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Archives: March 2012

FIRST LOOK: Ricky Gervais Accepting His Lifetime Achievement Award

At the 2012 Shorty Awards in New York City this past Monday, comedian Ricky Gervais received a Lifetime Achievement Award. Never mind that it was for but a relatively short period of his colorful lifetime, relayed via Twitter.

Tonight, FishbowlLA – in conjunction with event organizers – has your exclusive first look at the video acceptance speech the comedian delivered that night. We won’t spoil any of if, other than to say that the bit at the end about exchanging tweets with creationists is our favorite portion of the minute-and-change interlude. That, and the casualness of the backdrop.

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After Claiming His Shorty Award, SoCal Comedian Discovers It Was Actually a Tie*

FishbowlLA hates to be the bearer of bad news. Then again, the information we passed on earlier today to local stand-up Matt Walker fits perfectly with his blogged sentiments about traveling to New York to accept on Monday the Shorty Award for Best Comedian:

In the same category as me were Jim Norton, one of the best comedians working today, and Smosh, the Sacramento based couple that make funny videos that have many orders of magnitude greater views than anything I’ve ever done online… If the award was for the best comedian that uses Twitter of this crop of finalists, then there is a clear winner, and that’s Norton. But if the award is for the comedian that uses Twitter the best of these finalists (and that’s how I believe the award is intended to be viewed), then yeah, I guess I did deserve to win.

Turns out Norton was also a winner, just not at the big NYC ceremony co-hosted by The Daily Show’s Samantha Bee and Jason Jones. When we got in touch with Walker to ask why he was listed on the Shorty Awards website as a co-winner with Norton, it was the first he’d heard about it.

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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. Magazines Look Terrible on The New iPad
  2. Gawker Continues its Assault on Frank Bruni
  3. Karl Lagerfeld Still Attacking Tina Brown
  4. Words Are ‘Page Clutter to Be Eliminated’ and Other Tips from ‘Magazine Designer’s Guide to Magazines’
  5. CBS News Producer and Former Daily News Reporter Recounts Life in Memoir

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Analyzing Rupert Murdoch’s Revenge Tweets

The Rupert Murdoch Twitter Experience continues. He has bored us, he has surprised us, and now — like any Twitter veteran does at least once — he has vowed revenge against his many enemies. Let’s breakdown Murdoch’s mini rant, which began last night.

A strong start. When making threats on social networks it’s wise to be vague. If you tweet “I’m gonna punch [insert hater's name here] in the face tomorrow! #PunchingTime #YeahBoyyyyy” the cops might show up and ruin everything.

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Keith Olbermann Is Out at Current TV

Current TV publicly parted ways with its cantankerous star Keith Olbermann today. Current founders Al Gore and Joel Hyatt broke the news in an open letter on Current’s blog.

We created Current to give voice to those Americans who refuse to rely on corporate-controlled media and are seeking an authentic progressive outlet.  We are more committed to those goals today than ever before.

Current was also founded on the values of respect, openness, collegiality, and loyalty to our viewers. Unfortunately these values are no longer reflected in our relationship with Keith Olbermann and we have ended it.

We are moving ahead by honoring Current’s values. Current has a fundamental obligation to deliver news programming with a progressive perspective that our viewers can count on being available daily — especially now, during the presidential election campaign. Current exists because our audience desires the kind of perspective, insight and commentary that is not easily found elsewhere in this time of big media consolidation.

Olbermann has yet to respond to the news. He did, however, promise a Twitter statement in the near future.

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Joe Posnanski Departs Sports Illustrated

Joe Posnanski is leaving Sports Illustrated for a recently announced joint digital venture between USA Today and MLB. Posnanski had been with SI since 2009, and prior to that he was a writer for The Kansas City Star for 13 years.

The Big Lead reports that Posnanski hasn’t sorted out his exact departure date with SI yet, and he’s unsure what his exact role at the new venture will be.

Hero Complex Gets Its Own Geek Show

The LA Times Hero Complex blog is getting its own show on YouTube. Hosted by Times pop culture writer Geoff Boucher, Hero Complex: The Show will run on Nerdist’s soon-to-be-launched YouTube channel and will feature interviews on all things geek and/or nerd. Among other guests, Ridley Scott will be on the show to talk about Prometheus and Leonard Nimoy will also make an appearance to discuss long life and prosperity.

The Nerdist Channel makes its YouTube debut on April 2, while Hero Complex: The Show will premiere the week of April 9.

Press release after the jump:

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Highlight Music for Village Voice

It’s almost the weekend, and you’ve been invited to your roommate’s band’s show tonight. If the cheap beer isn’t a good enough incentive, maybe a byline at the Village Voice is.

As the most open section of the Voice, the music section is vibing for offbeat culture stories with a humorous yet hard-hitting tone. Music editor Maura Johnston wants to know what is happening around New York: an artist with an interesting backstory and NYC ties who’s releasing an album, a micro-scene coalescing, and so on.

For more on word count and editor contact info, check out How To Pitch: Village Voice.

NYT: Hollywood Partying Like It’s 1987

New York Times show business correspondent Michael Cieply has some fun with the first few paragraphs of his look at the current retro remake craze in Tinseltown. With Footloose and Dirty Dancing to the left, and Schwarzenegger action flicks and a Robocop reboot to the right, here’s how he cleverly frames it all:

Hollywood is sloshing in its Hot Tub Time Machine with a cluster of projects that recall an era when hair was big, heroes had biceps and the stars who are returning to the limelight were a lot younger.

Billy Crystal’s return as the Oscars host, it turns out, was just a warm-up act. For the first time in a decade, Mr. Crystal, 64, is a leading man. He plays opposite Bette Midler, 66, as Artie Decker, a grandpa who takes charge of his daughter’s three children in Parental Guidance, set for release by 20th Century Fox in November.

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