls Lawyers


Is there a chilling effect in the world of documentary film? Alec Baldwin wants Running With Arnold‘s producer Mike Gabrawy and director Dan Cox to scrap his voice-over tracks, and get someone else. Baldwin, writing in the Huffington Post admitted that he agreed to narrate, based on the script, but didn’t see the film before he arrived in the studio. Once he saw some of the Nazi stock footage images used, he didn’t like what he saw, but finished the session and then called his lawyers. He wrote:

I asked that my voice and name be removed from the film and I returned the fee I was paid, which was earmarked to be donated to charity, and I had an attorney issue a cease and desist order against the filmmakers so that they would comply with my demands. The filmmakers have thus far refused to accommodate my requests and have claimed that they have delivery deadlines for distribution that prohibit them from granting them.

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Last Minute Media Halloween Costume Ideas: Network Anchors


Out of costume ideas for that Halloween party tonight? Why not go as a media figure? Try these customized media costumes on for size.

WHO: Katie Couric, anchor, CBS Evening News

  • bright, occasionally evil smile
  • inappropriately short skirt
  • Third-Place ribbon

    WHO: Brian Williams, anchor, NBC Nightly News

  • anchor attire
  • anchor hair
  • Bono

    WHO: Charles Gibson, anchor, ABC World News

  • anchor suit
  • specs
  • Diane Sawyer guilt


  • Last Minute Media Halloween Costumes Ideas
  • Code.TV Changes Name, Relaunches


    Code.TV, the broadband site co-founded in June by a pair of ex-MTV executives, has changed its name to LX.TV (“Lifestyle Television”) and will include what it is touting as the “first ever broadband talk show” hosted by MTV News correspondent SuChin Pak.

    The “relaunch as LX.TV Lifestyle Television reflects LX Network’s ability to reach affluent Americans with quality programming fitting their lifestyles,” said LX.TV CEO Joseph Varet.

    The New York nightlife content is pretty extensive — seemingly brushing up against Time Out New York‘s broadband offerrings — but just one Pak interview, with Project Runway‘s Tim Gunn, is currently available.


  • Time Out New York Launches Broadband Video Channel
  • Smells Like Money–Advertisers Stink Up the Place


    Advertising Age’s Stephanie Thompson writes about a new selling tool–scent. A number of national brands think people smell their products, have some brain ganglia stimulated, and buy like there’s no tomorrow. We can almost see this with chocolate, or black cherry-vanilla Pepsi, but then there’s this bright idea:

    Pedigree dog-food-scented stickers in front of supermarkets.

    FBLA is virtually certain that no portion of the human brain responds favorably to the scent of this:

    Ground Corn, Meat and Bone Meal, Rice, Wheat Mill Run, Animal Fat, Natural Poultry Flavor, Corn Gluten Meal, Ground Whole Peas, Poultry By-Product Meal, et al.

    Does Pedigree think dogs shop by themselves? We love our schnauzer, but he’s not getting our AmEx.

    NBC Producer Publishes Book About Gay Men And Their Dogs

    paws_gay_dog.jpgNBC writer/producer Sharon Sakson dropped us a note to say that PAWS & REFLECT: Exploring the Bond Between Gay Men and Their Dogs, a book she co-wrote with Neal Plakcy, is out this week on Alyson Books, the book division of Planet Out. Included is an interview with Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Edward Albee, who is gay and apparently owns a dog.

    Sakson, by the way, is freelance at NBC — not that this book’s subject matter is akin to Ann Coulter, but we felt the need to ask considering a Reuters staffer was fired over his.

    LAT in 90 Seconds

    littlelove.jpgBig Love: Sometimes the stars align in a particular way, and we get stuck with two movies about magicians or 300 badly scripted talking animal movies at once. But we can’t recall ever facing two head-to-head TV shows featuring little people love interests. How do these things happen? We have a theory. We’re not ready to share it, but suffice to say it involves Anthony Pellicano, Reader’s Digest and a bunch of penguins.

    reeseryan.jpgRyan and Reese to Split: The happy couple is <a href="littlelove.jpg“>no longer so happy. This is news? We have an idea for a reality game show: Celebrity Breeding. Since Hollywood couples can’t seem to make marriage work, why not just allow an audience to pick a celeb’s next mate? Winning couples will be the ones that create the cutest, most unusually named offspring. Mark Burnett, call us.

    Better Than Craigs List: Got a bunch of your friend’s junk lying around your house? Don’t know how you’re going to get rid of it? Don’t call Salvation Army just yet. If you wait long enough, maybe they’ll start making movies about your pal and you can auction his trash at Bonhams for a nice profit (which you’ll then, of course, donate to pet-related charities).
    Truman Capote vs. Swifty Lazar — When the LA Times Ran Gossip
    FBLA Sends Locals on Field Trips

    Sunday Calendar Scoreboard


    FBLA was eagerly awaiting the new features in the LA Times Sunday Calendar section. We’d had a little fun when these goodies were announced, and now, we’re checking to see how close we came.

    The Performance
    We predicted: inky tongue bath.
    Nice piece on Hiro Nakamura.
    FBLA = 0, LAT = 1

    The Monitor
    We predicted: imitation TWOP recap.
    Dull, over-long analysis of The O.C.
    FBLA = 1, LAT = 1

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