Archives: August 2011
A man climbed up to the “A” of the KTLA tower last night, shutting down traffic on Sunset as police tried to get him down. He was eventually arrested. He later told police he climbed the tower because he “had a message to deliver.”
Yahoo! is about to make a big jump into the entertainment business. The Internet behemoth is poised to launch a slate of new TV-style shows, reports Variety–including one by Oscar-nominated documentarian Morgan Spurlock. Niecy Nash and Judy Greer will also be among a group of new hosts helming original shows online.
[Spurlock] will host and produce “The Failure Club,” which follows 10 adults as they try to get past their fear of failure and take on various challenges, such as a banker looking to break into standup comedy.
Greer, a character actor best known for comedic roles, hosts “Healthy Gal: A Work in Progress,” which takes a lighthearted approach toward exploring how best to stay fit while on the road.
Nash, meanwhile, will host a comedic, relationship-oriented show called “Let’s Talk About Love.” The topics of each show will apparently be mined from Yahoo!’s massive trove of user-gathered data.
You’ve heard about the numerous power outages in the tri-state area from Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene. The widespread flooding also took its toll on many homes and businesses.
One of those businesses that felt the wrath of Irene was radio station WNYC. The AM station had been off the air since Sunday morning at 9:30.
Late Tuesday afternoon WNYC-AM began the process of getting on the air, returning at low power.
A WNYC spokeswoman says the antenna system suffered extensive damage.
While repairs continue, WNYC says listeners can also find them on their FM counterpart at 93.9, and regular AM programming is being streamed online at www.wnyc.org.
Christian station WMCA, with its antenna in Kearny, New Jersey, not far from where WNYC’s antenna is located, also was knocked off the air.
- TVNewser: Someone paid $1,050 for a date with CNN’s Don Lemon. That sounds like a lot, but he does have a nice smile.
- SportsNewser: Bill Belichick and his staff were miked-up for the entire 2009 season for an NFL Films feature. Too bad it wasn’t from the 2007 season, we would’ve loved to get some tips on how to cheat in the NFL.
- PRNewser: Colorado has declared September “Ethics Month.” Feel free to be unethical in all of the other months.
In 1993, The Player was a Golden Globe winner for Best Feature, Musical or Comedy. In 2001, one of the HFPA awards show honors went to Gene Hackman for his portrayal of Royal Tenenbaum.
Now, courtesy of Alex Ben Block in this week’s Hollywood Reporter magazine, we have a detailed breakdown of the royal Tinseltown ruckus at the center of an ongoing legal dispute between Dick Clark Productions (DCP) and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association over rights to the organization’s lucrative annual awards show. DCP claims that contracts from those two above-mentioned years are key:
DCP says the contract language, which grants it rights to produce the Globes “for any extensions, renewals, substitutions or modifications of the NBC agreement,” means it can work on the telecast as long as it remains on NBC. The company argues that it single-handedly built the Globes into the international showbiz event it has become, more than justifying its perpetual rights.
Lit journal Slake throws a big to-do every time they launch a new issue, and the events are becoming something of a staple with the local literati. Friday night the mag took over the Atwater Crossing courtyard to celebrate issue #3, and FishbowlLA braved the weekend’s heatwave to work the crowd.
More pics from Friday’s festivities after the jump.
It doesn’t get much stranger in terms of small town Southwestern newspaper coverage than the recent back-and-forth reported by the Arizona Republic about efforts to stage a U.S. style “running of the bulls” event this October in Cave Creek.
“Running with the Bulls USA” is the brainchild of Phil Immordino, a professional golf focused author, media personality, and motivational speaker. He wants to pick up where previous Pamplona-like stateside events in Mesquite, Nevada (1998-99) and Scottsdale (2002) left off, within the confines of a friend’s private arena. But the bull has now hit the fan.
In this week’s episode of “5 Things You Need to Know This Week,” we give a lesson on human reproduction, talk about the U.S. Open, sit down with Julian Assange, and, oh yeah, cover that Irene thing everyone’s been talking about.
We’re not big Howard Stern listeners, but when we heard that High Pitch Eric was going to enroll in one of our classes, we thought it was worth noting. If you’re not familiar with Eric, he (obviously) has a really high-pitched voice, and now he wants to become a reporter. He heard about our class run by Jon Leiberman, he wanted in, so he signed up.
Here is a link to the class, which starts in November. If you’re want to learn about investigative reporting, you should check it out. Leiberman has won an Emmy for his work, so the guy knows what he’s doing. And if nothing else, you can say you were in a class with High Pitch Eric.