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Archives: May 2012

Get Ready for Rotten Tomatoes Radio

Some of the liveliest content on rottentomatoes.com can be found in the comments to individual reviews as well as on the reader boards. Starting Thursday June 7, that same general flow will hit the airwaves of Sirius XM Radio.

Per an announcement first tipped to The Hollywood Reporter’s Paul Bond, the site’s editor-in-chief Matt Atchity (pictured) will host a weekly one-hour call-in show. It’s a natural brand extension and an indication of how Warner Bros. is focused on adding value to its Flixster-crowned property:

Atchity will host Rotten Tomatoes Radio from the company’s Los Angeles headquarters. “My staff and I love movies, and joking and debating about movies fuels a lot of what we do on our website,” Atchity said. “We look forward to sharing those discussions — and arguments – every week with Sirius XM listeners.”

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GQ Joins Forces with Nordstrom

GQ is teaming up with Nordstrom to take advantage of a shared consumer demographic. The basics of the partnership: GQ’s editors will select several men’s products which will be featured online at NordstromMen.com under the heading “GQ Selects.” Those products will also be featured in GQ and GQ.com. Additionally, Nordstrom will host in-store events centered on the GQ picks.

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with Nordstrom on the successful editorial franchise GQ Selects, which allows our readers to literally shop from the pages of GQ,” said Chris Mitchell, GQ’s vice president and publisher. “Aligning with such a retail powerhouse takes the program to the next level.”

It all starts with the July issue of GQ and will last for six months.

No Surprise: Grammys Returning to Staples Center

The Recording Academy announced Thursday the Grammy Awards will return to Staples Center on Feb. 10, 2013.

Outside of a 2003 stint at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Staples Center has been the home of the biggest night in music since 2000.

The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! is also returning to CBS on Dec. 5, featuring your first look at nominations in several categories.

 

Original LA Kings Captain Basks in Media Spotlight

Wayne Gretzky isn’t the only former LA Kings captain getting a memory-lane media workout this NHL playoff season. So too is Bob Wall, the 69-year-old Ontario, Canada resident who served as the team’s original captain. Among the outlets he has spoken to are the LA Times and Sports Illustrated.

Wall will be a special guest at Staples Center next week for Game 4; current Kings players getting to meet their original captain promises to be yet another high point in this magical Kings spring. Wall tells yorkregion.com he has been greatly enjoying the team’s second romp to the Stanley Cup finals:

“Right off the bat, we knew it would be hard work to sell the product in Southern California,” said Wall, recalling opening the inaugural [1967-68] season in the Long Beach Coliseum while construction on the Fabulous Forum was completed. “It wasn’t easy, but I feel like I was one of the seeds or saplings planted, so I am kind of gratified to see what has happened.”

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Report: Marilyn Monroe Hologram Being Readied for Year-End Concert Appearance

In this 50th anniversary year of Marilyn Monroe’s death, the Hollywood icon is apparently being engineered to appear in the same way that the late Tupac Shakur did at Coachella. Per a report in the June 8 print issue of The Hollywood Reporter from senior writer Eriq Gardner:

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that a “live” Monroe concert is being planned to take place before year’s end with the working title “Virtual Marilyn Live – A Musical Celebration of the Birth of the Pop Icon.”

The concert, which has yet to secure a venue (organizers also plan to stream it on the web), will feature the projected blond bombshell singing and interacting alongside live music stars. Becky Altringer, managing director and co-founder of Digicon Media, the company doing the planning, says the event will employ the technology used at Coachella.

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Former Daily News Editor Michael O’Neill Dead at 89

Michael O’Neill, the former editor of The New York Daily News, has died. The paper is reporting that O’Neill died in his sleep after a two year battle with pulmonary fibrosis.

O’Neill started at the Daily News’ Washington bureau in 1956 as a correspondent, and eventually rose to become its editor, a position he held from 1975 to 1982. Perhaps his most memorable headline was “Ford to City: Drop Dead” after Gerald Ford declared he wasn’t going to bail the city out. O’Neill also oversaw the paper’s coverage of the Son of Sam killings and the 1977 blackout.

“Mike was far ahead of his time in recognizing the importance of what today is called hyper-local content and made the Daily News a force for civic good,” said the Daily News’ Mort Zuckerman. “He superbly served the Daily News and New York. We have lost a great journalist and a wonderful man.”

A memorial service will be held for O’Neill at the Larchmont Yacht Club on June 8.

[Picture via The New York Times]

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BUZZMEDIA Acquires Music and Culture Mag XLR8R

The “About Us” section of San Francisco-headquartered XLR8R.com, a publication that covers emerging trends in music, style and technology, hints at why it has been acquired by LA’s BUZZMEDIA:

The leading voice in independent electronic music in the US, XLR8R is also a powerful voice in top international markets. During 2010, XLR8R.com doubled in audience and is now at an impressive 450,000 unique visitors per month, with a growth rate of about 10% per month.

This is BUZZMEDIA’s first music-technology sphere acquisition. The deal with XLR8R, short for “Accelerator,” also encompasses nearly two decades of XLR8R print issues and hundreds of archived podcasts.

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Tom Freston Sponsors Two More Afghan Film Students

As noted in a recent “Media Decoder” item, former MTV and Viacom head honcho Tom Freston’s current efforts at USC Cinema School are not the first time he has been involved with Afghanistan. But already, the summer intensive is on track to be more successful than his late 1970s clothing company.

Two students were trained in 2011 and another pair are due to arrive on campus shortly for seven weeks of training overseen by program head David Weitzner (pictured). From Michael Cieply‘s report:

Kept under wraps until now because of security concerns, the program, entering its second year, enrolls two Afghan students annually for a crash course in the cinema school’s summer program.

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Chapman Grad Joins Yuma’s CBS Affiliate

Congratulations are in order for Janet Avelar. Per an announcement today on the website of CBS affiliate KSWT-TV in Yuma, AZ, she has joined the station as a general assignment reporter.

Avelar interned at KABC-TV while studying broadcast journalism at Chapman University in Orange. She went on to join the station as a news assistant before moving over to a producer position with ABC affiliate KESQD-TV in Palm Desert. Then it was back to Los Angeles to hone her on-camera skills on public access channel LA CityView 35.

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