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Archives: February 2008

Brian Williams Does The Daily Show

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams subjected himself to interrogation from The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart. ”This is why I drink,” said the anchor, in a lighthearted moment.

FOX11 Thinks OC Is Hot

GetImage.ashx.jpegIt’s about time Orange County was appreciated for its sheer hotness.

On March 1, FOX11 will launch an OC Edition of myfoxla’s HOTLIST, a reader-based rating system that allows the hoi polloi to comment on their favorite (or not-so-favorite) businesses.

Powered by CityVoter, this Yelp-like site allows for photo-sharing, video uploading and other new-media/citizen journalism/customer interactive doodads.

We’re becoming increasingly enamored of such sites. Why, it was that first introduced us to Menchies. Thanks, guys!

Media Events 2.29.08


SUNDAY 3.01.08
WHAT: KCRW’s ArtDontSleep concert series
WHO: Blu & Exile, Platinum Pied Pipers and Black Spade Tiombe Lockhart
WHEN: 9 p.m.
WHERE: The Crash Mansion
WHY: It’s an underground hip hop and soul music scene. And you know what that means: Old, white people. More info here.

SATURDAY 3.08.08
WHAT: Classic Rock Sing-Along
WHO: You. And a bunch of other drunks.
WHEN: 10 p.m.
WHY: If you have to ask, don’t come. 21 and over. $5 cover.

THURSDAY 3.27.08
WHAT: Meet The Teachers Night
WHO: Teachers, including Jen Jones, Chad Gervich, Rita Williams, Sally Lehrman, David Seidman, Eric Hiss and Nancy Kremer
WHEN: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: LA Headquarters
WHY: Because our classes our great, our instructors are smart and the drinks are free. Reservations Required.

Giant Gets A New EIC

GiantCover.jpgHipster pop culture mag Giant (see previous) has a new EIC. A new, kinda sorta familiar EIC.

Emil Wilbekin, the former editor-in-chief of Vibe, has been tapped to serve as the mag’s official new honcho. Previous EIC Smokey D. Fontaine has been promoted to Chief Content Officer of Radio One, Giant‘s parent company.

Wilbekin’s previous post was as VP of brand development at Marc Ecko Enterprises.

So how will corporate culture at self-consciously macho Giant react to the hiring of Wilbekin, who’s openly gay? We’ll see.

Schwarzenegger to Ohio–Catch Him in Italian


Journos looking for a quick interview with California’s Governator might want catch a flight to Columbus, Ohio, this weekend. The Arnold Classic–not a golf tournament, thankyouverymuch–is in full schwing, and the former Mr. Universe never misses the event.

Another tip from Italian TV correspondent Valentina Martelli–”Speak to him in Italian! He always stops to chat in Italian.”

LAT In 90 Seconds

36193090.jpgThe New New Line: The 30-year-old studio behind The Lord Of The Rings will lay off hundreds and be merged into its corporate sibling, Warner Bros. We blame Iraq.

36137426-27083918.jpgTo My Blake, Incarcerated: Amy Winehouse will not be joining her hubby in jail. ondon police are no longer investigating the “Rehab” singer on suspicion of witness tampering.

34239268-12165554.jpgPeddling Influence: The Troll-Doll Olsen Twins, Mary-Kate and Ashley are putting together a coffee-table book about fashion, titled Influence. We’d have to be under the influence to buy it.

Morning Call Time: 02.29.08

mblogo022908.jpgitunes-logo022908.pngIn today’s Morning Call Time podcast, Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne need a new line of work, ABC gives Zach Braff and Bill Lawrence a fresh set of scrubs, and Judd Apatow, Nick Stoller, and Jason Segal get engaged.

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Adventures In Traumatic Advertising: Anthony Bourdain Edition


Pity poor Anthony Bourdain. The Travel Channel host was recently recruited as the network’s HD poster boy, as shown in the ad above. People were a bit surprised.

Bourdain was one of them. He writes:

You have to wonder about an ad depicting a dead squirrel–with the caption “Some Things Look Better In HD.” Which is pretty much what the geniuses at Travel Promo have subjected innocent members of the public to. Actually, it was worse: An old photo of yours truly–after a horrifying night of drinking in Iceland, huddled, near naked in the Blue Lagoon, pondering whether to throw up or simply sink beneath the surface and die. Is this enticing? Does this make ANYONE–even longtime convicts–feel compelled to tune in? Some Things May Indeed Be Better in HD. My puffy, drink ravaged face and 51 year old naked torso would NOT be one of them.

For more adventures in cringe-inducing Travel Channel advertising, click here.

Open Air Magazine Launch Party


Last night at The Pulse Restaurant & Bar, USA Today celebrated the launch of Open Air Magazine, their latest venture sporting the tag line ”Be active. Live well.” Among the attendees at Rockefeller Plaza were: Jack Curry, Executive Editor of USA WEEKEND, Jesse James, owner of West Coast Choppers, Marcia Bullard, President and CEO of USA WEEKEND, and Craig Moon, President and Publisher of USA TODAY.

The premiere issue of Open Air Magazine will be available on March 7 in copies of USA TODAY.

(Photo Credit: Todd Plitt)

Russ Smith: The Nation Is Relevant


First, the Alaska cruise, now this. Conservative New York Press founder Russ Smith finds The Nation — which, historically has found its voice during Republican administrations — as politically and culturally relevant. From The New York Press:

”Flush with almost unprecedented commercial success, it could be that The Nation has purposely dialed down the incendiary rhetoric (with the glaring exception of bon vivant columnist Eric Alterman, whose self-righteousness is exceeded in ugliness only by his spurious and continuing claim that The Times is not a liberal newspaper) as editor Katrina vanden Heuvel makes the rounds on cable talk shows with the near-ubiquity of a Howard Fineman or Pat Buchanan. And that’s fine with me, since the pages of The Nation are comfortably earnest, almost devoid of the obscene noblesse oblige hypocrisies of The Times.”

The patronizing tone notwithstanding, a favorable comparison to The New York Times from Smith, a longtime admirer of The Gray Lady, is faint praise indeed.

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