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Archives: November 2010

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  • Time: Now Julian Assange is a political strategist, too.
  • UnBeige: Donna Karan is catching flack for doing a wee bit of housecleaning of her own, it seems.
  • AgencySpy: Grey Paris and Laird are not exactly being model companies. Chortle!
  • The L Magazine: In a few months, it’ll be even easier to get head in Madison Square Park.
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Paramount Continues to Tap Fort Knoxville

In what has to be deemed a very clever move, Paramount Pictures shot enough footage while making Jackass 3D to then use either as DVD Extra material if the film did moderately well or as a stand-alone separate product if the film did really well.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock tumbled onto you by a slack-jeans wearing daredevil, you know that Jackass 3D was a monster profit-margin hit. And so, in March 2011, Paramount will follow with digital sequel Jackass 3.5. For some, these digits are where the film will rank, at best, on the critical rating scale of one to 10. But for the folks at Paramount, there is no doubt about the standing of Johnny Knoxville (pictured) and co.

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Orange County Crap-Hop Band ‘Imperial Stars’ Charged With Felony For Blocking Freeway

Remember the band of idiots from Orange County who blocked rush hour traffic so they could play their crappy single on the 101 freeway? Here’s a reminder. Anyway, they just got hit with felony conspiracy charges for their guerilla marketing scheme media whoredom.

“This was not a matter involving free speech or lawful protest,” said LA County District Attorney Steve Cooley. “This was a well-orchestrated commercial stunt perpetrated by these defendants and their accomplices with no concern for the lives or well-being of thousands of innocent victims who were caught up in the prank. I hope this filing sends a strong message of deterrence. This type of dangerous behavior will not be tolerated.”

No word on if Cooley will seek to substitute prison time for a Singapore-style public caning. We here at FBLA fully support the endeavor.

Previously on FBLA: Orange County Media Whores Clog the 101 Freeway

Simon Cowell Eyes Cheryl Cole

Although it is not quite yet a done deal, The Guardian today strongly hints that Simon Cowell is planning to have his UK The X Factor colleague Cheryl Cole (pictured) join him on this side of the Altantic as well. Cowell’s eye for talent has of course generally been impeccable, but even for him, choosing an unknown-to-U.S.-audiences 27-year-old over other rumored TV judge candidates such as Lionel Richie and Jermaine Jackson is a bold move.

If Cole comes on board the Americanized X Factor edition, she will be following in the frequent private jet flier footsteps of not just Cowell but also Dancing with the Stars judges Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli, who travel back and forth each week to appear in UK-U.S. sister programs. Separately, as a testament to the power of Google’s cache, word is that Cole will not be switching back to her maiden name in the wake of a divorce finalized last month.

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Revamped WPIX News at Ten Has Successful November Sweeps

The PIX News at Ten, which was totally overhauled last month, had a strong November sweeps period. The newscast, now led by Jodi Applegate in place of Jim Watkins and Kaity Tong, beat out its only news rival–WNYW.

In data released by Nielsen (and obtained by WPIX), Channel 11 saw double digit increases in all key demographics during the November sweeps period. However, that was as specific as the press release got.

Of note, though, the Cablevision/Fox fight did overlap into the start of sweeps. After two weeks, an agreement allowing Fox 5/WNYW on Cablevision happened October 30. The sweeps period began Oct. 28.

WPIX also points out that in year-to-year figures they made big gains over WNYW after the jump.

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One Man’s Wizard of Oz Remake

We may never know if Robert Zemeckis was seriously considering a remake of The Wizard of Oz and was then moved by the immediate blogosphere outcry to abandon those foolish plans. But thanks to the self-publishing wonders of WordPress and Blogger, we have the next best thing.

Perry Block, owner of one of the funniest Blogspot profiles we’ve ever read, shares his Havertown, PA visions of an Oz revisit under the title Flying Monkeys in the Mist. This is no two-paragraph quick-hit job. Father of two Block goes to extensive town on the Frank L. Baum classic.

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Chris Wragge Named Early Show Weekday Co-Anchor, Set to Leave WCBS

Chris Wragge, the personable WCBS evening news anchor, is joining CBS’ The Early Show full time.  

As first reported by our own TVNewser (and the Associated Press) the network is removing its entire weekday on-air staff; co-anchors Harry Smith and Maggie Rodriguez and weatherman Dave Price. Wragge, who had been Smith’s main back-up, takes over on a regular basis. 

Wragge is currently the regular Saturday Early Show co-host with Erica Hill. The duo make the move together to weekdays.

Now with steady morning hours, FishbowlNY has learned that Wragge will leave the anchor desk permanently at WCBS.

Wragge is the WCBS anchor at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. with Kristine Johnson.
He joined Channel 2 in 2004 as the station’s main sports anchor. Wragge’s star took flight as he rose to news anchor two years later.

The Early Show changes are reportedly scheduled to begin on Jan. 3.

KISS FM Holding Coat Drive This Friday

As the holiday season gets into full swing, WRKS 98.7 KISS FM is holding a coat drive this Friday, December 3 at the Regal Cinemas in Union Square.

The 8th Annual KISS Cares Coats Drive, in conjunction the New York Cares Coat Drive, invites listeners to donate new or gently used coats to help those less fortunate stay warm during the winter months.  

Many KISS members, and special guest Kandi Burruss from The Real Housewives of Atlanta, will join in the live broadcast from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

As additional incentives, EZ Pawn Corp. will match 25 cents for every coat given in, and donors receive prizes while supplies last.

NBCU Turns To Twitter To Boost Local Appeal With The 20

As their merger with Comcast looms, NBCU continues to concentrate on local initiatives within some of the country’s major markets.  Paidcontent.org’s David Kaplan writes that NBCU local will introduce a Twitter-based TV program called The 20 which will showcase tweets from 20 major influencers in each of NBCU’s ten markets with a local television station.  NBCU aims to appeal to audiences by providing “local celebrity” Twitter users with a broad platform to discuss local issues including culture, politics, sports as well as dining and fashion preferences.

The 20 will debut in January in New York, San Diego, and Washington, D.C. and will launch in NBCU’s seven other markets throughout the year.  Each city’s exclusive list of 20 Twitter stars will change as an individual’s notoriety rises and falls. The program will appear on broadcast, on-air segments and packages, and across additional NBC local media platforms including city-specific web pages.

InStyle Launches Shopping Site StyleFind Today

Shopping can be overwhelming during the holiday season; fortunately InStyle magazine is in the giving spirit and looking to lend a hand to fashion fans.  Amy Wicks of WWD reports that InStyle rolled out StyleFind this morning and introduced consumers to the first-ever independent shopping site to branch off from a magazine.  In addition to some of the newest clothing styles, StyleFind will feature fashion and beauty accessories from 150 retailers including Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Net-a-porter, Gap, J. Crew, Mulberry, Topshop, and Mango.

InStyle managing editor Ariel Foxman touted the user-friendliness of the magazine’s new companion site:

It will be like shopping with one of our magazine editors.  The experience is edited and the search function actually works. If you search for bags with a chain, you will actually see that, but in different price points and brands.

Time Inc. plans to add complementary shopping sites for their other titles such as Real Simple, People, Essence, Entertainment Weekly, and People Stylewatch.

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