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Archives: October 2012

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FishbowlDC: Late night talk show hosts simply love making fun of Mitt Romney.

PRNewser: Atlantic City tourism officials to world — “Ignore the boardwalk floating in the ocean and the mass devastation you’ve seen in pictures, everything is great here!”

GalleyCat: Nicholas Sparks is developing TV shows. Women are ecstatic; men are frightened.

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Guns n’ Roses Concert Poster Vexes Vegas Official

Is the following poster promoting a Hard Rock Hotel and Casino concert residency by LA’s Guns n’ Roses offensive? Even though the illustration has been toned down from the long-ago first album source artwork?

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The New York Times Loves NY1

The true test of a New Yorker? Ask them what they think of NY1. If they say that they don’t like the channel, or even hesitate to express their feelings, they are not a New Yorker.

NY1 is the TV soul of New York, and Pat Kiernan is our spiritual leader. And during Hurricane Sandy, The New York Times noticed that, and has lavished praise upon the lovable channel:

It [NY1] gave a disaster human scale, and also projected calm and authority as circumstances deteriorated. Major broadcast and cable networks abandoned their prime-time programming to cover the storm frenetically live, but only NY1’s coverage was unhurried. Over the course of the night, its broadcast became a comforting town square, the coverage not as improvisational as you might expect.

Yes, that’s right! The Times then went on to highlight several NY1ers, including Zack Fink, Jeanine Ramirez, Ruschell Boone, John Schiumo and Dean Meminger. Oh and of course the Times gave a shout out to Kiernan, who by  4:00 am Tuesday “was in a suit and tie behind the anchor desk, keeping the ship steady.”

Yahoo! and Wenner Media Strike a Cross Branding Deal

Yahoo! and Wenner Media are teaming up to create new content as part of a new cross-branding deal. Under the agreement, Yahoo!’s omg! and Yahoo! Music will share content and maintain a brand presence with Us Weekly, Rolling Stone and Men’s Journal; and vice versa.

The reason for the deal is simple: To extend all of the brands’ reach.

“This partnership combines boutique-quality entertainment content with unmatched scale,” said David Kang, Wenner Media’s chief digital officer, in a statement. “Rolling Stone and Us Weekly are iconic brands in music and celebrity news. As a leader in digital media, Yahoo! is the perfect partner to help these brands grow their digital footprint.”

103-Year-Old Hollywood Insider Recalls Her Scariest Childhood Halloween

The niece of Universal Studios founder Carl Laemmle recently spoke with The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg about the kind of Halloween run that will make Tinseltown historians green with envy.

From 1921 through 1936, she lived right by the studio and celebrated each year’s Halloween growing up as sort of a combo Hallow’s Eve/birthday, because the latter falls on October 20 (per the headline, she just turned 103). One year, she and her family went the extra mile on the home front, and it paid off:

“I called the Universal Property Department, and they came up, and they rigged everything up for Halloween, you know? All kinds of spooky stuff… They did a beautiful job with lighting effects and everything—very spooky, you know?” The same men who had helped to make Universal the home of horror throughout the 1930s proved their talent that day, too, Laemmle laughs, because “as we were going down the pathway, this skeleton jumped out at one of my guests, and she fainted.”

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Business Insider Gets to the Bottom of Splash News-Princess Diana Movie Partnership

Here’s a good example of how to take “hat/tip journalism” to the next level. It comes from Aly Weisman, editor of Business Insider’s entertainment vertical.

Picking up on a brief September Hollywood Reporter item, USC grad Weisman went ahead and contacted Splash News CEO Gary Morgan. To find out exactly why the makers of 2013 biopic Diana starring Naomi Watts would partner with an entity most such productions normally work hard to keep at bay:

“Traditionally, the production company will hire an on-set photographer,” explained Morgan. “And that photographer will take pictures that they want to release over time for the production, to draw attention to it. And they will then take these pictures and give it to a PR company who will then place that picture in what they think are high traffic or important magazines or newspapers. These PR companies are usually territory-based and don’t deal with a mass audience on a day-to-day basis. They’ll deal with the top-tier, like People magazine, or Entertainment Tonight, or someone like that.”

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Voice Media Group Hires Scott Foundas as Lead Film Critic

Scott Foundas is joining Voice Media Group as its principle film writer. Foundas comes to the company from the Film Society of Lincoln Center, where he served as associate program director since 2009. Prior to that, Foundas was film editor for LA Weekly, one of Voice Media’s publications.

At Voice Media, Foundas’ work will appear in all of the company’s newspapers and websites.

“I’ve long admired Scott Foundas’ film writing and I’m delighted to be able to work with him again,” said Christine Brennan, Vocie Media’s executive editor, in a statement. “Scott is a formidable critic and a great addition to the film coverage our papers are known for.”

Foundas’ appointment is effective December 3.

NYPD Rescues Storm Victims from Staten Island Rooftops

The NYPD has just released this video to the AP. It shows officers rescuing Staten Island residents who were stranded by Hurricane Sandy.

We sometimes give the NYPD crap for how they treat the press, so we owe it to them to offer praise when they do great things. The cops were able to safely rescue five adults and one child.

Keep your head up, New York.

KCET Picks Up Dutch Filmmaker’s LA Video Portraits Series

Shortly after relocating to Los Angeles in 2009, Dutch filmmaker Joris Debeij began fashioning video portraits of local residents under the umbrella title I Am LA: Portraits of Real Angelenos. Now, thanks to the KCET program Departures, those videos are going to find a new audience. Here for example is one about East LA photographer Gregory Bojorquez:

On the KCET introduction page for this new, grassroots program component, Debeij explains what he’s been going for:

After living here a little while, I gradually started to become aware that there was a Los Angeles which was unknown to me before I was a resident. My eyes were opened to seemingly-hidden places and local gem spots, and to the interesting way different neighborhoods intersect and cause their inhabitants to blend together around the boundaries.

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USC Prof to KPCC: You Blew It with Patt Morrison

Carol Muske-Dukes, an author and professor of English-creative writing at USC, takes KPCC 89.3 management to task on The Huffington Post for the way they have recently treated Patt Morrison. The SCPR radio personality and Pulitzer prize winner was shown the studio door in early September after years of weekday, on-air service:

The valedictory eloquence of Morrison’s thoughtful September 7 farewell stood in stark contrast to KPCC management’s close-mouthed handling of their cancellation of the show. There was, by all reports, no announcement or explanation by the station’s administrators until days after Morrison’s show vanished – literally “into thin air.” Then, on the creaky-voiced Larry Mantel show, which had been re-positioned and extended in the wake of the Patt cancellation, there was a brief, vague reference to the termination by president and CEO Bill Davis, who murmured something about a “change.”

Although KPCC has assured that Morrison will continue in the future to contribute to the station, an online petition was launched urging the Southern California Public Radio operation not to cancel Morrison’s program. Muske-Dukes meanwhile called the station to complain, and to vp of content Russ Stanton’s credit, he returned her call.

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