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Archives: March 2010

‘The Wire’ Writer David Mills is Dead

david-millsjpg-f3be071ff2c3935d_medium.jpgTimes-Picayune reports:

David Mills, a staff writer and co-executive producer of the upcoming HBO drama “Treme,” died of a brain aneurysm Tuesday in New Orleans, an HBO spokesman confirmed Wednesday morning.

A former newspaper feature writer, Mills went on to write for some of the finest TV dramas of the era, including “Homicide: Life on the Street,” “NYPD Blue,” “ER” and “The Wire.”

Mills was 49 years old.

Wow, what a loss.

Alan Sepinwall the TV critic for The Star-Ledger, remembers his friend on his blog.

Photo credit The Times-Picayune Archive

Observer: Marshall Heyman to Cover Nightlife, Gossip for Wall Street Journal

chattycathy03312010.jpgSoon, deep-pocketed financiers will get the latest dishy goss alongside the latest fluctuations in interbank interest rates, reports the New York Observer. The forthcoming New York section of The Wall Street Journal already promised a marked departure from the financial daily’s traditional tone, but gossip? Rupert Murdoch really is throwing everything he can at this initiative.

A week after reporting that the Journal was readying a New York sports section, now the Observer‘s John Koblin says the paper has hired former W employee Marshall Heyman to work the party beat.

The entire New York Metro section is a fairly open attempt to steal ad contracts and readers from The New York Times. In light of that (and the Journal‘s staid reputation), Heyman’s hiring is a little odd — the Times doesn’t do gossip reporting.

Trade Talk: 3/31/2010

  • L.A. County D.A. Steve Cooley tells Roman Polanski to man up and face the charges against him in Los Angeles — The Wrap

  • Godzilla returns! — Thompson On Hollywood

  • Jesse James the latest celeb cheater in rehab — TMZ

  • “30 Rock” lands Matt Damon for a guest spot — Entertainment Weekly

  • Broke local news stations looking forward to Oprah and her hefty pricetag leaving the airwaves — Perez Hilton

  • FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

    FBLA Investigates Chatroulette

    We at FBLA felt was time to personally investigate the cultural phenomenon that is Chatroulette. And now we have, and we feel dirty.


    Oh Yeah, Ricky Martin is Gay

    140rickygay.jpgRicky Martin came out on his website a couple days ago, surprising exactly no one. He should have done this years ago, back when it would have been interesting. In this post-Ellen world, being lied to by blatantly queer but closeted celebrities gets boring real fast.

    BBC News reports on speculation about the timing of Martin’s revelation:

    Public relations expert Mark Borkowski said he suspected Martin might have been prompted to make his announcement to pre-empt a tabloid story on his private life.

    “My suspicion is it needed to get out there quickly,” he told the BBC News website, pointing to Martin’s use of the instant messaging service Twitter.

    Jesse James Train Wreck Continues

    The rumored photo of Jesse James in full Nazi mode has surfaced via Inside Edition. Cheating on Sandra Bullock with porno chicks was creepy, but as Americans we’re pretty forgiving of sex scandals. Wearing an SS officers cap and doing a “Heil Hitler” salute for the camera, that’s a little harder for us to get past.


    According to TMZ, James has checked himself into a rehab facility that treats drug, alcohol and sex addiction. Wonder if they also treat being a racist prick?

    Pick A Winner | Peep This | Celebrity Weeklies Continue To Break Ground

    Naked Apartments: A New York startup focused on local real estate is making funny videos of people doing things I may possibly also sometimes do in the privacy of my apartment. Be sure to check out our interview with them later this week!

    Washington Post: Peeps act out your most tolerated movies, TV shows, icons, books, events, and memes with adorable and diabetic results.

    New York Times: Evidently there is but one photograph of Sandra Bullock that can effectively convey the heartache of being cheated on multiple times by an alleged white supremacist.

    AgencySpy: I liked this post because it was about butts.

    Suzanne Rico On Her Departure From KCBS 2

    150rico.jpgChannel 2 morning anchor Suzanne Rico was one of several staffers let go in a recent “restructuring” at KCBS 2/KCAL 9. She offers some insight into her departure with this open letter:

    I write this letter from a beach chair, watching a squadron of brown pelicans dive-bombing the surf in front of me. This fairly deserted stretch of Mexican beach is not a bad place to lick my wounds after getting fired by KCBS-TV (Channel 2), where I have anchored the morning and midday newscasts for the past 7 1/2 years. I write to set the record straight about being “restructured” out of my anchor chair and to provide some context to the story. There was no mention of my own dissatisfaction with the job and the state of local news in the limited news release of my departure. The following is an excerpt from an email I sent in January to my agent, asking him to convey my feelings to the new KCBS management:

    “[T]he worst thing about my job is that I don’t feel valued at CBS and haven’t for many years. I tried… to be more than just a newsreader – but continually got feedback that someone to read the teleprompter was all that was required and indeed, all that was wanted from management. After years of pitching stories, after pitching ways in which I could further contribute to the betterment of the product that elicited no response or support, I let it go. I am secure in my ability to contribute to a great news product if my wings are not clipped, and would welcome the opportunity to do that. But things have to change… Excellence does not happen in a vacuum and without support and collaboration between individuals.”

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    GQ Names Devin Gordon Senior Editor

    Starting May 1st, Devin Gordon will be senior editor of GQ. Gordon formerly edited Newsweek‘s Periscope and had been working on the relaunch of