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Archives: November 2008

Sunday’s NYT: The Drive-by Edition

Liza.jpgThis should be interesting.

This is unbelievable, terrible, and disturbing, truly.

Raise your hand if you’re surprised by this: “When Donna Campiglia learned recently that a genetic test might be able to determine which sports suit the talents of her 2 1/2 year-old son, Noah, she instantly said, Where can I get it and how much does it cost?

Can this possibly be a surprise to anyone?

Publishing is over…again. Good stories, not so much.

Arguably these are three of the most powerful people on earth.

Maybe the only sort of mathematical equation that makes sense to us. Also, from time to time the City Section is a beautiful thing.

Could there be a better metaphor for what has lead to this financial crisis?

Mumbai in review.

We are our own big brother.

You Can Come and Go. They’re Staying Awhile.

“So What!” The worse the news gets the more we enjoy the Style Section.

Slowly but surely the Real Estate section succumbs to the weight of reality.

Of course if they ran stories like this every week we would quit our complaining immediately!

She’s had us since her cameo in The Muppets Take Manhattan.

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Twittering Mumbai: Citizen Journalism Gets One Step Closer to the Mainstream

25990047.JPGNot that long ago people were scoffing at the use of Twitter as viable tool for journalism. Well maybe not so much anymore! The terrorist siege in Mumbai over the weekend has proven once again how useful the mirco-blogging platform can be for reporters. Both the Times and the WSJ have run pieces on it in the last few days (during the height of the attacks we noticed the TimesBrian Stelter reaching out to anyone in Mumbai via Twitter). Jay Rosen noted (via Twitter) that the WSJ had managed to do the “Mumbai-on-Twitter story without all the “is this journalism?” hysteria.” Per the Times:

At the peak of the violence, more than one message per second with the word “Mumbai” in it was being posted onto Twitter, a short-message service that has evolved from an oddity to a full-fledged news platform in just two years.

Those descriptions and others on Web sites and photo-sharing sites served as a chaotic but critically important link among people across the world — whether they be Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn tracking the fate of a rabbi held hostage at the Nariman House or students in Britain with loved ones back in India or people hanging on every twist and turn in the standoff while visiting relatives for Thanksgiving dinner.

Covering Barack: The New Yorker Vets the President-Elect

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Barry Blitt, the cartoonist responsible for the New Yorker‘s controversial terrorist fist-jabbing cover, among others, returns this week to “vet” Barack Obama. Of course this time around “Vetting” refers to the all important decision of picking a “first” puppy — thus far we know they want a mutt, but that it needs to be hypoallergenic and won’t be a girly dog. The cover may not be all that far off the mark, actually, turns out the original meaning of the word “vetting” was to to “submit an animal to examination by a veterinarian.”

A Few Sundance Titles Might Include…

sundancepic2.jpgSundance Film Festival is still almost two months away, but already the blogging universe is making its predictions about the line-up.

Who knows where they got their info, but regardless, a few possibilities include:

“Paper Hearts” – First up is a film that almost no one has heard about until now. The feature filmmaking debut of Nicholas Jasenovec, the film is an unconventional comedy which is being described as “part-documentary, part-scripted comedy” about Michael Cera’s real-life relationship with Charlyne Yi (“Knocked Up”). Not much else is known about the film, but indie insiders are already predicting that it will be this year’s Sundance break out hit ala “Napoleon Dynamite.”

An Education – “Italian For Beginners” director Lone Scherfig‘ helms the first screenplay by About a Boy/High Fidelity novelist Nick Hornby. Adapted from a memoir by Lynn Barber, published in literary magazine Granta, the film tells a coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, who has her life turned inside out after she meets a 35-year-old sportscar-driving Brit. The film stars Emma Thompson, Rosamund Pike, Peter Sarsgaard, Dominic Cooper, Alfred Molina, Olivia Williams and Sally Hawkins.

“Brooklyn’s Finest” – Training Day director Antoine Fuqua‘s cop tale about three unconnected Brooklyn cops who wind up at the same deadly location after enduring vastly different career paths. The film stars Don Cheadle, Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, <a href="http://www.mediabistro.com/Wesley-Snipes-profile.html”>Wesley Snipes, Ellen Barkin, Jesse Williams and Lili Taylor.

“I Love You Phillip Morris” – Adapted from Steve McVicker’s 2003 novel, and based on a true story. Steve Carrey plays Russell, a criminal who falls in love with his cell mate, Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor). After Morris’ release from prison, Russell attempts a variety of bizarre prison escapes in hopes of reuniting with the love of his life. The movie was apparently pitched as “Catch Me if You Can meets Brokeback Mountain”. The screenplay was written by the team who did “Bad Santa.”

Rosie Show Isn’t So Rosy

rosie2.jpgHard to figure out which is more embarrassing…Rosie O’Donnell and this sickly attempt at a talk show, as the Hollywood Reporter maintains, or Alec Baldwin attempting to turn into Jack Paar. See the clip.

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Turkeys Away! Happy Thanksgiving from FBNY

Well it’s been a rather glum few months leading up to this year’s Thanksgiving — with the small exception of one historical Presidential election! — filled with seeming endless layoffs and foldings. Of course, four days of turkey and leftovers does tend to make everything feel slightly less dire. Also! We still have a thriving job board, and classes, and panels etc. In the meantime, happy holidays, safe travels, and for your viewing enjoyment our favorite television Thanksgiving moment. The full episode is after the jump for those of you who may need a longer break from the dinner table sometime tomorrow afternoon: “As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!”

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Jeff Jarvis Thinks ‘Community Organizers’ are the Future of Journalism

PH2005052901076.jpgThe New York Observer is running a profile on “Blogger, professor, and media consultant” Jeff Jarvis (parts of which, having to do with Bill Keller, Jarvis apparently has some issues with). Here’s some of his advice regarding how media people might approach and uncertain, quickly-changing future:

We should embrace change…Instead, too often we fight change. That’s the nature of organizations and institutions that hold power. Change might mean losing power. The great and magnificent irony of online — this would really send [Ron] Rosenbaum’s spine up — is that in my blog, in what I call Jarvis’ Law, is that I say if you give people control, we will use it. If you don’t, you lose us. The counterintuitive way of the Internet age is when you give up control, you win. The old way was to maintain control to win.

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Thrillist Celebrates Its Third Anniversary

3060998880_9eb99cb6e5.jpgLast night we dropped by Thrillist‘s 3rd anniversary party at a packed club somewhere on Varick St., which we identified a few blocks away based on the hordes of people standing outside waiting to get in. Somehow we slipped the line only to discover that there were hordes of people on the inside too! Thrillist is very popular! They also happen to be the folks who flew us to Vegas for 36hrs last June. Viva etc.

Anyway, PRNewser‘s Joe Ciarallo was also there and drew some PR lessons from the party. Also, if you’re looking for photo evidence there is plenty here and here.

Blockbuster Says ‘Bring It On’ To Netflix And Apple

blockbuster.jpgBlockbuster, which always seems poised to dive into bankruptcy, is taking arms against a sea of video troubles with Netflix, Amazon and Apple by offering technology that will bring DVD-quality videos from the Internet for next to nothing, the Dallas Morning News says.

In the video wars parlance, this is very much like a throwdown.

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