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Archives: November 2007

Osbourne Auction Action


The Osbourne auction is up and running. Sharon and Ozzy don’t have terrible taste, but the stuff is way over-priced. Cheapest item is a guitar lamp for $20 and the most expensive is a 2006 Bentley for $160,000.

You can bid online.

While the thought of buying Kelly’s old clothes makes us squirm, it could be good fun to win Sharon’s wig and red cardie.

A portion of the proceeds are being donated to benefit The Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

2008 McCormick Tribune Fellows Named


This year’s new crop of McCormick Tribune Fellows has been named. The program is aimed at minority executives in the news business and is held in conjunction with Northwestern University.

2008′s winners are:

  • Rodney Brooks (USA Today)
  • Sharon Wilmore (Detroit Free Press)
  • Carole Carmichael (The Seattle Times)
  • Terrence Williams (New York Times Co.)
  • Johnita Due (CNN)
  • Orlando Rosales (WTPH 14 – Azteca America)
  • Shiree Woody (WBBH-NBC2 & WZVN-ABC7)
  • Jayme Ribeiro Neto (WRMD Telemundo Tampa)

    Full press release after the jump.

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  • Top 25 Gay Characters Named


    After Elton lists the Top 25 Gay Characters on TV, but has to resort to buying into a stereotype to get Law & Order’s Dr. Huang on to the list. Besides Huang’s “soft spoken manner”, he’s played by out actor B D Wong. And everyone knows gay actors can’t play straight.

    Everyone else selected was on some soap opera, Will and Grace or Queer as Folk.

    Conrad Black: ”I’ll Be Back”


    The defiant Lord Black of Crossharbour told BBC this morning that he would return to public life as ”a functioning member of society,” but not as a press baron. Black conceded that it is not as easy making as profit on newspapers. Conrad Black is free on bail from his fraud and obstruction of justice charges. Comparing himself to resurrected corporate titans like Martha Stewart, Al Taubman and Michael Milken, Black declared, ”I’ll be back.” On the subject of future books, Black, an accomplished biographer, added, ”I will write the authoritative story of these travails.”

    Conrad Black is scheduled to be sentenced on December 10.

    (image via canada)

    Try to Comment at LA Times Site–We Dare Ya!


    LA Times hell-hound Patterico invites all interested parties, (as it’s a rainy Friday, that’s everyone) to submit comments at the LA Times Readers’ Representative blog.

    And why should you do so? Because, Patterico is pretty sure that the blog comments are very carefully screened, so that only happy talk can appear. The site’s disclaimer states:

    All comments will be read and forwarded to the appropriate Times staffers. Those that touch on topics of wide interest or raise new aspects of the conversation will be posted.

    Thus, Jamie Gold can figure that comments asking why Tim Rutten is still employed or who’s at fault for a screw-up will be considered not new enough for publication. She might represent the readers, but she’s paid by the LA Times.

    The San Francisco Chronicle has been roundly criticized for a tricky little software maneuver that deletes critical comments, but allows the commenter think otherwise. Clear your cookies!

    Thompson Out As Redbook Creative Director

    WWD reports that Jenny Leigh Thompson has left Redbook. Thompson was previously Redbook‘s creative director. Michael Picon will be temporarily serving as creative director while the publication does a search for a permanent CD.

    WGA 07 Strike Week 4: Carson Daly Caught on Tape!

    Carson Daly sneaks into NBC, but Nina Bargiel caught him, the scamp.

    And the AMPTP offers a roll-back. Last 3 weeks? Never happened. Bryan Lourd stamps his tiny foot in frustration.

    Conan O’Brien will pay the salaries of his non-writing staff members of his show for the immediate future. David Letterman’s doing the same through his production company Worldwide Pants. Staffers at NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, however, will be laid off as of today.

    A location on Sunset, just east of Sunset Junction, attracted a picket line yesterday afternoon. Tell us about it, via the Tip Box.

    Jeremy Blake’s Unfinished Work in Corcoran Show


    In today’s NYT, Dan Levin has an interesting story about how Jeremy Blake’s unfinished art work was pieced together for the show at the Corcoran:

    Jonathan P. Binstock, the curator of the Corcoran exhibition, and Lance Kinz, a director of Kinz, Tillou & Feigen, decided to incorporate “Glitterbest” into their exhibitions in its incomplete state out of deference to Mr. Blake, who had approved inclusion of some of the images in the Corcoran exhibition catalog and advance announcements for the New York show. They hoped the unfinished work would give viewers insight into his creative process and provide a glimmer of what the video might have become.

    It would be uncharitable–accurate, but uncharitable–to suggest that Blake’s indebtness to his dealer may have been a compelling reason for that dealer to want as much material as possible in the show.

    David Sigal, who’s described as “a documentary filmmaker and videographer” was recruited to finesse the files into some sort of order. Sigal also turned to the internet to try to get some sense of Blake’s last days and found the slough of conspiracy sites, which must have been wrenching.

    Alas, there’s no reaction from the not-known-for-his -reticence Malcolm McLaren about the finished portrait.

    LAT In 90 Seconds

    31866358-29180850.jpgWe Weren’t Wasting Time. We Were Doing Research: Need convincing that Deborah Netburn and Patrick Day have the easiest jobs at the paper? Read what they get paid to do.

    33593006-15145426.jpgEnd In Sight? After four days of silence, the AMPTP put out a press release announcing it has offered new proposals for digital revenue. The WGA has asked for time to examine the proposals. Both sides agreed to meet again beginning Dec. 4.

    34023484-29152723.jpgA Cheat-Sheet For Your Office Pool: Reporter Josh Friedman kicks off a new weekly feature that predicts weekend box office take. No word on how many shots Friedman has to take each time he’s wrong.

    Morning Call Time: 11.30.07

    In today’s Morning Call Time, the WGA and AMPTP finally have something to talk about, Peter Sarsgaard and Vera Farmiga get orphaned, and Jessica Alba and Hayden Christensen attempt to wake up the box office.

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