- TVNewser: MSNBC’s Chris Matthews is going to be hosting a President’s Day special focusing on Bill Clinton. Here’s hoping Clinton busts out the sunglasses and sax for old times sake.
- GalleyCat: What’s happening in Egypt is both scary and fascinating. Add this bit of news to what you’ve already digested about that story: Young people are protecting libraries from rioters.
- AllTwitter: Lady Gaga will probably reach eight million followers sometime this week. But hey, your 37 followers is nothing to be ashamed about – you keep telling them about your toe fungus – they need to know!
Archives: January 2011
For the moment, the most famous showbiz connection involving the small town of Eagle, Idaho is a resident by the name of George Kennedy. The actor, who turns 86 next month, won an Academy Award for Cool Hand Luke and was a willing, onscreen foil for the late Leslie Nielsen.
Hoping to soon follow in those footsteps is 13-year-old local Connor Williams (pictured), originally from Folsom, California. Williams is showcasing himself with full confidence via the URL ImGoingtoHollywood.com, where his biography informs that he directed his first short film at age ten and collected his inaugural festival prize soon thereafter.
Starting next Thursday, the 10th, the Daily News will include a new section titled “Uptown News,” which will cover Harlem, East Harlem, Inwood, and Washington Heights. JoAnne Wasserman is Uptown News’ Bureau Chief, and the section will be published every Thursday, Friday and Sunday.
In addition to Uptown News, the paper is expanding its local section overall, increasing outer borough coverage from one day of the week to every weekday and Sunday, starting next Monday, the 7th.
Kevin Convey, Editor-in-Chief of the Daily News, said the expansion is due to consumers wanting more:
The Daily News borough sections have been bringing New York’s communities to life every week and our readers want more of that personal connection, which is why we’re expanding our community coverage to bring them the latest news from their neighborhood every day and adding a new section for the residents of Manhattan’s uptown communities.
Imagine – a New York paper providing coverage of Harlem and the outer boroughs almost every single day. It’s almost like the Daily News is saying that those who live there matter, but we’re still awaiting official word on that.
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At this year’s TV Land Awards, the first held in New York City, broadcasting icon Regis Philbin will receive the Legend Award.
The awards will take place April 10 at the Jacob Javits Center, and debut on the channel April 17.
“Regis Philbin is an adored television icon,” said Larry W. Jones. “A native New Yorker, he has given a slice of the city to all of his loyal viewers. TV Land is thrilled to have an opportunity to honor him.”
Earlier this month, Philbin, 79, announced his retirement from Live with Regis and Kelly. He is planning to stay with the program through the summer.
When it comes to buying Vanity Fair, it’s all women, all the time, according to a MIN online report. The magazine’s best-selling issues from 2010 all featured women on the cover, with August 2010 (featuring a profile of Angelina Jolie) selling the most.
The Jolie issue sold over half a million copies, followed by Lady Gaga (460,056), Meryl Streep (447,000), Grace Kelly (417,000), and Marilyn Monroe (408,700).
The worst selling issue for Vanity Fair was the June World Cup Preview, which had half-naked soccer stars Ronaldo and Drogba on the cover. It sold only 269,000 copies, proving that Vanity Fair readers are more interested in women and (once again) Americans really don’t like soccer.
Rodale has tapped Matthew Spengler to serve as online advertising director for their fitness titles Men’s Health and Women’s Health. Spengler will work under Men’s Health and Women’s Health SVP/Publisher Jack Essig.
Spengler most recently worked as director of sales at BBE and oversaw video ad sales and original programming for the network. Earlier in his career he was a sales director at HealthCentral and also has worked at Audience Science, Phase2Media, and AOL Time Warner.
Beginning tomorrow, Curtis Sliwa will add afternoons to his radio work at The Apple/970 AM WNYM.
Sliwa, already helping listeners with their commute to work from 5 to 9 a.m., extends his day with a 5 to 7 p.m. show.
In the afternoon, he’ll be joined by journalist Gerson Borrero. The duo is familiar to New Yorkers for co-hosting on NY1.
“Curtis Sliwa & Gerson Borrero’s segment on TV is wildly popular and to bring this format to radio is terrific.” adds program director Peter Thiele. “Gerson’s voice in the Latino and NYC progressive communities is without parallel and thankfully now everyone will be able to get his perspective for two hours a day in a debate format with New York icon Curtis Sliwa. New York is the most interesting city in the world, and New Yorkers deserve a live and local talk show about the issues people really care about.”
Earlier this month, we reported that Sliwa would be part of the station’s weekend lineup as well.
Wall Street Journal contributor Michael Judge is the latest journalist to make the pilgrimage to Carmel, California to chat with former mayor Clint Eastwood. He does a nice job of painting the picture of what it’s like to sit down with the 80-year-old Hollywood icon on the actor’s home turf.
In the comments section, several readers debate Eastwood’s declaration that his upcoming biopic of J. Edgar Hoover starring Leonardo DiCaprio will not really address allegations that the FBI chief was a closeted homosexual and cross-dresser. While some comments reflect disappointment and surprise that this would be the case with a screenplay written by Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black (Milk), others like Sally Wilson applaud the non-salacious focus:
Many years ago my spouse pleaded with Richard Pryor concerning a planned biographical film on the legendary Charlie Parker. To make his point he sent Pryor a tape of varied musicians of the thirties and forties to show… that the curse of drugs and racism though existent in Parker’s life was not the essence of his genius and his demons. Pryor did not produce the story.
John Barry, the man who probably did more to make James Bond a household name than Sean Connery, died in New York yesterday at the age of 77. Barry was the musician behind the scores of a dozen Bond films, including “Goldfinger.” He picked up five Oscars over the course of his more than 40-year career, for films like “Out of Africa” (1985) and “Dances with Wolves” (1990). His compositions were often way better than the movies they were in. The piece above is from the otherwise forgettable 1979 film “Black Hole.” The LA Times‘ Randall Roberts compiled a Youtube list of some of Barry’s other great works.
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