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Archives: March 2008

Peter Larsen: Bring Your Daughter To Work Day

Clearly vying for the Dad Of The Year Award, Orange County Register reporter Peter Larsen enlists the aid of his 11-year-old daughter, Juliet, to help cover the 2008 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards on Saturday night.

It’s a cute writerly gambit, and a great way to introduce the art of Red Carpet (or, in this case, Orange Carpet) reporting to a child:

The big stars always arrive last on the carpet, but finally Miley Cyrus, whose role as Hannah Montana has made her the biggest star in the tween-iverse, approached our station.

After introductions and handshakes, I throw the ball to Juliet, suggesting she ask Miley something that kid fans might want to know.

“Uh, uh, I’m still just stunned to be actually meeting you!” is what comes out, which strikes us as the perfect response — how many tween fans of Miley wouldn’t be left speechless by the encounter?

We’re glad she had fun … and happier still that we’re not likely going to be losing our jobs to a fifth grader (yet).

The Economist Tops AdWeekMedia Hot List

EconomistCY.jpgThe economy’s in the tank, but at least one business pub is faring fine. AdweekMedia awarded the top spot in its 28th annual Hot List to The Economist, which saw ad revenue jump 24 percent in 2007. The mag’s publisher Paul Rossi and editor John Micklethwait doubled up, winning “Executive Team of the Year” award. We’re just glad someone’s making money in this climate.

After the jump, AdWeek‘s top ten.

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Stephanie Miller Retains Vagina, Votes Obama

Stephanie Miller, who we used to like, tells Larry King and former ABC anchor Carol Simpson:

I’m a woman. I don’t want to turn in my vajayjay for not supporting Hillary Clinton. I just think that she just can’t win.

If you want to refer to your vagina on national television, and you’d rather not use the C-word, please find an alternative expression. Personally, we’d refer to our ovaries. Because we’re una mujer de verdad.

As is Nora Ephron. Even though we make fun of her, and her fluctuating hormones, she’s got Hillary’s number:

I think she was once a truthful person and her lying skills were forged in the early years of her marriage, forged in the crucible of Bill’s infidelities and in her role as point person in dealing with them. This is what happens when you marry a narcissist: he spills the milk, you clean it up and your love grows. And then you end up a liar, just like him.

LAT In 90 Seconds

37359462-31093107.jpgMore Juno Music: A second Juno soundtrack is due April 8. The songs, all ultimately deleted from the film, make up an album called Juno B-Sides: Almost Adopted Songs. Cute, no?

37360087-31095556.jpgCasanova Singer Dies: Singer Sean Levert died after an “emergency” in jail, though no one is saying what happened yet. He was 39.

aftralogoss.jpgAFTRA Talks Could Begin This Week: Breaking with SAG after 27 years of collective bargaining, AFTRA says it could begin talks as early as this week with the studios. Actors backstabbing each other? Who wudda thunk it?

Memopad Distilled: Totally Wired

  • Background info a-go-go on new Wired publisher Chris Mitchell. Because in Condé Nast land, staying at the same job for more than a year is pretty unheard of.

  • Latina magazine is getting a redesign.

  • LA Times Buyout List Gets Longer and Longer

    KRod has the list of LA Timesfolk taking the buyout and shaking the dust of Spring Street from their heels. FBLA’s big cool foodie pal, Charles Perry is on the list, as is the delightful Gina Piccalo, Kevin Crust, and too many others. We wish them all the best, and wonder why Los Angeles must remain a one-paper town.

    Not mentioned, but also moving on is our favorite correspondent, Stephan Pechdimaldji, Senior Manager, Media Relations. He’s moving to a Silicon Valley outfit, and thus will clutter our inbox with happier news, no doubt.

    Scholars Seeking Richard Widmark’s Hitler Youth Film

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    Actor Richard Widmark, who died earlier this month, had been an amateur filmmaker back in 1937. On a post-college cycling trip, he and a friend shot a short 8mm documentary about Hitler Youth camps. Film historians are keen to find the 1937 footage, but the best guess is that it was probably destroyed upon the the US’s entry into the war.

    Widmark played Col. Tad Lawson, the prosecutor in the 1961 film Judgment at Nuremberg.

    Morning Call Time: 03.31.08

    In today’s Morning Call Time podcast, Marc Toberoff blasts Warner Brothers back to Krypton, Mos Def and Gabrielle Union take a ride in Darnell Martin‘s Cadillac, and Simon Baker goes mental at CBS.

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    UC Berkeley’s J-School Saves Investigative Reporting

    … for three lucky people.

    April 1 is the deadline to apply for the J-school’s second annual investigative reporting competition.

    Three winners will receive a three-year long fellowship in investigative reporting, complete with office space, phones, basic expenses and funds for travel. Oh, and a wage of $45,000, more than enough to keep them afloat until they get a job with Pro Publica.

    Full details after the jump

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    Tapper Spanks Curtis Sliwa: The Transcript

    Curtis Sliwa is a class act. He reeks of swellegance and savoir faire (Averted Gaze). After calling Barbara Walters a ”cadaver in formaldehyde,” and Joy Behar ”Joyless,” and Whoopi Goldberg, ”The Whoopster with all of the add-ons to her dreadlocks,” WABC’s resident rapier wit had ABC’s Jake Tapper on the phone to talk about Reverend Wright’s … behavior. Tapper, of course, caught the irony. Hereafter, an invitiation to a media spanking; Transcript:

    Sliwa: I’d never hear that he had Jake Tapper of ABC national news, Have you or any of your colleagues ever heard that the Reverend Jeremiah Wright in fact knew he had deeply offended people?

    Jake Tapper: No, I have not, but … can I take issue for a second with the way you described the women on The View?

    Sliwa: Oh oh

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