TVNewser FishbowlDC AgencySpy TVSpy LostRemote PRNewser SocialTimes AllFacebook 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

Archives: February 2007

UPOD: Silly Jokes, but So Creative

4cae.jpg

Creative juices are flowing at UPOD. Someone asked for examples of celebs with three names, and here’s what happened:

If Oprah married Deepak she would be Oprah Chopra.

If Immanuel Kant married Kipper the Dog then Benny Goodman and then Lesley-Anne Down, he’d be Immanuel Kant Kipper Goodman Down.

If Bea Arthur, groupie that she is, fell in love with the lead singer of the Police, she’d be Bea Sting.

And finally…if Yoko married Sonny and then the lead singer of U2 then divorced to become engaged to Dr. Yang from Grey’s Anatomy…we’d find in the Sunday Styles Section of the NYT an announcement of the union of Yoko Ono Bono and Sandra Oh Ono.

Oh, admit it–you laughed too.

The Art of Noise

0228_long_splash_275.jpgWe are endlessly fascinated with celebrity gossip sites — not because we care one lick about Antonella Barba, but because we’re in awe of how many words go into crafting the meringue-like confections of each individual blog post.

Take, for instance, TMZ.com’s recent posting about Justin Long. Basically, a reporter saw Long walk his dog down Robertson Blvd. yesterday. That’s it. Guy walks his dog. End of story.

But in TMZ’s capable hands, the “story” stretched to 83 words — including three puns and four pop culture references.

LAT, take note, we’ve seen the future of journalism. And it has you rolling over and playing dead.

Times‘ Bruni Goes To Penthouse Club For The Meat

picture_removed.jpg

He may be banned from all 29 Jeffrey Chodorow restaurants, but the Penthouse Club welcomes Frank Bruni with open, uh, arms

It’s no secret the New York Timesmuch lambasted food critic Frank Bruni is said to be gay. And he’s rather out about it in today’s piece from the Penthouse Club, in which he and some buddies go to sample the steak while, he says, being less susceptible to other pleasures of the flesh. Still, he does sample a desert known as a “buttery nipple”:

“It involves one of the women straddling your lap, tilting your head back, pouring a combination of Baileys Irish Cream and butterscotch schnapps down your throat, and squirting Reddi-wip into your mouth. It costs $20 in cash. Note to the newspaper’s expense auditors: I don’t have a receipt.”

Meanwhile, in a review of not food but TV, Virginia Heffernan tells us that American Idol‘s Paula Abdul has a “mom I’d like to sleep with” vibe.

We’re blushing.

In The Trades: Watching Over and Over Again

9dv.gif
YouTube removed those priceless moments of the Oscar show, at the request of the Academy, even though Ellen’s opening monologue and Will Farrell’s musical interlude were some of the most-viewed clips. Oscar.com had brief snippets of the musical numbers and the opening monologue. Copyright issues, rather than competition, are the Academy’s reasons for strong-arming YouTube.

Variety’s On The Town live-blogged the Oscars from the press room:

10:09 Scott Rosenberg is a menace to society. His fawning, self-referential questions cause the NYT’s David Halbfinger’s head to pitch forward, nearly deleting his story.

Best hr.gif

Kelsey Grammer is moving his producing deal to 20th after 15 years at Paramount. He brings “an eclectic range of projects” with him, whatever that means.

Dreamworks Animation did indeed drop a steamer on Flushed Away, with $21.3 million fourth quarter loss. Shrek the Third is supposed to rescue DWA, and next year brings a sequel to Madagascar and Jack Black in Kung Fu Panda. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Seinfeld At Oscars: What’s The Deal With Popcorn? Theater Owner: Here’s The Deal, Funny Boy

jerry_oscar.jpgJerry Seinfeld, while presenting the Oscar for best documentary feature on Sunday:

In movie theaters now, they’re trying to get you to pick up the garbage around your seat. I’m picking nothing up. I’m the one who threw it down. How many different jobs do I have to do? … You rip us off on overpriced crap.

You didn’t think theater owners would take that lying down, did ya?

Gene Oliver, owner of one RKO Allred5 movie theater in Pryor, Oklahoma, in an e-mail to Deadline Hollywood Daily:

Without popcorn there would be no industry, it is that simple … It would be helpful if ‘stars’ understood that without concessions they would have nowhere to play their films. It is hard enough to withstand the criticism of our customers who have no idea what it takes to keep a theater profitable. … Whether Mr. Seinfeld is on our screens or not, he is speaking in front of the people whose products are exhibited. Personally, I was insulted and irritated … His comments, while funny to him, indicate NO UNDERSTANDING at all of what it takes to keep theaters open. In regards to taking out [the garbage of] popcorn tubs and cups, we work very hard to get our customers in and out of the performances as quickly as possible. Any request for people to help is to better serve the people waiting to get in to the next performance. It is not to save on our labor cost.

EARLIER:

  • FBNY’s Incomprehensive, Uninformed Guide To The Oscars
  • FBLA 20 Questions: Jacob Soboroff

    latsob.jpg

    FBLA subjects Jacob Soboroff, videographer, activist, and good sport to our weekly questions.

    1. What newspapers do you read? IN 3-D, WITH COFFEE, MOST MORNINGS: NYT, LAT, DN, WSJ

    2. Which ones do you move your lips to while reading? NOW THAT I THINK ABOUT IT, NYT — THE COFFEE MAKES ME DO IT!

    3. Which Web sites are on your favorites bookmark? WAY TOO MANY (LE MONDE IS MY HOMEPAGE, MYSPACE IS MY GO-TO WHEN I CAN’T REMEMBER WHY I’M STARING AT THE SCREEN)

    4. Where do you get your car washed? PALISADES CAR WASH, ALSO ANY DO-IT-YOURSELF CAR WASH

    5. Do you know your dentist’s first name? NO CLUE

    6. Do you believe newspapers are going to die? If so, when? NO WAY

    Read more

    Conservapedia: A Wikipedia Fox News Can Love

    Perhaps George Bush will finally be able to “correct” that approval rating

    First they wanted their own Daily Show. Now it appears Fox News and its liberal-media-correcting followers are getting their own Wikipedia, too.

    From Conservapedia’s mission statement:

    Conservapedia is a much-needed alternative to Wikipedia, which is increasingly anti-Christian and anti-American. On Wikipedia, many of the dates are provided in the anti-Christian “C.E.” instead of “A.D.”, which Conservapedia uses. Christianity receives no credit for the great advances and discoveries it inspired, such as those of the Renaissance. Read a list of many Examples of Bias in Wikipedia.

    The site was launched in November by Andy Schlafly, attorney and son of the prominent conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly, and 58 students at a home school in New Jersey. (Seriously.) Only now, thanks to some mentions on science blogs and Wonkette, it seems to be getting some traction.

    Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, by the way, supports Conservapedia: “Free culture knows no bounds … We welcome the reuse of our work to build variants. That’s directly in line with our mission.”

  • Conservapedia

    EARLIER:

  • Fox News Takes Stab At Daily Show
  • LAT in 90 Seconds

    helltopay.jpgHell To Pay: Costa Mesa evangelist Chuck Smith, founded a Christian radio empire. But he’s about to give it all up to the “devil.”

    beyonceill.jpgHep Party Caterer Infected With Hep-A: Beyonce, Sports Illustrated models and other beautiful people are at risk for infection with hepatitis A after a Wolfgang Puck Catering prep cook was diagnosed with the disease. Good thing none of those people eat.

    winningscreenwriter.jpgJay Hearts Screenwriter: In his Scriptland column, Jay A. Fernandez calls the Oscars a triumph for screenwriters, saying “the ceremony was arguably the most screenwriter-friendly in modern history and, hopefully, a sign that their part in this great and glorious distraction is beginning to get its due recognition.” We’re sorry, Jay, we were distracted by Jennifer Hudson’s jacket. Did you say something?

    LA Times Praises Baghdad Bureau/ Replaces Staff

    borzou.jpg

    The Los Angeles Times is pretty pleased about their Baghdad bureau. From Marjorie Miller’s memo to the troops:

    I want to take this opportunity to thank BORZOU DARAGAHI, SOLOMON MOORE and LOUISE ROUG for their outstanding work in our Baghdad bureau. We had a
    truly remarkable year in 2006 with a wonderful mix of news, analysis, investigative stories and features. We were out front on death squads and the fact that the country had descended into civil war. We had a detailed reconstruction of neighbor-on-neighbor killings in Balad, a heart-breaking account of a family coping with the loss of a child, and a ground-breaking piece by one of our Iraqi staffers, recounting his own dehumanization as he watched the shooting of a man in front of him and did nothing to help.

    After reading this, who would want to cover school board meetings?

    But all good things must come to an end, and Tina Susman, Alex Zavis and Ned Parker will be taking over in Baghdad.

    Read more

    Atoosa 2.0: Seventeen.com To Relaunch Next Week

    ann_shoket_seventeen_relaun.jpgSeventeen editor Ann Shoket, who we’ve affectionately dubbed Atoosa 2.0, says that Seventeen.com is set to relaunch next week with what the kids love: video.

    Speaking at the MPA digital conference, Shoket said that Seventeen‘s online mission is simple: “Is it fast? Is it cheap? Is it fun?”

    And she didn’t say anything about a tribe, which is refreshing.

    EARLIER:

  • Seventeen‘s New Atoosa: Ann Shoket
  • Women’s Mag Editors’ New Quest Called ‘Tribe’
  • Inside Atoosa’s ‘Tribe’
  • << PREVIOUS PAGENEXT PAGE >>