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Archives: December 2006

ER Creator: Using Starving Children As A Shield From Bad Publicity Never A Good Idea

clooney_sexiest.jpgAt Thursday’s New York Women in Film & Television Muse Awards, John Wells, the Emmy-winning creator of ER, mused on the current trend of celebs fronting political causes and gave former ER castmate George Clooney high marks for pulling off the delicate balancing act of star slash humanitarian without making it look like a blatant publicity ploy: “It’s particularly great the way George does it because he doesn’t take himself too seriously. Acknowledging the fact from the outset that you’re bringing your celebrity to it to try to illuminate the issue and not trying to speak as an expert on the issue is the best way to do it. With George, that seems to gotten through. I think it’s makes a huge difference particularly for the situations in Africa and places where the traditional news media doesn’t cover.”

Wells cautioned other celebrities who might be looking for a politically-correct cause to add luster to a faltering career: “Trying to put starving children in front of you like a shield from bad publicity is never a good idea — that will always come off badly.”

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Jossip’s David Hauslaib Taps His Inner Billy Bush

Or Pat O’Brien. Either way.

All Hail–Sherry Lansing To Get Humanitarian Oscar


Sherry Lansing, former head of Paramount and the first woman to run a studio will get the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Academy Awards in February. Lansing’s retired, well-liked, and as non-controversial as any mogul can be, so she’s a decent choice. And more importantly, her movie montage should be pretty good. FBLA hopes it starts with “I will not be ignored”

LAT in 90 Seconds

cbsrecords.jpgCBS Revamping Its Music Label: For some reason, when we read about CBS wanting to “exploit weakness” in the music industry and cut back on “the money it spends to license songs for its TV shows” we think of coal.

harriet.jpgLosing Their Religion: Prime-time shows dealt with religion half as often this year as last. But we think most of this is due to the early cancellation of the Book of Daniel.

hillarypic.jpgIs Hollywood Hillary’s Kryptonite? Supporters are downplaying her avoidance of the West Coast, but some hint Ms. Rodham Clinton doesn’t want to be associated with all the fruits and nuts. Barack, meanwhile, has no problem drumming up local support.

Rosie’s ‘Ching-Chong’ Apology ‘Didn’t Really Sound Like An Apology’

Yesterday, Rosie O’Donnell apologized for her “ching-chong” comments on The View, but a group of minority journos don’t think it sounded like an apology.

Said Rosie: “To say ching chong to someone is very offensive, and some Asian people have told me it’s as bad as the n-word. Which I was like, ‘Really? I didn’t know that.’”

Karen Lincoln Michel, president-elect of Unity: Journalists of Color Inc., via AP: “[It] really didn’t sound like an apology to me … I think by allowing Rosie O’Donnell’s cheap jabs at Chinese Americans to go unchecked, then the network is essentially condoning racial and ethnic slurs.”


  • Rosie’s ‘Ching-Chong’ Comment Draws Laughs From View Studio Audience, Ire From City Councilman
  • ABC and Oprah Hand Out Reality Cash–CBS Gives Jack Osbourne a Weapon and a Badge


    Reality Round-up, courtesy of Cynopsis.

    ABC is determined to do good, with Oprah’s assistance.
    The Big Give is an elimination show, where 10 do-gooders pay it forward on a weekly basis. have his/her greatest wish granted. Oprah fans will recognize this from a recent show.

    Your Money or Your Life helps families who need money and get it, along with budgeting advice.
    Can’t she just write a check and be done with it?

    CBS makes no pretense to redeeming social value.
    Armed & Famous turns five celebrities –Erik Estrada, La Toya Jackson, Jack Osbourne, Jason “Wee-Man” Acuna and Trish Stratus, into cops. The stars will learn everything from how to handle firearms and tasers to hand-to-hand combat.
    Jack Osbourne with a taser: the mind boggles.

    Titan of the Music Industry, Dead at 83

    ahmet.jpgAhmet Ertegun, founder of Atlantic Records died today in Manhattan. Ertegun had been in a coma since Oct. 29, when he fell backstage at a Rolling Stones’ concert marking Bill Clinton’s 60th birthday.

    Ertegun missed the chance to sign the Beatles and Elvis, but David Geffen tells the NYT that Ertegun gave him his start, financing Geffen’s label Asylum in the 1970s.

    Vote! Spike, Stern, Steele Among Media Awards Nominees

    jared_paul_stern_sm.jpgThe biggest scandals. The biggest busts. The most underrated media stars. The people that moved the media needle in ’06. If you haven’t voted in’s first annual year-end media awards, well, you probably have what is considered by most social standards a “life.” But screw it, vote anyway!

  •’s 2006 Year-End Media Awards: Vote Now!
  • Media Events: 12.14.06


    Parties, panels and other notable media gatherings

    THURSDAY 12.14.06

    WHAT: The Nation‘s Annual Holiday Party
    WHEN: 6:00PM – 9:00PM
    WHERE: Telephone Bar & Grill, 149 Second Avenue (between 9th and 10th Sreets)
    WHY YOU SHOULD GO: We’re figuring the looney lefties at the Nation will be in a celebratory mood after last month’s election.
    NOTE: Another invite-only affair.

    Ad Age‘s White Christmas | Is Jann Wenner Like Jesus? | Martin Scorsese Quotes Recycled | ‘P. Daddy’ | Mail-Bombing Marie Claire Advertisers With Radar | Girls Gone Wild‘s Community Service

    • NYC Comptroller: Targets Google, Yahoo. [NY Sun]
    • Girls Gone Wild Founder: Gets community service. [AP]
    • Martin Scorsese Quotes: Recycled by LAT for interview. [Page Six]
    • If Meeting Atoosa Was ‘Like Meeting Jesus’: What will meeting Jann Wenner be like? [WWD]
    • Lotta White People: At Ad Age Christmas party. [copyranter]
    • Restauranteur Daniel Boulud: Relives encounter with “P. Daddy.” [LX.TV via Jossip]
    • CNN’s Sanjay Gupte: To contribute to CBS, too. [TVNewser]
    • Anonymous Mailer: Bombing L’Oreal and other advertisers with anti-Marie Claire Radar article. [Ad Age]