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Archives: December 2011

New Grauman’s Owners Busy Cementing Their Own Sidewalk Tradition

Purists will no doubt assail the new owners of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre for allowing three guys in Chipmunk costumes and French DJ David Guetta to joint the handprint and footprint parade this year. But get used to it.

Although co-owner Donald Kushner is upfront in an an LA Times article by Amy Kaufman about the fact that the Alvin and another, similar Smurfs ceremony in 2011 was “mock,” with the cartoon star slabs slated to be housed in a secondary location, he and partner Elie Samaha are looking to add many more people to the cement:

Kushner revealed that Grauman’s is in preliminary talks with boxer Muhammad Ali and is also speaking with the family of Michael Jackson about a square that could use the imprints of a shoe and glove the pop star donned in some of his music videos.

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The Year in Review by Hollywood’s Cattiest Critic

Louis Virtel, entertainment journalist at Movieline.com, occasional Chelsea Lately guest, and self-described “future hate crime of the century,” has taken a long, hard look at 2011 on his YouTube show, Verbal Vogueing.

More of Virtel’s “Faggot Realness” can be found on Movieline, Twitter, Facebook, and forever in our hearts.

If OWN Channel Doesn’t Work Out, Oprah’s Going to Be a Farmer

January 1st marks the one-year anniversary of the launch of Oprah Winfrey‘s OWN channel. As you’ve probably heard, 2011 didn’t go so great for OWN. Its ratings routinely failed to top the meager showing of its predecessor Discovery Health. That probably had a lot to do with the fact that for most of the year, the woman whose name makes up two-thirds of the channel acronym wasn’t on her own channel. Not sure whose idea it was to launch OWN without actually having Oprah on the channel. But whoever it was is either really dumb or really cynical. People love Oprah because she gives them quality. You can’t just slap the Oprah brand on some crap and expect people to keep tuning in.

Seems like the OWN folks and Oprah herself, have figured that out. Winfrey just gave a lengthy interview to the AP talking about her network’s year-one struggles.

She attributes the channel’s rough start to a more basic error: The lack of a “library” of programming for the many hours of airtime not filled by original shows, compounded by overconfidence about her market value in general.

“I don’t understand what anybody was thinking. You’re going on the air, you’ve got four shows. What do you think you’re going to do by Tuesday? Did they think people were going to turn on the channel just because it had my name on it?” she said, sounding almost eager to cast doubt on her drawing power.

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Some Regional Media Group Staffers Already Getting Employment Offers

When the New York Times sold off its Regional Media Group to Halifax, the natural assumption was that many of the staffers on the 16 papers that were part of the deal wouldn’t be retained. However, some are already getting much better news. The Atlantic Wire received an anonymous email from a staffer on one of those papers, and that person had received a pleasantly surprising note offering employment:

Dear Regional Media Group Colleague,

On Tuesday, Dec. 27, you received an announcement from Michael that the Regional Media Group is being sold to Halifax Media Holdings LLC. We are pleased to inform you that Halifax has informed us that they will be offering you employment.

We are alerting you via e-mail as many people are out of the office due to the holidays and we wanted to be certain that you received this information quickly.

Should you have any questions, please speak with your publisher.

[The management]

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People Gets Less Than Real with Correction

Earlier today, the usually unimpeachable People magazine ran an incorrect item about Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kim Richards (pictured) leaving rehab. Because the report originated in their pages, it was quickly picked up by everyone from Radar Online to HollywoodLife.com.

But the item is no longer posted. Thanks in large part to GossipCop.com, People realized the error of its ways. In place of the original report, there is now a somewhat laughable correction in the magazine’s subsequent Richards item:

Despite earlier reports she had left treatment and was home with her sister Kyle, she was, in fact, visited by Kyle.

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Wall Street Journal Readers Are Apple Fanatics

If you read the Wall Street Journal online, there’s a very good chance that you’re looking at this via an iPad, Mac or something that Apple makes. We’re taking that leap of faith because according to the Journal, eight out of ten of its most-viewed corporate stories this year were related to Apple in some way.

The number one most-viewed story on the Journal’s site this year was its Steve Jobs obituary. Other Apple-centric pieces included Sprint and Verizon finally getting the iPhone, news about the iPad, the underwhelming debut of the iPhone 4S and Jobs quitting as CEO.

The only non-Apple stories were about Borders closing all of its stores and Paul Allen attacking Bill Gates. Do better next year Apple fans. Jobs wouldn’t be happy with anything less than complete domination.

Spin Offering Free App Download

Maybe you’ve never heard of Yuck, the Dum Dum Girls or Kurt Vile. It’s okay. We haven’t either. But the editors at Spin have, and those are just a few of the artists that made its Top 40 Albums of 2011 list, so they must be worth knowing. The bands also happen to have their songs featured on Spin’s iPad app, which is available for free, from now until January 5.

The best part about this offer is that once you download the app, the playlist that Spin curated from the Top 40 Albums list is yours to keep forever. That means you can stream this playlist during your New Year’s Eve party and act annoyed with your friends when they don’t know — but love — the songs that you’re blaring.

There’s also 35 videos available with the app, but remember to act unimpressed with them if you play any of them for your guests. The secret to being a Knowledgable Music Person is to be tired of everything, all the time.

The New York Post Bashes Times with Gusto

You have got to love the New York Post. When the New York Times accidentally sent an email meant for 300 to over eight million yesterday, the Post saw a chance to attack, and dammit, it took it.

Splattered across the front page of the Post today is the headline, “BAD Times,” along with a picture of Arthur Sulzberger Jr. sporting a black eye, which as Jim Romenesko points out, is almost 10 years old.

The article inside the paper detailing the “lie” is even better. It says that the Times is “red-faced,” that the paper “blundered,” and that the entire event was a “comedy of errors.” The piece ends by referencing a fake Twitter account that some loser, uh, we mean enterprising person, set up titled @NYTSpam. The account, according to the Post, already had “150 followers who were enjoying the Times squirm.”

A front page story about an email, followed by an article referencing a Twitter account with 150 followers. Don’t you ever change New York Post. Don’t you dare ever change.

Women’s Health and Gilt Groupe Join Forces

Women’s Health and Gilt Groupe, which operates Gilt.com, are teaming up for an e-commerce venture. On January 6 at noon, about 30 items that were selected by Women’s Health Editor-in-Chief Michele Promaulayko will be available for purchase on Gilt.

What kind of items? We’re thinking outfits that will impress at the gym or at the office, like pajama jeans. But don’t quote us on that.

Women’s Health editors will also contribute content to the site, which had Gilt’s Editorial Director, Melissa Liebling-Goldberg, excited. “I think its become an added bonus to the shopping experience to get that level of guidance and an editorial feel to your shopping,” Liebling-Goldberg told WWD.

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