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Archives: December 2006

Sony Takes Down Its Flog, But Nothing Ever Dies Online

home_header.jpgSony removed its alliwantforxmasisapsp.com flog, but the company (and the marketing geniuses at Zipatoni) won’t be able to live it down forever. The slightly disturbing site, UK Resistance, saved the fake blog’s front page for posterity.

Why? Because as a fella named Cmdr Zorg explains on the site, “When all the posts get deleted and the site gets closed because it’s just too embarrassing to carry on having it on the internet, a recent back-up of the page will be located here. It’s simply too good to let fade away.”

This goof will probably have as little effect on Sony sales as its buggy machines. But still, the mood can’t be bright at HQ. Imagine what would have happened had the Internet been around during the launch of New Coke.

Reganomics: Rupe Sacked Regan Over Alleged Anti-Semitic Call

regan_ousted_oj.jpgAs expected, plenty of fallout and schadenfreude since the firing of Judith Regan late Friday. Let’s all catch up, shall we:

  • The New York Times reports Rupert Murdoch personally called for Regan’s head after he of a heated conversation between Regan and a company lawyer on Friday that included “comments that were deemed anti-Semitic.”
  • HarperCollins head Jane Friedman‘s long, strained relationship with Regan a factor.
  • The New York Sun ran a column seemingly defending Regan — though before the alleged remarks surfaced: “It’s difficult to avoid the conclusion that Ms. Regan was fired not for her legendarily difficult personality — and not, or not just, because of her longstanding rivalry with Ms. Friedman — but for her repeated affronts to the bland conformity of New York publishing.”
  • GalleyCat: “After a month of scandal, incessant news coverage, eaten costs and global humiliation, HarperCollins struck back in the iciest, most brilliant way.”
  • Timesman David Carr gets all “firing inside the corral” on us in making the point that New Corp. doesn’t mind external controversy, but takes infighting extremely seriously. “Even Geraldo Rivera’s journalistic principles were offended.”
  • Variety: Regan is already making the rounds looking for a TV job but would like to keep a foot in the book world.
  • In another succinct, two-line statement released late Saturday, the company announced that Regan Books will continue operations “under the able leadership of editorial director, Cal Morgan, reporting to Michael Morrison, president and group publisher Harper/Morrow.” Furthermore, “any future decisions relating to the imprint name or the publication of unpublished books will be addressed at the appropriate time.”
  • Regan’s attorney vows “war.”

LAT in 90 Seconds

thenine.jpgOnly He Knows: Nobody was watching “The Nine.” Now, ABC isn’t even broadcasting it. But exec producer Hank Steinberg believes it still has a shot. A shot at what, we’re not sure, but a shot.

healthnews.jpgSlow Day in Health News: The LAT warns us to watch out for people off their meds, sobreity checkpoints and reindeer meat.

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Um…
When the guy who wrote “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” dies of a heart attack at 45, you have to wonder if it’s even safe to go outside. We hope Richard Carlson’s simple words of wisdom don’t lose their power for the people who need them most.

Judith Regan–She’s Got a Lawyer, But Can She Get Away with Murder?

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Need to catch up? GalleyCat is the best place to catch up on Judith Regan’s fall from grace.

Regan’s hired a lawyer, but more importantly, we think, she’s got direct access to a guy who knows all about how to get away with murder. Call us if you see her buying a white Bronco–then call 911.

(Lame) Media Holiday Cards: Fox News Wishes Us Merry Christmas With Awkward Flack Jingle

Time‘s Person Of The Year: Brian Williams Called It

A year after “mother nature” was ousted by Bono and Bill and Melinda Gates, Time magazine has named “You” as its “Person of the Year.”

It also appears editor Richard Stengel took Brian Williams‘ nomination seriously in his first “Person of the Year” selection as editor. Last month, the NBC anchor stole the show at Time‘s POY luncheon with an impassioned rant on the dark side of his “You” nomination: “We’re choosing cat videos over well thought-out, well-reported evening newscasts,” said Williams. “Look at the shows that do well that don’t include dancing … If we’re all blogging, what aren’t we reading? … I believe it is tearing us apart.”

  • Person of the Year: You [Time]

    EARLIER:

  • Brian Williams: Focus On ‘You’ Is Killing Us
  • Brian Williams, Arianna Huffington, Tom DeLay Jaw On Time ‘Person Of Year’ Panel
  • Judith Regan Axed Over O.J.

    NYT:

    Judith Regan, the firebrand editor who stirred up decade-old passions last month with her plans for a book and television interview with O. J. Simpson, was fired late Friday by HarperCollins, the publishing company that oversaw her book business. HarperCollins announced the dismissal, “effective immediately,” in a two-sentence news release.

    Jossip:

    Our understanding is that Regan has been removed from News Corp. entirely.

  • Judith Regan Is Fired After O. J. Simpson Book [NYT]
  • Confirmed: Ex-Phish Frontman Loves Drugs, Driving

    Jam Master Trey arrested in upstate New York

    In news that should shock absolutely no one, especially no one who has attended a Phish show in the last 25 years — or far too many, as we have — ex-Phish guitarist and now-New York City resident Trey Anastasio was arrested late last night in upstate New York on a DUI charge. The Smoking Gun reports police found Xanax, Percocet and Hydrocodone without a prescription. Idolator puts the rest splendidly:

    Anastasio’s booking lasted seven hours, and included three bass solos, a cover of the Move’s entire Message To The Country album, and a flying hamburger bus.

  • Trey Anastasio Busted [Smoking Gun]
  • Breaking–Judith Regan–Out at Harper Collins

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    Drudge is reporting that Judith Regan has been fired from her position at HarperCollins and is out completely at News Corp.

    The New York Times says it’s because of the O.J. mess, but that story isn’t sure if she’s banned from the entire Murdoch empire.

    FBLA’s pretty sure this isn’t the last chapter for this editrix.

    Sundown on Sunset

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    FBLA knows that our readers have been so busy with holiday shopping that some stories might have gone unnoticed.

    Magazine editors are the new stars.

    I’m With Rolling Stone launches on MTV in January, and R.J. Cutler gets out his riot gear to trail around after Anna Wintour.

    Moody, Troubled Loner St. Nick
    Wipe that holiday smile off your face at the American Cinematheque’s Nicholas Ray series. Johnny Guitar screens tonight at 7:30.

    From walking on the moon to walk-on.
    Buzz Aldrin guest-stars (as himself) on Numb3rs on CBS. The LA Times id’s him as a former astronaut. Show the man some respect!

    Britney’s little pink secret. Don’t you everyone had one?

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