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Archives: May 2011

Tim Burton’s LACMA Exhibit Drawing Mixed Reviews

The Tim Burton exhibit opened this weekend at LACMA and was summarily panned by the LA Times.

In an art museum, do we really need to see baby Penguin’s black-wicker pram from “Batman,” Catwoman’s shredded polyurethane cat suit or the fluffy angora sweater used as a fetishistic prop in “Ed Wood”? Such dark or peculiar items are often outward signs of their character’s concealed inner life; but that’s catalog essay interpretation, not exhibition material. You get the feeling they’re only here to satisfy the paying movie fans. Sometimes the display looks like the Arclight Cinema lobby on steroids. Toss in assorted puppets and a few toy-like sculptures, such as a suspended flying-saucer carousel illuminated by black-lights, and the quotient of celebrity self-indulgence climbs.

Ouch.

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Associated Press Names New Political Editor

The Associated Press has promoted Liz Sidoti from Chief Political Writer to Political Editor. Sidoti has covered national politics for the AP since 2003. In her new role she’ll lead a Washington-based team of political writers and oversee AP journalists that are positioned in every state’s capital.

Sally Buzbee, the AP’s Washington Bureau Chief, says that Sidoti’s experience will serve her well:

Liz’s career is steeped in AP’s rich tradition of being first with political news; she’s a ferocious competitor. Even more remarkable is her ability to push and improve the work of those around her. She is a model for how journalists can cut through the political noise and fit the pieces together to explain what is happening in politics and why it matters to people beyond the nation’s capital.

 

Allegra Huston Recalls the Pitfalls of Being a Hollywood Love Child

As Allegra Huston reveals in a heartfelt essay for Newsweek, she first learned that film director John Huston was not her real father right around the same age that Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s illegitimate son is now struggling with his new identity.

The year was 1976, and John Huston had recently run off to Mexico with the household maid. Her stepmother sat her down to reveal that her biological dad was in fact John Julius Norwich, an English lord and media personality, and that this heretofore unknown parent was about to arrive for a belated introduction:

My “real” father? This sounded more like a fairy tale, the unpleasant kind. When he left, after a long, awkward hour, I had no idea what role he would play in my life. None would be fine with me.

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The Hollywood Reporter‘s Janice Min Draws Praise from NY Times

When former US Weekly editor Janice Min took over The Hollywood Reporter, she had her work cut out for her. Many, including us, were skeptical that the floundering trade mag could be revived. But in just 10 months, Min has transformed the troubled daily into an attractive weekly, and earned her place in a Sunday NY Times column from media critic David Carr.

Carr calls Min “a demure Columbia graduate who knows her way around a Diane Von Furstenberg dress.” Her management style sounds as if it verges on the Zen:

Many magazine editors are known for cutting a wide swath in their own offices and beyond. Ms. Min has never been big on acting big. For much of an editorial planning meeting last Tuesday for The Hollywood Reporter’s weekly magazine, Ms. Min was content to let Owen Phillips, the executive editor, run through the schedule.

Not many editors seem as content to just let people do their jobs.

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History | About a Girl | A Perfect Match

Memo to Arnold: Your Comeback Project Should Be My Dinner with Siggy

At this point, there’s really only one person who can properly decipher the motives of our shamed ex-Governor and one-time box office king – his fellow Austrian Sigmund Freud. Of course, the real Freud died in 1939, but this is Hollywood, so the good news is there are any number of other Freud’s to choose from for a candid, heartfelt low-budget sit-down in the vein of My Dinner with Andre.

Too bad Viggo Mortensen is already taken as Freud, via David Cronenberg‘s upcoming drama A Dangerous Method. He would have been perfect.

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Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. White House Adds New Position to Deal with Unfavorable Online Media, May 23
  2. People.com Editor Comes Out as Transgender, May 20
  3. Did Someone Pay for the Leaked Sarah Palin Twitter Story? May 24
  4. Women Like The Nook, Men, The iPad, May 23
  5. USA Network Takes Over Entire New Yorker Issue, May 23
  6. Fortune Magazine Honors the Most Powerful Women, May 25
  7. Every Ebony Issue from 1959 to 2008 Now Online, May 20
  8. Does Adweek Have a Problem with Female Editors? May 24
  9. Disney to Withdraw ‘Seal Team 6′ Trademark Applications, May 25
  10. 1050 ESPN’s Jared Max Opens Up on Being Gay, May 24

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MTV Has a ‘Clutch’ Lead Blogger Opening

If you consider yourself a radical guy, or can at least talk like one, MTV.com has a sweet opening you should know about. The site is looking for a lead blogger for its Clutch vertical, which explores the interests of the ultimate dude.

In this role, you’ll be responsible for producing 7-10 posts per day (Monday through Friday), covering music, sports, cars, pop culture, gadgets, humor, relationships, sex (obviously) and more. You should understand the voice and tone of the site, especially since you’ll be top editing copy and managing freelance writers.

Three to five years of pop culture or lifestyle online editorial experience will help you land the gig, although an understanding of SEO, viral content and metrics will make you look like a star. Those with HTML and Photoshop skills are most wanted. Self-starters and expert multi-taskers should apply here.

For more openings and employment news, follow The Job Post on Twitter @MBJobPost.

Golf Digest’s iPad Readers Make $60K More Than Its Print Readers

According to Business Insider, Golf Digest’s iPad readers make an average of $60,000 more per year and are eight years younger than the magazine’s print readers. The magazine recently hired a research firm to find out more about its readers, and those were the two big takeaways. The study also found that Golf Digest readers use the iPad to watch videos, but that’s not surprising.

Why would its iPad readers be richer and younger? Well, we’re thinking this would be the finding if any magazine surveyed their readers, not just Golf Digest. It has more to do with the iPad than the magazine.

The iPad is an expensive, frivolous (sorry Jobs, but it’s true), high-tech product. The more disposable income people have, the more likely they’d be to buy an iPad. Of course they’d have to be interested in something so cutting edge in the first place, but this all points to a young demographic.

The fact that Golf Digest’s iPad readers make more money and are younger than their print readers is interesting, but only because of what that says about the iPad, not the magazine.

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