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Archives: May 2007

Media Events: 05.30.07

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WEDNESDAY 05.30.07

WHAT:’s TVNewser Party
WHO: TV/film professionals in NYC
WHEN: 6:30PM-8:30PM
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Brian Stelter, the kid behind TVNewser, just graduated. Come raise a glass.
NOTE: Email for details and to find out if you can still RSVP.

WHAT: “Eat, Drink, and Be Literary”
WHO: Kurt Andersen
WHEN: 6:30PM
WHERE: Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAM Café, 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Drinks, dinner, live music and a conversation and with the media A-lister.
NOTE: $46

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  • Marilyn Manson On Lindsay Lohan and Why She Went Blonde

    Marilyn Manson feels called upon to recall Lindsay Lohan, her penchant for changing clothes and why she went blonde, while hosting AOL’s Top 11 Countdown.

    Memo to Manson: music, not comedy.

    Musical Chairs At The LAT

    musicha.jpgReporters and editors are rushing about as the music stops — but at least 15 people who took the buyout and will be left without seats on Friday at the LAT.

    Metpro director Efrain Hernandez will become the L.A. Regions editor, while New Orleans-based reporter Ann Simmons will return to L.A. to work G.A. for the California section.

    LA Observed as the full story.

    Tabloid Baby Says Dateline Took the Worst of Tabloid TV

    Tabloid tv is too important to be left to amateurs, as in the case of NBC Dateline’s To Catch A Predator fiasco. Tabloid Baby, who knows whereof he speaks, says:

    There’s always the pain-in-the-ass producer who thinks ethics is something other than a county outside London and points out all the horrible lapses in morality and judgment the show thrives on.

    In the case of Dateline, which is bad tabloid television, meaning tabloid television done by people who are schooled and indoctrinated in the constipated world of elitist network news and take all the wrong surface traits of tabloid, make it all look and sound respectable while presenting really shady product, the producer has a point.

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    Pirates‘ Questionable Booty | Warhol Mag Sale | Win A Kidney | Bloomberg On Block?

    Forbes Names Daughter Publisher Of New Women’s Spinoff

    moira_forbes_053007.jpgWe first heard about the planned launch of a ForbesLife spinoff aimed at executive women at Michael’s last week. Now comes word that Steve Forbes‘ daughter Moira, currently the associate publisher of ForbesLife, will be publisher of the new launch. (Catherine Sabino will serve as editor.)

    The magazine, called ForbesLife Executive Woman, is slated to debut in October.

    Forbes group president and publisher James Berrien said: “Moira Forbes is the perfect publisher for this venture, having helped mightily in building the success and growth of ForbesLife over the past three years. Equally important, she is a successful and rising female executive within the company. Her insight and efforts will prove extremely valuable as we launch this great new publication.”

    Read: she’s the boss’ daughter.

    Courtney Love On Despicable Kurt Cobain Ad Campaign


    Courtney Love has convinced punk shoe brand Dr. Martens to drop their ad campaign featuring her dead husband, Kurt Cobain. Corbis licensed the images to Saatchi & Saatchi for the campaign, and in the UK, didn’t need publicity clearance from deceased celebs. Translation: Love didn’t get paid. Tony Pierce grilled Kate Stanners, the Saatchi account exec. about the ads.

    Love, whose good taste is legendary, complained that the use of Cobain’s image without permission is despicable.

    Selling off his childhood possessions is not.

    Use of Cobain’s music in CSI:Miami is not.

    The ringtone contest is not.

    Kurt Cobain, who shot himself in 1994, earned over $50 million last year.

    Nikki Finke on Ben Silverman’s Sweet Deal with NBC and All That Have Gone Before


    While we’ve not always agreed with Nikki Finke, her latest post is a work of genius, if only for her skill with Google Images. Never have so many people looked so dreadful–and with good reason.

    Writing about NBC’s cozy deal with Ben Silverman, Finke pins Jeff Zucker to the wall, writing:

    Who are they kidding? This sweet arrangement of letting Ben have his cake and eat it too is unworkable. And NBC knows this based on very sour past experiences.

    If bodies are buried anywhere within the 30-mile zone, she’ll dig ‘em up.

    Slate’s Seth Stevenson on Starter Wife Soap


    Seth Stevenson dashes off an over-wrought piece in Slate about The Starter Wife, that mini-series that’s hyped to high heaven. The headline reads:

    Soap Opera: How Pond’s infiltrated The Starter Wife writers’ room.

    First, there’s no “writers’ room”. There’s a team, Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriott, who’ve also written Rapunzel, The Runaway Bride, and others of this genre. Writers’ rooms are a staple of weekly sitcom production.

    Be that as it may, Stevenson wrings his hands over the nefarious influence of Ponds, the moisturizer people, over Gigi Levangie Grazer’s deathless novel. Stevenson really, really hates these personal care brands–remember his Dove rant? At least Messing’s bony enough to not inspire his invective–although India’s thin, and he hated India.

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    LAT in 90 Seconds

    llq.jpgLindsay Lohan’s Q-Rating is Way Down: But her exposure is — sigh — as high as ever.

    herwaybook.jpgA Little Latin Love: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is going to endorse Hillary Rodham Clinton today at UCLA.

    rosel.jpgWe’d Love To See Her Job Description: We have no idea what covering daytime television for the LAT would entail, but lately it seems that Matea Gold’s job is simply to watch The View and write about it. Hey, LAT, need someone to cover the Daily Show?